|José Prats Amat and Eduvigis Respall Pereira in 1917.|
The sumptuous wedding of the young merchant from this plaza, Mr. José Prats Amat, and the refined and respectable Miss Eduviges Respall Pereira, was held on the evening of the 31st.
The wedding contract was executed in the abode of the bride’s parents Mr. Casimirio Respall and Mrs. Rufina Pereira de Respall.
The wedding guests could not have been more numerous or distinguished. The presence of a legion of pretty princesses converted that mansion into a garden of the most beautiful flowers, each more enchanting and scented than the next.
At an artistically adorned altar featuring the Virgin of the Rosary, Father Valentí, of the Cathedral, joined José and Eduviges in holy matrimony to the strains of a violin and piano playing a wedding march.
Vouching for the couple were Mr. Enrique Prats, father of the groom and Mrs. Rufina Pereira de Respall, the mother of the young bride.
And, as witnesses for him were Aurelio Valdéz Velázques and José Milla, and for her Dr. Buenaventura Hernández and Mr. Francisco del Pino Pérez.
The little maids of honor, like two angels, were the pretty little girls Gloria and Maria Clemencia Respall.
Favors sumptuously distributed at the wedding are too numerous to list, and included rich and delicious nougat and the finest liquor.
Gifts received by the new couple were many and valuable.
That enormous congregation toasted to the eternal happiness of José and Eduviges. And Camaguey Gráfico, by here printing their portraits, express our concurrence with the high distinction to which they are held. May the sun of fortune always shower its rays on this newly created home, and may this nest of sweet love be always tranquil and cheerful.
Casimirio and Pepe were successful shopkeepers, but they were self-made and of modest means. Notice that there was no church wedding and no “sumptuous meal.” Instead, the ceremonies (civil and religious) were at their home; two musicians — probably relatives or friends — played at the service and light refreshments and snacks and sweets sourced from their shops were served. That’s not to say the wedding was not wonderful. I'm sure it was. You can have a great time drinking “the finest liquor” which would have included Cuban rum and munching on turron — almond nougat — and other sweets, while dancing to popular music played live by a piano player and a violinist long into the night.
This article bothers the timeline for the Prats if what it says about Enrique Prats is true. Family lore does not have the groom’s parents visiting from Spain until eight or ten years later. I suppose Pepe could have sent money for a transatlantic passage and return in time for the wedding, but this could also be chalked up to poor journalism. The hack who wrote this and misspelled “Respall” probably did not attend the wedding. In his interview-after-the-fact he could have asked for the names of the couple’s parents and assumed their presence. Pepe's brother Amadeo was probably the one who vouched for him at the wedding.
Casimirio Respall's grocery store was located at No. 25 San Clemente Street in Camaguey.