Probably the biggest commitment one will ever consciously make in their lifetime. It’s a step one doesn’t consider lightly, it’s a big responsibility to vow before God and family and friends that on this earth. From this day forward, this person will be number one in my life. This person will come before my parents, my friends and before myself. That this person is the one I want to be my side through the good and the bad, that I want to wake up beside every morning, that I want to see before I go to sleep. That I will no longer just have to take care of myself, but make sure that she is taken care of for the rest of her life.
I’ll be honest, until a few years ago, marriage was just a fancy notion I would toy with in my head. I never really saw myself as someone who would get married. But then I met this girl, who i chose to break my own personal rules for. Who never gave up on me even when I was at the lowest of lows. And it took a few years for me to realize that I would most likely never find someone like her ever again.
And on that day, began the journey to March 14, 2015. The day where I would have the people who matter the most to me present, I would stand there in front of them, God, and her, and declare that I will love this woman, with all that I have, that I will try to give 100% of me, 100% of the time, even when I don’t feel like I want to give 100% of me, because that’s what marriage is.
My heart was stolen from me by a beautiful lady whose capacity to love is so immense it could rival the galaxy we call home. Whose loyalty to those she loves is so intense, the fiercest storm would cower beneath her stare. And the day I realized that if I ever lost her, my heart would shatter into a million pieces and that all the super glue in the world could never put it back together.
I always thought of myself as Peter Pan. That I would be the boy who never grew up. But then I understood why Peter left Neverland, he found the girl he wanted to grow up for. The girl he wanted to grow old with. The girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.
I love you Arianna. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for saying “I do”. I thank God that He gave me the blessing that is you. May He keep us and bless our marriage for the rest of our lives.
Photos by Pat Dy
Rings by Anita Del Rosario and Tzee Del Rosario