Saturday we went to a wedding of one of the “Jovenes” youth. It started at 7pm. I’m guessing the bride is around 18 or 19. They invited us to play a violin and piano duet. We played “Pachelbel’s Canon in D” for the groom’s entrance song. People here have never heard of Pachelbel or the melody so it was neat knowing that some people were hearing it for the first time. Then we played “My Peace” for the ring exchange. The best man also gave them a traditional Spanish song that was really sincere and lovely.
Friends of the bride before the ceremony
Preparing to play
Pastor Freddy was the Master of Ceremony
Bride with her Father
Pastor Freddy’s younger brothers played the Wedding March & the Best Man’s accompaniment
Pastor Cho officiating
From left to right: Nancy (P. Freddy’s wife), Elena, Claudio, and Pastor Freddy
Wishing the bride happiness at the door
The outdoor reception
The rest of the ceremony was very similar to the US. Pastor Cho officiated the sermon and the couple was chuckling throughout. Afterwards, the reception was held in the dining patio behind the church. Much to Arah’s dismay, we didn’t stay to eat chicken, rice, and sopa paraguaya because we would have gotten home around 1am or 2am. Instead, the pastor and family took us to a really good ice cream shop in Asuncion called, “Sugar”. On the way Shin captured some lightning flashes on the road.
Sugar was a gourmet dessert place. They have ice cream and other pastries. The interior design made it really special. The store windows are shaped into semi-circular glass booths with seats lining the window. Behind one of the windows, outside, there was a man-made waterfall surrounded by green foliage.
The ice cream was indescribably good. The dairy products here are good to begin with but this ice cream texture was light and smooth and not too thick, or chewy, like Ben and Jerry’s or Baskin Robbins. They served it in thick containers made of styrofoam, like mini ice boxes.
This was our first Paraguayan wedding.