If you’ve been following the blog for a few months now, you probably know we recently took a trip to Riviera Maya and got a chance to take a peek at the intense beauty of Tulum. Well, today’s styled shoot from the fantastic team of Jen Rodriguez, Lovelyfest, and Stella Bloom Designs is bringing the memories flooding back with its pared down yet endlessly chic wedding design. With a simple color palette of white and green with some hints of wood details and terracotta, this styled shoot is not only inspiring us, but setting the wheels in motion for our next vacation planning!
Someone stick us on a beach and hand us a margarita. Starting with a color template from the mesmerizingly-colored wedding stationery, the team of vendors for this shoot just let their creative sparks ignite and their hard work most definitely paid off. With a lovely hand-painted table to hold it, Raining Roses Productions brought in the ideal floral centerpieces for this tropical shoot, complete with clusters of driftwood that peek out gingerly among the bright hues. This colorful shoot put together brilliantly by Kristen Weaver Photography is giving us some serious “let’s head to the beach” vibes today.
From the photographer, Kristen Weaver Photography: This shoot was inspired by the heart and soul of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It incorporates lush and bright florals, colorful details, and a slight beachy vibe. Incorporating unique details like a cactus pinata, photo booth, churros, and bridesmaid rompers – we pushed the limits of a typical styled shoot to bring unique concepts to your readers! We absolutely loved how the stationery brought much of our concept together, but we were most excited about the hand-painted table that we created in the studio specifically for this shoot!
Have you ever wanted to throw a big fiesta for your friends and family? Well, that’s exactly what Kyle and Kelsey did. This vibrant wedding with Mexican inspired details is everything you could ask for in a fiesta. Wonderfully captured by Ely Fair Photography and beautifully designed by GATHER Events, no detail was spared. Not to mention these florals by Juniper Designs just scream fiesta. Once you see these photos and read about how it came together from the bride herself, you too could be throwing a fiesta wedding!
From the bride, Kelsey: Kyle and I were mainly acquaintances in college. I know we were Facebook friends, but neither one of us can remember how that occurred. After college, Kyle got a Bernese Mountain dog, which I was obsessed with through Facebook pictures. Sometime around then Kyle asked me to go on a dog walking date with my rescue pup. Even though Kyle’s dog was a little crazy on the leash, we’ve been together ever since. Kyle proposed at the Oklahoma City Zoo by the elephant exhibit on a perfect rainy day. The elephants were trumpeting and running around, which I had never seen before and made the day even better!
Kyle and I wanted to have a very intimate ceremony with the people that mean the most to us. We decided to have a 50 person ceremony of our closest family and friends and a big party afterwards with the rests of our friends and family. It was wonderful to be able to look at the people who were at the ceremony and know we had a special relationship with each of them. It was also important to us that everyone have a great time, so we tried to make the day as fun as possible with as many bright colors imaginable. We decided to go with a Fiesta theme to really encourage our guest to have a blast! And honestly… who doesn’t want to have piñatas at their wedding?
Our favorite memory of the day would have to be our first look. It was wonderful to be able to see each other and special moment for just us before the rest of the day’s activities. Our photographers were great about giving us enough time to enjoy each other in that special moment.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Your wedding day is really only about two people. Your future spouse and yourself. If what makes you happiest is an elopement or a grand country club wedding, do that! You all are beginning the first day of the rest of your life. Everything that Kyle and I chose to do, we did it with that idea in mind. Sometimes I think couples get caught up in what is expected of them, rather than what would make them the happiest on their wedding day.
From the event designers, GATHER Events: When Kelsey described her wedding day, she wanted it to be festive and colorful, like a Mexican fiesta. We filled the room with gorgeous textured flowers created by Juniper Designs. The arrangements were full of King Protea, ranunculus, garden roses, roses, seeded eucalyptus, spray roses, brunia, and variegated kale. We kept the linens neutral so that we could emphasize the beautiful arrangements. For the head table, we added a vibrant Mexican table runner to add to the fiesta theme. Throughout the venue we were able to add special touches such as mini piñatas and Papel Picado flags made by the talented Lula Flora Designs. Kelsey wanted a colorful backdrop that she could use for her ceremony and then transform to her photo booth backdrop. The cakes by Amy Cakes were stunning! We loved how they were designed to look like a Mexican textile and the sugar skull was so unique. Thanks to The Wavetone’s the guests were able to dance the night away. The wedding turned out to be a perfect fiesta for the bride and groom!
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Mini Pinatas and Flags
Today’s couple knew there would be no better excuse to head back to their native California than their wedding day, so they packed their bags and celebrated with friends and family at the jaw-dropping venue Korakia Pensione Palm Springs. With Erin J Saldana capturing images, First Pick Planning in control of planning, and the bride’s sister Candice Benjamin taking on the floral design, it’s little wonder this day turned out as beautifully as it did!
From the bride, Ashley: We have been living in Louisiana for 2 years because my husband is in the Army, so we were definitely missing our native California. I knew Palm Springs would be the perfect location for a desert oasis themed wedding. We wanted it to be quirky, laid back, and fun with just a touch of luxury. When I saw Korakia Pensione I knew it would be perfect, and the general manager was so helpful and accommodating I was blown away. Our theme was desert oasis fiesta. I wanted to main colors to be coral and mint with metallic details to pop against that desert background, while also incorporating my husband’s Mexican heritage with the dancers, pinata, and dulces. That mix mash of cultures is what southern California is all about. I knew I wanted to go with a coral for my dress because the color was just amazing, and it felt good to be different. The day was about us celebrating our love with our friends and family, we didn’t want to worry about what was traditional or expected.
My friends and family came together to help us keep our budget low while still having a gorgeous wedding. My sister in law made the aguas frescas and bought the materials to make little signs. All of the centerpieces and bouquets were arranged and designed by my fabulous sister Candice Benjamin with help from my wedding coordinator Jen Bergmark. We went the morning before to the flower district in LA and they just let me go crazy picking out flowers that fit our theme and made my heart flutter. They spent all night piecing together these amazingly unique arrangements. Even the dancers were a high school group that my sister in law belonged to. They were amazing and completely affordable.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Remember when you’re planning that this day is about what the two of you want. Pick three adjectives that the two of you agree on, and when you’re making your decisions make sure that it applies to all three of those things. And don’t think that because you have a low budget that you have to go to a craft store and raid the cheesy wedding aisle. Get creative. If you’re not creative comb through your friends and family and see if anyone is willing to help out. It will make your wedding that much more meaningful.
Processional: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
Recessional: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons
We didn’t have a first dance, we had a folklorico performance instead.
Hair and Makeup
When the inspiration for an event is Paletas de Piña, you can bet you’re in for a fun and colorful result. The Big Fake Wedding had their first Phoenix event and filled the day with Mexican inspired wedding ideas with loads of bright colors and Dia de los Muertos inspired tablescapes.
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Above image by Sunshine & Reign Photography
Above images by Amanda Photographic
Above image by Sunshine & Reign Photography
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Above images by Sunshine & Reign Photography
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Above image by Sunshine & Reign Photography
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Paleta de Pina Inspiration Board Credits from left to right, top to bottom: Nicole Franzen, Marcus Nilsson, Primary Petals, Joie Lala, Delicious Happens, Joan Shum, Floret Flower Farm | Board Curator: Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press
Floral + Event Design: Personal Flowers + Table 1, 5, 9, 11
Floral + Event Design: Bar, Sweets Table Decor, Head Table + Table 2, 3, 8, 12
Floral + Event Design: Registration Table + Table 4, 6, 10
Venue + Rehearsal Dinner
Hair + Makeup
DJ + Emcee
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Today’s couple Viviana and Dustin describe their wedding style as “Texican,” the perfect fusion of their backgrounds. The two exchanged vows in Dallas with the talented Amber Vickery and Dirt Flowers on hand, but filled the day with nods to Viviana’s Mexican heritage and oodles of bright color and fun floral arrangements. We particularly love the use of floor tiles as table number displays!
From the bride, Viviana: From start to finish, the one word we found ourselves calling the style of our wedding was “Texican”. We came across this word because we are very proud of my Mexican heritage and Dustin’s Texan background. So it was only natural to incorporate these things into our big day. A few things we knew we wanted was to have it outdoors, despite the Texas heat, with fabulous brunch style food. We threw in specialty popsicles for dessert because what’s better than popsicles in the middle of summer?
The way we would describe our wedding would be vibrant, colorful, relaxed, and personal. Our color scheme was quite unlimited being that Mexican blankets were the inspiration and used throughout the ceremony and reception. The biggest DIY of the wedding would be my wedding dress. It was a custom designed gown by Lucy Dang Dallas with an embroidered hem that I made by hand. From having a close friend design my wedding dress to Dustin’s dad officiating the ceremony, we wanted to include our family and friends in our celebrations as much as possible. My dad even made a giant jenga set as well as a beautiful prayer bench that we took communion on during the ceremony.
I was so excited about the flowers for the wedding and our florist Sonya from Dirt is absolutely amazing! She knew exactly what I was looking for right from the beginning. I trusted her completely and the end result was stunning! The only flower I requested were peonies which are my favorite flower and they were used beautifully throughout the bouquets and centerpieces.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It may be cliché but don’t stress yourself out too much during the planning. When the day comes, those small details are the farthest thing from your mind so just enjoy each other… and the food!
Groom’s Processional: The Imperial March from Star Wars
Bridesmaids’ Processional: Concerning Hobbits from The Lord of the Rings
Brides Processional: “Cosmic Love,” Florence and the Machine (acoustic)
Recessional: “Come and Get Your Love,” Redbone
First Dance: “El Paso,” Marty Robbins
From the photographer, Amber Vickery: Viviana and Dustin’s wedding was a perfect fusion of their heritages, he’s from the South and her family is from Mexico. She’s vibrant and a talented fiber artist and he’s a photographer and a little bit quieter. Their wedding was full of lovely, colorful details, I mean, those hot pink heels from Sarah Jessica Parker? And her dress made by Lucy Dang and the bride actually embroidered herself? The details really blew me away. It was incredible.
Who could resist a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas? As the bride Madison says, “I wanted a very classy Mexican wedding that was as colorful and complementary to the Cabo surroundings as possible.” Thanks to these images from Ana and Jerome Photography and the skilled coordination of Yarai Peregrino, I’d say the couple nailed it!
From the bride, Madison: Most importantly, I wanted a traditional Mexican feel with personal touches throughout. I also was determined to keep it gender neutral so that my husband enjoyed the décor as well. Considering it was a destination wedding we weren’t able to incorporate many DIY projects. However, the “Shake at the Kiss” maracas were a DIY hit!
I wanted to do something that would enhance the existing beauty of Hacienda. I wanted a lot of color but nothing matchy-matchy. Throughout the planning process, a lot of people asked about my “colors” and “theme” and I would honestly tell them I didn’t have either. I wanted a very classy Mexican wedding that was as colorful and complementary to the Cabo surroundings as possible. Chris and I have been together 10 years and we are lucky to share a lot of the same friends so we wanted to make everything as personal as possible to show our appreciation for their love. The most important part about the wedding for us (from the beginning) was having our pastor (Jeremiah Morris from First Presbyterian Church of Houston) there. It was also really important to us to have a great band that would have everyone dancing and celebrating – they lived up to that expectation! My mom and I left a lot up to our wedding planner, Yarai Peregrino, who exceeded our expectations. She chose the majority of our vendors and could not have done a better job matching them with our personalities. We were thrilled with the way it all turned out. It was the best day of our lives.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice would be to let go and try to enjoy the process. Chris and I waited 10 years for our moment and we can honestly say it went perfectly. Neither of us could stop smiling the entire night. Your focus should be on one another and everything else will fall in to place.
First Dance: “Feelin’ Good Again,” Robert Earl Keen
We had a wonderful band and didn’t leave the dance floor! We requested (and they played) a ton of 80s rock music that everyone (from 10 year-olds to 80 year-olds) enjoyed. For the last hour we had a DJ play some of our favorite 90s hip hop songs – it was such a fun way to end the night!
Hair and Makeup
Groomsmen Bow Ties and Cummerbunds
Catering and Desserts
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
We have a truly special treat for you all today — not only are we sharing the beautiful destination wedding of Juliana and Marty, but we’ve also got their rehearsal dinner to share as well! Geoff Duncan Photography took the reins behind the camera for both days, which were loaded with entertainment, good food, and breathtaking views.
From the bride, Juliana: We wanted to stick to the traditional Mexican theme. Lots of dancing with great food, drinks and music. I really wanted all those who I care about the most to have a wonderful time in a beautiful setting. I love these Mexican tablecloths so we decided we would use them for the dinner tables and coordinate all the colors involved… we used every color. Blue, green, red, orange, pink, yellow, purple. My mother already owned a bunch so we borrowed some of my aunt’s and she stain guarded all of them. She also DIYed the gift bags and water bottles. The gift bags were incredible. My mom went to the market in Mexico and bought the bags and then filled them with the wedding program, Texas Trash, the middle size Herradura tequila, two glass tequila glasses with the cactus in the middle and water bottles with our names on them.
So much fun, right? And now, onto the wedding!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? You know, we didn’t do this but I wish we did — since my wedding my friends have started a photo share on icloud or photocircle. I think it’s a great way to see your wedding from different perspectives and its fun to see how people enjoyed the day when it.s a destination wedding.
Bridal Party Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Bridal Processional: Wagner’s Wedding March and Pacelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “How Long Will I Love You,” Ellie Goulding
We combined our first dance with our father daughter dance and mother and groom dance. Marty and I dance for the first 45 seconds and then our parents cut in. I didn’t want this part to be very long so we tried to do it all in one song.
I can never say it enough — we love our creative brides and grooms. Monica and Juan’s Texas wedding was full of color and fiesta-themed accents, from the papel picado designed by the groom to the Mexican inspired table runners for the reception. Ivy Weddings and Petals Ink Florist were the perfect team to capture the day and deck it out in stunning floral design!
From the bride, Monica: My husband and I both knew that we wanted something fun and casual to celebrate our big day. We wanted to create a memorable day for not only ourselves, but for our loved ones as well! We chose Zilker Clubhouse as our venue for its laid back Austin vibe, and its stunning Austin view. We provided a photo booth with plenty of props and my father made lawn games for our guests to enjoy. My husband and I pored over idea after idea. We chose our ceremony readings and marriage vows very carefully. We worked a lot of late hours throughout the process and in the end, we feel that our guests had as much fun at our wedding as we had fun planning! Some of the best words to describe the look of our wedding would be bright, bold, and fun. We went with a “fiesta” theme that included colors such as purple, pink, orange, yellow, aqua, and green. We didn’t shy away from color, that’s for sure! But we were also careful not to work against what natural beauty our venue had to offer. I gave a color swatch to my bridesmaids and asked them to pick a dress that closely matched the fabric color and I made sure to coordinate their shoe colors to match the groomsmen’s ties.
My husband worked from a few designs he saw online to create our “papel picado” wedding invitations. He even included our dog in the design! He spent a few hours at a laser cutting studio (MakeATX) creating our invitations. For groomsmen’s gifts he created an individual emblem for each groomsman which he had etched onto the glass of the beer growlers he got each of them. Instead of using real flowers for decorations, we decided to hand-make hundreds of tissue paper pom-poms to hang around the venue, individually and as garland. My husband created our “love birds” cake toppers from clay and we decorated them to look like what we’d be wearing on our wedding day. My mother and her friend sewed every table runner from the fabric she bought in Mexico. We wanted to incorporate this beautiful city where we fell in love so instead of traditional table numbers we chose Austin landmarks and a bunch of our favorite places to designate sitting. For example, some of our guests sat at “The State Capitol” table or the “Barton Springs” table. We used pictures of each venue or location, and printed them onto paper specifically made for table tents. For the guest name cards we used blank business cards to print their names. The business cards can be bought with the perforations already created so they were easy and quick to cut apart.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Practical Advice: It sounds cliché but don’t sweat the small stuff. There are many things that you can’t control and that’s okay! “…every little thing is gonna be alright…” Advice from the Heart: You will receive plenty of solicited and unsolicited advice. Some of it will be helpful but it can get to be overwhelming. There will be a lot of opinions about how you “should” be doing something. And someone is bound to get upset. Please remember that, ultimately, your wedding day is about you (the couple)! Do what feels right for your wedding!
Bridal Party Processional: “I’m Yours,” Vitamin String Quartet (Jason Mraz)
Bride’s Processional: “Longing to Belong,” Eddie Vedder
Recessional: “When We’re Together,” Joshua Radin
First Dance: “I Got You,” Jack Johnson
Aside from the key songs that we chose, we didn’t really play too much with the reception music. Our friend Rob was the DJ and he did a great job of feeling out the crowd and playing songs that everyone enjoyed!
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Ivy Weddings / Event Coordination: Heather Darby and Andrea Gamse / Florist: Petals Ink Florist / Venue: Zilker Park Clubhouse / Wedding Dress: Celina Menchaca (Friend of the Bride) / Wedding Shoes: Nina “Electra” / Hair and Makeup: Milk and Honey Salon / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse, Al’s Formalwear / Caterer: EnShanta / Wedding Cake: Sugar Mamas Bakeshop and Upper Crust Bakery / Cake Topper: Groom / MC: Rob Surrago / Rentals: American Party Rental / Officiant: Steven Ross / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the groom and MakeATX / Paper Goods: Amols and Alamo Fiesta / Transportation: Limos of Austin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
When Robin and Brian began planning their wedding, there were a few things they considered to be most important – one of which was that Sweet Sunday Events had to do the event design. We have to say the couple’s taste is impeccable, as evidenced by how fantastically Sweet Sunday pulled off their big + colorful day. Of course, thanks to Anahi Weddings for capturing all the details!
From the bride, Robin: When we started planning the wedding, we knew we wanted the venue to be Mercury Hall, that we wanted Sweet Sunday Events to be our planners and design team, and that we wanted a fun, party atmosphere for our friends and family. I fell in love Mercury Hall from my first visit — it’s a hidden gem in the heart of Austin, just a few minutes from downtown. The property has the most gorgeous Live Oak Trees, which Austin is known for, and the building is an old chapel transported from Mercury Texas, with colorful stained glass windows and a charm like no other place I had looked at. Once we set the date for November 1st, I knew I wanted to have a Dia de los Muertos theme. It was an especially meaningful theme for us, because family is so important to the both of us and the holiday actually celebrates family and friends who have passed away before us and the belief that they’re souls join the living on that day in celebration. Both Brian’s mom and dad had passed away recently, and so having a theme that we felt could include them in spirit was important to us.
Sweet Sunday Events took our vision and made it into a stunning reality. Two of my favorite design elements were the ofrenda and altar they made for us. They built a traditional “ofrenda” that is used in Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. The ofrenda showcased pictures of Brian’s parents and other close family members who had passed away, along with candles, flowers, sugar skulls, and other offerings. It was really touching to have their pictures up all night as a reminder of their presence with us. Our altar was a colorful display of flowers on one side and unforgettable stacked piñatas on the other with streamers that hung from the altar up into the grand Live Oak trees. Katy from Sweet Sunday came up with the idea for the piñatas which added a festive element to the ceremony, and my mom was able to find someone to custom make them in our colors. The piñatas were also used in other places throughout the wedding which was great, and by the end of the night a few of them even made their way onto the dance floor. Our guests LOVED them!
The first most memorable moment was walking down the aisle with my Dad and seeing Brian standing there waiting for me. The weather was AMAZING – it turned out to be the most beautiful day of the year. It was an evening ceremony, about an hour and half before sunset, and the backdrop was a combination of rays of sunlight shining through the trees down onto the gorgeous altar and our wedding party. My dad walked me down the aisle to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles, which was meaningful in so many ways. I grew up listening to The Beatles with my Dad, so it seemed only natural that he walk me down the aisle to a Beatles song. Also, Brian’s dad had been battling cancer for the 3 years prior to the wedding, and passed away just 2 weeks before the wedding. We had been by his side throughout his fight and his caregivers in the end. Needless to say, we had been dealing with a lot and going through so many mixed emotions throughout the planning process. ‘Here Comes the Sun’ was symbolic for both the past and what we had been going through, and the bright future we now had ahead of us. It truly reflected and gave meaning to what was taking place, and I believe it was a symbolic song for the family as well.
The second most memorable moment was our first dance. We both didn’t want the traditional slow dance and wanted to show more of our personality and love for Rock n’ Roll. We danced to ‘I’ll Be Your Man’ by The Black Keys and had a blast doing so. We both loved the song, and felt that we would just dance naturally like we do at home or out, so we didn’t practice and just went with it at the moment. We really got into it, and everyone thought we had rehearsed, but it was just us out there doing what we love to do together. I’ll never forget the smiles on everyone’s faces and the loud cheering as we cut the rug. It was awesome.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Even though most planning and decisions seem to be made by the bride, take into account the (probably very few) things that are important to your soon-to-be husband. Brian let me run with the decor, colors, and all the “girly” details, but he wanted to pick the bar selections and song we got introduced to, “Baba O’ Riley” by The Who. The excitement he felt and showed when we were introduced to that song radiated throughout the room and really got the crowd going! It’s easy to get caught up in the nitty-gritty details of planning – because there are SO MANY DETAILS – but keep in mind that the wedding is a celebration of the love you two share, and so the celebration should reflect the both of you. Everyone will have an opinion on what to do or what not to do, but stay true to yourself and it will show on your wedding day. Some of the best decisions we made that resulted in my fondest memories of our wedding were those that would be considered “non-conventional”: our song choices, choosing to celebrate the dead on our wedding day, having piñatas as wedding decor, and last but definitely not least including our beloved Shih Tzu, Maddie, as our Pup of Honor.
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Anahi Weddings / Rentals, Flowers, Coordinating: Sweet Sunday Events / Venue: Mercury Hall / Wedding Gown: Blush Bridal Lounge / Custom Veil: Olga Novosellova / Hair: Jenna Yates of Grapevine Salon / Makeup: Rae Cosmetics / Wedding Caterer and Bar: Pink Avocado / Wedding Cake: Coco Paloma / Ice Cream Truck: Cool Haus / DJ: Altared DJ’s / Papel Picado: Ay Mujer!
There are a few things in this world I happen to love very much: whimsy, weddings that feel like parties, and lots of color. And this wedding from Jackie Wonders – I think you know where I’m going with this – has it all. Megan and Joey’s wedding at San Diego’s The New Children’s Museum is everything I could hope to see, and I’m supremely excited to share their wedding day with you all!
From the bride, Megan: Family, friends, fun. We knew that no matter what we decided to include in our wedding, it had to represent the love we have for our family, celebrate our amazing friends, and be a time for our party-goers to let loose and have fun! Also, we wanted to make sure that our wedding reflected the strong ties we have to our cultural traditions. Our color scheme was black and white, with a few pops of color. Our DIYs included Passion Fruit butter favors made by my mother, and I made the table runners.
Joseph is Mexican-Scottish, and I am Filipino-Irish, born and raised in Hawaii. It was with this in mind that we settled on the theme “culture-chic”, highlighting both of our cultural backgrounds in a classy yet playful way. Having a mariachi band and Day of the Dead cake toppers, as well as homemade passion fruit butter were just a few of the ways we tried to accomplish that. Overall, it was a magical day, one that we replay over and over in our heads. We will never forget the love we felt for each other and from all of the people that came and celebrated with us.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy this time! Don’t lose yourself in the details, and allow planning to consume you. Go on dates with each other and carve time out to talk about non-wedding related things. Remember that as long as the people you love are there, it will be an amazing day.
Bridal Party Processional: “How Beautiful”
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Ode to Joy”
First Dance: “Til Kingdom Come,” Coldplay
Father/Daughter Dance: “Happy Ever After In your Eyes,” Ben Harper
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Jackie Wonders / Florist: Root 75 / Ceremony Venue: Founders Chapel, University of San Diego / Reception Venue: The New Children’s Museum / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely via Kleinfields / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung / Caterer: Continental Catering / Wedding Cake: Heaven Sent / Ceremony Musician: Casey McKinley (friend of the couple) / Reception Music: Mariachi and DJ Andrew / Wedding Invitations: Minted
Ready for an injection of color? Viviana and Michael wanted to show their guests coming all the way from Australia what a traditional Mexican fiesta would look like, complete with papel picado, a mariachi band, and ballet folklorico dancers. Ninfa’s Flowers set the floral tone for the day, and Adrienne Gunde did her usual spectacular job behind the camera!
From the bride, Viviana: As my new family (husband’s family) were from Australia, we had quite a few Australians flying to Los Angeles for our wedding so we decided to make it a Mexican fiesta-themed wedding to incorporate Mexican traditions into a modern wedding which most Aussies would not have normally experienced. A mariachi and margaritas were must-haves for us, as was Mexican food and we wanted it to be very colourful! We are both very laid back people so above all we wanted our day to be relaxed and fun for everyone, but we also wanted to keep the decor/ambience classy and I think it turned out just like that.
We sourced all of our Mexican fiesta-themed items ourselves from Downtown LA (e.g. the clay vases, clay cups, Mexican treats, papel picado) and my Dad had also had a recent trip to Mexico to visit my grandma, so he brought back the colourful maracas, colourful table runners, and ribbons from that trip. We weren’t sure how it was all going to come together until the day. My dad had the vision for where to hang the papel picado and I’d just hoped it wouldn’t look like a circus… which luckily in the end didn’t! We had so many compliments from the Mexican staff at the venue saying they’d never seen a wedding so beautiful! Loved the compliments.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I would say book all the big things (e.g. venue, ceremony, music..) that you care most about as early as you can, and then don’t stress too much about the other/minor things. Think about the things that matter the most to you, which in our case was… good food, good music, and a good celebrant… and spend time/money on those things that you want, but then try not to get caught up/stressed in the other details that are secondary to the things you care about. It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of wedding details but if it wasn’t important to you when you first started planning, don’t sweat it so much when the time comes.
Processional: “Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin (played by mariachi band)
First Dance: “Thank You,” Led Zeppelin
Wedding Location: Altadena, CA / Photographer: Adrienne Gunde / Flowers: Ninfa’s Flowers / Venue: Altadena Country Club / Wedding Dress: Bought in Bangkok, Thailand / Hair: Kelly Zhang / Makeup: Lori Leib of Bodyography / Wedding Cake: Merengue Bakery / Officiant: Great Officiants
Today’s styled shoot, sent to us by photographer Amber Vickery, hits every one of our favorite buttons: incredible floral design from Rosehip Flora, impeccable photography, an artistic inspiration, and even has a surprise animal guest! True to Amber’s vision, this wedding shoot effortlessly juxtaposes feminine wedding design with a masculine setting, taking place in the Texas countryside.
From the photographer, Amber Vickery: I designed and photographed this styled bridal shoot around Frida Kahlo and her incredible paintings and style. I wanted this shoot to be rich in color and texture and have pops of vintage Mexican elements but also have very modern colors. The shoot took place at Rancho Mirando Guest Ranch, a hacienda in the Texas Hill Country and was the perfect backdrop for my vision. I really loved juxtaposing rougher, desert elements with vibrant feminine hues, embroidered fabrics, and florals.
Frida Kahlo has always been a huge inspiration to me – not only for her amazing paintings but also her style. I knew when beginning to design this styled bridal shoot, I wanted to mix the vibrant, colorful nature of her paintings and clothing with the natural, desert landscape. I love juxtaposing the rougher, more textural elements with bold, playful feminine colors. We photographed at an amazing hacienda in the Texas Hill Country and couldn’t have found a more amazing location. There were donkeys running around and so many perfect elements that complimented my vision for the shoot.
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!
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.
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
If you’re a fan of pink, then just settle right in and prepare yourself for this wonder from The Goodness! Erica and Andrew’s wedding is a shining example of all things pink and sparkly with heaping touches of Mexican tradition. Pair up all these beauties with crafty and bright paper goods from The Goodness, and you’ve got a Christmas wedding we’re just wild about!
From the bride, Erica: Andrew and I had been together for 11 years before we married and were thrilled to be making it official. In the Mexican culture weddings are a major rite of passage, so getting those Catholic and Mexican parts of the ceremony right was critical. Our mass included the lasso (mine was pink, of course), the arras (coins), and the bouquet to the Virgin Mary (which I made).
Andrew and I don’t get to share holidays with all of our family every year (most of my family lives in Los Angeles), so more than anything we wanted to create a wedding weekend that felt like Christmas. The kind we wish we could have every year: church (of course), a huge dinner, dancing, music, and fun. Being the Type A gal that I am and being an Studio Art Major in college I could not help but see our event as one giant meticulously organized art project. Creating an emotional reaction with your audience is the biggest high for an artist, so hearing Ooooh’s and Aaaah’s was paramount. I envisioned a vintage pink Christmas that sparkled and glowed visually and for our guests was delicious, elegant, memorable, fun and most important personal.
San Francisco wedding planning was exciting — the entire city is a photo op; however, as a hands-on kind of person I was afraid I was going to hand over control to a total stranger at some hotel, but we were able to find a location and vendors that helped us keep it personal. We chose the Century Club because we could have the building to ourselves, make it our own, and most importantly choose our own vendors (florist, DJ, caterer, etc). Andrew and I are foodies, it was critical that we choose our own menu and our caterer (a family friend) created a dazzling Christmas menu with OUR favorites. We had an amuse bouche of shrimp and lime sauce, a beet and goat cheese salad, and a duel entry of turkey mashed potatoes steak and faro dressing with cranberry sauce and parsnips. Griselda was fabulous, she even cut beets into the shape of hearts for our “Heart Beets” goat cheese salad. Our cake was a gorgeous and delicious with pink butter cream icing with gold glitter and my parents wedding topper.
Although we wanted a vintage Christmas theme we didn’t want green and red. Pink was our color, the uplighting made our vision come to life and keeping the banquet room door closed during the cocktail hour made for a dramatic reveal for our guest as they Oooh’ed and Aaah’ed while entering the glowing room to Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory song “Pure Imagination.” Our most important choice however had to have been our photographers, The Goodness, who besides being amazing photographers create equally beautiful stationary. They helped elevate our visions from homemade to polished showstoppers, and allowed me to be myself every step of the way. They even created a logo for our wedding which we lovingly plastered on everything from mailing labels, water bottles, to the welcome bags we provided at the hotel.
San Francisco can get foggy all year long and in December forgetaboutit! But on December 3, 2011 it could not have been more beautiful, sunny clear skies set the stage for a magical day. I walked the aisle with my father to a cantor singing Ave Maria which echoed in the gorgeous and historical church. We were photographed at the Palace of Fine Arts and Crissy Field with the Golden Gate Bridge in the back ground, all places which have been in so many of my childhood memories as well as my memories as a couple. Our families made the day everybit as meaningful, memorable, complete with dance offs and hilarious photo booth pictures. The whole day felt like the most magnificent and lovely Pink Christmas imaginable.
Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer, Stationery, and Paper Goods: The Goodness / Ceremony Venue: St. Ignatius Church / Reception Venue: Century Club of California / Wedding Flowers: Laurel Designs / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: BCBG / Bride’s Necklace: J. Crew / Hair: Drybar San Francisco / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Macy’s / Groom’s Suit: English Laundry at Nordstrom / Groom’s Tie: Ben Sherman / Wedding Caterer: Griselda’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Two for Two Cakes / Chocolate Fountain: Chocolate Fountains Delite / DJ and Photobooth: Denon & Doyle / Crepe Paper: Castle in the Air / Officiant: Fr. Al Grosskopf, S.J.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
“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’!
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.
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!
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!
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Boutonniere Flowers: Ranunculus / Clover / Kangaroo Paw / Poppy Pods / Millet
Wedding Vendors (Dallas, TX):
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doesn’t a waterside wedding in Mexico sound heavenly just about now? That’s exactly what Samantha and Patrick decided to have, escaping the chilly airs of Canada for a truly relaxing affair. We love all the details shot by Kiersten of Elizabeth Lloyd Photography, including their cute “I love you more than beer” bunting!
From the photographer, Kiersten of Elizabeth Lloyd Photography: Samantha and Patrick chose to escape the cold winters of British Columbia to celebrate their wedding in beautiful Bucerías, México. Samantha had always dreamed of getting married on a beach but didn’t want to have a “beach wedding.” Working alongside the fabulous wedding planners The Dazzling Details, an elegant, vintage inspired wedding went from dreams to reality.
The wedding decor was complete with a classic popcorn machine, a quilting station (including a Singer sewing machine), antique books, a historic photo timeline, improvised wooden tables and lounges, and miniature vases filled with sprigs of wildflowers. Samantha and Patrick were so full of love and gratitude towards each other, their family and friends, and the beautiful celebration that had been created in their honor. It was an incredible day. The wedding was held at a private beach front home in the sleepy town of Bucerías, Mexico.
From The Dazzling Details: Samantha and Pat shared with us from the beginning that they envisioned a wedding full of vintage details as well as unique and personal touches in a palette of seafoam green, pale blues and cream, and throughout our design work, a lovely and eclectic blend of rustic furniture pieces and vintage decorative elements came together flawlessly to create an amazing wedding ambiance for the couple and their intimate group of guests!
The ceremony took place on the beach with an aisle lined by painted bottles with single blooms emerging from them or hand-made pinwheels twirling in the wind! The couple said their “I dos” on an elevated platform and beneath fabric wedding garland blowing in the breeze!
The cocktail-style reception included passed appetizers throughout the evening followed by cake and a late-night authentic taco cart – all scribed on the vintage door-turned-chalkboard-menu! Lounging couches were set in the garden and on the beach surrounding a gazebo set up for dancing (with a vintage chandelier suspended in the middle, of course!) An old wooden headboard and a window frame were converted into low tables set on beach blankets and surrounded with oversized pillows for comfortable alternative seating. Small lounge tables each featured a unique centerpiece composed of vintage novels, pinwheels, blooms in mason jars, twigs, lanterns, candles and vintage brass pieces.
Above the bar hung a special fabric garland with hand-painted words “I Love You More than Beer,” a nod to a special gift exchanged between the couple throughout their relationship. On the other side of the garden, a rocking chair upholstered with the same fabric found in pillows on the lounging couches, sat in a corner creating a cozy seat during the evening’s activities.
Sam and Pat decided to forego a traditional guest book and instead had their guests write notes to them on fabric squares which they intend to have made into a quilt. Just days before the wedding, we found an old Singer sewing machine and table in a local antique shop and knew we just had to have it for their “quilting table.” The sewing machine actually brought tears to the bride’s eyes when she saw it for the first time on wedding day, and it made a perfect little table for guests to write their notes to the bride and groom.
The couple also wanted to draw special attention to and honor the happily-married-years of other couples in their families. Rather than setting up photo frames, we decided to do something a bit more unique with the family wedding photos! We created a special “History of Love” – a physical timeline strung between two trees with dates, photos and fun “love facts.” Right before the wedding, we snapped a polaroid of Sam and Pat and added it to the timeline right after the ceremony!
For a fun food surprise, early on the bride professed her love of popcorn, and we knew we just had to incorporate the tasty treat into the wedding. We set up an old vintage popcorn machine and popped it all night long!
The simple, two-layer wedding cake was highlighted with lines of the same fabric garland as the ceremony canopy – only in mini! Candles and exposed-bulb lighting kept a romantic yet festive ambiance alive late into the sweet night!
Wedding Vendors (Bucerías, Mexico):
We loved last week’s DIY piñata favors so much, we’re continuing the trend today with these adorable DIY Patrón-inspired bottle favors! Agave syrup is the perfect non-alcoholic alternative to tequila if you’re looking for Mexican wedding favor ideas. Best of all? We’ve got the downloadable bottle labels, which are totally editable to your taste.
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!
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)
-glasses or a base to hold the piñatas while they dry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes we all need a little burst of color in our lives. While green is filling the pages today for St. Patrick’s, we’ll stick with fuchsias, blues, and purples, thank you! This next wedding has just that, and in the lushest of surroundings: Cuernavaca, Mexico. For me, at least, no amount of decorations can replace the splendid background nature provides; you only have to look at the gorgeous knotted tree here to recognize the beauty. The sweet-as-pie Ala of Love Ala Photography sent this wedding our way, so don’t forget to see all images in the gallery!
We were planning a destination wedding in a garden at an absolutely stunning centuries-old Hacienda in Mexico, so we felt that was already a great theme to build upon. We wanted the details to look pretty, but compliment and highlight the natural beauty of the venue. Basically we wanted to throw an amazing garden party in a beautiful environment where everyone still felt totally comfortable relaxing and having a great time – which they did!
Our details went with the Mexico theme: we gave out talavera (mexican pottery) tequila glasses and had talavera vases with floral arrangements. Our cake and cake table were decorated with papel picado, and we had mariachis during our cocktail hour.
We had been living in Mexico City and found it to be difficult planning in the US – and even settling upon a city, since we had met and lived in New York, and are from Los Angeles and Seattle. Anna had attended an amazing wedding in Mexico, and the possibilities associated with a Mexican fiesta started growing on us. A little encouragement from our Mexican and Mexico-based friends led us to start scouting mexico venues, and we focused on Cuernavaca since it was close to Mexico City but has an even nicer climate and has many beautiful gardens and wedding venues. The Hacienda de Cortes completely amazed us on our first visit, we could totally envision where we would have the ceremony and an amazing party. We pretty much knew it was the place.
Any advice for brides planning now? Get a wedding planner! You will NOT regret it. I thought I could do it all myself and had previously scoffed the idea of hiring someone to coordinate my wedding – but I really don’t know what I would have done without Valerya. Especially for a destination wedding – it’s stressful enough without having to think about finding, coordinating and paying a dozen or more vendors in another country.
I guess everyone says this (and it’s easier said than done), but try not to stress out so much over the details and potential drama / people dynamics. I was particularly worried that since we were basically forcing dozens of our friends and family travel to another country, it was my responsibility to make sure they were ok and having fun at all times. Well, they all had an amazing time (better than anyone had imagined!) but there was no reason for me to worry about it so much. Do what you both feel represents who you both are and the kind of party you envision, even if your family and friends don’t quite get it at first. On your day they will see you in your element and in love, and then they’ll get why you did it they way you did. They might even end up loving it!
Love Ala Photography sent this wedding our way, so don’t forget to see all images in the View all wedding photos here
Processional: “The Sun it Rises” by Fleet Foxes
Bride entrance: “A Sunday Smile” by Beirut
Recessional: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
Wedding vendors (Morelos, Mexico):
Wedding planner: Valerya Garcia of CREA Global / Flower arrangements: CREA Global / Wedding photography: Love Ala / Wedding dress: Alvina Valenta / Hair accessories: Made by bride / Bridemaids’ dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groom’s attire: Theory / Wedding music: 2DJs / Catering: Hacienda de Cortes / Wedding cake and cupcakes: Moxy / Wedding Invitations: Manny Sevilla of One of a Sign, Los Angeles, CA