Last summer my friends, Ed and Lucia, contacted me to take their wedding portraits. I was a little confused and said “Wait, I thought you two were married?” They explained that yes, they have been married for years, but they were never married in the church. Some of you reading this may think that’s not a big deal. If you’re married, you’re married. However, this is a very big deal for people of the Catholic faith! In the Catholic church, marriage is one of seven important Sacraments or sacred rituals. As their youngest daughters began preparing for their first communion, Ed and Lucia realized that they wanted to have a church wedding to receive their Sacrament of Marriage. They decided to plan the date so their daughters would receive their first communion at the wedding mass! It was a very special day of celebration for their family! My family and I attended their wedding and it was very special and beautiful even though I didn’t understand more than a few words because it was in Spanish! Unfortunately the church did not allow any photos during mass, but they have these beautiful portraits to remember their wedding day!