Thanks for stopping by! We are Vlad and Marcus, a fun-loving, adventurous, and goofy couple that is always smiling and enjoying life! We’re looking forward to growing our family with an amazing little one!
Our adventure begins over 7 years ago at a Super Bowl party hosted by common friends, and we’ve had an inseparable connection ever since. Our journey has been filled with love, adventure, sandwiches and road trips, as well as Vlad trying to get Marcus to read more (a work in progress…). We are ready and excited to grow our family through adoption, and to share our lives with an awesome little munchkin.
To say that “opposites attract” would be capturing our relationship in the most positive of ways. One of us is short(er), the other tall; one of us is an extrovert and the other enjoys his quiet time; yet we both have the same strong family values, appreciation for naps, and overall goals in life. This has given us a well-rounded approach to life that creates a bond built on trust, love, understanding and really great taco bowls (we love to cook)!
We were married just under 2 years ago surrounded by our family and friends. It was a no brainer to blend both our passions when planning our big day. We had our ceremony on the lake (Marcus’ childhood home) and our reception at a Science Centre (Vlad’s happy-place). It goes without saying that we had our fair share of mason jars and Pinterest-worthy crafts, and were fortunate to only have had one bridezilla moment saved by quick-thinking from the calmer one of the two (hint – Vlad is a great project manager).
We have a great support network of family and close friends who we have connected with over various stages of life (some going back as far as grade school!). We both value time spent with family over holidays, vacations, and as many dinners as possible. Marcus comes from a large family (he’s one of 8 cousins!) and Vlad from a smaller but still mighty one. Our parents and siblings get along like they have known each other for years, and our moms often text each other more than they text us. Family dinners are full of story telling, laughs and hours spent catching up.
We currently live in Guelph, Ontario (the suburbs of the suburbs) where we both attended University and never left. The community is full of history, welcoming people and so many great walking trails. We have a hard time imagining any other place we would call home. There are many parks, schools, shops and unique restaurants that allow our spare time to be spent enjoying local culture and food.
We have both built careers in industries that we are interested in, and love the teams that we get to work with. Without walking through a resume Vlad works in technology and product development, and Marcus works in automation and sales. We are each proud to be able to empower others to reach their full potential and make an impact in our respective roles. Both of our employers are respectful and inclusive environments, and are supportive of our growing family.
From a young age we both developed a wide range of interests and hobbies, which we have had the pleasure of sharing with each other. We both enjoy being active, spending time outdoors, entertaining friends and family in our home, while also enjoying down time to recharge, a good movie, and the odd pyjama Saturday to keep it simple. Marcus has a passion for sports (having played many in his younger years), landscaping, decorating/ design, and keeping an organized filing cabinet. Vlad is an extremely talented photographer (keeping an up-to-date photo album of our journey), with a natural skill in graphic design, technology, and learning new things. Sharing our passions with each other has created a well-balanced schedule of all the things we love, not to mention averaging a trip to Disney every 2 years.
Marcus grew up in northern Ontario surrounded by a large and tight-knit family that loves to talk, laugh, and spend time outdoors. Along with his older sister his childhood was spent learning just about every cool outdoor activity you can think of.
Vlad came to Canada when he was 9 along with his parents and older brother. His natural curiosity helped him adjust to a new country very quickly, and he grew up camping with family, learning all about computers and design, and building an impressive set of skills in the kitchen.
Watching our two nieces (6 and 3) grow and develop their own personalities has been an incredible experience, and we are grateful to have shared so many great memories with them along the way. From glitter crafts, playing school, baking, or water balloon fight, we cherish making these memories and look forward to making new memories as our family grows.
Our journey to growing our family has always included adoption – we are humbled and grateful to be able to welcome a baby into our lives, and openness with their birth parents is a meaningful part of that journey.
We have many more stories to share and hope we have the opportunity to meet you and chat! Thanks for reading!