Is there anything better than a family wedding? Last weekend the familia gathered at the bocce ball courts on a crisp and rain free Saturday afternoon to celebrate the marriage of Cassandra and Martin.
My Nana and Tata were escorted in. How sweet is my cousin Leo holding our Nana's hand. It is still feels like we were all just little kids running around and now we are adults with kids of our own running around.
My Tata was escorted in by the groom himself.
My family really cleans up nice!
The wedding party walked in to the Jurassic Park theme song.
Then the music changed my beautiful little baby cousin Sassafrass walked in on her Dad's arm, looking stunning.
There were so many sweet touches throughout the wedding. Check out the bouquet. It was made my my Tia Angie (Cassie's Momma). Cassie loved the idea of a brooch bouquet and my Tia made it not just beautiful but meaningful. Earlier this year my Tia Angie asked all my Tia's and all us girl cousins to send her a silver and jeweled brooch. It felt like we all got to be a part of her day. A visual reminder that we love her and are there for her always.
This was the moment that did not leave a dry eye in the house. As my Tio Javier walked Cassie up the the staircase he stopped and talked to both Cassie and Martin for a good few minutes. I am sure he was bestowing on them his blessing and his wisdom. Then he hugged them both.
The wedding ceremony was short and sweet. Cassie and Martin were married by court about a year ago so this ceremony was a renewal of their vows and a chance for the rest of us to celebrate. The same judge that married them a year ago married them again. He is a family friend.
I was sitting right behind my Tata and his sweet hat. I know how much my Tata loves us all and this must have made him so happy to be there to see his Cassie marry her Martin.
Little Vivi with her Grandpa watching the bride and groom walk away!
Then the party started!
We have enough kids to put them all at their own table. Which they sat at for 3.5 minutes to scarf down some food. They spent the entire time playing with their cousins and dancing!
My sisters and I with the Bride and the Groom
Martin is part of a drift and grip crew called 805 Slide and they were there so happy to be there for their buddy. They came complete with engraved beer mugs!
It was time for the first dance and this is when my favorite part of the wedding happened. As they walked out and the music started I immediately recognized that it was "Echo" by the best band in the world Incubus. Cass and I share a deep love for Incubus and as she was walking onto the dance floor she started looking around for me. From across the tent I let out a "wooo hooo" and threw up the rock hands to let her know that I knew! This is such a perfect wedding song for them.
When it was time for the Father Daughter dance my Tio was MIA. Everyone was calling for him and he comes running him and leaps in the air and lands with jazz hands. I love him so much he made everyone at the wedding cry and laugh. They danced to a song called "You're My Hero". Very fitting.
All the single ladies hit the dance floor for the bouquet toss.
My cousin Betty was in it to win and and came out victorious!
There was also the traditional garter toss.
And then the dance floor opened up and as usual my familia set it on fire!
I love this photo of my sister Elaine and Kelly. Really sums them up.
Our cousins and Tia from Reno were there and little Sadie was as sweet as ever.
My niece Chone with Louie. I read the other day that older cousins are like celebrity status to little cousins. This is very true for my girls.
After the sun went down it got cold but between the heat lamps, open bar and dancing none of us minded.
I think Andres was the first and probably last person on the dance floor.
I wish we could have stayed all night long. As we walked the bocce ball court back to our car the sounds of the music and laughter literally made my heart grow 3 sizes, all Grinch like.