Monday, October 21, 2013

A wedding in Zumpango

Back in September Edson and I were invited to a wedding in Zumpango in the Estado de México (State of Mexico). We weren't exactly invited by the bride and groom, but rather by two of our friends that were padrinos

As I've mentioned in some previous posts, padrinos are a staple in many celebrations in Mexico, such as baptisms, XV años, and weddings. For a baptism "padrino" basically translates to godfather ("madrina" to godmother and "padrinos" to godparents). For other occasions the closest translation I have is "sponsor." For weddings, for example, the bride and groom ask close family or friends to be the padrino of different aspects of the wedding, such as the wedding rings, the bride's bouquet, the reception venue, the cake, etc. Our friends were the padrinos of the cake (or cupcakes in this case) and were given the chance to invite a few people as well. 

We made good time on the way so we stopped to see the Zumpango Lake. 

Zumpango Lake
We didn't go to the religious ceremony, but went directly to the reception. We got there right on time, which meant we were some of the first people there. The reception was held outside under a huge tent. There were around 70 tables with 10 place-settings each.

There was also a stage for the multiple musical groups that played throughout the afternoon and evening. The reception started with the mariachis playing.

mariachi band 
Edson was excited to sing along with the mariachis (or was it about unintentionally matching the tablecloth and decorations?)

beautiful hydrangea centerpieces (and coctails - yum!) 
Once the bride and groom arrived they had the civil ceremony, which is separate from the religious ceremony. 

civil ceremony 
We enjoyed sopes for an appetizer - yum!

As time the afternoon went on, more and more and more people showed up.

with our friends Elvia and Joel
We enjoyed consomé, rice, carnitas, and barbacoa for the meal.

I've lived her a while - I now eat my soup
accompanied by a tortilla :) 
me and Edson
The bride and groom included multiple traditions throughout the reception. One included the men pinning money onto the groom.

the final result of the money-pinning
The bride and one of her bridesmaids went around collecting money from the women in a pretty container (wouldn't want to mess up that beautiful dress!).

Another tradition they included was the víbora de la mar, where the bride and groom each stand on a chair, both holding onto one end of the veil and surrounded by friends to "protect" them while a line of children, then women, then men weave their way through the dance floor, purposely bumping into the bride and groom.

They men also tossed the groom in the air and then made him drink liquor out of his shoe (eww!) and the bride did the bouquet toss (though here there are always two "fake-outs" before actually throwing it the third time).

(I don't have photos of a lot of things since both my camera and Edson's phone died - oops).

Elvia made around 800 cupcakes for the wedding (whoa!). Here's about 500 of them with the color-changing display.

After the mariachis finished a bossa nova band played.

note the sax player on the dance floor 
There was also a rock band and two bands that played cumbia for dancing, including the famous group La Sonora Dinamita.

It was a fun afternoon and evening!

Oh, and the hydrangea centerpiece is now happily living in my living room :)

1 comment:

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