Aug 03, 2015


Lydia and Frank’s Bicultural Wedding!

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On this Sunday, we wrap up our Wedding Week series with the beautiful wedding of Ana Lydia and Frank Charles Monaco!   This romantic wedding was full of romance and details!  Enjoy!

Wedding Date: October 1, 2010

Ceremony Location:  St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica

Reception Location: Mountain Gate Country Club in Bel Air

Photographer:  Angela L. Torres, Love Gallery Photo


Here’s what Ana had to say about her bicultural wedding celebration:

Everything celebrated  both of our cultures and languages spoken.  For example, during mass, our readings were read in English, Spanish and Italian.  Music was played in English, Spanish and Bilingual.  And, we were able to get secular Beatles music approved to be played during our ceremony.  We had three invitations: Formal in both English, Spanish and more casual for our friends.  Reception programs/menus and ceremony programs were also done in both languages (meaning two of each!).

When asked what made her wedding special, Ana immediately replied: “the details…”

All of our details were vintage inspired (based on an 1920’s family wedding photo).  The rosary/laso and coins/arras, were from So, all of our vases were hand-picked by me, my sister made (yes made!), the wood and fabric vignette’s for each table.

After a long and treacherous journey, I arrived to St. Monica’s in my dad’s favorite car built the same year he was born – 1946 Cadillac – as a homage to his life. Both of my grandmothers and father were present in the amazing bouquet my sister created (my gma’s rosary and a small picture of my father adorned my wedding bouquet charm – both hidden from the eye, and only fealt by my hand as I walked!

My bouquet was made with some of the same flowers my mother had at her own wedding. Frank waited for me at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, my parish of over ten years, and the witness to our fourth date. Msgr. Torgerson said our vows and gave us a homily that continues to touch our hearts.

Our reception site featured all of our dreams in one package, but my sister made it beautiful with her amazing floral creations painstakingly following my every minute detail requested, filling every hand-picked vase, footed pedestal and building/hand painting (yes building!) every vignette table display. Every single song, singer and band played during our reception and dance was picked by our guests, Frank and me. And, in lieu of a (tacky) dollar dance, we opted to host a “wish” dance…that gave our guests and opportunity to write their wish to us in exchange for a dance.

Our amazing friends and family participated in our multilingual, multiethnic celebration, with readings in Spanish and Italian, music played with Piano, organ and guitar in Latin, Spanish, English and bilingual. And, we received approval to have a couple of Beatles songs played (and sang) at the end of our ceremony – as a surprise to my Beatles-loving husband!! After mass, we drove in the same beautiful vintage Cadillac, where Frank showed me my dads vintage cuff links that he wore to honor him – a complete surprise to me!! Although traffic was heavy and we missed the sunset, we arrived at MountainGate Country Club happy and more in love than we have ever been.The moments we shared on the dance floor, and the beautiful wishes written by our guests will be kept in our memory book that we will open every year to celebrate our marriage. The MountainGate Chef cooked an amazing array of appetizers, salads, main courses and dessert..all started with tray-passed Champagne (yep, the real stuff)…at the end of the night, we cut our cake…which wasn’t (visually) what we had asked for…but received raves, ooo’s and aaa’s for the three flavors guests could pick from. Although our ceremony and reception was only one afternoon, it brought us closer and gave us the opportunity to share our love with our friends and family.

It was one of the happiest days of our lives…!

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. I love the term ‘bicultural’ because it so completely sums up the experience of two individuals who come together from two separate backgrounds, but to form one loving union. It’s so beautiful to see couples creating bicultural and bilingual weddings that represent their joined heritage! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! =)

  2. Ana Lydia, thanks for sharing such a precious day in your life! You look beautiful and very happy in all your pictures.

    I love the “small” details that made you feel your love ones were with you that day.

    And of course I loved the bilingual part of your weeding, mine was similar and it brings a whole new experience to an already magic day. Congratulations!!


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