Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Real Wedding – A Whimsical Affair – January 2012

Friday, January 13th, 2012 was a big day for us here at Weddings Vallarta by Barbara;  It was the day of our first wedding of 2012 and I have to say, we kicked it off with an incredible bang!!  

Cindi and Carlson – Michael actually, but Cindi met her future husband as Carlson (his last name) and it stuck – wanted their wedding to reflect themselves; their unique personalities and style; which, after getting to know them a little and hearing their ideas, likes and dislikes, I described as; fun, spontaneous, whimsical, original, warm, travel loving, loving in general, elegant, professional, perfectionists. A tall order, but from our very first communications I knew I was going to love them and love being a part of this incredible journey with them… and I was right!!  Planning their wedding was such a privilege for me; their warmth, happiness and love overflowed into every nook and cranny of their lives and touched everyone around them, making the wedding planning a joy… but also making me a little sad when it was over…. I think I may have gotten a touch of the post wedding blues….
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Cindi and Carlson chose the beautiful, contemporary Casa China Blanca in Punta de Mita, just south of Puerto Vallarta, as the location to host their wedding. The villa lends itself to formality with clean lines and white modern architecture and is also like a fresh canvas open to various designs and colors. Cindi wanted to use the villas elegant base of white and black and add in big pops of color and whimsy to make it her own. Formal tuxedos for Carlson and the groomsmen were finished off with bright fuchsia dendrobium orchid boutonnieres; floor length Amsale gowns in black for the bridesmaids were paired with gorgeous floral creations by my floral “guru” Francisco; bright bouquets of roses, freesias, tulips and dendrobium orchids in hot pink and fuchsia with touches of orange and apple green; and a absolutely stunning wedding dress creation by Lazaro for Cindi was complemented by a cascading bouquet of white roses, freesias, lisianthus, tulips and dendrobium orchids. The moment Cindi & Carlson saw the two trees in the back gardens overlooking the ocean and heard the history, they knew the ceremony had to be held right there. The trees had grown together and become entwined making it hard to see where one began and the other one finished….much like their love, the two became one…. straight out of a Fairytale! We hung flower balls in bright bold fuchsias and oranges on the tree limbs and added lanterns (Cindi’s favorite) to complete the look of a fantasy, deconstructed ceremony backdrop. They exchanged their vows in front of that charming tree on the cliffs edge, with the ocean behind it, their friends and family looking on and their “Love Ambassador” officiating. As they exited down the aisle all the guests tossed fuchsia and black, hand rolled wedding streamers at the happily married couple, which was a fun and unique alternative to rice or confetti…  I found those on Etsy.
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In the outdoor reception area an air of elegant formality was created with the use of classic black and white Damask overlays layered on black tablecloths, accented by black Chivari chairs with white cushions. The Damask theme could be seen throughout the wedding design in the picture framed escort cards, the place cards and custom dinner menus. The formality was balanced by wonderful colors and whimsy with tall crystal vases topped with huge balls of bright fuchsia roses and freesias with touches of orange and apple green dendrobium orchids. As well, fuchsia detailing could be seen at every turn.

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That same whimsical fun carried on with the entertainment and other elements throughout the whole reception. There were Aerial Fabric and Hoop Acrobats, a spicy Cuban Quartet, incredible Fire Dancers, Ramóns very yummy Taco Stand for late night snacks …when in Mexico…. ;) and a farewell exit of sparklers for everyone to light the way for their jaunt up the long driveway to their awaiting chariots (mini buses). Oh yes and we can’t forget the churros for journey back to the hotel!! Custom designed, monogrammed favor bags that I found on Etsy (love that site) filled with freshly made sweet doughy churros by Paty & Julio, the traveling Churro Stand folks. What did the back of the bags say?? Well I just couldn’t resist…. “Parting is such sweet sorrow….” of course ;)

Truly a beautiful and unique wedding, for a beautiful and unique couple, that will be long remembered!!
Puerto Vallarta WeddingsTake a look at the slideshow of photos below.  They’re fabulous and courtesy of the extremely gifted and talented photographers, Janelle and Shane, of HAPPINEST PHOTOS!!

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