Sylvia & Patrick
It may look like Sylvia and Patrick’s story began 4 years ago, when their friends, Addie and Ethan got married. The two of them had never met before, but were paired to walk together in the bridal party - which, Addie says, gives her reason to take a LITTLE credit for getting these two together!! But really, their story began long before either of them met.
Sylvia and Patrick made it very clear that their family members - parents, grandparents, siblings - helped to make them who they are today. It was also these family members who were their example of what it means to love Jesus. As much as they knew that this was their wedding day, they realized that they would not be here if it was not for their loved ones and their Lord. They wanted to honor those who had been there for them not only during the years of their relationship, but during the first, foundational years of their lives.
And it showed! There was such a history in the simple, special details and their whole day was a celebration of that history: the entire day took place in the city of Boston, where Sylvia grew up...the shortbread and Irish tea at their reception was in honor of Sylvia’s grandmother...the Filipino clothes they wore to the reception were to honor Patrick’s side of the family and the country they came from...the ivy in Sylvia’s bouquet was grown by Patrick’s grandmother and has been kept and taken care of by his aunts ever since...I could go on and on!
To Patrick and Sylvia, their wedding day was an opportunity to honor each other, their family, their friends, and their Savior. And it was full of moments that reflected that...their sweet first look, where Patrick said he was “speechless”...his tear-filled eyes as his beautiful bride walked down the aisle while the rain cleared and the sun shone through the windows...the genuine joy and excitement after their first kiss...the sentimental stories of their best man and matrons of honor...the joy of celebrating the talents (and sense of humor!) of their friends and family during the variety show at their reception.
It was a day to tell their story - a story that began long before they met. It was a day for people of different countries, cities, and families to come together. And it was a day to celebrate Sylvia and Patrick and the love that brought them here - the love of Jesus Christ!