Nelson Sterling and his bride Cristina Garcia’s love story began in the summer of 2011. July 24, 2011 would play a significant date in their story. Sterling, the 2011 winner of Mr. Puerto Rico, was in the Dominican Republic as part of his partnership with the pageant when his path crossed with Garcia who was also competing for the title of Miss Puerto Rico. She says “He was the person in charge of picking me up at the airport and transporting me to the hotel. Our glances crossed and everything changed, from that moment we could not get out of our heads…Our souls first knew that being together was our purpose.”
On July 24, 2016, 5 years after their initial meeting, Sterling proposed in front of Garcia’s family in Dallas, Texas while on a trip for her brothers wedding. It was a complete family affair. Garcias says “Kneeling in front of me with a beautiful engagement ring, I was shocked! I threw myself into my dads arms who looked at me with watery eyes, I was overcome by emotion and of course I said “yes”, and that was the most important “yes” of our lives.”
On July 1, 2017 the couple said “I do”. The venue, Hacienda Munoz, a charming coffee farm located in the lush mountains of San Lorenzo, was the background for the day’s events. For them, choosing this venue was very significant to them. The versatility of the island is a huge attraction for the natives of the island, along with those planning a destination wedding. A beach is always a popular choice, but the choice of Hacienda Munoz was an easy choice for them.
Garcia says, “From the cup of coffee, to the most beautiful flowers that adorned the landscape of our island, we felt the presence of God. It is like having everything in one place, being in contact with nature, between trees and coffee plantations breathing in the Puerto Rican culture. Reflecting the natural, spontaneous and real love we feel for each other. The coffee of Puerto Rico is our passion and the definition of love to its greater expression.”
The wedding day details came together seamlessly. Prior to the wedding, guest were asked to wear white as a symbol of the purity and spirituality of the sacredness of marriage. It was beautiful to see the lovely soft tones against the green of the palm trees and tropical foliage. The table scapes were decorated with Baby’s Breath. The brides bouquet was orchids. Garcia says, “the orchids reflected the presence of my deceased grandmother… The rustic décor and handmade details made by my dad, demonstrate the effort and dedication that a marriage needs.” Every detail had a meaning.
In the presence of God, family and friends, the bride was escoted by her mother and father down the aisle as Sterling awaited her. The ceremony was officiate by Sterlings Aunt, Brenda Sterling. She spoke of the sanctity of marriage and the covenant of love. They said “I do” and the celebration of the reception began! Garcia’s father surprised the couple with Mariachis. They danced and shared beautiful memories. Garcia says about planning your wedding, “Enjoy the process as a couple and make it yours, so that it represents what you really are. And when the day comes, do not try to make everything perfect, because nothing is perfect, just go with the flow and never stop smiling.” Sterling and Garcia allowed their love to be the motiviating factor in planning their coffee themed wedding. All in all this day was like a delicious cup of coffee – strong, sweet and incredibly memorable. It’s no wonder their custom hashtag is “Entre Amor y Cafe”