'Till death do us part: Couple renews vows at San Antonio cemetery

'Till death do us part: Couple renews vows at San Antonio cemetery

Credit: Andrew Delgado / KENS 5

On Dec. 27, 1988, a San Antonio couple said their marriage vows at a very unusual location -- the cemetery. Now, 25 years later, the married couple has done it again.

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by Andrew Delgado / KENS 5

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Posted on December 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 8:31 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- On Dec. 27, 1988, a San Antonio couple said their marriage vows at a very unusual location -- the cemetery. Now, 25 years later, the married couple has done it again.  
 
Julian and Irma Tello were married, twice, at Mission Burial Park South.

"The reason we chose that location for our wedding was that my wife was very close to her dad and he had promised to be at her wedding whenever she got married," Julian Tello said. "Unfortunately, he passed away five months before we met."

So, since the father couldn't make the wedding, the young couple took the ceremony to him -- right beside his grave -- 25 years ago.

Then, on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 -- after the bride was fashionably late to her own wedding -- the happy couple renewed their life-time commitment to each other, in the very same spot.

The same minister who officiated the first wedding, Reverend Joe Sullivan, was there to lead the newlyweds into the next chapter of their marriage.

The Tellos are now parents themselves, with three grown children and two grandchildren.

Two of the couple's sons, Julian and Juan Tello, were playing in the orchestra quartet that accompanied the bride as she made her entrance into Lot-10C of the cemetery.

The groom said getting married next to the father of the bride's grave was, and still is, "a great idea."

"I'm ready to go for another 25," Julian Tello said. "Now our kids are grown and we've got two grand-kids ... We're just having so much fun."

KENS 5 is honored to have been invited to participate in both ceremonies. Congratulations to the Tello family.

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