October 21, 2020

A “Fairy Tale Wedding”


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On Saturday 21st January 2012 I was among the many guests to witness the marriage of Sheila Jennifer Leigh and Jose Rafael Alvarez Perez. It was what I would call a ‘fairy tale’ of a wedding. Sheila’s parents are J. Ladner Watler and Pamela J. Watler from Grand Cayman. Jose Rafael’s parents are Jose Alvarez Ayra and Elva Perez Lopez
 from Cuba.

The setting at Elmslie Memorial Church was different to any other weddings I had seen before, and the beautiful bridesmaids and groomsmen (four of each) were just so perfectly chosen to witness this beautiful affair. The lovely little flower girl with orchid petals around her head really was the finishing touch.

Rev. Myers from the Savannah United Church performed the wedding ceremony and the whole style and setting was perfectly done. Sheila and Jose Rafael make a handsome couple and I know their parents are very proud of this union.

After the wedding we all gathered at the Westin Casuarina Hotel for a first class reception and the service was superb and food was delicious. This was followed by a dance! Something we very rarely witness these days. How we all enjoyed the evening. Sheila and Jose Rafael opened the dance of course and being a Cuban, Rafael could really dance and Sheila taking after the Watlers sure knew how to keep step with him. The romantic way they held each other and danced to the rhythm of the music was something to be admired. Even Jose Alvarez and Elva showed us how Cubans can dance!

It was a very entertaining evening with good music and the very best Best Man I have ever witnessed at any wedding. He was hilarious.

I have to repeat myself here. It really was a beautiful affair (like something out of a fairy tale) and Sheila looked so lovely – a real Cinderella princess.
Please accept this report as my personal congratulations to you both. Welcome to the family Jose Rafael. May you both enjoy a long and happy life together. Congratulations again.

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