It is not often that a planner gets to plan a special event like the 50th Wedding Anniversary of their parents! Rosie Moore, Master Wedding Planner for 27 Miracles had just that opportunity with the assistance on the day of from fellow planners Christine Pabelico and her assistants Tess, Shannon and Kim!
The date December 21, 1963, it was a cold and snowy day for the first day of winter. They thought that they would not be able to have their wedding, but people still made it to the church and the wedding.
Through the years they celebrated many years of good memories. Watch the video of their life together.
As they approached their 50th wedding anniversary the wedding vow renewal planning started about a year before the big date!
They started with a fun-filled engagement session:
But on December 21, 2013, the first day of winter in Florida brought us 85 Degrees! Wow!
The day started with the photography of Michael Anthony Photography capturing the pre-ceremony pictures that included the bride getting ready and her bouquet.
The Beautiful bouquets were made by RJ Glamour and Innovation for the Diva! That is what Juan Carlos, owner, and designer, called Antonia because he was ever so proud to do an event of such honor as someone’s 50th wedding vow renewal for someone who he knew through the wedding industry.
No wedding would be complete without comfortable shoes made for a princess! Angela Nuran provided just that with her shoes and the buckle even matches the pendant on the bouquet, what a coincidence!
When it came time to select her wedding gown, of course, what they made back 50 years ago is not sold in this day and age, unless it is custom-made. But her idea of her dress was that of Cinderella because that is what she always said her life was like until Julio, her Prince Charming, swept her off her feet!
It’s time to get ready……
And the bride is ready…..
It was quite an honor to have three generations in one room celebrating this special day. Antonia was joined by her daughter Rosie, grand-daughter Kayla, and Grandson Kaleb.
The flower girl in the picture has been babysat by Antonia since birth; so to have her on this day was going to be part of the memories to share..
Now Julio had been through quite a bit….back in 2006 (3 months before his daughter Rosie Married Marcus), he had a series of strokes with a major one that set him back in the hospital. But through prayers, faith, and the help of the staff and family he regained his ability to get his life back.
He started his day with son in law Marcus and grandson Christopher.
Now Julio is retired from the army and what better way to honor him than having the honor guard perform for him. The honor guard walked into Proud To Be An American as they set their flags. Then honored Julio with a saber ceremony.
No ceremony would be complete without the beautiful romantic music of Christine MacPhail the harpist.
Okay, the big moment has arrived, Julio has not seen Antonia since dinner the night before. He was kind of nervous as he did not know what was happening next.
Who would have thought that this 1lb 10 oz preemie baby boy would be walking down the aisle at his grandma’s wedding vow renewal 4 yrs later…..
The first-born grandchild Christopher, got the honor of escorting his grandmother down the aisle to the traditional wedding march.
The handoff to Julio…
You have to love the shots that photographers take and capture moments like this, Kaleb, the ring bearer intently paying attention to what is happening.
Christopher sang the Lord’s Prayer during the ceremony, bringing emotion to all that were present.
Now everyone knows that Marcus does not speak Spanish. For the wedding ceremony with some coaching from Oscar of Sensational Ceremonies, he recited a few verses from First Corinthians 13 much to Antonia and Julio’s surprise. They were touched by the heartfelt gesture.
It was a little too windy for the unity candle to be lit, but it did not stop them from trying with the Ave Maria playing in the background by Christine MacPhail the Harpist.
And they are husband and wife, what the Lord has joined together let no man separate…
The Bridal Party!
The Happy Couple!
Officiant Pastor Santos!
The immediate family!
Now it is time to see the artwork of RJ Glamour and Innovation coupled with the lighting special effects of Roque productions in the beautiful Wyndham Orlando Resort,
The ballroom reveal……seeing everything before the guests do…..
Judging from that smile, they were very pleased with everything……as they heard the tunes of Louis Armstrong singing When You Wish Upon a Star……
Look at the beautiful cake from Party Flavors!! Not only beautiful but tasty too!!!
Each table was named with the fruits of the spirit, love, patience, kindness, …in Spanish and English…
Let the celebration begin by looking at the family pictures dating back to their dating years and their wedding photo restored to color, thanks to West Orange Photo!
And here come the two flower girls and the ring bearer…
The bridesmaid and groomsman aka the grandkids( brother and sister), I guess for this instance “cootie alert ” is down…funny how kids still think that…..
Matron of Honor and Best Man
Awaiting the bride and Groom’s grand entrance
Mr. and Mrs. Freijo!
The blessing by Delilah…..
After a most delicious dinner prepared by the staff at the Wyndham Orlando( people are STILL saying how great the food was) it was time for the slide show…5 decades of memories….( you can see at the beginning of the blog)
No Wedding is complete without cutting the cake to A kiss is just a kiss by Louis Armstrong…
And their original cake cutting picture on the cake table….. Who has been married the least amount of years? That is the game that Andres the MC from Roque productions played…..much, to everyone’s surprise, this happy couple married just a few short months
What advice can Antonia and Julio give to make it the last 50 years? Love, patience, and more love…….and understanding…..
A bouquet to start that road to marriage……
It is time to thank the guests for coming and the vendors for their fabulous work to make this wedding vow renewal the success that it was!
But before they say good-bye…Vocalists Kristin and Chris had a very special good bye to sing…..”Time to Say Good Bye ” By Andrea Boccelli…..
Now we all know that it does not snow in Florida right? But we were worried about cold fronts, rain in December. Thanks to our friends the Forecasting Team (a meteorology forecasting company) they gave the thumbs up for perfect weather! And indeed it was with sunny blue skies….but if we were to recreate the wedding blizzard they had 50 years ago how were we to do that? Luckily Brian from Standing Ovation came to the rescue and made it snow in Florida!!!
As they went on board their classical car for a ride around O’town with chauffeur Miguel from Southern Elegance!!!
And they lived happily ever after……………
Thank you, Christine and Tess, for the wedding day coordinators on this day!
27 Miracles www.27miraclesbyrosie.com
All About Your Wedding Day/Hair and Makeup
Angela Nuran Shoes
Christopher Gaitan and Brittany Sotos/Vocalists
Lt Sanger/Honor Guard
Michael Anthony Photography
RJ Glamour and Innovation/Decor and Floral
Southern Elegance Limousine/Classic Car
Treasured Moments Video
Wyndham Orlando Resort
Pastor Santos Ramirez