I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t sure this wedding was ever going to happen. Their first wedding date was September 5, 2009. And they actually did get married that day. But, not at the beautiful church that Cristina has been attending since she was a child. And they did not get to have the lavish reception that they had planned. That first wedding was held in the ICU at UCLA so that Cristina’s dad could witness his little girl get married.
They pushed back the wedding date once again to Thanksgiving Day weekend in hopes that Cristina’s dad would be well enough to attend that wedding. But, just a week before the wedding I got the call that he wasn’t going to be well enough so they asked if they could push it back one more time. April 10, 2010. To give her dad lots of time to recover. Cristina couldn’t imagine getting married without her dad there.
I got an email from Cristina in January confirming the April date for their wedding. I asked how her dad was. Almost knowing in my heart what the answer was going to be. Cristina’s dad passed away in early December. I was so sad for Cristina and her family. But, she assured me that they were doing fine.
The days leading up to Cristina and Mike’s wedding the weather forecast called for rain. Then the rain disappeared from the forecast and it was supposed to be cloudy and cold. All I wanted for Cristina and Mike was a perfect wedding day after everything that they had been through. And the weather ended up being perfect. Sunny and warm. I can’t help but think that was Cristina’s dad had something to do with that.
Cristina didn’t want to get to married without her dad there, and she didn’t have to. He was there the whole time. From the poem that was found in her dad’s desk and read by Cristina’s sister, to the amazing and emotional toast that Mike gave, and the first dance with her mom to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” he was there celebrating with his amazing family that has been through so much in the past year.
Congratulations, Cristina and Mike! I’m so, so, so happy you were finally able to have your dream wedding. It was an amazing day and I was so happy to be apart of it! Here’s your slideshow.
PS Thank you to the awesome Denise Bovee for referring her cousin to me!
The reception was held at Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank. Beautiful venue and great staff to work with!
I love happy accidents!
Very, very emotional toast by Mike. Not a dry eye in the room.
One of the best toasts I’ve ever heard by one of the Maids of Honor, Cristina’s sister. The toast included the Eight Clap. If you don’t know what the Eight Clap is then you’re not cool
Cristina’s mom and sisters found a poem in Cristina’s father’s desk that he intended to read at the reception. A very special and very emotional moment.
I can’t get through the mother/son dance without crying. I lose it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Can’t help but think that will be me and my little boy one day.