Benicia Ortiz, daughter of Brenda and Ricky Ortiz of Tracy, and Eddie Alvarez, son of Ana and the late Alberto Alvarez of Tracy, were married Feb. 20, 2015, on a cliff overlooking the ocean at the Big Island home of the bride’s grandparents.
The bride was given in marriage by her father, and a family friend, Rick Shea, performed the ceremony.
Benicia, a 2006 graduate of Tracy High School, received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from University of the Pacific in 2011 and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UOP’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy in May 2014. She works as a pharmacist for Kaiser Permanente. Her grandparents Jim and Sharon White, who now live in Keaau, Hawaii, are former Tracy residents.
Eddie, who graduated from Delta Charter High School in 2006, works as a merchandiser for Coca-Cola in Stockton.
The wedding party included several family members. The bride was attended by her sister, Reina Machado, as her matron of honor, as well as bridesmaids Stephanie Serrato of Tracy, Kristen Seward of Hilmar and Melissa Alvarez, the groom’s sister, also of Tracy. The best man was Luiz Alvarez of Stockton, and groomsmen were Able Zepeda of San Jose and Angel Alvarez of Tracy. Usher Elijah Tafoya and ring bearers Emmanuel and Ricky Ortiz are nephews of the bride, and flower girls Kiana and Alyssa Garcilazo are nieces of the groom.
A reception was held at the Whites’ home, with music by PonchoMan.
The couple will make their home together in Stockton.