Happy Cinco de Mayo! I’m celebrating on the blog today with a super fun Mexican fiesta inspired wedding just overflowing with bright vivid colors and fun, fab details. This wedding has to be one of the most colorful weddings I have featured to date, and my loves Anna Marisol Photography captured every colorful detail of Jamie & Vincent’s wedding right down to Jamie’s gorgeous pair of sequined shoes. And do you know what’s even better? Most of the details of this wedding are the product of DIY projects put together by the bride and her friends.
From the Bride, Jamie:
Our wedding style was meant to be fun, artistic, colorful, and unique. We were inspired by our experiences with traveling and culture in Central America and Mexico. Living in Arizona, we are surrounded my Mexican culture and are pretty much obsessed with Mexican food (especially street tacos!). I traveled to Honduras in 2013 as part of a medical mission and was fascinated with the people I met, as well as the beautiful tropical plants and colorful artwork in the country. We currently live in Tucson, AZ (although we will move to Massachusetts in June). In Tucson, Dia de los Muertos is a huge deal. Every year, there is a massive and beautiful parade. We have participated several times (with our faces painted and all). The skeleton theme was inspired by Dia de los Muertos. I also love to paint and my paintings are extremely colorful and vibrant, which explains the crazy color palette and guest activities (canvas guest “book” art piece).
The color and tropical vibe of the flowers were inspired by my travels through Central America. I wanted lots of bright and bold color, and wanted to pair flowers and plants that aren’t often found together in arrangements. We are lucky that one of our best friends has a knack for flower arrangements. Christina was the mastermind behind the bridal bouquet, as well as the bridesmaid bouquets and boutonnieres. Christina showed me how to make the bridesmaid bouquets, and so Christina made one and I made the other. We worked together on the rest of the arrangements for the tables as well.
I could not find any flower girl baskets that fit my theme well enough, so I bought a plain Easter basket and beaded the basket myself.
The invitations for the wedding and rehearsal dinner were handmade by me. I painted the images of the groom, bride, and dog skeletons (this is our hairless, Chinese crested dog, Pippy). I painted the cow on the rehearsal dinner invitations, since the rehearsal dinner was at Zinburger (their logo is a cow with a wine glass). The text on the invitations was humorous- as we wanted the invite to set the tone for the wedding. We poked fun at ourselves on the invitations, saying that our wedding was ONLY several years in the making!
I love flamenco dresses, and I picked my wedding dress because it had some elements that reminded me of flamenco attire. I’m not a person that is drawn to sparkles and flash, so there wasn’t much embellishment on my wedding gown. I actually purchased my wedding gown from Suzanne’s Bridal in Gilbert, AZ almost 4 years before the wedding! Somehow, I still loved it and it still managed to fit.
Vincent. his groomsmen, and fathers of the bride and groom were all dressed in Kenneth Cole slim fit suit attire in gray. We looked for fun, multicolored ties. Vincent had a red, Mexican tile printed tie. We couldn’t find bow ties that matched our groomsmen ties for the ring bearers, so a friend of ours made bow ties out of regular ties for them! Our dogs were also wearing matching ties.
We met during their college days at Arizona State University in 2006. We were introduced by mutual friends (who also attending the wedding!). I had never met Vince but had been invited by my friend to Vince’s 24th birthday party. I was very hesitant about crashing this party but was eventually convinced to go.
When I met Vince, it was evident that he already had consumed a few alcoholic beverages. We often joke that Jamie met Vince that night but Vince didn’t meet Jamie for a couple more months! Two months after the birthday party, the same friends invited both of us to an Irish bar, and I said to her friend “Wow, he is actually cute with his eyes open!!!!” Word got to Vince and he awkwardly asked for my number later that evening. Not the most romantic story, but silly- just like we are.
We dated through the rest of college and then Vince started Physical Therapy school at AT Still University in Mesa, Arizona. I then started medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in 2010. For one year, we were living in separate cities, but fortunately, it was only a couple hour drive! Vince just couldn’t stand being away from me during that year, and proposed to me in 2011 on a beautiful hike through Sabino Canyon in Tucson, AZ. The trail is an oasis in the desert, complete with beautiful waterfalls and pools (name of the trail is Seven Falls). I was completely shocked at the proposal…so shocked that I stood there silent for an awkward 20 seconds! Then I said “YES!!!!!!!!!!”
We have many potted plants in our house of all varieties, and even cut some stalks off of our house plants for the arrangements- this included the orchids and purple heart plant. We used Talavera pottery to hold the arrangements. I tend to like unusual flowers, and the pin cushion flowers in yellow and orange really added to the arrangements! My all-time favorite flower is the orchid, which is why I wanted Vince to wear one.
We had a special guest named “Miija”. Miija is a donkey who is outfitted with saddle bags stocked with assorted Mexican beer for guests. She was a hit!
We also had 2 pinatas, one was for the kids (filled with candy and toys) and one for the adults (filled with mini liquor bottles- most were Horchata rum and tequila to fit with the Mexican vibe). We also had candy, decks of cards, and chewing gum in the adult piñata. The piñata was good times for sure!
We were also fortunate to have a great live band for entertainment- Sassy & the Sneak Attack! The guitar player, Rich Kniss, is a friend of Vince’s from the dorms at Arizona State University. The band was amazing, they are extremely talented and their lead singer, Venessa, knows how to get people up and dancing! We had such a great time making our friends and family laugh between the donkey, pinatas, funny speeches, and humorous and sincere wedding vows.
We wanted our wedding to reflect us personally, and it definitely did! Another special point was being able to thank family and friends for their help with a dog we recently adopted. “Beastie” was found in a Tucson dumpster in a trash bag with severe head injuries, a fracture of his radius and ulna (forearm bones), injury to his teeth, and a penetrating injury to his shoulder. We learned of his story in February, and we knew we needed to help. That day, we went to the Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson and became Beastie’s foster parents. He couldn’t walk for the first few weeks, but with Vince doing physical therapy for him, he eventually began walking! Because of his extensive injuries, he required surgeries and lots of medical care. We started a crowd funding website on youcaring.com, which raised nearly $5,000.00! We fell in love with Beastie and his determination to live and we officially adopted him on April 15th, just in time for the wedding! So many people were moved by his story and donated that we raised funds in excess of our goal. We plan to sponsor other severely injured animals at PACC with the extra funds. Many of our guests helped Beastie through donating and sharing his story! So we were so happy we had the chance to take a moment after the toasts to thank them, it was also rewarding for many of them to meet Beastie in person at the wedding!
My advice for other brides:
Have fun with it. If you have talents, use them! It is more fun for everyone when you put yourself into it.
Photographer: Anna Marisol Photography|Reception Venue: Aunt Chilada’s|Specialty Foods: Beer Burro|Cake Designer: Denise Arends|Makeup Artist: Diana Moca|Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Kenneth Cole|Dress Designer: Luna Novias|Shoes: Qupid|Band: Sassy & The Sneak Attack|Bridesmaid Dresses: Sky Collection|Dress Store: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique|Ceremony Venue: The Boojum Tree