All day it was sporadically drizzling outside, but I could tell that everyone in my bridal party was avoiding mentioning the potential rain. Having an outside ceremony was something that Will and I were particularly passionate about—we loved the idea of nature being the backdrop! As I glanced out the window about an hour before heading out to the ceremony, I noticed gray clouds and raindrops outside, but just looked away and said a little prayer for clear skies.
Us girls (the bridal party, myself, and the moms) all rode to the ceremony location together in a limo, and as we pulled up to the site it was clear that the cloudy skies weren’t going anywhere. I prayed another prayer that the rain would hold off until just after the ceremony, as my mom received a text from my aunt about the thunderstorm that was supposed to hit.
At 4:00 PM (the time the wedding was set to begin) the rain still had not started, so we decided to take a gamble with mother nature and begin the ceremony in hopes that the rain would stay away for at least the next half hour. It was time to get married, after all! 🙂
Luis (one of Will’s mentors) and Pam (Will’s sister):
Albert (Will’s good friend) and Jeanette (my good friend):
Brandon (my brother) and Katie (his wife and my Matron of Honor):
And finally Alex (Will’s Best Man) and Flor (my Maid of Honor):
As I approached the entrance to the pathway to walk down the aisle with my mom, I noticed how bright and sunny the sky had suddenly become. It was as if all the clouds parted JUST above the ceremony site to make beautiful lighting for our special day. The Lord was smiling down!
Before the wedding, Will and I imagined what it would be like the moment that we made eye contact as I walked down the aisle. I kept saying “I’m gonna cry!!” “I’m gonna be a hot mess!”, knowing that we had waited so long for the special day to arrive and that it was finally HERE. Will predicted that he would probably be emotional as well, but I don’t think either of us had any idea what type of waterworks were in store!
Cue the tears 😉
Wedding tears and laughter!
Our pastor asked who would be giving me away and my mom responded that it was her and my father (who was sitting proudly in a wheelchair in the first row). She took her seat and the ceremony began!
Pastor JP (our officiant) did an amazing job. He spoke of the roles of a man and a woman in marriage, and how the relationship between a husband and a wife is the on-earth representation of the relationship between Christ and the church. He reminded Will and I that our relationship would not be based on feelings, but on a CHOICE to love each other.
We had Arlene, a great friend of ours and my second Miami-mom, stand up and present a beautiful passage about marriage. We then exchanged the vows that we personally wrote for each other and the rings.
The last thing I wanted to include in our ceremony was the braiding of a three strand multicolored cord. You can read more about the symbolism behind it here, but it’s based off one of my favorite scriptures from Ecclesiastes.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” –Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
The three strands were to represent myself as the bride (white), Will as the groom (blue), and the Lord as the strand that ultimately binds us together and keeps us strong as a union (gold).
We prayed together over our new union for the first time as husband and wife, then were announced as Mr. and Mrs!
Will sure did know how to kiss his bride 😉
We were officially husband and wife! Woohoo!
So with the avoidance of the rain and in the presence of all of our closest friends and family, I would say that our ceremony was beyond anything I could’ve dreamed of. I am far from perfect. Will is not perfect. But by God’s grace two imperfect people came together out of love, and committed to doing life together in the best way we know how.
And that, my friends, is what dreams are made of 😉
Read about the reception here…