Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Elizabeth & Matt's Whimsical Vintage Hacienda Fiesta!

I met Elizabeth's Mom and Dad before I met Elizabeth and Matt and from that moment forward I knew this wedding was going to have that additional touch that I cannot bring to it - it's something that comes with the bride and groom and their wedding party - that special touch of love and warmth and joy which is the cherry on top of a beautiful design and thoughtful coordination.  And I was right - this party was one for the record books and the love was over flowing and the joy was contagious ... and Elizabeth brought me the cutest apron I have EVER seen and had written me the nicest thank you card - and she gave it to me BEFORE the wedding - I was touched beyond measure and so thankful to have this wonderful couple ... they are missed! :)

Place:  Casa Quetzal
Caterer:  Andres from B y B
Bride Photographer:  Jillian Mitchell
Videographer:  Ray from Promovision
Staff Photographer:  Soko the Great
Minister:  Tamara Bradley from Chic Concepts
Cake:  Memo of Charme
Misting Fans:  Mist & More

Elizabeth has a sense of style and she knew what she wanted from the get go ... to quote "We would like the wedding to have an eclectic, vintage, whimsical, fiesta feel to it."  I thought, yes, a bit challenging but I was definitely up for the challenge!!  Once we had Casa Quetzal as the backdrop, everything else started to fall into place.  Elizabeth was torn between wanting a white ceremony but she wanted color as well ... I recommended we start with a soft color palette of whites, creams, natural woods and then, as the night progressed, we started adding in touches of color so that the reception had spots of beautiful color and you really noticed it ... this was the board I came up with :).


I heart smatter and adore this ceremony set-up.  As I toured the villa I realized that the living room would make a fantastic backdrop for Elizabeth and Matt's ceremony with the beautiful architecture and tile on the living room floor - the room really needed just small touches to make it the perfect spiritual place for our whimsical hacienda feel ... We strung white dendrobidiums up above the ceremony backdrop ... I had Omar paint a light white design on top of cream fans so that the design would show up with the reflections of the light.  We had the guests wave papel picado fans with Elizabeth & Matt's names and the wedding date at the kiss.  The bridesmaids carried white and cream lisianthius while we created a beautiful romantic bouquet for the bride with coral amarlyis and white and coral peonies.  The result was gorgeous!

Elizabeth and Matt had sent wedding photos of their grandparents and parents and we displayed them in silver vintage frames on a side table in the ceremony area with lace covered mason jars.  I heart smoosh this picture Soko took of Elizabeth looking over the photos before the ceremony.

After the ceremony, guests went out poolside to enjoy the amazing views of Vallarta and listen to the Mariachi.  Cocktail tables were covered with white chiffon fabric with teal vintage bottles and colorful coral flowers.   The tequila tasting was set out on a vintage looking table with a talavera spice rack holding the escort cards.  The tequila shot glasses also doubled as favors and were painted specifically for the bride and groom :).

We had the reception inside the amazing courtyard.  Tables were covered with cream chiffon with a burlap runner and lace overlay.  Vintage teal bottles had been hand-painted to just the right shade and filled with coral, cream and magenta florals.   Napkins were cream colored manta with lace edges and held in place with hand painted talavera napkin rings with the guests name hand painted on each one :).    Candles also dotted the tables to give it a romantic glow as the sun set.  Chandeliers were hung up above the tables and we had white floral lights strung in the iron work going up the stairs.  Elizabeth loves butterflies so, as a touch of whimsy, we created special printed paper and made two toned paper butterflies which were placed in and amongst the reception table florals.

The cake was based off of a papel picado, vintage feel and Memo, as always, created a masterpiece!  Elizabeth and Matt had met at Match.Com so we thought it would be fantastic to recreate the Match.com logo with face cut-outs for guests to take pictures holding a heart sign with Matt + Elizabeth!  Antonio did a beautiful job :).  Hand painted maracas in shades of teal, magenta, yellow, orange were painted with an incredible papel picado design - Omar hit this one out of the park! Twinkly lights hung over the dance floor. We had originally wanted to hang mason jars covered with beautiful lace over the dance floor but rain was threatening (and, in the end, it DID rain) so we moved the vases inside and filled them with candles instead :).    

I have nothing but great memories about this wedding and the guests who were there.  It was fun, memorable, loving, kind, amazing and I heart smatter the design from beginning to end!  This was an amazing wedding and a great post to end Mishka Designs' blogspot run - all further posts will be made from our new website and blog which I will announce soon - I promise!  I'm so excited about it and I've worked hard to make it facebook friendly, pinterest friendly, blog friendly, etc etc!  Unveiling soon! :)
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