Photo: Brazilian Groom Ordered to Pay Bride After Announcing She’s Not a Virgin at Wedding
Jose Proenca Alves has reportedly fallen out of love with his fiancé, Vanessa Tonasse. The reason looks to be because her parents refused to let them sleep together until after they were married.
Even after the couple had tied the knot at a civil ceremony two days before the church service, the bride’s staunchly-religious parents had still refused to let them consummate the marriage, he claimed.
According to the wedding guests, the groom appeared at his wedding, looking miserable and upset. He arrived at the wedding at a Catholic church in Macae, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, southeast Brazil, apparently under the influence of alcohol.
A Federal judge, Nanci Mahfuz, who conducted hearings regarding the annulled marriage on Monday stated: “Mr. Alves was impassive, with a miserable face, during the whole ceremony. . .When Ms. Tonasse’s father gave her away at the altar, Alves took a long time to take her hand, which caused considerable awkwardness among those gathered. He never once looked at his bride and didn’t say his wedding vows, replying that he’d already done that two days earlier, causing embarrassment.”
It was after the couple had been pronounced man and wife that Alves turned to the 400 wedding guests and shockingly announced that Vanessa Tonasse, his newly-wedded wife, was not a virgin as her parents believed. Alves continued on to claim that Tonasse had lied to her mother and father, “so she wouldn’t lose out on the big wedding reception her dad had promised her.” After his outburst, Alves left the church by himself. The wedding party was cancelled, and following the wedding day disaster in June 2005, Tonasse separated from Alves. The marriage was annulled.
“Regardless of the reasons brought by the defendant, it remains proven that he acted in an offensive way which caused undeniable psychological and physical damage to the claimants, during an unfortunate and humiliating episode in the lives of all involved,” stated a Judge Mahfuz on Monday’s hearing. She ordered that Alves pay just under $24,000 to Tonasse and her mother for “moral and material damages.” He has 15 days to appeal the sentence.