Looking back on this wedding, I always end up laughing. And that’s a good sign, am I right?
I was lucky that I found Jessica and Roberto. During our in-person consultation I asked Jessica what she was looking for in wedding photography and she said with confidence that she wanted documentary-style photos of all her loved ones enjoying the day, particularly the dancing at the reception. Well, she was speaking my language and from there I knew we were meant to work together.
Jessica and Roberto brought some beautiful Latino traditions to their wedding. This included getting married in a gorgeous Catholic Church in a full service Spanish-speaking mass. The mass included many Latino Catholic traditions including the beautiful El Lazo tradition, where a rosary is draped across the shoulders of the bride and groom by loved ones and symbolizes unity.
And no wonder Jessica specifically asked me to capture her friends and family at the reception, they had an absolute margarita-infused GOOD DANG TIME. Being a Texan who is “half-Latina” (on my Mama’s side), I am somewhat familiar with some of the outrageous Latino reception traditions, but seeing them up close and personal through the lens of my camera was thrilling and absolutely hysterical. There was so much action to be captured, including the tradition of La Vibora de la Mar (The Sea Snake) and El Muertito (The Little Dead One). It all starts with festive music and the bride and groom hoisting themselves up on chairs making a sort of tunnel with the bride’s veil. Then a couple of friends and family get close to the bride of groom to “protect them” from the snake, which is basically a congo line of wedding guests trying to knock the bride and groom off the chair as they dance under the tunnel. The girls went first and they were pretty gentle, taking it easy on Jessica! Then…it was the guys’ turn and they weren’t so delicate! They tried their hardest to push Roberto off his chair! After the music ended, the men in the congo line “captured” Roberto and funeral-themed music came on for El Muertito. Once “captured,” Roberto was tossed in the air several times and each toss resulted in the loss of one wardrobe item. Jessica had to follow, grabbing her groom’s socks, shoes, jacket, etc. So yea, this all happened and the crowd still had energy for dancing well into the evening. It was epic!
So, sure, there were so many memorable parts of this wedding. Jessica was a stunning bride, the ceremony was rich with tradition and love, but that reception was something else and I will never forget it! I enjoyed every second of the day and was so appreciative that Jessica, Roberto and their beautiful families were so kind. I wish the happy couple a life time of belly laughter and unity, just like on the wedding day!
Enjoy the photos! xo
**Please note, since the ceremony was done in a Catholic church no flash could be used and I was limited to where I could stand out of respect for religious traditions.**