Tonight on MTV Tr3s’ reality series, Quiero Mi Boda, we meet 27-year-old Kendra and 28-year-old Moises. The couple, who live in Texas, met three years ago while Kendra, now a nurse, was studying abroad in Mexico for several months. A musician in a local club, Moises eventually became what Kendra called her ‘computer boyfriend’. The couple spent countless hours communicating via Internet and phone until Moises moved to Texas to be with Kendra.
After the couple became engaged, Kendra learned that Moises’ family wanted their wedding to be held in Mexico – which didn’t fit too well with her initial plans of a simple wedding. So began the wedding planning and besides having a huge language barrier, Kendra also had to field her family’s questions and concerns about having the wedding in a foreign country.
Kendra spoke to Latina.com today about the challenges she faced during her wedding planning during her episode, which airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.
Tell us about your episode of Quiero Mi Boda.
The main conflict was the wedding planning itself. There was a huge culture and language barrier. If I would want something, I would have to tell Moises to tell my wedding planner. She would say something back, then Moises would tell me. It was this whole translating game. It wasn’t simple.
You met your husband while studying abroad in Mexico. Did you ever think he would be the man you would marry?
No. I never thought I would do a long distance relationship and I never thought I’d bring home a foreigner to my house!
What was it like to have a long-distance relationship for several years?
It was expensive. I was in school – he was staying down there. I actually called him my ‘computer boyfriend’ [laughs]. We did iChat of Google Chat and would keep our computers on all day. When we would meet in person, I would poke him and be like, ‘Oh my God, you’re in 3D!’ It was hard; we visited each other 5 times a year.
When Moises’ family requested that the wedding be held in Mexico, what was your reaction?
At first, I just wanted a simple wedding with a small amount of people. Guadalajara is known for its fancy weddings. At first, I was kind of like, ‘No way’. At first I was a little worried because of my family members and their questions about safety. I was excited – for me, it was no problem. I was more worried about other family members.
Do you speak a lot of Spanish? What was it like for you to have a wedding planner who spoke Spanish?
I speak a little bit. It was frustrating me, but for Moises, who made all the phone calls, it was worse for him. Whether he liked it or not, he was involved!
You wanted the wedding to be very Mexican. Why was that important to you?
It was important to me because I met him in Mexico. If we were going to have it there, I wanted it to be something authentic.
What advice would you give to other brides who are trying to plan their wedding in another country?
Oh gosh! If you have an image and it doesn’t work out according to what you think it’s going to be, just let it go. It’s not worth it. If it didn’t happen, it’s not that bad!