Our Couples story begins long before Paul and Lalique even fathomed to lay eyes upon each other. Perhaps generations of family, lineage, providence, and history. We hope this small attempt can help you to know us better as we embark on our exciting marital adventure! But mostly, we hope to give you faith. Faith in family, hope, love, life long commitments and triumph of the heart.
August 28, 2015 - The Pearl - Riverwalk
Lalique Lili Rose Martinez
A native of San Antonio Texas, Lalique Martinez began her quest for Art when she moved to Milan Italy. Here she began her education at the esteemed school of Istituto Marangoni. During this time her study of graphics and fashion grew to a more passionate love of Photography and Fine Art. This directed her move to the Art Capitol of London, where she received her BA Honors in Fine Arts from South Bank University as well as a degree in Art Business Practices/Visual Communications from Regent's University. After receiving her degrees she official began her career in Art Direction for advertising, fashion, online magazines, internationally print, and photography for esteemed boutique and commercial brands. She continued her practice for several years in London.
Her professional experience now includes work in London, Austin, and New York in the fields of Fine Art, media print, online magazines, fashion, jewelry, fragrance, art direction, and media design. Aside from her various roles in the commercial advertising industry Lalique is most importantly a Catholic Artist. She has dedicated her craft as a means and vehicle of spiritual exploration, and representation of human transcendence.
She is currently undertaking the role of Featured Female Artist for Women's History Month at St. Mary's University where her life's work and upcoming series will be featured. Her upcoming series will examine the subject of Matriarchy as featured in the traditional colonial Latin culture as represented through providence, lineage, doctrine, and traditional Catholic rites. Additionally The historical Cathedral La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel of San Miguel De Allende will be featured in her work.
She currently lives in San Antonio Texas, where she produces and continues to travel for Fine Art. Texas remains a major inspiration and source for her work.
Paul Matthew Rojas
Paul Rojas is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He attended St. Mary's University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics and a Master of Science in Software Engineering.
He currently attends the University of Texas in Austin McCombs School of Business for his 2nd Masters of Science of Technology Commercialization with focus on Space Entrepreneurship.
During his undergraduate studies as a full time student Paul additionally worked at Southwest Research Institute. One of his most noted accomplishments during this period was when he and a small team discovered water on the poles of the lunar surface (the moon).
In 2013 he moved to the role of an engineer at Southwest Research Institute as he began work on his 1st masters. It was there that he worked on a variety of NASA, ESA, Government and private space mission hardware. Currently he has had hardware delivered successfully to the International Space Station for a one year mission and will have two more launches this year. Several of his other current and past projects include missions to the Sun, Mercury, the Moon, Low Earth Orbit, the International Space Station, an Asteroid, Jupiter, and several private space companies mission hardware.
His service to the community includes various positions such as Director of Technology for The Young Catholic Professionals Chapter of San Antonio, Board member of The San Antonio River Foundation, and San Antonio Museum of Art - Young Friends Committee.
His personal loves include the outdoors, deep sea fishing, hunting, and sky diving. He is a certified sky diving license holder. He hopes to finish his pilots license very soon in continuation to his time spent as Civil Air Patrol during his high school and college years.
He currently lives and and works in Austin, Texas as Senior Research Engineer for the CTO Office of Cisco. He looks forward to the years of travel and development to come professionally and personally.
Sister Maria Luisa Sanchez
How we met...
Years before we were born there was a monastery built in San Antonio, Texas for the Disclaced Carmelite Nuns. Both our families knew this order of nuns very well and regularly visited with requests of prayer for their personal intentions. Paul's mother was close friends with the Mother Superior, and Lalique was the third generation of women to visit Sister Maria Luisa regularly for spiritual guidance and friendship. Specifically one intention we had in common was that both our mothers requested we find a loving and Catholic partner to marry. It was just a few short weeks after we met when we discovered this shocking fact. This small detail is one of the many that have marked the golden thread of love as weaved by God's intentions for us in our relationship.
Her... Meeting Paul was not just the answer to my family and The Carmelite's prayers, but also my own. Although very fulfilled with the blessings of travel, fine art, and community, I always felt God was calling me to something different in my life. Being open to God's will was very difficult as I started to feel the calling of marriage and motherhood laying heavy on my heart. For many years I had fiercely thrown myself to the commitment of my Fine Art career. When I met Paul at the Young Catholic Professionals building event I knew something pivotal had just happened in my life! At the time I had been volunteering extensively for the Catholic community and serving as a literacy interventionist for the non-profit organization ACE. I had departed from the professional field of Fine Art & Commercial Media to give a year of service and volunteering to the community. My position included literacy tutoring at a tier 1 underprivileged public school in Austin, Texas. During this time I had also been serving as a building leader for The Young Catholic Professionals community in Austin. This specific night I was the speaker and event planner for the YCP networking event. It was after my duties were finished and I was talking to a fellow YCP builder and friend Brent Bennett, when a sudden intense presence came to my side. I turned to my right and saw a towering young man looking down at me with a serious and intention-ed look on his face. Brent introduced him as his friend and Director of Technology for the YCP San Antonio Chapter. His name was Paul. As we talked on the veranda overlooking the city and Texas starry night Paul had me quickly engrossed in conversation despite my professional demeanor. This is due to what I now love most about him. He has a very distinct, sharp, and boisterous personality. It was like a sudden shock to my senses! It was a mere ten minutes into our conversation when a strong voice came to my head "This is your husband" came a loud voice in my mind. It was so unexpected I quickly shrugged it off to momentary insanity. Well, our conversation grew to hours and then courtship, and now we are planning a life together.
My journey towards the marital chapter of my life has been an extensive one. I think of every step, move, uproot and narrow street my feet have walked on. I remember so many moments! My shoes breaking from the cold rain of London to the beautiful romantic nights exploring countless cities. I think in every dark street and glorious monument I was obviously searching. I now realize I was searching for my future partner. The work and heart ache has been extensive! But I wouldn’t trade that climb upwards towards God and now marital sacrament for a minute! Paul has been the answer to my prayers for a Godly example of a resolute and loving partner. Every day spent knowing him better has been a treasure I can't believe God has blessed me with! The stories are countless and I wish I could tell every single one of them as testament to his loving demeanor. Paul Rojas, you are a gem given to me by God. Thank you for your love and showing me more every day the face of our heavenly Father as we contemplate and build our life together. But most importantly I'm so happy to share the adventure of our life with family and friends in the years to come. We can't wait to share this journey with you!
Him... Thinking back to that evening in April when I first met Lalique, it had been an exhausting day at work and I really only wanted to go home and relax. However, despite what I wanted to do my friend Brent had other ideas in mind, He had messaged me several times throughout the day inviting me to the Young Catholic Professionals mixer in Austin that evening. So knowing I would be a little late, I hurried home to change and freshen up. As soon as I was back in the car, I felt a renew sense of energy and drove to Austin. That whole night I had this feeling maybe I will meet that person I had been looking for all these years.
Upon my arrival I was quickly thrown into the mix by the variety of friendly people at the mixer. Brent did his best to introduce me to people and I found myself making many new wonderful new acquaintances but I never felt any type of connection to the different people I talked with. Later that evening I ended up on the roof terrace enjoying the Austin skyline and as I looked around taking in the sights and sounds, I spotted Brent talking to the loveliest young lady I had seen all night. I quickly made up my mind I should introduce myself as I walked to Brent and Lalique. Brent made a quick introduction and Lalique and I quickly became engrossed in conversation. Within several minutes, I felt a connection that I was able to process only as " this is the woman I have been looking for". I quickly put that thought out of my head and got to know Lalique better as our conversation progressed. One of the highlights she spoke of was her view of the Young Catholic Professionals was to provide a meeting place for the future Catholic couples and later Catholic families. I immediately asked for her contact information. We talked for several hours till the end of the mixer. While helping her load her car with the supplies from the mixer I decided it was now or never and invited her to grab something to eat before I headed back to San Antonio.
We headed to a local diner and kept our conversation going talking about faith, family, sci-fi, travel and space. In my head I kept a running tally of the things she kept talking about. My thoughts were something along the line of “ok she likes this, she likes that so on and so forth”. The tally was filled with more and more positives as the night came to a close. I dropped her off at her car and drove home albeit late and felt it was a productive night. I kept thinking of the realization I had in my head about her being the woman I was going to marry.
As the next few weeks and months progressed these feelings grew and grew and after spending time alone in adoration and adoration together, I brought up what I had felt since that first night I had met her. To my surprise she didn’t head for the hills and told me she had been worried that I would freak out because she had the exact same feelings that had grown and grown as we had gotten to know each other during our courtship.
My journey in life has taken me from San Antonio to the other side of the world to jumping out of a plane at 14,500 ft. Between my experiences in the professional world and my personal journey with my faith, it was always a guiding light which allowed me to know my experiences would eventually lead me to the one person that God intended for me to marry. I am so thankful to my family and friends that have been a constant rock and for their prayers that have so greatly influenced my life. I look forward to the years to come that Lalique and I will have while building our life together, the adventures yet to be embarked upon and the children we will be blessed with.