The pair played a wedding right on the border between the two countries
• The pair played a wedding right on the border between the two countries
As many as 12 families gathered on both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico at the metal gate. These gates are known as the "Gate of Hope," but they are very open and very rare. At this time, this event was particularly remarkable - one of the pairs have the wedding right there, on the border between the two countries. It was their only chance to be reunited, and they used it in full.
Over the past few years, "Gate of Hope" opened a total of six times. This time, a special organization made an appointment twelve families, one of which was just a couple of lovers. Each family was given only three minutes to hug each other, talk and just be together. At these meetings, no one can hold back emotions. Here is a woman show their parents their children - the grandchildren meet their grandparents for the first time in my life. Here man hugging his mother - the first time in 12 years. At these meetings, no holding back tears. As Evelio Brian - they also cry and embrace each other, but they have scheduled an important event in addition to hugs, they must fit into relying three minutes. During this time they should officially married.
27-year-old Evelio Rice arrived from Mexico, and her groom 26-year-old Brian Houston forward to meeting with the United States. He is dressed in formal gray suit, her wedding gown with a huge train and veil. Next to them is a representative of the Mexican government, which actually have to paint them, and a few guards with guns on the edge. Border guards watched, so that no one did not give each other any objects, so in love had lower moment of the exchange of rings - each of them brought its own ring. Only three minutes - and all the wedding is over. As well as the meeting itself. Now is the time for other families to use their three minutes for a short reunion. "I'm so happy and at the same time, I am so sad, - says Evelio soon as she had to return to the territory of Mexico -. I've been waiting for this day, and now I have to leave, but all the same happiness more than I do.. I believe that anything is possible. Hope dies last. "
The gates are in the Friendship Park, the only place, where the wall makes it possible to see what is happening on the other side of the border. Every weekend just four hours you can go right up to the wall. Then we can look at their acquaintances, friends and family members, talk to them. In this case, the gates themselves are closed, so the physical contact is not possible.
The gate began to open only in 2013 - four years ago. Then the Angels organization Borders (Border Angels) was able to negotiate with the border guards to open the gate for two minutes in honor of the celebration of Children's Day in Mexico. Since then, the gates opened five times, including two times that happened this year.
To get to the meeting is not easy. All 12 families who arrived at this time to the sacred doors, have been thoroughly tested on both sides. The list was approved about two months ago. Event organizer admits that Brian had warned him that he was going to ask Abel to marry him, but he thought that it is simply a marriage proposal. And therefore, when he saw that Abel was in a wedding dress and even a representative of the authorities, the organizer said he was filled with a whole range of feelings.
The very same pair recognizes that pull was already nowhere. Or use the three minutes, or their separation may be delayed again for years. Evelio is not allowed to cross the US border, and Brian also can not come to Mexico - the guy does not explain why both of them are not allowed to leave their country, but the fact remains - it really was their only chance of reunion. They met each other three years ago in Mexico. At Evelio has two children from a previous marriage, and both the child came to her that day at the border.
The organizer of the meeting said that the couple talk to each other every day on the phone, and Abel is trying to get a green card the US, but the execution of all documents may be delayed for a year, maybe more. Now the pair hope that the paperwork and the reunification as a pair of official spouses, will be much faster, and they can be together for the past six months.
The Wedding on the border of Mexico and the United States.