Garcia and Alvarado engaged

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Vanessa Garcia and Gilbert Alvarado have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding on Nov. 2.

Vanessa is the daughter of Nick and Elaine Garcia of Las Cruces. She is a 2005 graduate of Los Lunas High School, and earned her master’s degree in management of Information Systems from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management in 2012.

Vanessa Garcia and Gilbert Alvarado Engaged to be married

She is employed at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque.

Gilbert is the son of Martha and Ignacio Alvarado. He is a 2003 graduate of Los Cruces High School and is employed at Rich Ford in Albuquerque.

The couple, who will marry at Monte Vista Christian Church, met in 2011 when Vanessa visited Gilbert’s work, looking to buy a vehicle.

Gilbert is a talented drummer, and the two enjoy spending time with their dog, Dallas, and of course watching the Dallas Cowboys play.