As editor-in-chief of San Antonio Weddings, Denise Untalan Marcos ’08 combines a passion for the wedding industry with her talent for writing

IMG_8479When Denise Untalan Marcos ’08 began planning her wedding in 2005, she found herself happily immersed in putting together all the little details.

“I would spend hours looking for things to make our wedding unique. I would even wake up in the middle of the night with ideas that I needed to write down,” Marcos said.

That passion for planning, coupled with the journalism degree she earned from Mary Hardin-Baylor, married into the perfect career when Marcos was offered a job at San Antonio Weddings magazine just a year after her own wedding.

“I love my job because I get to use nearly every facet of my education in this field: from writing and editing, to graphic design and public relations.”

Marcos’ journey started at UMHB, where the mass communication/journalism major gained valuable writing experience as the sports editor for The Bells. As graduation approached, Marcos was busy trying to line up a job while also planning a wedding. Her future husband suggested that she try to work for a wedding magazine.

“It was genius. I could combine my passion for the industry with my talent for journalism,” she said.

That was when Marcos came across the San Antonio Weddings website and sent an email asking about job opportunities. The publisher emailed her back and set up a phone interview, which eventually turned into a two-month, paid contract job that she started just after graduation.
“I gave the publisher [communication professor and The Bells adviser] Vicky Kendig’s contact information for my reference. To this day, I believe it was the good things she said that landed me this job,” Marcos said.

Marcos commuted to San Antonio five days a week while her new husband finished up his teaching year in Killeen.

cover copy“Those two months were a complete blur. The magazine was in the peak of production and the environment was new and stressful. It was a crazy learning experience.”

Marcos has been with the magazine ever since. She and her husband, Oliver, now live in San Antonio with their three young children. In 2011, Marcos was named editor-in-chief. Her responsibilities include writing, editing, assisting with layout design, and coordinating photo shoots. Marcos said she owes her success to the education she received from UMHB, and the help she received from great mentors along the way.

“One person who has attributed greatly to my success, not only as a professional but also as a person, is Mrs. Kendig. She dedicated countless hours to teaching and encouraging me to be a better writer, and I was greatly blessed to have her by my side. When I walked the stage at graduation, I was confident that the education I received would take me far.”

-Brittany Pumphrey