Weddings in Puerto Rico

Hacienda Siesta Alegre History

Though born in the United States, Greg Jackson spent most of his young years in Europe, living in Belgium and attending school in England. It was here that he was first introduced to the world of horses. Greg and Linda's love of horses is deep rooted in each of them. They met one another in high school and at the time both had been riding hunters and jumpers for years already. Greg went on to manage a jockey school and Linda, who was a flight attendant for a local area airline, jockeyed as well. The two of them married and their lives continued to be centered around their love of horses, with Greg going into the horse transportation business, then buying a farm that Linda managed, and where they started training horses, providing 200 horses a year for El Comandante Race Track in Puerto Rico. The Jackson's Boeing 727 is equipped with horse stalls and is used for bringing new horses to the island for the racing and Paso Fino community.

Hurricane Hugo wiped out their farm in 1989, and they slowly began rebuilding it as 'Hacienda Siesta Alegre'. Greg has an amazing sense of Spanish Colonial Architecture ( with a twist) and because of the many enchanting spaces several movies have been filmed here, along with Music Videos. Martha Stewart filmed a Caribbean Cooking feature here over a period of five days, and the Dream Team has filmed an episode here as well.

Greg and Linda breed horses and bred their prize winning horse, 'Eltish Thunder', who won 2 legs of the local Triple Crown. He is reitired now, learning to jump! Hacienda Siesta Alegra also has a horse rescue program.

Their home is a hidden treasure that few residents or visitors to the island will ever be privileged to enjoy. Hacienda Siesta Alegre would belong to you and your guests for the night, when you get married here!

Greg and Linda Jackson owners of Hacienda Siesta Alegre

Owners of Hacienda Siesta Alegre, Linda and Greg Jackson with 'Eltish Thunder'.

Horse Transportation to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean by Air and by Land

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A little Marriage History:

During the 11th Century, marriage was about securing an economic or political advantage. The wishes of the married couple - much less their consent - were of little importance. The bride, particularly, was assumed to bow to her father's wishes and the marriage arrangements made on her behalf.

However, for the Benedictine monk Gratian the consent of the couple mattered more than their family's approval. Gratian brought consent into the fold of formalized marriage in 1140 with his canon law textbook, Decretum Gratiani.

The Decretum required couples to give their verbal consent and consummate the marriage to forge a marital bond. No longer was a bride or groom's presence at a ceremony enough to signify their assent.

The book formed the foundation for the Church's marriage policies in the 12th Century and "set out the rules for marriage and sexuality in a changing social environment", says historian Joanne Bailey of Oxford Brookes University.

As early as the 12th Century, Roman Catholic theologians and writers referred to marriage as a sacrament, a sacred ceremony tied to experiencing God's presence. However, it wasn't until the Council of Trent in 1563 that marriage was officially deemed one of the seven sacraments, says Elizabeth Davies, of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

Following the development of Protestant theology, which did not recognise marriage as a sacrament, the Council felt a need to "clarify" marriage's place. "There was an underlying assumption that marriage was a sacrament, but it was clearly defined in 1563 because of the need to challenge teaching that suggested it wasn't," Davies says.

Marriage vows, as couples recite them today, date back to Thomas Cranmer, the architect of English Protestantism. Cranmer laid out the purpose for marriage and scripted modern wedding vows nearly 500 years ago in his Book of Common Prayer, says the Reverend Duncan Dormor of St. John's College at the University of Cambridge.

Although the book was revised in 1552 and 1662, "the guts of the marriage service are there in 1549," he says. "All the things that you think of, 'to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer', all of that stuff comes from that point." The marriage service has had "remarkable continuity" compared with most other services, he says.

But much of it was "pilfered from Catholic medieval rites", such as the Sarum marriage liturgy, which was all in Latin except the actual vows. "What makes the 1549 service significant is that it is the introduction of a Protestant service in English, and it's basically the words that we all know with a couple of small tweaks," Dormor says.


WEDDING VENUE PR: Hacienda Siesta Alegre wedding venue.Getting married in Puerto RIco, ask for a site inspection! Possibly the the most romantic setting in Puerto RIco.

WEDDINGS IN PUERTO RICO: Here is complete information on what you need to get married in Puerto Rico.

CONTACT US: Take a tour of the Hacienda and the various spaces you would have access to for your wedding..

HISTORY HACIENDA SIESTA ALEGRE: The history of this lovely residence is the history of Greg and Linda Jackson, who together designed and created the Hacienda and the stables.

GUEST ROOMS & BREAKFAST. 6 rooms at the Hacienda and 5 at the nearby villa.

Siesta Alegre Hospitality Inc.
Road 186 Km 23.9
Bo. El Verde, Rio Grande, PR 00745
Mailing Address: Hacienda Siesta Alegre PO Box 1876 Rio Grande, PR 00745
Tel. 787-887-7500

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