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Beach Palace Cancun, Mexico Wedding – Liji + Rex

True Companion

It had rained heavily the night before. Here in Cancun, the weather had been unpredictable. But on Rex and Liji’s wedding day, there was not a cloud in sight. One hundred people had flown to attend their destination wedding in Mexico. A person in the elevator had remarked ‘Wow, that’s huge for a destination wedding!’. But honestly, it was a testament to the kind of people they are.

The night before, their guests had gathered for a celebration before the big day. In an open mic forum, Rex and Liji’s family and friends shared some words about the couple. They shared how loved Liji was…how she was patient, understanding and most of all unselfish when at one point she was willing to give up her whole paycheck to help a friend in need. They talked about how Rex was an inspiration in his community, how he was a man of principles, and a man of God. One by one..people kept coming, leaving no doubt that Rex and Liji were incredibly loved.

On their wedding day, it was this same genuine, authentic love that they shared for each other. Rex teared up when he saw Liji walking towards him. And instead of speaking his vows, he surprised his bride by serenading her with a song. His voice trembled and Liji cried as he sang:

“I’ve got my heart set on our wedding day
I’ve got this vision of a girl in white
Made my decision that it’s you alright
And when I take your hand
I’ll watch my heart set sail
I’ll take my trembling fingers
And I’ll lift up your veil…You are my true companion
I got a true companion”

And with that, as their family and friends watched and cried in happiness, with love that can only be felt in the soul radiating throughout the room, Rex married his true companion.

(Liji and Rex- I feel so honored to have been a part of your day! Liji, we have gone from PICU nurse/resident to bride/photographer! And although I had seen you in passing at the hospital, I am so glad that you asked me to photograph your wedding so we could get to know each other better! I was blown away by how everyone talked about you both. Thank you for your tremendous hospitality and for making sure we felt not only like your photographers but also like guests. There was so much soul and love in your wedding. We came back feeling like we had attended the wedding of good friends! Hope you had a wonderful time in Playa Del Carmen! Love you both! xoxo)

The day before…

Getting ready on the wedding day

Liji looking amazing!

Thank you to my wonderful husband who was my second shooter and captured the images of the guys getting ready!

When Liji had first called me, she had said that she knew I was her photographer when she saw my logo. Her wedding was butterfly themed because it meant ‘new life’. I love that!

Ok, how cute are these kids?

When Rex first saw Liji…

Rex surprised everyone including Liji by singing his vows. If you have never listened to the song ‘True Companion’ by Marc Cohn, I highly suggest you do. It’s absolutely beautiful!

As Rex sang, Liji cried.

“Baby I’ve been searching like everybody else
Can’t say nothing different about myself
Sometimes I’m an angel
And sometimes I’m cruel
And when it comes to love
I’m just another fool…
My arms are reaching out
Out across this canyon
I’m asking you to be my true companion
True companion”

“So don’t you dare and try to walk away
I’ve got my heart set on our wedding day
I’ve got this vision of a girl in white
Made my decision that it’s you alright
And when I take your hand
I’ll watch my heart set sail
I’ll take my trembling fingers
And I’ll lift up your veil…You are my true companion
I got a true companion
True companion”

“When the years have done irreparable harm
I can see us walking slowly arm in arm
Just like the couple on the corner do
Cause girl I will always be in love with you
And when I look in your eyes
I’ll still see that spark
Until the shadows fall
Until the room grows dark
Then when I leave this Earth
I’ll be with the angels standin’
I’ll be out there waiting for my true companion
Just for my true companion
True companion”

True Companions. Married.

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