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Old 01-05-2012   #61 (permalink)
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Haha, there's just so many great pics to weed out....
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And there we were met by Mary, Paul and their crew.


John and Cheryl pulled up in a cab and Linda and Sandi arrived via the beach. Mike was there, then Karen, Natalia, and finally Harris and Paul came around the corner, with Harris doing the royal wave.











We’d picked the time of 2:30 (or was it 2:00 ) in part because John’s 4th Avenue bar crawl was set for 4 - 4:30 and I thought that would be a great opportunity for an instant wedding reception, while giving us plenty of time to take photos after the ceremony at the ruins across the street.
It should also give enough time for our friends Bettyann and Dan to make it from the airport, check into La Tortuga and hightail it down to Playacar. All in a perfect world.

Turns out it was perfect- everything about it, even more so than we could have imagined.
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Awesome job, Anne. Thanks so much!


I love the wedding pics so far....great idea on the tricycle!!

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We boarded, and Brian remembered hearing something about bananas being bad luck on ships, as I pulled one out of my beach bag he’d stashed this morning.

Don claims that, on fishing trips he never lets me bring them on the boat. Just in case, he says!


I love this photo.


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Awesome job, Anne. Thanks so much!


I love the wedding pics so far....great idea on the tricycle!!




Don claims that, on fishing trips he never lets me bring them on the boat. Just in case, he says!


I love this photo.

Thanks, Maggie!

I am about to post more pics, and then need to pick out a few more. It's hard, both to describe what took place, and also to pare the photos down to show just a choice few...

Oh yeah, so Brian wasn't alone with that banana/boat superstition.

And finally, I love that photo too. What a beautiful sunset, and a beautiful spot on that day on Coz...
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Steve hadn’t shown up yet with the shaman so we took photos on the lawn by the ruins (only later we’d be told that we needed a permit to do so…. Oh, okaaaaayyy…. so now we know….)….









Then Bettyann called and said they’d been tied up in traffic and so please just start without them- no worries, Bettyann- take your time- my friend and massage therapist was trained as a temazclero and has spent a lot of time at healing workshops and shamanistic rituals in other parts of Mexico, and I did not want her to miss this…

And then, someone mentioned they were thirsty and so Mary’s sister Fay volunteered to go get beer and water and rode off with the driver to OXXO, eliciting cheers upon her return.



It was festive and fun, and somewhere in the middle of it all Steve texted “we coming” and showed up moments later with Carlos.





Yay, they made it!










Carlos took his time setting up an altar, walking back and forth to the beach with his seven year old daughter Delmy in tow. At the time no one knew he was picking a precise point on the beach where the altar would line up perfectly with the temple behind us, and the temple on Cozumel.









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I’ve been thinking a lot for the past few days about how best to describe this ceremony. I’ve decided that it was pretty much beyond description-
I could never do it justice in words. I will say that it was not religious, yet it was very spiritual. It encompassed nature, and universal truths, and love- lots of love.

It sort of went the way I’d read many Mayan ceremonies take place, but those descriptions were hollow in hindsight. And, you couldn’t really just call it “Mayan”, either. (For one thing, Carlos is of Aztec heritage and calls upon many influences in his work.) His words were profound, and moving, and caused several passersby to stop and join us, out of curiosity at first but then unable to escape Carlos’ spell. The beauty of the ceremony brought a tear to many of our eyes, and as Harris and Paul have both said, it changed their lives forever. I think it created a stronger bond between us all that day.

And just before he invited Harris and Paul to scatter flowers into the sea, Carlos pointed out that this was not only an important time, an important day (it was the Buddhist Day of Enlightenment, in fact), but just look at how the rising, nearly full moon is in perfect alignment to the setting sun across the sky. I think my heart skipped a beat…















































































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this was so profound

so ff****ing profound

i am forever grateful to have been part of this
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this was so profound

so ff****ing profound

i am forever grateful to have been part of this
I would not have found Carlos without you. You were a huge part of making this happen.
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In case anyone's interested, here is Carlos' website.

And, Brian took a short video with his iphone... hopefully we can figure out how to post it later on.

There was quite a party that ensued afterward.

Lots more to come about that!
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Very incredible and moving photographs
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Wedding Day

All I can say is it still moves me, and brings tears to my eyes. What an amazing day and life changing experience.
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Looking at the pictures, of pure joy, brought tears to my eyes! Bless you, it looked like a beautiful ceremony!
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Terrific TR and congrats to the bride & groom!
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Thanks.... it was just too much for words.

Got a little preoccupied today... be back over the weekend .
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Wow, awesome.

And I have to say, that shaman is a total HUNK.
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