This wedding was so special. Rebecca and Ruthie were two of my close friends in Chile when they were on study abroad and I had just finished my exchange program. Amazingly enough, and mostly because Ruthie is really fantastic at staying touch, we didn’t lose contact over the years. We met up in other cities, we touched base via facebook and text message and as time passed I grew to appreciate both of them even more.
When you’re close friends with someone and you know just how special she is, sometimes you start to feel protect over her love life. Multiple times during Rebecca’s dating stage, did Ruthie and I think to ourselves, “Who could she ever marry that will live up?” She is legitimately one of the most intelligent, driven humans I know. She’s one of those people who says, “I want to go into education policy making,” and you know that she’s the type of woman who will actually change the system.
I hadn’t met her boyfriend Niko prior to the wedding, but as soon we started speaking I saw that he was incredible and he was exactly what my friend needed. If anyone could live up, it’s him, handsome and a genius who clerked for Sonia Sotomayor and is going big places right alongside Rebecca. And now that I know Niko, I’m 100% positive that all his friends felt the same way about who he would end up with, and I’m sure now they’re just as relieved about him ending up with her, as Ruthie and I are about her ending up with him.
On a political note, since I have never been one to shy away from keeping my thoughts and opinions separate from my business, and because we are at a time right now when it’s too important to stay quiet, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor officiated this wedding. I was 9 months pregnant and when I asked to take a photo with her, I broke down crying and told her how much it meant to me that she had fought the good fight to get to where she was in our system, to break down glass ceilings and to keep protecting our rights. I told her how thrilled I was that my baby would be born into a world where women could be anything, a judge on the Supreme Court, maybe even president. Well, obviously the latter did not happen, but I am so glad that our nation has someone like her in that position. In a terrifying time, I’m certain she’ll do everything in our power to keep us from going backwards. On a lighter note — being enveloped in her bear hug is a moment I’ll never forget, I have Rebecca and Niko to thank for that!