On paper, they were all wrong. But in time, just enough.

During the ceremony, Ms Rivera, wearing a long white dress with a halter top and a sweetheart neckline, walked down the garden steps alone, holding a bright bouquet with a white rose tucked behind her ear. About 100 vaccinated guests stood to watch Ms. Rivera’s daughter, her bridesmaid, meet her at an altar overlooking a lush grove of rose bushes, then kiss the bride and Mr. Alonzo, in a blue suit, for the good luck.

Before Frank Kennamer, a longtime friend and minister at Universal Life Church, the couple read handwritten vows. “Thank you for seeing me, for loving me, for making me better,” Ms. Rivera told Mr. Alonzo. “I love you.” Mr Alonzo thanked Ms Rivera for dancing with him at his cousin’s birthday party in 2014. “I feel lucky to be your partner every day,” he said. “I feel lucky to watch you.”

When November 20, 2021

Or Berkeley Rose Garden, Berkeley, California.

Tacos and cake At the reception, guests dined on birria tacos served by the La Santa Torta taco truck and tiered carrot cake with cream cheese frosting prepared by Tamara Durley, a friend of the couple.

Fiasco dress Ms. Rivera’s wedding dress was hand-embroidered in Mexico; she commissioned it in 2019 just after Mr. Alonzo’s proposal. Due to the pandemic, she was unable to travel to Mexico for in-person alterations until the summer of 2021. At that time, the dress no longer fit her. After further alterations in Mexico and a month of waiting, the dress arrived in California. It still didn’t fit. A few weeks before the ceremony, Veda Ambeau, a seamstress and owner of Shirley’s Designs & Alterations in Oakland, came to the rescue and completed the final adjustments.

When it rains Ahead of her nuptials, Ms Rivera celebrated her daughter’s engagement: Ms Calderon-Rivera’s fiancé proposed on July 24. They haven’t set a wedding date yet.

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