Brenda & Jose
Our Lady Queen of Angels-Los Angeles,CA
Loews Hotel-Hollywood, CA
The Wedding Ceremony was in Spanish, a language of which I have not yet mastered. And I got lost listening to the words of the ceremony. I caught up when the “Ofrenda” part of the service comes around. The Ofrenda is basically the same as when the Bride & Groom bring flowers to the Virgin Mary, but in Mexico, the Virgin Mary is known as Guadalupe.
The ceremony was in an old, old, old (did I mention it was old) church in Downtown Los Angeles in mid-July. And yes, you guessed it, no A/C. And a very, very, strict Priest. So I knew that I had a more challenging day than normal. Under all of the stress and heat, the couple looked “cool as a cucumber”. Maybe they did not notice the heat much because they were staring at each other so intently.
After the Bride & Groom have walked down the aisle the Mariachis begin to play. The air explodes with celebration as everyone hugs and kisses each other. If you have never attended a Mexican Wedding, I recommend that you do. Especially when the Mariachis play.
There is something about their sound, especially the trumpet. It has a sound that, to me, speaks of pride. There is a great deal of pride in the Mexican culture. And they do their best to keep it alive.
We were able to breathe when we got to the hotel. The ballroom was decorated elegantly. And the Bride reacts as she is seeing the decorations for the first time. Then the show got on the road, and you could have sworn that you were in Mexico. The Banda was playing and the energy of Mexico could be felt. The Groom dons a hat, and the bride pulls her dress up to the side as they perform a traditional “Vaquero (Cowboy) Dance”. As they circle each other the crowd begins to cheer, and say in Spanish “te amamos!”, which translates to “we love you!”.
The rest of the night played on in the same feeling of love and excitement.The music being played is Banda Nortena, which means band of the north. If you have never experienced this, well, it’s a must. Especially if you like Polkas. The Mexican style Polka has very unique sounds. And they use an accordion just like the European Polka. The couple, their family, and their friends danced the night away. And as I packed my gear and said goodbye I swear that I could smell of Tacos….Orale!!!