What is puppy love? Many people have tried to answer the question. But what happens when puppy love turns into something more, something that lasts? What happens when two youngsters grow up, hand in hand, best friends through life’s ups and downs, and still love each other through it all? For these two, the puppy love started in middle school. Only it didn’t end there – it only grew into something stronger, right through middle school, on through high school, and after graduation, jobs, and life. Finally, one Christmas night when the two of them had gone to spend the holiday at her family’s house, he sneaked outside during the festivities to leave a special message, written in Christmas lights: “Will You Marry Me?” Surrounded by family and friends, she said Yes.
Meet Gaby and Leo.
I’ve known Gaby, and her family, since I was a kid…in fact, I think she was 4 years old the first time I met her! Gaby has always been bubbly and the light of her family, so I knew Leo must be really special even before we met him. Getting to see their love as a couple (and Gaby as a bride!) was surreal and awesome all at once. Gaby and her family are family to us (I call her my sister-in-law and we now claim Leo as a brother-in-law!), so this wedding was extra special and close to our hearts from the start. We couldn’t be happier for Gaby and Leo as they start their new journey as husband and wife, and we are so excited to share some of our favorite moments from their wedding day.
Gaby started getting ready at her parent’s house…
Gaby, you’re such a beautiful bride!
The bride’s mom and grandma were there to help her with finishing touches and words of wisdom.
I love the emotion in this photo, and the sweet tears from the Gaby’s grandmother as she told her how beautiful she was on her special day.
A stunning bride…
Leo looked sharp, and was one of the most confident and calm grooms we’ve seen!
It was a beautiful ceremony, and the sweet little attendants and flower girls were adorable!
The beautiful ladies…
One of my favorite photos!
The reception was at Hyatt Place Dallas, and it was gorgeous.
The father-daughter dance…
…and the mother-son dance. So many sweet moments.
The money dance!
After the money dance, it was time for La Vibora….one of my favorite parts of Latin weddings! During the song, the bride and groom are placed on chairs, forming a bridge with the bride’s veil, as the guests run through the bridge. As the music gets quicker, the speed and awesomeness does also…
…until the end, when they get tossed in the air. The groom is usually the only one tossed, so it was a first to see the bride was a great sport and let them toss her a couple times.
Leo really got tossed high though! It was unreal!
How awesome is this? Love weddings that are full of fun and traditions!
The special bride and groom dance.
It was so sweet to see the dads dance with their daughters…
A magical ending to a beautiful night.
Gaby and Leo,
You’re all grown up! : ) We’re so excited to see you two married, and starting out the next chapter of your lives together. From your wedding, to your new move, and whatever the future brings, we hope that you both are as happy and full of joy as you were on this special day. Marriage is an awesome adventure when you’re in it with your best friend, so we know that many beautiful moments are in store for y’alls future! Enjoy every moment God gives you…and we can’t wait to go get wings with y’all soon! : )
| Photographer | Ivy Weddings | Ceremony Venue | First New Life Baptist | Reception Venue | Hyatt Place Dallas | Cake | Art Bakery | Caterer | Hyatt Place Dallas | Officiant | Pastor David Galvan | Videography | Wilson Estrada |
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