About Cana Uncorked
Who We Are
An apostolate dedicated to helping couples grow in their love of God and each other.
What We Do
Cana Uncorked was founded by couples, for couples to celebrate the gift of marriage through great parties, great speakers, and great wine. Started by 6 couples (see below!) that met at Our Lady of Bethesda retreat center.
We believe that marriages are stronger when they’re surrounded by an authentic, committed, and loving community. Our hope is that Cana Uncorked will become a fun place for couples to strengthen their marriages in community.
Meet Our Host Couples
Patrick + Christina Jacobeen
Wedding Date: November 8, 2014
Patrick is one of six kids + was born + raised in Virginia. He runs his own financial Service Firm out of Chantilly, Va. Christina was born and raised in Cincinnati. She gave a year of mission work to the Catholic Church through Regnum Christi + that is what brought her to the D.C. area. She provides training and guidance for leaders of Conquest and Challenge clubs which are leadership and faith formation clubs for children.
Christina + Patrick first met at Patrick's home in Virginia. Patrick then flew her down to his college to speak at a Catholic youth event he had organized for 600 teens. Christina was so impressed by him that she hired him to work with her in Youth Ministry at St. Timothy's in Chantilly!
Patrick proposed in the Shenandoah Valley while they were watching the sunset. When describing their wedding, Christina recalls, "Months prior to our wedding day Patrick and did holy hours for our guests. We brought and invitation to the chapel asking God to please attend our wedding. How crazy is it that the God of the universe awaits our invitation. He showed up! Everyone felt God’s love that day and we still talk about it. The peace and joy we felt the day of our wedding was out of this world. Meanwhile, things went wrong as they always do, but when you have the peace of Christ in your heart nothing can steal your joy!" .
Patrick describes Christina as "full of life, lovely, + beautiful;" + Christina describes Patrick as a "God’s champion, noble, + devoted."
Brian + Allison Kennedy
Wedding Date: November 14, 2015
Brian is from California + Allison is from Washington state, but they both met in D.C. Brian proposed on the National Mall, where they had gone on their first date. Complete with rose petals all over the ground and some allies waiting behind a tree to take pictures and pop champagne, Brian proposed!
One of their major goals for their wedding was to make it a true reflection of who they were and their families. They were married by Brian’s cousin Fr. Richard Kennedy, who 40 years earlier had married Brian’s parents.
They love to travel + explore new places together, take advantage of all the experiences D.C. has to offer, + spend all their free time with their Pug, Penny.
Brian describes Allison as loving, driven, + charitable; Allison describes Brian as charming, witty, + devoted.
Matthew + Elizabeth Marcolini
Wedding Date: June 9, 2017
Matthew is the youngest of 5 children + grew up in Ft. Myers, Florida. He attended Christendom College + is now the Executive Director of a boutique executive search firm, Corsica Partners. Elizabeth is the oldest of 7 children + grew up in Great Falls, Virginia. She attended University of Dallas + then received her masters in Theology of Marriage + Family at the JPII Institute in D.C. She works for the Labouré Society.
Matt + Elizabeth met at the top of Bunratty Castle in Shannon, Ireland. (True story!) They spent the summer in Ireland studying abroad. Three years later, Matt took Elizabeth back and proposed to her there, surrounded by friends and family. To round it all out, they got married in Ireland, bringing 220 guests over to celebrate the joyous sacrament with them! Elizabeth describes their wedding, saying, “During our reception, Matt turned to me + said, ‘This is the last time on this side of heaven that these people will be in this room with us. It’s a taste of the eternal wedding feast.’ He was completely right! It was truly a blissful day where we felt such grace poured out!”
Matt describes Elizabeth as, “charitable, self-sacrificing, + intelligent;” Elizabeth describes Matt as, “faithful, sacrificial, + honest.”
Jerry + Janet Scanlan
Wedding Date: August 27, 1983
Jerry is the 2nd oldest of 8 children + grew up in rural Ohio. Janet is the youngest of 3, also a Midwesterner, calling Peoria, IL home.
Jerry + Janet met at the University of Notre Dame, the first day of their senior year. When he proposed, Jerry quoted Victor Frankl, from Man’s Search for Meaning, “The salvation of man is through love and in love.” When they got married, the mantra was: the wedding is a day, but the marriage is a lifetime. For them, the day wasn’t the destination, it was the door. Janet recalls her wedding day saying, "We both remember walking out of church, after the wedding, stopping in a small, separate, room, and being overcome by tears of JOY! We were overwhelmed by God’s love!"
Jerry + Janet have four children, three here and one in heaven. They also happily welcomed their first grandson into the world!
Fun facts: The priest who performed their wedding, continues to be a life-long, friend. On their 25th wedding anniversary, they traveled to Rome with him + renewed their wedding vows in the Papal Gardens. On their 30th anniversary, they traveled with him to Fatima + Lourdes to renew their vows . On their 35th anniversary, they traveled to the Holy Land to renew their vows in Cana.
Janet describes Jerry as driven, decisive, + a doer; Jerry describes Janet as hospitable, faith-filled, + considerate.
Greg + Jacqueline Schleppenbach
Wedding Date: November 29, 2013
Greg is a Nebraska native + Jacqueline is a first generation German American from Vermont. They were set up by mutual friends + met in D.C.!
Greg proposed at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria during a Holy Hour. He even popped the question in German!
Before their wedding the best marriage advice Greg received was to 'be her rock' + the best tip Jacqueline received was "at any time at all – if you are feeling resentful – you can just shift from resentful to loving. You don’t have to stay there."
Greg describes Jacqueline as "feminine, feisty, and faith-filled;' Jacqueline describes Greg as "generous, kind, and loving."
Joel + Charlotte Sellier
Wedding Date: February 14, 2010
Charlotte + Joel met via social media + Joel proposed at Fox Meadow Vineyard 7 months after they met. They were married on Valentine's Day in 2010 the winter of the original DMV SNOWpocalypse!
Charlotte is an Army Brat + youngest of 3 siblings, but has lived in the DMV area since 2nd grade. She went to O'Connell HS and University of Mary Washington for college. After working as a gov't contractor + then as a Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, she decided to stay home with their 4 children under 7. As she says, "I'm living that #minivanmom life as a Stay at Home Mom."
Joel was also born + raised in NoVa and the middle kid of 6. He also went to O'Connell HS but graduated 5 years ahead of Charlotte, so they weren't there at the same time. He went to the College of William + Mary. He's been teaching and coaching at The Heights School 15 years. He currently teaches Algebra and coaches golf + middle school wrestling.
Charlotte describes Joel as funny, faithful, + patient; Joel describes Charlotte as generous, sincere, + witty.
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” - Victor Hugo