Marmelita and Bill are happily married on June 26th, 2010.
What a special week this has been, what a special day. I’m the luckiest, humblest man in the world. How do I get to be so lucky?
Marmelita had a dream of how our marriage could be. We could have a church wedding. She could be a princess for a day. Nothing is more important to me than her happiness. I would have done anything, including confessing my sins.
Imagine being a priest and hearing, “Bless me Father my last confession was 1967. I’ve done a lot since then…” It took a while. Father Raymundo is a wonderful man. We had several meetings and discussions before the wedding. I don’t know if I could have confessed to anyone else. I felt forgiven. I left lighter, better…
Thanks to the 200 plus relatives, friends, peers, and guests who attended our wedding and reception. We felt your love.
We particularly appreciate Doug Dawson, who traveled all the way from my home town in Crawfordsville Indiana, to be my best man. We could not have had a better best man. Doug was pro-active in every way imaginable, including at the reception where he never said no when all of the women asked him to dance.
It was a pleasure to have Dr. Noelia Raffo as our Maid of Honor. She was valuable in too many ways to mention here. Noelia and Marmelita have been friends for many years.
Marvin Zimmerman wins the prize for traveling the farthest. All the way from Canada. Just like he said he would. Thanks for being a good friend Marvin.
A few highlights from the reception were when Marmelita sang a love song to me. She sang so beautiful and I was touched.
I have never been so loved, nor loved so much. It’s a wonderful feeling.
I was supposed to entertain the crowd by taking off Marmelita’s garter, with my teeth. Ha, ha, ja, ja, he, je, hi, ji, jijijijiji…
Marmelita’s brother Lupa and sister Merita, sang a duet expressing their friendship and love for us that stopped the show.
I don’t think there was a dry eye in the building. Certainly not mine…
The food was a notch better than most reception meals, and the service was good.
One of the highlights of the evening for me was the Iquitos String Orchestra playing during the meal. I was drinking champagne, eating good food with the woman I love, on one of the most special days of my life, and classical musicians were performing wonderful music for us. I was euphoric.
The reception turned into a real party pretty early with the hot Latino Band Miel de Abeja cranking out merengue, salsa, and pop rock. They had the entire crowd dancing till next morning. We went through 5 cases of champagne, a bunch of wine and pisco from Ica, and 28 cases of beer.
Marmelita and Bill are happily married on June 26th 2010
Bill and Marmelita Grimes
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