Diane Jlelaty & Luke Deroachers

November 2, 2019

This couple’s first real conversation took place as they walked up Mount Lycabettus in Athens, Greece. Diane and Luke were both undergraduate students at Georgia Tech, and in January 2013, the two officially connected while studying abroad in Metz, France. The years to come would prove to be an adventure, much like their early days of dating, and four years after their sojourn to Greece, Luke was ready to ask Diane to marry him. His plan involved a private boat tour out of Charleston, then docking on the shore to pop the question. The special moment nearly came unmoored, as halfway through his speech, their craft started to float away. In a panic, they ran to catch the boat. That incident spooked Luke enough that he waited until they were safely on the balcony of the Anchorage 1770 inn in Beaufort to try again. Diane couldn’t say “yes” fast enough, and two years later, they were married at Victoria Valley Vineyards, overlooking Table Rock. The couple now lives in their dream home in the historic West End of Atlanta, where Diane is a civil engineer, and Luke is a transit planner.

By Julia Madden Sears