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Inside this Issue 4 Tuxedo Alternatives for Any Special Occasion 8 Publisher’s Letter / Credits

Ana Sofia Reyes 10 MAY 21, 2016

Tuxedo Alternatives

for any special occasion…

15 Cynthia’s Creations Chocolate 16 Reception Reference Guide 18 Restaurant & Catering Reference Guides 20 Hotel Reference Guide 24 SPI The Rio Grande Valley’s Oasis 28 Questions to Ask when Selecting a Venue

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30 Balli’s Social Event Center: Five Doorways to Excellence!

Burgundy Slate Grey Midnight Blue White Dinner Jacket JESSE GARCIA PHOTOGRAPHY

Angelina Aguirre 32 OCTOBER 22, 2016 36 Smile with Confidence by Christopher Martinez, DDS PA 38 Transforming the Ordinary into Extraordinary - Blanca Cantu

Melany Rodriguez 41 NOVEMBER 25, 2016 45 Postrecitos by Myrna 46 12-Month Quinceañera Planning Guide 49 Get The Valley Quinceañera Pages Look!

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Cufflinks Colorful or patterned d socks Pocket squares Tie pins Fedora or top hat

50 Coming of Age 52 Gerardo Garmendia Photogenic Contest

Ayleen Tijerina 54 DECEMBER 1, 2016 56 Must Have Shots for your Quince Album 58 Travel in Style 62 Directory 63 Quinceañera & Wedding Fair Events

JESSE GARCIA PHOTOGRAPHY

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Publisher’s Letter

Publisher/Editor Leticia Guerra Cantu Managing Director Administrator/Production Manager Rebecca A. Sanchez

Dear readers, We are delighted to welcome you to our Spring 2017 issue of The Valley QuinceaĂąera Pages! We have continued to grow with this magazine and are thrilled to share even more QuinceaĂąeras and articles to inspire anyone preparing to plan an extravagant birthday bash. *OUIJTJTTVFZPVXJMMÂ?OEGPVSEJGGFSFOUDFMFCSBUJPOTGPSGPVS CFBVUJGVMÂ?GUFFOZFBSPMET7JTJU8POEFSMBOEXJUIPVSDPWFS HJSM "OB 4PÂ?B  UBLF B USJQ UP UIF CBMMFU XJUI "OHFMJOB  TFF .FMBOZÂŒT QSJODFTT GFTUJWJUJFT  BOE TOFBL B QFFL BU "ZMFFOÂŒT beachside photoshoot. Along with these beauties, you will BMTPHFUUIF2VJODFBĂŠFSB1BHFTMPPLXJUI(FSBSEP(BSNFOEJB Photographer and learn about his Miss Photogenic contest with an award worth over $3,000.00! Read about the different options in today’s dessert and candy bars and meet Dr. Christopher Martinez who is ready to give you a brighter smile. Help with every aspect of your special day is right here waiting in these pages. We’re so proud of the professionals we have put together in this magazine, all ready to offer you their best for your VQDPNJOH4XFFUPS2VJODFBĂŠFSB8FLOPXUIBUTPNVDI goes into planning an event, and we hope that we can be there for all your planning needs.

Happy Planning!

Administrative Assistant Yazmeen Sahadi Yeini Balderas Accounting Victor J. Barrera Ricardo Garcia Production & Design Senior Graphic Designer Hilary Gamboa Graphic Designer &SJDL&TQJOP[B Production Assistant Alexandria Yarritu Website JMSolo Designs Senior Account Executives /BODZ$BOUVnancy@valleyweddingpages.com 3FCFDDB4BODIF[rebecca@valleyweddingpages.com Junior Account Executives Alexandria Yarritu Yazmeen Sahadi Models Alyssa Yarritu • Aldo Morin • Leo Quiroz Logan Fortuin Photography Services Gerardo Garmendia Photographer Jesse Garcia Photography • The Pixel Studio “Photos contributed by photographers for editorials and ads are listed on individual images.â€? Contributing Writers Alexandra “Lexiâ€? Martinez • Alexandria Yarritu

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On The Front Cover QuinceaĂąera "OB4PÂ?B3FZFT Hair Rolando Medrano Makeup Armida Barrera Photo Shoot Location Casa Los Ebanos Photography David Pezzat Photographers Set DĂŠcor Distant Lands

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“Story details submitted by individual parties or event planners are edited by The Valley Wedding Pages LLC� All rights reserved. Reproduction of any part of this publication without the express written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited. All information contained in the magazine is believed to be accurate. However, The Valley Wedding Pages, LLC cannot and does not guarantee its accuracy. The Valley Wedding Pages, LLC cannot and will not be held liable for the quality or performance of goods and services provided by the advertisers, printer’s errors or any other portion of this publication. All advertisements are accepted and published on the representation that advertiser is properly authorized to publish the entire contents and subject matter thereof.

Credit cards are accepted


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MAY 21, 2016 Photography David Pezzat Photographers

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MAY 21, 2016 Photography David Pezzat Photographers

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MAY 21, 2016 Photography David Pezzat Photographers

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Estancia Event Center

400

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Hynes Event Center

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Krysta's Event Center

300

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Marbel Event Center

300

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Mayrin Banquet Hall

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Memorial Event Center

300

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Pearl South Padre Hotel

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450

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Regency Hall

500

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Reception Allysa's Acres

Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center Rancho La Pergola

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Brickstone Grill at Embassy Suites

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Beachside Bar & Grill at Pearl South Padre

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Balli’s Social & Event Catering

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Pearl South Padre

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Pool Area

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South Padre Island, Texas The Rio Grande Valley’s Oasis

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Angelina Aguirre OCTOBER 22, 2016

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Angelina Aguirre

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raceful, and elegant, Angelina Aguirre is a young lady who grew up in her delicate pink pointe shoes and took center stage for the celebration of her Fifteenth Birthday, surrounded by an audience of her family and friends. A freshman at Mission Collegiate High School, Angelina’s passion for dance started at Melba’s School of Dance where she began lessons at four years old. The effortless grace that has transformed her from girl to young woman through ballet was brought into her Quinceaùera celebration, all with the help of her loving mother, Brenda Aguirre, and Carlos and Mario of Orchidee Studio Social Events, who brought the essence of a ballerina to life for Angelina’s special day. On October 6th, Angelina participated in a church ceremony with just her family at Luz Para Las Naciones, which included the bestowing of �WF$ISJTUJBOTZNCPMTPGIFSDPNJOHPGBHFB bible, a bracelet, a ring, a bouquet, and a pillow. A stunning reception followed on October 22nd, just days before Angelina’s birthday. Dressed in BžPXJOHCMVTIUVMMFHPXOXJUIBKFXFMFETBTI  she made her grand entrance accompanied by her parents and her 12 year old brother Ian.

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ngelina is blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who love her endlessly. She would like to thank her best friends for their beautiful friendship, her family for being her support and foundation, her Tio Joel Garza for the gorgeous portrait he surprised her with, and her Tio Joel and Tia Marylou Aguirre for providing the entertainment that kept everyone dancing. An extra special thank you goes out to her Mom, “Paps”, and Ian, for all they have given her and for continuing to give her standing ovations in everything she has done and will do as she grows into a beautiful and strong young woman.

DETAILS Bartending Services, Catering, Flowers, Lighting, Rentals & Venue GRAND ORCHIDEE | Gown SPOSA MIA COUTURE | Candy Buffet ELOGIOS MESAS DELUXE Cake CYNTHIA’S CAKES, LLC | Event Planner CARLOS MARTINEZ & MARIO GUTIERREZ | Hair & Make-Up Artist CREATIFS BY ANTONIA MAR Invitations NOCTA INVITATIONS | Jewelry (Day of) SWAROVSKI JEWELERS | Lighting/Pinspot BACKSTAGE PRODUCTIONS Mother of the Quince Attire NEIMAN MARCUS | Music at Dinner & Reception DJ SHOW ] 0GDJBOU GUADALUPE REYES Photo Booth LE VINTAGE PHOTO BOOTH | Photography CHEKOTAPIA PHOTOGRAPHER | Transportation ALL VALLEY LIMOUSINE SERVICE Tuxedos SUIT UP | Videographer JOHN ARRIOLA FILMS


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JESSE GARCIA PHOTOGRAPHY

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Blanca Cantu

Transforming the Ordinary into Extraordinary elcome to Cantu’s Special &WFOUT XFBSFBžPSBMBOEFWFOU design company with more than 25 years of experience in the event industry. We offer extraordinary BOEVOJRVFFWFOUT TQFDJBMJ[JOHJODVTUPN žPSBM BSSBOHFNFOUT  FYRVJTJUF EFDPS BOE exceptional designs. Our enthusiastic and talented team is passionate about their work and pride themselves in creating spectacular experiences. We are ready to assist you with all of your wedding, social and corporate event needs.

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Melany Rodriguez NOVEMBER 25, 2016


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elany Rodriguez’s Quinceaùera celebration was everything she could have hoped for, held just a couple of weeks after her November UI CJSUIEBZ " ZPVOH XPNBO XJUI FYRVJTJUF UBTUF  her mother allowed her to be the sole decision maker when it came to her Quince gown, and she picked the WFSZ �STU ESFTT TIF USJFE PO BU 4QPTB .JB $PVUVSF  MPWJOHIPXžVGGZJUXBT Melany began her day getting ready at her house with her friends, with all of them heading over to church for her traditional Quinceaùera ceremony. After the ceremony, she made her way to the ballroom with her friends and family to get the party started! The SPPN XBT GVMM PG DBTDBEJOH žPSBM BSSBOHFNFOUT JO white and pink adorning the tables, and giant lighted letters spelling her name along the wall reminded

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everyone who they were honoring that night. After making her grand entrance with her parents, she had her dance with her father to “No Crezcas Mas� by Tercer Cielo. The live band then got everyone on the EBODFžPPSUJMMUIFXPOEFSGVMOJHIUDBNFUPBOFOE Melany’s favorite part of the evening was cutting the cake, a marvelous six-tier confection in pink and HPME XJUI žPXFST BOE B DSPXO BU UIF UPQ 4IF BMTP loved the dessert bar, full of mini cakes, macarons, and caramel popcorn. This was a special surprise from her mother that she had no idea would be there for her guests to enjoy. Melany would like to thank her parents and her two younger brothers for celebrating her becoming a young woman.


DECEMBER 1, 2016 Photography Jay Caballero Wedding Photographer


Here is a special message to Melany from her parents:

Melany, I want you to know that we love you more than you will ever comprehend. I know it doesn’t always feel that way because your father and I are so hard on you, but that’s only because we see your potential, your greatness, and your power. I want you to know that being your parents is the single greatest privilege in the world. You have made every single day since you were born truly special for us. You are our princess, our angel and we just love having you as our daughter.

You were the greatest blessing we could have received 15 years ago. Melany, we are so proud of the young lady you are becoming. You are smart, headstrong, athletic, kind, funny, and passionate about everything you do & you have such a beautiful spirit. Thank you for letting us be your parents but most importantly your friends. Accept in turn our blessings and wishes for you, not just for your 15th birthday, but for the rest of your life.

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9 MONTHS BEFORE

12-Month Quinceañera Planning Guide

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Select and order your dress Select dresses & tuxedos for your Quince court Select shoes & accessories Purchase party favors and decorations (these can even be created by your family)

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Shoot your Quinceañera portraits Send out invitations Arrange rehearsals with court & schedule biweekly practices for dances

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GET the

The Valley

LOOK! DETAILS Location Mayrin Banquet Hall Photography Gerardo Garmendia Photographer Quinceañera Gown & Accessories Berenice’s Wedding & Quinceañera Boutique Tuxedos James & James Formalwear Quinceañera Model Alyssa Yarritu Chamberlain Models Aldo Morin Leo Quiroz Logan Fortuin Modeling Agency Debi Lou Modeling Academy


Coming of Age 2VJODFBĂŠFSBTBOE4XFFUÂŒTIBWFHBSOFSFE popularity for their lavish and festive celebrations amongst young teenage girls. There is a beautiful princess ballgown, special dances, and all attention is placed on the birthday girl. Along with the fun UIFSFJTBSJDIIJTUPSZÂ?MMFEXJUITJHOJÂ?DBOU traditions, all symbolizing a very important milestone in a young girl’s life. The concept behind a Sweet Sixteen can be traced back to the Victorian era, when young girls would be presented to society as debutantes, showing that she was now PG NBSSZJOH BHF ,FQU DPOÂ?OFE UP UIFJS GBNJMZ IPNF VOUJM UIFO  UIJT XBT UIF Â?STU occasion for bachelors to see that these young women were available to be courted.

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Similarly, the history behind Quinceaùeras goes back to ancient Latin myths that told how girls were either prepared to be married by age �GUFFO PS FMTF CFDPNF OVOT *O UIF ZFBST MFBEJOH VQ UP UIFJS �GUFFOUI birthday, girls were taught by elder women to cook, weave, and rear children so that would be prepared for the expectations of married life. Thankfully, modern-day Quinceaùeras and Sweet Sixteen’s no longer have the same dramatic implications as their historic counterparts, but the traditions rooted in gratitude, love, and family commitment still stand. Both celebrations symbolize coming of age, or the transition from girlhood to young womanhood. Along with the presentation of their daughter to society, the most important part of Quince’s and Sweet Sixteen’s are now

sharing the sense of love and pride that a family has together. It’s a time to rejoice in the accomplishments of the honoree, and dance the night away with their closest friends. There are many choices and options to make when planning a birthday bash, and The Valley Quinceaùera Pages encourages families to select the customs that are particularly meaningful for them, adding to and personalizing as they wish. These decisions are what make the coming-ofBHFDFMFCSBUJPOVOJRVFBOENFNPSBCMF for all participants.

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Gerardo Garmendia’s

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fter the party is over, your Quinceaùera pictures are the best way to remember how much fun you had with your friends and family. A good photographer can often be one of the most expensive parts of planning your special day, but are worth every penny spent. The chance to help out with that cost makes us so excited to XPSL JO DPOKVODUJPO XJUI (FSBSEP (BSNFOEJB 1IPUPHSBQIFS UP QSFTFOU UIF WFSZ �STU .JTT Quince & Sweet Sixteen Photogenic Contest! The contest is open to any girl planning a Quinceaùera or Sweet Sixteen to happen between April and November 2017. The winner will receive full event photography as well as a formal portrait session with Gerardo, worth over $3,000.00, plus the opportunity to be published in The Valley Quinceaùera Pages. To enter*, send in a picture of yourself either through Facebook Messenger to Gerardo Garmendia or through an Instagram DM @gerardogarmendia, by February 28th, 2017. (Submission of photos automatically grants rights to Gerardo Garmendia to post via social media) The top 10 best submissions will be chosen by March 5th, 2017 for a Mini Studio Shoot with (FSBSEPPO.BSDI UPTIPXDBTFUIFJSUBMFOUBOEDPNQFUFGPSUIF�OBMQSJ[F On March 12, 2017, our Celebrity Judges will select our Miss Photogenic XV & Sweet Sixteen winner on Facebook live. "MM QBSUJDJQBOUT OFFE UP IBWF B QBSFOU PS HVBSEJBO �MM PVU PVS NPEFM SFMFBTF GPSNT BU www.gerardogarmendia.com to be eligible. Note: date availability subject to the photographer’s existing schedule

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Ayleen Tijerina DECEMBER 1, 2016

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Her parents want to thank God for the blessing they received by being her parents. She is their only daughter, and they appreciate how grateful and understanding she is. For them, Ayleen is never one to ask for anything more than she needs, and appreciative of everything she has. She is never one to demand or obligate her parents for anything. Ayleen has expressed to them that the way for her to pay her parents back for everything they have given her is to do well in school, and her parents couldn’t be prouder of her for that. Her whole life has been special for her family as a threesome, and her �GUFFOUICJSUIEBZXBTZFUBOPUIFSNFNPSBCMF milestone for the Tijerina family.


Must-Have Shots for your Quince Album 1. The Quinceañera getting ready

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7. Wide angle view of the reception

(hair and makeup) 8. Her grand entrance 2. The dress, shoes, and accessories 9. The cake and/or dessert bar 3. The bouquet, guestbook, and pillow 10. Reception table centerpieces 4. The ceremony from various angles 11. The father-daughter dance 5. The Quinceañera and her Court 12. The dances with her Court 6. The Quinceañera and her family 13. $BOEJEQJDUVSFTGSPNUIFEBODFžPPS

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Travel in Style "2VJODFBÊFSBPS4XFFU4JYUFFOJTMMFEXJUIDFMFCSBUJPO and events throughout the day and evening, and one of the most fun parts of the day is traveling with friends from getting ready at your house to the church or reception hall. This important detail should not be forgotten, so when you consider transportation options for the big day, why not give the birthday girl the complete Cinderella experience by having a “carriage” awaiting her? With many different options such as limousines, vintage cars or party buses, there is a choice for everyone! Each choice has their own pros & cons, so be sure to choose the one that will best suit your needs. Party buses can accommodate larger parties with disco lights and plenty of space for dancing, while a USBEJUJPOBMMJNPVTJOFDBOJODMVEFBNJOJCBSMMFEXJUI your favorite drinks and snacks. Whatever mode of transportation you choose, All Valley Limousine can meet all of your needs!

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QuinceaĂąera

Resource Directory

Banquet & Reception 17 Allysa’s Acres   35 Aylyn’s Event Center   31 Balli’s Express   31 Balli’s Social & Event Center   31 Balli’s The Patio   31 Balli’s Terrace   21 Embassy Suites by Hilton   22 Estancia Events   IBC Hynes Event Center  

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Photography 57 DM Photo & Video  

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31 Krysta’s Event Center  

Florists 39 Cantu’s Special Events  

7 Marbel Event Center  

29 Memorial Event Center  

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Gowns & Accessories IFC Sposa Mia Couture   Health & Beauty 37 Christopher J. Martinez, DDS, PA   Hotel Accommodations 21 Embassy Suites by Hilton  

9 Gerardo Garmendia Photographer   48 Regency Productions   Restaurants 21 Brickstone Grill at Embassy Suites by Hilton   25 Beachside Grill at Pearl South Padre  Y Rentals 39 Cantu’s Special Events   19 N & M Catering Services   Transportation 58 All Valley Limousine Service   Tuxedos 5 Guther Tuxedo Rental   Upcoming Special Events 63 Wedding Fair Events Presents QuinceaĂąera & Wedding Fair (888) 828-1314 Videography 57 DM Photo & Video   9 Gerardo Garmendia Photographer  

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