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Publisher’s Letter Dear Reader, Here’s the thing about a destination wedding: The bad news is that not everybody invited will go. The good news is that not everybody invited will go. You keep costs down, and the people closest to you will make the effort, especially if you choose a not-too-far location in the off-season. Beach weddings are getting more popular. If you’re a beach person, there’s nothing better you can do than to have a beach wedding. But if you’re doing a beach wedding, you need to be laid-back about it. Expect the unexpected. So, Rule No. 1 for a beach wedding: no freaking out. Beyond that, you’ll find that a wedding in the sand, whether at South Padre, creates unmatchable memories for both you and your guests. A big wild card, though, is the weather. You or your wedding planner should have a tent lined up in case things turn ugly. Here are some other beach wedding tips: Choose your chunk of beach carefully, aiming for a less-populated area unless you want a lot of crashers. All Texas beaches are public. I stage all weddings at the north end of South Padre Island, where few tourists venture.

Publisher Jorge A. Resendiz Director Maria Luisa Resendiz Design & Production Oralia Delgado Maritza Leal Photographers JR Lazo Photography IN Focus Photography Arnoldo Rodriguez Sales Managers Martha Chavez Brenda De la Cruz Public Relations Orlando Lazo Special Thanks to Sherry Gomez, Casa Mariposa TV Host Orlando Lazo

Get a permit if it’s needed. South Padre requires one for any event on the beach, including a wedding. Your planner can get it, or you can. Get married on the sand if you wish, but choose a reception venue that’s not on the sand. Also, getting permits for a food-and-drink-on-the-beach thing can be daunting. Instead, choose a hotel or venue that’s wedding-savvy. Just a few examples: Casa Mariposa, Hilton Garden Inn, the Pearl, The Tiki or Louie’s Backyard, or the Namar Event Center — the vast restaurant-bar complex on the bay — in South Padre Island. A wedding planner can be especially helpful in getting bids on deals and packages. Your guests should assume they are paying for their own rooms, unless you say otherwise, but your invitation could include a line about hotels offering specially priced blocks of rooms. If the wedding is, indeed, on the sand, the only appropriate footwear is flip-flops. Guests should in some way be reminded about this, as well, either as a line in the invitation or by word of mouth. Remember your marriage certificate. “I’ve had three couples show up without marriage licenses, saying, ‘I thought you were taking care of that,’ Wedding planners do not get marriage licenses. The happy couple does. Go down to the county clerk’s office with your picture ID, your Social Security card (or proof of its number) and $71 cash. The license is good for 30 days, but you have to wait 72 hours after you buy the license until you have your ceremony. I hope you enjoy your Destination Wedding Planning, and have the best Wedding Ever!! Regards, Jorge Resendiz - Publisher / Event Planner

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keenen diaz To celebrate her son, Keenen Diaz, 15th Birthday, Jennifer Garcia went all out with an upscale lounge Hollywood themed event. Keenen loves the elegance and to be on the spotlight; and Jorge Resendiz the event planner did an unbelievable job transforming the Art Village on Main right out of Hollywood. Loft Events provided the rentals and lighting orchestrating and environment filled with comfortable lounging on white sofas and elegant silver pillows. A custom made painting by Maldonado, a red carpet and a stretch limo were on display adding to the mood of the party.


Event Planner: Jorge Resendiz, www.jorgeresendiz.com Rentals: Loft Events, www.lofteventscorp.com Photobooth: Loft Events, www.lofteventscorp.com Photography: JR Lazo Photography Catering: Jorge Resendiz, www.jorgeresendiz.com Venue: Art Village on Main Cake: Sweet & Tasty Limousine: All Valley Limousine


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A Society Diary Rachel Christine Tunberg shares her experience as she is presented into society at the annual Hidalgo County Cotillian Ball

This past January, I had the privilege of taking part in the

annual Hidalgo County Cotillion Ball, where 130 young ladies from all over the county gathered to be honored and presented into society as the 2013 debutantes. Back in September I received my invitation to join cotillion and I was extremely excited to have been included in such an event. As a sophomore in high school, I saw many of my friends older than me, receiving invitations and talking about their experiences with the organization, and I knew that the following year I would want the opportunity to be a part of it myself. After the first meeting we met again to discuss and practice the rules of table etiquette, communication, and polishing our public skills for any social event we would be invited to. It was all so amazing, especially the private gatherings like the Tea Social and Petticoat Party, where we had a chance to get to know each other and practice our skills. It was fun thinking about what dress I would wear, which ended up being a dress that had been designed by a friend, but she didn’t get to wear it to Cotillion. I was so pleased to make my debut in a dress with a story! But my favorite part was the actual ceremony, filled with big, beautiful white dresses, satin gloves, and the chance to present ourselves to family and friends as a young lady taking steps to building an accomplished life. I loved being able to go through this rite of passage with so many of my lifelong friends, and my family being there to support me every step of the way.


Deyra Jaressy lopez On Saturday January 26, 2013, Deyra Jaressy Lopez celebrated her 15th Birthday with a mass at the St. Anne Mother of Mary Catholic Church in Pharr Texas. The reception was immediately followed at the exquisite Demor Banquet and Conference Center in McAllen. Deyra is the daughter of Ramon Gil Lopez and Mrs. San Juanita Lopez. At the party, she was accompanied by her chamberlain and brother Ramon Gil Lopez. Roxanne Lopez and Carolina Sarahi Lopez also participated in the event by surprising Deyra with two of a kind gifts. Valente Lopez Cavazos, Maria Ortiz Rodriguez, Onesimo Cantu Tijerina and Maria Guadalupe Perez Perez are Deyra Grandparents. Deyra is a student at PSJA North High School and is a member of the Basketball, Volleyball and Track Team. She currently takes Advanced Placement college courses. Deyra loves to play sports, sing and dance. When she graduates from high school, she plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and pursue a medical degree.

Event Planner: Jorge Resendiz Events Venue: Demor Banquet and Conference Center Cake: Sweet and Tasty Lighting & Decor: Jorge Resendiz Photography: Jorge Resendiz Events DJ: DJ Caos Invitations: Jorge Resendiz Events Dress: Coqueta’s Boutique


sasha-rae garcia Beautiful little feet, round little face and a perfect little nose, Sausha-Rae was born on December 20, 1997; fifteen years later, she has grown up to be beautiful inside and out. She is a loving, compassionate and dedicated young lady. She enjoys having family BBQs, hanging out with friends, and loves to dance. Sausha-Rae is a freshman at Hanna High School, Top 5% of her class, and plays Varsity Volleyball & Softball. So, to add to her unforgettable memories, Sausha-Rae, in Quincea単era gown and all, played catch with her dad one last time. Thank you to all of our family and friends who joined us at this memorable event.

As one of her surprise gifts, she received a T-shirt quilt, to include mainly her little league softball all-star uniform jerseys!

contributors... Arrangements: NDO Flowers and Decor Lighting: NDO Flowers and Decor Photography: Celestial Beauty Productions


dina nino NDO Flowers and Decor was created by Dr. Juan Manuel Nino and Dina Nino from Brownsville Texas. The idea to open an event decor business started during the planning of a family event; they could not find the proper decorations for their distinctive taste, so instead of renting, the family decided to purchase everything for their fete and then the business was created. With over 1,800 sq. feet of showroom space, Dina Nino has found her satisfied clients and her two children to be her biggest inspiration to keep growing in the flower and decor business, and she has definitely accomplished this for more than a decade. Dina has been recognized by the Brownsville Herald’s People Choice Awards with the Best Flower Shop and the Best Floral Design. Throughout the years Dina has been part of very important events such as Mr. Amigo Association, Texas Exes, Communities in Schools, and other civic organizations. Dina has also coordinated Wedding & Quinceaùera Expos under the productions of Trendi Expo. Dina has also been characterized by her customers to have a wonderful sense of humor and excellent customer service skills. This is why her customers keep coming back year after year.


norma & berry berger Norma and Berry exchanged wedding vows at 6 p.m on December 29, 2012 at Harvey Drive Church in McAllen. Pastor Abel Alvarez united the couple in a double-ring ceremony celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. The bride, escorted by her brother, Jose Luis Gonzalez, wore an elegant gown accented by a cathedral length veil. She carried a custom-designed bouquet of white orquids designed by Wedding Planner, Jorge Resendiz. The groom Dr. Berry Berger, was escorted by his two daughters, Rachel and Sarah Berger. Matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Rebeca Adriana Brown. The groom’s two sons, David Berger and Joseph Berger served as the best men. The bride’s mother, Maria Esther Lugo was escorted by Cristian Gonzalez. Padrinos de Lazo were Thelma and Joe Cepeda. Following the ceremony, a formal cocktail hour and a 4 course dinner reception was held at their private residence in McAllen.

Event Planner: Jorge Resendiz Events Flowers: Eleganza Floral Deco Cake: Sweet And Tasty Music: Vidal Sounds of Jazz Catering: Jorge Resendiz Events


an exclusive interview with entrepreneur

Bonnie Elizabeth Guemez Owner of Fashionista Modern Boutique

Tell me about your business? My business is a fulfilled dream that I have had since I was very young. When I was little I always had that passion for fashion anyone. Fashionista Modern Boutique Is a one woman show and it was created to bring people from the RGV Unique Fashion. I want the RGV Fashionistas to stand out everywhere they go and get complimented on how great they look. Fashionista Modern Boutique was initially made for both Juniors and Plus Size Women because rarely any boutiques carry both sizes....and I believe that Fashion is for everyone. Why do you love fashion? Fashion to me is like my sixth sense..I love Fashion because I love the beautiful transformation that it can cause to anybody. What has inspire you to be successful? I would have to say my family, they inspire me everyday. I come from a family of entrepreneurs and I just think that it runs in my blood. How did you get started? I am going to tell you a funny little story in January of 2012 I ate at a chinese restaurant and my fortune cookie fortune said “ You will be successful in a business of your own”. At this point in my life I was having this huge itch to venture out and finally create my dream something in my being was telling me it’s time do it now. So I saved my fortune in my wallet for

personal motivation 5 months later of debating back and forth I made the drastic decision to resign my job and create my dream. It took me three months to create Fashionista and on September 1, 2012 it happened and the doors were opened to the public! Let me tell you something dreams do come true. Thanks to my special close friends and family I am where I am today What is the most important trait of a successful business woman? Success comes with time and lots of effort... Running your own business is not easy you have to have that passion to love what you are doing and you have to have that drive to push yourself everyday to outdo yourself! You need to know your industry very well and be very knowledgeable of every little thing that creates it. Love, Passion, Knowledge, Drive and Time are my traits. How do you prepare for a fashion show? I usually order new merchandise ...All the merchandise I order is picked by me personally... I usually receive the models @ Fashionista once I see them I get my visions and start getting them fitted with the outfits that I think best suits them...after that I accessorize the outfit with additional accessories by the time the fashion show comes around everything is ready and prepped for the model to work it!


The Valley’s Beaut y Queens Meet Eight of the Most Beautiful & Intelligent Women of the RGV

Lupita Villarreal was born April 28th, 1986 and resides in McAllen, Texas. She graduated from the James Nikki Rowe High School in McAllen, Texas, where she received her High School Diploma 2004. Majoring in Finance; she graduated from University of Texas PanAmerican in Edinburg with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Finance in 2010.

Stephanie Lee Lerma-Miss Alamo 2013 is the daughter of Steve and Melina Lerma. She is currently a senior at P.SJ.A Memorial High School. She is a role model to her three younger sisters by pursuing a college degree and has been accepted at the University of Texas PanAmerican. This young lady wants to encourage other young ladies to join the pageant world and make a difference.

For Maritza Jimenez, being Miss Hidalgo County 2013 is only one in a long list of outstanding accomplishments. This 5 ft. 3’in- beauty from Mission, Texas is not your average beauty queen/model; she’s an active cyclist and runner who had just transition herself into a triathlete. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”- Walt Disney

From the beautiful city of Edinburg, Texas, this years Miss RGV 2013 is Paulina Elizabeth Rodriguez. At age 20, she is currently a student at the university of Texas A&M-Kingsville and will be graduating in May. Paulina is the daughter of Eden B. and Carmen Rodriguez and the sister of two younger brothers, Eden and Emiliano. Her platform is Higher Education through Family Values.

Samantha Lynn Lerma-Miss RGV Teen 2013 is the daughter of Steve and Melina Lerma residing in Alamo TX and is currently a sophomore at P.SJ.A Memorial High School. She is the current captain of the Wolverines JV Cheer Squad and on the Wolverines Power Lifting Team. Samantha’s life motto is “Be All There” which she defines as being able to be in the moment.

Andrea Magaña is Miss Teen Texas Belleza Latina. She is currently a junior at Nikki Rowe high school, and a member of the Nikki Rowe Tiaras dance team, and member of the Nikki Rowe Marching Band. She is also a model of Missy’s modeling studio. She hopes to pursue her dream by graduating and continuing her education in a well distinguished university.

Ariella Nichelle Olivarez, daughter of Leonel and Minerva Olivarez, was crowned Miss Teen Belleza Latina International 2013 in Orlando, Florida on July 29, 2012. She graduated in the top 1% of her class from Economedes High School, as a three-year graduate, in 2012. Her passion for philanthropy work, and promoting youth literacy and the importance of a higher education.

Alexandra Isabelle Garza is 18 years old and will be graduating distinguished from Edinburg North High School class of 2013. She was Miss Hidalgo County Outstanding Teen 2012 for the Miss America Organization and competed in the Miss Texas Pageant in the summer of 2012 in Allen, Texas. She currently is Miss Hidalgo County Teen 2013 for the American Beauty Organization.


25 years “The One and the Only!”

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he origins of our “Seafood” kitchen, goes back in time more than 25 years, and it is the product of our founder‘s dream come true. To serve the dishes that until then, his imagination created by combining different elements obtained from recipes and culinary secrets from past generations, and of course, the need to constantly create new flavors and textures to please every palate. As product of our founder’s dream, Mr. Rodolfo de la Rosa Noriega, we seek to share the sublime flavors of our seafood, and for this reason, we have succeeded on establishing our restaurant in the city of Brownsville,

TX. Allowing our locals and visitors to enjoy our excellent dishes and exceptional service, knowing that the success of our business depends on the quality of our services. What makes us different from others is the personalized attention Mr. Rodolfo and Rodolfo Jr. deliver to our customers to guarantee they will be served well, and that they will be pleased with the food they are served. But more than anything to make sure our customers enjoy their stay and feel welcome and wish to come back every time. With great quality of our dishes always in mind, we elaborate our dishes with the best

seafood in the region, which is carefully selected as well as the rest of the ingredients to be able to offer an exquisite menu such as the “Seafood Soup” our famous “Seafood Platter” our tasteful “Fish Ceviche” or our most wanted “Florentina”, a recipe developed by our Chef Rodolfo de la Rosa Jr. We are sure we will meet your expectations. We invite you to visit us at our only location 7738 Padre Island, Brownsville Texas, “Your satisfaction is guaranteed!”


Brianna Aimee medina Brianna Aimee Medina celebrated her 15th birthday on February 23rd, 2013 with a beautiful reception hosted by her mother Martha Damaris Medina. She was accompanied by her sister Vivianna Azeneth Medina, and her Grandparents Martha Elva Saenz and Jose Rolando Saenz. Her greatgrandmother, Elva Gonzalez also enjoyed the celebration. Brianna’s grandfather and her uncle Tomas Armando Saenz danced Brianna’s first Dance. Her godparents David Martinez and Mrs. Mary Martinez gave her a blessing and offered a toast during the reception. During the night, Mrs. Isela Guerra and Yesmin Corona surprised Brianna with 2 surprise gifts which guests enjoyed. Brianna is a McAllen High School Freshman and currently participates in sports such as Basketball, and Volleyball. She loves to dance, travel and go shopping. Dress: Coquetas Boutique Cake: Esperanza’s Cake Shop Arrangements: Lili Flower Shop Venue: Demor Photography & Video: Jorge Resendiz Events


HIdalgo county cotillion

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Seven young ladies from the Hidalgo County, made their debutante bow recently at this year’s prestigious annual Cotillion Ball at the Mcallen Convention Center.

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he Hidalgo County Cotillion is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote social graces among select young ladies in Hidalgo County. The main event of cotillion is the presentation where every junior member wears a white ball gown, white gloves, and white shoes and is presented to the community by her father, grandfather, or a member of the family. Junior cotillion members are recommended and invited by members of the Hidalgo County Cotillion Advisory Board and are meant to fall into the criteria of being positively involved in their communities, schools, and churches, be studious and for her and her family to have positive reputations within the community. After accepting the invitation into cotillion, each young

Karalyssa Canales 17 years old and a junior at Robert Vela High School in Edinburg. Her interests include dancing, traveling and theatre. She is the Junior Class President, and a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Robert Vela Dance Company. When she graduates, Karalyssa plans to attend the University of Notre Dame.

lady is invited to 8 events. Each event, excluding the orientation and the petticoat party (where the girls only meet with the other members from their school and learn how to curtsy for the ball), has a different theme and purpose. The Fall Teas event feature an etiquette coach who teaches the girls skills to be used for the rest of their lives, the Presentation/Ball is the main event of cotillion where the girls are presented to the community then afterwards go to a traditional ball with an escort (date dressed in a full, traditional tux), and the Spring teas which are either a style show, make-up lesson or some other ‘fun theme’.” The cotillion ball was held on January 5, 2013 at the McAllen Convention Center.

Jeena Marissa Zamora, is the daughter of Juan & Carmela Zamora, and is a Junior at Edinburg North High School. She is a 3 year member of the Golden Spurs Drill Team and currently serves as Major. Jeena is a member of the Future Farmers of America and recently received a 1st in Class for showing a market hog at the South Texas Ag Roundup. She is also a member of the ENHS National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


Yvonne Zerda, is 16 years old and is the daughter of Vince and Debbie Zerda. She is currently a Junior at Edinburg high school. She is a Varsity Cross country runner and participates Varsity softball. She enjoys pageants, modeling, singing, baking, running. Yvonne now ranks in the Top 20 of her graduating class. She is undecided about college, but is planning on an athletic scholarship.

Abigail Amanda Rodriguez, 16, is the daughter of Carlos & Sonia Rodriguez. Abigail is a Junior at Robert Vela HS in Edinburg, TX. Her interests include choir, music, softball, being with family, and traveling. She is the youngest of four children, a straight A student, and plans to attend the Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi to major in medicine and become an Registered Nurse.

Mykaelah Corin Ortega 17 years old and a junior at Robert Vela High School in Edinburg, Texas. The daughter of Saul and Kellye Ortega. She is a member of the First Baptist Church in Hargill, Texas. She likes to play piano, her Chiweenie “Macy�, loves fashion, astromony, and enjoys taking pictures, spray paints pictures. Mykaelah loves the Beatles and old record players and old video game consoles and her Hummer H2 SUT.

Brittany Michelle Garza is the daughter of Carlos and Irma Garza and resides in McAllen. Brittany is a sixteen year old junior at the Science Academy of South Texas, where she is undertaking classes to prepare herself to become a mechanical engineer. She is also a member of the solar car club whose goal is to build a one passenger solar car to be raced from Dallas to Los Angeles this summer. Last summer she attended an exchange summer program in Germany and a program in engineering and entrepreneurship at Columbia University in New York.


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