Ceremony took place at the Giu Gastronomia restaurant.  (Photo: Personal Archive)

The couple held a party with blue and pink decoration and a religious celebration by pai de santo

Ceremony took place at the Giu Gastronomia restaurant. (Photo: Personal Archive)

The love of Luara and João, after more than two decades, is now a consecrated marriage. Yesterday the couple said “Yes” in a ritualistic celebration of camdomblé. The “mini-wedding” was held with 60 guests, in an intimate ceremony at the Giu Gastronomia restaurant.

“Everything was just perfect, there is no other word”, declares the bride, Luara Diniz. The ceremony was celebrated by Babalorixá Robson, from Axé Taquarussu. “We included some rituals, such as washing my and João’s feet when we arrived and we also released pigeons. Everything was simple, but perfect”, details Luara.

Their love story has already appeared here on Side B, when João also explained his transsexuality. The ceremony was organized in a rush in three months with the help of the godparents. The entire decoration of the space was made by the owner of Giu Gastronomia.

LGBTQIA+ inclusion and representation was also important in the case. “We have LGBTQIA+ godmothers couples and we also wanted to use the blue and pink colors, which belong to the trans flag. The godfathers and godmothers also wore these colors”, explains João.

Candy and cake table, with the right to the transsexual flag.  (Photo: Personal Archive)
Candy and cake table, with the right to the transsexual flag. (Photo: Personal Archive)
Candies in blue and pink, the same as the transsexual flag.  (Photo: Personal Archive)
Candies in blue and pink, the same as the transsexual flag. (Photo: Personal Archive)

In addition to Luara being a priestess of Umbanda and attending Candomblé, the religious ceremony being celebrated by an Afro-based religion was also due to inclusion. “African-based religions allow and celebrate LGBTQIA+ marriages,” adds João.

There was no one who didn’t get emotional, especially Luara. “A few months ago I lost my mother. I thought a lot about how I wanted her to be there with me. And my father, unfortunately, is a person who has a great difficulty in accepting me and I confess that I was a little sad about it. But in the end, everything was beautiful, João’s votes were perfect”, expresses Luara.

Luara and João toasting during the party.  (Photo: Personal Archive)
Luara and João toasting during the party. (Photo: Personal Archive)

In his vows, João recalls a message that “foreseen” the marriage of the two, long before the date was even set. “I have a message from you saved on July 11th, 2020, 4 years after we started to get to know each other, 7 days after we started really getting to know each other. And on it you say “You know that one day we’re going to get married, right?” And that day has arrived”, he declared.

Finally, with a sensitive and passionate statement, with an amusing reference that only the two of them understand, João concluded with: “Thank you for being my fiancee, my lover, my best friend. When you looked into my eyes and said “Kitchen popó” I already knew it was you, it was always you and it will always be you”, he concluded.

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