This wonderful couple tied the knot on 5 . 16 . 15
The day started at Ulta Beauty Salon in San Marcos, TX, where the ladies enjoyed a morning of pampering! Hair and make up where done and then it was off for a quick bite to eat before we made our way to the church. Erica and I had a little time alone after lunch. We spoke about life, hardships, love and what marriage is about and what it means to us. Folks, this pretty little lady has one of the best grasps of what it takes to make a marriage work and boy, is Anthony lucky to have her!
We arrived at St Anthony’s Catholic Church and once inside of the bridal room, I witnessed what love and family is all about. Erica and Anthony both come from large Hispanic families and I learned in that valuable time what was so precious about their heritage and culture. They care so deeply for each other and you can tell in about two minutes they would do anything for anyone. I was no longer their photographer, I was welcomed with opened arms as a friend.
I left the bride for a few minutes to meet the groom and his parents outside to witness a very extraordinary moment of a mother and son pinning their boutonnieres on each other. May sound like a simple experience, but it was a moment that no words were needed. The look in Anthony’s fathers eyes said it all. Afterwards, I delivered a letter from Erica for Anthony and watched the emotional moment he read the last words he would ever read from his fiancé before she became his wife. I’d be lying if I said a lump didn’t form in my throat.
Once back inside the bridal room, it was Erica’s turn to read Anthony’s letter. As her eyes moved over the special words he wrote, the smile that appeared on her lips meant that she knew she was marrying her soul mate and best friend. She knew what a miracle she had found in the man that was about to become her husband.
And then it was time!!! Erica’s mother walked her down the aisle and that moment will forever be cherished in their hearts. The way Anthony looked towards his bride was the way every women prays to be looked at on her wedding day. The ceremony was heartfelt and beautiful and you could feel God was there giving His blessing over the joining of these two lives and two families.
After the ceremony it was off to the reception! Now if you know anything about this wedding, you know that we were all soooooo worried about the weather, as we have been having terrible storms in the area! The forecast called for 60% chance of thunderstorms and the reception was the outdoor rooftop at Trudys Four Star in Austin! Again, God stepped in! He gave us a stunning afternoon with sunshine and a breeze to keep us cool! The celebration was full of laughter, dancing, hugs and even more love!
Anthony and Erica, saying thank you doesn’t really feel like enough here. You may not have noticed because I had a camera to hide behind, but your wedding day touched me deep into my soul and if any of your pictures are blurry…. well we can blame that on the tears I felt creeping into my eyes at many times throughout the day! I may be giving you pictures to cherish for the rest of your lives, but you also gave me a gift…. Your friendship and the reward of seeing two incredible people so deeply in love and your trust in me to be a part of and capture your day. That is something I will be eternally grateful for.
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