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An $800 Fiesta Elopement: Carla & Nicholas

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Yep, you read that right – Carla & Nicholas spent just $800 on their intimate fiesta elopement. In fact I had to double check they didn’t mean $8000 when I received their submission and that it wasn’t just a typo!

The elopement took place on 28th December at Madison County Courthouse. After they got engaged, the couple immediately started planning a big wedding, but after some time decided to instead elope the weekend after Christmas. All their family was in town for the holidays so it meant they could all be there to celebrate with a big family meal afterwards. The bride’s sister-in-law, Melanie, secretly hired wedding photographer Ashley Vaughn of White Rabbit Studios as a gift to capture their day. Everything else came in under the $800 budget.

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“Our family gathering after our ceremony was inspired by fiesta with a kick of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)”, Carla explained. “When we decided to do a courthouse wedding with a small family reception, I knew exactly where I wanted the reception. I love the look, the colors, the details, and atmosphere at Rosie’s Mexican Cantina. A fiesta theme just fit perfectly. Nick and are a little off the beaten path when it comes to what we enjoy and love in life and I have always been intrigued by and enjoyed the Mexican celebration Dia de los Muertos. We already had the family gathering together so why not honor loved ones who had passed on while we were at it?”

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DIY Mexican Themed Wedding with Vintage Touches: Mat & Anna

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Mat & Anna didn’t have a huge budget for their November wedding, but that didn’t mean they did things by half! Oh no, this thrifty couple made as much as they possibly could themselves and managed to pull their gorgeous wedding off for just £5000. Oh and they also planned the entire thing in under four months! Wonder-couple or what!?!?

The ceremony was held at Shrewsbury Castle – yes you read that right, an actual castle – and their reception was at the picture perfect Mytton and Mermaid Hotel. “The Mytton was a great venue as it was close to Shrewsbury but with a real country house feel and the layout works really well for a group of people”, began Anna. “There was an enclosed courtyard where we could sit and have drinks, a disco/reception room off one side and the room we ate our meal in off to the other side. The bar was close by with a big open fire and more seating. We particularly appreciated how relaxed they were about our big day and that they let us do things that were a bit more quirky.”

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“Once we knew our date was in November we wanted to look for an alternative to an autumnal or Halloween type colour scheme”, she continued. “I really like the imagery and bright colours of Mexican sugar skulls. The Mexican Day of the Dead holiday also falls at the start of November, so we decided to use some of this imagery on our stationary and to introduce some other small Mexican influences like the Piñata’s, chillies and cacti. I also wanted some vintage influences in the wedding with my dress having quite a vintage look. We covered this with the bus, the table decor and some other small touches. In terms of colours the deep purple of the silk anemones was the main reference point. The bridesmaids wore black and purple and the boys wore black lounge suits with purple knitted skinny ties and matching flowers.”

This wedding was full of DIY details a-plenty including the cakes, the flowers and the stationery. “I made 96 cupcakes and our traditional wedding cake was made by a family friend”, Anna explained. “Early on in the planning I had decided I wanted to make cupcakes to save some money and just to see what we could whip up! After a few test runs we ended up with chocolate, vanilla, carrot, lemon and poppy seed and gluten free pear and almond cupcakes. We made almost all of them the day before the wedding and iced them at midnight when I should have been getting some beauty sleep! I don’t know if I would recommend this to others but I was so proud of the results when I saw them at the reception. I actually don’t think it saved us much money in the long run once I purchased the extra equipment and all the ingredients and decorations such as sugar flowers and edible sequins!”

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Mexican Fiesta in the English Countryside: Julia & Stephen

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Julia & Stephen were married at Knowles Lodge, Yorkshire, in September. The wedding, although set in the English countryside, had a colourful Mexican fiesta theme! “We wanted the day to be relaxed, intimate, rustic and fun”, explained Julia. “I knew I wanted bright colours, and I have an obsession with Mexican food so a fiesta theme seemed to fit. As soon as I saw the Mexican team at the opening ceremony of the Olympics I knew we’d picked the right theme!”

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“We had no idea about traditions before we planned our wedding, which was definitely a good thing because it meant it wasn’t a particularly traditional wedding”, she continued. “I always had a dream of getting married in a forest but there aren’t many places in the UK where you can get married outside, so we were really lucky to find one. We took a huge risk planning an outdoor ceremony at the end of September, but the risk paid off and the weather was beautiful. We were so lucky because the week in the run up to the wedding saw the worst storms in the area for 30 years!”

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A Bohemian Mexican-American Wedding: Felicia & Ariel

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Felicia & Ariel wanted to plan a wedding with a nod to their heritage as well as the place they grew up. The wedding was held at The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, a non-profit education and research organisation, owned by the groom’s parents. “As born and raised Austinites and the children of hippies, we knew from the get-go that we didn’t want to have the ‘usual’ wedding,” began Felicia. “Ariel and I both love being in nature and so it seemed like a easy choice to have the wedding at the site of his family’s home and non-profit organization. We wanted the wedding to have a lot of color and reflect our passions and cultures. I’m Mexican-American and loved the idea of embroidered Mexican dresses for my bridesmaids, delicate papel picado banners, and bright paper flowers.”

“The funky architecture and homages on the property also added a lot of unique touches.  We loved that our wedding was truly a family affair – from the location to the favors and the cupcakes, both our families were very involved. My mother is an artist and designed the invitations and streamers and my father, a musician, asked some of his bandmates to play during the cocktail hour. Our friends and family also had the choice of dancing or playing volleyball right next to the stage.”

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Mexican Art Wedding: Kirsta & Alec

Kirsta & Alec’s Arizona wedding had a Mexican art theme. Being married in an arts centre and with a mutual love of travel and other cultures (they met while working in an orphanage in Kenya) the idea of having this vibe for their wedding just felt right.

“We met working at an orphanage in rural Kenya,” Kirsta told me. “Luck would have it that both our loves of travel and adventure lead us to being in the same remote place at the same time. We just happened to be placed as roommates and the rest is history! We fell in love over working with kids, farming projects, and other development work. After moving back to the States to live in Seattle for a year, we got the itch to live abroad again and moved to South Korea so that I could teach. We had a series of serious discussions (neither of us really ‘proposed’) and decided that we wanted to make it official. In April, we had an awesome little Embassy wedding in Seoul totally by ourselves. We knew we’d be going back to the US for the holidays, so it felt like a natural time to have a bigger ceremony with our families and friends. The whole idea behind having a second wedding was simply to have a big party to celebrate with those people that we love and miss so much while we are off adventuring.”

“We were totally inspired by my hometown, Phoenix: the Southwest, Mexican art, big skies and bold colors” Kirsta explained when I asked about their inspiration. “Our wedding was different because we really chucked most of the traditional pieces of a wedding out the window. We meant for the day to be emotional and meaningful for us without being overly mushy. It was much easier as a couple to have the pressure and anxiety of ‘The Big Day’ out of the way because we’d already been married for six months. In hindsight I think we just didn’t have time to do the stuff we didn’t feel strongly about.”

“We actually tried to avoid having a theme as much as possible, but if we gave it a title it might be ‘good times, bright colors with Mexican/Southwest vibes'” she continued. “There was family attending from all ages, so we tried to incorporate a level of silliness and fun that would appeal to the kids. Although it was a wedding, we didn’t want it to feel too stiff. I bought a bunch of pinatas and filled them with Mexican toys, they turned out to be a huge hit. The cascarónes (confetti filled colored eggs) were also a special treat, we found them online and used them after the ceremony as we entered the reception area. Guests (mostly the young kids) were throwing them at people all night. Confetti was everywhere.”

The bride wore a grey gown from lovejune on etsy and Alec wore…well… a crotchless neon green mesh bodysuit under his suit! It was a bachelorette party joke gift that Krista got from a friend. “He surprised everyone the morning of the wedding. Those pictures will be so amazing when we are old and grey!” she laughed.

“We were both also really excited about getting to dress up really fancy for a day! I was so excited about my wedding dress, it was the first thing that we did after setting a date. I found the amazing lovejune etsy shop while I was in Korea; I knew I wanted a dress that wasn’t white and wasn’t traditionally ‘bridal’ and the owner did such an awesome job of working with me to get something amazing. I couldn’t see the dress until 2 weeks before the wedding because it was too expensive to import to Korea, but I was SO pleased when I did.”

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A Day of the Dead Art Gallery Wedding: Angie & Adam

Angie & Adam were married at Manchester Art Gallery, a fitting venue as the bride went to Manchester Metropolitan University to study art where she met her future husband. Angie wore a bespoke purple dress made for her by a friend who works in a theatre wardrobe department (currently with We Will Rock You!) They designed it together so Angie got just what she wanted.

The couple chose not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen. They entered their ceremony together. “We wanted to start as we mean to go on – together,” they explained. “We walked down the aisle holding hands and remained holding hands through the service. Also Angie’s a bit of a feminist and didn’t want to be given away.”

The reception had  Mexican/Day of the Dead Festival theme. They continued, “We wanted a colourful festival feel that would make the day fun for all our guests.  Also, we’re both creative people who like to get our hands dirty – so making the decorations was a must for us! Angie’s final exhibition for her art degree was also based around Mexican folk art and the day of the dead festival.”

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