Don't have an account? Sign up for Free

{{ messages }}
View as: List Masonry

Mexican Fiesta Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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!

mexican fiesta wedding // via

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.

fiesta wedding ideas // via

fiesta wedding ideas // via

outdoor wedding ceremonies // via

fiesta wedding ideas // via

colorful wedding ideas // via

mariachi wedding bands // via

mexican wedding ideas // via

mexican wedding themes // via

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.

papel picado decorations // via

mexican fiesta wedding // via

mexican wedding cakes // via

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.

mexican themed receptions // via

altadena weddings // via

mexican folklorico dancers // via

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
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

Modern + Urban NYC Wedding Inspiration


It’s #WeddingWednesday, meaning there’s no better time to share the most recent Big Fake Wedding event! The bridal show alternative headed up to New York City to gather some talented wedding vendors, who helped to create a modern and urban faux wedding event. Let’s see how they did!

Modern + Urban NYC Wedding Inspiration - photo by Alicia King Photography
Above image by Alicia King Photography
Read more

Cinco de Mayo Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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.

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

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.

Cinco de Mayo wedding invitations - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

wedding hair flowers - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

grapefruit place settings - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

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.

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

unique outdoor weddings - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

wedding drink ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

wedding inspiration - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

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.

wedding cake tables - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

beautiful wedding cake - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Utah wedding portraits - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

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