SUNDAY JUNE 25 2006 by ihd16607


									SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2006                                                                                                                                                                                   LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 5C

                                                    ANNIVERSARY                                                                                           BIRTHDAY
                                                                                                                                         Maria Blum 80th
                                                                                                                                     Maria Blum celebrated
                                                                                                                                 her 80th birthday on June 3
                                                                                                                                 at Coyote Creek. It was a sit-
                                                                                                                                 down dinner given by her
                                                                                                                                 children: Laura (Jorge) Gar-
                                                                                                                                 cia and daughters Yessina                                                  ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                                                                                                                 and Terry Rodriguez; Bran-
                                                                                                                                 don Blum; Ramoncita                                                   Finding the perfect dress is
                                                                                                                                 (Frank) Montemayor and                                            the second most-stressful part
                                                                                                                                 daughters Audrey, Ashley,                                         of getting married — the first be-
                                                                                                                                 Amand and Amber; Rene                                             ing securing the location, ac-
                                                                                                                                 (Sonia) Blum and son Rene                                         cording to a survey conducted
                                                                                                                                 Jr.; Donna (Jim) Price and                                        on behalf of retailer David’s
                                                                                                                                 daughter Jessica; Rolf Blum                                       Bridal.
                                                                                                                                 (absent); and Azeneth Valdez                                          Other stressors are finalizing
                                                                                                                                 (absent).                                                         the guest list and choosing a date.
                                                                                                                                     Maria’s children presented                                        But for the 501 recently en-
                                                                                                                                 her with a slideshow of pic-                                      gaged women who participated
                                                                                                                                 tures from her youth up until                                     in the telephone poll conducted
                                                                                                                                 her present. A special bless-                                     by Leflein Associates, shopping
Pictured from left to right Javier Velasquez, Rick Velasquez, Rene Velasquez, Danny Velasquez, Roy Velasquez, Jaime Velasquez,   ing was given by Mr. Juan                                         for bridesmaids dresses is hard-
Sergio Velasquez, Felix Velasquez Jr., Araceli Gonzalez, and honorees Felix Velasquez Sr. and Emma Velasquez.                    Garza.                                                            ly easy. Two-thirds say that their
                                                                                                                                     The honoree was asked to             MARIA BLUM               biggest problem is finding a

                                       Velasquez 50th                                                                            sing, because it has always
                                                                                                                                 been her dream; she was ac-
                                                                                                                                 companied by her brother
                                                                                                                                                                   Arturo (Gloria) Esparza. Pas-
                                                                                                                                                                   tor Mike (Polly) Barrera. And
                                                                                                                                                                                                   style that will fit and flatter
                                                                                                                                                                                                   each of their bridesmaids’ body
    Felix Sr. and Emma (Inclan)                                                                                                  Arturo.                           her close friends Alma Neira,       Meanwhile, 45 percent com-
Velasquez celebrated their 50th                                                                                                      Guests in attendance to the   Mr. and Mrs. Juan Garza, Mr.    plain of a lack of styles, colors
wedding anniversary with a holy                                                                                                  party included Maria’s broth-     and Mrs. Patrick Wong, and      and sizes, and 37 percent dread
Mass on May 6 at Our Lady of                                                                                                     ers Guadalupe (Eva) Ezparza,      others.                         fitting out-of-town bridesmaids.
Guadalupe Catholic Church,
which was the site of their origi-
nal vows on April 8, 1956.
    The couple was treated to a
dinner/dance, a gift by their eight
sons and only daughter. They are
Felix (Laura) Jr., Javier, Sergjo
(Adriana), Rick (Olivia), Jaime,
Rene, Cheli (Gary Gonzalez), Roy
(Cris) and Danny Velasquez.
    The bride looked beautiful in a
two-piece beaded bodice gold
gown. A gold miniature head
piece adorned her short-cropped
hair-do. The groom looked equal-
ly elegant, in a Ralph Lauren
black-with-gold-vest tuxedo.
    A gala reception followed at the
Laredo Civic Center Ballroom.The
ballroom was exquisitely decorat-
ed with an elegant atmosphere, a
work of Myreida and Nayely Floral
designs. Decorative chandeliers by
Carmine’s were also hung by the
ceiling, giving the ballroom a very
lavishing and elegant entrance.
    The entrance of the ballroom
was adorned with two huge floral
arrangements on each side, on top
of Roman illuminated pillars that
were decorated with tulle. On one
side of the entrance was the cou-
ple’s original wedding portrait tak-
en by Humberto Serrano’s Studio,                              MR. AND MRS. FELIX VELASQUEZ SR.
50 years ago. The other side had a
table formally dressed for guests to       tiful bride. The dance was very            sauce, white rice, stuffed potatoes
sign the beautiful adorned album,          emotional when all of the eight            and broccoli with a dinner roll.
and a gift basket for their gifts.         sons — one at a time — danced a                 Popular dance music was
    The designated couple’s table          small piece of “Como Han Pasado            played by La Formula throughout
was also illuminated by Roman              Los Años” with their mother. The           the night. A video of fond memo-
pillars, which gave a beautiful            couple’s daugther also had a               ries of that night will be remem-
scenery for all their pictures. On         dance with her mother. Mr. Felix           bered always, courtesy of Ms.
one side of the table was the              was overcome with joy, bringing            Rose Yzaguirre.
bride’s beautiful wedding cake, a          some tears to his eyes as he would              The wedding attendants were
creation by Pat’s Cake Design.             see how his eight sons and daugh-          represented by each son/daugh-
The groom’s chocolate cake was             ter danced with his bride.                 ter of the couple’s children. The
decorated with grapes and straw-               Mrs. Guadalupe Inclan, the             grandchildren of the couple are
berries, a work from Cakeland.             bride’s mother was also present.           Priscilla, Felix Michael, Kevin,
    Mariachis Los Tequileros                   A gift of appreciation was pre-        Jayson, Jacob, Alexander, Vanessa,
strolled in and serenaded the cou-         sented to Mrs. Araceli V. Gonzalez         Sergio Jr., Marky, Isa Renee, Cindy,
ple and guests with a variety of           by her sister-in-laws, Laura, Adri-        Rick Jr., J.J., Ray, Joey, Eric, Rene
ranchera’s songs. A mariachi               ana, Olivia, and Cris Velasquez            Jr., Krispy, J.D., Lisa Marie, Ashley,
sombrero was placed in Mr. Felix           for putting together such a mem-           Valeric, Victoria and Baby Roy.
head throughout his favorite song,         orable night.                                   A torna boda was celebrated af-
“El Rey,” as he sang along with the            The guests were treated to a for-      terward at the couple’s home with
ensemble.                                  mal seated dinner in a beautiful gold      trio Juan & Javier playing a variety
    Andy Reyes, a very dear friend         table setting and miniature pillars        of Mexican songs to more than the
of the family, was the guest speak-        atop with fresh flowers. The cou-          100 guests until mid-morning. Over
er. The couple’s sons gave a white         ple’s picture was also placed on the       300 guests attended the gala event.
rose to the groom, as a symbol of          tables.The dinner consisted of bone-            The couple enjoyed their hon-
respect for a dance with his beau-         less chicken breast in champagne           eymoon in Louisiana.

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