|Floral bouquet for the bride|
|The "big truck" loaded with furniture|
We then made it through a round of introductions with the bride's family, and sat down for some coffee and rolls while everyone (mostly the women, that is) made their preparations for the wedding, which was still a couple of hours away.
|The bride's preparation begins|
Naturally, the bride, Ledi, received the greatest amount of preparation. Her hair was expertly braided and woven around her tiara. Nails, makeup, fitting her dress, and so on, took at least an hour while we cooled our heels outside with the families sipping drinks.
|Father of the groom, Luis|
|Check out the crackle finish on the nails!|
|Square peg in a round hole|
At last, Ledi arrived by car, and was escorted by her parents into the church where Alban and his parents waited. The flower girl spread rose petals in the bride's path.
|The wedding party dining table|
|During the sermon|
The reception line looked more like a rugby scrum to me, with family members in tight, tearful bear hugs. I don't think I've ever quite seen such a sincerely emotional outpouring at a wedding before.
|The Wedding Kiss!|
Afterwards, food was served to the hundred or so guests, and we milled about, taking some more photos of the couple and their families outside. We didn't stay until the very end as we wanted to reach the Interamericana highway before dark as we knew the drive home over the Cerro de La Muerte could be treacherous.
|The happy couple looking forward to a life together|
In fact, it was a painstaking drive home once we were on top of the mountain and darkness and a fog you could eat with a spoon settled over the road. We passed three accidents on the way and there were times we had to proceed at walking speed just to keep the edge of the road in sight.
I delivered the furniture the next morning. Alban and Ledi started settling in the next day. When the "bono" is approved by the government, they'll be building a small house up the hill closer to us. We're looking forward to the new neighbors and watching their family grow.