Tonight on MTV Tr3s’ reality series, Quiero Mi Boda, we meet 25-year-old Lucy and 26-year-old Jorge. The Californian couple met as teenagers and dated for a decade before they tied the knot. For a while, the young couple was chaperoned by Lucy’s nephews and nieces during dates. For Lucy, who was born in Mexico, the date chaperoning was just an expectation placed by her parents, but for Jorge, who is Mexican-American, it took some getting used to. As far as the wedding planning went, Lucy and Jorge found themselves in a few disagreements as the bride tried her best to mold their special day into the epitome of a traditional Mexican wedding – complete with 15 bridesmaids!
Lucy spoke to Latina.com recently about the background story of her dating life before wedding bells – as well as what it was like to have 15 bridesmaids. You can catch her episode tonight at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.
Tell us about your episode of Quiero Mi Boda.
It was really fun for both of us. It actually made me kind of forget about the wedding and we focused more on the filming. We enjoyed everything. There were many scenes – when I picked my dress, when I told my parents I was going to get married for the first time, and a romantic dinner that was really nice.
How did you meet your husband Jorge?
I met him 10 years ago – my family knew his family. When I came to this country, we had a little dinner for my mom’s birthday and my family invited his family. He came over the house and that’s where I met him.
You dated for 10 years, which is a long time! What was that like?
I was 15 and he was 16 at that time. We were little – I was in high school, he was in high school too. We met and since that day we never stopped talking. I felt like years went by so fast and he proposed to me several years ago but I wasn’t ready. It feels like it hasn’t been 10 years!
When you and your husband were dating, your dates were chaperoned. Tell us about that.
It was about three years – from the age 15 to 18. Usually whoever was available chaperoned us – one of my little nieces or nephews, or my sister at first. At first, it had to be someone older, not a little kid, so I had to beg my sister to come with us. A year later, I could just take my little niece or nephew, who were like 10 or 12. It was weird because I would go and I was babysitting my niece or my nephew. All the time, I was behind them making sure where they were; they were always with me, but kids run away and things like that. I was always afraid of losing them. We would go to the movie theatres and they wouldn’t want to watch scary movies so we had to go and watch kids’ movies. It was not fun.
How did Jorge react about you having to be chaperoned during your dates?
He never really complained. I’m sure he was not happy with the idea but I made sure I explained to him that that was the only way – I was going to listen to my parents always. I was not going to disobey my parents and I always told him that whatever my parents said, I was always going to do it.
You saved yourself for marriage. Why was that important to you?
Because that’s what my parents taught me since I was little. You have to be a virgin till marriage.
What was the most difficult part of the wedding planning process?
Everything – no, not everything! [Laughs] I wanted to do everything traditional – like Mexican traditional. Jorge’s not very traditional so he wanted to do everything very simple – ‘Let’s just go to a courthouse and get married.’ And I said ‘No, we have to get married with church’ – so just little disagreements about that.
Did you have any traditional Mexican traditions during your wedding ceremony or reception?
Pretty much everything! As far as the ceremony, I had a lot of bridesmaids, which is very traditional. I had 15.
What was it like to have 15 bridesmaids?
It was complicated because everybody had different ideas and everyone wanted to do it their way. Everybody was different ages and had different body types – I had to find a dress that would fit everybody. Some of the younger bridesmaids girls wanted a more sexy dress and the older ones wanted a more sophisticated dress – and finally I found a dress. The dress is fuschia, strapless and long, kind of like a corset shape.
What’s your advice for other Latina brides who are planning their wedding?
Don’t stress about little things because it’s not worth it. Things about your hair are not that important so don’t let it ruin your day because it’s a very, very special day. Little things that don’t go well, just ignore them. Not everything will go perfectly – keep that in mind.