Above: Mango centerpieces, hand-painted bird place mats, and homemade napkin holders as favors.
One of the most memorable parts of Marie and Mario's wedding was the detailed fusion of French and Mexican culture. A bowl of hors d'oeuvres on each table was filled with both chicharrones (a popular Mexican snack, known in English as pork rinds) and French cheese. The meal was Mexican: blue tortillas with cactus and sheep filler, but dessert was a delicious custard cake lined with grapes.
Mexico is a young country, with a median age of only 27 (compared to the United States' 37), which means there are way more kids running around than I usually see at weddings. Since Marie and Mario's reception was in a field, the kids, teenagers, and a few uncles started an impromptu game of soccer, kicking around a ball while Mariachis serenaded. And Mexicans know how to dance in the classiest ways; everyone at the party knew salsa (except, perhaps, me).