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					Sunday, January 18, 2004                                                             Laredo Morning Times                                                                                    PAGE 3C

Weddings, engagements and social events




                                                                                                                                            SELINA D. PERALES
                                                                                                                                            ANDREW L. COOPER                      RAQUEL CRUZ
                                                                                                                                                                                   RICHARD P.
                                                                                                                                          Perales-Cooper                          CHALAMBAGA

                                                                                                                                            Selina Denise Perales,
                                                                                                                                          the daughter of Minerva
                                                                                                                                                                                  Cruz-
                                                                                                                   Times courtesy photo
FAMILY PORTRAIT: Rene Mendez, brother of the bride, Amelia Davila Uralde, mother of the bride; Carolina and Eliud                         Reyes and Raul Humberto              Chalambaga
Estrada, newlyweds and Elsa and David Estrada, parents of the groom.                                                                      Perales, is engaged to be
                                                                                                                                          married to Andrew Land              Felix and Angela Cruz

Carolina Isabel Mendez and Eliud Estrada exchange vows                                                                                    Cooper, the son of Don and
                                                                                                                                          Glenda
                                                                                                                                          Lexington, Ky.
                                                                                                                                                        Cooper,       of
                                                                                                                                                                             announce the engagement
                                                                                                                                                                             of their daughter, Raquel
                                                                                                                                                                             Cruz, to Richard P.
  Carolina Isabel Mendez         Davila, cousin of the bride,                                                                               Selina is a native of            Chalambaga,       so    of
and Eliud Estrada were unit-     of Austin.                                                                                               Laredo and is a graduate of        Sostenes      and    Tere
ed in holy matrimony at 7:30       Wedding          attendants                                                                            St. Augustine High School.         Chalambaga,             of
p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15,       included padrinos de arras:                                                                              She went on to graduate            Sanderson, Texas.
2003, at St. Patrick’s           Mr. and Mrs. Arturo H.                                                                                   from Baylor University,             The bride-elect, a coun-
Church. Reverend Tomas           Garza, aunt and uncle of the                                                                             receiving her bachelor of          selor, and the prospective
Juarez officiated the double-    bride, padrinos de Cojines:                                                                              arts in international studies,     groom, a teacher, are cur-
ring ceremony.                   Mr. and Mrs. Sergio                                                                                      with her minor in art history.     rently employed at H. B.
  The bride is the daughter      Hernandez, brother-in-law                                                                                  She is presently working         Zachry Elementary.
of Amelia Davila Uralde.         and sister of the groom,                                                                                 as an adjunct instructor of
Mrs. Uralde and Carolina’s       padrinos de lazo: Dr. and                                                                                ESOL at Tarrant County
brother, Rene, gave her in       Mrs. Jose G. Garcia, aunt                                                                                College and is a Family
marriage. The groom is the       and uncle of the bride, and                                                                              School representative with         Quinceañera
son of Elsa Estrada and          padrinos de Biblia y rosario:                                                                            Arlington        Independent
David Estrada.                   Mr. and Mrs. Tomas                                                                                       School District.
  Carolina was dressed in a      Briones, baptismal godpar-                                                                                 Andrew is a graduate of
white, satin St. Tropez          ents of the groom.                                                                                       Lafayette High School and
strapless gown with a fitted       At the beginning of the                                                                                Cumberland           College,
bodice and A-line skirt that     Nuptial Mass, both Carolina                                                                              where he received his
draped in the back in a          and Eliud offered a sincere                                                                              bachelor of science with a
criss-cross fashion. Crystal     welcome to invited friends                                                                               minor in religion. He is an
and pearl embroidery along       and family, asking them for                                                                              upcoming May 2004 gradu-
with metallic threading          their prayers and blessings                                                                              ate for his masters in mar-
embellished the bodice,          for a long, healthy, and fruit-                                                                          riage counseling and mas-
hemline, and train. She          ful marriage filled with love                                                                            ters in arts in christian edu-
wore a pearl and diamond         and happiness.                                                                                           cation. He is currently work-
necklace, bracelet, and ear-       During the Mass, a special                                                                             ing at Southwestern Baptist
rings, a gift from her mother.   remembrance was made of                                                                                  Theological Seminary in
A beautiful and large bou-       the bride and groom’s                                                                                    Fort Worth, as a secretary
quet of Virginia white and       deceased        grandparents:                                                                            of support services.
lavender roses, daisies, and     Captain Jose C. Davila, Mr.                                                                                The date of the wedding is       JACQUELINE CASTILLO
chrysanthemums            with   Lorenzo Serrato, and Mr.                                                                                 set for March 20, 2004 at
leather leaves and English       and Mrs. Francisco Estrada.                                                                              Iglesia Bautista Buena Vida          Jacqueline Castillo, the
ivy      cascaded        from      During the Liturgy of the                                                                              en Jesus. A reception to           daughter of Mauro and
Carolina’s hands, compli-        Word, Gerardo Garza,                                                                                     follow at the Holiday Inn.         Amabely Castillo, celebrat-
menting the elegant simplic-     cousin of the bride, present-                                                                                                               ed her quinceanera on Dec.
ity of her gown.                 ed the first reading and                                                                                                                    6, 2003 with a religious cer-
  Gabriela Mendez, sister of     responsorial psalm, and
                                                                                                                                                                             emony at Christ the King
the bride, was the matron of     Rene Mendez, brother of
honor. Osiris Estrada, twin      the bride, read the second                                                                                                                  Church.
brother of the groom was         reading. Javier C. Davila,                      MR. AND MRS. ELIUD ESTRADA                                                                    A dinner and dance
the best man. Bridesmaids        uncle of the bride, read the                                                                                                                reception     followed     at
                                                                   entrance table where the           Rene, and then with each of
were sisters of the bride,       prayer of the faithful. Mr.       bride’s portrait was dis-          her uncles.                                                            Castillo de los Presidentes.
Raquel       and     Rebecca     and Mrs. Alfredo Torres and       played and invited guests            Special toasts to the new-                                             Jacqueline was escorted
Mendez, and cousins of the       family made the presenta-         signed     in.       Traditional   lyweds were offered by par-                                            by Margarito Segovia III,
bride, Natalia Davila, from      tion of the gifts.                almonds signifying love,           ents and brothers of the                                               the son of Margarito and
Austin, and Maritza Garza.         In a special ceremony,          health, happiness, prosperi-       groom, and by mother,                                                  Adriana Segovia.
They wore a deep purple          Father Tom gave Carolina          ty, and fertility were             brother, and uncles of the                                               Jacqueline is a 9th grader
strapless bodice and A-line      and Eliud the privilege of        wrapped in white tulle tied        bride. The Mariachi Los                                                at Martin High School.
skirt.                           receiving the body and            with purple, lilac, and silver     Arrieros also entertained the
  Groomsmen were David           blood of Christ from each         ribbon. Potpourris filled          250 guests. Rene, brother
Estrada Jr., brother of the      other. Before the final bless-    sachets tied with purple           of the bride, played, sang,
groom, Gerardo Vera, friend      ing, Mrs. Amelia D. Uralde,       imprinted ribbon were also         and dedicated two special                 MR. AND MRS.
of the groom, Leo Serrato,       Rene Mendez, Mrs. Elsa            at each place setting. Blown       songs to the newlyweds, “I               JESUS R. NUÑO
cousin of the groom, and         Estrada and David Estrada         glass bowls held hojarascas        Want to Grow Old With You”
Gerardo Garza, cousin of         walked up to the altar and        at each table.                     and “She.” Osiris, twin             Announce engagement
the bride.                       gave the couple a special           The four-tier bride’s cake       brother of the groom, also
  Flower girls were Paula        blessing.                         with purple and lavender           sang and dedicated “Si Nos            Josie Gonzalez and Jesus
Cuellar         and     Alexis     Dr. Mary Grace Carroll,         roses atop each tier was of        Dejan” and several other            Rafael Nuño together with
Sandoval, nieces of the          organist,       accompanied       pineapple       filling.    The    songs to the bride and
groom. Their lavender and        Veronica Ramirez, soprano,                                                                               their parents Rodney and
                                                                   groom’s cake was a three-          groom.                              Raquel       Coleman        and
white dresses were adorned       in presenting classical           tier chocolate fudge cake            After a honeymoon trip to
with purple flower petals        selections      from    Bach,                                                                            Santiago and Celia Nuño
                                                                   covered with fresh, whole          Hawaii, the newlyweds
and tulle. They handed out       Pachelbel,          Schubert,     strawberries.                      reside in Laredo.                   announced their plans to
Nuptial Mass missalettes         Stookey, Wagner, and                Grupo Premier provided             The bride is a registered         unite in matrimony.
and silver bells to guests.      Mendelssohn.                      the musical entertainment.         respiratory therapist at              The wedding will be cele-
  The ring bearer was Sergio       Following the religious cer-    After dancing the first dance      Laredo Medical Center and           brated at San Agustin
Hernandez Jr., nephew of         emony, a reception was            with her husband, Carolina         the groom is a staff accoun-        Cathedral on May 1, 2004.
the groom.                       held at The Majesty. Tall         danced with her brother,           tant at Doctor’s Hospital.          A reception will follow at the
  Altar server was Angelica      arrangements graced the                                                                                  Majesty.
                                                                                                                                            The bride-to-be is a 1996
                                                                                                                                          graduate of United High
                                                                                                                                          School. In August 2001 she
                                                                                                                                          graduated from Texas A&M
                                                                                                                                          International University earning
                                                                                                                                          a bachelor of arts in psycholo-
                                                                                                                                          gy with a minor in criminal jus-
                                                                                                                                          tice. She is currently pursuing
                                                                                                                                          a masters in public administra-
                                                                                                                                          tion at TAMIU.          She is
                                                                                                                                          employed         at       United
                                                                                                                                          Independent School District.
                                                                                                                                            The groom-to-be is a 1996
                                                                                                                                          graduate of United High
                                                                                                                                          School. He earned an asso-
                                                                                                                                          ciates in criminal justice
                                                                                                                                          from Laredo Community
                                                                                                                                          College and a bachelor of
                                                                                                                                          science degree in criminal
                                                                                                                   Times courtesy photo   justice with a minor in sociol-
WEDDING ATTENDANTS: Maritza Garza, Natalia Davila, Raquel Mendez, Rebecca Mendez, Gabriela Mendez, Carolina                               ogy from Texas A&M
and Eluid Estrada, bride and groom, Osiris Estrada, Gerardo Vera, David Estrada Jr., Leo Serrato and Jerry Garza.                         International University.

				
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