Bridal Bliss: Imelba and Christopher

Bridal Bliss: Imelba and Christopher
ESSENCE.COM May, 05, 2009

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Imelba wed the love of her life, Christopher, on September 13, 2008, in Long Island, New York. The bride’s maid of honor, Yardley, helps her put the finishing touches on the day’s ensemble.

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Imelba smiles with anticipation before the couple exchanges vows.

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After walking down the aisle to “Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder, Imelba receives a kiss from her father before she takes her vows.

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“We lit the unity candle with our single candles and then blew out our single lives,” explains Mrs. Rodriguez. “Now we are one as opposed to being two people.”

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Christopher makes his eternal pledge to his beautiful wife.

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The fun-loving couple did not hit it off initially. It took a second meeting for the sparks to begin flying. But when they did, Christopher admits, “It felt like fate.”

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Thirteen years after their first encounter, Imelba smiles as she shares an embrace with her husband.

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Rodriguez escorts his new bride to the reception area.

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The twosome shares a smooch for the cameras after tying the knot.

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Despite what the weatherman predicted, their love brought the sun out.

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The couple strolls through the crowd as a unit. Most of the bridal party had been close friends since childhood.

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The couple slow dances to their special song, before everyone else hits the dance floor.

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Imelba gazes into Christopher’s eyes as they groove to Shalamar’s 1981 hit “For the Lover in You.” Guests snap pics while the newlyweds enjoy a two-step.

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Imelba, who is both the youngest child and the only daughter, dances with her father on her special day.

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The maid of honor takes a moment to tell everyone how the couple has grown and give them her well-wishes.

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Imelba and her mom share an intimate moment on the big day.

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Everyone listens as the groom’s longtime friend and best man, Malik, talks about why Imelba and Christopher are a loving couple.

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The couple cuts the first piece of their lovely three-tiered cake.

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Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha surround Imelba during the singing of their sorority hymn that is reserved for special occasions such as these. Imelba has known a number of the women
for more than 10 years.

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Imelba and Christopher sit as members of Alpha Phi Alpha serenade the duo with a fraternity hymn.

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Beautiful white and pink roses are grouped with Imelba’s favorite, the calla lily, for the floral arrangements.

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Christopher purchased Imelba’s ring six months after they began dating, though they were together for two years, before he felt the time was right. When asked how he knew so early, Christopher replies, “It felt like fate.”

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Imelba takes her place as an official member of the Rodriguez family.

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The cake was even a sign of the couple’s unity by having the R for their shared last name larger than their individual initials. Imelba used her savvy as a former event planner to plan her nuptials for less than $10,000!

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With an intimate list of 70 guests, attendees were all near and dear to the couple, which made for a great experience.

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