Wedding Day!

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Cannon Point at Akumal Bay.
So it was the big day for the wedding and the weather was nice.  Everyone was taking it relatively easy during the day so as not to be too, um, over zealous, at the ceremony.  People were dressing up, nice light colored, cool shirts, and light slacks.  Guayaberas and linen were the order of the day, though not mandatory.  The boys in the wedding party were sporting some nice digs.  I was happy to be a part of the party as an usher along with one of Liz's cousins.  Sean has two brothers, and Liz has one so they acted as best man and groomsmen.  They told us to show up early for pictures, and we all stood around, drinking beer, as they put us in line and turned us this way and that so that we looked just right.  I'm a typical guy, not too big on all the pomp and circumstance, but it could've been worse.
The scene of the wedding.


Sean and Liz had decided that they would get married in a "traditional" Maya style ceremony, as they are not all that religious, and we were in Mexico.  So they set up Cannon Point with chairs and torches and the "priestess" showed up with her incense, and the "priest" showed up with his conch.  He blew the conch and the ceremony began. 

The ceremony was one of the more interesting and entertaining that I've ever been a part of.  They prayed to the four winds and at each direction a family member was there to bless them, while the mothers stood behind with plumeria flowers that they dipped in some holy water in a coconut shell that they flicked over the backs of Sean and Liz.  Everyone put their hands in the air to say that they were participating and willingly saw their friends wed each other, and then we all touched the ground that the earth would bless the ceremony and concecrate the marraige.
Set for the wedding.
  Maybe it was the Dos X, but I was choking back the eye water.

Afterwards we all took a picture together, and headed to the reception.  Great food!  Plenty of embibments!  There was a guitar player and vocalist for the beginning of the reception.  We mingled and took pictures, ate, drank, and gave hugs away like we knew each other ;).

Of course no wedding is complete without shaking a leg, so we plugged in the iPod to the "reception" playlist and we hit the floor.  I managed to talk one of the local staff girls into dancing with me, and I chatted it up with her for a bit.  I looked around, and though the eyes were on me and giggles were unconcealed, nobody was surprised I had asked a local girl for a spin.  What can I say?  When in Rome, dance with the Romans!

And then what?  Back to Ina Tan Kanab for more beer, tequila, swimming, and guitar sing-alongs!
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Cannon Point at Akumal Bay.
Cannon Point at Akumal Bay.
The scene of the wedding.
The scene of the wedding.
Set for the wedding.
Set for the wedding.
Sean with the bridesmaids.
Sean with the bride'smaids.
The ladies.
The ladies.
Im with big Ruff and little Ruff.
I'm with big Ruff and little Ruff.
The ceremony.
The ceremony.
Sean and Lizs wedding ceremony.
Sean and Liz's wedding ceremony.
Akumal Bay.
Akumal Bay.
Sunset picture with the Ina Tan Ka…
Sunset picture with the Ina Tan K…
Reception table.
Reception table.
Table at the reception.
Table at the reception.
Wedding program.
Wedding program.
Kim and Blake.
Kim and Blake.
The wedding cakes.
The wedding cakes.
My brothers.  Ive known these kid…
My brothers. I've known these ki…
Goofin around.
Goofin' around.
Crazy boys.
Crazy boys.
We heart the newlyweds first danc…
We heart the newlyweds' first dan…
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photo by: E_Beth