|Mariana Martínez Rodríguez|
Yesterday in the morning, before a select audience that gathered in the handsome temple of the Piarist Fathers — the Church of the Sacred Heart — there took place the marriage of the charming young lady Mariana Martinez Rodriguez to the young gentleman and talented physician, Dr. Benito Prats Respall.
For the ceremony the church was adorned in sober elegance. Miss Martinez Rodriguez made a very beautiful bride, dressed in an exquisite duchesse satin wedding dress trimmed in Venetian lace. Complementing the dress is a Brussels lace veil and heirloom jewelry used in previous Rodriguez Casas family marriages.
The bouquet she is holding, custom ordered from the Milagros Gardens in Havana, is created from imported white carnations and white orchids.
To officiate this ceremony the Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, The Right Reverend Doctor Enrique Perez Serantes, traveled to Camaguey.
After the nuptial benediction, the Veiling Ceremony Mass was celebrated.
The matron of honor and best man for the nuptials were Mrs. Eduvigis Respall de Prats, mother of the groom, and Dr. Joaquin Ventura Martinez, father of the bride.
For best man and matron of honor for the Mass of the Veils stood his father, Mr. José Prats Amat, and her mother, Mrs. Elia Rodriguez de Martinez.
For the religious ceremony the witnesses for Miss Martinez were Messrs. Federico Castellanos, Dr. Bartolo Selva Leon, Alfredo Sanches, Julio Mario Otero and Jose Catellanos.
And the witnesses for the groom were Doctors Manuel Beyra, Fernando Martinez Lamo, Jorge Caballero Rojo, Alberto Fernandez Medrano and Mr. Toto Fernandez, Jr.
At the civil ceremony, signing as witnesses for the bride Messrs. Federico Salvador, Dr. Rafael Rodriguez Casas, Carlos Santayana, Dr. Henry Dols, Jose R. Peralta and Federico Salvador.
And the witnesses for Dr. Prats were Dr. Rogelio Santos, Dr. Luis R. Sala Cespedes, Dr. Humberto Figueras, Colonel Jose Acosta y de la Fuente, and Dr. Raul Respall.
Our best wishes for Mariana and Benito as we heartily repeat the saying that, in a home that is open to life you will find complete happiness.
Below are photographs from the wedding album, captioned as best as possible after the passage of time.
|The bride and her father, Joaquín Ventura Martínez y Martínez, |
wait to walk down the aisle.
The lady to the right must be a late arrival.
This photograph shows some water damage.
|Best men and matrons of honor flank the groom and bride. |
The bride’s father; the groom’s father, José Prats Amat; the groom and bride; the bride’s mother, Elia Rodriguez Casas de Martínez, and the groom’s mother.
|The veil over husband and wife|
|The bride signs both wedding licences (religious and civil)|
|Groom, his mother, bride, the Archbishop, bride’s father|
|Groom’s grandmother, Julio Mario Otero (background),|
groom, bride, bride’s mother, bride’s brother Juan Antonio
|José Julio Martínez, Osvaldo de Varona, unknown|
witness signing, bride, groom.
|Bride, groom, his father and mother, José Julio Martínez, seated,|
(her father’s cousin and the Notary Attorney who performed
this brief private civil ceremony), and Dr. Raul Respall
|Under arched flags, wife and husband parade down the aisle.|
|Husband and wife.|
|In an automobile en route to the reception|
|This is the last page of the album.|
In later years the bride added the newspaper
clipping and these two additional photos.