From happiness to heartbreak
It was a wedding fit for the cover of a bridal magazine. Ana Negra Barrabeig married Javier Alvarez in the Raventos I Blanc vineyards, a winery her family has held for centuries.
Guests had aperitifs in the sun before moving to the vineyard warehouse, which her family had converted for the big day, with large indoor lamps lighting up the room and wine bottles decorating the walls.
"It was the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen. It was so cinematic, that is how you could describe it," said one guest of the May 6 event which was held near Barcelona in the heart of Catalonia's wine-making region.
Ana was in boisterous mood and delighted to be back from Dubai for her wedding.
"She danced all night, really all night," said the guest said. "She jumped from one family group to another and from one friend to another, getting everyone up to dance."
To nobody's surprise, the Negra family pulled out some of the best wines from their cellars. "It was magnificent," said the guest. "It was the only wine there, a part of the family history."
The next morning, Ana and Javier left for their three-week honeymoon in South America.
The guest said they kept the details to themselves. "We knew that they were going to Brazil and most likely Argentina, but we didn't know a whole lot more."
After they travelled by car for three weeks visiting mountains and coastal towns, both were due to return to their jobs in Dubai, but a few days before the flight, Ana decided to spend some more time with her family. She booked a flight to Barcelona and was due to travel through Paris.
When she boarded that flight, it was the last time Javier would see her.
As he flew to Dubai, air traffic controllers in Paris were notifying travel companies that an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to the French capital was missing.
A travel company called Ana's work at the Olivier Wyman consultancy in Media City to say that Ana was likely on the missing flight.
Workmates called one of Javier's closest friends, and after gathering his composure, he went to the airport to meet Javier, taking a doctor and psychiatrist with him.
Javier was distraught. "It was beyond emotional," said one friend.
Ana and Javier were one of the happiest couples their Dubai friends had ever seen. Ana, 28, a decade younger than Javier, was the livelier of the two. "He was older, more serious, but very sweet. She was in love with life, and she brought youth to him," said one pal.
The pair had met at consultancy group Diamond Cluster. Part of the company went on to become Olivier Wyman, while Javier and others broke away to form their own consultancy, Delta Partners.
"Ana got promotion after promotion after promotion. She was so competent, brilliant in fact,"a friend said.
She and Javier seemed happy in Dubai. They had a home in Dubai Marina and a small boat, which they used for sailing at the weekend. Just weeks before her wedding, a Spanish TV programme, 'Callejeros', had come to Dubai for a show about Spanish expats.
Ana agreed to talk, spending five hours at Dubai Creek, joking with the crew as she talked about her life in Dubai.
On Monday, Javier asked 'Callejeros' to pull the show and they agreed.
He flew back to Barcelona yesterday, arriving there at about 2am where he was met by friends and family.
Ana's Dubai friends, like Javier, are now anxiously awaiting news. They have arranged a mass for Ana at St Francis church in Jebel Ali at 8pm tonight where all are welcome.
The search continuesMore debris located but fate of flight 447 may never be known
More debris from Air France flight 447 that came down in the Atlantic was spotted yesterday, but investigators were pessimistic about finding the black boxes that could explain the tragedy.
A Brazilian air force plane fitted with a special sensor found ten items, some metallic - including an object seven metres in diameter - and a fuel slick 20 kilometres long, spokesman Colonel Jorge Amaral said.
The extra debris was found 90 kilometres south of the spot where planes found objects including a airline seat, a life-vest and cables the day before.
Amaral said 11 aircraft were now scouring the area, 600 kilometres northeast of Brazil's Atlantic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, itself located 400 kilometres from the mainland. A plane from France and another from the United States were also involved in the sweeps.
Five Brazilian navy vessels were on their way to join three cargo ships already in the zone to begin debris-recovery efforts.
No bodies have been found, Amaral said.
He added that, despite the evidence of destruction, the air force continued to "work with the hypothesis of survivors - up until we find and identify bodies that indicate that it is technically impossible that anyone survived".
Brazil's government, though, has declared three days of national mourning for those on board.
Among the dead was a man celebrating his birthday, a group of workers returning from a vacation award and a woman who had just recovered after under-going brain injury.
"My son died on his birthday," said a tearful Diana Raquel, mother of British-based Brazilian dentist Jose Rommel Amorim, who turned 35 on Sunday and had been visiting his family before catching the Rio de Janeiro-Paris flight.
She was among distraught relatives accommodated by Air France at a hotel in Rio, many of whom have expressed anger about a lack of information from authorities since the plane had vanished.
Among the 216 passengers of 32 nationalities were executives from major companies that have ramped up investments in Brazil in recent years and European tourists returning from its famous beaches as well as seven children and one baby.
Tyre maker Michelin had three staff aboard the jet, including its head of Latin America, Luiz Roberto Anastocio, and a 28-year-old Frenchwoman, Christine Pieraerts.
Her older brother, Michel, said his sister had recently recovered from a stroke.
"We were happy because she had returned to work and had a normal life again. The fates were against her, and us," he told the French newspaper Le Parisien.
In Italy, officials released the names of ten Italians who had checked onto the doomed flight. They included three politicians from the northern Trentino region who had flown to Brazil to deliver funds raised in their area which was to help the victims of a flood in 2008.