We got a surprise phone call about two weeks ago. Jeff's brother was getting married. In Puerto Rico. In a week. Would Jeff be the best man?
We were lucky, and had just gotten some unexpected back pay from Jeff's job. Now we had a great place to spend it.
We headed over last Thursday night, leaving at midnight. In the middle of the flight, some gentleman had some sort of medical emergency, and we emergency landed in Oklahoma city. Jet Blue, our airline that night, doesn't usually use that airport. What this meant for our poor pilot was hours of paperwork. What it meant for us was an extra 2-3 hours of sitting in the plane on the tarmac. We got to our final destination very late in the day.
Our first day in Puerto Rico was therefore a big disappointment, consisting of picking up Jeff's tux, and sitting in a two hour traffic jam. Side note -- we ended up loving Puerto Rico, but were deeply unimpressed with the road/highway system!
We did finally get to Paola's mother's house for dinner at around 8:30 that night. Paola was the bride, and turned out to be very nice, and her family was lovely, but Jeff and I could barely keep our eyes open, and I had a rotten headache.
We got to bed pretty late, and got up early for the ceremony. It was in an LDS church building nearby.
We were so worried we were late, but the wedding started an hour and a half late, so that didn't matter. We were told that that sort of thing is common in the Puerto Rican culture. The picture above is Paola's mother and a cousin.
Paola's best friend and another cousin.
Jeff and a sister.
After a lengthy sermon from one of the local clergy (I doubt anyone wanted to hear a sermon that morning, but whatever), the ceremony was brief and nice, and we went to the large room next door for a reception.
Great food, and a DJ for dancing. People actually danced which was cool! Around here, people are to inhibited (unless they are drunk).
But it was freezing in there! It's so hot and humid outside, most buildings seemed to over compensate with the air conditioning. This was no exception, and we were right under a fan. Brrr.
The bride and groom seemed pretty happy, and left that afternoon for a short honeymoon. We helped clean up a bit, and left for the Bio-Bay. I will talk about it in the next post!