Gabriel who is Brazilian and Carla who is Mexican, knew they wanted to find a meaningful way to blend both of their families background into their special day. The couple, who met in Portugal through a mutual friend, decided to exchange “I dos” in Monterrey, Mexico, which they say is one their favorite place to visit, and invite guests to an intimate sit-down reception to follow. La Huasteca, a scenic national park in Monterrey, served as the perfect backdrop for both the event by providing wow-worthy mountain top views, which destination wedding photographer Johansson Terebeyczik Correia says holds “a beauty that truly cannot be explained.” And, if you ask us, we’re totally swooning over not just the gorgeous setting, but the details of this intimate fete, too.
Johansson who also captured the heartfelt day says that even though the wedding was set in a beautiful and picturesque place, what really made the day an experience for everyone was the way the couple included personal touches throughout their decor. Gabriel and Carla had a variety of DIY elements that they sprinkled throughout their special day in order to make sure both their families feel welcomed. From their custom hand-designed invitations, to the homemade cake and desserts crafted by the bride’s mother, to the “MX BR” sign (which represented Mexico and Brazil), and lastly to the guests helping set up the tables and chairs for the ceremony and reception, the day was filled with love. See more of their one-of-a-kind mountain celebration below!
To add an even more personalized touch to their wedding invites, Gabriel and Carla stamped coffee marks onto each envelope. It gave the suite a rustic and organic feel, which we especially love
Instead of doing an official first look, Gabriel and Carla stood back-to-back and held hands before heading off to the altar. It allowed for a sweet moment before the ceremony.
Our two families together for the first time from two different worlds, who didn't even speak the same language, paying the price to make our dreams come true and the many miracles of God that led us to this day.
Processional: More than Words by Extreme
First Dance: Carry me Home by Jorja Smith
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Gabriel and Carla also rented a house nearby their national park venue where they invited friends and family to stay for the weekend. This allowed for even more bonding time with their nearest and dearest.
At the reception, they had a caipirinha and barbecue dinner to represent the bride’s Brazilian roots. They then served mojitos and tacos to represent Gabriel’s Mexican heritage. As for entertainment, mariachi music was played to shake things up on the dance floor. Oh, and of course, tequila was also abundant.
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photography: Johansson Correia - Fotografia // venue name: La Huasteca, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico // wedding dress: Adriana Madrid 'Kaia' // hair stylist: Alfred Anda // makeup artist: Alfred Anda // paper goods: Bride and Groom // handmade details: Bride and Groom // cake: Groom's Mother // desserts: Groom's Mother