A Love that Lasts Forever….Gabby and Frank

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 123-39 123-42

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123-57Gabby’s mom helped her in to her dress while her mother in law to be looked on..

123-52As Frank awaited the moment that he would see his bride….123-6 123-11It’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.

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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.123-59 123-63 123-65 123-67Now 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

123-71 123-77The 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…123-91Everyone 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.

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123-100As 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.

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The ceremony has begun and as Officiant Marcus Moore,  takes the couple through the wedding ceremony…123-112 123-129 123-133The bride and groom share their own special vows…there was not a dry eye in the church, it was so moving..

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As they entered in to prayer and the ring ceremony they lit the unity candle, uniting their marriage to one another.

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Congratulations to Gabby and Frank as they take their special family pictures…

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The bridal party celebrated with Gabby and Frank as they know the struggles this couple went through…

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123-318 123-320 123-325 123-337 123-349 123-354 123-356It 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.

123-360 123-362 123-368 123-371The 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……..123-548Gabby and Frank, could not believe their eyes when they entered in to their dream wedding…123-377

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.

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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.

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It was time to let the guests inside the ballroom and get the festivities started.

123-406They 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.

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123-432Frank 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.

123-438Gabby 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.

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Before the night slipped away, Gabby wanted to thank all her guests and wedding professionals for making her dreams come true.

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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.

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123-501 123-502 123-503 123-506 123-509 123-512 123-517Now 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!

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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.

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123-622Today 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.
6.123 Photography
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.

 

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High School Sweethearts Fall In Love Gabby and Frank

Love stories are always great to read and talk about especially when there is a wedding to be planned.  That is the love story of Gabby and Frank, high school sweethearts that fell in love. You can see the love that they have for each other in the pictures as 123 Photography captures those moments.

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Gabby and Frank were the  typical high school sweethearts, until one day…..

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27 Miracles received a letter from Gabby that read like this:

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“Hello Rosie, thank you so much for taking the time to write back to me and ask me about my illness.  I spoke to Ivonne and was amazed by the incredible weddings you’ve done for others. So I am really excited that you wrote to me! I would love to explain my story to you.

In 2013 my fiancé and I were celebrating our second anniversary of dating,  when we got back home I became sick. It started with a cough and gradually turned into pneumonia and a virus.   The doctors gave me antibiotics but I did not get better.   I became paralyzed and wheelchair bound; I lost all my independence. I went from a normal 19 year old girl into someone that didn’t know what was happening; I felt lost. The doctors didn’t know what was happening.   They operated on my left lung to determine what was happening but still no answers.  The doctors kept saying the same thing, I just had a bad case of pneumonia.

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My health problems were overwhelming.   My mom and my fiancé became my caregivers.   I couldn’t do the simplest of things like brushing my teeth or combing my hair. I became oxygen dependent.  Many days I wanted to give up, but my faith kept reminding me to keep fighting. After a year of fighting, in December of 2013, I decided to get up on my own from the wheelchair.   As I got out of the wheel chair I blacked out and was rushed to the hospital.   While at the hospital, they ran tests and found fluid surrounding my heart.  The doctors decided that an emergency surgery to remove the fluid was necessary.   The doctors removed over 600cc of fluid inside and outside of my heart.  They stated that if I had waited two more hours, I would have passed away. The next day while in ICU,  I was told I had to have another surgery to figure out why my lungs weren’t capable of functioning on their own. They did surgery on my right lung this time.

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I felt drained, but I kept fighting, I needed answers.   I was diagnosed with three chronic autoimmune diseases. Dermatomyositis,  this  is a rare muscle disease that affects the heart and lungs, the breathing muscles, swallowing muscles and skeletal muscles.  This disease depending on the day, debilitates me to the point where some days I can walk, while others I am confined to the wheelchair.  I was also diagnosed with sjogrens syndrome, a chronic autoimmune condition characterized by degeneration of the salivary and lachrymal glands, causing dryness of the mouth and eyes.  This condition also affected my teeth; sadly I am missing most of my teeth.   The doctors also told me that I have pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease in which scars are formed in the lung tissues, leading to serious breathing problems.  I am on chemotherapy medicine to control the diseases, prednisone and acthar gel injections as well. All these illnesses made the type 1 diabetes that I have had since age 8 worse.

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Despite all of this happening in my life, my fiancé proposed to me while in the hospital in front of my family and favorite nurses on December 13, 2013.  I didn’t know if I was going to live or die, I was  hanging on to my faith. Saying YES to him was without a doubt my desire,  he’s an amazing man and best friend.


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The doctors have told me that I have 3 to 5 years to live because of the pulmonary fibrosis and the other conditions involved make the pulmonary fibrosis worse.    My lung specialist stated that I have to be put on a lung transplant list.   It’s a scary thing for me, but also for my fiancé, my mother, my younger brother and the family.   There is a chance of rejection, but I truly believe God does things for a reason. I believe throughout my journey God made me  into the woman I am,  I see life differently,  I appreciate the little things.

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My goal is to marry the man of my dreams,  to walk to him and not be in a wheelchair, even though I don’t know if this illness and its complications will take me away from him. I just want  to  finally marry the one I love.   We have been engaged for two years and saving for a wedding has become impossible due to the medical bills.

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Getting in touch with you is amazing.   I truly believe God put Ivonne and you in my path for a reason.  I do have so many ideas in my mind, one example is dedicating the song “Mamas Song” by Carrie Underwood to my mother,  she’s been my rock through it all and dedicating a special song to my fiancé.

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I would love to do my wedding if possible around February because my birthday is on Valentines Day.  I don’t know how to sign the HIPAA form could you explain that to me. I don’t have an exact count on how many people will be there, but could I give you an estimate if possible? If my dream wedding is possible it would be a dream come true for me. Thank you again for taking the time to write to me! ”

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When 27 Miracles planner Rosie Moore received this letter, she was touched by Gabby’s story.  She spoke to a few wedding professionals who without even thinking, after she shared the story said count me in. There are many who are surprising the bride and groom with their services, so we shall have to keep everything a secret for now…but if you follow us on facebook , you will be sure to see many pictures of the beautiful day.

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On Saturday, April 2nd 2016 at 2:30pm, Gabby and Frank will be married with all of their friends and family at First Baptist Orlando Church.  The wedding professionals involved are all eager for this day to come so that they can give of themselves to make a bride’s dream come true.  There will be a private reception for friends and family after the ceremony. On this day  a community will join together to help make Gabby and Frank’s wedding dreams come true.  27 Miracles thanks all of the wedding professionals that have been involved in planning this blessed event.

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I Am in A New York State of Mind

As Billy Joel, puts it some folks like to get away…. That is what Migdalia and Edwin did on their wedding day.  They decided to bring their New York state of mind to Orlando.

If you missed Migdalia and Edwin’s engagement story, check it out here :

Migdalia and Edwin Engagement Story

The wedding weekend fast approached, with rehearsal at the church and a nice dinner at Buca Di Peppo, sharing a night with  family and friends.  Thank you to the managers at Buca!  11138168_10152967035397795_8963204353793953295_n  Migdalia gave each of the girls in the bridal party  travel bags so they can have all their wedding stuff organized.  The guys received travel bags for the day of the wedding as well.  The guests received custom label chocolate bars 11121769_10152967036407795_80085076336548155_n

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The day arrived for the wedding to begin! Migdalia thoroughly enjoyed her time on Saturday morning getting ready in her bridal suite at First Baptist Orlando. Look at the detail in RJ Glamour’s work as he surprised the bride with a New York bling apple on her bouquet. 27 Miracles loves it when  the wedding professionals surprise their clients!

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Now that everyone is dressed and ready to go, the girls thought they would show off their new travel bags and how well they worked on the wedding day to carry all their needs.

123- (27 of 541) 123- (54 of 541) 123- (55 of 541) 123- (56 of 541)The girls were having too much fun, getting their pictures taken.  One special thing about this group of girls, is that the majority were sisters of the bride and a best friend and her daughter.  It made the bond very special.

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123- (49 of 541) 123- (51 of 541)While the girls were getting ready in their suite, Edwin and his guys were having their own fun on their side!

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123- (70 of 541)The church looked beautiful with the red carpet and the aisle with the candles and flowers…

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“can you babysit my guinea pig while we are in the ceremony, he won’t make a sound?” Okay we get asked to hold on to purses, watches, bags, hair bands, cell phones, but guinea pigs…okay that is a first…We took their word for it and said sure we did not open it to see what was inside, for fear of what may come out!!

When the bride was planning the wedding with Master Bridal Consultant Rosie Moore of 27 Miracles, she wanted to do something special but did not know what to do.  Rosie Moore suggested that she could  honor Edwin for his service in the Marines and other veterans and active duty military.  The honor guard, came out to First Baptist Orlando to do just that.  What a challenge to keep the groom hidden on one side so that he did not see them come out until it was time.  We had them wait inside the doors and the groom outside the doors of the church in the lobby.  This ensured he did not see them.  Poor Edwin, kept asking Rosie Moore, the planner, why he couldn’t go inside as they practiced the night before.  Finally the time to open the doors came, Moore, explained to Edwin that this is a special surprise for him and after he sees it, he can go inside.  The bride of course could not see the groom, so she took a sneak peek from the side of her room as the honor guard posted their flags to “God Bless the USA.”

Watch the groom’s reaction as he awaits the doors to be opened.

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Photographer Nick from 123 Photography captured the Honor Guard as they came in to post their flags. Scott from Treasured Moments Videography was able to capture the moment as they entered.  These are the reasons why video is so important, they give life to your still photography shots and tell the story that is captured with expression.

It’s time to enter the ceremony, the mother of the groom enters followed by Pastor David Uth of First Baptist Orlando and the groom and his groomsmen.

123- (80 of 541) 123- (82 of 541) 123- (85 of 541)Now the moment everyone has been waiting for…the entrance of the bride escorted by her son Marcus.  The bridal party anxiously awaits her entrance while the groom with nervous anticipation holds back tears as the moment has come, when he will see his beautiful bride!

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But on the serious note, this couple wanted to start their marriage right with celebrating communion as the song by Nicole C. Mullins “My Redeemer Lives” played softly in the background.

123- (151 of 541) 123- (153 of 541) 123- (154 of 541) 123- (155 of 541) 123- (156 of 541) 123- (157 of 541)The couple wanted to do something different, they decided to do a Unity Cross.

“The Unity Cross is a multi-piece sculpture that is assembled during the Unity Service of the Wedding Ceremony representing how the -Two become One. The Groom places the outer Cross in the beautiful wood base as the Pastor explains how God created man- Bold, Strong, the Defender of the Family yet how he is empty and incomplete without the woman. The Bride then places the more delicate cross inside of the Grooms cross as the Pastor explains how God created Woman- Delicate, multi-faceted, taking care of all of the little things that completes the man, and the -Two become One. The Bride and Groom then use the 3 golden pegs to lock the union(cross) together in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the pastor exclaims that: What God has brought together let no man take apart. Then the Unity Cross is taken home and displayed as a Daily Reminder of your Wedding Day and the Covenant that you both have made.”

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The Pastor pronounced them husband and wife.  “you may kiss your beautiful bride.” 123- (161 of 541) 123- (162 of 541) 123- (163 of 541) 123- (165 of 541) 123- (167 of 541)Migdalia and Edwin were so thrilled to have their Pastor David Uth marry them and to have the honor guard honor Edwin and all those that served so that we can be free today. 123- (170 of 541) 123- (182 of 541)18114_10152972562262795_5972756448744776646_nWhen you have not seen your family in a while,it is important to capture those special moments with them.  Check out 123 Photography as he captured this happy couple with some fun bridal party shots.

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123- (237 of 541)The bride and groom are both from New York and they always said that the day they got married, they wanted to have a New York Themed wedding and that they did!  See the attention to detail that was placed on this themed wedding.  The venue is The Crowne Plaza Universal, with its picture decor of the Big Apple.  The uplights in the background,  a cityscape of New York, thanks to Roque Productions, the wedding cake, has the New York Skyline with the big apple in the background.  Each table was a different city or street that meant something to the bride and groom; from Manhattan, to Park Ave, Rockefeller Center and Central Park.  The red, black and bling colors made this wedding over the top in decor by RJ Glamour and Innovation.  The Wedding cake was customized by Party Flavors, not only beautiful, but delicious with each tier a different flavor.  The cake topper a special order through the U.S. Marines.123- (240 of 541) 123- (241 of 541) 123- (242 of 541) 123- (243 of 541) 123- (245 of 541) 123- (246 of 541) 123- (250 of 541) 123- (251 of 541) 123- (253 of 541) 123- (254 of 541) 123- (255 of 541) 123- (257 of 541) 123- (259 of 541) 123- (260 of 541) 123- (261 of 541) 123- (262 of 541) 123- (263 of 541) 123- (265 of 541) 123- (266 of 541) 123- (267 of 541)

As the 27 Miracles team brought the Bride and groom to see the ballroom for the first time, the expression on their faces tells it all as to how happy they were to see the fruits of the year-long planning come to life. They entered to one of their favorite songs “Native New Yorker” by Odyssey.  The couple got to enjoy a special moment to dance while looking at the ballroom in their little piece of New York at The Crown Plaza.123- (274 of 541) 123- (275 of 541) 123- (277 of 541) 123- (278 of 541) 123- (279 of 541) 123- (280 of 541) 123- (281 of 541) 123- (286 of 541) 123- (289 of 541) 123- (292 of 541) 123- (293 of 541) 123- (295 of 541) 123- (297 of 541) 123- (305 of 541) 123- (309 of 541) 123- (311 of 541)

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But the best part of all was the bridal party entrance to Frank Sinatra’s New York while the Bridal Party did a kick line entrance suited with top hat and cane as choreographed by Dance It Studio’s very own Codi!

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Presenting Mr. and Mrs.!123- (323 of 541) 123- (325 of 541) 123- (327 of 541) 123- (328 of 541) 123- (329 of 541)Then the bridal party broke out into a hustle ” Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” By McFadden and Whitehead, this group can dance!! This started the party !!! 123- (331 of 541) 123- (332 of 541) 123- (333 of 541) 123- (334 of 541)

The Bride and groom had their first dance as their friends and family embraced them with support to “You’re My Everything” by Santa Esmeralda.  A truly romantic song as the groom sang to his bride! 123- (337 of 541) 123- (338 of 541) 123- (339 of 541) 123- (340 of 541) 123- (341 of 541) 123- (342 of 541) 123- (343 of 541) 123- (344 of 541) 123- (346 of 541)The bride danced with her son Marcus to a special song “Momma” by Boyz II Men123- (351 of 541)The bride wanted to also dance a special song as a surprise with her daughter Karla, “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride123- (357 of 541)The groom selected a special song to dance with his mother who came in from New York. She said she would not miss dancing with her son to “Gracias Por Ser Mi Mama” by Briseyda( Thank you for Being My Mother)123- (362 of 541) 123- (364 of 541)The maid of honor and the best man gave beautiful toasts welcoming everyone to the family and honoring the couple as they blend a family together. 123- (369 of 541) 123- (370 of 541) 123- (371 of 541)The bride and groom thanked everyone for coming, they were overwhelmed with emotion!123- (376 of 541)It’s time to get this party started!  Everyone had a wonderful dinner and now , time to work off all the food! This crowd never left the dance floor, they danced all night until the end.  Roque productions kept the tunes coming and interacting with the guests.  There was a special request for “The Wobble” because when the groom once forgot the DJ’s name after the initial meeting a year prior, his name became known as “The Wobble Man!” Takes a good DJ/MC team to get the crowd interacting, dancing and joining in for the fun.

123- (387 of 541) 123- (389 of 541) 123- (395 of 541) 123- (405 of 541) 123- (480 of 541) 123- (482 of 541) 123- (483 of 541) 123- (491 of 541)Cake Time! As the bride and groom cut the cake to “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” by Four tops, the guests admired this unique cake made exclusively by Party Flavors. 123- (495 of 541) 123- (498 of 541) 123- (500 of 541) 123- (502 of 541) 123- (503 of 541) 123- (505 of 541) 123- (506 of 541)The part that every single girl awaits, the Bouquet Toss! All the girls lined up as “Girls Just Wanna have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper played in the background and the girls danced.  The girls were ready to catch, 1, 2, 3, psych! Okay once more, 1, 2, 3, the bride turned around and handed the boquet to her sister, getting married in a few months along with a special blessing on her upcoming marriage on a cruise!123- (513 of 541)123- (507 of 541) 123- (508 of 541) 123- (510 of 541) 123- (514 of 541)Now the bride and groom wanted to honor the longest married couple with a bottle of champagne and a special dance like they did back in their day.  This happy couple has been married for over 40 years.  They got to dance to “Lets Do The Twist” by Chubby Checker.  Afterwards they gave the advice to the couple of how they maintained their marriage so long, respect, date nights, and laugh together. 123- (518 of 541) 123- (521 of 541) 123- (522 of 541) 123- (524 of 541)Now the bride had a special gift for her daughter Karla, who was the maid of honor.  Karla is getting married in a few months and her mom wanted to give her some words of advice and to thank her for being there on her special day.  The bride gave her bouquet to her daughter!123- (527 of 541)The bride and groom had a chance to do a honeymoon dance with their guests! Started off by the maid of honor and best man!  123- (450 of 541) 123- (452 of 541)

The bride requested that they not do a a garter removal or toss and 27 Miracles of course wanted to honor that request.  However in its place. the groom, had a special surprise for the bride.  She sat down with her back to the entrance on a chair, with the groom on one knee and the bride looking around at wedding planner Rosie Moore, thinking, “did she forget that there is no garter?” 27 Miracles loves a good surprise…as Edwin, professed his love for Migdalia,  Mireya y su Mariachi Charros de Mexico, came in serenading Migdalia to several love songs dedicated by the groom.  Her look was speechless!123- (528 of 541) 123- (529 of 541) 123- (530 of 541) 123- (531 of 541) 123- (532 of 541) 123- (533 of 541) 123- (534 of 541) 123- (535 of 541)The bride and groom did not want to end the night without one special romantic song to dance to, “Europa” by Gato Barbieri as they made memories of this special night.  The guests joined in with them.123- (446 of 541)

The night ended with a high note to “Moviendo Las Caderas” by Oro Solido 123- (409 of 541)123- (469 of 541) 123- (471 of 541)

What a wonderful night of sharing with friends and family, dancing, eating and having a great time. The guests did not want to go home. Migdalia and Edwin had a special exit to sparklers!  123- (536 of 541) 123- (537 of 541) 123- (538 of 541) 123- (539 of 541) 123- (541 of 541)A little surprise await the happy couple as they start their new life together….123- (379 of 541) 123- (380 of 541) 123- (381 of 541) 123- (382 of 541) 123- (383 of 541) 123- (384 of 541) 123- (385 of 541)123- (412 of 541) 123- (414 of 541)

27 Miracles was honored to coordinate the wedding of Migdalia and Edwin as they enter a new life together.123- (169 of 541) 123- (189 of 541) 123- (417 of 541) 123- (419 of 541) 123- (465 of 541)Without the 27 Miracles Team of wedding professionals, this day could not be possible as they all worked behind the scenes to make dreams come true…”your wedding day should be everything you dreamed of.”

27 Miracles

Buca di Peppo

First Baptist Orlando

123 Photography

Treasured Moments Videography

Party Flavors

Roque Productions

Crowne Plaza Universal

Dance It Studios

RJ Glamour and Innovation

Southern Elegance Limousine

***Only Professional Photography labeled 123 Photography**** If not labeled, they are candids

 

Baby Matthew Turns 3, See…Miracles do Happen in This Day and Age

Today Micca and Gerry celebrate Baby Matthew’s Birthday.  By his Chronological age he is 3 years old.  It seems like just yesterday that someone said to these parents, your son will not make it, he was born too early.  But God had the last word and the faith of these parents impacted the miracle that we have today.  Matthew running around like a normal little boy, getting in to things as all baby boys do at this age.  Many blessings and congratulations from 27 Miracles to you Matthew and your parents.

When Matthew came out of the hospital, his parents wanted to do a baby dedication to show God and the world how much they believed in Miracles by dedicating Matthew to the Lord. Thank you to the vendors that made this event successful.

27 Miracles http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

Rev Marcus Moore http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

Sivan Photography http://sivanphotography.com/

Cinematique Films http://www.cinematiquefilms.com/

Treasured Moments Videography( Trailer for the  video)  http://tmvphdfilms.com/

Party Flavors( Cake) http://www.orlandocustomcakes.com/

RJ Glamour/Centerpieces http://glamourinnovation.com/html_ver/

New Beginnings/DJ http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/new-beginnings-events-cape-coral/2ae73b735803e1d9.html

Harpist Christine MacPhail http://www.orlandoharpist.com/

First Baptist Orlando http://www.firstorlando.com/

Vocalist Christopher Gaitan

Vocalist Laura Knowles

 

The Story of Matthew a Miracle from God:

It was April 2009 when Micca discovered that she was about 4 weeks pregnant, Gerry and Micca were very happy to bring a child into this world, especially Gerry. Elda was one of the first people that found out that Micca was pregnant.  Little did they both know the strong bond of support that Elda would be providing for Micca as she and Gerry were going to embark on a journey of trials.

The pregnancy was a challenge from the first few weeks of conception. During a routine examination of the baby and blood work, it was revealed that Micca’s progesterone level was very low, so the doctor ordered progesterone to be taken up to the baby’s 13th week of gestation. Without the progesterone, the baby would not survive.

The 14th week of life brought abdominal pains.  Gerry tried to comfort Micca and thought that it was normal growing pains.  The pain persisted over the next day.  While she was visiting with her mother in law Rosa she was not feeling well and when she went home, she started to have spotting.  Micca was home alone when she started having bleeding and unbearable pain.  She thought to herself that she had to get to the emergency room. There was no time to call anyone. On her way there, she heard the song, “He’s My Son” and at that very moment she cried out to the Lord for Him to have mercy on her and her baby.  She did not know if she was having a son or not, however she just wanted the baby to be healthy.

While at the hospital emergency room, they did an ultrasound and sure enough they told her she was having a boy and his heart rate was strong.  Along with that news came some more news.  The doctor came in and stated that she has a shortened cervix and the baby would not survive the pregnancy much longer. They will have to deliver the baby and he will not survive.

She asked to be transferred to another doctor and hospital.  She ended up at Florida Hospital under the care of Dr Ahmalt. Soon after she arrived, Dr Ahmalt examined her cervix and informed her that she would only have a 5 percent chance to save the baby.  Micca, with faith in her heart, told the doctor to give her 10 percent and leave 90 percent with God.  The doctor smiled and said “okay, surgery in 7 days”. Within those 7 days, Micca prayed, from morning till night about the coming surgery.  The special surgery, called a Circlage, would help Micca to keep the baby in her womb longer.

Micca remained in the hospital 101 days.  During the 101 days that Micca was in the hospital on bed rest, Gerry never left Micca’s side.  He came to visit every day and spent the night at her bedside after work, despite being tired to encourage her.  Micca had a good support system going with her mom, mother in law, grandparents and sisters. They all brought her encouragement and comfort food while she was on bed rest.

Micca believed that there were three angels that were placed in her life with a purpose, her three friends, Elda, Karen and Daisy.  They visited her faithfully with words of support and encouragement.

Then on an unexpected Thursday September 24th 2009, the baby could no longer stay inside, he was breech, and started kicking and was affecting the cervix staying closed.  Delivery was a necessity. Micca was 27 weeks; she could not hold the baby any longer, as the baby was breech and kicking. The doctor ordered an immediate C-section to prevent Micca from losing any more blood. Micca was devastated at the doctor’s decision because she had sacrificed so long on bed rest and wanted to have a normal delivery time.   Baby Mathew was delivered at 5pm on the 24th of September, 2 lbs 2oz. Gerry had just left an about an hour before all of this happened.  His first reaction was that of shock but at the same time proud that he was a father.

Matthew was admitted to the NICU as soon as he was born. He had tubes and monitors coming out everywhere.  This was very overwhelming for both Micca and Gerry.  At this time the prayers for the baby’s survival started. While praying for Matthew the song He’s My Son” kept coming back to Micca and it gave her strength as she prayed to the Lord…..

Many days and weeks went by with daily visits to the NICU at what seemed good and bad days.  Or as they always said in the NICU two steps forward and ten steps backwards.

Things began to take a turn for the worse in the middle of October.  Matthew began to require more oxygen every day and the doctors eventually found out that Mathew had contracted a hospital borne illness called Seratia, which had gotten into his lungs.  If not treated, Seratia can become very dangerous for a premature baby.  Matthew was also treated with steroids to help with the maturation of his lungs, but Matthew did not tolerate the medications.

Matthew got to the point where he required 100% oxygen.  This lasted months.  To Micca and Gerry this was very scary. During this desperate and trying time, Matthew had two nurses who fell in love with him, Charlotte and his nurse practitioner Lisa. They never gave up on Matthew and kept trying to find out what else they could do to help Matthew.  But at the same time, they knew Matthew was running out of time. Charlotte took care of Matthew like he was her own son. Whenever Micca found out Charlotte was on a shift, she knew this was the opportunity to take a much needed break because she knew Matthew was loved and under the best care possible.

Lisa, Matthew’s nurse practitioner and Dr Goldberg also never gave up on Matthew. They were always trying to find a solution towards Matthew’s care. Matthew’s unstable breathing patterns were not easy to deal with from day one. After a month of being on 100 % oxygen, Matthew’s condition worsened instead of improving.

One Tuesday night the nurses had to manually ventilate Mathew twice because his heart rate kept slowing down to the point that he would not survive if left untreated.   That Tuesday night Micca was working and Gerry was in the hospital with Matthew.  When Micca arrived for her evening visit, the nurse’s face showed nothing but worry for Matthew.  At the same moment, the Doctor on call said, “Mom Adolphe, Matthew may not make it tonight, he is very sick and we are not sure what is going to happen.  The doctor as gently as possible told Micca that she needs to start thinking about the next step” Micca’s faith was once again tested.  She looked at the Dr. right in his eyes and said “As long as my God is good, my son will live and he will come home”.

Gerry and Micca were upset, but they held their head up high, because they felt they had to be strong for each other and Matthew. Micca started to pray Psalm 23.

Micca accepted that God could possibly take Mathew and she committed her son to the Lord and said, “God, May Your Will Be Done”. But in her heart she was dying, crying, asking God for Mercy, telling God to take her instead and give Matthew life. Micca called her mother and told her the news about Mathew.  Micca’s mom, also being a woman of faith said, “My child, close your eyes and let’s Pray.”

Where two or more of you agree together in prayer about anything, you will have what you ask, because I am also there in your midst.  Mother and Daughter agreed in prayer for Mathew’s life and Micca went back to Mathew’s room with a sense of peace and hope in her heart. Micca’s father Orius prayed as well, asking our Heavenly Father to give life to Mathew because of the child’s innocence. Gerry’s mother and sister Jeanette also came to provide support and encouragement to Micca and Gerry.  They cried, telling Matthew how much they loved him and for him to stay strong and not to give up.

During this time, Lisa, Matthew’s nurse practitioner left and care was transferred to Dinorah, another nurse practitioner.  Lisa entrusted baby Matthew in her hands.

At that moment Micca said to herself. “I’m going to fight this battle, not with my own strength, but with prayers lifted to the Lord above. So Micca began to look for God that night with prayers.   The next morning Charlotte, Matthew’s primary nurse was bathing Matthew and as Micca approached the room, she heard her softly whisper “Lord, May Your Will Be Done for Matthew.”

During that time, Micca’s sister in law called her to give her a number to Dr Ajai, a pulmonary doctor.  What a small world, that very same morning Charlotte also gave Micca the number to Dr Ajai.  Dr Ajai and his partner Dr Verma developed a plan to get Matthew off the vent.

That same day Micca cried to God, wondering why He was not listening to her prayers, so she called on Jesus name asked him to speak to God, telling God that Matthew needs Him to please hurry because there is not much time left.  I knew that Jesus would hear my prayer and that he would come to visit Matthew. The Days went by and Matthew was still very critical and sick but as the days progressed Micca kept her faith and believed that God was intervening in her son’s life.

Micca would whisper in Mathew’s ear, small affirmations of faith.  “Don’t worry my son, Jesus will come visit you and he will heal you”. 14 days later, Mathew started to make small improvements and eventually was taken off the ventilator.

As the holidays approached Matthew grew and grew.  He got to wear clothes as soon as he reached 3 pounds.  What joy to see Matthew in clothes that were big enough for a doll to wear.  But with the holidays fast approaching, the news came with the sadness that Matthew would not be home for Christmas.  All around people were rejoicing with their children.  Micca and Gerry wanted to be strong so that they could enjoy Christmas despite what was happening with Matthew.

Right before the holidays Micca met a couple in the NICU named Rosie and Marcus.  They were the parents of baby Kaleb, also born at 27 weeks and a mere 1lb 10oz, just two weeks after Matthew was born.  Micca told Rosie and Marcus the story of how she remembered seeing Rosie walking in to the NICU for the first time.  Without knowing a thing about Rosie and Marcus, Micca prayed for them, even though she had her own set of challenges with Baby Matthew.

The weeks went by and Matthew grew stronger and stronger, despite the fact that he would have set backs after a progress forward.  The last few weeks there was a lot of back and forth on Matthew’s  feedings and whether he could tolerate the feedings or not.  The end conclusion was that he was not tolerating the feedings.

It was decided that On March 12th Matthew would have a g-tube placed to help him with his feedings and bilateral inguinal hernia repairs.  This brought Micca and Gerry back to the day he was born, due to the fear of having him on the ventilator again following the surgery. But it was a necessary procedure and all were hopeful that Matthew would do well.  

The Lord certainly heard Micca and Gerry’s prayers because Matthew had his surgery and came off the ventilator after he was intubated!!!!!!!The preparation started for Matthew to go home in a week. CPR classes, monitor training with the apnea machine, breathing treatment training, medication training, g-tube care and feedings.  WOW!! Very overwhelming!  But the excitement of finally leaving a place that became Matthew’s first home for 6 months was more exciting.

On 3/19/10 Matthew took his first car ride and it was to go to his home with Mommy and Daddy!! The song that came to mind was Celebration by Kool and the Gang:

Everyone Meet Matthew Adolphe, a miracle of God…….

 

Mathew has been a miracle child from the beginning and God’s thumbprint has been all over his life.  Gerry and Micca witnessed the birth of their son. Their friends and family provided much needed support to help them get through one of the most difficult things any couple can ever go through.  Micca and Gerry wanted to celebrate this miracle with you by sharing their story, celebrating Mathew’s life and God’s faithfulness to them.

Let’s rejoice with Micca and Gerry as they have their little Miracle from God Baby Matthew in their arms.

 

Happy Birthday Matthew!!