Each moment evoked sentiment. The bride taking time out to whisper to her Grandmother how glad she was to have her there, and her father seeing her for the first time before they left for the church. Saint Elizabeth made a striking backdrop for the ceremony with the enchantingly high ceilings and stained glass windows. Both mothers had to wipe away tears as the processional began. It was hard not to get emotional as the bride’s sister and brother in law filled the church with their moving opera refrains. Their guests smiled as they witnessed the exchange of vows and rings. Meghan’s mother held her hand tightly as they watched Chris and his mother light the unity candle. Classic customs became personal as the full mass came to an end with their first kiss as man and wife.
With clear blue skies above, the crowd made their way to the top of Pier 66 to stand in awe of 360 views of downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Atlantic Ocean. The DJ played the hits that had their guests up on the floor dancing the night away. The toasts created a cloud of laughter and clinking glasses. The father daughter dance, the mother son dance, even the group dances lost the feeling of stale tradition as there was excitement from every angle of the room. The family even took the floor for a hysterical interpretive dance to Michael Jackson’s Blame It on the Boogie. The night ended with cake, coffee and clapping for the sendoff. It was a day well spent for all.