It was a quiet October evening like any other… only it wasn’t. He was leading his church in their Wednesday night service. She lived hundreds of miles away, but happened to be traveling to Houston that week. When a friend invited her to head over and visit the church that night, she had no idea that she was about to begin the rest of her life. And he had no idea he was about to start falling in love…
Meet Abigail and Armando.
After that first night that they met, neither one of them knew how their love story would grow. They still lived in cities hundreds of miles apart, so they kept in touch via Facebook. Then their churches both started working on a project for their youth groups, and that’s when the emails started. Not long after that, the text messages and long phone calls came, and before they knew it, they had fallen in love. A little over a year after they had met, one night during Thanksgiving week, Armando took Abigail out for a carriage ride in the chilly night air, armed with a ring and a question. If you ask Armando, he might tell you it was the best Thanksgiving week ever – because Abigail said yes. : )
The wedding day started at Aristide
, and Abby’s Casablanca wedding gown was gorgeous.
Love this shoe shot….
Abby glowed all day!
Special thanks to Jenny Torry for fabulous makeup!
The ladies all helped each other get ready…even down to the youngest ones! : )
The bride’s mom, and bridesmaids, were there to help her get dressed.
Such a sweet moment with Abby’s mom!
Love this photo…the bride and all her little ladies! : )
A prayer with the bride before the ceremony.
Abby looked amazing in her gown!
How stunning is this?!
Amalia did an amazing job with the flowers!
Matt was with the guys for some shots of them hanging out.
The young guys were in on the card playing too ; )
A favorite ring shot.
Armando looking sharp in his tux…
A prayer for the groom before the ceremony.
Abigail and Armando were married under a canopy and their ceremony was beautiful.
LOVE the groom’s emotional reaction to seeing his pretty bride!
It’s always cute when you’re trying to get a photo and the ring bearer sees you : )
The bride and groom’s family’s came up and prayed for them. It was so beautiful!
As a surprise, a Mariachi band escorted the couple out during their exit.
These moments right after they were married, are some of our favorites!
Everyone was so happy for them – How cute is this?!
Another favorite! : )
There was a candy bar at the reception…
Special thanks to The Cake Guys for a gorgeous wedding cake!
During the reception, there was a special surprise. The bridal party surrounded the couple for a magical outdoor dance… just the two of them.
The dance ended with the couple surrounded by pretty sparklers…
And a kiss. : )
During the reception, the groomsmen “kidnapped” the bride….
They collected a “ransom” for her return and everyone loved welcoming her back! : )
Mr. & Mrs. – An epic exit!
Abby and Armando,
Thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding day! From the beginning to the last moment of the evening, it was absolutely beautiful. We wish you both all the happiness in the world, as you start your new life together! Blessings and peace,
Matt and Ivy
From the Bride, Abby:
Back in October 2010, I was traveling in Houston for a week when I got a phone call to go visit a friend’s church for their Wednesday night service. I knew nothing about the church or the pastor BUT that he was single. (Although–I did not go there just to meet him). When I walked in the doors, there he was was….singing praises to God, my Mando. After service, we finally met and had some coffee and sweet bread at their fellowship hall. Being the jokester that he is, Mando offered to take me back to my hotel in his motorcycle! Me, being a lady, politely declined:) After meeting him, we became friends on Facebook and that’s when his Facebook stalking became noticeable. I noticed that he was ALWAYS commenting on my statuses (instantly), places, etc.. Soon after, we started corresponding a lot through email for a youth camp we were planning in the summer for both of our churches. Emails became text messages. Text Messages became long phone calls and finally….long phone calls became love <3
When camp finally rolled around, we knew were wanted to be together and that God was doing something within us. After praying about it for a couple of weeks and talking to my parents, Mando officially asked my parents to ‘court’ me. He told them his true intentions and that he wanted to marry me one day. Then on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, on a cold night filled with dinner and a white carraige in downtown Ft Worth, Mando got down on his knees and asked me to be his wife! It was the sweetest proposal : )
From the Groom, Armando:
The first time I met Abby was at my church in October of 2010. I had heard so much about her, that she was a great women of God, she was sweet, she was faithful in the ministry, she was smart, she was pretty and of course the most important thing….that she could cook! When she walked into my church that day in October, deep inside I knew that there was something there. After service I spent some time with her just talking about the church and showing her around. I didn’t think anything was going to come out of that first encounter, so I tried not to think about it. But a couple of months later we began to communicate because of an event our churches were collaborating on. That’s when I knew that there was something there. This girl had the Hots for Me! LOL
Our relationship started on the phone. When we would talk it was all about ministry, but I could tell that there was something more there. I’ve never been the type of guy to pursue a woman but this was different. I began to pray and ask God to reveal to me if this was of Him. It didn’t take long before I knew that God had sent Abby into my life for a reason. We had fallen in love and hadn’t even been on a date yet. I asked her to pray about us. So she prayed and I prayed. Not too long after that I found myself driving to Dallas to take her to dinner. After that first date, I knew that she was the one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. She was Special. She was the one I had been patiently waiting for. She was made just for me. So I asked her to Marry Me, and guess what? Yeap you guessed it, She said YES! That may not seem like a big deal but you see, the thing is that, I had given up on finding a wife. I had really come to terms with the thought that maybe God wanted me to remain single for the rest of my life, and I was okay with that. God has always been first in my life and if it was Gods Will for me not to get married, then that was fine with me. So I didn’t expect Abby. I had my eyes on Jesus and He had His eyes on Abby, and that’s how I saw her. I saw her because He saw her. She’s the apple of His Eye, and that’s why she’s the Fruit of My Heart!
I Love You Abby.
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