The Mass to renew their wedding vows started at 9.15pm but prior to that we were invited to go to their house so that we could all walk to the church together. It was HOT, I mean really hot, at 8pm we were cooking in high 30s centigrade, and it didn't cool down much for the whole event. Thank goodness for hand held fans which are sold in abundance here in Spain!
Virginia's mum, Marie-Carmen, wore a lovely long dark turquoise strapless dress, Virginia wore deep coral and Rocio, Virginia's younger sister, wore pink with light mauve/plum I think it would be called. Both daugthers wore their hair in an 'up do' with plaits intertwined. They are both such pretty girls! Although I appreciate that I'm prejudiced!!!
Brendan looking like he's an extra in Men In Black in those sunglasses!
They had two anniversary cakes, one was actually a 'fake' one to go in the window of their patisserie, and the real one which was four tiers. The real one was made of light sponge on the inside and decorated with soft meringue! Very sweet!! That weird looking brown thing on the second layer is actually a flower.....I thought it was something 'living' when I saw this photo!!
The 'fake' cake, made from polysterene but with real icing and fresh Gerberas. The little people on top are made by a local lady using craft foam!
As is the tradition here, each of the women were given a little 'keepsake' of the event. In this case, we all received a cute little metal cup and saucer which contained a candle. And pushed into each candle were two cookies on sticks. One was heartshaped and was iced with '25' and the other was decorated with a rice paper photo of Jose and Ma.Carmens wedding back in1988.
The tables were laden with all sorts of food, including large cooked prawns, various Spanish hams, green olives, calamari, anchovies, stuffed red peppers, different breads, pate with pine nuts, and as much drink as anyone could want. And as each plate was emptied, so it was replaced with another full one. Oh and cup cakes! Lots of chocolate cup cakes decorated with flowers, brides and grooms and more meringue!! All the 'sweet' items were made by Virginia, Brendan, Rocio and Marie Carmen the day before the event.
I seem to have focussed rather a lot on food here, so thought I'd add some photos taken at the Mass, which incidentally was lovely. Virginia and her sister did the readings and also gave a tribute to their parents, which was really nice and very touching!
And obviously humorous too!
The exchanging of new rings!
And finally, before we all left for the 'party', which is a whole different set of photos, here is a group shot of all the guests outside the church.
I hope I've not bored anyone with my 'fiesta' photos, and hope that you'll enjoy seeing them! I hope to add a post with photos from the party afterwards, once I get them all edited. All photos taken by my son Brendan, edited by me!
And finally, "Enhorabuena y felicidades" to Jose and Marie Carmen....here's to the next 25 years!!