SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2006 LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 5C ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY Wedding Maria Blum 80th Maria Blum celebrated dress her 80th birthday on June 3 at Coyote Creek. It was a sit- down dinner given by her children: Laura (Jorge) Gar- hassles 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 types. 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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