"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God, and in the presence of these witnesses, to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony; which is an honourable estate, instituted of God," the priest said smiling at Gabriela and Daniel, who were stood before him as he started the ceremony of their wedding; this was the third wedding that he had done that day and he couldn't wait to finish.
"It is therefore, not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons come now to be joined," the priest said looking between the couple, he had known Daniel's family for years and had been thrilled to hear that Daniel wished to marry in the family church with his fiancée.
Gabriela had never really been to his church before but in the led up to the wedding the priest had seen a lot more of her as she tried to fit in with her future husband's family.
"God, for the joy of this occasion we thank you. For the significance of this wedding day we thank you. For this important moment in an ever growing relationship we thank you. For your presence here and now and for your presence at all times, we thank you. In Christ's holy name. Amen," the priest said opening with a prayer, the gathering repeated after him while Gabriela and Daniel bowed their heads in prayer.
Gabriela took a deep breath, she looked at Daniel sure about what she was doing; she felt a little odd without Jacob's necklace around her neck.
"Who gives this woman to be married to this man?" the priest asked looking down at Gabriela's parents, he smiled at them as they got to their feet and stepped forward; he was hoping that this would be a quick and simple ceremony.
"We do," Michael and Connie said smiling, they were happy that their daughter was finally getting married and they were here to witness it.
"Daniel and Gabriela, the covenant which you are about to make with each other is meant to be a beautiful and sacred expression of your love for each other," the priest said as it slowly started to get dark outside, he frowned a little knowing that it wasn't forecast to rain that day.
Gabriela peeked over at the windows, she hoped that it was only a light shower since they were meant to be having the reception outside; Dorothy pursed her lips realising that something was going to happen.
"As you pledge your vows to each other, and as you commit your lives to each other, we ask that you do so in all seriousness, and yet with a deep sense of joy; with the deep conviction that you are committing yourselves to a dynamic growing relationship of trust, mutual support, and caring love," the priest said as a rumbling could be heard.
People whispered wondering what was going on and what they could hear, Daniel ignored it knowing that it was just a bit of bad weather that they hadn't been expecting.
"If anyone knows of a reason that these two should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace?" the priest said looking around the room taking in the guests, he was surprised that there was so many people in his church right now.
Daniel chuckled and looked at Gabriela, he didn't know of anyone that would have any reason for them not to marry; a couple of other people laughed before the priest moved to continue.
Just as he moved to open his mouth, there was a loud crash of thunder before the ground started to shake violently; the church vibrated as the clouds got even darker.
"Look out," called the best man in horror as one of the statues started to fall towards Daniel and Gabriela; he dived out of the way as other items started to fall and the other guests cried out.
Daniel jumped out of the way quickly moving to save himself while the priest scurried out of the way; he covered his head and cowered in his hiding place as he ducked between the seats.
Gabriela threw herself to the floor to avoid being crushed by the falling statue; she stared shocked as it made a horrible crunching sound when it hit the floor.
Gabriela swallowed carefully lifting herself up as the shaking stopped, her brown eyes peeking around to see if everyone was alright; she sighed in relief when she saw that no one had been hurt.
Michael moved to help his eldest daughter to his feet as Daniel slowly appeared looking around nervously; no one had expected something like that to happen during the ceremony.
"I knew it... you have angered our ancestors," Dorothy shouted from her place next to Connie, she pointed at her eldest granddaughter; she had known since this had started that Gabriela was going to anger their tribal ancestors.
Gabriela stared at Dorothy wondering what she was talking about, she frowned as Daniel moved towards her; he looked just as confused, he had no idea what his fiancée's grandmother was talking about.
"You were promised to another, the ancestors approved of him," Dorothy shouted while Connie tried to get her to be quiet, no one was sure what she was talking about since Gabriela had been with Daniel for a long time now.
Dorothy glared at her daughter-in-law, she knew that Connie wouldn't understand what she was talking about; she had known since Gabriela was a little girl that she was meant for something more.
Daniel looked at Gabriela's grandmother wondering what she was talking about, he had known Gabriela for years and he knew that there was no way that she had cheated on him; there was no other man in her life.
"Shall we continue?" the priest asked shaken by what had just happened, he had no idea what it was but he was sure that something powerful had just happened.
However before anyone could speak there was another shake making people cry out, it was clear that they wouldn't be continuing with the wedding today.
Gabriela closed her eyes, she didn't know why this was happening but she knew that she needed answers; she chewed on her lip as Daniel pressed a kiss to her head before he moved to call of the wedding.
"We'll just postpone it'll be fine," Emma said walking past Gabriela to help her brother, she was determined to see her best friend as her sister and nothing was going to change that.
Gabriela moved to sit down, she couldn't believe that this was happening; she had thought that this day would be perfect and now all the plans lay in ruin.
Gabriela looked over at her grandmother, she wondered for a moment if she was right and she had done something to anger her ancestors; it wasn't something that Daniel believed in but it was something that she did since it was part of her heritage.
"Gran," Gabriela said quietly, she peeked over at her parents knowing that they didn't believe in the stories of her father's tribe; they had left the reservation years ago and had all but forgotten about their life there.
Dorothy stared at her granddaughter, she had high hopes for Gabriela and she was hopeful that she would be the one to make a chance that the family needed to reconnect with the tribe.
It had been one of the reasons that Dorothy hadn't liked Daniel, he disregarded everything that Gabriela believed in and was making her into someone that she wasn't.
"What do I do?" Gabriela asked wanting answers for what had just happened during her wedding to the man that she loved.