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Villaraigosa marries in weekend ceremony in Mexico

villaraigosa-govea.jpgFormer mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa was married to Patricia Govea over the weekend at a hotel in San Miguel de Allende, the historic mountain town in central Mexico. The black-tie ceremony on Saturday night at the Rosewood Hotel was attended by about 100 friends and family, Associated Press says.

"Two lives, two hearts joined together in friendship united forever in love," the couple's wedding website reads. "It is with joy that we, Patricia & Antonio, invite you to share in a celebration of love as we exchange our marriage vows." Villaraigosa, 63, is edging closer to a public announcement of whether he is running for governor of California. He had a small role at the recent Democratic National Convention. Not much has been reported about Govea except that she was born in Mexico, moved to the U.S. in 2004 and works in fashion.

Villaraigosa, a former speaker of the California Assembly, was mayor of Los Angeles from 2005 to 2013. Since leaving office he has held a few different positions in the business world and prepared to run statewide for the first time.

The couple's website says the wedding was preceded on Friday evening by a cocktail reception and a mariachi procession through San Miguel. There also was a Sunday brunch with guests. In lieu of gifts, the couple recommended a donation to a scholarship fund for DREAMer immigrant students. Villaraigosa disclosed the couple's plans to marry in March.

Villaraigosa's previous marriage to Connie Raigosa ended during his tenure as mayor after he was forced to acknowledge an affair with television reporter Mirthala Salinas. The name Villaraigosa is a blend of the former mayor's family name, Villar, and Raigosa.

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