EFESan Jose

Real Madrid's Costa Rican goalkeeper, Keylor Navas wed Andrea Salas on the weekend in a Catholic church in this capital where a huge crowd - along with a large number of media personnel - gathered to see the couple enter the building.

The ceremony, presided at by Father Sergio Valverde, was held in the church in Santa Ana, a small community in the western San Jose metro area, before 250 invited guests.

Navas entered the church by a side entrance, but afterwards he greeted reporters and members of the crowd with his son Mateo in his arms.

Salas, attired in a white dress designed by Portugal's Mikaela Oliveira, arrived by car at the door of the church and was immediately surrounded by the crowd, along with news photographers.

The couple, who made no remarks to the press before the 90-minute ceremony, had already been married in a civil ceremony and are the parents of Mateo.

"We're very happy to have our wedding. I'm taking (Andrea) to Madrid for the honeymoon because I have to return to recuperating at the club, but we're planning a little trip later," Navas said.

The goalkeeper said that they had wanted to get married in the church "for a while," but they had been unable to schedule it because of his sports commitments.

Navas said that, in lieu of wedding gifts, he and his bride were urging people to make donations to beneficial causes.

According to a press release distributed by the couple, no other Real Madrid players attended the ceremony due to prior professional and personal commitments, but several Costa Rican national soccer squad players and other sports figures from the Central American nation were on hand for the nuptials.