People who want more of a party-wedding can sometimes ask for the cartorio papers to be sent to the wedding locale (but you pay extra.) You can't be sealed in the temple until the papers are complete, therefore almost all Mormon weddings take place in the chapel. They are usually sealed the next day.
This past Friday one of my very best friends, Marina, married her childhood sweetheart. They've dated since they were 16. She waited for him on his mission, and two years later they are finally sealed for eternity!
So here's our chapel, all trussed up: Doesn't the bishop look dashing?! (Note: My Man has now done several weddings and still can't get used to it. He says it feels like he's just playing at it - faking it. It doesn't feel "real"to him ...)
She cried the whole way down the aisle. So did I.
After the wedding, it is traditional to go to a "sitio"or "chacara" - a rented party place, usually with lots of space, a big house, a pool, a playground ..... Traditional food is "churrasco"- Brazilian barbecue that makes our barbecues look ... look ... okay, my loss for words indicates to me that they don't even deserve to be in the same sentence. Essentially, Brazilian barbecue is file mignon on a stick. Very. Very. Good.
I tried to look up some of my favorite Brazilian songs for you to enjoy, but I couldn't find any free ones. Dang copyright laws. And all the YouTube videos of the songs are full of gyrating, bikini-clad dancers. I decided to spare your retinas and you'll just have to go without the samba. Sorry.
Still, some things about weddings are the same everywhere: