Last Friday was the wedding of Ruben, one of our relatives. He's the same age as my youngest brother. He was one of the groom's men during my wedding, my sis and my 2 brother's weddings many years ago. I thought before that he didn't have plans to get married and just wanted to enjoy the life of being a bachelor but God works in mysterious ways. He sent Ruben his better half, all the way from Spain. Actually, Ruben's oldest sister introduced them to each other and they met personally when the lady came here on vacation a couple of years ago. She is 8 years his senior but love knows no bounds. We thought he just wanted to go to Spain, thus he wanted to marry her. While I was talking to him a few days before their wedding, Ruben was so happy and bubbly. I can see that he's in love. They may have some misunderstandings but I told him it's just normal in any relationship. I advised him that he need to be broad-minded and try to work out their differences. They need time to know and adjust with each other.
By the way, they were married in a civil ceremony by the mayor in our town. It was attended by just their close friends and relatives. It was my first time to see and meet his bride. You really can tell that she is a lot older than the groom but I know a lot of married couple in the same situation and there marriage worked out fine.
The mayor did a good job in officiating their wedding. He also gave a very good message and advise to the couple. He handed the couple a pair of wooden shoes, we call it suwekos in our dialect as a gift to them. This is a way of promoting this handicraft in our town. Laoac is known for suwekos and tupig.
After the wedding, it is a requirement by the mayor that all the couples he married will plant a tree to preserve mother earth. He also gave the couple a tree to take home and plant it in their home.
Then, we all proceeded to a newly opened restaurant called Flying Fish for their reception. We all enjoyed the foods there and there were 3 yummy cakes from Red Ribbon courtesy of the bride's family. After the reception, the newly married couple went up to Baguio for their honeymoon. To the newly weds, I wish you all the best and love, love, love each other!