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Whimsical Coral + Turquoise Tex-Mex Wedding

When Friday starts off with a little Tex-Mex lovin’, you know it’s going to be a happy morning. Captured by Anne Marie Photography, this backyard fete is filled with fun, and the best part? The entire family rolled up their sleeves to make it happen. From the tree-hung poms to the colorful maracas (shaken for a kiss!) to the giant papel picado backdrops, this day of love turned out to be a sweet homemade party.

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From the beautiful Bride…My wedding was a mesmerizing merger of dreams – mine, my (now) husband Rick’s, and both of our families’ – especially our dear mothers. In the end, though, it could not have been more perfect, and I had very little to do with it. My dream “whimsical Tex-Mex” wedding was a true team effort, and my gratitude to every person who contributed will never fade.

Rick and I had toured all the major wedding venues in San Antonio before choosing to have the wedding at his parent’s beautiful home. It was an easy choice: a sprawling yard, no set vendors, no curfew, and, of course, it fit our budget! Rick’s older sister Thea had been married in the backyard in 2009, and it was so utterly lovely. We felt truly blessed when Rick’s parents agreed to host. Then, we started planning.

When I say “we,” I really mean everyone except for me. I was the anti-Bridezilla: the rarely opinionated, remote bride. I was off at Harvard Law School in Massachusetts while my future husband and our mothers did all the heavy lifting. I really cannot emphasize how much they did for me. I would express a vague idea – “I would like the yard to glow” – and my mom procured hundreds of mason jars, candles, and twinkle lights within days. Rick and his brothers personally strung the trees in the yard with the twinkle lights. It took almost two months of weekends dedicated to this task to complete it. Thea had the brilliant idea to use potted flowers as the base for poles to string up festoon lighting over the dance floor, another key element of the wedding I envisioned.

Rick’s mom, Laura, and her dear friend Keith, an event designer, were the most instrumental in creating my dream of “whimsical Tex-Mex” in the back yard. Laura had the brilliant idea to frame the decorations around papel picado, Mexican paper doilies. She found beautiful pastel papel picado to hang in the tent. Her most genius idea, however, was to create three giant foam-core papel picado pieces, customized for the wedding with our names and wedding date, and set them along the fence. Although this was Mama Menchaca’s brain child, it took literally the entire extended family, including many dear friends, to make the project happen. Setting up the giant papel picado and hanging the decorations in the dinner tent on the day of the wedding took the manual labor of a small army of Rick, his brothers, and some of their closest friends. When I saw the final product as I walked down the aisle, I was overwhelmed with tears of joy and gratitude. It looked perfect!

The wedding was full of heartfelt touches that made the night unforgettable. My mother had the inspired idea to order maracas in my wedding colors, and to add little tags that said “shake at the kiss.” During the ceremony, as Rick and I first kissed as husband and wife, we were surrounded by the cheerful thrum of those colorful, festive maracas, enveloping us in the love of friends and family. Rick’s parents had arranged for a mariachi band to play during dinner, which was gloriously festive (and generated some of my very favorite photos). Rick’s brother Ryan and my sister Taylor gave amazing Best Man’s and Maid of Honor speeches, which had us in happy tears the entire time. For the first dance, my father-in-law came to the rescue. I couldn’t decide between two songs: Ben Fold’s “The Luckiest,” one of my favorite songs of all time, and the Ronette’s “Be My Baby,” the song Rick and I consider to be “our song.” Rick’s father had the perfect solution: do both songs! Our DJ spliced them together, and we cried profusely and laughed hysterically throughout the first dance.

When I say the wedding was a team effort, I really mean it. It would not have happened without the blood, sweat and tears of the Menchaca and Mallory families. Because of all the inspiration, resourcefulness, creativity, and pure manual labor poured into my big day, it was a dream come true. Lucky for us, the dream was captured perfectly by Anne Marie Photography, so we can relive it for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Anne Marie Photography | Coordinator: Your Wedding Your Way | Cake: Cakes By Cathy Young | Catering: Absolutely Delicious | DJ: Flipside Productions | Bride's Dress: Blush Bridal Lounge | Floral: Kelly Lovell | Music: Terra Vista Strings | Rentals: Aztec Rentals | Venue: Private Residence

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Romantic Galveston Wedding at the Olympia Grill

Ladies and gents, this is a wedding you’ll want to set aside some serious time to devour. Because tucked in this gorgeous gallery from Shaun Menary are far too many sweet (and steal-worthy) details to soak up in one sitting. Planned to perfection by Events & Experiences, every touch is filled with personality and love, making this gallery simply beyond.

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From Shaun Menary PhotographyJennifer and Gardy Garcia’s wedding was a breath of fresh air; they did something personal and beautifully reflective of their personal style and beliefs. Jennifer’s parents are the Senior Pastors and founders of Abundant Life Christian Center in LaMarque, TX, so the ceremony location was a given. The couple opened the ceremony to their entire congregation, or extended family, as far as the Garcias are concerned. They then hosted a reception in the church’s lobby, where guests enjoyed cake (the CUTEST cakes!) and a plethora of other goodies. For their formal reception, the couple’s family and close friends enjoyed a waterfront dinner at Olympia Grill in Galveston. Floor to ceiling windows and a wraparound deck offered the guests stunning views of the ocean while they enjoyed fresh seafood served up from the restaurant. The entire affair was heartfelt and lovely, and we were happy to be the ones to document it. Cheers to the Garcias!

Photography: Shaun Menary Photography | Videography: Karbon Media | Event Planning: Events & Experiences | Florist: Maxit Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Who Made The Cake! | Invitations: Paper Source | Ceremony Venue: Abundant Life Christian Center | Reception Venue: Olympia Grill | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Calligraphy And Signage: Artful Designs By Rachel Nieman | Ceremony Backdrop: French Knot Studios | Custom Printing: Cheree Berry Paper | Goody Bags And Napkins: Papersource | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Save The Dates: Minted

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Elegant Camp Lucy Wedding

When a Camp Lucy soiree lands on my desk, I do a little happy dance. But when it’s from Mint Photography? It’s a get out of your seat and boogie kind of day. And the following affair with it’s sweet something blue shoes, charming florals and stunning portraits is inducing an all out jam in the office. Join me in the gallery!

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Elegance

From Mint PhotographyAlisa and Gary’s wedding was on of our favorites by far! It was the perfect mix of elegance and nature combined. Alisa’s dress was a gorgeous Enaura Couture gown with outstanding detailing. Her yellow diamond Tiffany engagement ring was one of the prettiest we’ve seen! The uniqueness of it was exceptional! Gary was just as dapper in his Vera Wang suit and colorful bow tie. To top all of the amazing details off was the loving connection between these two! It was such a joy to photograph this gorgeous wedding and this sweet couple!

Photography: Mint Photography | Gown: Enaura Bridal Couture | Ceremony Venue: Camp Lucy | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Vera Khatman | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Coordinating: Kristen White | Floral: Whim Florals | Makeup: Felicity Fromholz | Rentals: Whim Event Rentals

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