Marianne Gets Married

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Good Day Sacramento anchor Marianne McClary let us watch as she planned her romantic April wedding to Scott Goebl. 

If you’re a regular Good Day Sacramento viewer, then you know that veteran CW 31 co-anchor Marianne McClary tied the knot this past spring. You may have even been caught up as the ebullient bride dished on the air about fianc Scott Goebl’s peanut-can proposal, or when the cameras followed her out of the studio to try on wedding gowns and experiment with regal hairstyles at a local salon.

Perhaps you expected more of the same on the big day itself: live shots from Capitol Park, cut-ins from commentators, maybe even an online poll where viewers could rate the string quartet and McClary’s bouquet?

Not a chance. The 115 guests dabbed at tears and raved about the April ceremony with words like romantic, in the moment and real. For all of the entertaining (and very public) build-up in the preceding six months, the wedding itself reflected McClary’s laid-back off-camera personality&emdash;and the couple’s obvious respect for the day, the ceremony and the lifelong commitment they made to each other.

You have these two people who are so amazingly in love and it comes from such a pure place, says Mark S. Allen, McClary’s co-host, who officiated at the ceremony. There’s an energy that ignites when they come into a room, and that energy is undeniably the stuff of love.

It also is the stuff of patience. This is the first marriage for both McClary and Goebl, an environmental consultant. Both are in their mid-40s. Both come from broken homes, and both were previously skittish on the subject
of marriage.

I didn’t know whether I would get married. It wasn’t me. I had the stellar blessing of falling into a major career, McClary says. The Seattle native half expected to go into the family customs brokerage business after college, had a television internship not proven so rewarding. She worked in the Las Vegas and Phoenix markets before coming here in 1995 to help launch Channel 31’s The Morning Show (changed to Good Day Sacramento in early 1996). Billed as the top morning news show in the Sacramento Valley, Good Day averages 50,000-plus viewers daily.

The single life was good, even great, for McClary. She golfed, she traveled, she scrapbooked and she cultivated solid friendships. She even joked on the CW 31 website about her repeat duty as a bridesmaid. (Eight or nine weddings, all told.) I knew I would never walk down the aisle until I felt it to the bottom of my toes, she says.

The Courtship

Lame. That’s what McClary initially thought of Match.com when two Net-savvy friends tried to get her to check out the dating website in September 2004. She logged on to humor them, launched a search for men ages 41 to 45, 6 feet or taller and within 10 miles of Carmichael&emdash;and pulled up several hundred profiles. Goebl’s picture caught her eye.

McClary signed up for just a few weeks. Trust, communication, integrity&emdash;those are all important traits to me. . . . We like being together, but also can appreciate time apart, she wrote in her Match.com profile. She sent e-mails to Goebl and one or two others but didn’t post her photo. She finally relented, long enough to quell Goebl’s suspicion that I had three eyes, she jokes.

The two corresponded for the better part of a month. They learned they had moved to Sacramento around the same time: McClary for the job, Goebl to get out of Southern California and closer to outdoor pursuits. Their e-mail ex-change was thoughtful, Goebl says. Their first date took place at Bandera on Fair Oaks Boulevard.

It’s so funny how much we think alike, and how there were probably several times when we could have crossed paths but didn’t, McClary wrote to Goebl later that night.

Before they met, Goebl wasn’t a Good Day Sacramento viewer. He soon began to tune in, and McClary began referring to him on air as my fella. When she took him to the company Christmas party that December&emdash;an unprecedented step for her, she says&emdash;her co-workers knew this guy was different.

McClary’s younger sister, Lisa, confirms that friends and family were quickly on to her. She knew from the get-go, says Lisa, who lives in the Northwest. From the minute she described him, it wasn’t like any other relationship.

The two visited Paris together in early 2005, and the City of Light worked its magic. They braved the Metro and walked the length of the Champs-Élyses. That really sealed it for me. He’s such an awesome traveler, McClary says. Sometimes I lose a breath and think, ‘Oh my gosh. I can’t think of anyone more perfect for me.’ He’s a calming force.

The Question

The months passed, and McClary kept her fans updated through periodic blog entries on the station website. We learned that her cat, Yoda, was smitten with Goebl. And when McClary began sporting a diamond-and-sapphire ring, she called it a show-of-our-commitment-while-not-quite-ready-to-get-engaged ring&emdash;nothing further.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and, no, I’m not engaged but thank you all for asking! she blogged several months into the couple’s second year together.

Goebl finally popped the question on their second dating anniversary. They went to Carmel for the weekend; on Saturday, he patiently accompanied McClary while she shopped for hours. The next morning, he took her to Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove, declared he was hungry and pulled out a can of Walgreens Steakhouse Peanuts. A flat box containing a diamond necklace was nestled within pink tissue paper inside of the otherwise-empty can.

 

I was never in a rush. I was confident I’d find that right person, says Goebl, who popped the question then and there. McClary announced the news on Good Day Sacramento the following day. This peanut can just changed my life, she said, holding up the 15-ounce container.

Negotiating the wedding date took some doing. Goebl didn’t want to wait for another October anniversary. Sacramento’s summer months were too hot. And May was off-limits, as it is high season for TV news ratings. That left April 2007 and just six months to get ready.

The Build-up

Those who know McClary well say she loves nothing better than a meaty project or two, and her work schedule lent itself well to wedding planning. Into the West Sacramento studio every day by 5 a.m. and out by lunchtime, she was able to launch into the process with gusto.

The bride and groom selected a Sacramento theme to celebrate a mutual love of their adopted city. They secured the Capitol View Room on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento for the reception and chose a small rose garden on the north end of Capitol Park as the ceremony site.

McClary shopped for Blue Diamond almonds, Sacramento Cookie Factory wafers and other local products for the welcome baskets she assembled for their 40 out-of-town guests. They selected a three-stone princess-cut ring (3.2 carats) for her and a four-tier cake for the reception from Ettore’s European Bakery: chocolate mousse cake for the top and bottom layers, carrot cake for the two in between.

Goebl and McClary also popped a question of their own, this one to Allen. They placed a note inside the now-legendary peanut can, asking him to marry them. Allen holds credentials from the Universal Life Church and has officiated at nearly a dozen weddings, both for friends and as stunts in his various radio and TV jobs.

Co-workers and friends threw McClary a shower at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa. And in the remnants of her free time, McClary helped ready the couple’s Carmichael home for wedding guests, overseeing a bathroom remodel, an interior paint job and carpet cleaning.

Goebl did his own share, getting the backyard in shape for the Thursday night rehearsal dinner, catered by Adam Pechal of Tuli Bistro and featuring gourmet burgers. We weren’t prepared for how much work goes into a wedding, McClary says.

There were a couple of snags along the way. McClary traded in her custom-made dress for a strapless, off-the-rack gown less than a month before the wedding, which sent her scrambling for matching shoes. And she and her longtime hairdresser had a falling out two days before D-Day.

Sacramento stylist Michael Joe provided an 11th-hour rescue, fixing McClary’s hair on the morning of her wedding as well as her mother’s and matron of honor’s. He saved my noggin and my heinie, McClary notes.

(For those of you who saw her Good Day Sacramento piece on computer-generated hairstyles just before the wedding, rest assured that McClary did not opt for the Princess Leia or the B–52.)

The Day

By the time Friday, April 20, rolled around, the only thing left to worry about was the weather. Rain was in the initial forecast. The couple watched the clouds warily and considered contingent plans for the ceremony.

By late morning, the sun broke through, which McClary credits to her vow to do more volunteer work in exchange for sunny skies. Since I made a deal with God, I really feel I have to live up to it, she says.

As 5 p.m. neared, McClary’s colleagues took their seats and talked among themselves about Allen. (I bet) $10 he opens with a joke, one said. (He actually led off with a round of applause for Mother Nature.) Goebl’s German-born father, Guenter, and McClary’s closest friend, Seattle news anchor Joyce Taylor, were the two attendants.

The bride looked glorious in her white gown, framed by a backdrop of peach and pink roses. The groom teared up more than once. The Camellia String Quartet played Sunrise, Sunset. And the crowd erupted in cheers of Mazel tov! when Goebl crushed the wine glass as per Jewish custom.

That was so romantic, sighed Marlene Flowers, McClary’s mom, moments after the couple was pronounced husband and wife. They were so in the moment. They were having the time of their lives, another guest said.

The detailed planning paid off at the reception, and McClary’s handmade touches were everywhere: the luggage tag favors, each containing a slip of paper printed with the Chinese proverb A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; the 250 foil-wrapped chocolate hearts McClary made herself; the place cards bearing the names of Sacramento landmarks.

A small cake fashioned after the Walgreens peanut jar was on display next to the formal wedding cake.

Like everyone says, it goes fast. I just wish we had more time with others at the reception, McClary says, relaxing over a cup of coffee two weeks later. You’re going 1,000 miles an hour, just flying at the speed of light, then it comes to a screeching halt. . . . You’re exhausted but just thrilled.

The newlyweds spent four relaxing days in the Napa Valley following the wedding and plan to take a European honeymoon this fall. Good Day fans are still enchanted; the show’s website logged a half-million hits when the first of the wedding pictures went online. Bride and groom continue to count their blessings.I ask him all the time, ‘Where were you? What took you so long? I was waiting for you,’ McClary says. I was getting ready, is Goebl’s reply.