I’ve been to so many weddings I’ve lost count! All of them beautiful, filled with love, and hope. But inevitably there are some that are magic. They take your breath away and make your heart skip a beat. They are so profound, that to just be there as a witness is to truly see God’s hand at work. This weekend, I was part of one just so.
On Saturday April 30th, 2016 Danny and Valerie became one! Not just in the legal sense, but in every sense. I had the luck of getting to spend time with both of them last July where they live in Columbus, OH. I’ve known Valerie for some years, but I was going to meet Danny for the first time. They are the most fun and happy couple! Their love is contagious, and the laughter infectious.
So I looked forward to Saturday with much anticipation! I knew I would see some old friends and was looking forward to that as well.
The event took place at the Mayfair located in Coconut Grove in Miami, FL. Upon entering the cocktail room, I smiled like a moron. There, all lined up taking pictures, was Danny’s rugby team! I had my very good friend Maylan with me. We smiled at each other. We agreed this was going to be a special wedding!
And of course it did not disappoint.
From Danny’s face as Valerie and her mother walked down the isle…
To the equally dazzling faces of Mother and Bride!
Everyone in attendance knew they were witnessing God’s grace and love, as it clearly shone out of these two beautiful people.
The vows were said with such emotion and without reservation. These two are clearly already so committed to one another.
There’s something so special about the ring exchange. That outward symbol that tells the rest of the world “Seats Taken”. The eternal circle with no beginning, and no end. Danny could not wait to get it on her finger!
But the best moment, that moment when it’s all official; The pastor declared them husband and wife! Just look at the sheer, unreserved excitement on their faces!
To make it even more special, their first act as husband and wife was to share communion The Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
But don’t go yet! Because the reception is where the real tears (happy tears of course) began! The first dance was perfect! I hope you don’t mind David, but I just had to use your perfect picture!
And then there was the mother son dance! Oh Lord! The party favors should’ve been tissues! They danced to “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban. The tears flowed like Niagara falls over here!
And then well you know…It exploded! The dance floor was open to us all. I promise you we danced for 4 hours straight! It was a blast!
One of the most thoughtful and touching things I saw was was Valerie’s bouquet. I would’ve missed it entirely if Susie hadn’t pointed it out! I’m so glad she did! It includes pictures of friends and family that were unable to celebrate with them.
Thank you Valerie and Danny for such a magical night! Thank you for the invite and for sharing this moment with me! I will treasure it always! I pray for many more moments like this for you both! I look forward to future visits and our friendship!
Love you both! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Pitaluga!! See you in July!
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