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!
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.”
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
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!
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!
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