Filled with beatiful stained glass and a vaulted ceiling, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church played host to Felipe and Dilma’s traditional Catholic wedding this past Saturday. Friends and family came from all over to celebrate the day with them, including Felipe’s grandparents who brought a beautiful crystal Lazo for the ceremony. As they prepared to exchange their wedding rings, family members came forward with the Lazo, bracelets, and necklaces for the bride and groom to wear. They were blessed by the priest and then the grandparents placed the Lazo on the bride and groom while offering marital advice and wisdom from their many years together.
As they exited the church, Felipe and Dilma were greeted with a lively Mariachi band that sang to them as they were congratulated and embraced by each of their guests. Once the portraits were done, we headed to the Marriott for a very colorful reception and one of the most fun filled I have ever attended. Before dinner the wedding party was again serenaded by the Mariachi band and then the DJ took over after dinner as the guests played a version of “La Vibora de la Mar”. In some ways similar to our London Bridges, an arch is created using the brides veil or a scarf and the women and men separately weave between the bride and groom attempting to separate them. Eventually the men succeeded and carried Felipe away, stealing his socks and shoes and throwing him in the air. Once the games were done, the real dancing began with hardly anyone left sitting. Even the youngest got in to the music as they danced with more grace than this wedding photographer could ever muster. Felicidades Felipe and Dilma.