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!
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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