The Cabrera wedding had several traditions incorporated in. One of them was the lasso. There were two cords which were connected together to become one cord. It is symbolic of how their love binds them together. The beautiful lasso was placed over both Stephanie and Jose and they said their vows linked together. The couple is prayed for while linked together and the belief is that they will continue to pray together throughout their marriage. If you click on the picture you can see the crystal lasso. It glittered in the lights at the ceremony. It was really beautiful.
After the walk back down the isle after the ceremony,
another of the traditions was explained to us.
Braydon was interested in this tradition as much as we were.
His grandma was showing him the box of coins and explaining the traditions to us. In this Hispanic tradition the Priest blesses the coins in the ceremony and the groom gives the coins to the bride as he pledges to care for her and their home and family. The bride receives them and commits to help her husband and use the gifts and things they have to care for their family and others in need.
Braydon seemed to like the coins. Dont you think?
"No, maybe a big truck!"
"No, no, candy, yes candy. I can get some candy with that money!"
Mawmaw with her great grandson. We wish visiting with them could be a yearly tradition...
Mickey was so happy to be able to be at their wedding. Here he is with his beautiful daughter and her new husband.
Here he is with his handsome, tall son. We love these guys.
One more of this handsome little guy. Just look at him... He reminds me a lot of Josh at this age. Believe it or not he had those round cheeks and that hair.
I love this picture. Look at those girls faces looking at my sweet husband. Can you tell we love him in this family?
After the ceremony we headed back to the hotel for an hour or two before the after party also known as the reception. Which was great with Ryan who loved one more opportunity to punch the buttons in the hotel elevator.