We arrived at the reception by cab and Olayita told us where to sit. We sat at table #1. We sat down and little by little everyone arrived. The waiters passed out glasses of apple cider for the toast. Piarina, aunt introduced the wedding party as they arrived and then said some opening remarks and we had the toast. The wedding party stood behind the decorated table that we would say was their table, but they never sat there. The cake and a box to put money in was on the table.
At our table we had a wooden fan as a favor to take home.
There was a pretty flower arrangement that was in an oasis pad that was near the top of the vase, and in the vase it looked like there was orange juice in the bottom where the water would be, but the flowers were not in that orange liquid.
The music was by cd at first. First the bride danced with her dad and then the groom and then the couple danced with each of their children. Then they danced with various family members etc. and then others began to dance.
For the first hour and a half, the waiters brought plates of candy each candy was in a ruffled paper.
At some pointed during that time, the waiters put a bottle of scotch on each table. They brought water and ice, too. At my table the men drank the whiskey and the women did not drink anything. The younger women did drink the whiskey.
At one point Colon asked me if I wanted a wine and I said yes. Then Olayita brought one bottle of red wine, poured it into my glass and said, “Just for you, Joyce.” Then she took it to her table, offered it to no one else and came back and poured me another glass when my glass was empty, repeating, Just for you, Joyce. I didn’t know what to think about it and I wondered if the other ladies wondered why I got something else to drink and not them. Or did they think I was a demanding American insisting that I have a special drink.
As I said, it was about 1.5 hours of this, and then the waiters brought orange soda in glasses to the table. About this time, the live band came and began to play. The waiters then brought out dinner. It was pork, a potato croquette, carrot salad, and rice. It was very good. People danced some more and then some of the guest including Olayita sang with the band.
Each one who sang could really sing, so it was enjoyable. Then they had the throwing of the bouquet and then the garter thing. Piarina had on six or more garters. Her husband took them off her and put them on other girls. He did not throw the garter to the eligible men. Everyone loved it.
Then they had the cake cutting, but it was just for taking pictures, because I realized that the cake was cardboard that just looked like a cake. They did not serve cake but served a flan type dessert.
At midnight they served ceviche. Olayita helped pass out the soup. When she got to us, you could see her pouring soup from another bowl into ours so we had more soup than the others, which mystifies me as to why she did that. I wonder what the others at the table thought. I was a little embarrassed. We love ceviche so I guess I should not complain.
Later on they passed out a fried dough type thing with cheese inside or hot dog inside. It was delicious, too. We must have left at about 1:00. We took a cab back to Mariana’s house. We went right to bed and slept like a log. It was a fun day. We heard the party lasted until 2:00 am.