"I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams."
During the wedding ceremony, Tatiana's sister read this excerpt from the Pablo Neruda love poem "Sonnet XVII". She held back tears while reading the verses, having just described how in awe she is of Tatiana and Justin's love for and commitment to each other. Even when they are angry with each other, they love each other, she said. Everyone was tearing up (including me, but luckily I had a camera to hide behind hehe). The whole day carried such an air of joy, of total celebration. The bride and groom were totally laid back, just enjoying having their Columbian and Jewish families brought together for a day of fun.
Special event details included:
- A watch for Justin, rather than a ring
- The ring being placed on Tatiana's right hand in accordance with her Columbian tradition
- A scavenger hunt for guests to follow throughout the evening
- A shark piñata
- Compostable bamboo plates and cutlery
- Delicious Spanish-Caribbean catering from Casa B
Every speech that was made that night at Pierce House highlighted how Tatiana and Justin share a dedication to helping those less fortunate. Fittingly, the two met at an organized protest and have both sought through their careers to give a voice to those who have none. Even their decisions about the wedding day reflected that, such as hiring Bootstrap Compost to collect the compostable cutlery and food to divert the material from landfills.
Tatiana and Justin are people who care. They care a lot about each other, their families, those in need, and the world as whole. Without a doubt, they will carry their values into married life and continue making a difference for the Earth and those of us who inhabit it.