Mariachis and Mexican Independence

Saturday night was Mexican Independence Day. In Mexico, locals usually celebrate with house parties or maybe going out to a bar, and many go to their city’s main square to take part in the festivities.

This year, Jorge and I started the evening at our friend Tomas’ house. We were expecting a small gathering of friends, but when we got there, the entire front patio was set up for a large party. Apparently it was Tomas’ sister-in-law’s birthday, so there was a huge double celebration.

All those tables were full an hour later.

They had set up a giant screen on the side wall to show the night's boxing match.

Centerpieces with the Mexican flag and traditional Yucatan candies

Soon after our arrival, a mariachi band showed up to surprise the birthday girl! So much fun.

Many of the party hosts and guests came dressed up in traditional Mexican and Yucatecan clothing. I was too shy to get pictures of them all, but I did manage to get these:

I loved this little girl dancing to the mariachi band in her traditional Yucatan huipil dress.

This little girl in the charro outfit was the best of the night! (She was too shy to let me get a good pic of her)

We did “El Grito” at 11 pm (when everybody across the country shouts “Viva Mexico”!), then made our way to another friend’s house for another party. We were up until 2 am chatting around the table with our friend Raul’s family, then we headed home early because Jorge had to work at 7 am. Overall it was a laid-back, very Mexican night!

How did you celebrate El Quince de Septiembre? (Mexican Independence Day)

Our Wedding: Professional Photos

Here are the links to all the rest of my wedding-related photos…

Out first visit to check out Hacienda Teya

Hacienda Teya at night (spooky!)

Visiting Hacienda Teya with Mom

Family vacation in Puerto Morelos the week of the wedding

Bachelorette party at Coco Bongo in Cancun

Bridal Shower

Getting ready before the wedding

Wedding bouquets

Ceremony (guest photos)

Reception (guest photos) Part 1 and Part 2

We finally got our professional photos! I tried to scale it down, but there were just so many great shots. Enjoy!

Jorge took about 30 seconds to cry before he could say his vows... then half of the guests broke into tears as well (so I hear).

My sister and dad singing "Rock of Ages"

Jorge's parents placing the "lazo" on us

This was later referred to as Jorge's "quincenera" photo 😉

"La Serpiente" a Mexican wedding tradition where all the single ladies form a sort of congo line, going all around the room and under the veil held by the bride and groom

My sister Sarah caught the bouquet! (and Aubrie, the gracious loser)

Another favorite Mexican wedding tradition... the men form a line and get tequila poured down their throat by the groom

My grandpa singing "Cielito Lindo" with my college buddies... Aaaah, weddings 🙂

Grandma and Grandpa dancing to the mariachis with my in-laws