The wedding of Ana Paula Meriguete and Victor Ribeiro from Espirito Santo, Brazil has turned into a charity banquet, as the newly-wed couple chose to provide a feast for low-income families, instead of the usual wedding feast.
Ana Paula said that the inspiration for the banquet came from the lyrics of a famous Brazilian Hymn, ‘My Kingdom Has Much to Say,’ which goes as:
“If you want to hold my dinner, don’t invite friends, brothers, and others. Go out to the streets in search of those Who cannot pay you back, And your actions will be remembered by God.”
Victor, a physical education teacher, said that they decided to feed those who need it since their family already have what they need. For him, the idea of a traditional wedding banquet does not make any sense in the face of so many needs.
He added that while there is nothing wrong with having a wedding banquet for such a worthy celebration, they could not do it.
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Aquela prévia da prévia, porque não tô sabendo guardar só pra mim tamanha felicidade!!! Paulinha e Victor #casadosparasempre #casamento #fotosdiferentes #fotografia #fotografodecasamento #fotoglamour #veudenoiva #casal #vestidodenoiva #princesa #decoração #igreja #santarita #casamentonaigreja
The couple invited 160 guests who came from low-income families in the coastal city of Guarapari, in Espirito Santo, Brazil.
Goodwill comes in
Though the couple can finance their wedding, friends and families offered help using donations and volunteer work.
Victor said that some friends brought live music and another one offered to provide the decorations. Some people also volunteered to assist and serve people during the reception while a private company lends some chairs.
As the network of solidarity came into a full circle, a professional catering company even offered to provide the meals for free.
The groom further stated that people receive much more than they give. He said that people left their party full of happiness and gratitude. When dinner was over, he and his bride were satisfied with what they had done.
Victor said that they are grateful for everything.
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Essa foto resume um pouco a nossa essência, nossa parceria, nosso amor e realmente quem somos! Fracos, pecadores, necessitados de Deus, porém reconhecedores da misericórdia Divina. Sempre fomos muito amigos e nos preocupamos um com o outro, principalmente com a vida espiritual de cada um, e hoje mais do que nunca precisamos ser parceiros, amigos fiéis e trilhamos juntos um caminho de Santidade, rumo ao céu! Uma coisa é fato: Nunca desista dos seus sonhos, mas nunca se esqueça também de confia-los à Deus pelas mãos da Virgem Maria. Uma Mãe nunca deixa seus filhos desamparados! CASAMOS! Somos uma família, somos uma só carne! /Victor Ribeiro de Almeida Meriguete #casei #casados #casamento #wedding #love
Photo credits for the featured image: Ana Paula Meriguete Personal Archive