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The David Ayala Collection, no. 1 - Catholic Wedding Ceremony, Part I

David Ayala

Silent | 1970s

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This home movie captures scenes of an Ayala family wedding held at a Catholic church. The bride makes her entrance on the arm of her father, then the ceremony begins. The couple exchanges their vows and rings, then the groom presents the Arras to his bride. The Arras is a Catholic wedding tradition prevalent in Hispanic culture in which the groom gives the bride a small box containing thirteen either gold or silver coins. The coins represent Christ and his twelve Apostles and are a symbol of the groom’s willingness to financially provide for his wife in their married life.