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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

¡Feliz Aniversario!

Today is our aniversario! I am reposting last year’s aniversario post because well, nothing has really changed! I still married the Man of My Dreams and I still LOVED our wedding weekend! (Sofía was born 11 months after!) I have learned a little bit more about videos and so over the next few days, I am going to post a couple of fun videos from our wedding weekend as well as some fotos my brother took for me of our Rehearsal Dinner with typical Peruvian Food. My husband once again took the day off to celebrate our aniversario together as a family. Sofía REALLY enjoyed watching the recording of the wedding this year—she recognized the majority of her family too! 
The short video at the end is a little summary clip that the videographer put together for us.  If you look carefully you can see some really neat things about Peru in the video.  The flowers were exotically gorgeous and you can see that in the bridesmaids’ bouquets.  Lima is really a desert and you can see the contrast of the brown sandy cliffs up against the ocean.  An impromptu traditional Peruvian dance, La Marinera, sprung out on the dance floor complete with white handkerchiefs/napkins!  And finally, Lima is in the middle of Summer in March, so we are dripping with sweat in the 90 degree heat!  The video ends abruptly….sorry, I’m still not THAT good with the technology!
Originally published Marzo 15, 2010
¡Nuestro Aniversario!
Today is our wedding aniversario! I loved our wedding! (I should say we loved our wedding!) Well, the first reason I loved our wedding is because I married the Man of My Dreams and I couldn’t ask for anything more of him, not one thing; he is perfecto! The other not-nearly-as-important reason why I loved out wedding is that we had a destination wedding. I insisted that we have a destination wedding because I just thought it would be so much more fun for everyone to go somewhere. We decided on Perú which is from where my husband is. We had a blast! What we really had was a culinary weekend celebration! If you don’t know anything about the food in Perú, you are missing out on one of the finest cuisines in the world! We combined various traditions from different cultures in our celebrations and had so much fun! We had 20 people (only 10 of them being from my side!) come from the USA and the other 40 was the part of my husband’s family that still live in Perú. So it was a small wedding filled with the most important people to us. (It was also nice because much of my husband’s family traveled to Perú for the first time in many years since they emigrated from there and brought their offspring, also for the first time.) The day before the wedding, the people who came from afar went on a tour of the city and then we went to Peruvian Tea time. The rehearsal dinner was typical Peruvian food. After the wedding ceremony in the church, we had a Champaign brindis (a toast) with appetizers and the food at the reception was an array of sea food al la Peruana. The next day, our close family went to an Hacienda where we saw a fantastic horse show and partook in a Pachamanca which is a ceremonious event to cook a typical Peruvian dish in hot stones in the ground. It was a LOT of eating in three little days. There are so many other details that I won’t bore you with—a live trio, an orchestra with dancing and balloons, the choir at the church with moonlighters from the Peruvian National Symphony----- We have a beautiful DVD of the wedding complete with traditional and meaningful songs that my husband picked out to accompany it. I love to watch it and decided that every year on our aniversario, that we would watch it and reminisce with Sofía and hopefully her siblings. I’m not sure how much she got out of it last year, but she has many more years ahead of her to catch every detail! My husband took the day off so that we could be together today to celebrate as a family. I would love to hear how other people celebrate their aniversarios or why their weddings were special to them.

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