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EDITOR'S LETTER

PUBLISHER EDITOR GUILLERMO CRUZ ART & GRAPHIC DESIGN Ernesto Cruz Sofia Malacara Muciño Guillermo Cruz Dear Brides, Now that you are embarking on one of the most magical experiences in your life. Whether you’re newly engaged, in the midst of your planning, or are eagerly awaiting your engagement, we’re trilled you’ve turned to WHITE BRIDAL Magazine for your inspiration. As your start paging through this edition, you’ll discover the best vendors, venues and talent WHITE BRIDAL offer. Consider us your personal concierge, as we can even facilitate a meeting with any of our vendors that will help your wedding dreams come true. It’s our dream that you enjoy this beautiful publication as much as we enjoyed creating for you. Congratulations on your engagement, as well as the start of your new life together.

CONTRIBUTORS VENDORS: VERONA EVENT CENTER, CIMARRON COUNTRY CLUB, CARATS, KWIAT, ROBERTO COIN, SPOSA MIA COUTURE, GLITZ & GLAMOUR, ARTEMISTA,, ELEGANZZA LE BOUTIQUE, TARIKEDIZ, MAC DUGGAL, JOVANI, RACHEL ALLAN, ROBERT GRAHAM, TOMMY BAHAMA, JAMES & JAMES FORMALWEAR, CORINTHIAN BANQUET & SPECIAL EVENT CENTER, KALOS SALON DE EVENTOS, D’ GALA BANQUET & SPECAIL EVENTS, BACKSTAGE PRODUCTIONS, MAYRIN BANQUET HALL, MARBEL EVENT CENTER, DUBAI PALACE BANQUET & SPECIAL EVENT CENTER, RANCHO LA PERGOLA, HACIENDA PARAISO,CYNTHIAS CAKES, FRAYANCY EXCLUSIVE CREATIONS, ESSENCE BY GASPAR VILLARREAL, ANETTE MIGUEL PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY, DRA. PILAR REYES, DR. ALLEN A. ALVAREZ, BARN WHITE, EMMALINE BRIDAL, BENITO SANTOS, LNR STUDIOS, FLAWLESS MAKE UP BY MARY CHAPA, DOLCE VITA, THE SOCIAL CLUB, ECTOR CASAS, MEMORIAL EVENT CENTER, CAPITOLIO EVENT CENTER, CASA LOS EBANOS, HACIENDA PARAISO, HOMETRIPS, BLANQUITA PASTELES, DREAM WEDDINGS BY ALL PARTY RENTALS, ARANZA EVENTOS,HOTEL EMMA,LAMBERMONT EVENTS, THE RESERVE OF DANCING ELK RANCH, HUSH BOUTIQUE.

CONTRIBUTORS PHOTOGRAFER Joe & Lora Devine, Nufo Salinas, Eric Sierra, Alejandro Quintanilla, Alaa Marzouk, Anahí Navarro, Annete Miguel Cavazos, David Pezzat, Daniel Alvarez and Edgar Vega. PUBLISHED BY CONCEPTOS GRAFICOS LLC DISTRIBUTION WHITE BRIDAL 3827 N 10TH ST SUITE 205 MCALLEN, TX. 78501 (956) 648 8978 FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION CONTACT: admin@whitebridal.net www.whitebridal.net PH: (956) 648 8978 OFFICE IN SAN ANTONIO, TX Roxanne Martínez 18720 Stone Oak. Pkwy. Suite 105 San Antonio Texas 78258 PH: (210) 900 9906 FOLLOW US Whitebridal.net whitebridal @whitebridal whitebridal whitebridal FOR THE WEDDING PROFESSIONAL If you have a product or service to sell. WHITE BRIDAL provides yearlong advertising.

COVER: Photo: Alejandro Quintanilla Model: Lorena Ramos Make up: Gabriela García for Masterpiece Hair: Faby Villaseñor Producer: Guillermo Cruz

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ON THE COVER

24 LORENA RAMOS Multifaceted Woman

CONTENTS REGULARS 10

SPOSA MIA COUTURE

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ALLEN A. ALVAREZ, M.D.

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EXCEPTIONAL BRIDESMAID DRESSES

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DOLCCE VITA

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BENITO SANTOS

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GLITZ & GLAMOUR

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...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC...

ELEGANZZA LE BOUTIQUE

MÉXICO 2016

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FORMAL WEAR & ACCESORIES

“MY MISSION IS TO HELP OTHERS LIVE A GOOD AND HEALTHY LIFE”.

EJECUTIVE MEN SPA & BARBERSHOP

BY GASPAR VILLAREAL

THE PERFECT EVENT BY ARANZA EVENTS


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TO MAKE YOUR NIGHT UNFORGETTABLE.

PHOTO BY: Daniel Alvarez

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TOMMY BAHAMA & ROBERT GRAHAM

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ARTEMISTA

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THE PERFECT SWEET CENTER

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HOTEL EMMA

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HOMETRIPS

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MEET DREAMY VENUES

BARN WHITE

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TWO EXCEPTIONAL LIFESTYLE BRANDS AT LA PLACIT

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SWEET PASTRY MAKERS

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BRIDAL REGISTRY SERVICES

GET THE LOOK DÉCOR & FINISHING TOUCHES

DESTINATION WEDDING

TO GET MARRIED IN SAN ANTONIO

LIFE & SOULMATE ENGAGEMENTS


FRESH, LIVELY, FRESH, LIVELY, & &CONFIDENT, CONFIDENT HAYLEY PAIGE EMBRACES SWEET FEMININITY WITH A TOUCH OF EDGINESS.

HAYLEY PAIGE EMBRACES SWEE T FEMININIT Y WITH A TOUCH OF EDGINESS. ...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10Th ST Mcallen Tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10Th ST Mcallen Tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10Th ST Mcallen Tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

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THE MAGNOLIAN COLLECTION

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wedding dress is a labour of love. It’s a once in a lifetime piece and one de signed in girl’s childhood dreams. Every Ellis Bridals wedding dress is  created to fulfill those fantasies while still keeping designs current, matching the desires of a modern bride.

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THE ROSA CLARÁ

COLLECTIONS ARE THE RESULT OF A DREAM COLLECTION.

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THE BLUSH BRIDAL COLLECTION IS ELEGANCE AND FEMININIT Y.

Soft tulle, cotton lace, and blush tones create a feel of whimsy and romance within each design.

...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10Th ST Mcallen Tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

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The wedding dress collections’ unique details bring Together delicate laces and romantic bridal silhouettes. Its endless elegance will never go out of style.

...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10Th ST Mcallen Tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

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WHIMSY & ROMANCE EMBODY THE LILLIAN WEST FALL/WINTER 2016 COLLECTION

Tiered skirts, light lace details and soft fabrications make this collection fit for the boho bride. This season, separates make a debut! Available as full styles or individual pieces, they are perfect for the bride who wants to mix and match to incorporate her own style into her wedding day look.

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...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10Th ST Mcallen Tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

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Blends an adventurous, carefree vitality and a nod to vintage romance with the fresh, modern soul of today’s bohemian bride. Exploring unique pairings of fabrics and laces, artful embroideries and flowing silhouette.

...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10Th ST Mcallen Tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

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LORENA RaMOS ON THE COVER

What advice would you give someone who is just planning their wedding; should they worry about every little detail? I constantly hear girlfriends talking about how terrible something or the other went on their wedding day. Something that was always out of their control. For example; the wedding planner made a mistake in the seating arrangement, or the band had technical problems and did not play their song on time, or even how terrible their hair and make looked. Most of the time, brides plan every detail of their wedding. They have planned everything and made every decision. They have chosen the color palettes for the dĂŠcor, invitations, the dinner menu, and not forgetting the dress and/or suit of their dreams. My advice is this, stress all you want before the wedding, but when that day comes, whatever happens, be happy! This day only lasts for a few hours. Enjoy the moment. It will be one of the most wonderful days of your life. 25


ON THE COVER CREDITS By: White Bridal ¡ Photo: Alejandro Quintanilla

We know you won a beauty contest a time ago: “Miss Tamaulipas� what did you expect after that contest? That was some time ago! I guess my greatest selfexpectation was to continue to learn and to be openminded. After participating, I was eager to continue know myself. Life is a learning process, and the beauty pageant was a moment in my life where I gained experience. We know you travel a lot with your husband for work, can you tell what it's like to work with him? I feel really connected to Jorge Luis not only personally as in our love and relationship, but also as professionals. We have a life project together, both in our professional careers and in our marriage. When you work together as a team towards that same goal, you become a power couple.

Working with kids must be a whole different experience. What do you think about having kids of your own? Are you planning to have more than one? I love children. I think young are the most wonderful and amazing people in the world. So pure and innocent. They are like open books. I also work with teenagers; teenager who seem to be going through that fantastic discovery part of their lives. I am sure that being a mother is one of the most satisfying things in life. Jorge and I would love to be parents in the future, possibly to two. What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? As a child, I visited Aldama, Tamaulipas often, my mother's side of the family lived there. My great-grandmother who was born In the 1910's taught me to appreciate the beauty that is life. I remember her being quiet and observant and having an incredible garden. She always wanted me to live in the moment and with that joie de vivre. To honor her, I always try to live by that. In your words, what is the key to a happy marriage? In my opinion, communication and travel are. Communication is not just talking but to also listen. When you communicate, you are not only understanding each other but opening up channel between you and your life partner. Traveling can bring you back to that connection with your partner. Giving yourself the time to break away from your daily life and escape back to that somewhere that has enriched your relationship is a gift. Traveling opens your mind to new worlds and new ideas which later you can pour into your projects. I feel those are key elements to a successful marriage. What is your hobby? My hobby is creating. I am constantly moving and remaking things. My job (which I prefer to call my passion) gives me the opportunity of creating and implementing new ideas and projects. Besides my job, I am drawn to art. I absolutely love painting and am currently taking classes with artist Joaquin Garcia Quintana.

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"IN MY OPINION, COMMUNICATION AND TRAVEL ARE THE KEY TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE"


Kansas City based designer Emily Brown has a deep appreciation and enthusiasm for creating beauty. Her passion for serving her customers in a sincere and heartfelt manner is what drove her to finally turn her vision into reality and bring her designs to life. When you are making a purchase as intimate and emotional as a wedding dress, Brown believes you should not have to compromise. Her line developed organically to accommodate her customers that wanted a completely custom gown. Brown lives on a small farm outside of Kansas City with her 4 kids and husband. She loves Jesus and a sweet moscato. 28

EMMALINE BRIDAL Emmaline Bridal is a collection of pretty, delicate and perfectly feminine gowns that will truly capture the Bride’s spirit. Playful yet sophisticated, you’ll find the perfect silhouette for your upcoming I Do’s. Emmaline was created to accommodate the bride that wants a beautiful, custom, designer gown in an attractive price range. We believe that every bride should be able to wear her dream dress, and with our nearly limitless customization options, you will truly have a unique, one-of-a-kind wedding gown.

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FALL COLLECTION 2016 / 1. Bodice: "We'll always have Paris" Skirt: "I want all of you" / 2. Bodice: "You and me" Skirt: "P.S. I will always love you" 3. Bodice: "Say I'm a bird" Skirt: "Where dreams have no end" / 4. Bodice: "You complete me" Skirt: "You had me at hello" / 5. Bodice: "You Jump, I Jump" Skirt: "So this is love" 6. Bodice: "Love is a song" Skirt: "Swoon, I'll catch you"

Emmaline is sold throughout North America and internationally to some of our favorite bridal shops. If you’re lucky enough to have found an Emmaline retailer, give them a hug and tell them “Hi!” for us. Congratulations on your recent engagement and finding your Emmaline dress!

Emily Brown Photo By: Joe Devine Model: Aly Klinzing Contact us at anytime! We are always happy to hear from you. Just fill out the form to the right to send a quick message right away. ADDRESS: 12450 Blue Valley Parkway/Overland Park, KS 66213 www.emmalinebridal.com PHONE: 855.553.1533 SOCIAL: WEDDING DRESSES

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EXCEPTIONAL BRIDESMAID DRESSES From you dress every little dress-up detail, this is where the party starts.

Ph: 956) 630-3344 20 S Main St. McAllen, Tx., United Sates 78501 Fallow Us 30

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Ph: (956) 630-3344 | 20 S Main St. McAllen, Tx., United Sates 78501 Fallow Us

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COUTURE DEFINED

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Stunning sleeveless dress features a striped Asymmetrical hem skirt and beaded waistline

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For more designer collections visit

Ph: (956) 630-3344 20 S Main St. McAllen, Tx., United Sates 78501 Fallow Us

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www.benitosantos.com.mx

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CRUISE COLLECTION 2017 Photo @alexcordovaphoto / Model @marisolglzc / style @jukajukajuka/ hair @yoshuamiranda_ / mua @edusantino / location @grandvelasnay


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CRUISE COLLECTION 2017 Photo @alexcordovaphoto / Model @marisolglzc / style @jukajukajuka/ hair @yoshuamiranda_ / mua @edusantino / location @grandvelasnay

www.benitosantos.com.mx


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If you are looking for a unique designer that puts his personal stamp on his clothing and leaves you feeling like you’re wearing a one-ofa-kind, look no further than Robert Graham!”

ESMERALDA VALLE Tommy Bahama & Robert Graham two Exceptional Lifestyle Brands At La Placita CREDITS | By: White Bridal · Photo: Alecs Photo

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am excited to introduce the Robert Graham and Tommy Bahama lifestyle to a varied consumer base in this market. I am eager to continue to expand the number of freestanding Robert Graham and Tommy Bahama stores and I am pleased to be adding these stores to our family business.

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Robert Graham represents the American Eclectic lifestyle brand-where craftsmanship, luxury, and style intertwine. Robert Graham is a New York-based luxury men’s fashion. Here at La Placita Stores we aim to provide customers with nothing but the best. The shirts all have a funky-fresh designs that are made exclu- sively in house, the fabric feels soft to the skin, and the atten- tion to detail on the garments are bar none! Robert Graham calls his eclectic pieces wearable art which falls in line with aesthetic.

This is the type of clothing that you have to see in person to really appreciate the colorful floral print, palette buttons along the neckline, and the light feeling of wearing it. Our collections encompass: men's sportswear, premium denim, footwear, outerwear, loungewear, accessories, and women's sportswear. With eye-catching mixed fabrics, oneof-a-kind trims and stunning embroideries, Robert Graham embodies luxury at its finest. Each product is unique, filled wth character, and distinctly Robert Graham with the phrase "knowledge, wisdom, truth" embedded in each garment. Robert Graham at La Placita is locate on 2109 S 10th St, Ste B McAllen, TX (956) 618-9906

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La Placita Stores is proud to present the first retailer in the Rio Grande Valley. The stores will carry the complete range of the Tommy Bahama collection. Also our team members provide world-class service, with special attention to our guests' needs.

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Our store will carry the complete range of collection, including men's sportswear, premium denim, furnishings, accessories, outerwear, eyewear, footwear, jewelry as well as women's sportswear. Visit us today! We offer a variety of luxurious, island-inspired men's and women's sportswear and accessories, our retail and store provide guests the products and experience to help them Relax in Style. 2109 S 10th St, McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 618 9920.

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Live life colorfully CREDITS By: White Bridal / Photo: Courtesy

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obert Graham represents the American Eclectic lifestyle brand-where craftsmanship, luxury and style intertwine. As a true design house since 2001, we've been inspiring fashion by developing unique garment-making techniques and complex textile patterns. Our creative seasonal collections encompass: men's sportswear, premium denim, footwear, outerwear, loungewear, accessories, and women's sportswear. With eye-catching mixed fabrics, oneof-a-kind trims and stunning embroideries, Robert Graham embodies luxury at its finest. Each product is unique, character-filled and distinctly Robert Graham--with "knowledge, wisdom, truth" embedded in each garment. CHEERS TO LIVING LIFE COLORFULLY!

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MAKE LIFE ONE LONG WEEKEND CREDITS By: White Bridal / Photo: Courtesy

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ommy Bahama is an iconic American brand with an extremely loyal guest following. The brand message is uniquely positive and clear – it’s about making life one long weekend.

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Allen A. Alvarez, M.D. “My mission is to help others live a good and healthy life”. CREDITS | By: White Bridal · Photo: Edgar Navarro

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r. Allen Alvarez works with a simple guiding mission – help others live a good and healthy life. His practice is unique because he is a board certified general surgeon fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery. Through different types weight loss treatments and surgery procedures Dr. Allen Alvarez helps others live a good and healthy life. By offering a wide spectrum of laparoscopic and robotic options for treating obesity such as: gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, and adjustable gastric banding his office has already helped hundreds of people struggling with weight loss. DR. ALLEN ALVAREZ BARIATRIC SURGEON info@texasbariatric.com | PH: 210-651-0303

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lifestyle that so many of us are looking for. The Gastric Balloon is a tool but your most important tool is your mind set and once you have that healthy mind set you are more likely to keep the weight off. FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IT IS HARD TO START OR GET MOTIVATED IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE WEIGHT LOSS IN WHAT THEY ARE TRYING BE IT DIET OR EXERCISE RIGHT? Yes getting past those first 5 or 10 pounds always creates momentum. This procedure is very helpful in developing that momentum to a healthy lifestyle. WE HAVE A LOT OF BRIDES WHO FOLLOW US AND ARE PROBABLY WORKING ONPLANS TO FIT PERFECT INTO THEIR DRESS. WHO IS ACTUALLY A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THIS PROCEDURE?

“Look your best, feel your best, and be the best version of yourself”. We recently sat down with Dr. Alvarez to find out how a new procedure can help Brides with weight loss. THIS NEW PROCEDURE IS SUCH GREAT NEWS FOR SO MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVESTRUGGLED WEIGHT LOSS RIGHT? Thats correct this is perfect for people that have been working out and have those last 30 to 40 pounds to loose. They don't really want surgery they want something less invasive and the balloon offers this. SO TELL US EXACTLY WHAT ITS CALLED AND HOW IT WORKS?

This can be a great tool for brides to loose weight and move towards healthy eating habits. It is important to note this is for people needing to loose 30 to 40 pounds or with a BMI of 30 to 40. The Brides should probably contact our office to go through if they would be a good candidate. We do believe a lot of men and women not just brides can benefit from this procedure, which is why we are getting the word out. DR. ALVAREZ, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT FOR BRIDES TO HAVE A DOCTOR’S PERSPECTIVE BEFORE PROCEDURES AND DIETS SO WE HOPE THIS HELPS WITH SOMEONE OUT THEIR SEARCHING FOR THESE OPTIONS. Schedule your appointment today in order to look your best, feel your best, and be the best version of yourself.

We call it the Gastric Balloon. It is saline filled, we fill it up with normal saline and a little bit of blue dye in case of any leak but it is theoretical. HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PROCEDURES OR SURGERIES OUT THERE? This is temporary its only in for six months. We deploy it with an endoscope. This leaves no surgical scares and of course makes it much safer. It fills up the stomach and it feels very comfortable. This helps with your nutrition it keeps your portions down and helps with cravings in between meals. SO WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS PROCEDURE? You can expect around a 30 to 40 pound weight loss during the first three to four months. The main idea is to help you create good eating habits so when the balloon comes out you continue at your new weight. This is so good, it gives people an opportunity to loose weight, get motivated and develop a healthy

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We create a unique and perfected massage just for men

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At Dolcce Vita Men Spa we have a variety of relaxing services here at our men’s spa. Come, relax and get pampered. We specialize in a variety of massage services that can target different areas of the body. While it's important for us to be able to offer an array of massage types, the excellent quality of our services is only thanks to our well-trained staff. Each massage therapist at Dolcce Vita Men Spa is expert in their respective styles of relaxation massage.

Men's Grooming Even men need some pampering here and there! One of the services we offer is our facial mask. Facials are a rejuvenating treatment to improve and hydrate your skin. There are many different types of facial masks and peels that work for all skin types. Whether you want a facial for acne, anti-aging, to treat oily or sensitive skin, you can bet that we’ve got something just for you. Refresh your skin with our facial services! Moreover, we also administer waxing services to remove that unwanted body hair. Shaving can becomes more of a hassle each day let alone, it can do more harm than good. When you shave too often, your hair not only grows faster and thicker, but it can dry out your skin which causes painful, unattractive razor bumps. With our waxing hair removal service, we can quickly remove any unwanted body hair without compromising your skin’s health. We also offer manicures, pedicures, Jacuzzi and sauna and of course all types of massages.

Deep Tissue Massage Deep tissue massage becomes a therapeutic massage by specifically targeting deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body. Deep finger

pressure and slow, firm strokes allow the treatment to ease stress and tension, helping with blood pressure. This type of massage for men is recommended for those who experience consistent pain or are involved in heavy physical activity such as sports. If you have you been experiencing some obnoxious pain in your muscles or finding it hard to get comfortable when you are attempting to lay back and relax, this could be a sign of stress or tension. From overexertion in sports to sleeping on your neck the wrong way, massage therapy can ease the unwanted tension on your the muscles. Deep tissue massage will go even further to provide ease to the deepest parts of your muscles and give you the most relaxing feeling. “Your massage therapist will ensure that by the end of your session you will feel stress free and be ready to take on the days ahead of you fully relaxed”

Swedish Massage Swedish massage is a popular choice. It involves rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of the blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage goes beyond just a relaxation; it increases the oxygen level in the blood while decreasing toxins in the muscles, improving circulation while easing the tension. Visit us in McAllen, TX today and take advantage of our massages here at our day spa. For the best in Swedish massage and relaxation, Dolcce Vita Men Spa is the only choice. We look forward to seeing you!

BARBERSHOP | MASSAGE | SPA TREATMENTS | JACUZZI | SAUNA

Our Company is Located at: 1017 Pecan Blvd, McAllen, Tx. 78501 (956) 213 - 8153

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Let me create the wedding you’ve always dream of... CREDITS | By: White Bridal Photo:· White Bridal

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…Today is wedding day!! There, at the center of the table are the most beautiful flowers of the season. Candles light the way to the altar where the couple will exchange vows and celebrate the magical union that whispers of their future lives together…in a word, everything is just romantic." Achieving the perfect wedding setting is not easy; it requires creativity, elegance, an obsession for detail. Yet, it is not impossible; the bride’s dress, the honeymoon destination, the décor and ambience of the wedding – it all requires time and dedication.

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WHO IS ESSENCE BY GASPAR VILLARREAL? Gaspar Villarreal is an industry leader with more than 15 years experience in the wedding and planning business. We are a company that is responsible for conceptualizing events, making them unique and special. We take great care and make sure that every bride identifies with our unique style. Our main purpose is to transform events into unforgettable memories! ESSENCE has a very simple and detailed process; the couples who contact us are invited to a demonstration where they are placed in a very

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relaxed atmosphere. From here we begin to know our prospective clients, we learn their motives, passions, and interests on what they are looking for that special day. The couple is integral to our success, in the process they share their tastes and preferences on colors and types of flowers they would like. Our relationship with our client is personalized, we take the information we have been given on their tastes and preferences and create a look that is special and unique, never duplicated. We have often met couples who have very discerning ideas and taste that seem gulfs apart. But we welcome this challenge to succeed! Our creative team, along with the couple brainstorm ideas so that we end up with a marriage of ideas without losing the main essence of this occasion. Since ESSENCE is always aware that each space is designed according to the bride and groom’s conceptualization, we take care to propose and harmonize the environment with furniture, accessories, and flower designs not to overwhelm but to complement the unique style and make it memorable.

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Essence by Gaspar Villarreal offers you its broad experience in the organization, coordination, and decoration of your event from the inception of the idea to the realization of the wedding! We strive to ensure that this moment will be unforgettable and that every detail has been meticulously and painstakingly reviewed and staged and rehearsed with the exquisite taste of our designer. You are our customer and we give you that simple excellent care and that perfect finishing touch for your event. We are the company that takes your dream, to an idea, to a realization forever capturing that special moment.

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ESSENCE BY GASPAR VILLAREAL Wedding planner PH: (956) 445 9324

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PHOTO BY: Anahi Weddings

BECAUSE YOU ARE UNIQUE YOUR EVENT SHOULD BE TOO!

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At Dream Weddings we understand that they are infinite designs, styles, visions and very important budgets. Throughout our design process we will discover the elements to bring the client vision to life. Dream Weddings strive to make each event different and memorable, we take our time first listening what is the vision they have for the Big Day!. Later we put a proposal for their review most of the time they make some small changes. Next, when the contract is signed we are ready to put together all the elements and create a Dream Wedding!

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THE INSPIRED TEAM VENUE: Queen Isabelle, PHOTOGRAPHER: Anahi Weddings. RENTALS & LINENS: Dream Weddings by All Party Rentals, FLORIST: ‌... Dream Weddings by All Party Rentals is the leading rental company of specialty table linens, chair covers, tabletops, decorative pipe & drape, chandeliers, charger plates, lounge furniture, tables & chairs here in the Rio Grande Valley. Ther designs have been featured in Grace Osmonde Wedding Magazine, The Knot, My Fair Wedding with David Tutera, Style me Pretty and MTV sweet XV Dream Weddings will work with your florist, coordinator and other vendors to arrange and preview of your entire table set up.


SUSANA ROSSER Dream Weddings by All Party Rentals 1514 North Closner Blvd ./ Edinburg, Texas 78541 (956) 381.8090 www.allpartyrentals.com

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THE PERFECT EVENT By Aranza Events

Let ARANZA EVENTS be your one stop shop for your party planning needs in Reynosa and The Rio Grande Valley. We offer event rentals and catering supplies for weddings, birthdays, conferences, holiday parties  or just about any type of event with our vast selection of chair rentals, table rentals, party tents, linen rental, dance floor rentals, sound systems, dinner ware, food preparation / cooking equipment, chaffing dishes, wedding ceremony decorations, and much more, plus expert planning and design teams to help put it all together. It’s Your Night From elegant and majestic to simple and graceful we have the ability to make the wedding night of your dreams a reality. Providing tents, dance floors, staging, china, table settings, food service, wedding decor and much more we have the products and options to make your wedding and reception the style and look you desire.

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Celebrate Good Times Any Occasion can create the perfect event, the one everyone talks about. Imagination and experience allows our design team to transform your vision to a reality. With the ability to accommodate any size celebration, our mission is to execute and provide the perfect event. Celebration Types: Weddings, Holiday Parties, Black Tie Events, Bar & Bat  Mitzvahs, Graduations, Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Children’s Parties, Backyard Parties, Quinceañeras and more. Give us a call, or send us E-MAIL and let’s build your dream. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (956) 249 9132 | (899) 936 9270 contacto@aranzaeventos.com


No coverage, No texting, NO CELL PHONES. CREDITS | By: Rich Richelieu ¡ Photo: Shutterstock

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ew things are as indispensable In this day and age as the cell phone or mobile if you prefer. It has become that must have can't do item of our everyday lives much like our wallet and car keys, the cell phone is that other item we just can't leave home without. And it's easy to see why - the cell phone has made our life that much easier. We no longer have to remember Grandma Pearl's number, or Uncle Peter's. Those numbers and hundreds more are handily stored in the memory of our phones accessible with the press or a swipe of a finger. If you need to some quick calculations, cell phone. You need directions, cell phone. You need to find a restaurant in the area or review a particular restaurant, cell phone. Still with all of that being said for the cell phone, there are times when it is inappropriate such as at the doctor's office, at lunch or dinner with friends or associates, or in the checkout line. And the cell phone should not have a place at your wedding ceremony. Do not feel like you have to stand on ceremony and that all your invitations be like the ones before your wedding.

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In your wedding invitations add a line that lets all guest know that you do not want any cell phones at the ceremony. Provide a number where people can be reached if there is an emergency like the office to where the ceremony will be held. They should be off and/ or preferably left in the car, leaving it on vibrate just won't do. No one wants to hear the insistent buzzing of a cell phone in a clutch that can't be answered. Place a framed sign at both sides of the entrance again reminding all guests that this is a cell phone free ceremony. And again before the ceremony starts remind all guests to keep their cell phones turned off for the hour long ceremony. Let them know that you have a professional photographer and If they need copies or prints, that can be made available to them through the photographer. This is your special day, you should not be embarrassed to ask for things that are going to allow it to special and memorable without irritants or inconveniences. There is no do over this day. A wedding is not the place for a cell phone and if you do not want one there on that day, say so, and say It again so everyone knows and respects your wishes!


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Design and create a wedding cake is an exciting opportunity. It is challenging. It is also a task that requires a great deal of skill, a lot of planning, and much patience. A wedding cake is uniquely personal because it is based on a couple's specific ideas. The design can be simple yet elegant and not require a lot of work; or it can involve many hours of labor, including, sculpting, shaping, coloring and structuring, to translate ideas in creative designs. WHITE BRIDAL bring for you the exclusive creations of the master Pastry chef; Cynthia Ebrom.

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The modern bride now has an endless choice of shape, finish, flavor, and decoration limited only by creativity, imagination and budget.

Cynthia’s Cakes brings Elegance, taste and creativity together to make your wedding cake a lasting impression and delicious memory.

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“We pride ourselves in offering an extensive variety of techniques and mediums to work with to create and inspire the perfect sweet centerpiece for your very special day”. Cynthia Ebrom.


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SWEET PASTRY MAKERS MADE WITH LOVE PHOTO BY: José Pablo Villareal

Our Pastry has natural and artisanal products manufactured with high quality products. Our menu is extensive and unique recipes. In Delicacy bet for the personalized service of your cake with the finest ingredients. 600 N Shary Rd Mission, TX . (956) 424-6379

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CREDITS | By: White Bridal · Photo: Alejandra García

Your cake is easily the most high profile item on your party menu Monograms and its appearance is just as important as its taste. Here, five of the Monogram cake toppers have been popular for years, whether biggest trends we love right now. hidden in scrollwork or prominently placed on its own tier, adding your monogram is a sweet, sentimental touch.

Classic Colors, Unique Shapes

Instead of making your cake pop by adding vibrant colors, add viAdding Color Through Ombré sual interest by choosing offbeat shapes for a white or ivory cake. Don't want to commit to a bold-hued cake? Try ombré instead to This strikes the perfect balance between traditional and modern. add a touch of color.

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Add a little sparkle to your sweet confection with cake jewelry. More and more bakers are asking to see photos of the wedding dress, Paired with pearlized fondant, this gives your cake such a modern, and with good reason — they're replicating the lace details, the inglamorous feel. tricate appliqués, and the delicate beading on elements of the cake.

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ince it’s founding in 2007, Backstage Productions is McAllen’s complete event production company, providing the best technology in audio, lighting, staging and LED Screens. We produce and design events of every type and scale, from an intimate wedding to a massive concert plus everything in between. Our commitment is bringing you the latest worldwide trends and is commuted to outstanding services for every client. PROJECTION MAPPING (ANIMATION) It´s one of our newest services; this is an exciting projection technique that can turn almost any surface into a dynamic video display. Specialized software is used to warp and mask the projected image to make it fit perfectly on irregularly shaped screens. Projection mapping can be used for advertising, live concerts, corporate events, gala events, weddings, sweet sixteens and more. Allow us to transform your event with a wide variety of services combining Technology, Art and Excellence; we will bring your event to the next level to ensure that people will talk about it for years to come. Call us for a personalized consultation PH.(956) 776-4318.

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WE OFFER THE BEST SELECTION OF PRODUCTS AND BRANDS THAT THE INDUSTRY HAS TO OFFER

ABOUT US Established in 1988, Sadie Friedrichs and her two daughters, Leslie and Page opened Barn White in McAllen, Texas with the mission of providing superb gift items to the lower Rio Grande Valley. Barn White has grown to become one of McAllen’s most prestigious, family-owned gift shops in town. We have converted a unique 50 year-old-home into a “white barn” that brings a comfortable edge to our elegant boutique and makes our customers feel at home. Traveling to many markets, visiting glass artists in Mexico, and

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working with creative local artists, Barn White works hard to bring a wonderful selection of fine gifts, jewelry and home décor for you to buy for yourself and others. You will find the most amazing selection of fine gifts for the home, including exquisite tabletop pieces, fine china and crystal. We are excited to help you start your own family traditions with a “pain-free” registry process that’s easily customizable. It’s no wonder Barn White’s bridal registry is the most popular in town. We are proud to be in the Rio Grande Valley and we donate yearly to several charity functions that take place here.

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Whether it’s an auction item for the STARS program that gives scholarships to students or a drop off point for Yoplait lids for Breast Cancer Awareness, we like to give back to our community. We also bring artists to Barn White to showcase their items. It’s a great experience for our customers to know who is making their favorite lines and to be able to interact and give their input as well. Barn White is the Rio Grande Valley’s leading specialty shop, with a great selection of beautiful gifts, exciting home décor, and an extensive bridal registry service. Enjoy our reputation for providing excellent personal service, whether you are shopping in house or online. From our family to yours, we truly hope that you enjoy your shopping experience. We are excited to share our store with you!

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The perfect & practical Gift Registry CREDITS | By: White Bridal · Photo: Daniel Alvarez

Create a gift list that is both useful for you and convenient for your guests. We will help you choose items that will last a lifetime in a fun and effortless way.

Benefits for everybody Having a wedding gift registry is an option with benefits for all: • The bride and groom may choose the style of gifts they wish for. • Guests are able to have a list of the couple’s wishes and likes. Besides, the stores, which offer this type of service, include also additional benefits such as: free gift shipping, merchandise exchange, payment plans, and credit for the couple. With so many benefits, bride and groom shouldn’t worry if they desire to include those pricey gifts they really want, actually, if a family member wishes to surprise them with that special gift, having a list like this is the best thing to do.

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As a way to help your guests, set your gift registry in our store. Having different choices and variety is something they will really appreciate.


We are here to make this an easy process for you because the best gift is the one you picked out! Choosing the items for your wedding registry is fun and exciting but you have to consider that it will take time and requires planning. Check these tips:

1. Start by deciding with your partner the style both wish to have in your new home. Make use of magazines, and clip those photos or ideas you most like. 2. Look around carefully every room in your new home, make notes and do a “must have” list. 3. Think about your parents’ home and make a list of all those things you use daily and include them in your list. 4. Share your list with your mother, best married friend or sister, they will definitely help you identify which things are necessary and which are not. 5. Do not leave this to the last moment. Have your registry completed at least two months prior to your event, if possible this way your guests may be able to take advantage of store offers, season’s discounts, and even use those same lists to buy gifts for your bachelorette/ bachelor parties.

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, please feel free to contact us toll free at 1-800-890-7637 or by email at barnwhiteinc@gmail.com. 4317 N 10th St McAllen, TX 78504. (956) 687 – 7637 GIFT REGISTRY

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Get the Look décor & FINISHING TOUCHES CREDITS | By: White Bridal · Photo: White Bridal

Sunny accents and sophisticated basics help you bring individual personality to your home.

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FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF YOUR LIFE RANCHO LA PERGOLA IS TRULY A SPECTACULAR SETTING AND WE DARE TO SAY A QUITE MAGICAL PLACE TO WED. As you enter the twenty-five acre property through its own private winding road, you will be captured by the charm of nature that comes from

beautiful mature trees making it a magical setting. Rancho La Pérgola offers a fully furnished 1952, colonial style home with hardwood and natural stone floors, beautifully painted walls, a chimney, a bar, full island kitchen, social area, and four restrooms. It has an outdoor swimming pool with a waterfall, gazebos, and acres of manicured greens. The master bedroom has an extra spacious dressing/make-up room for the special bride or quinceañera with a full body mirror and ample room to accommodate your hairdresser or make-up artist.

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Rancho La PĂŠrgola is a beautiful, peaceful and private estate that stands in the outskirts of San Benito, perfect for any special occasion. Our commitment is to provide a memorable experience for you and your honored guests. It is through flawless planning, thoughtful attention to detail, and special creativity that we are able to craft an atmosphere that is unique to your special event. Whether you are planning a wedding, a birthday, or a corporate event, Rancho La PĂŠrgola is able to accommodate all of your needs. OUTDOOR VENUE


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Contact our Expert staff to set up a site visits today. 26867 N. SAM HOUSTON SAN BENITO, TX. 78586 (956) 534 1962

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rma and Moises met on November 1st of the year 2009 at the entrance of their church. They became very good friends and stayed that way for more than a year. They both shared so many things in common, but what made their bond stronger was their passion and love for music. They eventually became a couple on March 1st of 2011. After a couple of years, the thought of marriage came into the picture, but Irma was still attending college and needed two more years to finish her career, so they both decided to wait. As the years passed and the time for her graduation came closer, Irma began to feel very nervous because she remembered that talk they had two years before, but she still felt excited for the journey that was ahead of her.

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Though they both knew they wanted to spend their lives together forever, Irma and Moises waited and waited, but while they did, they both spent time in prayer, loving God, and dreaming together. Moises proposed March 1st of 2015 in a very romantic date at the beach. “It was really cold and dark and scary and lonely at the beach”, Irma says, “but it was the most beautiful moment ever lived”.

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From that moment on, they promised to love each other and be faithful to one another, but on April 23rd of the following year, they sealed their vows before God in a beautiful celebration. Now they are Mr. and Mrs. Guillen, and their favorite part of their relationship is that they both are able to share the same vision and passions in life, which is to be faithful to God and share His love through their music; now they get to do that together for the rest of their lives.

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istory-rich, authentic and welcoming, Hotel Emma was once a 19th century Brewhouse. Now it’s an extraordinary 146-room hotel and the flagship for Pearl’s culinary and cultural community. As a Hotel Emma guest, you’ll experience San Antonio as if you are staying at the well-appointed home of extremely interesting friends, your visit peppered with warm social experiences, genuine cultural flavor, insider knowledge, and delightful surprises unique to the hotel, the neighborhood and the city.

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CUISINE Food is joy, so at Hotel Emma we celebrate our regional culinary foodways, the abundance of a year-round growing season and the quiet genius of Chef John Brand in ways big and small.

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WEDDING VENUE & PACKAGES It’s your day, so do it your way. We’ll help with gorgeous spaces, South Texas hospitality, professional staff and food and refreshments exemplary of Pearl’s status as a culinary destination. Choose from lovely historical indoor spaces, pleasant outdoor venues… or both. Hotel Emma has the perfect place for your ceremony, reception, luncheon or late-night celebration.

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Pre-function exhibition kitchen. Pool terrace for intimate outdoor receptions. 10 private suites. Venues with natural lighting and ambiance of a private residence.

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AMENITIES If it’s true that “god is in the details,” then Hotel Emma is divine. You’ll savor Hotel Emma’s little extras… locally-sourced civilities that imbue your stay with comfort, cordiality and delicious surprise.

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SUITES At Hotel Emma we believe your stay should make an indelibly lovely impression. Suites offer niceties, surprises and moments verging on the sublime with pleasing features such as private dining areas, two-story terraces, and original stonework and vaulted ceilings. Custom-designed furniture and original artwork will make you feel both at home and wholly in another place as you enjoy your time at Hotel Emma.

CONTACT HOTEL EMMA 136 E. GRAYSON SAN ANTONIO TEXAS 78215 PH: 210 448 8300 info@thehotelemma.com Sales & Catering sales@thehotelemma.com Press press@thehotelemma.com RESERVATIONS reservations@thehotelemma.com ROOM RESERVATIONS PH: 844 296 3662

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When you arrive at the Reserve at Dancing Elk Ranch, you will be welcomed with open arms. We look forward to helping you plan the event of your dreams. Our experienced team of event planning professionals provides exceptional, personalized service. Contact us today for additional information.

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The Reserve at Dancing Elk is your destination for any event, including wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate functions, family reunions and graduation parties. • 16,000-square-foot, air-conditioned venue including indoor and outdoor wedding sites. • Comfortable seating for up to 700 guests. • Two lodges and a cottage available for overnight reservations. • Commercial kitchen. • 4,900-square-foot outdoor, covered patio with fire feature. • 1,200-square-foot outdoor patio with kitchen and fireplace. • Hunting and skeet shooting available on-site. • Unique photo opportunities with camels, deer, rams, zebras and other exotic animals.

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The Reserve at Dancing Elk Ranch 313 CR 351, Mathis, TX 78368 PH: 361-946-4812 361-946-4842 thereserveatdancingelk.com

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A REAL WEDDING IN PEARL STABLE hello@anahiweddings.com | www.anahiweddings.com |

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nahi weddings, is a Photography Studio based in the great state of Texas! Although we do most of our work from the beaches of South Padre Island to the Mountains of Big Bend National Park, we have been fortunate to document weddings in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. So if you are getting married in San Antonio, Austin, or Houston we would love to be considered to tell your story and of course if your dream takes you to afar a beach or a remote mountain or any destination you can pick we are always up to capture your adventure with our unique and candid style.

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LIFE & SOULMATE There are many types of love; there is the first love, the compatible love, and then, there is the love that you know that person is the one. This I truly believe is that obligatory gift from God, that love where you do not have to finish a sentence because it’s as if that person were reading you mind. It is that love that where you and that person click so well on every level that person is referred to as your soulmate. With that person you share your most deep-rooted secrets that you have never shared with another soul. They hang onto your every word and soak it up like the desert sand soaks up the rain and still they want more of your words and your voice. You share your hopes for your bright future, even the dreams that do not come to fruition and the bitter disappointments and setbacks that are inevitable in a life together. When something wonderful happens in your life, this is the first person that you want to share every detail with because you know they will bathe in that excitement and ecstasy with you. There is no need to force conversation when in your soulmate's presence, you will either never run out of conversation or you will simply bask in the silence that you share with your partner. They will not be embarrassed to cry with you when you are in pain or laugh at and with you when you make a fool of yourself. When you disagree, that person will still be your first waking thought and your last thought of the night and still you will want to speak to them. That partner will never intentionally hurt you or make you feel like you are not good enough to live with or die for. Rather, they will build castles for you. They will show you the reflection of yourself that you do not see and that others do, the image that makes you special, beautiful and loved in their eyes. There is never any silly emotions or hard-core competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around your presence. You do not have to hide your true self with this one because they love who you are and what you do without compromise.

at all. Every time that person leaves, they seem to take a piece of you with them and you dare not let them leave with a bitter word between you two or a soft kiss from those luscious lips. A quick phone call or text or inconspicuous message to say “I love you” “I miss you” “I am thinking of you” helps to get you through a long grueling day. Interests that you did not have or followed now become important because those are things that you want to share with your soulmate. Your soulmate lives in your every thought and breath, you are unafraid to bare your soul and share your heart with this person. You come to understand that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel the true pleasure of life and a love that is so real that if you were to think on it, it would scare you. But why? You find gentle strength in living and knowing your soulmate and the confidence that they give you that will never let any doubts enter. You will no longer love someone because of his or her looks or the clothes they wear, or the car they drive. You will love them on a basic and pure level because they sing a song only your heart can understand. You will have possession of the keys to your heart and you theirs. In their company you will feel safe enough to open locks to your inner most self without embarrassment. You complete each other so much that you bring out the best in each other. No matter what else goes wrong around you in your daily lives, with your soulmate at your side, there is no challenge that you would turn away from. This soulmate knows and understands you beyond the physical love, they have touched you where only your God could have – in your soul. So please, if you have not yet found your soulmate, put away your fears, take the chance that that person is there somewhere, waiting for you! Go, risk it, be brave and find your SOULMATE !!

The things that most people take for granted such as love, surrendering during love making, the smile shared with a private joke, walking in the rain holding hands become invaluable treasures locked safely in your heart to cherish until eternity. The world seems brighter and more brilliant when that one is around, laughter erupts from you throat easier and seems more a part of living where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist

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ANNETE + GABRIEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAA MARZOUK MCALLEN, TX.

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CRISTINA + CHRIS PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAA MARZOUK AUSTIN, TX. JANUARY 14, 2016.

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LAURA + SERAFIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAA MARZOUK

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As we approach our wedding day, we are overwhelmed with such joy and disbelief that our dreams are finally coming true. We are so thankful that God has blessed us and put each other in our paths. In just two months our hearts will become one as we experience the lifelong sacrament of marriage. Though this wedding day is fast approaching and will come and go, our love for each other will continue to grow. Not only is this a special day for my fiancĂŠ and I, but I am also honored to share this life changing event with my best friend who is also my sister. It was very important for us to find a photographer that could capture the emotions each one of us felt. Eric Sierra has exceeded our expectations by making our vision come to life. Not only was his talent and creativity reflected in our beautiful photos, but his kindness allowed for such an amazing experience and we will cherish the memories for a lifetime.

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This is our paragraph‌ As we approach our wedding day, we are eager to start this journey together that will unite us for a lifetime. Initially, we began our relationship as two fellow nurses working together in the same unit. Since then, we have grown together and formed a wonderful balance of love, respect, and support. Over the years, our love has created such a bond that has carried us through thick and thin and will continue to strengthen as we start the new chapter in our lives as husband and wife. Not only is this a special day for my fiancÊ and I but I am also honored to share this life changing event with my best friend who is also my sister. It was very important forus to find a photographer that could capture the emotions each one of us felt. Eric Sierra has exceeded our expectations by making our vision come to life. Not only was his talent and creativity reflected in our beautiful photos, but his kindness allowed for such an amazing experience and we will cherish the memories for a lifetime.

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DAY AFTER BRIDAL SESSION PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC SIERRA / TEX T & PHOTO BY ERIC SIERRA / LOCATION: Riviera Maya

Hello friends! Let's talk this occasion about the bridal session after the wedding day. We know this session is centered around the bride in her wedding dress, but as the wedding as already passed, there is a chance about taking more images in a "risk" situation with the dress, that means close to the water or the dust on the road. This is not about the Trash the Dress concept where a bride - literally- could destroy her $2000+ gown. Instead that, in this session the bride could keep her dress for her memories, but at the same time, there is more flexibility about to choose a place lake an open field or a street and do not worry because the gown will be a little dirty. This kind of sessions are real popular on destinations weddings -as these images with Nadia Flores in taken in the beautiful Riviera Maya- but also could be taken any place. Here in our area, some of the favorite spots are the beach and the ranches. One of the other advantages is as you don't have to follow a specific timeline as the wedding day, you and the photographer have the freedom to arrange the time of the session based on lighting. Consider this a session as a part of your wedding experience, plan it with your photographer for ideas and have a lot of fun! 152

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About our Unconventional Wedding Plans The #VivaLosGriffeths Wedding Tour!

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aane and I both come from big, loving families - so when it came time to make wedding plans, the most difficult decision to make was WHERE to have the wedding! We both have elderly family & other people close to us that wouldn’t be able to travel - and it broke our hearts to think any one of them would be left out… so ultimately - we decided to break with convention and take our wedding on the road! 1st stop - Tulum, Mexico - where we were married by a Mayan Shaman in a mystical, ancient cenote. Only immediate family and my two best friends were present. Next stop - a “Romantic Mexican Garden” themed blessing ceremony and reception at the National Butterfly Park in Mission, TX!.

Since this was our second wedding event, we wanted everything to look different from what we had done in Tulum. It was very important to us that the look and feel of the event be entirely inspired by the natural beauty and heritage of the Rio Grande Valley. The ceremony was held in the garden area of the Butterfly Park, under the shade of native trees. Vibrant green vines ran up the pergola, wrapping our venue in organic decor - we didn’t need to add a thing. Except seating of course - which were lovely rows of hay bales covered with ivory fabric, gifted to us by Rio Grande Valley rancher Charles Anderson.

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I wore my wedding dress again, designed by Rue de Seine. Yet this time, I re-styled my look to fit the Mexican Garden theme. I wore my hair in loose waves, accented with a gorgeous floral comb designed by Hayley Lindley of The Secret Garden Floral and Events. My bouquet, also created by Haley, was a fantastically wild yet carefully curated design featuring some of my favorite blooms: Dahlias, Peonies & Eryngium Thistle. My Tio Amancio Chapa led us in a moving blessing ceremony, and butterflies fluttered through the air as we exchanged our vows once again in front of our valley family and friends. It was a multi-cultural ceremony incorporating traditional Christian prayer, Mexican traditions of the Lazo & Las Arras, as well as a very special Lipan Apache Blanket Ceremony & Song to pay homage to my Native American heritage. The reception was held under the shade of a giant “palapa” - a thatch roof shade structure traditional to the Yucatán coast of Mexico. Diandra Gonzalez of Iron and Lace Events worked with

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us to create a truly unique experience for our guests. They were greeted with gifts of personalized maracas, an array of fruits nuts and cheeses, and Sangria made from a secret family recipe to enjoy. Our sweetheart table was graced with a gorgeous ruscus & seeded eucalyptus runner made by Hayley Lindley of The Secret Garden Florals & Events, and accented with vintage candlesticks, bronze flatware from Sur La Table and a unique mix-match of jewel toned and bronze plates. Of course, nothing says “wedding” in the valley like a Mariachi Band - which was truly the highlight of our party! Hector Guerra and his band Mariachi Continental were absolutely superb! They had all our guests entranced with their beautiful music, and even invited me to sing a song with them for my groom! It was a very special moment, and very special night - one we will never forget!

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THIS COUPLE RECOMMENDS: Photography: Alaa Marzouk www.alaamarzouk.com Photographer: Brenda Marzouk Styling: Marisa Quintanilla Wedding Coordinator/Stylyng/Food/Cake: Diandra Gonzalez by Iron & Lace Events Florals: Hayley Lindley | The Secret Garden Floral Events Make Up: Priscilla alejos Hair: Sarah aguilar Wardrobe: Karime Cruz Production Assistant (TBD): Sharry Villarreal Mua: Priscilla Alejos de Borbolla Mariachi: Mariachi Continental | Hector Guerra Location: National Buterfly Center

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I take you to be my best friend, my faithful partner and my one true love. I promise to encourage you, inspire you and to love you truly through good times and bad. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up when you are down and to love you unconditionally through all of our adventures in life together.

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CREDITS | By: White Bridal Photo:¡ Daniel Alvarez Make up:¡ Priscilla Alejos de Borbolla Modelo: Diana Almazan

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he wedding night is perhaps one of the most exciting moments for the newlywed couple! Marriage is the beginning of a life together after all the stress of wedding preparations, the nerves of the party, the excitement of the big day, and the certainty of looking forward to time to relax and celebrate alone with your mate. Close the celebration with a flourish. Hush Boutique is here to share some tips to not only make your stay fun but unforgettable.

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LINGERIE

It is a key and fundamental piece of the wedding night which should be chosen with great care and thought. Surprising the groom with that special lingerie on that night is a script to success. In choosing the right lingerie, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in an outfit that complements your style and makes you feel safe and beautiful.

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PERFUME

Although it may seem silly and unimportant, have on hand that scent that absolutely drives him crazy! Be generous with that perfume applying it to those secret places he is sure to sniff and kiss. You will be pleasantly surprised that something so simple amid all the preparations can be so rewarding.

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THE IDEAL ENVIRONMENT

When creating the ideal environment, do not forget floral details; whether it be a provocative floral arrangement or simply rose petals, add some candles or special lighting to create that perfect ambience. Or totally change it and create an intimate environment for just the two of you with a featured Jacuzzi or a relaxing bath in an over-sized tub before going to bed together. We recommend a bath infused with the essence of lavender.

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A SPECIAL TREAT

Why not have that special detail tonight? It does not have to be something materialistic but rather something personal, meaningful, and romantic. Choose something to remember that night and leave an unforgettable impression.

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CHAMPAGNE

Nothing is better for toasting your new life together and wishing for life-long happiness than champagne, not wine, not liquor, but champagne. Choose that special bottle and toast with the love of your life sealing the memories and love forever.

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DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Try something new! It’s your big night, change it into an unforgettable night and indulge yourself. Take that dare that you would not have to spice up this memorable night with different touches that will increase all the love and passion that you have.

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BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT

Of all is to enjoy each other. Of course an enabling environment, exquisitely detailed decoration, a spectacular outfit, complete relaxation, some sex toys for that moment, an enticing smell accompanied by a good champagne will ensure that night lives on forever in our minds

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