Monday, April 07, 2008

Brazil--Day 5 (the day of the wedding)..

This was Saturday. We got up and ate breakfast at the hotel. We skipped the lunch with the group and headed to the Central Market. We had been there two years ago and knew that it offered some bargains for souvenirs, etc. It is a crazy, packed place where one needs to watch their belongings. It is in the Central part of Sao Paulo and it took about 25 mins by taxi to get there. This is the place that people go to buy produce, meat and cheeses. There are vendors there for lunch. The market is located in a huge old building with beautiful stained glass windows.

Outside is where the street vendors are. They sell anything from purses to food to wooden bowls. There are legitimate shops around this huge building as well.
I think this area was more crowded than usual because of the holiday season. Pete ate the chicken from this outside stand. I wasn't as brave.
But the real reason for our trip was to celebrate Matt and Tati. The wedding was spectacular and elegant. Here is Tati with her father. She was radiant.
The wedding was at a hotel (not a church), but Tati had designed the space and you felt like you were in a church. The spaces were divided by sheer curtains that flowed in the breeze. After the ceremony, the curtains were pulled away to expose another space filled with tables.

The dress for the wedding was formal. Ladies in long gowns and men in suits. The attendants stood in pairs and formed a half circle around the couple with the official in the middle of the half circle facing the bride and groom. All in all, the actual ceremony lasted about 20 to 25 minutes.
I love this picture here. Matt's face says it all.
I'll post about the reception later (it requires its own post).


Auburn Kat said...

Wow! What a fairy tale wedding that must have been! I don't want to think about how much that cost!

Katrin said...

Tati is one of the most beautiful brides I've ever seen. And the dress is more than gorgeous!!! Wow.

Char said...

That wedding really looks spectacular! Wow - and the bride is absolutely drop-dead beautiful. As for Brazil, I'm going to have to sell a kidney or two and buy a trip there!