Bolivian Vice President Marries Journalist in Ancient Aymara Ceremony

Bolivian Vice President Marries Journalist in Ancient Aymara Ceremony
Sun 09-09-2012

The 49 year old Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro Garica marries 25 year old journalist, Claudia Fernandez.

The Vice President and his bride chose, for their Saturday nuptials, a temple of stone walls that the ancient Aymara people constructed some 3,000 years ago to observe the heavens.

The ceremony was attended by about 200 people including Bolivian President Evo Morales; Nobel laureates Rigoberta Menchu of Guatemala, and Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina; government ministers; ambassadors; and Aymara dignitaries.

A pair of shamans bathed the couple in incense smoke, and asked the Pachamama and other Andean gods to produce good omens for the pair at the archaeological site located near Lake Titicaca.

In a modern touch, the bride wore a full-length white bridal gown by a French designer. They will celebrate a more traditional wedding ceremony on Sunday at a Roman Catholic Church.