Couple Marries in Rio Grande River Border to Avoid Immigration Issues

Talk about romance! A couple got hitched on their very own love boat, a Zodiac raft, which traveled from the Rio Grande river border to the U.S. in order to avoid immigration issues, reports the AFP. Ruben Alfonso Fierro, 27, a Mexican citizen, left the U.S. temporary, but was not allowed back into the country due to his undocumented status. The fastest way to reunite with his fiancé, Stephanie Guerra, 26, and four children, all U.S. citizens, was to wed in the U.S.

The ceremony met with U.S. immigration requirements due to the 1848 treaty, which allows free travel from both sides of the Rio Grande. As the couple shared their I Do’s, U.S. border patrol agents watched nearby to make sure Mexican relatives on the raft would not touch U.S. soil.

According to the Big River Foundation, this is the first time a marriage has taken place on the Rio Grande River. Due to the romance factor, we have a suspicion that this won’t be the last. Congrats to the lovely couple!