Full disclosure, Maria Elena is like a second Mother to me. Ana & I grew up together (yes, we have the same name). Our Mothers were (and still are) best friends since the year we were born which made this post all the sweeter. I had the honor of designing Ana's wedding jewelry last month. My good friend has gotten a second chance at love. She deserves it and it makes me so happy to see her shine!
Thank you Emily & Jasper Photography for capturing these special moments at Ana's wedding and graciously allowing us to share them with you.
Maria Elena, Ana, Victoria & Liz
It's really special when you get to the point where you can be a Mom and a friend at the same time. Even better when you have a child that loves you unconditionally 'cause it's hard to be a perfect Mom. Knowing that you love another human so much that you would give your own life for theirs or even for their happiness.
Did the girls like the jewelry you gave them?
OMG yes! Liz put her hand over it and said, "Ms. Ana, I know that you love me so much to think about me on your special day!"
I asked Victoria:
What's the best thing about your Mom?
Her energetic and joyful personality. She walks into a room and it just instantly lights up because she just has this uplifting presence about her that makes everyone around her feel good!
Is there a piece of jewelry you own that is special to you? (Victoria)
My confirmation necklace and ring have the most symbolic meanings for me. My Mom gave me the cross ring and pendant and my Grandmother gave me the gold saint pendant that she had blessed in the Vatican before I was even born. I wear all of these on a daily basis and it's a great reminder of who I am and who I was made to be.
What would you like to say to your Mom for Mother's Day?
Thanks Mom, for showing me what a strong, independent woman looks like and teaching me how to be a fighter. I would also like to thank you for believing in me always.