Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
The father of the bride spoke about responsibility. The father of the groom focused on trust. With unquestionable twinkles in their eyes, Tristan Alvarado and Arturo Delgado stood in front of more than 130 witnesses at the historic Tryall Club in Hanover and watched their children, Silvia Vallecilla and Andres Delgado, commit to walk hand in hand for the rest of their lives.
This was an untraditional Spanish wedding ceremony, which saw Vallecilla, a photographer who has lived in Jamaica, and Delgado, a videographer, discard their notes and speak from their hearts, "She has been my confidante, my lover and now my wife," said Delgado.
Both have known each other for five years, and their special day was representative of a melting pot of cultures (Jamaican and Spanish). Friends and family members jetted in from as far as Rome, Barcelona, Tokyo, Paris and Amsterdam, and as close as New York, Bogotá, Montego Bay and Miami, to bear witness to the happiness that they have found.
The ceremony was officiated by family friend Spanish ambassador to Jamaica, Celsa Nuño, who read articles contained in Spanish Civil Law, that clearly state that marriage is a union which one should only enter into with full knowledge and acceptance of the responsibilities:
It was evident that these rules did not need to be reiterated, as the respect shown to the couple's elderly relatives was evident.
What was also obvious was that Andres and his wife, Silvia, were satiated, having spent all of three nights celebrating the beginning of their new life together.
Their celebration commenced with a private dinner party at RIU Negril on Thursday, September 19. Planned and executed by the mother of the bride, Laura Mazabel. On Friday, September 20, wedding guests were treated to a catamaran cruise, followed by a beach party at Half Moon Beach in Negril.
The rich Jamaican heritage was the highlight of this event, punctuated by an amazing group of drummers and dancers complemented by a talented mento band.
On Saturday, September 21 the couple looked lovingly into each other's eyes, their expression of joy emanating throughout the venue, blessed with the Caribbean sea as the backdrop.
The happy couple didn't even bat an eyelid as the September rains threatened, but remained focused on saying "I do".