This past Saturday, the 12th of May, the Modene Murphy Ministries hosted their first wedding in the church. The lovely couple were united before God, family and friends. It was a very nice ceremony and the visiting pastor gave a wonderful sermon. There were definintely some differences in customs but overall it was a typical wedding. As you will see in the photos, the groom escorts the bride to the church with the wedding party close behind. The church is decorated with colorful sheets and curtains. The floor covering under the wedding party is actually a bedsheet with a twin-bed mattress pad in the center. The bride and groom sit facing each other while the best man and maid of honor sit by their sides. The witnesses are sitting behind the groom and best man. A special song is performed by the church choir. An original poem is recited by David. The bride receives a ring but the groom does not. The signing of the marriage certificate is done by all of the members of the wedding party during the ceremony. They are pronounced man and wife but they are not told to kiss. (Lucner said it was up to the discretion of the officiating pastor. Some Haitians get upset when they leave that part out. They start shouting that the couple should kiss). On a side note: The bride tried very hard not to smile during the wedding but I managed to catch her a couple of times. I still don't know how tall her husband is but she is also pretty tall herself and was wearing three inch heels. A really sweet couple. I wish them many years of love and happiness.
They are now officially Husband and Wife!
New video information added on Jan. 21, 2009:
Because of the interest this particular blog has generated, I have added some information about a YouTube video that my friend Peter Daniel recorded, while living in Bayonnais, and put it on his blog as well. It is a casual demonstration of part of a typical Haitian wedding dance. It is very nicely done.
Best wishes for all the newlyweds and soon-to-be marrieds. Please read the comments at the end of this posting to see what others have shared. Especially take time to read what Maggie had to say. She actually still lives in Haiti and had some thoughts to share with the brides-to-be. Thank you, Maggie!
Go to the YouTube website and do a search for the video. Just type in the words..........Bayonnais: Rosena and Wilgar dance
I am sure you will enjoy it! God's Blessings to all!