The Couple: Jessica and Fernie Garcia
Wedding Date: August 21, 2009
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Fern and I met in church, and I can say that I was attracted to his passion for God along with the passion he has for music. Though we met in California it took us 1,185 miles away from home to get to know each other in Colorado through bible school.
I had never had a boyfriend before (him) and he knew that he had to make our first date extra special…and he did. It was the most romantic date ever! He had a whole day planned just for us. He first took me to the Denver Aquarium as an ice breaker where we got to touch manta rays and ate dip n’ dots for a snack. He then took me to downtown Denver for an Italian gondola ride and officially asked me to be his girlfriend. It was so romantic that by the end of the gondola ride I thought it was going to be over, but it wasn’t, there was more. Then we went to Tony Rigatoni’s, an intimate Italian restaurant away from the big city noice, and it’s also near the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Once we finished dinner we went to the Red Rocks Amphitheater where we watched the sun set and had a beautiful view of Denver.
He then proposed December 1, 2008. As we were decorating the Christmas tree he proposed. Every reaction was recorded on video which I’m very grateful for because even now when I watch it, I still cry…and makes me love him even more. We then got married August 21, 2009. And, now, almost a year later after we still love each other as much as when we had our first kiss. We strive to challenge each other to love, to trust and to hold each other accountable. I thank God for my wonderful husband and for the future he has in store for us!
What was the most amazing part of your day? The whole day was amazing! There are three memories that really stand out:
1. As I was putting on my dress and coming out to take pictures before the wedding ceremony felt so surreal. I really didn’t believe the “big” day was here! I remember this because it was so hot, and I was getting a little dehydrated. But as we were taking pictures I knew everything was going to be ok. Once I saw Fern I was reminded that I knew that I waited for the right one.
2. As I was walking down the aisle, I couldn’t contain my tears. Unfortunately I grew up without a father, so my uncle and one of my pastors walked me down the aisle. The moment I saw Fern looking at me I was overcome with emotion knowing that he was going to fill the love that was taken from my life. I knew he was going to be a great companion and a great husband.
3. I think the most magical moment for us was taking pictures walking down the road with a beautiful sunset in front of us. I thank our photographer for capturing the moment — that was the icing on the cake.
What else would you like to share about your big day? We thank everyone who came, especially those who came from far away including our family that came from L.A. and our family that came from Mexico. Having our family and our close friends be a part of our wedding was amazing! So, thank you everyone!
Ceremony Site: David Girard Vineyards
Reception Venue: David Girard Vineyards
Photographer: Jacqueline Photography
Cake: Tarts and Truffles Bakery
Favors: Our favorite cookies stored in a slice of cake made out of cardboard
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero purchased at Victoria Rose Parlor
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo purchased at Victoria Rose Parlor
Hair: My sister, Adriana
Makeup: My friend, Liz
DJ/Entertainment: Prolific DJ
Honeymoon location: DisneyWorld Orlando, Florida
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out? Thank you Jackie Willard for our wonderful pictures. You went above and beyond with your work!
First Dance Song: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? My advice to anyone is to have people help you plan your wedding and don’t try to do it all by yourself, especially if you’re out of state. I did all the planning myself, and while it was really stressful, I don’t regret a moment of it. On the day of your wedding, take a moment to sit back without interruption and enjoy that small moment because the day will go by fast. And one more thing…love with all that you are and live the moment with happiness and joy.
Photos courtesy of Jacqueline Photography.