50 is Fabulous… and Gorgeous | Mexican Heritage Plaza Photographer

I think you’ll agree, especially after seeing these photos, that 50 is Fabulous and THIS party was, without a doubt, THE Party of the Year at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose.

While much of the party details were kept under wraps for many months I got a peek at the amazing dress Sandra had made for the party. I knew she was planning to have a movie shown of her life and wanted a photo for a huge 24×36 movie poster for the entrance to the theatre.

The photo shoot for the poster was so much fun! There were many many photos from that shoot that I just loved, but she chose the perfect one for her movie poster. I had so much fun designing and tweaking the text overlays until they were perfect. This was the resulting poster:

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See? I told you 50 was FABULOUS!

While I was there as a guest I couldn’t help but snap a few shots of the event. How could I not? The Mexican Heritage Plaza is a beautiful location for any party, event, or wedding. I would love to be a Mexican Heritage Plaza Photographer any time!

The party at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose began in the Foyer of the Theater. An elegant cocktail party with red and white wines being poured, a tasty hors d’oeuvre buffet, and entertainment by Mariachi Colima.


Following the cocktail hour we were lead into the beautiful Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater where the larger than life movie poster I created was displayed on an easel at the entrance. It looked amazing.

The entertainment hour was more than entertaining. I laughed and I cried.  Mariachi Colima performed along with the dancers from the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Sandy’s uncle, Juan Barco, gave an unforgettable performance I wish I had caught on video.

Then the main event… Sandy’s movie played on the big screen. Bryan Foote from Castaway Creative did an spectacular job creating this film. It was well thought out and very creative, taking us through the decades of her life. It had us laughing so hard we cried. I can only describe it as amazing.

The movie followed with a heartfelt speech given by the guest of honor herself. Anyone witnessing her speech would have not doubt as to why she is loved by so many family and friends.

From the theater we were sent across the plaza to the Pavilion where simply elegant tables were set, the dj was playing music suitable for dancing, and drinks were flowing at the bar. A delicious traditional mexican dinner was served. Followed by dessert and dancing.

And a toast from the host of the evening, Sandy’s husband.

I had a great time. I only wish I’d taken even more photos, but I was thoroughly enjoying my time at this party as a guest.