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Article and photos by Susan A Mahalick

October 1, 2015 (Baja California, Mexico)--Kashudi is a talented drummer who lives down here who I have been fortunate to hear on more than one occasion. I heard him 4th of July at Angel’s Camp for their annual pig roast, and again right before his ceremony when he played to entertain his own guests on his rooftop of his home in La Misión at 3 pm on September 19th, a Saturday. It was another wonderful Baja day, not too hot, not too windy or humid. The bride and groom picked a fine day for their nuptials and about thirty people showed up, family from here for her as she is Mexican, family from the states for him, his son and daughter, and neighbors all attended to wish the couple well.

Kashudi met his bride to be at a local supermarket, the Comerical. They started dating even with a language barrier. They each had cell phones with Google Translator and they used them to communicate in the beginning. The ceremony was in English but Briselda, Brizey as he calls her, said her vows in Spanish. A local in the neighborhood, Tom, officiated at the ceremony with his California credentials.

They were both dressed all in white; Briselda’s dress was simple, with Kashudi wearing a white, long sleeved shirt and white pants for the early part of the afternoon ceremony when he played with the three piece band. He added a white tie and white vest later.

As I came up the stairs it was to the beautiful music of another local named Derek. I did not even know at first that it was live. Two of the guests volunteered to help decorate, serve and bus the empty plates for the bride and groom.

We were treated to wine from the Guadalupe valley, Mexican beer and a simple meal of refried beans that appeared to be pureed, slow cooked meat chunks of what I believe was beef in a well flavored sauce and macaroni salad.

A simple wedding for two people in love was shared and I was lucky to be invited.

Susan A Mahalick has written for the Baja Times, and the Secretary of Tourism. She has a book on Amazon called My Gold Coast—Baja, A Practical Guide, 3rd edition. The paperback version will be out shortly and the Kindle version is published.


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