San Antonio Temple LDS Wedding | Harrison +Mika
Updated: Jul 25, 2019
525,600 minutes. 8760 hours. 365 days. After waiting for over a year, Mika was able to get a visa to come to the United Sates from Japan, and she and Harrison were finally married for time and all eternity at the LDS San Antonio temple! Long distance relationships are SO HARD! Kyle and I did long distance for two or three months and it was awful. Like super awful. We were constantly distracted, slightly depressed, and too overwhelmed by anything related to our wedding to have a coherent, intelligible conversation with anyone else. Countless skype calls, emails, and text messages are the only things that keep you going. And then the moment arrives. You're together again and everything is okay because your person is right there and you'll never be truly alone ever again. There were quite a few tears shed at their powerful, intimate wedding. So much had gone into this moment: all the visa paperwork, the legal setbacks, the money, the tears, the promises that it was all going to work out. And it did.
My favorite part of the day, though, was probably watching Mika's face as she Facetimed with her mom. That high-pitched, not-quite-a-phone-call sound echoed off the doors of the Temple multiple times that day. Normally the sound of a phone ringing at a wedding is a major faux pas, the kind people remember for years to come. But every time we all waited excitedly for the brides mom to tune into the wedding all the way from Japan and for the wedding party was complete. Mika's face would transform as she spoke quickly and excitedly to her mother in their native language. What a miraculously blessing technology is.
Harrison and Mika, I loved being there to capture a portion of your special day! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn from and be touched by your story of perseverance, dedication, and unyielding love. You both have a sweet spirit that reaches out and touches the people around you. With such an amazing support group of family and friends behind you, there's no doubt in my mind that you will go on to bless the world - one person at a time. Congratulations, again! Enjoy some of my favorites from your special day outside the temple.