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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 18, 2018

From co-workers to Mr. & Mrs.

Mallory and Raul Becerril went from working together at her parent’s winery to celebrating their wedding there
Feb 15, 2018
Photo by: Submitted Mallory Becerril met her future husband working at her family’s winery, which was the location for the New Year’s Eve reception.

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News


The Airport Road Vineyard and Winery has always been special to Mallory (Henderson) Becerril. It’s her family’s business, where she works as events manager and most importantly, where she met her husband, Raul.

Raul had moved to Mt. Pleasant from Texas to attend Iowa Wesleyan University where he played football and ran track. “He actually worked out at the winery,” said Mallory. “That’s how we met.”

The two became friends and stayed friends throughout Raul’s time at IW.

“He moved back home (to Texas) for a year (after graduating) and then came back to Iowa. My mom volunteered him to be my roommate and then it all kind of fell into place,” she said.

As roommates the two began working out together at the REC Center, where Raul is the health and wellness coordinator and the two also work as personal trainers. “He started working out with me shortly after he moved back,” she said. “We found that we really pushed each other.”

Mallory added that as a couple it’s been nice to have that extra little bit of time together at the gym, doing something they both enjoy.

The two quietly began dating, not telling anyone for a while. “It was so helpful that we were friends before,” Mallory said. “It’s one of those things that people say when you know you know. I never believed them until I knew.”

The couple dated for six months before Raul proposed. Four months later, the two married in Burlington on Dec. 29, 2017, surrounded by family and close friends.

Family friend Judge Cindy Danielson and Mallory’s brother helped the couple tie the knot. “She did the legal part of it and then we had my brother, who is an elder at his church in California perform the rest of the ceremony.”

“My brother and I are very close so having him involved in the wedding was really special to us. And you really have to listen when it’s somebody you know talking to you about it,” she said with a bright smile and light laugh.

The reception was held two days later on New Year’s Eve. “We thought what better time to throw a party than New Year’s Eve. We just didn’t expect it to be that cold,” she exclaimed.

On New Year’s Eve temperatures in Mt. Pleasant dipped into the negatives. But despite the cold, the night was everything the couple had hoped for. “It was perfect. It went so fast, though,” she said. “When you work at a wedding it drags on. The brides would always come tell me, ‘It went so fast,’ and I never believed them until it was my own.”

Mallory said it was difficult to stay on “the bride’s side” during her reception. “I wanted to help work that night, but I knew I couldn’t,” she joked, adding she was just happy she didn’t have to do any dishes that night. “Which is always my goal.”

In February, the two went to Hawaii for their honeymoon. And although it was much colder coming back to Iowa, Mallory said she’s excited to begin the next phase of their relationship. “I know it’s really cliche, but I’m looking forward to growing old together; getting to know each other a little better each day.”

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