Got to sleep in a little bit, well as much as is possible considering all the birds that seem to live just outside the balcony doors. Those birds have been a nice wake up call every day so far. No worries though, we got to bed relatively early the night before.
We got everything packed up since we were checking out that morning and moving everything to the cabins out in Valsequillo, which is also where the ceremony was taking place. As we were packing up our stuff, Amy noticed that built into the door frame for the balcony doors that there were huge wooden doors that folded out and completely blocked out the light and sound from outside. Those would have come in handy the past few nights! Oh well. :)
We checked out without any trouble. Something to note though, even though everything else seems pretty cheap down in Mexico, long distance rates certainly aren’t. Or at least not if you’re calling from your room in a hotel. It’s to be expected though, everyone needs to get a cut, including the hotel. The cost was pretty bang on with what I had expected, I think it worked out to something like $1 US per minute.
The plan from the night before had been to meet in the lobby and wait for Antonio who was supposed to pick us up at around 9 am. There wasn’t going to be room for everyone (and their luggage) in Antonio’s van so Amy, Steve and I had planned on taking a cab out to the cabins. We were going to wait for Antonio to show up though since we needed him to give directions to the cab driver.
Having figured out ‘Mexican Time’ byt this point we weren’t too surprised when Antonio haden’t showed up by even 10 am. What did surprise us though was when another guy shows up and tells us he’s got a 19 passenger bus waiting to take us out to Valsequillo! Sweet deal! Everyone piled in with their luggage and away we went.
We arrived at Finca San Jose de las Margaritas and the place was just beautiful! Green grass, orange trees, even peacocks! The cabins were quite nice too, although the bathrooms left a little to be desired. :)
The place was all set up for the wedding. There was a tent set up for the actual ceremony and there was a larger more permanent tent like structure where tables were set up for dinner. I think this place had had a wedding or two in the past.
The ceremony was nice. It was pretty much all in Spanish so I can’t really comment on what was said, etc. Towards the end part of it was translated for us which was nice. I didn’t mind not knowing exactly what was being said, I mean it was a wedding, you kind of got the gist of what was going on. ;)
After the ceremony there were lots of pictures taken and then we headed up to where the reception was taking place. We sat at a table which was marked, “Canadians, Americans, English Friends”. On the inside it listed everyone’s name, “Sean, Steven, Kevin, Wife, Seamus, J, Julia”. We all got a real kick out of the ‘Wife’. See the card here.
We cracked open the wine and other beverages which were at the table and settled in for dinner. Just as the band started to play a Mariachi Band waltzed in and stole their thunder. I think the original plan was for the Mariachi band to play a couple of songs and then leave because the other band sat on stage and waited. However, after about the 5th song or so the other band had had enough of waiting and decided they might as well get something to eat. I don’t know how long the Mariachi band actually played for, but it was quie a while.
All the food that was served had all been made by Luisa’s mother! It was all fantastic, I especially liked the different salsas! We ate and drank and even danced a bit as the night went on. Mario mentioned something about a surprise later on, but we had no idea what he was talking about. I think the favourite drink of the night ended up being the Mezcal. Not sure how many bottles we polished off but it was up there. I think Jay drank the most of anyone.
Turned out the surprise that Mario was talking about was fireworks! And not the crappy do it yourself variety – actual fireworks! We’re talking a better display than you see in Fredericton on Canada Day! It was pretty cool. Amy mentioned to me that she wanted fireworks at her wedding. :)
Well since you can’t really top fireworks…the party started winding down after that. I think we were in bed by 10:30 or 11 that night. Considering that we started drinking at around 2 or 3, we did ok.
The plan for Sunday was to sleep in a bit and then head to Cholula to check that place out.
Pictures from the ceremony and party can be found here.