Who could possibly wear a Jack Sparrow costume to his wedding?
A Jack Sparrow’s diehard fan, that’s who!
However, the judge took a look at the groom and refused to marry the couple.
Juan Alberto and Maria Salinas are well known around Galicia, Spain for their Paper Elephants foundation that caters to disadvantaged children. Juan is also known for his love for the protagonist of the Pirates of the Caribbean films- Captain Jack Sparrow. When Alberto volunteered in Idomeni camp (Greece) several years ago, he usually entertained the refugee children in his pirate costume and the children nicknamed him pirate.
So, considering his affinity with buccaneers, it was no surprise that Juan decided to get married in a Captain Jack Sparrow outfit. Maria Salinas was not dressed as a pirate though; she wore a traditional northern Spanish costume.
It has been the couple’s lifelong dream to get married in costumes, and they also wanted the non-traditional wedding to entertain their children.
But the judge refused to marry them.
Juan compromised by offering to remove his wig, but the judge refused still.
The couple left the courthouse disappointed. Prior to this time, they had tried to get married two times, but the pandemic foiled both attempts, and now the third time, the judge was refusing to marry them on account of Juan’s pirate costume.
The court claimed that there is a legal directive which forbids anyone wearing a costume from entering the building. But the couple filed a complaint; insisting that the court allowed couples dressed in costumes to marry in the past.
Several courthouses heard of the matter and offered to marry them in their costumes, but Juan wanted to get married in that very courthouse. His lawyer supported him; saying that other notaries and judges have reached out to him, that the wedding should have proceeded.
Juan and his wife returned to that same courthouse May ending, full of hope and dressed in their respective costumes, and this time….the judge married them!
Juan and Maria own a foundation for disadvantaged children, so their wedding would also be a fundraiser of sorts for guests to donate money to charities.
Racheal Niza-Val is a Nigerian writer and author. She seeks to use her pen to do only three things. Entertain, Educate, and Enthrall.