Tonight on MTV Tr3s’ reality series, Quiero Mi Boda, we meet 28-year-old Michael and 29-year-old Kristopher. The couple met on a study abroad trip but did not officially date until a year and a half later. Since then, several more years passed before this couple decided to take the plunge. The wedding planning proved extremely challenging because Kristopher was in Mexico at the time and Michael was in Texas. Michael found herself planning the wedding mostly alone. If that wasn’t stressful enough, Michael also decided to convert from her Baptist views to her fiancé’s Catholic religion.
Michael spoke to Latina.com recently about her wedding traditions and the challenge of maintaining a long-distance relationship. Her episode airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.
Tell us about your episode of Quiero Mi Boda.
Kris and I dated long distance for the majority of our relationship so the episode took a look at that and how hard it was to communicate from Austin to Mexico – all the things that came along with that. We got engaged in Italy and we talked about my parents’ reaction to us getting engaged. It [the episode] was also about all of the craziness of me planning our wedding by myself.
How did you and your husband meet?
We met in Austria (both attended Baylor University, a school in Texas). We both went on the first day of a summer abroad trip to Europe. We always joke – for Kris, it was love at first sight. For me, I thought he was the typical Baylor frat boy. He always says that from the moment we shook hands for the first time, he knew he was going to marry me!
What was that like for you – to maintain a long-distance relationship?
It was really, really difficult. I don’t know that we would have made it without his [Kristopher’s] strength and perseverance. He was just so strong mentally. If he wants something, he’s going to do whatever it takes to make it. We had some really hard points and some really good times. I did my MBA in Monterrey and those two years was the only time we lived in the same city together.
You were once of the Baptist faith and your husband had a Catholic upbringing. What made you convert to his religion?
It was a long thought process, we talked about it years before. When I grew up, my parents were from two separate religions so it was always kind of difficult. That was always something that I didn’t want for my kids. For me, there’s just one God and the denomination isn’t as important to me. I thought about it for a couple of years, and it makes sense that I want to raise our kids with the same faith. It was pretty easy decision. To me, it was a good history lesson when I was doing the confirmation process, to learn where he [Kristopher] comes from and what he believes in.
Did your new religion influence your wedding planning?
It really did – it was not easy. There are certain rules and regulations that I learned – many things that they [the church] would not let us do so it was hard to balance everything.
What kind of traditions did you incorporate in your wedding?
We had the laso and the halas – it was just small things. There was a lot of singing, a lot of hallelujah’s – mostly for my family. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to a Baptist church, but there’s a lot of singing. It was very joyous. At the end of the ceremony, we had the choir sing for my family.
Was your husband involved in the wedding planning process?
He was involved as much as he could be but for the majority it was me – by myself. I’d pull him in if I needed some help with the traditions.
What is your best advice for other brides who are planning their wedding?
I would say that all of the wedding planning is crazy and hectic but they should keep in mind that it’s about the two families coming together.