Succulents, papel picado, and pinatas sound like an amazing wedding celebration to me. Now add a team of vendors, including Bloomin’ Buckets and Heather Roth Fine Art Photography, that took the Bride’s vision of a day infused with Mexican heritage and translated that to absolute perfection with a side of yummy pan dulce. See all the cute details here in the full gallery.
From The Bride…I love telling the story of how Jimmy and I met because it gives me goose bumps just thinking about it! We met through a mutual friend at a bar near St. Louis University. I was with a big group of friends and for some reason, something inside me told me to find my friend Jarad. When I finally did, I found Jarad talking to Jimmy at the bar. They had not seen each other for a few years since going to school together at Mizzou. The funny thing is, Jimmy hated going to this bar and only went because it was his friend’s birthday! Jarad introduced us and when I shook Jimmy’s hand and looked into his eyes, it was love at first sight. Cheesy, I know- but it’s true! We talked about Cardinals baseball for a long time, and I think I impressed him because we went out on our first date a week later! Over time we found out we had several mutual friends and we even got confirmed in the same church during the spring of 1999. Living minutes away from each other in the same city for 20 years, Jimmy and I often talk about how strange it was that we didn’t meet sooner.
I had always thought I would get married in Texas, because that was where I was born and where my grandparents lived, and I wanted them to be able to see me walk down the aisle. With both of them passing away a few years ago, Jimmy and I knew we would now be having our wedding in St. Louis. I was perfectly fine with this, but I still wanted to feel like I was home in Texas. So Jimmy (God bless him) let me take the reins for the vision for the wedding and we used my Mexican heritage as inspiration for everything. I incorporated lots of succulents, papel picado (hand cut Mexican wedding banners), a piñata, and we even had a pan dulce bar (Mexican pastries). I also knew without a doubt, we had to have a mariachi band because my grandfather would always hire one for my grandmother’s birthday. My dad and I danced to the song my grandfather used to sing to my grandmother. Needless to say it made us all cry! I also made a lot of the décor myself, with help from family and friends, and in the end everything turned out more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I felt like I was back in Texas with my grandparents right beside me. Jimmy and I had the best time dancing under the banners and twinkling lights with everyone we loved most in the world. It was truly the most magical night!
Photography: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Bloomin’ Buckets | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee, Clarice’s Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Incarnate Word Parish | Reception Venue: Windows On Washington | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Lordo's Diamonds | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan | Cake : McArthur’s Bakery | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black, Men’s Warehouse | Hair + Make Up: Sweet Melissa | Papel Picados: Calavera Press | Paper Goods: Elise Bess Events | Wooden Crates + Cake Stand Rentals: Finch Vintage Rentals