What does it mean when you say a love that lasts forever? Is it a love that lasts until the first fight? A love that lasts until one gets bored with the person they are with? Or is it a love that withstands the test of all times? Let me share a love story that surpasses the fairytale romance of the wedding day. For those that don’t know the story of Gabby and Frank, read their engagement blog here to see their story https://27miracles.com/2016/03/31/high-school-sweethearts-fall-in-love-gabby-and-frank/
Today, a man and a woman stand before God and their families to declare their love. Neither of them have any idea what the future holds, but does anyone? However that did not matter to either of them. They were best friends and they were in love.
If you recall in our engagement story, the Orlando wedding community joined together to give this deserving couple the wedding of their dreams. With the many challenges that they faced financially for all the medical care that Gabby had to have, their would not be anything left to plan a wedding.
April 2, 2016 the day had arrived. Thunderstorms were not going to keep this wedding from happening. The day started out hot, muggy and stormy, but no one seemed to notice, all that mattered on this day was that hundreds of people were coming together to make a couple’s wedding dreams come true!
Gabby started her day getting her hair and make up done by Stylist Professor Maria Ivette Hernandez and her team of hair and make up artists as Gabby contemplated this day and her wedding dress
Gabby’s mom helped her in to her dress while her mother in law to be looked on..
As Frank awaited the moment that he would see his bride…. It’s time for the wedding….Rings and bouquets are ready, the church is ready and the team of 27 Miracles planners and assistants were ready.
First the mothers came in and lit the candles, it was a touching moment as they entered. to the song Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion. Now it is time for the groom to enter accompanied by the best man and the officiant. The song that they selected was A Thousand Years- Christina Perri
The bridal party started their entrance and as the flower girl enters and lines the aisle with petals, the groom looks on as he knows that the bride will soon be by his side…Everyone rise, announces the officiant…here comes the bride escorted by her father. Gabby selected Marry your daughter-Brian Jr and Niko McKnight as the special song that she wanted to enter to as she approached her best friend, waiting for her at the altar.
Frank gets filled with emotion at the sight of Gabby…
As the father of the bride gives her away….you can see the emotion he is going through knowing that he is giving away his little girl to a man who will now be taking care of her for the rest of her life.
The ceremony has begun and as Officiant Marcus Moore, takes the couple through the wedding ceremony… The bride and groom share their own special vows…there was not a dry eye in the church, it was so moving..
As they entered in to prayer and the ring ceremony they lit the unity candle, uniting their marriage to one another.
“I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss the bride.”
Congratulations to Gabby and Frank as they take their special family pictures…
The bridal party celebrated with Gabby and Frank as they know the struggles this couple went through…
The Bride and Groom share special moments alone ….
It is time for the Ballroom Reveal, when Gabby and Frank get to see their ideas come to life!
The reception was held at First Baptist Orlando Faith Hall, the catering was provided by Oley’s Catering, the decor by RJ glamour and Innovation. The up lighting was provided by Roque Productions and Orlando DJ and Lighting.
Juan Carlos and Rigo Lugo of RJ Glamour and Innovation captured the Bride’s vision to the last detail.
The cake a 4 tier Amaretto flavored cake was made by Cut the Cake. The bride had always dreamed of having a 4 tier cake that would be taller than she was when she was cutting it……..Gabby and Frank, could not believe their eyes when they entered in to their dream wedding…
As Gabby and Frank walked around the ballroom, they wanted to take it all in and not miss anything. They started by the photo booth with Eddie from Just for You Photo Booths.
Frank had a special person in his life that could not be there for him on his wedding day and that was his Godfather. A special place setting was created for Frank’s Godfather in his memory as well as a picture collage placed on the gift table.
It was time to let the guests inside the ballroom and get the festivities started.
They had their first dance and you could feel their love was so strong as they danced together to How Will I Know by Sam Smith.
When a father gives his daughter away it is a difficult thing. Gabby’s father was taken with emotion as he Danced with Cinderella…
Frank wanted to dance a special song with his mom and he selected Momma, for all the things she did for him to support him in this journey called marriage.
Gabby found her mother to be such a huge support for here she did not want to pass a moment to dance with her mother.
The happy couple had many well wishers as they toasted to their new life together.
Before the night slipped away, Gabby wanted to thank all her guests and wedding professionals for making her dreams come true.
The bride had always dreamed of a 4 tier simple white cake with flowers around it. Sharon Haller of Cut the Cake captured the vision as the happy couple cut the cake.
Cirque Kalandra and 27 Miracles wanted to give the bride a Disney experience with one of their acts at Disney…
Now no wedding reception would be complete without everyone dancing and having a good time, even our fun-loving DJ’s Andres Roque of Roque Productions and Adam Rubman of Orlando DJ and Lighting joined in!
No one wanted the night to end, but it came to that time and yet another surprise, a chauffeured driven car from Southern Elegance Limousine to take them to a downtown Disney hotel for their honeymoon for a few days.
Today we keep Gabby in our prayers for health and Frank for strength as they embark on this journey together. Do not marry the person that you can live with, marry the person that you cannot live without. Enjoy your love with the person you are with for tomorrow is never promised. Take the example of Gabby and Frank, best friends in love, riding the waves of life together. Some days the waves are crashing high and they hold on to the boat of life a little tighter as they ride the wave, other days they can sit back and relax in the boat as they rock gently back and forth.
Thank you to all our wedding professionals that donated time and service to make Gabby and Frank’s wedding day special.
On the Wedding Day…
1. First Baptist Orlando/Venue for Ceremony and their staff
2. Faith Hall/Venue for Reception Robin and her staff
3. Wedding Officiant/Marcus Moore
4.RJ Glamour and Innovation/Decor/Linens/Floral/Chivari Chairs
5.Pianist at Ceremony/Teresa.
7. Treasured Moments Videography
8. Oley’s Kitchen/Catering
9.Orlando DJ and Lighting/Adam Rubman/Uplights,DJ and MC
10.Roque Productions/Andres Roque/Uplights/DJ and MC
11. Our Volunteer Catering Servers, Alyssa, Anderson, Krystin Lapage, Enrique, and Jose
12. UCF Wedding Planning Students Shaye Glover, Tony-Ann Walker, Harriett Whitcombe, Moriah Tate, Kelli Hanrahan
13. Wedding Coordinator: Rosie Moore/27 Miracles 14. Day of Wedding Planners: Diane Jenson( The Wedding Party), Alla Vinnikova, (ABC Member) Elizabeth Fontaine ( First Baptist Orlando and 27 Miracles)
15.Hair and Make up for Bride and Wedding Party: Professor Maria Ivette Hernandez, Eric Clark and her senior students at Florida Technical College
16. Dessert Station/Pastry Chef Students at Florida Technical College
17.Wedding Cake/ Cut The Cake/Sharon Haller
18.Southern Elegance Limousine/Miguel Hernandez
19. Photo Booth/Just for You/Eddie Lebron
20. Entertainment/Cirque Kalandra/Vitaly Vinnikova
Without this team none of this could have been accomplished! I don’t say this to boast of what we did, but of what a community of wedding professionals is capable of doing when they put their heart and mind to help someone in need. On Behalf of 27 Miracles We want to say thank you for being who you are! God Bless your businesses always.