That is how families torn apart by deportation share a major life event.
The wedding took place 10 days after Rivera and her mother reunited at the border fence.
If proposed reforms go through, Rivera -- unlike Padilla and Teodoro -- wouldn't have to wait long to reunite permanently with her mother. A reunion would almost be immediate.
The reason is because Rivera comes from "a mixed status family," as she calls it: Her older sister was born in the United States and, as a citizen, she would be able to petition immediately for her mother's return -- not having to wait at least five years -- if reforms are approved.
Rivera's parents are from Medellin, Colombia. They left Colombia amid the 1980s drug violence and came to the United States, where they gave birth to their oldest daughter, Pamela, now 26. On a subsequent visit to the United States, the parents gave birth to their youngest daughter, Sarah, now 19.
Evelyn Rivera, however, was born in Colombia. But as an undocumented immigrant, she now enjoys deferred status, like Teodoro and Padilla. Her father, who cleans office buildings at night, became a legal resident after his wife's deportation and would also be able to petition immediately for his wife's return, if the reform is approved.
Rivera, now 24, said she believes that all undocumented immigrants should have a similar right to reunite immediately under proposed reforms.
"For me, when I think about it, I'm very excited to know that my mom can come," Rivera said. "But for me internally, it's hard to know that my friends Carlos and Renata don't have the same opportunity."
For them, there could mean more lost family moments, such as when Rivera's mother missed her high school graduation.
"It's a very bittersweet immigration law we're looking at," Rivera said.