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EDITOR'S LETTER

PUBLISHER EDITOR GUILLERMO CRUZ MARKETING DIRECTION OLGA ADAME 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, CARATS, KWIAT, ROBERTO COIN, SPOSA MIA COUTURE, ELEGANZZA LE BOUTIQUE, 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, MAYRIN BANQUET HALL, MARBEL EVENT CENTER, DUBAI PALACE BANQUET & SPECIAL EVENT CENTER, HACIENDA PARAISO, CYNTHIAS CAKES, FRAYANCY EXCLUSIVE CREATIONS, ESSENCE BY GASPAR VILLARREAL, DRA. PILAR REYES, BENITO SANTOS, FLAWLESS MAKE UP BY MARY CHAPA, THE SOCIAL CLUB, ECTOR CASAS, CAPITOLIO EVENT CENTER, CASA LOS EBANOS, HOMETRIPS, BLANQUITA PASTELES, DREAM WEDDINGS BY ALL PARTY RENTALS, HUSH BOUTIQUE.

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COVER: Dirección Creativa: Daniel Herranz Fotografía: David Suárez Coordinación de moda: Daniel Herranz & Mariana G. Frese Modelo: Yulia @ Wanted / Model Management MUAH Yoali Cortés Video: Carolina de Luna Asistentes: Camila Salomón / Tomás Macías Agradecimiento especial: Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel *Joyas en playa Haramara. Joyas doradas: Valeria Vergara.

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White Bridal

would like extend its eternal gratitude to its friends, colleagues, and staffers for their incredible work, participation, and support in making this project a reality. Being granted the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing people, brands, personalities and locales and to be able to showcase what they do and the passion they do it with, one word - incredible. This has made this magazine, this edition so much more pleasurable! Thank you, for your work, your spirit, and your passion. Thank you. Look for our debut in 2017 in San Antonio, TX, Cancun and Guadalajara, MX

JAZMIN MEDINA Licensed in International Commerce, faithful and committed to her work, always giving her best in every activity that she undertakes, and loving life living in the company of her family and in the paradise she calls Cancun, Mexico, Jazmin Medina will join WHITE BRIDAL magazine as its director come January 2017, in Cancun, Mexico. What best describes Jazmin is that she is passionate about personally growing professionally, and believes deeply in being punctual and orderly in everything she does."

Let me introduce you our New Directors:

maggie tagle Maggie Tagle is licensed in Journalism with a specialization in Radio and Television broadcasting. Maggie will begin to work with WHITE BRIDAL in January of 2017. She will be the director of the magazine in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is defined as the type of person who firmly believes in being loyal, trustworthy, and honest. Maggie is passionate about making and eating pastries, and as an avid follower of movies by Alfred Hitchcock, loves to watch films of terror.

ROXANNE MARTINEZ Dear Future Brides, Our magazine is the perfect source of information for the bride-to-be. Each issue offers advice and ideas from the dress to the honeymoon, and everything in-between. All adaptable to your own personal style, modern yet sophisticated, or maybe with a southern twist, White Bridal is the source brides rely on for real wedding inspirations and the latest fashion trends. I am excited to publish the White Bridal magazine here in our beautiful city of 6

San Antonio, Texas. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved hosting celebrations for my loved ones, from family dinners to birthdays, to holiday reunions. Honestly, the thing I was most excited about was my own personal wedding, which brings to mind how honored I am in introducing White Bridal. I never thought that I would be working with brides and with wedding professionals, which is something I enjoy and love to do. As an entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in retail, brides have always been my favorite customers. My passion is designing jewelry and home interior. My ultimate goal is for people to smile with the satisfaction of my work. As the publisher of White Bridal, my job is to ensure that your wedding journey is handled by experts in the industry - from the moment you say “Yes,” to the day you say “I do”.


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44 FEMINIDAD ETÉREA by Benito Santos

CONTENTS REGULARS 10

SPOSA MIA COUTURE

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WEDDING TRADITIONS

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ALLA + BRENDA MARZOUK

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SANDRA POPE

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CYNDY DE LOS SANTOS MAXWELL

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CARATS

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ELEGANZZA LE BOUTIQUE

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HEBE BUJKACICH

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THE BRYAN HOUSE

THE PERFECT TRAIN, GOWNS TO REMEMBER

CREATING THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS

A WOMAN'S BEAUTY... (INTERVIEW)

MORE THAN JEWERLY

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE DRESSES

LINGERIE IS THE MAXIMUM EXPRESSION

MISSION, TX.

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THE LORETTO BISTRO

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CYNTHIAS CAKES

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EL DORADO MAROMA

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THE PERFECT DESTINATION WEDDING

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DIANA SANDOVAL

THE SIGNIFICANCE BEHIND THE NAME

THE PERFECT SWEET

A BEACHFRONT RESORT BY KARISMA

SI NO ENCUENTRAS EL TRABAJO DE TUS SUEÑOS INVENTALO

Fotografía: David Suárez

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WELCOME TO CASA LOS EBANOS THE BEST OUTDOOR VENUE


The PerfecT Train

Gowns to Remember by

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About EvE Award-winning bridal designer Eve Muscio creates all of her gowns using the finest fabrics from different parts of the world and is most widely known for her incomparable designs of embroideries and laces. Her gowns have a unique signature look that fit to perfection no matter what size, “I love all the brides that choose my gowns to feel an absolutely magical experience. I feel proud to be such an important part of their wedding day.”

COUTURE COLLECTION Ivory/blush fit and flare hand beaded silhouette with hand beaded appliqués on bodice and skirt. Low v neckline with matching straps. Chapel length hand beaded train. Colors available Ivory/blush, Ivory, white. Sizes are 2-16, 18-20

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...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10th St Mcallen tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

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Ivory/blush fit and flare French lightly beaded lace with sheer bodice with lace trim . Low back . Chapel train. Colors available Ivory/blush, Ivory, white. Sizes are 2-16, 18-20

...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10th St Mcallen tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

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Ivory/blush detachable overlay. French and Guipure lace with hand beaded sheer bodice with matching cap sleeve and the back of train is lightly beaded. Chapel train. Colors available Ivory/ blush, Ivory, White. Sizes are 2-16, 18-20

...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10th St Mcallen tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

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BOUTIQUE COLLECTION Gold sheer alencon lace sweetheart neckline with matching straps, A-line full skirt with horsehair, hand beaded belt with an alencon lace peplum at the waist. Chapel train. Colors available are Ivory/Ivory/Gold, Diamond White/Diamond White/Silver. Sizes are 2-16, 18-20

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...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10th St Mcallen tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

Ivory/blush strapless hand beaded sheer bodice, A-line full skirt with a layer of Italian sequin and horsehair.. Low back . Colors available are Ivory/blush, Ivory, White, White/blush. Sizes are 2-16, 18-20

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...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... 912 N. 10th St Mcallen tx 956-683-8740 / sales@sposamia.com

Ivory/blush, all beaded sheer sweetheart bodice with sheer. Fit and Flare beaded lace detail on back of skirt, chapel train. Colors available are Ivory/blush, Ivory/White and White/ blush. Sizes are 2-16, 18-20

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Ivory/Ivory strapless sculptured sheer bodice, long fit and flare silhouette, layered skirt with pearl accents on the skirt, horsehair, chapel train. Colors available are Ivory/Ivory, White/White. Sizes are 2-16, 18-20

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Ivory/ Cappuccino long drop torso gown. Hand beaded Alencon lace. A sheer bodice with a deep v neckline and matching lace straps. A hand beaded belt. A whimsical skirt with horsehair. Colors available are Ivory/ Cappuccino, Ivory, White/Cappuccino, White. Sizes are 2-16, 18-20

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WEDDING DRESSES WEDDING INTERVIEWS DRESSES


...ELEGANT, TIMELESS, ROMANTIC... Ivory/blush Hand beaded sheer bodice with low v neckline, sheer long hand beaded sleeve. Low back. Full a-line skirt. Chapel train. Colors available are Ivory/ivory or White/white or white/blush. Sizes are 2-16, 18-20

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WEDDING

TRADITIONS Wedding traditions are an important part of any wedding celebration. They provide a deeper meaning that roots from many years ago. They provide a connection between generations, and symbolize many good things coming your way. There are many wedding day traditions, but below I have named some of the most important and famous one’s that are still practiced today.

SOMETHING BLUE One of the most classical traditions is wearing something blue on the day of your wedding day. Usually, brides would wear blue shoes, or something more discrete like earrings or a certain accessory. It is believed that by wearing blue, the bride is protecting her and her spouse from bad vibes, and negative energies that can appear through out their lives.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY Alaa Marzouk

SOMETHING NEW

SOMETHING OLD

This tradition says brides' should wear something new, symbolizes hope for the future. Bringing something new on the day of your wedding also represents new beginnings, new life, new love, and a new start. The new item can be a piece of jewelry you’ve been looking to buy for yourself, a shiny new lucky penny placed on the ribbon of your bouquet, or even a new hairstyle or lip color! Not only will it make you feel confident and ready for your new life, but it is also a good luck charm for this important day.

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The tradition states that a bride should wear something borrowed, usually a piece of jewelry. The object that is going to be borrowed to wear on the day of the wedding is traditionally passed down from the mother or grandmother of the bride. This piece symbolizes the end of her immediate family, and the beginning of a new family that will be created with her partner. It is passed down from the bride’s mother or grandmother because it gives the bride a predisposition to the happiness that they have lived, and keep living.

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SOMETHING BORROWED One of the traditions is for the bride to wear something borrowed. The item has to be borrowed from someone who has the best of wishes for the bride, and for the union of the couple. It can be a piece of jewelry, accessories, or anything the bride feels comfortable wearing. It symbolizes good wishes, and the acceptance of all your loved ones.

BRIDE BOUQUET

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The day of the wedding, the bride’s walk down the aisle with a flower bouquet. It is seen as a part of the image that all bride’s have, but it has a much deeper meaning than that. Traditionally, brides would carry a wedding bouquet containing many strong and beautifully smelling flowers. They were thought to make the bride smell like flowers as she was walking down the aisle, and therefore make all the guests be awed at her presence when she walked past them. Now a day, we keep the same tradition; and we witness the beauty and personal expression of each bride through the flowers she chooses.


BRIDE'S VEIL The importance of the veil of the bride is often underestimated and disregarded. It is a classical tradition for brides to wear a veil the day of the wedding during the religious ceremony. The tradition of the veil symbolizes, privacy, purity, and it is believed to shield the bride of jealousy and bad vibes. It also symbolizes the aura of mystery that the bride will be bringing to her new union.

NEW UNDERGARMENTS In this tradition, it is essential for the bride to wear new undergarments on the day of the wedding. Normally, these under garments are believed to be white. They newness of the pair of garments represent renewal, and welcome the new experiences with her spouse. The white symbolizes new beginnings in all aspects as a couple.

THROWING RICE AT NEWLY WEDS A tradition that is used all throughout the world has much more meaning than just throwing rice grains at newly weeds. It represents good wishes, illusions, new projects, and a start of a new life. When guests throw the rice at the couple, they are being showered with wishes of fertility, good fortune, and prosperity. PHOTOGRAPHY BY White loop studio

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Alaa & Brenda Marzouk

“Our philosophy of life goes hand in hand with our shooting style. We believe that there’s nothing more beautiful than capturing the pure raw moments of life”. I recently had the privilege of getting to know Alaa and Brenda Marzouk, which are two wonderful people and excellent photographers from Rio Grande City, Texas. Working with them has been a wonderful experience and without doubt a great success. Their style and talent has helped us to strengthen the concept of our vision since the inception of our magazine. During a recent conversation with Alaa and Brenda, we spoke about the possibility of us taking some time to get to know them a little better and they say “WE DO ”. I hope you enjoy getting to know this wonderful couple as well.

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GC: Tell us a little about your background as photographers. Brenda: We first began doing photography in 2011. Back then; we shot a variety of portrait sessions such as maternity, newborn, children, family, and senior portraits. In 2012, we decided to shift our focus into wedding photography. It is such an indescribable feeling to be able to witness a once in a lifetime moment in a couple’s life.

GC: Tell us a little about your story. Alaa: We are Alaa and Brenda Marzouk, a husband and wife team of photographers that are truly, madly, and deeply in love. We met back in 2004, and have been together ever since. The bond that we share is something that is so incredibly sincere and pure. There was a strong connection between us from the start. What began to draw us closer was our love of music. Whenever we were together, time seemed to stand still. What felt like minutes of talking and laughing turned into hours. It seemed like we had known each other all of our lives. We knew our love was different from the start. We strongly believe that the beautiful fusion between our Hispanic and Egyptian cultures shaped our love into something very unique. In July of 2009, we decided to officially say “I do” and got married. We had a beautiful wedding surrounded by family & friends. We are extremely blessed to have found one another and there is nothing quite like getting the opportunity to grow old with your best friend. We love doing life together!

GC: What is your philosophy of life and how do you all apply that to your photography? Brenda: Life is too short not to be happy. We believe that you should live in the moment and enjoy every second that we are on this earth because it is truly a blessing. Our philosophy of life goes hand in hand with our shooting style. We believe that there’s nothing more beautiful than capturing the pure raw moments of life.

GC: If the event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge? Brenda: Each collection has a set amount of hours that we will work. However, we do provide our couples with the option of paying for extra hours for an additional fee.

GC: What inspires you the most? Brenda: God, family, & friends. GC: You manage to make all of your clients look like professional models by how confident they appear in front of the camera. Can you tell us a little more about how you do this? Alaa: It’s simple. You don’t have to be a model in order to look good in photos. It’s all about being comfortable and confident in front of the camera. As photographers, it is essential for us to get to know our couples beforehand so that we can make sure that they’re comfortable enough with us to let their true personalities shine through.

GC: How would you describe your photography style? Alaa: Our style of photography is simple… honest, genuine, and emotional. We are not fond of monotonous posing and cliché, staged moments. Our style is more “in the moment “ because we like to capture moments as they’re happening. We best display our style through big belly laughs and tears of joy.

GC: What time will you arrive at the site and for how long will you shoot? Brenda: That depends on several things such as what time the couple will be getting ready, time of ceremony, etc. Once the couple fills us in with that information, we schedule a timeline of events where we will be photographing throughout the day to make sure that everything is captured.

GC: What do you recommend for couples to ensure they’re booking the right photographer? Brenda: That’s a hard question because styles vary from one photographer to another. However, we strongly recommend for couples to become familiar with the photographer’s art and vision. Pay close attention to the way they tell their stories through their photos. Once you feel connected to their work, feel free to book with confidence. INTERVIEWS

GC: Do you include engagement photos in your packages? Brenda: All of our wedding collections include a portrait session. It is up to the couple to decide whether they would like to take engagement portraits or bridal portraits. Formal portraits are usually taken the day of the wedding. GC: Finally, couples have so many options to choose from. What makes Alaa Marzouk Photography special? Alaa: That is very true. The photography market is beyond saturated with lots of talent to choose from. We firmly believe that what sets us apart from everyone else is that we are not just offering a service, but rather an experience. We make it a point to connect with our couples and build a strong bond with them. Everyone has a story to tell and deserves only the very best of storytellers. If you want to know more about Alaa Marzouk Photography, you can visit their website at www.alaamarzouk.com or email them at hello@alaamarzouk.com You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram. 27


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CREATING THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS Writ ten by: WHITE BRIDAL RENTAL & LINES: DREAM WEDDINGS BY ALL PARTY RENTALS

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jay Caballero Weddings Photography FLORIST: Gaspar Villarreal. / WEDDING PLANNER: Sandra Pope.

SO SANDRA, WHAT’S THE SANDRA POPE STORY? I was, of all things, a double accounting major in college and followed that with several years of teaching high school mathematics. After becoming a mother, I left the full time workforce and took up photography as a hobby. The photography blossomed into a part-time business and I was soon doing wedding, Quinceañeras and event portraits. A good friend who liked my portrait staging’s asked me to help decorate and coordinate a major grand opening event which, fortunately, was quite successful. I enjoyed it so much that I focused my business on event planning after that.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR SELF AND YOUR COMPANY. My business is Along Came Sandra. We focus on event decoration, staging, organization, coordination - in short, we can handle every aspect of an event's planning, production and presentation. This includes weddings, Quinceañeras, parties or celebrations of all types as well as commercial events.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO? We do everything related to the planning and production of important events, whether it be a personal or family celebration such as a wedding, baptism, birthday or anniversary party, Quinceañeras or a business related gathering.

DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE AESTHETIC OR PERSONAL STYLE THAT YOU PUT INTO THE WEDDINGS YOU’VE PLANNED? There is no signature aesthetic in wedding planning. I feel that every couple is unique and my personal

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style is to confer with my clients at length to both meet their specific desires, while at the same time developing an event which will be the most memorable and enjoyable for them.

HOW DO YOU GET THE IDEAS OUT OF BRIDES SO THAT THEY DESCRIBE TO YOU EFFECTIVELY THEIR VISION FOR THEIR WEDDING DAY? I encourage my clients to bring me photos of weddings or other events, which they have seen and particularly like and through a process of close collaboration and planning, we together develop a theme.


SOMETHING THAT I THINK HOLDS BACK COUPLES FROM WORKING WITH A WEDDING PLANNER IS THE PERCEIVED CHARGES. WHAT WOULD YOU TELL BRIDES AND GROOMS ABOUT THE COST? The cost depends on the scope of the wedding. A small, intimate event can be very economically planned. A larger wedding will, of course, cost more, but given the scope of responsibility involved, experience with varied vendors and best pricing options, hiring a wedding planner will likely save money in the long run.

Seeing the smiles on my client’s faces or, in the case of my brides, the tears of joy at the first showing. That's what really makes it all worthwhile! WHAT’S THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED, AND WOULD PASS ALONG TO OTHER NEW WEDDING PLANNERS JUST GETTING STARTED? Expect the unexpected and plan for it as best you can!

WHY SHOULD COUPLES HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER? To avoid the tremendous stress of the event's details as well as to insure a smooth, well planned and executed celebration. Also, a well-coordinated event can actually be more economical in the long run than a DIY approach.

WHAT TIPS OR ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO COUPLES WHO ARE IN THE MIDST OF PLANNING? Think about the theme, size and budget of your wedding celebration. Being informed and prepared is very important. Consultation with a wedding planner can tremendously assist in this process. PHOTOGRAPHER: Eric Sierra

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YOUR 5 FAVORITE THINGS WHEN YOU ARE PLANING A WEDDING? 1. Seeing family and friends come together. 2. Challenging myself to think creatively. 3. Focusing on creating the most unique theme for my clients. 4. Watching each detail as the event evolves from idea to reality. 5. Watching my couple's and their families' faces at the first reveal.

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Every one is memorable - the tears of joy, the bear hugs, the thank you notes - each and every beautiful bride, beaming groom and proud parent is cherished in my memory!

PHOTOGRAPHER: JAY CABALLERO

TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU… PREFERABLY NON WORK-RELATED I've owned and lived in 18 different homes, in the same city, over the last 20 years.

Thank you so much Sandra for your time and for the insights!

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Cindy DelosSantos Maxwell

“A woman's beauty can be greatly defined by her attitude; a chic hairstyle and glam session by a team of talented professionals can contribute to a very true sense of boldness”. PHOTOGRAPHER BY: Daniel Alvarez

WB: Tell me a little about you. Cindy: Born and raised in Weslaco, Texas, I am the eldest, and only girl, in a family of boys. Resiliently, I adopted the mentality that had been demonstrated to me in my youth through both my father and grandfather; that in the end, it is not the work that you are told to do, but the work that you choose to do that will define you. This approach toward all that I did encouraged my willingness to try new things and truly challenge my own personal limits.

WB: What inspired you to start your own business? Cindy: I am a dreamer, and these dreams begin as merely that, dreams. Then, that’s when the work begins. In each of my businesses, I make it a point to treat everyone with dignity and respect. This begins with the staff; it is important to treat them like family, to take the time to get to know them and make a direct impression on them. These businesses are not only mine, but theirs, because they are the individuals who make the first impression on our clients.

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WB: How do you focus on making a Bride look beautiful at her big day? Cindy: My team and I focus on highlighting the confidence of each bride by accentuating her inner beauty. A woman's beauty can be greatly defined by her attitude; a chic hairstyle and glam session by a team  of talented professionals can contribute to a very true sense of boldness”. Our stylists are able to offer comfort through our “five star service” and with their outstanding ability to create the look, which suits each bride’s personal wishes, and delightfully cater to them, because the day of a wedding is a day that every little girl's dream comes true. Derek and I are proud to offer these five star services at any of our signature salons and spas; Spago Salon & Spa, The Dry Room, The Blow Barr and By Maxwell Salon in McAllen, Tx. WB: And how about your personal philosophy as a business owner? Cindy: In short, freedom. I believe that an individual should not be bound by their career, but instead, liberated by it. I love to travel, knowing that if I wanted to be in Paris in the morning, or to take the day off to be with my children – this is freedom. Every day, I pour myself into my businesses to ensure that they are set apart from others, this passion is the difference that I pride myself in. More than anything, I want to live a life of meaning and leave a legacy that can inspire others. I have worked so hard to build this life for myself and family; I want to continue to make them proud. In our lives, we meet certain people who leave a tremendous impact on our lives and help shape who we become as individuals. I want to flourish in such a way that I am able to become a mentor for young entrepreneurs. One of the most fulfilling moments that I have come to know are to see these young dreamers who I have taken the time to invest my time in, succeed. This confirms that I am in a place of purpose in my own life, and that I can share my knowledge and gifts with those who truly cherish the advice shared with them.

WB: What are your plans for the future? Cindy: I am collaborating with an international chemist in creating a collection of products, and perhaps even a make-up line. WB: How did By Maxwell come to be? Cindy: By Maxwell was a concept that my husband, Derek, and I had been conceptualizing for the past two years and so much of our own personal stylistic choices and tastes have been selected to be included in our upcoming collection. I would like to thank my husband, Derek, for being supportive of my own individual dreams. My freedom and individuality has always been very important to me, and Derek respects who I am as a woman and the business direction that I choose to embark on. Integrating in the international fashion scene had always been one of our biggest dreams. It is such a blessing to have not only a wonderful husband, but an intuitive business partner who is equally as ambitious to succeed. Together, we have been working with world renowned designers whose styles have yet to be seen or made available in the Rio Grande Valley. We wanted to offer the Valley a one stop shop in regard to fashion, salon, and spa needs. We are exited to announce we are the first and only Oribe salon and Art of Shaving barbershop south of San Antonio. There is a demand for high-end clothing, and this was important to us when selecting a business location. Why drive to San Antonio or Austin when this need can be fulfilled by a locally owned business, while providing more job opportunities for our local communities. Our services will be extended to both women and men who would like to indulge in lifestyle pampering. The beauty of it truly is that, if you’d like to, you could get a facial, have your hair done, or get a traditional Art of Shaving barbershop shave, be assisted by a person stylist in choosing an outfit, and then head off to your meeting, event, or just have a wonderful evening. The level of professional and personal catered attention will make any person feel reignited and ready to conquer any task with confidence.

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CARATS…

more than jewelry Carats is a full service jewelry, home décor and gifts store. Our goal is to bring the best jewelry home décor and gifts collections from all over the world to McAllen Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. We are proud to offer our customers the newest trends in fine jewelry. From fine time pieces to pink or fancy yellow diamonds. Carats is where you can find the perfect gift, for yourself or someone else. But Carats’ quality does not stop with its jewelry, home décor and gifts. Its glitter continues with the best customer service and care one could ask for. Intimate, personal and style are qualities of the service that is guaranteed when you visit our store.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Eric Sierra

The finest fragances in the word Every element has Roja’s personal attention to detail. Every aspect is uncompromising and captures Roja’s central philosophy, “only the best will do”. The fragrances are so removed from the normality of ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ scents, they are fragrances that discretely deliver quality, luxury, and sophistication; quite simply, they are – The Finest Fragrances In The World. 36

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GIFTS FOR ANY OCCASION Wedding? Birthday? Graduation? Anniversary? Whatever the occasion may be, Carats has a gift for you. From jewelry to perfume to writing instruments and even home decor, we can make that moment extra special!

Abundance of Style Michael Aram is renowned for his outstanding artistry and innovative design. His work elevates life’s everyday moments so their natural beauty shines through. His designs range from lighting and furniture to china and decorative accessories. QUICK CONTACT 4300 N 10th St. McAllen, TX 78504 | (956) 994-0970 | contact@ caratsfj.com

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Hermès watches

Arceau Grande Lune Hermes Grande Lune steel watch, 43 mm diameter, opaline silver plated dial, automatic movement, long matte havana alligator strap

Heure H Hermes gold-plated steel watch, 21 x 21mm, white dial, quartz movement, smooth orange calfskin leather strap.

featured Collection – bow ties Handcrafted in Charleston, SC using completely natural feathers - No Dyes - Sustainably Sourced WE LOVE OUR CUSTOMERS At Carats, your not just a customer, you’re apart of our family. We often have events in store and around town that we love inviting our “family” to! Come join the Carats family today. Cape Cod Hermes steel watch, 29 x 29mm, opaline silvered dial, quartz movement, extra short double tour interchangeable natural Barenia calfskin strap

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Every bride has her style, but these are the types they prefer: The solitaire: a single gemstone ring will fascinate any bride (CARTIER SOLITAIRE, PLATINUM, CENTRAL BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMOND)

The solitaire with accents: These are rings with a diamond in the center and accentuated with small precious stones. (CARTIER SOLITAIRE, PLATINUM, DIAMOND PAVED WITH BRILLIANT-CUT DIAMONDS)

The wedding band: This design consists of a row of 5 to 11 or more same size diamonds (WEDDING BAND CARTIER IN PLATINUM, YELLOW GOLD AND PINK GOLD, DIAMOND PAVED WITH BRILLIANT –CUT- DIAMONDS)

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Formas etéreas, volátiles y finamente sugeridas a la vista son las características inherentes al estilo romántico, uno que busca impactar por medio de la sutileza y la feminidad. Uno de los representantes de este estilo es Benito Santos, un personaje de la industria de la moda nacional que se ha colocado como uno de los talentos con mayor reconocimiento nacional

y, ahora, internacional. Benito es originario de Tepehuaje de Morelos, Jalisco. Antes de iniciar en moda decidió estudiar Medicina en la Universidad de Guadalajara. Sin embargo, el gusto por el diseño lo tuvo desde pequeño, pues su pasión por el dibujo lo llevó a bocetar siluetas femeninas a las que inventaba vestuario.

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aire romĂĄntico que se combina con la elegancia y la fuerza del espĂ­ritu femenino.

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Su debut como diseñador sucedió en 2008, cuando presentó su primera colección en la plataforma Intermoda. Ocho años después, el estilo de Benito Santos que disemina el cuerpo de la mujer y lo convierte en un escultura viva, ha logrado cautivar a un mercado muy específico: sus piezas son una referencia del empoderamiento de la mujer, aquella que busca verse femenina en todo momento. Los materiales utilizados son de la más alta calidad, además existe toda una ingeniería en el patronaje de cada diseño, misma que se combina con el trabajo artesanal que involucra el proceso de producción de Benito Santos. La inventiva del diseñador está fuertemente influenciada por Valentino, el eterno enamorado del romanticismo que diseña para una mujer delicada, que guarda su belleza en la elegancia, en el misterio. Igual que la firma italiana, Santos toma esa inspiración y la aterriza a su visión ecléctica, que tiene que ver con la sofisticación y el espíritu de una mujer fuerte. Se trata, sin duda, de una de las nuevas piezas claves en la historia de la moda mexicana. Dirección Creativa Daniel Herranz Fotografía David Suárez Coordinación de moda Daniel Herranz & Mariana G. Frese Modelo  Yulia @ Wanted / Model Management MUAH Yoali Cortés Video Carolina de Luna Asistentes Camila Salomón / Tomás Macías Agradecimiento especial  Sheraton Mexico City Maria Isabel Hotel *Joyas en playa Haramara. Joyas doradas: Valeria Vergara.

www.benitosantos.com.mx Hoy, a más de cien años del nacimiento de las carreras de autos y los desfiles de moda, ambos propiciados por Mercedes, la estrecha relación entre la marca de la estrella y la moda es ya incuestionable. Desde hace más de 15 años, Mercedes-Benz apoya a las principales semanas de la moda alrededor del mundo, presentando temporada con temporada lo último en diseño y glamour. En nuestro país, hemos sido precursores de esta asociación natural entre moda y autos. Efectivamente, durante más de ocho años, Mercedes-Benz ha apoyado incondicionalmente a la moda en México, creyendo firmemente en esta industria. Por esto y mucho más Mercedes-Benz Fashion México es el evento de moda por excelencia en nuestro pais.

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At James and James Formalwear, our goal is to expand men's formal wear

fashion in the Rio Grande Valley. Â We aspire to

provide the best possible product at the most reasonable price. Â

We carry a vast majority of our styles on-hand, from a never-aging classic suit, to a modern slim-fit cut tuxedo. Our company specializes in tuxedos and suits available for both rental and retail. Formal footwear and clothing alterations are also available.

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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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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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SHOULD BE TOO! PHOTOGRAPHER: Jay Caballero Weddings Photography FLORIST: Gaspar Villarreal. WEDDING PLANNER: Sandra Pope. Writ ten by: WHITE BRIDAL RENTAL & LINES: Dream Weddings By All Party Rentals

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 PHOTOGRAPHER: Jay Caballero Weddings Photography: RENTALS & LINENS: Dream Weddings by All Party Rentals. FLORIST: Gaspar Villarreal. WEDDING PLANNER: Sandra Pope.

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.

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“Now is possible to enjoy an idyllic environment with exquisite cuisine in one memorable destination”.


The Loretto Bistro is an upscale casual café located in the heart of Mission, Texas. We like to think of ourselves as trendsetters and are proud to bring together fresh, locally sourced premium ingredients to create delicious hand-crafted dishes and coffees. We are extremely proud to source the majority of our produce and food items from local farms and vendors in the Rio Grande Valley. These locally sourced items help create the foundation of our exclusive menu.

The Significance Behind the Name “Many people have asked me why I chose The Loretto for the name of my business. My choice is deeply rooted in my culture, education and upbringing in El Paso, Texas. In 1923, Mother Praxedes Carty, Sister of Loretto, came to the West Texas town of El Paso where she founded what is now known as Loretto Academy, an El Paso historical landmark. She was a pioneering woman who was told over and over that her idea of a

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private boarding Catholic school for girls in the desert was completely insane. People discouraged her and told her that her idea would never work. It was because of those words that she forged even harder, and with steadfast determination, to open what is now one of the most prestigious private schools in Southwest Texas. I am proud to say that I am a product of this education, way of thinking, and environment. The standards, ethics, and principles that I learned during my formative years enabled me to be pioneering and innovative throughout my own life. Although I initially was confronted with the same disbelief that a beautiful eatery would not be welcomed in Mission, Texas, I also treaded with steadfast determination to bring my guests what I believe this community deserves. As a tribute to my alma mater and my hometown, I created The Loretto at Mission in the same style as Loretto Academy with one main tower;

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three connected areas and outstretched wings facing south. It is my privilege along with my husband, Lupe Gonzalez, to serve our guests with high standards in customer service, food preparation, and scenery. It is with great pride and commitment that we share our favorite plates in our welcoming and charming environment. Thank you for your support. Together we can make The Loretto at Mission our own landmark in the Rio Grande Valley.”   Laura Aguilar-Gonzalez, MSSW Fouder/CEO


Special Events The Loretto Bistro – Coffee – Events is available for Wedding Receptions & Ceremonies, Anniversaries, Baby & Bridal Showers, Birthday Parties, Catering Services, Corporate Luncheons, & more… Jazz up your private event with our exclusive options: • Dessert Table Packages • Decor Packages • Patio Ceremonies • Cakes for all events

General Event Reservations Require: • Minimum of 50; Maximum of 100 guests • Rental Fee – covers cost of venue rental for 3 hours • Plating per person; includes main, side salad, water, tea and coffee Our trained staff of professionals will help you create the perfect event. Reserve a date today! Please email your inquiry to info@thelorettobistro.com for more information on menu options and details on event pricing.

1233 E Griffin Pkwy / Mission, Texas 78572 / Call Us: 956-600-7208 Email Us: info@thelorettobistro.com

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Vive una maravillosa experiencia en una de las mejores playas reconocidas a nivel mundial. Rodeada de aguas turquesa, playa Maroma, es la ubicaciรณn perfecta de las elegantes suites sobre el mar con espectaculares vistas que te robarรกn el aliento. Podrรกs deleitarte al amanecer o disfrutar de una asombrosa puesta de sol.

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Estas elegantes suites sobre el agua ofrecen espectaculares vistas al mar y alojamiento lujoso inigualable Cada cabaña sobre el agua ofrece: • Pisos de vidrio • Piscina infinity privada • Escalera de acceso directo al océano • La romántica ducha al aire libre "Aguas del Amor" • Jacuzzi en el interior para dos • Plataforma de gran tamaño con tumbonas de madera

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Un restaurante de clase mundial sobre el mar y un relajante spa serán el complemento ideal de esta exclusiva experiencia. Los Over Water Ocean Grill & Wine Bar de la marca Gourmet Inclusive® cuentan con una cocina abierta con vistas escénicas al mar Caribe, ya sea para el desayuno, la comida o la cena. Estos espacios culinarios brindan un menú con platillos inspirados en la suave brisa del mar, además de una sala de estar privada con pisos de cristal que crearán los más hermosos e inolvidables eventos personales. Náay Spa, sobre el mar, consta de 4 espaciosas suites que brindan tratamientos basados en las prácticas herbolarias tradicionales de los antiguos Mayas y en la riqueza de la vida marina de la región, que destacará, sobre todo, los beneficios del “Musgo de Mar de Maroma”; este musgo se encuentra únicamente en el Caribe, es rico en sales minerales y además presume de brindar altos poderes antioxidantes y desintoxicantes. Los huéspedes tendrán la opción de tomar tratamientos privados en el interior o al aire libre, durante los cuales podrán deleitarse con la serenidad del mar de los alrededores. Los servicios y ame-

nidades especiales no tendrán limites en el impresionante Palafitos ya que cubren toda una gama de servicios, por ejemplo, las 24 horas de servicio a las habitaciones, camas de día exclusivas, picnics personalizados en la playa y servicio completo de Butler con la finalidad de apoyarlo con todo lo que necesite, desde peticiones de pre-llegada, embalaje y desembalaje, reservaciones, entrega de protector solar en cortesía y material de lectura, bocadillos gourmet y bebidas refrescantes mientras se encuentra en la piscina y muchas cosas más. Los visitantes podrán elegir de una amplia variedad de actividades en el resort, desde clases de baile, yoga, y voleibol de playa, hasta clases de cocina, kayak, entre otros. Este bello e inigualable lugar ha sido cuidadosamente diseñado para los amantes de la calidad. Aquí encontraras los más frescos y finos ingredientes que crearán un viaje gastronómico único, además la mejor relajación con un servicio completo a las habitaciones y un sinfín de lujos. Esta propiedad presenta lo más nuevo y exclusivo en Mexico, en donde vivirás las mejores experiencias de viaje del mundo.

Carretera Cancún – Tulum, Km 55.3, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México C.P. 77710. Teléfono: (52) 984 206 3470 Fax: (52) 984 206 3471 Coordinador de bodas: weddings@eldoradomaroma.com HONEYMOON

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Más de 400 años de Historia y tradición es lo qué se vive dentro de Tequila Jalisco, entre paisajes de cultivos de agaves azulados, el volcán de Tequila y el cañón de Río Grande, las haciendas y las destilerías que fabrican de antaño y hasta nuestros días, la bebida más emblemática de México; el Tequila. Sin dejar de mencionar que La Rojeña es la destilaría más antigua de Jalisco, a nivel mundial de José Cuervo. Mundo cuervo es el distintivo más emblemático del corazón de Tequila, te invita a viajar, recorrer y   vivir el México antiguo con la garantía   Y la distinción  que será un suspiro en cada recorrido. Si lo que estás buscando es un escenario distinto y una boda espectacular. Hacienda el Centenario es el lugar perfecto para hacer realidad la boda de tus sueños.  

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Dentro de la Hacienda se encuentra una exclusiva cava y la barra más grande de América Latina, la tienda de ralla   conformada por diferentes barras antiguas con su propia personalidad. 

amor Hacienda El Centenario, es un lugar emblemático y tradicional dentro de uno de los 7 pueblos mágicos de Jalisco, llamado Tequila. Dentro de la Hacienda, se encuentra el Gran salón, el cual atiende eventos corporativos, congresos y seminarios. Se combina con terrazas de mayor amplitud las cuales ofrecen jardines adornados, espacios como los óvalos o el patio mexicano. Los ruedos ofrecen espectáculos llenos de color y alegría que darán un toque original a tu evento, a demás de albergar piezas de arte de Sergio   Bustamante y colecciónes de la reconocida Leonora Carrington que le darán un distintivo a tu evento.

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Que mejor que tus invitados se deleiten y descansen en altos muros y finos detalles en decoración, sintiéndose como en su casa, en el Hotel Solar de las Ànimas. La Antigua Casona ofrece propuestas gastronómicas de la época Virreinal para paladares exigentes. Y porque no ofrecer a tus invitados, la opción de hacerlos llegar al destino de tu enlace matrimonial y al mismo tiempo consentirlos en un recorrido en el tren de pasajeros José Cuervo Express. En el cual sus pupilas observarán la ruta del Tequila y los paisajes agaveros, así como de gustaran los diferentes tequilas de la casa José Cuervo.

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Diana Sandoval

BY: WHITE BRIDAL GUADALAJARA | PHOTOgraphY: courtesy

si no encuentras el trabajo de tus sueños INVENTALO!! En WHITE BRIDAL nos sentimos orgullosos de presentar al Valle de Texas el talento de Diana Sandoval Osorio, quien a sus 32 años ya es un referente en la planeación de organización de eventos con sede en el estado de Querétaro, México. Diana es Licenciada en ciencias de la comunicación, y lleva diez años dedicándose a la organización de eventos y bodas destino. Cuenta con una especialidad en coordinación y diseño de bodas en todo México, lo que le ha llevado a posicionar su firma como una de las mejores agencias de eventos en el bajio. Diana tiene muy claro el significado que tiene la planeación de un evento, es lo que la mantiene en constante capacitación. Ha logrado su certificación intenacional que la avala como Wedding Planner. Además de pertenecer a distintas asociaciones del medio, Diana ha participado en varios seminarios, diplomados y congresos de la industria a nivel nacional e internacional, tanto de invitada como de ponente. Cuenta con una certificación avalada por la SEP como instructor/capacitador y capacita a las presonas que están entrando a la industria impartiendo talleres, seminarios y webinars. Cuenta, además, con estudios en ventas, imagen y relaciones públicas. Realiza de 35 a 40 eventos anuales de la más alta calidad y siempre está preparandose para estar a la vanguardia y en el gusto de sus clientes.

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¿Cómo definirías la firma Diana Sandoval (Wedding Coach and Event Designer)? Wow, la definiría como una empresa que lucha siempre por lograr los sueños de todos nuestros clientes, represento a un gran equipo que cree firmemente que cada evento es un nuevo reto y una gran aventura y, a pesar de los diez años que llevamos en esto, nos seguimos emocionando con cada proyecto, estresándonos, poniéndonos nerviosas, y eso es algo que me encanta, pues significa que estamos en el lugar correcto. Me defino junto con mi equipo como creadoras de experiencias únicas e inolvidables. ¿Cuál es la función real de un wedding planner? Es un servicio que integra varias funciones, te puedo enumerar algunas de las que llevamos a cabo en la empresa: Llevar el control de todos los proveedores y detalles, (logística de todo el evento); Asesorar y apoyar a nuestros clientes, en la selección de cada detalle, así como el seguimiento de los servicios durante el proceso de planeación; Nos encargamos de la coordinación de absolutamente todo el día de tu evento, desde el inicio hasta el cierre, llevando la logística y las minutas perfectamente preparadas con los proveedores; Y, aparte de todo esto, somos amigas, psicólogas, mediadoras, líderes, en fin, nos sentimos parte de la familia de los novios por varios meses. ¿Cuáles son los beneficios de contar con un organizador de bodas? Ahorrar el estrés habitual que conlleva la planificación de un evento, evitando que la fiesta no se convierta en un cáos sino, por el contrario, el principio de una experiencia inolvidable. También ayuda a reducir los costos, ya que nos encargamos de contratar las mejores opciones en relación precio/calidad. Nuestra estrecha relación con los proveedores nos permite obtener descuentos especiales. Además, somos expertos en percibir los detalles pequeños que por lo general se dejan escapar al no poderles dedicar el tiempo necesario. Nos gusta sorprender a nuestros clientes, superar sus expectativas con elementos innovadores y vanguardistas. La excelencia en el servicio es lo que nos identifica como empresa; logramos que los invitados se sientan atendidos todo el tiempo. Si suceden imprevistos, nosotros los resolvemos de la mejor manera, si es posible, sin que tus invitados lo noten. Créelo, siempre tenemos un plan B. Pero sobre todo, la tranquilidad de los clientes y el que disfruten de su compromiso y de la organización de el evento más importante de sus vidas y para eso contar con un buen organizador de bodas es escencial. ¿Con cuánto tiempo hay que empezar a preparar una boda? Por lo general de un año a seis meses está perfecto. ¿Qué es lo primero que debería hacer una novia antes de organizar su fiesta? Yo siempre recomiendo que dediquen un espacio y tiempo para disfrutar su compromiso con su novio y familiares, muchas novias tienen el anillo y corren a apartar

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todo. Hay que disfrutar, pensar en su presupuesto, en el número de personas que deseen invitar y estilo de fiesta que quieren para comenzar a cotizar en base a eso. Es muy importante pedir muchas referencias y recomendaciones de los proovedores que llevarán su boda, es necesario contar con la preparación necesaria para que estén tranquilos y confiados de que su Gran Día está en las mejores manos. ¿Cuáles son los momentos más difíciles/complicados en la organización? Varios, hay que escuchar al cliente con atención, identificar sus gustos y su personalidad para poder atenderlo y entendernos mejor, de lo contrario puede haber malos entendidos. La semana previa es de las más complicadas porque hay mucho estrés, ya que todo depende de nosotros y hay mucha responsabilidad que tomamos nosotros de muchos involucrados y se tienen que confirmar varias cosas . Y bueno, los días de montaje donde siempre surgen imprevistos y estás a las carreras, resolviendo conflictos.

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¿Cuál es la boda que has organizado que más recuerdas? Cada una es especial y tiene un toque tanto mío como de los novios, me encanta esa sinergia, todas las recuerdo con muchísimo cariño. Para ti, ¿cómo sería la boda perfecta? Donde los novios están relajados, disfrutando, cuando se refleja su amor en cada instante, ese tipo de bodas siempre salen bien. Y claro, cuando todo esta perfectamente organizado, hay un excelente servicio, un buen ambiente y una buena producción. Si alguien quisiera dedicarse a la organización de bodas, ¿qué consejo podrías darle? Que lo piensen muy bien, es un trabajo complicado, que requiere de responsabilidad y muchos sacrificios, debes de ser comprometido y amar el servicio para dedicarte a esto. Ser muy firme y seguro, saber trabajar en equipo ya que muchos proveedores dependerán de ti y tienes que trabajar con ellos si quieres que un evento tenga éxito. Tomar en cuenta que no hay muchas horas libres, que no hay fines de semana, que requieres de mucha paciencia y creatividad; sin embargo las recompensas son inmensas cuando ves todo tu trabajo al final y ves el éxito en las caras de felicidad de los novios, entonces todo vale la pena, cada minuto invertido cobra sentido. Para mí es un trabajo lleno de satisfacciones y cosas nuevas cada evento.de los novios, entonces todo vale la pena cada minuto invertido, para mi es un trabajo lleno de satisfacciones y cosas nuevas cada evento.

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True love…

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PHOTO GRAPH ER Anahi Wedd

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February 28th was a typical Sunday. A day spent with my family, celebrating my grandfather’s birthday. We attended church and enjoyed a great lunch. Arian stayed behind. To my surprise, when I arrived I noticed that the house was clean and the dogs were bathed. I remember thinking to myself “wow, what a great way to start the week. I don’t have to clean the house. Now I can lay down and relax.” For some reason Arian asked if I would go with him to run some errands. Hesitantly, I agreed … even though I’d rather be napping. In hindsight, I should have known something was going to happen. Arian was very nervous. On our way home, he

stopped, turned to me asked, “Jacob do you really love me?” I thought to myself, “what kind of question is that?” I quickly responded “of course, with all my heart. “ I stayed in suspense waiting for a follow up question; that was the end of the conversation. A few hours later, I was finally home and able to relax; enjoying the rest of my Sunday afternoon. I was in bed, practically in my pajamas, while Arian was in the bathroom combing his hair. Suddenly, I hear the door bell. I was waiting for him to answer the door, but he didn’t. I got up to answer thinking “really, he is already up.” As I am passing through the dining area, I saw blue eyes staring at me underneath the table. I’m pretty sure I screamed … it was a friend of ours, holding a camera. She gestured for me to open the door. As I opened the door, I was serenaded

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Arian+Jake by a young lady who was singing Marry Me by Train. A rapid mixture of confusion, excitement and bewilderment passed through me. I turned around to see Arian walking towards me with a little blue box in his hands. A single tear began to run down his cheek as he asked me to marry him. These touching words of love made me so happy, I gave him a big hug before he could even finish. We will both share this personal moment of joy and happiness forever. While we may face challenges like all couples do, my love for him continues to grow more and more every day. I will always remember that special Sunday in February where the beginning of the rest of our lives began. . ENGAGEMENT

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MICHELLE+WILL

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Casual Engagement Session at the

Beach PHOTOGRAPHY BY Eric Sierra

Hello friends! The beach represents a great location for engagement photos, usually couples go for with casual outfit, but this place offers more than one option. In this images with Daria & Valentyn taken at the beautiful Riviera Maya; we can see a more relaxed mood, they are having fun next to the shore in a more appropriate outfit for the beach. In the end, the main objective is this, to have fun and of course, to get the best images possible. Discuss with your photographer all the option you could have in your favorite location and enjoy it! Eric Sierra

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asmine and Trey first fell in love at the Travis Middle School talent show where Trey was performing with his short-lived, yet legendary band, Jose Salinas and the Flying Machine. She was mesmerized by his prodigious drumming skills and the way his long, luxurious hair swayed to the rhythm of the music. It was her charming smile and beautiful eyes that had Trey in a stupor, causing him to miss a few beats. Even though they did not have classes together, Jasmine and Trey would eagerly wait for the bell to ring so they could catch each other in the halls and chat.

He still remembers the first time he told her that he loved her. “Don’t say that,” she said, “you don’t even know what love is.” “I don’t care,” he said, “I love you anyway.”

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By the end of their 8th grade year, their middle school flirting had turned into a summer romance. This initial relationship, however, was only momentary. By the second month of dating, Jasmine was beginning to have second thoughts. For one, they would be attending different high schools, and she knew it would be increasingly difficult to see each other. Trey’s mannerisms had also become increasingly strange, which did not help Jasmine’s predicament, and by the end of the summer, she had called it off.

“He’s a little weird and immature,” said Jasmine when asked why she broke up with Trey. “Don’t worry. There will be plenty of other guys in high school,” her friends advised.

They both moved on, but their feelings for each other endured. Towards the end of their freshman year of high school, Jasmine attended a local show and was surprised to see Trey on stage performing with his new band, Ennui Jolt. Memories came flooding back of the time she first saw him behind the drums at the Travis Middle School talent show. She felt in love again, but Trey did not feel the same way. He still liked her, but was too embittered about their summertime breakup. What ensued was a frustrating, 5-year spell of unattainable love—when Jasmine desired to be with Trey, he was not interested, and when Trey wanted to be with Jasmine, she was capriciously indifferent to dating. Despite maintaining a cordial relationship, they always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time to pick up where they left off. Fate would continue to run its course, and in time, Jasmine and Trey would find themselves together again. All it took was a friendly text message in 2008. It was their sophomore year of college. Jasmine: Hey!! How have u been? Trey: Who’s this?? Jasmine: Guess.. Trey: … Jasmine: Jasmine . Trey: Hey! was not expecting that. How are you?

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Trey and Jasmine have liked each other for a long time. Their narrative is a realistic one, strengthened by its imperfections and not diminished by them. After fifteen years of knowing each other, and nearly 8 years of dating, they will soon embark on yet another chapter of their lives together.

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Welcome to

Casa Los Ebanos PHOTOGRAPHY BY Alaa Marzouk

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Weddings

Casa Los Ebanos… for Storybook Weddings With spacious lawns beside a lake, an outdoor dance pavilion surrounded by palms and ferns, and access to a beautiful home, Casa Los Ebanos is the perfect place to create your dream wedding ceremony and reception. Built in 1937, the home has an elegant living room furnished with antiques and oriental rugs, a light-filled garden room with floor to ceiling windows, a formal dining room, and a book-lined study. The upstairs is reserved for the wedding party and has a very spacious bride's room plus two smaller bedrooms for dressing. Should there be food service inside, your caterer may use the house kitchen. Outside, adjacent to the dance pavilion, are a food preparation area and additional restrooms.

WEDDING PACKAGE • All day use of house and grounds until midnight • Additional hour for breakdown • 3 beautiful rooms for bridal party to dress •Dance pavilion with food prep area and restrooms • 13 sixty inch round tables and chairs for 104 guests • 10 rectangular tables for cake, bar, bride and groom, etc. • Golf cart and driver to transport guests to and from parking area • Security for cars in parking area and help with parking • One hour for rehearsal • Photo sessions with your photographer by appointment • Onsite manager day and night of wedding

This gracious southern colonial-style home sits in a private 82-acre nature park with native trees and plants, extensive lawns and tropical landscaping - perfect for lakeside weddings and parties under the stars as well as intimate indoor gatherings.

quinceaneras, reunions, parties, day retreats, and business meetings. We can host full-day events or those for just a couple of hours and are happy to customize pricing for smaller and weekday events whenever possible. The elegant interior space can hold up to 70 guests with formal seating Our location at the junction of two and up to 125 for stand-up parties. major highways between Harlin- Outdoors, our beautiful grounds can gen and Brownsville makes Casa Los accommodate up to 250 guests. Casa Ebanos a Valley-wide favorite for all Los Ebanos is a gem hidden among types of private and corporate events: ebony trees and palms and is the bestweddings and receptions, showers, kept secret in the Rio Grande Valley.


PHOTOGRAPHY BY Alaa Marzouk

REQUEST INFORMATION

CUSTOM WEDDINGS At Casa Los Ebanos you may customize your wedding to fit your dreams and budget by choosing your own vendors to provide additional tables and chairs, catering, decorations, linens, flowers, cake, etc. We have hosted hundreds of events during 14 years in business and can help you by making recommendations. Choosing your own vendors allows you to design a wedding that meets all your needs and desires.   CAPACITY  Casa Los Ebanos is the perfect intimate setting for your wedding and reception. Indoors, we have space for up 70 guests with formal seating. For stand-up receptions, there is room for up to 125 guests inside. Outdoors, our beautiful grounds can accommodate up to 250 guests. 

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For information on prices, our package, and date availability, please email us at info@casalosebanos.com or fill out the Questionnaire. We will answer promptly.   We work by appointment only, but it is easy to make an appointment to visit and find out why Casa Los Ebanos is so special. We look forward to hearing from you and having the opportunity to introduce you to this unique property.


Corporate

Events Casa Los Ebanos…

For Corporate Events This exclusive venue is ideal for daytime or evening corporate events such as training sessions, business meetings, award ceremonies, networking mixers, cocktail parties, luncheons and dinners. A large general meeting room and a choice of breakout rooms are available. The entire downstairs is ideal for cocktail parties, luncheons or dinners. We have a dance pavilion, additional restrooms, and a food preparation area outdoors.

A floor plan of the house is available upon request. We provide tables and chairs for up to 104 guests.

At holiday time, Casa Los Ebanos is beautifully decorated with Christmas trees, special lighting, and antique nativities. As a location for indoor or outdoor holiday parties, this charming home is unmatched.

Private

Approximate capacity inside: For cocktail parties or mixers: 125 For seated dining: 70 For meetings, auditorium-style: 75 For meetings with tables and chairs: 40 Approximate capacity outside: 250

We are conveniently located at the intersection of two major highways Expressway 77/83 and State Highway 100 - south of San Benito and approximately halfway between Harlingen and Brownsville with easy access from South Padre Island, Weslaco, McAllen, Edinburg and Mission.

Events Casa Los Ebanos...

For Private Parties

In our fourteen years in business, we have hosted many types of events. In addition to weddings and receptions, Valley families have celebrated quinceaneras, sweet 16s, rehearsal

dinners, Christmas parties, family reunions, baptismal lunches, church parties and retreats, baby and bridal showers, birthday and anniversary parties, and graduation parties. Casa Los Ebanos is an ideal location for small, intimate indoor parties or large events outdoors. The indoors has beautifully furnished rooms which guests may enjoy as if they were in their own homes. Outdoors, we have extensive lawns and gardens beside a lake and a dance pavilion surrounded by palms and ferns, as well as handicapped-accessible restrooms and a food preparation area—all the facilities for a successful and unforgettable event.

Casa Los Ebanos 27715 State Highway 100 Los Fresnos, TX 78566 Phone: 956-399-9097   Email: info@casalosebanos.com

“We are conveniently located at the intersection of two major highways - Expressway 77/83 and State Highway 100 - south of San Benito and approximately halfway between Harlingen and Brownsville with easy access from South Padre Island, Weslaco, McAllen, Edinburg and Mission.”

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JENNI+ROY R

oy & I met at a mutual friend’s music event. I had dropped by to listen to her sing, and he was the photographer at the event. I knew he was my brother’s friend, but we had never actually had a conversation up until that evening. Roy was leading worship at his church, and I had just come back from Bethel School of Worship in California. We bonded over that right away, shared some laughs, and talked about my plans to move back. Neither of us were expecting anything romantic to happen, but over the next few days we kept running into each other at Jitterz (a favorite

local coffee shop) and started spending a lot of time together. I remember one afternoon we spent talking for hours until the shop closed. I had never met anyone else who’s dreams and goals ran that parallel to mine. A few days after that, he asked me to be his valentine. We had a cute coffee date, and I thought that was it. I came home, took off my make up, and went to bed. I couldn’t fall asleep that night, and I suddenly got a text message from him saying that he felt like sitting outside and talking.

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I jokingly replied that he could come over. I didn’t think he would actually come over though! That was the night we both realized that we were falling for each other, sitting on my parent’s porch in my pajamas on Valentines Day talking into the wee hours of the next morning. Ten months later, he proposed to me on that very same porch. Before Roy, when I would see super loveydovey couples I would always think that there was no way they could actually be real. I couldn’t even imagine tolerating being around the same person that much. I hate clichés, but the whole “when you know, you know” thing is totally true. I can’t even begin to imagine life without him. We wanted our wedding to reflect the joy we found in each other, and to remind our guests of all of the hope and beauty still left in life. The whole day was absolutely perfect, surrounded by our closest friends and families. Married life is so much fun! It’s a perfect extension of our wedding day. Not everything works out exactly the way we would have planned, but all of it is good! I love having someone to share my days with. Life with Roy is already so much better than I ever thought it would be. I still get blown away that someone as kind, loving, and fun as he is would choose me. Here’s to many more years to come!

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SHELBY+FONZ PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAA MARZOUK | VENUE: CASA LOS EBANOS

I met Fonz in the winter of my sophomore year of college. He was living in Puerto Rico, while I was living in Austin, Texas. Any of my friends or family members can tell you that I loved Fonz from the moment I met him. After months of long distance, Fonz moved back to the states where we began our relationship. Marriage was always one of our fondest topics of discussion and most frequent day dream. It wasn't until three years into our relationship that we got to make it a reality. Fonz joined the United States Marine Corp and left for training in January of 2016.

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Training was three months long, and we could only communicate through letters. A few weeks into his time away, Fonz and I decided that we shouldn't prolong our day dream any longer and should use his weekend home after graduation to get married. Our entire wedding was planned through handwritten letters that we still treasure today; mine saved in a canvas binder, and his tucked away in a salvaged envelope. We got married on Saturday, April 30th, 2016. It was exactly what we wanted. Something relaxing and happy with the people nearest and dearest to our hearts. We often look back on that day and retell our favorite moments and memories. If I could, I would go back and relive it all over again. It was the best day and the beginning of our lives.

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MARIFER +OSMAR WEDDINGS


Había una vez dos jóvenes que sin planear que serían novios y ahora esposos, se conocieron y empezaron su vida juntos. Aún recuerdo el día que nos conocimos, fue un día muy especial para mi. Fue un 14 de Febrero, y como dice la canción; “Fue un día como cualquiera, nunca olvidaré la fecha, coincidimos sin pensar en tiempo y en lugar, algo mágico pasó, tu sonrisa me atrapó, sin permiso me robaste el corazón y así sin decirnos nada, con una simple mirada comenzaba nuestro amor”. Esta historia comenzó sin pensarlo y sin planearla. Recuerdas que sin conocernos lo suficiente nos arriesgamos y empezamos una relación? Ahora gracias a Dios empezaremos a recorrer nuenstra vida juntos. Aún recuerdo que mucha gente me decía que no llegaríamos lejos, pero ha sido la fuerza de nuestro amor la que nos ha ayudado a superar todas las barreras para dejar a un lado la opinion negativa de los demás. Ahora que han pasdo dos años y medio de nuestra relación, decidimos unir nuestras vidas para siempre y eso me hizo muy feliz. De algo estoy segura; “quiero pasar el resto de mi vida contigo” quiero que sepas que llenaste mi vida sin yo esperarlo, me enamoraste día a día y llen-

aste de amor cada dia mi vida. Jamás pense llegar a amar a alguien como te amo a ti y aunque ya lo sepas te lo voy a recordar todos los días de mi vida. Este amor es tan grande que se que mientras pase más tiempo y viva momentos contigo más crecerá mi amor por ti. No me cansaría de encontrar canciones que describen lo que siento por ti, por eso te digo que, quiero caminar de tu mano, lo que me resta de camino, quiero que los cumpleaños que me faltan siempre los pases a mi lado. Te digo que no estoy jugando cuando te digo que TE AMO, TE AMO, TE AMO… TE AMO. Y aunque se que todo no todo es de color de rosa, tengo la seguridad de que nuestro amor ahora que ya somos esposos, llegará muy lejos. Sorpresas y noticias nuevas llegan a nuestras vidas solo espero vivirlas todas contigo y que no te apartes de mi lado nunca. Yo no quiero una historia con un final feliz …prefiero una historia sin fin. TE AMO OSMAR.


FEDERICA+MARCO PHOTOGRAPHY BY White Loop Studio

July 2016 | California, USA.

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ELENA+ANDREA Venecia, Italia. PHOTOGRAPHY BY White Loop Studio

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