Mariah and Ignacio

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How We Met

We met at a Christian rap concert at my church, I had known his brother for a couple years but never met HIM! We instantly fell for one another (probably got him with my swift Christian rap dance moves ;p ) but the same night we met I totally IG stalked him and got the nerve to message him and actually invited him over to a BBQ with some friends two days later. Well 2 1/2 years later were ENGAGED and getting MARRIED! He’s the man of my dreams in every way and I’m a testament that you can get cheated on, lied too and hurt but God is faithful and delivered who He had for me in perfect timing!

How He Asked

It was the gorgeous country club/golf course where my grandparents renewed their vows and my parents got married! I had always told him how beautiful this place was and how I would love to relive memories there with him someday. My whole family (literally) whole family from aunts and uncles, to grandparents to siblings and parents where ALL in on it and I had no clue! They told me we were taking “family pictures” up there and I was SO excited because he would finally get to see this gorgeous place! I drove up there with my mom and as we pulled up I saw him standing in the middle of THE BRIDGE. Now I say that in all caps because that bridge held many memories for my family, it’s the bridge we took many family Christmas pictures on and where we took pictures when my mom was expecting my younger brother and of course my parents wedding pictures and grandparents wedding renewal pictures.

My grandparents had stayed up the whole night before making decorations to cover the bridge in by hand and my sweet grandma made me a veil with a tiara she put on my head immediately after I said yes! One thing I’ll never forget was when he was asking me he said “when I first met you I was a boy chasing dead dreams, I now stand before you a man with a career (law enforcement) ready to make you his wife!” Ok talk about endless tears ladies! In 7 short months I’ll walk down yet another aisle to him just like I did that day but this time as his WIFE!

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