Carla and Daniel

July 31, 2011
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista
Photographs by Misty Motto

Carla Bermudez and Daniel Melick were almost inseparable after they began dating in 2005 while attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. On New Year’s Eve 2010, the two were in South Florida to celebrate the holiday and Daniel’s birthday at a friend’s downtown condo. While everyone was downstairs counting down the seconds to 2011, Carla, who grew up in Kissimmee, and Daniel were on the roof looking at the lights of downtown Fort Lauderdale. “He turned to me, pulled out the ring and said, ‘I love you, and I want you to be my wife,’” says Carla. “He made me the happiest girl in the world.” Both the bride and groom were born on the 31st day of a month, and they got engaged on the 31st, which is why they chose to be married on the 31st day of July. The couple now live in Tampa, where Daniel, 26, works as a digital technologist. Carla, 25, is completing her degree in psychology. 



"When the pastor unexpectedly asked us to say a few words to each other, without hesitation Daniel said, ‘You are my best friend.’ I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.”
– Carla




Theme: None specific, but the setting and décor had Spanish influences
On the Choice of Venue: Carla and Daniel found the resort’s color scheme to be a perfect backdrop for the occasion. The reception was held in the Spanish-style Rix Lounge.
Bridesmaids: 2
Groomsmen: 2
Guests: 60 
Most Memorable Moment: “It was time for the bouquet toss,” says Carla, “so the ladies gathered around on the dance floor in hopes of catching it. The music starts, and the DJ initiates the countdown. I toss the flowers and turn around to find my grandmother diving for the bouquet!”
Gown: Trumpet-style ivory gown from the Vera Wang White Collection. 
Caterer: The Rix Lounge
Cake: Private-Chef Puerto Rico
Florist: Margarita Lopez, Orlando
Entertainment: DJ/Artist Paris Jones, California
Officiant: Pastor Lupe Ramirez 
Father-Daughter Dance: “Heaven” (Jamie Foxx) 
First Dance: “At Last” (Etta James)
Honeymoon: Ten days in San Juan, Puerto Rico


The bride and her father walk down the aisle
DJ/artist Paris Jones spins his magic
Daniel in the company of good friends
The traditional Puerto Rican rum cake by Private-Chef Puerto Rico
A champagne toast awaits the bride and groom
Carla and Daniel share their first dance as husband and wife
The elegant table arrangements by Margarita Lopez
One of the decorated candelabras that adorned the ceremony aisle;
The wedding invitation and reply card


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