We wanted it to be simple. What's important is that we go thru the marriage rites in front of God. Due to some unavoidable circumstances and financial difficulties, both our immediate families couldn't make it to our wedding. I know how painful it is for them not being able to witness this important event in our lives. But we knew that we had to go thru as planned because God has willed it. It is doubly painful for my father I guess because this is the second time that he will miss my wedding (the 1st was my civil wedding) and I know that it is his deepest longing to walk his daughters down the aisle (he wasn't able to do this with my younger sister too as she got married civilly in Canada back in 1998).
Of all the wonderful moments during our wedding, there is one moment that will forever be etched in my mind and heart. It was when my son, Jarred, walked me down the aisle. His Dad and I were already very happy that he marched properly at his turn as ring & coin bearer. After this task, he could've just gone off to play with the other kids but I think he noticed that I was still waiting my turn to march down the aisle. With a very serious look on his face, he ran back to me and offered to take my arm...he said, "C'mon Mom, let's go..." And so, with our arms linked together, my son walked me down the aisle. I felt he became a young man at that moment. It took a lot of courage not to have tears falling down my face. I know, deep in my heart, that it was my father's angel that whispered to my son to walk me down the aisle since his grandfather couldn't be there to do it. This is one of the most unforgettable moments of my life.