Josiah A. Melendez and Stephanie Dianne Chavez were united in marriage in an outdoor civil ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 in Valle de Angeles, Honduras, followed on Sunday, Nov. 29, by a religious ceremony and wedding reception at Casa Blanca-le decor, Santa Lucia, Honduras.
Josiah is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jose R. Melendez of Portland, N.Y., who attended the civil ceremony via FaceTime. Dianne is the daughter of Sra. Marienela Salgado Cerrato and Sr. Miguel O. Chavez Varela, both of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Attending the bride and groom were Nemecio and Arianna (Melendez) Aguilar of Clayton, N.C.; Omar Chavez and Nicole Banegas of Tegucigalpa; Aaron and Evelyn (Chavez) Boyce of Valle de Angeles; Jude and Pamela (Chavez) Billinghurst, also of Valle de Angles. Breanna Boyce, the bride's niece, was flower girl. Mr. Grant Fisher of Randolph, N.Y. performed the religious ceremony on Sunday before approximately 100 guests from Honduras and the United States.
The bride wore a bright yellow, street length, sleeveless dress for the civil ceremony. The groom wore a gray suit and a deep yellow tie. The ceremony was followed by a sit down reception for 25 family and close friends. For the formal religious ceremony on Sunday, the bride wore a pale ivory, applique lace over net, sleeveless gown with a sweetheart neckline and trumpet skirt. A belt with a jeweled buckle made by the bride and a simple, lace-edged chapel length veil completed her ensemble. She carried a nosegay of ivory roses accented by a single yellow rose. The bride's attendants wore mint green chiffon dresses in the style of their choice. They carried mini-bouquets of either ivory or yellow roses. The flower girl, dressed in yellow, carried a basket of rose petals that were tossed in the aisle before the bride. The groom and his attendants dressed in gray suits, mint green ties, yellow boutonnieres and, as a final whimsical touch, crazy-colored striped socks.
Dianne graduated in 2009 from the Instituto Hondureno de Cultura Interamericana in Tegucigalpa. She is an instructor at Active English, a school for English as a second language in Valle de Angeles. Josiah is a graduate of Brocton Central School. He obtained his Associates in Science Communications from JCC in 2009. He is a certified court interpreter for the State of North Carolina. Josiah and Dianne currently serve as full-time ministers for Jehovah's Witnesses in San Juancito, Honduras.
After honeymooning in Roatan, Honduras, the couple are at home in Valle de Angeles. They will be returning temporarily to the United States in 2016.