Lucy and Andy I wanted to have a very relaxed and informal day with a nod to the bride’s love of Mexico and travelling. The wedding took place in October, 2015.
“Three of my bridesmaids and I went travelling in Mexico and Central America a few years ago and I just fell in love with the culture, the people, the food, the language and the mescal!” Lucy said. “I wanted to bring aspects of this incredible country into the day as it means so much to me. It wasn’t a Dia de Los Muertos wedding though and we didn’t have any calaveras (skulls).”
Lucy wore a two piece wedding dress from Faith Caton-Barber with a pom pom trim veil. “Who doesn’t love pom poms and moccasin boots? I’m sure we did a lot of things that are pretty standard in alternative weddings now, but we just wanted a day that totally reflected us. We didn’t do a lot of the traditions such as speeches, first dance, and bouquet throwing as they made us feel uncomfortable.”
Melissa and Jay hosted their wedding in a family home. They wanted their wedding to be as vibrant and colourful as possible, with a Mexican fiesta theme and touches of Dia de los Muertos.
“Jay is really into skulls and I love his heritage and bright colours so we really wanted the wedding to be a good mix of both of us”, said the bride. “So many couples tend to embrace muted, classic colours for their weddings but we did not! We also wanted to nod to our family unity. That was really important. The venue was incredibly personal as it was a family home.”
Gigi and Fredrik had a big family celebration in San Diego inspired by the bride’s Mexican heritage and love of mid-century modern design.
“I selfishly declared that the feeling of our wedding should be mid-century Mexican”, she began. “I’m Mexican but he’s Norwegian and not as much into mid-century design as I am, but it was an ace theme! We wanted to mix the styling of the 50s and 60s (heavy on the Palm Springs vibes) with the vibrancy and richness of Mexican culture. I was inspired by Mexican films from the period and vintage travel posters.”
“On a more personal note, the theme was also a way for me to be able to nod to my Mexican heritage on my mom’s side, and to also honour my relationship with my late father.”
Their ceremony was officiated by a friend. “Maybe the best idea that I ever had was asking Lauren to officiate the ceremony”, she explained. “We don’t know any official officiants and I just couldn’t bear the thought of a stranger performing our ceremony. We knew we wanted something non-traditional, but also personal. She asked us questions (separately) in order to weave the answers throughout the ceremony – which made for many surprises and delights. When the guests arrived at the church, they were greeted by mariachi’s all dressed in white. They were so great, I wish we’d had a videographer!”
Childhood sweethearts Mirlah and Nik were married in June and had a colourful Mexican fiesta inspired wedding. The day also had a bit of a festival vibe with the bell tents and their laid back attitude.
“The word ‘Fiestaval’ cropped up a few times”, said the bride. “I think our wedding was nothing like our guests had ever seen before! There were details in every nook and cranny, but everything had meaning and were really appreciated. Our venue really did us proud and no one tired of the amazing view! We did away with the DJ for the evening and hired a jukebox. The mix of music was unreal and had everyone of the dance floor. Mod classics and pop tunes mixed old school R’n’B. Everyone loved it!”
The ceremony was held at a local church. “We stuck to tradition where we wanted too and mixed up where it didn’t feel quite right. We decided to ditch the top table in exchange for a ‘sweetheart table’ so we could spend some time together. Our food was served from Mexican style street food stalls, and we did the cutting of the cake but only because it had sweeties inside!”
Amy and Hegazy wanted a beach wedding and they chose Ain el Sokhna, a resort in Zaafarana, which was an hour and a half away from Cairo, Egypt. “I have always had an affinity to the Red Sea and it was natural that I get married on its shores”, the bride began. “I always imagined my wedding day would be bare feet, undone braided hair and dancing in the sand surrounded by friends and family.”
The day also had a colourful, Mexican theme. “We actually went with the Mexican theme after we asked Gringos Burrito Grill (our absolute favourite take out) to cater our wedding”, she continued. “We thought a Mexican vibe would go perfectly with the beach setting and food.”
Marina and Moshe’s October wedding was held at Socca Tel Aviv. The day had a colourful, Mexican theme in an urban setting. “The wedding was held in a loft in an industrial area of Tel Aviv”, said the bride. “We decorated with vintage furniture that reminded us of the flea market area where we live. The decorations were inspired by a Mexican fiesta where the whole street is covered in colours and the women put flowers in their hair.”
“We wanted to bring a lot of colour into our wedding. We had paper cut flags and colourful umbrellas and we added paper flowers to the table arrangements. We also used a lot of bright colours for the invitations.”
“We also love to travel so this inspired our day as well”, she continued. “Last year we spent three months in Central America and three months in Mexico. We were really amazed by the authentic Mexican culture, the happy and fun ceremonies and holy days they have in the small villages. One day we took a trip to a festival in a small town off the tourist road. The whole street was covered in paper flags and all the women wore colourful dresses. They welcomed us and gave us free food and drinks and we danced and talked for hours. That day was always on our minds during the planning of the wedding. We also felt very connected to the language, the food and the music over there and we tried to bring incorporate those things in our wedding.”