Fairy tales and dreams really do come true! Businesswoman and entrepreneur Whitney Wolfe gave fans hope when she recently tied the knot in a beautiful Amalfi coast ceremony. The Founder and CEO of Bumble happily said “I do” to Michael Herd in romantic Positano, Italy. Though Whitney Wolfe has been hailed the queen of online dating by many of her fans and followers, the newlyweds met in person back in 2013 while visiting Aspen for Christmas and the two quickly began writing their love story.
After two years, the couple visited Michaels ranch in Texas, and on a beautiful sunset horseback ride, he asked her to be his wife. Wolfe told Vogue that the proposal was an emotional moment that neither of them will ever forget. After basking in their magical moment, the couple took a trip to Italy to celebrate the engagement. While on their celebratory trip, they fell in love with Positano and quickly began planning their wedding.
While the ceremony was certainly a beautiful one, it was also untraditional from start to finish. Wolf and Herd trusted Diana Sorensen with handling the planning of their big day and even asked her to book a venue to surprise both them and their wedding guest. The young and in love couple planned a weekend full of events making the union a weekend-long celebration. Guest received beautifully hand painted welcome bags filled with some of the best chocolate and champagne in Italy.
We all want our special day to go as planned, but, as we all know, we don’t always get what we want. So, when Wolfe awoke to a rainy forecast on her wedding day, she was not surprised. You may think the rain would have stopped their show, but they went with it! Using the Italian belief that rain is symbolic of a happy and successful wedding, the soon to be newlyweds spent the day with their wedding party sipping champagne and keeping their spirits up in preparation for the big moment.
Fortunately for Wolfe, one of the wedding guests was a meteorologist. When she excitedly informed the bride that the rain would clear that evening, she made an executive decision to proceed with the ceremony. With the help of their wedding party, the last minute ceremony was a success. Wedding guest took their seats at approximately 7:30 p.m. and the groom took his bride under the beautiful moonlit sky overlooking the water.
In 2016, officials at the Orange Coast College broke ground for a new planetarium after an existing one, which was built in the 1950s, was torn down. While the old one could only sit 35 visitors, the new one features a 129-seat auditorium and an exhibit hall.
The construction of the new planetarium got an astronomical boost when a former instructor at the institution donated $1 million. The contribution from retired professor Mary McChesney will be used to fund a Foucault pendulum; a device that is used to demonstrate how the earth rotates.
With an overall budget of about $20 million, the college aims at having the planetarium open in time for the fall semester in 2018. Majority of its funding comes from a 2012 bond measure. McChesney’s gift brings donations received by OCC towards the project to $2.6 million.
In a statement, McChesney said that the planetarium would be a center for scientific studies for not only college students but the surrounding community too. The auditorium is expected to serve students from Kindergarten all through to 12th grade. According to officials at the college, the pendulum will be the only one of its kind in the Orange County. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/orangecoastcollege/
The 91-year-old also said that the donation was in honor of Adelyn Bonin, her late partner who passed on in January. Bonin was also a professor at the Orange Coast College and taught German until she retired. McChesney retired in 1983 after teaching English and Spanish for 33 years at OCC. She has been an ongoing contributor to the foundation and scholarships. Learn more: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/denova-homes-hosts-orange-coast-college-architecture-students-300544974.html
About the Orange Coast College
OCC is one of the nation’s largest community colleges located in Costa Mesa, minutes away from the South Californian beaches. It was founded in 1947 but started its operations in 1948. The institution currently enrolls more than 25, 000 students every semester and is the third largest college in Orange County in terms of population.
Orange Coast College is a member of Coast Community College District and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers summer, spring, winter, and fall classes. In 2017, OCC saw 16 sophomores proceed to the next level of their athletic career.