The wedding day!
So, this is it! No more sleeps to count, it's time!
A day of make up and general grooming is all that's in the agenda for the bride. Paul woke up to a Portuguese speaking home with no Katie in it - thankfully he was able to get dad to drive him to Shepi/Luke & Ellie's hotel, where he was to be getting ready. :-) of course 'getting ready' includes a couple of beers and lots of coconut water (the new beer!). Thankfully again, Paul is feeling much much better today!
Not too many shortcomings with the party preparations. The wedding planner was able to leave the bride out of the hustles and with the help of Katie's big brothers, dad and auntie, all was ready well on time!
Katie, Mum & Sis and the beautiful bridesmaids & and 'bridesman' had a lovely time at the hotel while getting ready. Then it was time to go to the church!
I'm with Cintia in the car, taking photos and appreciating how uncomfortable it is to sit down when wearing a wedding dress like mine. And I'm wondering: how's Paul, is he still feeing sick, is he going to cry this time around? I'm nervous, I'm happy, my heart is pumping, I'm almost a little sick. Gosh I wanna stand up, this dress wasn't made to be worn while sitting down! After about 40min wait in the car, I'm given my bouquet and I can see our bridal party lining up. It's starting!!! :D
Our ceremony was beautiful. Paul was very teary and emotional this time too, I was beyond myself with it all, also very emotional. :) Marcio and Karen, Marilia and Claudio did an awesome job beautifully playing and singing the songs along with the violinist and the pianist. Special mention to their efforts on performing songs in English so Paul and the other Gringos could also appreciate what was going on :). Katie was translating everything simultaneously to Paul, who was fiercely trying to keep-up.
With lots of practicing and a final Portuguese pronunciation private session with Davi, Paul managed to say all his vows in Portuguese! So cute! :)
Ceremony went by quicker than we ever expected it to go, and we enjoyed every minute of it! And then it was time to party! :D
Before joining the others, a few sunset pictures with family and the bridal party. After that, everything went by with the blink of a eye! The welcome toast, pretend-cutting of the cake, opening of the risotto buffet, dropping by the guests' tables to say hello... Then the waltz with dad, Paul's waltz with my mum and our first dance. :-)
Special mention to our VIP waiter - Peixoto - who followed us around the party topping up our drinks and giving us water, making sure we were well hydrated!
Then it was time to throw the bouquets: one for the single ladies, one for the married ladies! The single ladies got three Saint Joseph soft dolls, HANDMADE by Katie and Thalita back in Sydney. :) the married ladies got three soft-toy options (all also handmade by Katie and Thalita): a red chilli, a love heart and a little baby! Everyone was very happy with their 'luck'! :)
Once we got kicked-out we still felt like partying! So with a few brave soldiers we headed to Bar do Alemão, for a night cap!
Not long after midnight, it was time to go :). At the hotel we were welcomed with a beautiful arrangement of red roses, a cold bottle of Chandon, rose petals everywhere, chocolates and a pampering kit. Honeymoon times have started!!