Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Spanish Country Wedding

We decided to come to Spain and Madrid for one main reason, and that was to see Francesco and Damien get married in the Spanish countryside. So without further ado, here is the post you have all been patiently waiting for. (Sean's photos)

We were all to meet at the Tribunal Metro station in the Chueca area of Madrid, where many relatives and friends of the wedding couple were staying. Sean and I got there first, and then Cristiano arrived. The only other person I knew was Ross Hurston, who you can just see, if you enlarge the photo.

Finally, Cristiano and I decided to mingle a bit.

Sean got this great photo of Marco, who is from Milan and Jannik who is from Estonia. They now live in London. They are posing with Paul Wagner and Ross.

The bus drove us about half an hour outside of Madrid into the country where it had just rained. It turned down a dirt road and the driver was wary of getting stuck in the mud. He wanted to stop and let us all off to walk the rest of the way to the finca. Well, the ladies were having none of that! Here, Francesco's uncle makes a stink with the driver. Other relatives gave him a hard time too and he eventually drove us most of the way there.

Here you can see the guests picking their way through the last few feet of mud to the patio.

Here we are waiting on the patio of the finca for things to start. See my new black fedora? I bought it in Madrid. Isn't it hot? Doesn't it match my Fendi suit?

Still waiting.

The interior of the tent where the festivities will occur.

A group shot of the gorgeous men in front of the table with goodies. Some of the goodies included cannolis imported from Milan. Also there were fresh figs, ripe enough to be split with your fingers. Marco and I shared a cannoli and ate a fig each. We were in heaven!

Me posing with Jannik. He was sweeter than honey.

The ceremony begins! It is so exciting! Here comes Francesco with his mom!

Oh, he is going to kiss her, how sweet is that! Doesn't his suit look great? Cristiano provided the suits and shoes and they looked SHARP!

And right behind Francesco, here comes Damien and his mom! Oh god, I just love weddings!

Everyone is so excited! I know I am!

Here is Francesco with the "priest".

Francesco reads his vows, which were quite touching.

Then Damien reads his vows and Francesco cries! I have never seen him so emotional. He stayed that way for the rest of the evening.

A close up of Francesco crying.

Now all smiles again, because it is a happy occasion. Look at the expression on Damien's face. He is so proud that he is marrying Francesco.

The rings. Damien actually dropped his!

(My photo)

Ross watches the ceremony.

It's official! They are wed! Time to party!

Pedro Andreas, Francesco, and Orlando Toro watch a speaker. Pedro was Francesco's best man. After the ceremony, family members and friends got up to speak about the couple. It was really charming to watch and some of the speakers gave very emotional and meaningful speeches.

Damien's mom spoke and was really funny. She is wearing a traditional Spanish wrap.

The moms hugging.

The newly weds mugging for the camera.

A toast!

All the guapo hermanos and Francesco's sister. Hey, who is that wearing my hat?

A group shot.

Me with the newly weds. I was over the moon for them.

Francesco, Adriano Toledo, me and Damien. Adriano looks so young in person.

Me with Ross.

(The following photos are mine.)

This kiss was very anticipated and well appreciated by all in attendance.

A sword was used to cut the wedding cake.

The happy couple cut the wedding cake.

Francesco, Orlando and Pedro by the cake.

Francesco right before he feeds the cake to Damien. I wished they were sloppier than they were, but you can't have everything.

Me with Pedro. Photo courtesy of Andreas New Life. The person whose job it was to let me know it was time to fluff my hair and refresh my lipstick is fired.

Me and Francesco's friend Carlos who works as a designer for a local architectural firm. I had to tickle him to get him to smile. He was very ticklish.

The entire wedding party boarded the bus back to Tribunal Metro station. We had to walk through the mud and all of us got our shoes dirty, even Ross' white ones.

So, that was it kids! Hope you enjoyed the photos.

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