Mexican by Marriage

If I get married, I want to be very married.

steph y yossi, BrandonBurkPhotography.com

“If I get married, I want to be very married.”
-Audrey Hepburn

Well, folks, not sure if you saw the weather reports, but the mighty Hades froze over, which can only mean one thing – MARRIAGE!

Instead of the traditional “The Knot” website, we thought it would be best to station our story here at home on 1241 Cedar.  Speaking of which, my fiance is ridiculously supportive and encouraging of my desire to write and photograph, and even wants to be involved, so you will be seeing more of us, more often!

Read on for all the details!


 

Stephanie & Yossiho

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About the Bride

Bride’s name: Stephanie Nichole LeVeque
Age: 32
Hometown: Munising, Michigan
Current Residence: Sugarhouse, Salt Lake City, Utah

About the Groom

Groom’s name: Yossiho Peralta Morga
Age: 34
Hometown: Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
Current Residence: Kearns, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Dates

We Met: May 22, 2015
First Date: May 24, 2015
“Official” Couple: June 4, 2015
Engaged: July 4, 2015
Michigan Open House (Reception): October 3, 2015 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., + evening bonfire
Wedding (Temple Sealing): October 22, 2015 – 4:00 p.m.
Utah Wedding Reception: October 23, 2015 – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Our Registry

Stephanie & Yossiho’s Wedding Registry on Amazon.com

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The Wedding

Wedding (Temple Sealing): October 22, 2015 – 4:00 p.m.

Yossiho and I will be married & sealed for time & eternity in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., five months from the day we met.  I know, I know…I always made fun of those people who got married fast, and now I’m one of them.  When you know, you know.  And when you’re 32, you know. 🙂  Attendance to the sealing will be by invitation only, and limited to less than 40 people.

The Bridal Party

We don’t have an official bridal party.  We love you all and hold you all dear to us.  We have a special and unique relationship with each of you, which makes it impossible to choose ‘special’ people.  Many people close to us cannot make it to the wedding due to international travel.  Because of this, we have a few “honored guests”, which include our parents.

The Michigan Open House

Michigan Open House: October 3, 2015
Reception at Munising Township Hall (E9630 Prospect St., Wetmore) – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bonfire at the LeVeque Residence – 7:00 p.m. until the wood and marshmallows and wieners run out 🙂

The Michigan Open House will be held at the Munising Township Hall in Wetmore, a few blocks from my parents’ home.  This is the same place I had my high school graduation party, and the playground I spent my childhood at!  The Open House is casual dress.  Feel free to wear flannel or snow pants since it may likely be snowing. 🙂  Just kidding!  We will not be in our dress and suit, as Yossiho is traditional and wants to wait until we get married to see me dressed up.

We are coming home before we get married so Yossiho has a chance to see the fall colors, and so we can enjoy the Pictured Rocks Boat Cruise before it closes for the season.  Autumn is my favorite season, and I want Yossiho to see why I love it so much!  Apple cider, the smell of wet autumn leaves on the trails in the U.P., the kaleidoscope of hills surrounding my hometown, and so much more.

The Utah Wedding Reception

Utah Wedding Reception: October 23, 2015 – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Lucero Ward Building
860 E Downington Ave; Salt Lake City
Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Cake & First Dance: 7:00 p.m.
Live Music & Dancing: 7:30 p.m.

We are two simple people who just want to be married, so there won’t be a lot of pomp and circumstance and tens of thousands of dollars spent on flowers and decorations and catering.  The most important thing to us is the people we celebrate with – YOU!

We will serve light Mexican food and, of course, wedding cake.   The best part?  There will be a DJ and Yossiho’s band will be playing live!  Bring your dancing shoes, because your place is on the dance floor.  Have you ever partied with Latinos?  Now’s your chance. 🙂   You definitely don’t want to miss the celebration.

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How We Met

We Met: May 22, 2015

If you want to pay homage to the domino effect of decisions in our lives, you could really say that our meeting has been carefully orchestrated over the past 20 years.  Had I never discovered an interest in the Spanish language, and had he never found a deep love for the United States through many vacations as a kid, neither of us would have ended up where we are today.

In January, Stephanie began attending a Spanish-speaking congregation at Church (where she still currently attends).  While there, she met and befriended many wonderful Latinos, and specifically became close with a handful of great single ladies.  Her whimsical, traveling spirit still had not rested, and, in the beginning of May 2015, after 31 years roaming the earth, she felt a renaissance bloom in her life right along side the blooming bulbs of spring, peacefully settling on the fact that she was finally comfortable with the possibility of being single for the rest of her years.  After nearly ten years of a hyperactive social life, she decided she wanted to spend more time quietly at home in lieu of energetic nights out or hosting social gatherings.

On Memorial Day weekend, her friends Crystal and Xiomara planned to go out for karaoke, where Crystal promised to try to round up some men to come.  Knowing that the girls would be calling, Stephanie deceitfully left her phone in her bedroom so she had an excuse to not hear it ring or answer.  Around 7:30 p.m. she decided to see just how bad the damage was and checked her phone.  She sent an “I’m sorry, I just got your text” message, and said that she was sure that they were already out, so to have fun and call her if they decided to grab food later.  The response from Xiomara said, “We’re not out yet…we’re Latinas.  Pick you up at 8:30.”

Fail.

So Stephanie got ready, and off they went to the Crawfish Shack on State Street.  It was a culturally confused evening.  The Crawfish Shack serves Creole food, but as it is owned by a Japanese couple, there is also a hibachi grill and sushi.  Our private karaoke room was pounding with Spanish cult-classic favorites from the 80’s and 90’s, spastic disco ball glitter dancing across the walls.  Stephanie sat in the small room with her four Latinas, laughing at the songs and saying hello to the few stray friends of Crystal that came and left in the blink of an eye.  And then Charly and Yossiho came.

Looking back, Stephanie caught Yossiho on video a couple times, clad in his red and white striped polo shirt, drinking a Coke while dorkily bobbing his head to “El Gato Volador”, Charly energetically singing and dancing at his side.  But she didn’t really notice him until later, when she was talking to Xiomara (in Spanish) and Yossiho looked at her from over by the karaoke machine.  From that moment on, she noticed he kept staring at her until…

…the restaurant apparently converted into a Latino night club at 10:30 p.m, so we filed into the dining room (now clear of tables and chairs, a DJ in the corner).

The whole night, Stephanie mentioned to Crystal that she loved bachata.  Unknowingly, Yossiho had told his roommate, Charly, who is a friend of Crystal, that there was something about Stephanie.  “Ella tiene algo,” he said.  It was high school all over again when a bachata happened to come on and everyone insisted that Yossiho teach Stephanie how to dance bachata (she had only ever danced with other girls), and they pulled her out of her seat and pasted her next to him on the dance floor.  Eight songs and many silent, awkward glances later, the run of bachata songs finally ended and Stephanie and Yossiho talked and found many commonalities.  They danced again, and at the end of the night, everyone planned a trip to Crystal Hot Springs on Monday.  Even though Yossiho worked grave the night before, he asked Stephanie if she was going (yes), and then volunteered to drive even, because he wanted to spend time with her.

That first night, Yossiho sent Stephanie a text thanking her for dancing with him, and asked her if she would go out with him on Sunday for a walk around Temple Square and Memory Grove Park.

She called him Rico Suave, but the first kiss happened sooner than she thought and they have been together ever since.

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The Proposal

Engaged: July 4, 2015
Where: Capo’s Speakeasy, Las Vegas

Yossiho had Facetimed my Dad the night before to ask his permission.  He was completely clueless of this tradition, but heard me mention it once.  I had zero idea about the proposal, as we hadn’t talked about marriage, though I thought a proposal would come perhaps in October when we visited Michigan.

Yossiho had written me a song (in Spanish) about how beautiful I am, and all these lovely things about me.  I had heard him play it on piano, but never heard the lyrics.  He played and sang it at the Speakeasy (which was a great place, by the way, me loving my Sicilian heritage and all).  I still had zero idea what was coming.  At the end of the song, in English, he sang, “Will you marry me, Stephanie?” to which I replied, “…what?”

It was pretty classy.

He came around the piano, handed me a bouquet of white roses (I love white flowers), got on one knee (he watched YouTube videos to practice, as he said they don’t do that in Mexico), and opened a ring box.  I was stunned.  When I saw the big, fat, sparkly, 1.5 carat yellow gold (my favorite) halo-style diamond ring in the dim light of the restaurant, I thought, “Oh my god, he’s serious.”  Yes, the good Lord’s name definitely passed through my mind at that moment.  I looked around and saw all the guests and staff looking at me.  Honestly?  I was terrified.  I wanted to talk about it.  But I said yes…after he hugged me and asked if I was going to say yes or put the ring on.  It fit perfectly, by the way.  (I’m happy to report that after a couple weeks, I calmed down and I am so madly in love with this boy, and excited to be his wife.)

It was also caught on video:

I give Yossiho extra props for proposing on my absolute favorite day of the year, Independence Day!

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The Honeymoon

Yossiho & I will be doing something we love – hitting the road!  We will be taking a road trip to Washington state.  Yossiho has been once before, but I have not.  We both love long road trips and love gray, rainy days, so this was the perfect choice for us.  Romantic, simple, good food, great seafood, rain, cool weather, and each other.

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Blair Pettrey
    September 26, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    Still my favorite post – especially the title.
    One day, Hole, if I get married>? I want to be ‘very married’. Very, very married.

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