Nick and Danielle met with working at the Seattle Spaghetti Factory (one of my favs) and fell in love. Their wedding was a perfect blend of Latino tradition and American tradition. The ceremony included a beautiful lasso ceremony where her aunt and uncle put an amazing crystal lasso around them symbolizing their union.
The also had a Spanish coin ceremony called Arras. Arras in Spanish means pledge. Thirteen gold coins (arras) are given by the groom to the bride during the marriage ceremony. The groom giving the coins signifies his willingness to support her and trust in her. The bride accepting them signifies her willingness to trust him and be prudent.
The Padrinos (Godparents) are the ones to purchase the 13 coins for the groom. This signifies that the Padrinos have shared their wealth of knowledge with the bride and groom prior to the wedding concerning life and marriage.
The coins are kept in a small decorative box. This box which contains the 13 coins is presented to the priest during the wedding ceremony by the Padrinos. The Priest blesses the coins and gives them to the groom who pours them from the box into the bride’s cupped hands. The bride accepts the coins and pours them back into the box. The bride sometimes hands the box back to the Padrino until the ceremony is over.
After the ceremony, the reception began and it was a great party complete with a mariachi band and great food and dancing.
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