Chad Hines, has his mobile unit and speakers all set up. I plugged into his system and did a sound check. It was perfect!
Entering first were Daniel's grandparents.
Then Daniel's parents, Deborah and Kenneth.
Mother of the bride, Maria Luisa, was escorted in by one of our groomsmen.
We are all lined up to enter.
Here we go as our photographer, Krystal Kast, gets a shot of each person entering.
Luisa is escorted in by her father, Francisco.
Gilda watches them enter and the processional is complete!
The guests stand as the bride and her father enter the Terrace.
Luisa is wearing very high heels under that gorgeous dress and so they go slow!"There is an old tradition that the elders, or the wise ones of the tribe or family give the beloveds to one another as an acknowledgement of their support for this union. I believe all of you here qualify as the tribe of Maria Luisa and Dan. So, please all answer when I ask, 'Who has the privilege of presenting this woman to this man?'” Of course they all answered "We do."
About 10 minutes before the ceremony began, Luisa decided she wanted to sit down during the ceremony--the high heels. The wedding party was already planned to be seated for the ceremony. So Gilda checked with me and then placed two chairs up front for them. After their guests enthusiastically sanctioned their marriage, I invited everyone to sit. So, I was the only one standing during most of the ceremony which was fine.
Then I invited their parents to stand for the Parents' Blessing which usually brings the mothers to tears!
Then it was time for their story which was so much fun to tell. It all started back in 2009 when Luisa embarked on a 10-day study abroad to Boone NC from her home in Valencia, Spain. This was a spur of the moment decision that had nothing to do with her area of study. Her host happened to be a friend of Dan's and so they met when the friends got together to hang out. Luisa and Dan were attracted to each other instantly. After her return to Spain they were able to stay in touch thanks to the wonder of technology.
After joining left hands, they exchanged their rings.
When it came time to make the pronouncement of marriage, I invited the guests to say "We pronounce you husband and wife" with me!
Awww........we are really married!
There she goes again!
And out they go......
Krystal gets the wedding party all assembled!
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