CHAPEL @ 4PM: 9/10
I arrived at the ceremony by walking through the gardens, past the fountains to get the best possible background for photos.
THE WALK THROUGH THE GARDENS FROM ROOM 3310
If you donâ€™t request this the WC takes you around the back way through the building next to the chapel which doesnâ€™t make for great photos.
This also meant that the â€œaisleâ€ started in the chapel courtyard so I had a proper entrance which made it feel really nice because the actual chapel aisle walk is only a few seconds long.
I WALKED AN "L" SHAPE FROM THE FIRST ARCHWAY THROUGH THE SECOND ARCH AND UP TO THE CHAPEL.
I entered to my brother in law singing and playing guitar. He did a beautiful acoustic version of Guns n Roses, â€œSweet child o mineâ€ Inspired by Trace Bundy's version.
Unfortunately as discussed with Natalia at our rehearsal the idea was that I didnâ€™t enter until almost the final chorus of the song to allow the whole song to be heard by the guests. We arranged that he would signal her at the door at the point in the song that she was to signal me to start walking. Whether she forgot or just thought sheâ€™d hurry it along cos we were running late I donâ€™t know but she signalled me straight away and as I entered the church he looked a bit panicked obviously thinking to himself, Youâ€™re too early I didnâ€™t signal yet and had to bring the song to an subtle end mid verse... Ha Ha.
We had a legal ceremony which we wrote ourselves. It was partly a rework of a member on this forum (sorry I forgot who but thank you.) I used the Mexican legal ceremony as a framework and added everything else in. We also omitted the Ocampoâ€™s letter reading because we donâ€™t agree with it.
Natalia said we were very lucky to get a judge to approve it and have a judge that spoke perfect English available to perform it.
There was obviously a problem with the English speaking judge because our judge was 20 minutes late and clearly not the judge who had approved or been intended for our ceremony. Her English was awful, she was literally seeing it for the first time as we stood in the ceremony which made for lots of long awkward pauses and puzzled looks on her part.
Luckily I had wrote it down word for word or it would have been a disaster. I felt really bad for her and as she stood there scowling with concentration and looking to me to see she had pronounced each word correctly I just gave her smiles of encouragement.
We laughed about it but Iâ€™m so glad I wrote all the important bits in the order of service or the guests would not have been able to follow it. She missed some of Davidâ€™s vows off the end but all in all did the best she could do in the circumstances.
Like I said it could have been upsetting if we let it be but we just went with it and our guests said it added to the â€œMexican ambienceâ€ of the day.
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