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(a) Waiting Outside the Chapel

(a) Waiting Outside the Chapel


(b) With My Lovely Pages, Gloria and Paula

(b) With My Lovely Pages, Gloria and Paula

They're also two of my lovely nieces. I still can't believe I'm an aunt!


(c) Here Comes the Groom

(c) Here Comes the Groom


(d) Here Comes the Bride

(d) Here Comes the Bride


(e) Father Salvador Cracking a Joke

(e) Father Salvador Cracking a Joke

He made a number of funnies, most of which had to with Patricio's age. It was the most fun I'd ever had in a mass service!


(f) Pedro and Laura, Dear Friends and Padrinos of the Lazo

(f) Pedro and Laura, Dear Friends and Padrinos of the Lazo

One of the traditions during the ceremony, apart from the blessing of the rings and the small chest of coins (arras) that symbolize prosperity and good stewardship, the couple is also joined by a lasso to represent their unity.


(g) The Paparazzi During Vow Time

(g) The Paparazzi During Vow Time

I think the wedding really may have been our 15 minutes of fame. I had no idea we'd have so many photographers...


(h) Family and Padrinos

(h) Family and Padrinos


(i) A Moment at the Altar

(i) A Moment at the Altar


(j) Hundreds of Hugs

(j) Hundreds of Hugs


(k) Faking Out the Bouquet Catchers

(k) Faking Out the Bouquet Catchers


(l) Following Mr. Crazy Hips' Lead

(l) Following Mr. Crazy Hips' Lead

The wedding singer had a set of swivel hips that none of us could really match, but I still think we gave him a run for his money.


(m) Being Saved from the Seasnake

(m) Being Saved from the Seasnake

Lots of people insisted that we have the seasnake dance, the infamous "vibora de la mar." it entails having the bride and groom both standing on chairs, with their backs to each other, and protected by brave and strong friends from the seasnake. actually, there are two seasnakes. the first is composed of a female conga line, winding its way in a figure-eight around the couple, and trying to knock them off the chairs. it really gets wild with the male conga line, though, as you can see from patricio's demise in the next photo.


(n) Pato Couldn't Escape the Seasnake

(n) Pato Couldn't Escape the Seasnake

Not satisfied with just taking his shoes and socks off to parade him around, they tossed him up in the air a few times for good measure.


(o) Dancing "La Negra" at the End of the Evening

(o) Dancing "La Negra" at the End of the Evening

When the mariachis arrived at three in the morning, they entered the salon playing "La Negra," the only dance from Jalisco that I still remember, more or less. Patricio and I took full advantage of the opportunity.