Finally Engaged!

I met my boyfriend a little over 7 years ago while I was in college. We dated, we lived together, we separated, we became friends, then we dated again and now we are engaged. Our relationship has been a process, yet I would do it all over again. This has allowed us to really know each other and figure out what we want from our relationship. I have fallen all over in love with my fiancé and it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever felt. We still haven’t decided on a wedding date but we have talked about what we want it to look like.

I want a small, private ceremony. He wants a big Mexican fiesta so our extended family can party. I want to get married near my hometown, he wants to get married in the Tampa Bay area. I want to wear a cocktail dress but he wants to see me in a big wedding dress. I want a DJ and he wants a mariachi band. We always joke about what our party might look like but we haven’t talked about any serious plans. I am not in a hurry to plan a wedding party, I just want us to enjoy our engagement as much as possible.

Marriage was the last thing on my mind when he proposed to me. My only goal this year is to start going back to school in the fall. Yet, he decided to ask for my hand in marriage while we were in one of the most beautiful and historical places in Mexico City. I have added a link that can help you plan your trip to Xochimilco.  We hope that you have an opportunity to visit the ancient place of the Aztecs and experience the magical ride on a trajinera.


How to Plan your Engagement, according to my Beau

  1. Buy a ring that fits her style and personality
  2. Select a date and location
  3. Plan a trip to your selected location
  4. Get things ready before you get on your knees
  5. Reach out to friends and family to help out or attend
  6. Don’t get cold feet

A Little Taste of Life

My name is Elisa Huapilla Perez. I am not married. I use my father’s and mother’s surname and I plan to keep it that way. Currently, I reside in Immokalee, which is a small town in South Florida. It is a mostly agricultural community with a majority Latinx population. Particularly, Latinx of Mexican heritage. I am Mexican American, born in Maryland. My parents are from Hidalgo a state located in the central valley of Mexico. Both of my parents work in the tomato fields between Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. As a young child, I use to work alongside them, thankfully I was able to graduate from college.

I attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. I got my bachelor’s degree in English Literature. My plans are to go back to school, hopefully this upcoming fall. I teach English at an all girls school in Immokalee. I also tutor children in the foster care system.

Despite teaching full time and tutoring, I find time to be an active volunteer in my community. I focus on immigrant rights yet I care about progressive issues in general. I believe that we can work together on issues that protect the human rights of every individual especially those who are marginalized.

Recently, I got engaged to my long time boyfriend. We have been on and off for the past seven years but we have decided to tie the knot. Honestly, the engagement came as a surprise to me. We were promenading through the floating gardens of Xochimilco when he decided to pop the question. I loved that he serenaded me with Mariachis and ordered delicious food. I couldn’t say no.

La Basilica de Guadalupe
Sobre el Cerro del Tepeyac y la Basilica de Guadalupe en la Cuidad de Mexico
Near the hill of Tepeyac at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City