U.S.- Mexico Border Opens to Allow 3-Minute Wedding

The United States- Mexico border opened over the weekend to allow two lovers to wed in a 3-minute ceremony.

The bride and soon-to-be-husband met with a wedding officiant and family members as they patiently waited for U.S. Border Patrol agents to open the gate.

The bride, Evelia Reyes, 27, was on the Mexico side in a long white wedding dress, complete with a flowing train and veil. On the U.S. side was her groom, Brian Houston, 26, in a light gray suit.

Reyes’s young daughter also dressed in a white dress and tiara. She jumped into Houston’s arms before the two kissed, holding both close for a long moment.

The two wed beside a judge from Tijuana and several border agents. The couple signed documents and exchanged their vows.

They each brought their own wedding ring, since they could not move any items across the border, according to the Washington Post.

After the 3 minutes, they were told their time was up.

“I am happy and sad at the same time,” Reyes said, “because now I have to leave.”

Reyes, a native of the Mexican State, Guerrero, met Houston in Tijuana three years ago. They talk by phone every day, and see each other through the fence on Saturdays and Sundays, according to an official.

For the sixth time, agents were able to actively participate in an annual event known as "Opening the Door for Hope," which allows a select number of families the chance at a small reunion every year.

The gate opens every Saturday and Sunday at Friendship Park; the only federally designated binational meeting place along the border. The park opens on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and allows families to see each other through holes on the fence. The holes in the fence are small enough to let a fingertip through.


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