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Cinco de Mayo Wedding Inspiration with Macrame

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Cluney Photo

When Velvet Bride recently got a new designer to their shop (the wonderful Leanne Marshall), they figured the best way to spread the news was to create a styled shoot showcasing the gorgeous gowns and fresh wedding decor. Obviously, we agree – the result is absolutely magical! A team of all-stars including Cluney Photo, Habitat Events, and Habitat Floral Studio came together to create a Cinco de Mayo theme with some lovely handmade touches.

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From the owner of Velvet Bride: For this shoot, we styled it with a Cinco De Mayo theme. We recently added a new designer to our shop, Leanne Marshall, and were thrilled to shoot an all-time favorite dress from her collection, The Danielle! This dress is very soft and romantic so we wanted to style it against a rougher, industrial backdrop to get an interesting juxtaposition. We chose the historic Missoula Mercantile building as a venue, which is currently in the middle of an intensive revitalization project to reveal its original design and character. What we found in the venue was magic! Old brick walls, exposed vaulted tin ceilings, metal spiral staircases, and warehouse-style paned windows which paired perfectly with our theme.

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For this shoot we wanted to showcase a vibrant color palette of pinks, yellows, peaches, and greens. The bridesmaids wore a pop of color on their lips with bold black and white patterned dresses while the bride remained softer with a gorgeously colorful bouquet. The bride’s dress features hand-dyed lace and a full, silk organza skirt that floats like a dream! The details included a taco bar from Five on Black, floral center pieces from Habitat Floral, and an invitation suite from Ink the Paperie. We loved this shoot and how beautifully Mark from Cluney Photo captured its essence.

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Shoot Location: Missoula, MT / Photographer: Cluney Photo / Event Styling: Habitat Events / Floral Design: Habitat Floral Studio / Venue: Missoula Mercantile / Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall / Bride’s Flower Comb: Heart of Gold / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dress the Population via Velvet Bride / Hair and Makeup: Boom Swagger Salon / Caterer: Five on Black / Wedding Invitations: Ink the Paperie

Cinco de Mayo Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Chelsea Scanlan

Every year we look forward to May for one very special reason: Cinco de Mayo. As a holiday that celebrates Mexican heritage and pride, it’s a day full of bright colors and endless inspiration – even for the wedding world! Photographer Chelsea Scanlan put together this fantastic styled shoot chock full of Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas, and we’re completely smitten with every single one.

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From the photographer, Chelsea Scanlan: While visiting the mainland in the spring, I thought it would be a fabulous time to do a little inspiration shoot that I have been dreaming up for a while. A Cinco De Mayo themed inspiration shoot – the festivities are known for bright colors and I thought it would be nice to use those bold colors in a wedding. We all love those pastel colored weddings, but I thought it would be lovely to add a pop of color that could still be fun, yet romantic and classy. I knew the beautiful desert with sage brush, mountains, a touch of gold, and a beautiful couple would be a dream.

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With accents of bright oranges, reds, and pinks for the festivities, it was a fun blend of bright and pastel colors. The gold trim on the table along with an overabundance of colorful cacti and spring flowers made a classic, yet fun table for the bride and groom. A lantern and tall candles brought a little romance to the rustic setting. I had the beautifully talented Avie Designs provide a perfect invitation suite with a stunning cut out invitation in complementary colors that were a perfect bright introduction for guests to the theme of the wedding.

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Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan http://ruffledblog.com/cinco-de-mayo-wedding-ideas

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A simple, classic cake with spring flowers, including magnolias were all that were needed for a simple cake for a romantic, rustic wedding. Orange ombre drinks for cocktail hours or a toast served on a rustic gold tray would be a lovely unique add to the festivities. To bring in a bit of the traditional colors with a modern twist, the couple posed in front of a backdrop full of streamers of various colors – perfect for a fun ending to a wedding. I hoped this shoot would be a perfect blend of classic and a little twist of modern brightness for a fun Cinco De Mayo shoot that brides to be everywhere could enjoy and see that a little pop of color, or adding a little pastel to your wedding colors could be a fun and different twist this 2014.

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Shoot Location: Alpine, UT / Photographer: Chelsea Scanlan / Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Dolce Vita / Hair and Makeup: Carmen Ottens / Shirt: Abbo / Shorts: Calvin Klein / Shoes: Sperry / Stationery: Avie Designs / Models: Carmen Ottens and Chris York

DIY Easter Cascarones

DIY Projects

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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.

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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

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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.

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View step-by-step images here

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

Cinco de Mayo Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Martina Micko Photo

I don’t know about you, but we’re still reeling a bit from this weekend’s festivities — so naturally, we figure why not keep bringing the Cinco de Mayo goodness your way? For today’s shoot, Martina Micko Photo teams up with Turning Violets Flower Design to bring us some colorful inspiration with a bit of Mexican flair. We love the concept of incorporating bright hues into ceremony and reception decor!

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From the photographer, Martina: Our shoot was inspired by Cinco de Mayo, but we also wanted to add some fun, Mexican fiesta inspiration. We had two fabulous bright dresses that we worked around. We incorporated a lot of red, orange, yellow hues to go with the dresses and overall theme. The setting is set to resemble a backyard mexican vibe. Unique vintage bowls and vases, as well as furniture were used for a rustic look. The flowers are a mix of bright colors that added the finishing touch – a mix vintage and modern.

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Shoot Location: New York City, NY / Photographer: Martina Micko Photo / Flowers: Turning Violets Flower Design / Dresses: Haute Hippie / Shoes: Nina / Earrings and Necklaces: Confetti by Annette / Hair and Makeup: Johanna Anil / Groom’s Outfit: H&M / Vintage Rentals and Styling: Little Vintage Rentals / Straws: Beve / Invitations and Place Cards: JP Stationery / Videographer: Love + Brain Films

Technicolor Cinco de Mayo Wedding

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Nine Photography

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! One reason we love this holiday so much is because it always seems to come jam-packed with color, just like we see in this shoot put together by Grit+Gold, We + You Studios, and Nine Photography. And who doesn’t love a hardy dose of technicolor wedding ideas?

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cinco de mayo wedding ideas

technicolor wedding ideas

cinco de mayo wedding ideas

technicolor wedding ideas


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Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Nine Photography / Event Design: Grit+Gold / Floral Design: We + You / Hair and Makeup: KOgirl by Tia Vang / Desserts: Esperanzas Breads/Cookies / Rentals: Rent My Dust / Papel Picado: Ay Mujer / Paper Goods: Caroline Creates / Transportation: Bowtie Vintage Classics

Cinco de Mayo Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

The Goodness

We’re so excited to feature this Cinco de Mayo wedding sent to us by The Goodness, who served as not only the photographers but also designed all of the wedding invitations and paper goods for Lizeth and Luis’ wedding day! True to Cinco de Mayo tradition, their day is full of color and delicious treats for their guests, including a show-stopping wedding cake from Just Cakin’ It.

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From the bride, Lizeth: The day of our wedding I felt calm and at peace, I have always been confident Luis and I were meant to be, I was content and relieved the time to celebrate our love was finally here. I couldn’t help but feel pleasantly overwhelmed at how many of our friends and family were present to help us celebrate our special day.


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Luis and I have always been proud our culture and celebrate it every chance we get, so we chose our date accordingly Cinco de Mayo, 2012. We wanted to highlight many of our cultures contributions which included: tequila, tacos, beer, jarritos, aguas frescas, sweet bread, buñuelos, candy, paper flowers, piñatas and finally lots of color.


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My favorite moment was our first look, it allowed us to spend some quality time with each other and we were able to take in and appreciate our special day… I have to thank Lisa and Geoff for suggesting we have this moment!


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Any advice for future brides planning their weddings now? Make your fiancé take charge of some of the planning and give him deadlines. Luis was in charge of venue, food, and music/entertainment. I wish I would have given him deadlines! Delegate work to friends and family and be open to their ideas. My mother made all the paper flowers she also came up with the idea of adding paper flowers to the burlap fabric; it turned out to be a great back drop to the candy and cake table. Hit up the wedding blogs! I was obsessed with Ruffled, I knew I was going to do much of the decorations myself and used this blog to provide inspiration and DIY tutorials.


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Wedding Location: Sacramento, CA / Wedding Photographer and Invitations: The Goodness / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Parish / Reception Venue: Winter’s Community Center / Wedding Flowers: Sterlitzia / Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia / Wedding Shoes: Zappos / Bride’s Veil: Elegant Lace Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Casa Flores Imports / Groom’s Suit: INC / Wedding Caterer: Tacos Gonz / Wedding Cake: Just Cakin’ It / Margaritas: Rent-a-Drink Margarita Machine / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Dinnerware Supplies: Smarty Had a Party / Papel Picado: Casa Bonampak / Wedding Music: Banda Tierra de Oro and Mariachi Real Monarcas / Officiant: Father Gomez

The Owl and the Pussycat Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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“Adore” doesn’t even begin to cover how we feel about this styled shoot from Butterfly Petals and shot by Melissa Jill Photography. Amanda of Butterfly Petals pulled inspiration from Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat,” a darling children’s poem about an owl and a cat who fall in love despite their differences, and marry. Amanda translated the tale into an updated, colorful interpretation, complete with one sophisticated ‘cat’ and one cool bohemian ‘owl’!

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From the designer, Amanda Johnson of Butterfly Petals: This styled shoot was inspired by a vintage copy of the Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear (1871). The poem has an unlikely pairing: an owl and a cat. The owl serenades the cat, and she’s so entranced that they decide to run away and be married at once. What about a ring? Well, they borrow one from a friendly pig and are married by a turkey. Sure it’s a little “out there” but the core of the poem is about two souls finding each other even if they aren’t the perfect match.


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The end of the poem is lovely: “And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.” Very romantic! I started to picture our couple; the “cat” sophisticated, polished and chic, her “owl” a bit bohemian. I snatched a few copies of the book. Once I started working with Melissa, Alexandra and Kelly, our favorite copy of the poem proved to be a more modern, brightly-colored version from the 60s. Its mod illustrations captured an emerging trend in weddings—sort of a retro throw back with tea-length dresses and beehive hairdos. Very Mad Men chic!


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We wanted to pop in popular colors like the oh-so-trendy Tangerine and the book brought in other popular shades, like aqua and fuchsia. I used the illustrations to further guide my detail choices: a fun, brightly colored runner captured the whimsical trees mentioned in the poem, the retro glass would look at home in a beatnik’s apartment, and the center of my table featured owl and pussycat planters straight from the 60s. The mismatched chairs were a thrift store find, as was the table and mismatched silverware. Finally, the very setting of our shoot played on the contrary nature of the poem—here we are in the middle of the Phoenix desert, yet we’re shooting on the edge of a marshy pond complete with ducks and cattails!


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Wedding Vendors (Phoenix, AZ):

Floral Designer: Amanda Johnson of Butterfly Petals / Venue: Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area / Wedding Photographer: Melissa Jill Photography / Wedding Invitations: Kelly Ashworth Design / Wedding Dress: Mariee / Personal Stylist: AVE Styles

Woodsy Camp Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Always a sucker for sweet love stories, I swooned a bit when I saw newlyweds Heather and Jamie have known each other since they were in their early teenage years. Then I continued on to the images sent from Dreamlove Photography, and I was sold! The bride designed her own wedding dress, which was turned into a reality by a close friend. Get ready to pore over some delightful DIY goodness:

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From the bride, Heather: Jamie and I met in 8th grade when Jamie dropped his pencil in class. He reached over the desk to get it, his fingers wiggling frantically just out of reach, while I sat next to him laughing at the whole desperate process. Later that year, we started a friendship. We had homework to bring in our favorite song and Jamie and I were the only two who had used same one, “How’s it Gonna Be.” Naturally, the teacher paired Jamie and me up.


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Twelve years later, looking for the perfect spot to tie the knot, we came across Camp Kiwanee in the middle of the woods in Massachusetts. Between the beauty of the rustic wooden deck overlooking Maquan Pond and the fun and casual atmosphere of the cabins, we were sold.


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From the wedding dress, invitations, the boutonnieres and bouquets, the dessert table, hairpieces, the centerpieces, signs, the wedding programs, the printed napkin menus, and more, this wedding was a totally group effort DIY project. Friends and family pitched in on the creation and set-up of the entire day.


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Some advice for a vintage rustic wedding: Stalk thrift stores, don’t dismiss things because they’re dusty (clean them!), take time to really let your vision evolve. You don’t have to rush into buying something or hiring a vendor just because your list tells you it’s supposed to be done by now, and reach out to friends and family.


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Wedding Vendors (Hanson, MA):

Wedding Venue: Camp Kiwanee / Wedding Photographers: Dreamlove Photography / Wedding Dress Design: bride / Wedding Dress: Hayley Jean Walter / Fascinator: Abby Koppes / Hair and Makeup: Personal Best Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth and Ruche / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse / Wedding Caterer: DejaBlu Catering / Wedding Desserts: BellaCakes / DJ: DJ by Jake / Invitations and Paper Goods: bride / Videographer: McElroy Weddings

Mexican Inspired Florals

Wedding Design

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Don’t these colors give you a jolt of happiness? These fiesta inspired floral arrangements from Bows and Arrows are absolutely divine, from the bouquet with its loose ribbons to the incredibly unique boutonnieres for the gents! Natalie of nbarrett photography captured this shoot that is simply a goldmine of gorgeous inspiration on any budget. We just can’t help ourselves but obsess over those mini terra cotta pots with bold blooms, paired with confetti and die cut place cards, all designed to perfection.


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Centerpiece Flowers: Coral Charm Peony / Garden Roses / Ranunculus / Fritillary / Scabiosa / Millet / Poppy / Lavender / Tulips / Jasmine / Poppy Pods / Sweet Pea / Astrantia / Sarah Bernhard Peony

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Boutonniere Flowers: Ranunculus / Clover / Kangaroo Paw / Poppy Pods / Millet

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Bouquet Flowers: Poppy / Ranunculus / Bronze Fennel / Coral Charm Peony / Scabiosa / Garden Roses / Fritillaria / Tulips


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Wedding Vendors (Dallas, TX):

Wedding Photographer: nbarrett photography / Wedding Flowers and Styling: Bows and Arrows / Wedding Stationery: Southern Fried Paper

DIY String Wedding Sign

DIY Projects

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String art seems to fit our Mexican theme to day like a glove. The cacti in the desert inspired us for our next project, perfect for a summer wedding. Yelena of The Stylish Soiree, created this script string wedding sign for us, so perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party. For this DIY, don’t be afraid to go big! You can make a giant welcome sign for your guests, or a witty backdrop for your altar. We adore the idea of playing with different shades of the same color for an ombre effect, keeping with our Mexican-inspired decor. Without further ado, here’s Yelena:


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Instructions:
Step 1. Choose a font to use, write out the desired message (or the couple’s names) and print out in a large size font. If you want to place in an 8 x 10 frame, be sure that the letters fill up a good portion of the printed page.

Step 2. Cut out the names with a small pair of scissors, then use tape to tape them down in the desired location on the foam core board.


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Step 3. Begin pinning around the outside of the paper words (it’s okay to pin through the tape as needed) until everything is outlined in pins. Don’t forget to pin the inside of the letters as well as the outline. Handy Tip: This is easiest if you work from left to right (or right to left if you are left handed) so you don’t have to worry about knocking out any pins you’ve already placed.


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Step 4. Once the words are completely pinned, remove the paper from the inside of the pins as well as any tape. Handy Tip: If the tape is stuck under the pin, a pair of tweezers will easily pull it up without messing up any of the carefully placed pins.


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Step 5. Tie a small, loos knot in the first thread color you’d like to begin with, and loop it around the top of a pin. Tighten the knot until it’s firm, and then begin wrapping all of the little pins with the thread to fill in the gaps between the pins. Handy Tips: Always make sure to outline the words along the perimeter as well as criss cross back and forth between the gaps to make the word easy to read. Also, if your thread keeps popping up and won’t stay in place, periodically wrap the thread 360 degrees around the pin you’re working on. This technique keeps the string anchored and secure.


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Step 6. When you reach the end of one color (or decide you want to switch to another color), instead of trying to tie another tiny knot, it’s easiest to use a small dot of clear hot glue to affix the end of the string to the pin. Then use the scissors to snip off the excess thread and keep it looking clean. Begin with the next color by creating a loose knot again and tightening it around the pin where you left off with the previous color.


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Step 7. Once all of the letters are wrapped, I used a ruler to measure out the width of an 8 x 10 frame and cut the excess foam core with an exact-o knife. Then, simply pop the finished sign into the frame (be sure to remove the glass front first so the pins can stick out), et voila! You have a lovely three dimensional sign for your event.


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Cinco de Mayo Elopement Inspiration

Wedding Design

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In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, Rebekah Carey McNall of A & B Creative dreamed up of a gorgeous elopement story in Mexico. These images captured by Delbarr Moradi are just dripping with color and festive flair. The florals created by Crimson Horticulture Rarities complete the vision perfectly like the last piece of this fiesta puzzle.

mexican hanging tapestries

pink wedding shoes
mexican soda drinks

From the event stylist, Rebekah of A & B Creative: Our inspiration for the design of this shoot came from a love of Mexican scenery and how varied it can be; from dry and arid to lush and bright. We transitioned that adoration into the design of our shoot by using the rich warm wood of our farm tables, antique spools, and a caramel colored hide and juxtaposing it against the bright cigar boxes, patterned plates, peonies, ranunculus, vintage Mexican textiles and with pops of gold and blue.


mexican hanging tapestries

hanging airplant centerpiecesorange groomsmen boutonnieres

unique wedding bands

Doña Tomás was the ideal venue and the sun drenched courtyard is perfect for an intimate elopement. The inside of the restaurant features gorgeous architectural pieces they brought back from Mexico and their tres leche cake was to-die-for. They even have a rich red colored wall named the “Frida” wall!


vivid purple bouquet
newlyweds drinking tequila
pink gold wedding shoes
unique wedding bands

In fact, the bride’s hair was inspired by Frida Kahlo’s classic band of flowers, but I wanted to make it feel more modern and unique. Together with Yesenia and Crimson Hort we designed a band of flowers for the nape of the bride’s neck, beneath her bun, to bring the look into a new era.


purple orange wedding centerpieces
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pink ranunculus centerpiecesbrides wearing pink

tres leches strawberries cake

Crimson Horticulture Rarities helped us to continue our juxtaposed look by designing the florals with oranges and perfectly bright blooms, tucked into brightly colored cigar boxes, against the muted tones of the airplants, antlers and antique spools.


bridal hair with flowers

bride in white dressmexican inspired reception centerpieces

engraved cake cutter

The bride’s different attire looks were again showing the variations of the theme. First, a rich blue lace top over a silk sheath gown with pops of orange and pink coming from her shoes, display the colors of a sunset in the mountains. A bright pink chiffon top with floral detailing reflected in the petal accents of her gown and the flowers in her hair, show the warm hue you can imagine in the valleys. Lastly, her cream colored dress and vintage Mexican belt show an arid desert palette.


mexican inspired wedding reception

bride in white dressmexican inspired reception centerpieces

pink wedding shoes
mexican tin decorbride pink orange bouquet
mexican inspired wedding shoot delbarr moradi


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Oakland, CA):

Venue Location and Cake: Doña Tomás / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Event Design and Styling, Farm Table Rentals: Rebekah Carey McNall of A & B Creative / Wedding Flowers: Crimson Horticulture Rarities / Tea Length Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal / Floral Bottomed Gown: The Limited / Blue and pink tops: Anthropologie / Bride’s Shoes: Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret / Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri and Esqueleto / Bride’s Belt: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Groom’s Shirts, shoes, and tie: Vintage / Makeup: Nikol Elaine Artistry / Hair: Yesenia Guinea / Vintage Rentals: Mignonne Decor / Dinner Plates: Anthropologie / Glass Plates: Crate & Barrel / Model: Marissa Marquez

A & B Creative is a member of our wedding vendor guide Blue Label.

DIY Cinco de Mayo Piñata Favors

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This wedding favor idea is perfect for Mexican inspired weddings and just in time for a Cinco de Mayo fête. This project is not as daunting as it seems. Just put on This American Life and away you go!

diy cinco de mayo pinata

For this project, you’ll need:
– Small balloons (I used 7″ balloons, but water balloons may work too)
-flour & water for papier mâché
-newspaper or any thin paper
-candy to go inside the pinata (we used saltwater taffy)
-scissors
-Elmer’s glue
-tissue paper
-glasses or a base to hold the piñatas while they dry

diy cinco de mayo pinata

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Instructions:
This project can be as labor intensive as you’d like it to be, so we bypassed as many steps as we could to speed up the process.

Step 1: Blow up balloon to desired size and tie with a knot. Ours were about 5-6 inches long. Rip paper into small pieces – strip or square shapes are great, but really any shape will do. Mix equal parts of water and flour for papier mâché glue paste.

Step 2: Start gluing pieces of paper onto balloon, allowing an opening around the balloon tie for candy once it’s dry. We didn’t bother with a brush to glue the pieces and went straight to using my hands – another tip to speed up the process. Once your balloon is covered with its first layer of paper, let it dry for a few hours. Repeat the process until is thick enough to hold candy without the shell breaking. Three layers were sufficient for me and sturdy enough that they wouldn’t break if they fell on the floor, but you can add more to make them stiffer if you’d like.

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Step 3: While your papier mâché dries, you can get your tissue paper ready. Again, we batch fringed tissue paper by folding a long strip of paper (about 4 inches wide) in half lengthwise so it’s 2 inches wide. Then fold the paper the other direction a few times and cut 2/3 of it’s width, so my paper was 2 inches wide, I cut slits of about 1.50 – 1.75 inches wide. To save us a little more time, we didn’t bother measuring measuring how wide each strip should be.

diy cinco de mayo pinata

Step 4: Once your papier mâché is dry, you can start layering your fringed tissue paper. I went against my own advice on this particular pinata and started from the top down. Don’t do that. By the time I was finishing gluing the last layer, the fringes on the top were wrinkled and some ripped. Always start layering the fringe from the bottom up. Here I used school glue, but I think flour paste could work too (but I’d use a brush since tissue paper is much more delicate than newspaper). I used three layers for each color tier.

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Step 5: With a needle, gently poke a hole on the balloon to deflate it. Pull balloon out and we’re ready to add the candy!

Step 6: To create a handle for the mini piñata, thread a tag in a ribbon and make a knot halfway. Tie the ends of the ribbon onto a candy.

Step 7: Now you’re ready to add candy and seal the pinata. Add the handle last and seal the pinata with a matching piece of tissue paper.

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I used a little less than 20″x8″ worth of tissue paper per colored tier for each wedding favor. I reused the scraps of paper to create conffeti that were added in each pinata along with the candy. For anyone looking for the specific type and colors of tissue paper I used, colors are Emerald, Peridot and Aquamarine. The glittery paper is called gemstone tissue paper, and it can be found online at places like this. Total cost for each wedding favor is under a dollar including the candy.


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