A Colorful Texas Mexican Inspired Wedding: Sara + Bob

I just adore this fun Texas wedding from GWS readers Sara + Bob. Their wedding included maracas to shake at the ceremony, a live action guacamole station, Mexican Martinis + Watermelon Mojitos served as specialty cocktails, a churro bar instead of a wedding cake, a live Mariachi Band, and a photo booth with props including Luche Libre masks! Such a fun + happy wedding! Thanks so much to The Nichols for sharing their lovely photos + congrats to Sara + Bob!

barn wedding

succulent bridal bouquet

From Sara, “Although we live in Chicago, I am a South Texas girl through and through! The “Texas” part was a no-brainer, but I am also totally in love with the Mexican Culture – the food, the colors, just the total “Fiesta” mentality. We wanted our wedding day to be anything but typical, an event that made our guests feel they were a part of something unique. Since our guests were coming from all over the US, we wanted to make sure they had the full “Tex-Mex” experience of my hometown, Corpus Christi, the infamous hippie-ness of Austin, and the beauty of the Texas Hill Country.”

bride with old car

bride and groom with old truck

bride and groom with old truck

colorful flower bouquet

bride and groom walking away

wedding dress detail

bride and groom in field

yellow bridesmaid bouquet

wedding shakers

What song did you walk down the aisle to? My dad walked me down to an acoustic guitar version of “Something.” I love George Harrison, well it is more like an obsession, and this song seemed most fitting. “Here Comes the Bride” banner was designed by Sara’s best friend, Jamaica Raith

here comes the bride sign

colorful wedding ceremony

After our first kiss, everyone started to “responsibly” shake their maracas and our guitarist started to play the intro to “Ring of Fire” and as a surprise to our guests our Mariachi band joined in to lead everyone to the cocktail hour. I was super concerned about the timing, but it totally worked and was freakin’ awesome!

flower girl in cowboy boots

colorful wedding centerpieces

Although this wedding was about the two of us, it is our family and friends who made us who we are and ultimately brought us together. We wanted our wedding to be a huge party for them as much as it would be for us…and we can honestly say it was a success!

barn reception

don't mess with texas

bride and groom first dance

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? The Dance Floor!! It provided the most memorable moments. From our first dance: “Islands in the Stream” performed by Feist and the Constantines- (music is incredibly important to Bob and I, and though there are quite a few songs we could have picked- This one was perfect for US) We both felt like we were in our own world. Our incredibly touching and beautiful toasts from my father, Mario (the best man,) and Jamaica (my other life partner.) Then there was the dancing! Seriously, the floor was packed from the first song of the dinner set! I think my friend Megan summed it up best during the bands version of “I Gotta Feeling.” It seemed everyone was on the dance floor when she grabbed my hand and screamed, “This is the best party, EVER!”

Any advice for those planning now? Enjoy it! I am crazy OCD but I never lost sight of the importance of the day, a celebration of our future with all the people we love! There is so much inspiration out there that it can be seriously overwhelming. I was totally set on my colors and “theme” (for lack of a better word) pretty early on, but I was constantly picking up new ideas. You learn that sometimes there are just too many good ideas. You have to be very careful not to go overboard.

I was so lucky to have the most incredible vendors. I did A LOT of research…it was really important to me that they had worked together before…such a blessing the day of! Kinda funny story: I seriously stalked my caterer…at the time they only booked one event per night. When I called them (a year before,) they were already booked :( Well I called every month – finally giving up around 4 months into the planning process after I had all my other vendors booked. Well guess what? The same day I planned to book another caterer; they called to say they had a cancellation! Perseverance pays off!! Oh and a wedding coordinator! Get one!! Planning a wedding 900 miles a way made it a necessity, but it really takes the stress off the day of the wedding. Mine was incredible, Thank you Aimee!! Decide what matters most and build from there- for us it was photography. We felt so lucky to have The Nichols capture our day! Their incredibly beautiful work speaks for itself.

coordinator: Aimee Villa of Lizzie Belle // photographer: The Nichols // venue: Vista West Ranch:  // videographer: Capital Wedding Video // catering (including our Churro Bar): Royal Fig // flowers: Petal Pushers // reception band: The Grooves // mariachi: Mariachi Relampago // wedding dress: Pronovias, from Alexia Gavela // shoes: Valentino // jewelry: My “Something Borrowed” from Rent the Runway // cowboy boots: Corral Boots // bridesmaid dresses: Siri, from Unbridaled in Austin // invitations: My dear friend, and amazing Art teacher, Jaime Yuhas // custom papel picado: Etsy Shop, Ay Mujer! // photobooth props: Etsy Shop, Screw You, Martha! // personalized bunting: Etsy Shop, Sherry Sew Sweet // maracas, papel picado, paper flowers: Amol’s // An extra sweet surprise: Miles of Chocolate, hand made in Austin by a dear family friend, Miles Compton

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  1. I love the rustic contrasted by the vibrate hues everywhere: lovely

  2. These colors are fantastic! What a sweet couple!!

  3. We loved being a part of Sara and Bob’s colorful wedding! Such eye candy to photograph and Sara and Bob are some of the coolest folks you’ll meet. Thanks for the feature!

  4. I’m in the love with all the vibrant colors!

  5. LOVE the pretty mismatched maids bouquets and shoes, and the bold bright colors!

  6. How gorgeous is that???? those bold colors and the venue are just to die for!

    Makes me proud to be a Texan AND Austonian!! I am sorry..but we rock so much! :)


  7. such awesome bright colors! so cheery!

  8. Haha. I love that she stalked the caterer! So classic! Amazing gorgeous wedding!!!

  9. I am loving all that blue! It really pops with the other colors!

  10. Love the colors! The bm dresses are incredibly cute!

  11. Oooh, stunning! I love all of the color – how fun!

  12. I love how all the colours pop but the photos remain understated and elegant. Looks like everyone had fun, so congratulations to the couple!

  13. This is beautiful! Does anyone know what the venue is???

  14. LOVE the bridesmaid dresses. Where are they from?! Such a pretty wedding!

  15. Thank you for all the sweet words…it truly was the best day! I cannot believe I forgot to mention the venue as it is the most amazing spot! Plus the owners totally rock…Vista West Ranch: http://www.vistawestranch.com

  16. Wow the colors are gorgeous!! The scenery is stunning too. Amazing day!

  17. Beautiful and lovely wedding!! I love Texas! Congrats to the couple.
    But, I have a question, why the moment to have lunch is not in any photos of the real weddings? I wish to know about some ideas of the menu.

  18. i love the colors of this wedding! and the outfits are gorgeous: the bride and grooms, and the bridal party. love it all :)

  19. So many colours. I could look at those pictures for hours:)

  20. I love the bold colors and the maracas are just too fun! The “shake responsibly” tags are a cute touch!

  21. Love the combination of bright hues (especially the bright turquoise) and the vintage theme. And the “Here comes the bride” poster is so neat!

  22. Where did you get the maracas?

  23. As mother of the bride, what an amazing day. As Sara said, Vista West Ranch: http://www.vistawestranch.com
    is fantastic. The Nichols – well the pics tell their story. Sara made the best choices all the way! I must say The Grooves had everyone up and shaking all night. I can’t thank all involved enough for all they did to make this special. Gracias!

  24. I would love to borrow that bracelet for my wedding in October. How can I find it?
    Gorgeous wedding! Texas pride!!

  25. Wonderful pic. The wedding photography is very inspirational.

  26. I love everything about this rustic, yet colorful wedding. The bridesmaids and the flower girl looks are to die-for. And what can I say about the reception venue and the centerpieces?… just adorable.

  27. Wow the colors are gorgeous!! I like this combination of yellow bouquet and blue dress :)

  28. Loving the succulent in the bouquet, such a perfect complement to the theme!

  29. The Shoes. Love the bright dresses…but with their own fun shoes. This is one wedding that was full of personality!!!

  30. I LOVE your wedding, the colors are amazing! I especially love those yellow and orange laterns!! Where did you get them?

  31. Your wedding is my inspiration… Where did you get the tile numbers and banner for the flower girl?

    Simply Lovely!

  32. Your wedding was stunning! I love the mix of colors!! Where did you find your colorful lanterns? I’m planning a wedding shower and have searched high and low for colorful lanterns. Help please!

  33. Me too. I love those Moroccan lanterns. Do you know by now where you get them? Would love to get some for our “bollywood” wedding in August…

  34. hola,
    i love your decoration, your wedding,your flowers…all was perfect…..only one question to make our friends and families agree!!!;-) on your invitation is it yellow birds or cowboys hats?

  35. Where are your lanterns from???

  36. i love the colorful lanterns..for my daughters engagement party.. Where can I buy them??? Thanks sooo much for any help…


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