something I have given him. Each bout for the groomsmen & groom
was made from vintage atlas map paper from different cities we have visited or would like to go as a married couple. I am a traveler and Pete wants to explore the world with me. Pete’s bout was a map of L.A. (the city we fell in love). The rest of the bouts were made from maps of Lansing, Michigan (Pete’s from Michigan), Australia (our honeymoon location), London, Vancouver, Paris, Portland, Mexico City (Carmen's family is from there).
To represent the union of our two families, they asked their parents to bring a bag of sugar from their kitchens, one from Lansing, Michigan, the other from San Marino, California. The kitchen is the heart of every home. It not only provides sustenance to each member of the family, but also brings the family together. They blended together the two individual bags of sugar into a heart-shaped vase to symbolize our two families becoming one.