Mario & Kristina – Missouri Wine Country Wedding

Mario and Kristina had a beautiful wedding at the Seven Springs Winery in Linn Creek Missouri, the day started out a little gray and gloomy but by the time Kristina’s father walked her down the aisle, the sky was a gorgeous blue, the wedding ceremony included the Lazo and the Arras traditions from the Hispanic culture.

Lazo – Lasso
A lazo (lasso), is a large rosary, a ribbon or a decorated cord that is symbolically draped around the neckss or shoulders of the bride and the groom, groom first. It is placed in a horizontal figure eight (infinity) while they are kneeling at the altar, to affirm their union and their committment to always be together side-by-side. The lazo is associated with a wedding prayer and takes place during the ceremony, after the bride and groom have exchanged their vows. Optionally, the lazo may be tied around their wrists.
The couple wears the lasso throughout the remainder of the service.
At the end of the ceremony, the lasso is removed and is given to the Bride as a keepsake.
Though not a Latin country, a wedding ceremony in New Zealand features the Infinity Loops (Lasso) placed around the necks of the bride and the groom, to symbolize their never-ending love.

Arras – Thirteen gold coins
The groom gives the bride thirteen gold coins blessed by the priest. The 13 coins represent the Christ and his 12 apostles. The Arras is given to the bride as a symbol of the unquestionable trust and confidence the groom has in her.
Most often, he presents them in an ornate box, a silver or gold jewelry box, or on a siver or gold gift tray.
Doing so, he also pledges to be a good provider and to support and care for his bride as she becomes his wife. 
By accepting thes arras, the bride pronounces her unconditional trust and confidence in her groom.
These coins become a part of their family heirloom.

After the ceremony everybody moved inside for dancing, cake and food until it was time for the bride and groom to leave in the Limo, I only wish I could show you the picture they posted on facebook of them riding go carts in their wedding attire, they were such and fun couple and the wedding was beautiful.