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Bride is Left at Alter while Groom Leaves Church with Another Woman

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A bride who was left standing at the alter is suing the groom who literary ran away and left her alone with the Priest!

Lilibeth Gaviola and Ryan Sesante had been classmates in college in 1998 and became sweethearts after meeting up again in February 2006.

Within a year the couple began to plan their wedding after Ryan had met Lilibeth’s parents and asked for her hand in marriage. They picked the 22nd December 2007 at the Our Lady of Sacred Heart Parish church in Cebu City, Mexico.

The Royal Concourse was their chosen venue and 100 invitations were sent out.  Flowers were picked, best man and bridesmaid were asked, cars were booked and wedding outfits were purchased. 

The ceremony was all set to be a lavish affair Lilibeth looked forward to having one of the happiest days in her life.

The Groom Was Late

On the day of the wedding, the bride left her home at 3.10pm for the short journey of 500 meters to the church, for the wedding that was due to begin at 3.40pm.  On arriving at the church Lilibeth was met with the news that Ryan had not yet turned up. 

After five minutes the groom arrived and appeared to be in a hurry and teary-eyed.  He entered the church and stood at the Alter to wait for his bride.

As Lilibeth walked down the aisle she remembers feeling very happy and looking at her family and friends while she walked with dignity and pride and a beaming smile. 

While the ceremony was taking place the groom was seen to be messing about with his mobile phone as if he was opening or sending a text message. 

The couple exchanged vows, the bride had said ‘I do’ and the priest had just asked the groom if he would take Lilibeth as his lawful wedding wife.

Before he could utter the words, a woman stepped into the church and shouted ‘Father, please stop the wedding’ and called out Sesante’s name twice. 

The groom turned around, looked at the woman and walked towards her while the priest was shouting through the microphone at him to come back.  Sesante hugged the woman and they both left the church together, leaving the bride, priest and 100 family and friends not knowing what was going on.

Lilibeth said she was too shocked to do anything and stood there stunned and shocked.  “I was angry, felt betrayed and wanted to shout” she said.

The wedding party decided to carry on to the venue to eat the food that had been paid and prepared for the reception.  The grooms parents and family decided not to go with them.

Lilibeth went home to her parents’ house that night but could not sleep.  Trembling with anger and fury she was not sure what do to.  She felt degraded, wounded and besmirched and could not look in the eyes of her parents, family or friends.

Two months later, one day before Valentines Day, she filed a suit for breach of promise to marry and is now claiming for moral damages of (£26,000).  She also asked the court that she be awarded £2,500 to reimburse costs paid for the wedding and £2000 for litigation fees and attorneys’ fees.

Breach of Promise to Marry

For thousands of years, women have sued for breach of promise to marry.  In Victorian times it was considered a great embarrassment to the bride’s family.

Many court cases took place but not so much to regain lost money spent, but more of an attempt to regain respect in society and to bring shame on the groom’s family name.

During the late 19th Century, several bills were introduced into the House of Commons seeking to abolish the action of breach of promise, but none of them became law.

Right up until 1969 when the Law Commission published a report called ‘Breach of Promise of Marriage’ was the law abolished and replaced with a procedure for settling property disputes between the parties.

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