Kris & Luke had a small, intimate affair at the beautiful Casa Guillermo this past May 4th. Hailing from Australia, you would think the planning would have been difficult but it wasn't at all and Kris was a sweetheart from start to finish . Kris had oodles of inspiration photos and her own little blog of ideas and it didn't take me long to figure out what we needed to do and I was so very excited...
Villa: Casa Guillermo
Staff Photographer: Soko Catering: Casa Guillermo
INSPIRATION BOARD Key words that Kris mentioned over and over were "vintage", "beach", "romance", "vintage valentine's", "vintage posters." Heart all those words!
THE CEREMONY I know I say this all the time but I can't help it - I love weddings and flowers and all things Vallarta brides - okay, so, with that said, I heart heart this white/cream peony bouquet. I added-in a touch of scabiosa and dusty miller and, seriously, hearts! For the groom, I again choose some scabiosa, a small purple peony head and a tad of dusty miller. The other bouts and posie bouquets all had similar touches with a tad of white hydrange. The bridesmaid's bouquets were white hydrangae and sterling silver roses and we sewed some of the beautiful beaded fabric we used for the napkins (which you will see later on) to their wraps.
Kris had sent me a really amazing, romantic picture of a couple sitting on pillows on the beach and I knew this had to be our ceremony set-up. I was over the moon happy when I presented the idea and Kris was like "oh yes, let's do it" because I knew it was a tad avant garde and not for everyone
. We painted the chuppah a white-washed white and decorated the front with purple hydrangae. Purple peonies and dusty miller lined the ceremony aisle in hanging glass jars.
We also had hand-cut papel picado inspired fans (based off the bride's invite) waiting in a basket by the stairs. And a pretty foot washing station, complete with rose scented water.
CUTENESS ALERT! I couldn't resist putting in these two pictures of the cute ring bearers and little flower girl - they were awesome!
THE COCKTAIL/DANCE AREA The cocktail area was decorated with silver crystal chandeliers, flowing purple chiffon fabric and the cocktail tables themselves draped with cream chiffon and my sister-in-law, Jazmine, took my idea a bit further and sewed purple embroidered embellishments to the top. Floating purple peonies made-up the tables.
Kris' mom had brought us some vintage little valentine's from the States. I thought it would be sweet to make escort cards out of them, so, we cut them up a bit and created some very vintage looking large valentines which we hung on ribbon with each person's name on them and the name of their table on the back. We were also given some vintage photographs of the family which we also created into our own version of vintage Valentines and hung between the escort cards. Here in Vallarta we don't have access to all the cool scrapbooking paper and tools you have up north. So, I had to create my own paper and I love how this project turned out
. After dinner, we moved the tables and opened the space up for some fun dancing!
THE RECEPTION Lanterns dotted the pool, the pattern, again, cut in a similar pattern to their invite. Kris' mom also brought us these amazing travel posters and, since they had sent the measurements ahead of time, we knew how to mount them
. I draped the tables with a light blue chiffon and my other sister-in-law, Gaby, sewed the embroidered fabric to wrap around the candles in hues of green, cream and purple. The napkins were a soft cream and wrapped with a beautiful beaded purple strip of fabric. Floating white peonies were interspersed between the candles. Place cards were hand-punched to resemble doilies to complete the vintage feel.
I did the kid's table a bit different. We had bags waiting for them on each chair with their name on it with coloring books, crayons, a Mexican toy, some fun party string and Luke's parents brought the kids a few toys and mementos as well from their native Australia
. We also placed a fun, balloon inspired centerpiece to the kid's table to make it a little less "adult" and a bit more kid friendly
The maracas were brought-out during the dancing - sunsets seemed to be fairly important to my bride and groom so we decided to do something that would represent Vallarta with a sunset painted behind one of our most famous historic landmarks - the church of the Virgin de Guadalupe
. Omar pulled out all the stops on this design!
THE CAKE...and ICE-CREAM Memo, of course, never ceases to amaze with this beautiful rendition of the bride and groom's favorite cake design. Unfortunately, we don't have a picture but, as the cake was being cut, we also had a hand-pushed ice-cream cart come out with yummy cold Mexican paletas (ice-cream bars) in flavors ranging from strawberry to coffee to lemon and beyond....
I loved every notion about this wedding and the intimacy of it only made everything that much more endearing. Absolutely amazed that Kris was doing her finals while we were planning the last details of the wedding and was such a complete sweetheart through-out - that is multi-tasking at its finest
. Coming-up we have Rose & Miguel's wedding blog and a few more maraca shout-outs, so stay tuned