Marmelita And Bill Are Happily Married On June 26th 2010

by Captain Bill

Marmelita and Bill are happily married on June 26th, 2010.

Father Raymundo blessing Bill at the San Martin Catholic Church, Iquitos Peru

Father Raymundo blessing Bill at the San Martin Catholic Church, Iquitos Peru

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 is blessed by Father Raymundo at the San Martin Catholic Church, Iqutios Peru

Marmelita is blessed by Father Raymundo at the San Martin Catholic Church, Iqutios Peru

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.

Marmelita and Bill being showered in rose petals at the San Martin Catholic Church, Iquitos Peru

Marmelita and Bill being showered in rose petals at the San Martin Catholic Church, Iquitos Peru

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…

Flower girls at Bill and Marmelitas wedding, San Martin Catholic Church, Iquitos Peru

Flower girls at Bill and Marmelitas wedding, San Martin Catholic Church, Iquitos Peru

Thanks to the 200 plus relatives, friends, peers, and guests who attended our wedding and reception. We felt your love.

Marmelita and Bill entering the reception hall

Marmelita and Bill entering the reception hall

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.

My best friend and best man Doug Dawson, looking sharp in his custom tailor made suit

My best friend and best man Doug Dawson, looking sharp in his custom tailor made suit

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.

Marmelita, Bill, Noelia, and Doug toasting our marriage

Marmelita, Bill, Noelia, and Doug toasting our marriage

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 group of friends at the reception

A group of friends at the reception

A few highlights from the reception were when Marmelita sang a love song to me. She sang so beautiful and I was touched.

Marmelita singing Bill a love song, Eres

Marmelita singing Bill a love song, Eres

I have never been so loved, nor loved so much. It’s a wonderful feeling.

Marmelita hugging Bill after singing her romantic love song

Marmelita hugging Bill after singing her romantic love song

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…

Bill removing Marmelita's garter belt with his teeth

Bill removing Marmelita's garter belt with his teeth

Marmelita’s brother Lupa and sister Merita, sang a duet expressing their friendship and love for us that stopped the show.

Marmelitas sister Marlita and brother Lupa sang great together. The song was so emotional we all cried

Marmelitas sister Merita and brother Lupa sang great together. The song was so emotional we all cried

I don’t think there was a dry eye in the building. Certainly not mine…

Noelia, Doug, Marmelita and Bill enjoying the meal

Noelia, Doug, Marmelita and Bill enjoying the meal

The food was a notch better than most reception meals, and the service was good.

The Iquitos String Orchestra played during the meal

The Iquitos String Orchestra played during the meal

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.

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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.

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Bill and Marmelita sharing a bite of wedding cake

Bill and Marmelita sharing a bite of wedding cake

First waltz

First waltz

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Marmelita and Bill are happily married on June 26th 2010

Bill and Marmelita Grimes

To learn how Bill and Marmelita got from the proposal to the wedding and beyond, please click the links below;

Our Last Full Day In Huaraz, I Proposed Marriage To Marmelita. Did She Accept?;

Marmelita And I Set The Wedding Date;

Marmelita And I Married, May 17th, 2010;

Wedding Of The Year;

How To Be Successfully Legally Married In Iquitos Peru In 20 Easy Steps;

Iquitos To Paracas, The Beginning Of Bill And Marmelita’s Peru Honeymoon;

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1 Dawn Bonebrake July 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

You did look like a princess, Marmelita! Looks like you had a wonderful wedding day! Wanted very badly to be there! Love you, both! Dawn

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