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This Latina Couldn’t Find the Perfect Wedding Gown, So She Crocheted Her Own

After not being able to find the perfect wedding gown, this Oklahoma Latina proved that “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”

Abbey Ramirez-Bodley was planning the perfect wedding… but she just couldn’t find the perfect dress.

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No matter how many dresses she looked at, she couldn’t find a dress that fit into her budget.

So, she just decided to work with her aunt and crochet her very own wedding gown, #likeaboss.

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Ramirez-Bodley’s aunt had taught her how to crochet when she was 4 years old. She did research on the Internet and found other dresses to give her all the inspiration she needed to go through with her plan.

Her husband was skeptical when Ramirez-Bodley first had the idea.

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Dude. The first rule about dating a Latina: they are always right and will do anything to prove you wrong. ?

Making the dress took eight months and more than two miles of yarn and only cost $70.

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“I don’t want people to think this is something we just whipped up in no time,” Ramirez-Bodley told ABC News. “Without a pattern it was really difficult. We were just as amazed as everybody else.”

READ: 9 Adorable Wedding Proposals that’ll Really Make You Sweat from Your Eyes

Finishing the dress must have felt like…

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Not to mention, she was able to show her husband just how WRONG he was about her skills with crochet needles.

The final reveal of the crocheted gown left her husband and guests speechless.

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Just goes to show you that you should NEVER doubt a Latina when she puts her mind to something.

In fact, some wedding guests were so entranced with the final look that they just had to know how to do it themselves.

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No doubt that Ramirez-Bodley is going to be getting a lot of requests for crocheted wedding gowns now.

READ: It’s Not a Latino Wedding if these 16 Things Don’t Happen

Clearly, there is a very proud abuelita in Oklahoma right now.

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Millennials Are Replacing Engagement Rings With Diamonds Pierced Into Their Fingers

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Millennials Are Replacing Engagement Rings With Diamonds Pierced Into Their Fingers

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The centuries-old tradition of proposing with an engagement ring is facing a new challenger. Because if Instagram is anything to go by, engagement finger piercings are now a thing. Yup, some people are now choosing to declare their eternal love for each other with a diamond piercing instead of an actual ring. Here’s how it works.

Dermal piercings are the latest trend replacing engagement rings.

Getting your ears pierced (probably in the window of Claires, with your friends surrounding you) is a rite of passage for most 13-year-olds. But this isn’t that kind of piercing. It’s called a dermal piercing or (to those in the medical profession) a transdermal implant. It’s hardcore and when done right can look pretty cool.

Also known as microdermals, anchors, dermal anchors, and single-point piercings.

They refer to any piercing that lies on a flat surface of the body – in this case, the finger – and is held in place with an ‘anchor’ that is implanted beneath the skin. Ouch. The jewelry then sits on the surface of the skin, making it look like there are gems or beads on the body.

How Does a Dermal Piercing Work?

PSA to all weak-stomached readers: skip this paragraph. First, a qualified technician will sterilize the area and then use either a dermal punch on to remove a small tube of flesh, or a needle to make an L-shaped pouch, then, using dermal forceps, an anchor with either a footed or round base is inserted into the area.

How long does a dermal piercing last?

While you might not get a choice about what type of dermal base is used, there are several variations. Some are punctured with holes so that the tissue can grow in and around the piercing while others have pivoting feet that keep the piercing in place over time – FYI this is V. important as these little accessories have a habit of migrating and rejecting over time (if this happens to you speak to your piercer STAT as a displaced piercing can be fixed as long as you act fast!).

So why are people opting for piercings?

One reason might be cost: tAccording to recent surveys, most American couples expect to spend between $1,000 and $5,000 on an engagement ring, while dermals come in at around $70.

But there are lots of potential complications.

A dermatological expert told the BBC, “If the piercing is not deep enough there is a risk of it moving, known as migration. If it is too deep the skin begins to grow over the piercing, known as embedding. Other risks include inflammation, scarring and infection – particularly if it is on the hands, as is the case with these particular piercings.” They also point out that, “Another problem with having a dermal piercing on your hand is the increased likelihood of it catching on something.”

… Let’s just take a second for that to sink in.

If the mere thought of your ring piercing catching on your clothes or hair isn’t enough to put you off, some piercing studios have said they won’t do dermal piercings on people’s fingers, for that very reason. So if you’re thinking of getting a finger piercing, keep in mind that it will hurt, it could migrate, embed itself, or get infected, and you may accidentally rip your finger skin off while putting on a sweater —all in the name of love. You have been warned.

California Groomed Killed At His Own Wedding By Alleged Party Crashers

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California Groomed Killed At His Own Wedding By Alleged Party Crashers

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A Chino, California groom was beaten to death by two uninvited men that crashed his wedding reception. Joe Melgoza was attending his reception which started Saturday evening and went on until Sunday morning. The party was held in his sister’s backyard.

When two wedding crashers showed up, 30-year-old Melgoza tried to fight them off. The brawl would result in Melgoza’s death from a blunt force head trauma, according to NBC News. Now his family is mourning during what should have been a wonderful time in Melgoza’s life.

Two strangers crash Melgoza’s wedding.

Police identified the two men as brothers Rony and Josue Castañeda Ramirez. They didn’t know the groom but lived in the neighborhood. There was some confusion at first because it was a wedding reception with two massive families. 

Because it was such a big party and it was two big families, we just assumed that somebody knew them because they were right there among us,” Velasquez told Oxygen.com.

The brothers were eventually asked to leave and they did. But they came back to the reception armed with bats. 

“Those cowards came back with bats. They were in the alley and it was dark… My brother tried to go get them. They pulled him into the house and they killed him,” Andy Velasquez, Melgoza’s brother, told NBC. 

The groom’s family believes he was just trying to protect his family from the invaders when he and his brother-in-law chased them into a dark alley. 

“They were in the alley and it was dark,” Velasquez told NBC. “My brother tried to go get them.”

Police responded to a fight at 2:20 AM on Sunday morning, according to CBS News. When they arrived, officers found a huge crowd and the two alleged attackers. 

When police heard of another victim that was missing, authorities discovered Melgoza’s body in the backyard of a different home. 

The victim, later identified as 30-year-old Joe Steven Melgoza, suffered blunt force trauma to his head. Officers began life-saving efforts, and Melgoza was transported to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries,” the Chino police said in a statement. 

The brothers have been arrested by law enforcement.

The two men were arrested on suspicion of murder and are being held without bail. According to Oxygen, who reviewed the criminal complaint, they both have been charged with first-degree murder and two accounts of assault with a deadly weapon.

“They don’t have any relationship to the victim or anybody else at the reception,” Sgt. Dustin Tomicic told Oxygen.com.

Melgoza leaves behind his siblings, widow, and 11-year-old daughter. Melgoza had full custody of his daughter who will now be cared for by her grandmother and siblings. 

“You could see it in his face, how happy he was,” his widow said.  “Just the way he looked at me all day.”

Velasquez told Oxygen that he was heartbroken he didn’t get to say goodbye to Melgoza, his last words to his brother were, “You know I got you forever, bro, you know this.” The family has started a GoFundMe page for the father’s funeral services.

“He always had a way to make you smile. He was there for you at any time to give a helping hand. He was taken from us in such a tragic and horrific way,” Melgoza’s cousin Alice Alvarez wrote on the GoFundMe page. “He leaves behind his daughter Lilly who will be in good hands with Joe’s family. We are asking for your support in this time for Joe’s services and for his little girl Lilly. Isela, Joe’s mom is devastated, heartbroken and is having a hard time processing it all.” 

Strangers chip in to support Melgoza’s family.

The fundraiser has surpassed its $20,000 goal with $30,973 from 817 donors thus far. It’s been shared over 3.3 thousand times. 

I do not know Mr. Melgoza or his family, but I read his story and I want to help. I’m so sorry for this terrible tragedy. I hope this small donation helps. He seems like a wonderful father and husband. My sincerest condolences to the family,” one donor named Pat Geil said on the GoFundMe page. 

Melgoza started dating his widow Esther Bustamente just a year before the wedding, but they had known each other for a decade. The family told Oxygen the wedding was beautiful up until the tragic end. 

“He showed me how to be a man, how to be a father, how to work hard, how to be responsible. I don’t know what I’m going to do without my brother. He was there for me, always. He guided me through everything,” Velasquez said.