Cynthia Lorraine Echavarria and Michael Efraim Garza were united in marriage at 5 p.m. on September 9, 2011 at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission, Texas. Reverend Gregory M. Kuczmanski united the couple in a double-ring Nuptial Mass celebrating the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerardo Echavarria of Rio Grande City, Texas, and the granddaughter of the late Pablo and Irma Echavarria of Roma, Texas, and Ana Maria S. Alvarez and the late Reymundo Alvarez of Roma, Texas.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jose E. Garza of Palmhurst, Texas, and the grandson of the late Jose Guadalupe and Tomasita Garza of McAllen, Texas, and Laurentina Juarez and the late Benito Juarez of San Isidro, Texas.
The bride was escorted by her father and mother in an elegant ivory satin and tulle ballroom wedding gown by Cara Mia Bridal Collection from Sposa Mia Bridal of McAllen, with a Swarovski crystal headpiece accented by an ivory two tiered Cathedral length wedding veil.
The bridal bouquet was made up of gorgeous red roses, wrapped in ivory satin ribbon.
Maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Sasha Marie Echavarria of Rio Grande City, Texas, and matron of honor was Diana Gaona of Mission, Texas.
The best men were the groom’s best friends, Eddie Gaona of Mission, Texas, and Jorge Guajardo of Weslaco, Texas.
Primeros Padrinos were the groom’s baptismal godparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Aguirre of Laredo, Texas, Padrinos de Lazo was Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Garcia of San Antonio, Texas, sister and brother-in-law of the groom, Padrinos de Arras was Mr. and Mrs. Reymundo Alvarez Jr. of Rio Grande City, Texas, uncle and aunt of the bride, Padrinos de Cojines was Mr. and Mrs. Derek Gerdes of McAllen, Texas, cousins of the groom, Madrinas de Biblia y Rosario was Mrs. Ana Maria S. Alvarez and Mrs. Laurentina Juarez, maternal grandmothers of the bride and groom.
Flower girl was Carys Ashlyn Garcia of San Antonio, Texas, niece of the groom.
Ushers were Rey Henry Alvarez of Rio Grande City, Texas, cousin of the bride, Rick Cepeda of McAllen, Texas and Armando Vilano of Edinburg, Texas, friends of the groom.
Cristina Ann Alvarez of Houston, Texas, cousin of the bride, served as reader during the ceremony.
Vocalist Ms. Vicki Sanchez and pianist Mrs. Celeste McMahon provided the beautiful music for the ceremony.
The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents at El Patio in Mission, Texas, the evening prior to the wedding.
Following the ceremony, the dinner and reception was held at Luxor Reception Hall in Mission, Texas. During dinner, guests were provided with mariachi music performed by Mariachi Reyes de Mexico. After dinner, West Side Band provided the lively music for dancing. Additional entertainment was provided by This Is The 1! Entertainment, where guests were able to take fun photos in a photo booth.
The three tiered vanilla almond cake, decorated with satin black ribbon and bows, crystal brooches, and sparkly sugar crystals, and the groom’s chocolate cake was provided by Sweet & Tasty of McAllen, Texas.
The beautiful newlyweds enjoyed a 7-day Caribbean cruise, visiting the ports of Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico.
The bride graduated from Roma High School and the University of Texas-Pan American, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is employed as a therapist at Aptus Therapy Services.
The groom graduated from Sharyland High School and attended the University of Texas-Pan American. He is employed by The Department of Homeland Security.
The couple resides in Pharr, Texas.
Photo is by Jesse Casal.