Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cuba Trip 3/23 - Day 6 Wedding Day

Today is the wedding day for our oldest daughter, Carmen and her finance, Steve. It's a great looking day.

After breakfast we checked out clothes to make sure everything packed was okay to wear and then I had most of the morning off duty. I did a little walking around the resort, reading and had a couple of beers at the pool bar. The ladies were all at the hairdressers at 10:00 AM and we were told we were not to see them again until the wedding.

The guys had lunch together, pizza and drinks and then waiting until we had to get dressed at 2:00 PM for the wedding planned for 3:00 PM.

It was a really nice day out but not quite enough time to really do anything else between the schedule. At 2:30 I went to my daughter's room and she was just about ready.

Her and her Maid of Honor were there getting ready and doing the last minute glamor stuff. Carmen was really excited now that she had the wedding dress on and she said her heart was just pounding.
We now had only to wait for the phone call that all was ready down on the beach. The phone rang and off we went.

We had to wait a bit for the elevator and walk through several resort areas to get to the site and the bride got lots of attention from the sunbathing crowds everywhere. A final wait in a building alcove out of site from the beach, then the live music starts. The Maid of Honor heads out first

and then the Bride with the Father of the Bride (Me)

doing the slow walk down to the beach. A few steps here and a few steps there and then maybe 80 feet of sand.

Carmen did really well here keeping composed and when we were close enough to see Steve, he was tying to keep it together. A few deep breaths and a tear rolling down his cheek. He was certainly happy and excited to see his bride. And what a backdrop, with the aqua blue water and white curling waves behind them.

I gave Carmen a hug and a kiss and told her I loved her and probably everyone there was shedding tears by then.

I passed Carmen over to Steve, shaking his hand and then the ceremony began.

Janet and I, Steve's Mom and Sister, the Best Man and Maid of Honor, the local Magistrate, the interpreter and wedding planner, the photographer and the videographer made up our little assembly. Plus quite a few onlookers from the beach.

The ceremony was relatively short, Spanish first then each sentence translated into English. After the question about the husband and the wife and the I do's, the ceremony immediately broke up for the signing of the appropriate documents.

Some picture taking here, then back where we started for the ring ceremony.

And finally the husband and wife announcement and the first kiss.

A big cheer from the crowd here. It was really very nice and the setting was spectacular. A bunch of photo ops and back up the beach and more photos, a glass of champagne, a first dance and more photos around the resort.

When we finally went back inside it was about 4:30 and we went to the main lobby bar to relax and have a few drinks. The dinner was set for 6:30 PM so we passed these 2 hours just chatting and relaxing.

The dinner was on the outdoor patio overlooking the water. The view was still great but the wind came up a bit and was cool after dark. Janet had a white sweater she gave to Carmen and all the ladies put on the mens suit jackets to stay warm for the meal.

We started with being served water, then wine, then buns and butter, then a second round of buns and butter. No one knew what to expect and we were all thirsty and hungry so most of this dissappeared rather quickly. Then we were served a green salad with croutons and cheese and dressing something like a caesar salad. Next a hearty bowl of beef soup with root vegetables, next a plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. Most of us were getting near filled up by this time, not to mention the liquid diet for 2 hours before dinner. Next to our surprise was the main dinner plate with substantial portion of barbeque beef, a fish filet, a fancy bell shaped mound of mashed potato, and some mixed vegetables. I managed to eat most of mine, the ladies could not eat much and unfortunately this fine meal was just kind of picked at. The salad, soup and spaghetti had done us in already. Next was a fancy, large chunk of cheesecake. Wow, it takes a lot of will power to eat this much. I thought we were done, but then out comes the wedding cake.

Carmen and Steve do the cutting of the cake thing with photography of course.

Several diners in the adjacent area came over to take pictures as well. The cake was very good. Carmen cut a good sized slice for each of us and there was still over half the cake left, so she took what remained and put it on the dessert table of the buffet going on next to us. This brought a few cheers and a round of applause.

We returned to a room and downloaded our photos for a quick look and then off to our rooms to relax.

Quite a day for everyone. Bye for now.

1 comment:

  1. Looks and sounds like a beautiful wedding! Even brought a tear to my eye when you were speaking of the tear on Steve's cheek. He looked very sweet and humbled. Your daughter looked beautiful and happy. Nice scene you painted with your story and pics. Thanks for sharing......every one loves a wedding!