The 3rd and final big event on our Cuba mission trip was a huge wedding/vow renewal with all 30 couples at one time! They told us there aren't invitations for their weddings, literally the entire town is invited and I'm pretty sure they all came:-) They don't really have access to order live flowers, but they make gorgeous arrangements out of silk florals. We helped them blow up lots of balloons for the huge archway. They don't pop them when it's over, they actually untie and re-use them as many times as they can! Everyone worked so hard to get these 30 ladies bridal ready, with hair, makeup, jewelry and getting dressed. As each couple was ready I took them out for their mini portrait session by the church, I posted favs the other day of that you can see those here. In 6 hours we had all 30 couples ready and photographed. Their tradition to let the town know there is a wedding about to happen, is for the bride to be driven around town in a bicitaxi. This was a whole night parade of 15 bicitaxis each with 2 brides in them. When they ended back up at the church the guys where there waiting to escort in their ladies. The church was packed to the brim with guests and so exciting! It started with a troupe of dancers who did a beautiful dance with glitter and fabric ending with the flower girl up in the air throwing glitter. Each couple entered and did a little spin until all 30 couples were in the front facing the crowd. There was a cute little girl from the neighborhood that had followed Zul and I around while I was doing the photos of each couple earlier in the day. I noticed she was sitting right next to me while I was crouched in the front photographing the ceremony. I smiled at her and she gave me this big grin with a few teeth missing. Pastor Raidel had everyone face each other, say their vows and seal it with a kiss! My favorite part of the day was seeing the joy and surprise on their faces when they saw the little framed print we had ready for them. Then they surprised us! Each couple had been paired with one of us and got us a special gift to remember our time in Cuba. I will never the feeling of joy and happiness that we got to be a part of with them!