Yet Another Mexican Wedding

A close friend of mine recently started a wedding coordinating business. Last weekend, she had her first wedding and asked Jorge and I if we would help out as part of her staff.

I spent half of the reception seating guests at their assigned tables as they arrived. Let me tell you, some people do NOT know who they are. (Once gentleman told me he was the father of the bride. After 5 minutes going through the list with him, it turns out he was actually her grandfather and had a completely different last name than what he had originally told me.) Other than a few minor last name setbacks, things went very smoothly with the seating.

I also got to practice my nighttime photography, which I’ve mentioned before is VERY hard for me. I loved the centerpieces, but couldn’t get a good shot. This is the best I could do:

Jorge was in charge of the candy table. Mexican candy is very, very different from American candy. They prefer things to be a mixture of salty, spicy and sweet, and they often cover them in chile powder or chamoy. The candy table even featured a chamoy fountain (as opposed to a chocolate fountain), which was used to drizzle over cucumber slices, jicama, carrots and homemade chicharron (fried pork rinds). It was a huge hit with the guests!

Overall, it was a fun and successful event, even though it didn’t end until 5 am!

19 thoughts on “Yet Another Mexican Wedding

  1. Wow!! This is absolutely beautiful. Your friend did a beautiful job decorating! Your photography is getting better too!

    I love the story of the grandfather. πŸ™‚

    XOXO~~The Drama Mama

  2. Looks like a beautiful place for a reception! As far as nighttime photography, you really need a DSLR or camera that has a quick shutter and high ISO capabilities. I am practicing this all the time with my food photography…. most restaurants have terrible lighting at night for taking oics!

  3. Beautiful. Chiavari chairs are my favorite…probably because they’re expensive πŸ˜‰ We have quite a few hispanics where I work and I swear with all the last names payroll can be a nightmare. They use a different one everytime!

  4. The last names are confusing. First name, father’s family name, mother’s family name. So if you want what we think of as the last name, it’s the one in the middle. It took me longer than I want to admit to learn this, and I habla paquito Espanol but can’t spell it, obviously.

    • Oh yes! The problem is also that the last names can get mixed up a bit… they’ll use one combination for official documents, and another combination for social purposes. (My mother-in-law does this, and I’ve begun to do it as well)

      With some guests, they would say “Pablo Perez Estrada”, then after looking over the list and figuring out their relation, I might say “Are you Pablo Ramirez Estrada?” “Why yes, that is also correct.” Then throw in the fact that they’re all related and many have similar last names/combinations… recipe for disaster.

  5. It looks like it was a really beautiful wedding.

    I think I’m going to have to get used to the fact that a lot of Mexican candy’s covered in chili when I get out there. Heh. πŸ™‚

  6. Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous! I love how everything looks like it’s glowing- so magical πŸ™‚ Was it in a barn or something? I’m looking at the rafters and can’t figure out what kind of building it is. And how do people now know who they are?????

  7. The place looks beautiful! And under the palapa on a warm night is even more wonderful. Homemade chicharrons πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I would not leave that table! I love them. Remember when Wal-Mart had that huge cart filled with huge chicharrons? I would take a few chunks to eat while shopping.

  8. How cool to help out and get to nosey on other peoples weddings, I’d love that! That is so funny about people not knowing who they are, made me laugh out loud!

    Glad you had fun and the pics look great πŸ˜‰ xx

  9. Ha ha.. the grandfather thought he was the father of the bride? Total riot. I’m sure it was a language barrier thing, tho? Let’s hope. I know mexican pan and desserts don’t always feel sweet enough for me. Just buttery. I’m sure after living there for as long as you have, spicy, salty Mexicanized candies must feel normal but it must get frustrating from time to time.

    I love sweet candies (more than chocolates). Some countries don’t have good sweets (but have chocolates). For instance, breathsavers and cough drops are of the candy category. Cough drops? Many Asian countries consistently have Mentos, tho; that’s the best I get & have to make do with.

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