Borderland Couple Get Married on Border Bridge
A lot of couples have had to change their wedding plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But imagine living in different countries and that border is closed. That's what happened to Heriberto and Ana Sosa. Thankfully the couple was still able to tie knot. They just did so at the middle of the Paso Del Norte bridge.
It feels weird because, as a kid, I used to walk this bridge every day, you know. Meeting Ana, and just wanting to share my life with her, it just makes me want to be a part of Juarez and El Paso.
The couple has known each other for 15 years, but it wasn't until last year they became a couple. They quickly began planning their life together, however. Ruben Escandon Jr. is an ordained minister and is no stranger to bridge weddings, as he has done hundreds of them. Escandon says that it was a Texas-issued marriage license and is a US recognized marriage. Escandon has been officiating weddings for 15 years, meaning he's married a lot of people. He added:
There’s very few places in El Paso that I can go that somebody doesn’t recognize me because of weddings. Whether I’m walking the mall or going to the stores. They’ll say ‘oh there’s the guy that married us’. It’s a good feeling to be able to contribute in that way.
For the couple, Ana is now applying for citizenship and that process could take between 12 and 16 months. But you don't need to tell me that. I watch 90 Day Fiance.