I could go into details of the amazing weekend I had with my entire family the days leading to the wedding and the days after the wedding, but for now I just want to focus on the beautiful wedding that was held in Play del Carmen on Saturday June 11, 2011.
It looked like a backdrop used in many movies I’ve seen before. There they were my brother Apolonio and his wife to be Mari. Behind them a few green bushes and then the open sea filled with many shades of blue. I couldn’t hold my tears back they were just rolling down. They of course were tears of joy. I couldn’t believe my older brother was getting married and about to embark on a new life with a beautiful women. As the church ceremony ended he was asked to kiss the bride. Shortly after Mariachi’s all dress in white started playing some beautiful typical Mexican music. We then all congratulated them and had tamarindo martinis to celebrate the occasion. The photographers then snatched the couple away for a photo shoot by the sea. So many beautiful photos were taken. In the mean time we (the guest) continued to drink and chat away with stories filled with happiness.
A few moments later it was time to make our way to the reception. We all followed the couple in their Rolls Royce. Upon arriving at the reception I again felt like I was on the set of a movie. A carpet of white sandy beach in front of us and then a Caribbean ocean behind it.. On the beach were 10 tables set out and minimally decorated with a fish bowl and flowers and at the center was the dance floor. It was perfection at it’s best.
The couple then came on and danced their first dance. I again had tears rolling down my face. It was so beautiful to watch them mesmerized into each other’s eyes while dancing. I thought if this isn’t love then I have no clue what is. Then came all the usual dances with the parents and with others. After a bit of slow dances every one sat down and dinner was served. After dinner was when the real party started.
The DJ cranked up the music and the night rolled on. It was open bar so of course everyone was having a great time. The dance floor was packed and the bartender would come up with a tray of about 20-25 shots and hand them out to everyone. We were having the time of our lives. Then the music was paused and we heard tribal dancer coming on to the beach playing drums and spinning fire. It was an amazing show that went on for over 30 minutes. When that was over since we were off the dance floor and at the beach every one decided to get in the water fully dress for some pictures (I took some pictures of that but they are so blurry). It was so much fun to see everyone (myself included) in the water laughing, smiling, and having a good time. Once a million photos were taken the party returned to the dance floor.The bride had a change of clothes and looked refreshed in her cute lil white dress. They played all types of music and everyone was loving it. Sadly all parties have to come to an end the party went on and strong until 2am.
Now that it has been a few days and I have had time to reflect on the wedding. I would have to say I had a great time and am so glad that this was able to happen during my RTW trip. I am also glad I did not miss it, it is something I would have regretted forever. It is night I will never forget. I would also like to wish the couple nothing but the best as they embark on a new life together. I love you both and am happy Mari you are now part of our family.