August 20, 2016
An inter-cultural celebration was the driving force behind this late summer wedding. The groom, who calls Bolivia home, also lived in Argentina for 12 years. The bride, who hails from Elizabethtown, is the sister of 12 adopted siblings from around the world. As a result, “roots”
How They Met:
A working relationship led to a personal one. Elizabeth was working for a coffee company in Bolivia. Ramiro was on board to manage the branding. Elizabeth went on to work with the foundation, Melting Pot Bolivia. They moved to the U.S. last year.
Elizabeth is involved in international development, while Ramiro’s expertise is graphic design and marketing.
When Elizabeth arrived home from work one evening, Ramiro was waiting for her, having prepared dinner (Spanish paella) and filled the apartment with flowers and candles. After dinner, he proposed!
Elizabeth is the daughter of Candace Abel of Mount Joy and David Abel of Elizabethtown. Ramiro is the son of Mary Carmen Crespo of La Paz, Bolivia, and the late Ramiro Castillo.
Ceremony Site/Reception Venue: Thistle Cross Farm, Mount Joy.
Their Wedding Vision:
Laidback and whimsical are the words Elizabeth uses. “We did not want a theme, but rather a look very specific to our tastes.” The “look” blended the organic beauty of suspended branches, succulents and moss with Nordic-inspired geometric accents.
A soft shade of sage green and seafoam blue.
Succulents paired with thistle and moss provided the organic element. Flowers such as Astilbe and garden roses added a blush of color.
In keeping with the laidback summer theme, the couple skipped a cake and had Penny’s Ice Cream Truck on site.
Song for First Dance:
Lo Mas Lindo by the Argentinian band, Las Pastillas del Abuelo.
The Unique Factor:
In keeping with the inter-cultural theme, guests could don items of Bolivian traditional dress at the photo booth. Dinner included many South American influences. Music and toasts echoed with English and Spanish sentiments.
Favorite Wedding Memory:
Besides becoming husband and wife, the couple loved a moment at the end of the evening when all the guests came together for a traditional Bolivian dance, Tinku. According to Elizabeth, “It was a magical summation of our families coming together and, for many, meeting for the first time.” Elizabeth and ramiro were touched by the fact that 11 guests attended from Bolivia and two from Denmark.