Escovedo and Martinez had not told family they were going to get married.
“We didn’t want no family to stop us, nobody to tell us that we can and can’t get married,” Martinez told the Journal on Thursday. “It was spur of the moment.”
Lonny Escovedo, 28, was her “little class clown” who loved to dance, the 36-year-old told the Journal.
“As soon as you get him to start dancing, you could not get him to stop – he made me feel young again.”
The couple became engaged five months ago and had been together for 18 months, Martinez told the Journal.
“How we loved each other and couldn’t wait to get out of the state to be Mr. and Mrs. Escovedo,” she said. “To me, I think it’s a dream and I’ll wake up and he’ll be there -- but I know he’ll never be here ever again.”