“We Are Family” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

What do you do on a Tuesday afternoon on Ambergris Caye ? You go to a wedding, that’s what.Rose and I have known Solomon and Diani for a few years now and were there when Solomon proposed. And Diani accepted. We joined everyone else in toasting them (again and again and again ) afterwards. He said that they would get married in August.

We didn’t think a great deal more about this until a few weeks ago when we were given our wedding invitation. Tuesday 29 August, 4.30 pm on the beach near Banyan Bay. “Get there early”, we were told, “It will start on time”. Yeh right, I thought. But Rose was insistent. So we set off from home with time to spare. Or so I thought. 

The journey there took longer than I remembered and it seemed that the roads were full of Sunday drivers ! But we made it. Just. I quickly parked the ‘cart. Locked it up (cartjackers are no respecters of weddings) and quickly got the camera out. But only just in time. The bride had arrived.

Don’t worry Diani, Solomon is there.

Time for the

wedding ring.

Meet Mr and Mrs Williams.

Put Diani down Solomon. I know you’re married but …

That’s better. Some decorum!

And time for the guests. It’s photo time for the Williams family.

And one for the bride’s family too.

Oh c’mon, we had to. Didn’t we?

And then 

Someone there shorter (just) than me. Thanks for being there Ernie!

The calvacade of carts then set off for the reception at Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar ( it was the ONLY place for it -Solomon is Ernie’s brother-in-law after all) for an evening of food, drink and dancing.

Rose grabbed a seat before the rest of the guests arrived. I didn’t speed. Honest!

And then the most important dance of all.

“No, not you Ernie”.

Solomon and Diani’s first dance as husband and wife. I think my camera got a bit teary-eyed with this as well.

It was a beautiful day and obviously a special day for Diani and Solomon. It became a special day for Rose and I as well when Solomon thanked us for coming and told us that we are family.

The headline for this edition is based on the single released in 1979 by Sister Sledge which reached number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the UK Singles charts.