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Mexican Ranch Wedding Ideas

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than bringing you some Mexican-inspired wedding inspiration from Inkspot Photography! This shoot is jam-packed with great ideas, from the wooden wedding signs to the arrangements of cactus and aloe vera. Diablo Ranch in California provided the ideal backdrop for the visions of the styling team.

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From the photographer, Elise of Inkspot Photography: We wanted to come up with a trendsetting styled shoot to inspire couples planning their own weddings in this upcoming season. Our stylist Mariko thought, what better idea than a Mexico-meets-Western wedding with a classic spin? We were thrilled to be able to photograph this lovely affair at Diablo Ranch in Walnut Creek, CA on Mount Diablo. The fog rolled in through the hills on this February day and made for perfect soft light.

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We chose an intimate setting surrounded by hay bales for the guests to watch our bride and groom get hitched. We covered them with authentic Mexican wool blankets, and surrounded them with collected colored pottery and a custom made chiffon ceremony backdrop. From there the couple headed over to hit their gold pinata and get the fiesta started!

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The reception tabletop was covered in romantic Mexican prayer candles and glass vases filled with pinto beans, flowers and cactus. Bee Curious Designs created our barn wood “Senor & Senora” chair signs tied up with raffia string and we loved utilizing the ranch’s very own vintage saloon bench to complete our table for four. Each guest got to take home their very own raw wood maraca favors! And of course what would a fiesta reception be without a dessert table featuring, churros, lime margarita cupcakes, and hand painted Mexican doll cake toppers? The ranch’s very own retired racehorse “Big Red River” wanted to get in on the fun and cuddled with the happy couple in his floral wreath!

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View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Walnut Creek, CA / Photographer: Elise Whittenburg of Inkspot Photography / Stylist: Mariko Giverink / Flowers: Emily Stryker of Green Snapdragon Floral Design / Venue: Diablo Ranch / Wedding Dress: Claire La Faye / Hair and Makeup: Penney Do of PDArtistry / Bridal Spray Tan: Girl On The Glow / Wedding Cake: Lettie Cakes / Plates: Frances Lane / Paper Products: Nariné Birindjian of Sweet + Crafty / Signage: Bee Curious Designs / Stamps: Treasured Fox

Sierra Madre Wedding

Photos By: Erich McVey

Take a second to look up the definition of “all-star wedding team” in the dictionary, and we’re pretty sure you’ll find the following names as examples: Erich McVey, Catherine C. Leo of CCL Weddings & Events, and Shelby Nolan of Green Leaf Designs. This dream team assembled Lindsey and Kyle’s wedding day into a display of lush greenery, blush tones, and a generous helping of sequins, all aided by the photography skills of McVey.

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From the bride, Lindsey: My husband loves golf and so he naturally can’t help falling in love with the color green! This became one of our colors very early on also because our last name means “leaf” – We incorporated a leaf garland into our silhouette monogram and this theme was carried out in our leaf garland at our ceremony and tables at our reception. Lush green leaves and dainty maiden fern could be seen in our details.

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green wedding invitations - photo by Erich McVey http://ruffledblog.com/sierra-madre-wedding

Villa Del Sol D’oro was everything we were looking for in a venue. The 1920s villa was modeled after one of Michaelangelo’s designs and had the most charming interior that matched the beauty of the exterior. From the outside, you could feel the warmth of Tuscany. But once were were on the inside, it felt like we had entered an estate from the Great Gatsby! Warm cobblestones and black and white checkered floors were just some details our dancing feet fell in love with!

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California ceremony - photo by Erich McVey http://ruffledblog.com/sierra-madre-wedding

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We had to use every part of this romantic villa! We named each of the rooms of the villa which was inspired by the different lands you can find at Disneyland! Guests entered through our “Grand Entrance” where a sign displayed “Welcome to our Happily Ever After.” The “Sweet Suite” was where our cake from MerelySweet was displayed on a gold sequence tablecloth. In the “Pop Parlor” we served soda pop and popcorn which was being freshly popped outside. A silhouette artist sat in our long hallway which we titled “Mainstreet.” In this hall, we also had our escort cards which were “tickets” to Disneyland rides- It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc. Dinner was enjoyed on the “Tasteful Terrace” under twinkling lights. After dinner, we danced and cut cake in the library of the house which was splashed with gold confetti and reminiscent of a 1920s party. In the evening, the doors were opened and a food truck served churros – our favorite treat at Disneyland!!

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sequin wedding reception - photo by Erich McVey http://ruffledblog.com/sierra-madre-wedding

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy the process!

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Sierra Madre wedding - photo by Erich McVey http://ruffledblog.com/sierra-madre-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
Ceremony Hymn: Silent Night
Recessional: “Marry You,” Bruno Mars
First Dance: “Kiss Me,” Ed Sheeran

Wedding Location: Sierra Madre, CA / Photographer: Erich McVey / Wedding Planning and Design: Catherine C. Leo of CCL Weddings & Events / Florist: Shelby Nolan of Green Leaf Designs / Venue: Villa del Sol D’oro / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Merely Sweets / DJ: Mixterious Forces / Specialty Linens: La Tavola / Wedding Invitations: Lani Choi / Hand Lettering: Joyce Chai (joycejchai @ gmail.com) / Videographer: Cloud 9 Cinematography






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DIY Easter Cascarones

In the blink of an eye, Easter will be here – and you know what that means! Colorful eggs, chocolate bunnies, and spring flowers as far as the eye can see will fill our homes and delight both children and adults alike. To help get us in the spirit, we’ve got creative designer Kathryn Godwin with us to show how she makes these oh-so-fun DIY cascarones. Not only are they perfect for Easter and Cinco de Mayo, but they’re ideal for celebrations of any kind.

diy cascarones

For this project, you will need:
-Eggs
-Knife
-Acrylic craft paint
-Craft paintbrush
-Craft glue
-Confetti filling
-Banner messages (optional; you can download them here)
-Pencil
-Scrap paper

diy cascarones
diy cascarones

Instructions:
1. Create a small crack by gently tapping the rounder end of the egg with a knife.
2. With the end of the knife, lift the small pieces to create an opening.
3. Delicately break small pieces away.
4. A nickel sized opening is the easiest to work with.
5. Gently shaking the egg, and a little encouragement with the knife, will help to remove the yolk.
6. 2 coats of acrylic craft paint to cover the egg. You can stand the egg on its end to dry.
7. Gather your confetti filling, and cut out the banner message of your choice.
8. Fill the egg halfway with confetti.
9. Use a pencil to begin to roll your banner message into a mini scroll and place in egg before filling the rest with confetti.
10. Lightly dot craft glue around the edge of crack.
11. Use a torn cut piece of paper that is slightly larger than the size of the opening, press around the edges to seal with the glue.
12. Finish painting the paper and a festive pattern.

diy cascarones

View step-by-step images here

Create festive bundles for gifts, thanks yous or party favors!

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