Juan and Viri’s Civil Ceremony by the Lagoon

7 Dec

First of all, a little explanation. Here in Mexico, when you get married, you have to get married twice. One is the religious ceremony, which is the big ceremony and reception, like an American wedding. Second is the civil ceremony, where you have to say your vows and sign a paper, to show you’re legally married.

Jorge and I did the religious ceremony back in July, and we’ll be able to do the civil ceremony soon.

Our friends Juan and Viri, however, did it the other way. They had their civil ceremony last Saturday, and the big formal wedding will be in August.

Some Mexicans just go to the courthouse for their civil ceremony. Others have a small, informal ceremony and party.

Juan and Viri hosted a party at La Europea, a wine and liquor shop in the Hotel Zone. La Europea has a small tasting room in the back for events, along with a beautiful garden and balcony overlooking the lagoon. It’s a great spot. Seriously, the next party I throw will be here! haha

Me and Jorge (in the background across the lagoon is the spot where he proposed!)

Brothers... Armando, Arturo and Juan (the groom)

Looking down onto the garden ceremony area

And now for the ceremony photos (please overlook my poor nighttime photography skills)…

Viri's parents signing the papers

Placing their thumbprints on the papers

Some centerpieces Viri put together with her favorite flower

hors d'eouvres and cake! (The food was amazing, by the way!)

Me with the bride!!

After dinner, a bunch of us stayed out on the balcony for some drinks. I was lame and went home at 1 a.m., but Jorge didn’t get home until 4! Must have been quite a party 🙂

11 Responses to “Juan and Viri’s Civil Ceremony by the Lagoon”

  1. Nikki December 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Congrats to your friend! I like this custom…two weddings?! I’ll take it!

  2. The Drama Mama December 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    It looks like it was so much fun!! WHat a gorgeous dress she is wearing too. Congrats Viri and Juan!

  3. Ashlie December 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    Looks like a lot of fun. I didn’t know that you could have a party at La Europea in the HZ…how cool is that?

  4. Noelle December 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    Congrats Viri and Juan!

    Laura, your hair is so long and pretty, I love it!

  5. Julie M. December 8, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    Congratulations to your friends! That cake is beautiful! If 1am is lame, I’m afraid of what you’d think of what time I usually call it quits! 🙂

  6. (Florida) Girl with a New Life December 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    This is a seriously cute picture of you and your hubs. What an adorable couple!

    PS Fushia is my fav color to wear.

  7. cheri December 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    when i get lost looking at a blog, i know i’ve been THAT long. the place looks lovely. why dont you hold your civil ceremony there? 🙂

  8. Krysten December 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    Congrats to your friends!

  9. Leslie Limon December 10, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    Congrats to Viri and Juan!

    You look spectacular in the pics. I especially like the first one. Great pic of both of you. 🙂

  10. Sandra December 10, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    I’m blog hopping and came across the pictures, and I love to snoop…ahem…I mean admire, so I thank you for sharing. Everything was perfect!

  11. agent asheville December 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Yay! I am so happy for them!

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