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Sunday, December 1, 2002

Laredo Morning Times


Weddings and Engagements

Rivera-Chapa vows exchanged at Saint Catherine of Siena Church

In a double-ring ceremony attended by many friends and family, Dora Alicia Chapa and Alberto Rivera, III were united in holy matrimony Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002 at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Austin, Texas. Father George Tzanakas, pasture, Saint Catherine of Siena officiated at the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jose Luis Chapa and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Rivera, Jr. The church was filled with friends and relatives of the bride and groom. The church was decorated with bouquets of roses and the pews were adorned with bouquets of lilac and ivory roses decorated with ivory satin ribbon. The procession began with the entrance of the flower girl, Alexis Elaine Soto, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luis Soto, the groom's niece. Next entered the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Rivera, Jr. followed by Mrs. Dora Elia Chapa, the bride's mother escorted by her son, Jose Luis Chapa, Jr. The bride's father, Jose Luis Chapa escorted his lovely daughter down the aisle, while the best man Enrique Martinez, II, the groom's best friend stood by his side. Scriptural readings were read by Jose Luis Chapa, Jr., brother of the bride and by Valerie Elaine Soto, sister of the groom. The lighting of the Unity candle was done by the bride's mother and brother and the groom's parents and then by the bride and groom. Music was by Manuel Hernandez, soprano. Family members and guests were provided with miniature silver bells which were rang in joy the bride and groom departed the church after the ceremony on their way to the limousine awaiting to drive them to the reception. The bride wore a stunning Demetrios couture bridal gown of antique silk duchess satin with a majestic detachable cathedral train fitted bodice adorned with sparkling Swarski crystals and pearls. She wore a three-tired veil of illusion edged with antique silk piping held by a crown of Swarski crystals and carried a bouquet of ivory Ariana roses. Padrinos and Madrinas were Lisa and Homer Cabello, Jr. lazo, Alicia and Homer Cabello, Sr. arras, Benito and Miriam Tovar cojines, Leo and Lupita Alvarado anillos, Jesus and Nora Gutierrez copas, David



Monica Marie Tellez and Christian Maris Arste are pleased to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. The bride-elect is the daughter of Sgt. Felix and Marisela Tellez, of Laredo. The groom-to-be is the son of Mr. Homero and Arlene Martinez Jr., of Laredo and the late Mr. Karlis Arste, of Philadelphia. The couple plans to be married October 2003, in Austin, where they both work and reside.

Mr. and Mrs. ALBERTO RIVERA III and Margie Cortez, bridal bouquet, Diana Sepulveda bridal throw bouquet, Armando and Jodene Sepulveda, grooms but tonier, Jesus and Nora Gutierrez Copas, Ruben and Linda Vera iglesia. Luis and Valerie Soto, Cake, Alexis Soto, cojines para anillos, Petra Soto espatula y cuchillo. Following the Nuptial Mass, a reception was held at the Austin Crown Plaza 18th Floor ballroom. The guest tables were adorned with striking arrangements of sweet scented ivory-hued Ariana Roses, blue Hydrangeas, white Casa Blanca lilies and aromatic Tubersoses accented with Blue Lace Blossoms and curly Willow Branches resting atop tall pewter bases.The guest book in the foyer rested on a large tall table next to a picture of the bride. Beyond the lavishly decorated tables, as guests entered the ballroom, the bride and grooms table commanded the ain focus of attention. To one side of the bride and groom's table was the cake table. The cake was decorated with blue bird and nosegays and short stem vendela Roses and rosebuds. The Grooms cake was a gift from Alexis Soto, the grooms niece. The chocolate was decorated with roses of lilac and ivory color. The cake, a gift from Valerie Elaine Soto, the groom's sister, was elaborately displayed on a round table, to the opposite side was a beautiful fountain which provided the champagne. The guests were treated to Marachis as the couple made there entrance to the ballroom. An exquisite buffet was served from three long double-sided tables setup at the entrance to the ballroom. Fruit and assorted fresh berries were ornamentally displayed, as were the colorful vegetables. The menus included an array of delicacies including Steamship Round of Beef & accompaniments, chicken tenders with honey sesame & ranch dressings, cucumber wheels with a Thai chicken salad, scallion, jack Cheese & chicken quesadillas, cheese and vegetable tray, deep fried Gulf shrimp, stuffed brie with strawberries, imported & domestic cheese display with assorted crackers & french bread rounds. Beverages included tea, coffee & iced tea service, imported beer, and champagne fountain. After introducing the wedding party and the bride and groom, the mariachi band serenade them and their guests. Music was provided by the local hotel band which entertained the guests with a variety of songs for their dancing pleasure. The traditional "baile del dolar", throwing of the portabouquet and garter took place. Numerous out-of-town guests attended including family and friends who traveled from Houston, San Antonio, Laredo, Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Laredo, and McAllen. The evening ended at 2:00 AM, at which time several guests and the parents of the bride and groom made their way to the airport and gave the newlyweds a rousing send off as they departed for a two week honeymoon in Kaui, Hawaii. The newlywed couple renewed their wedding vows in a Hawaiian Ceremony held at Kukui Heiau Wailua, a Hawaiian sacred groung surrounded by a lush tropical garden and a white sandy beach. After a two week honey-


Social calendar `Pins & Things' continues at LCA through Dec. 3

Through Dec. 3: "Pins & Things" by Sylvia Castañeda, Laredo Art League Gallery, Laredo Center for the Arts, 500 San Agustin, Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday-closed. Through Dec. 3: "Alpha Waves" Prints & Lithoghraphs by Raul Guardiola, Laredo Art League Gallery, Laredo Center for the Arts, 500 San Agustin, Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday-closed. Through Dec. 10: "Alpha Waves" Prints & Lithographs by Raul Guardiola, Laredo Art League Gallery, Laredo Art League Gallery, Laredo Center for the Arts, 500 San Agustin, Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday-closed. Artist Reception: Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 Through Dec. 3: "Alpha Waves" Prints & Lithoghraphs by Raul Guardiola, Laredo Art League Gallery, Laredo Center for the Arts, 500 San Agustin, Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Through Dec. 4: Texas A&M International University Student Ambassadors will be sponsoring an Angel Tree through Dec. 4 in the Student Center Food Court. For more information, contact Nick Gallegos at 3262265. Monday, Dec. 2 The L'Avenir Club will have their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 2502 Frost. Hostesses will be Socorro Barrera, Margie Cortez and Mary Gutierrez. LCC's Dress for Success Fashion Show, 1-2:30 p.m., LCC Kazen Center - Free admission. Contact: LCC Employment Assistance Center, 721-5461. Through Dec. 13: LCC Art Alumni Exhibit. Hours: M & W, 1-5 p.m. and Tuesday, 5:30-8 p.m. ­ LCC Art Teaching Gallery ­ Free admission. Contact: LCC Art Department, 721-5224. Tuesday, Dec. 3 "Alpha Waves": Artist's closing Reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. for Raul Guardiola, in the Laredo Art League Gallery. Les Amies Birthday Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Jacaranda Room of the Holiday Inn to honor Alicia Laurel, Maya Guerra, Hilda Kiel and Olga Laurel. Hostesses are Aurora De Anda, Evangelina Maldonado and Olga Salinas.

Laflamme-Haran wedding plans announced

Linda Ann Laflamme, the daughter of Terry Palacios Smith, of Laredo, is engaged to marry Michael Joseph Haran. His parents are Gerald and Leona Haran, of Boston, Massachusetts. Linda Ann grandparents are Mary Dorothy Foster Palacios and the late County Judge Carlos I. Palacios. Ms. Laflamme is a business consultant for Experian, in Newport Beach, Calif. Her fiancée is a project manager for Trading Markets, a trading firm in Los Angeles, Calif. A party to announce the engagement was held during the Thanksgiving holidays at the home of Edward and Magda Foster, cousins of the bride-elect and hosted by close family members and friends.


Gerdes-Diaz to exchange vows

Mr. and Mrs. James Gerdes, of Sinton, Texas, are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Linda Gail Gerdes, to Oscar Diaz Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Diaz, of Ingleside, Texas. The bride-elect is a 1995 graduate of Sinton High School. She graduated from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education n early childhood and special education. She is employed as a kindergarten teacher at Trautmann Elementary School. Oscar is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Juan Diaz, of Laredo, and Mr. and Mrs. Avilio Peña, of Concepcion, Texas. Oscar is a 1995 graduate of Ingelside High School andgraduated from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in music education and music performance. He earned a master's of music performance degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001. He is an assistant band director at United South High School and holds a position with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra as their bass trombonist. The couple will be married on Dec. 28, 2002 at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Ingleside, with a reception to follow at The Bay Front Convention Center in Corpus Christi. The couple will make their home in Laredo.

Times courtesy photo

NEWLYWEDS, PARENTS CELEBRATE: Dora Alicia Chapa and Alberto Rivera III are joined with their parents at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, in Austin. Pictured from left, are Jose Luis Chapa, Dora Elia Chapa, bride's parents, Dora Alicia and Alberto III, newlyweds, Hilda Rivera and Alberto Rivera Jr., groom's parents.

Maemoc Club meeting Dec. 11

The Maemoc Social Club held their November meeting at the Executive Club. Toni Gaona presided. Plans were finalized for the club Christmas social to take place on Dec. 11. Viola Gonzalez and Alicia Zuniga will co-chair. Hostesses for the November meeting were Rosa Coronado, Annie Gonzalez, Carmen Gonzalez and Patti Riddle.

Trautmann Middle School to host Crafts & Gifts Show

Trautmann Middle School 7th annual Holiday Crafts & Gifts Show, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 30 vendors will be selling decoration, jewelry, dolls, collectibles, and antiques. Come by 8501 Curly Lane at International Blvd. and help support our faculty fundraiser. Food and snacks will be sold by the Lassos dance team. Admission to the show is free. For vendor-setup, call Lupita Perez at 724-6020.


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