A Modern, Masculine Take on a Traditional Mexican Wedding
May 18, 2016
North America
MulticulturalVillaFall Weddings
I was lucky enough to see the vendors behind the Jose Villa 2015 Mexico workshop in action, and let me tell you, it was a total dream come true. First the welcome dinner, then the engagement, and now the "I do" that's unlike any wedding you've seen. We've got one last Jose workshop post up next, but in the meantime join me in applauding each and every artist behind this incredible day and styled details.
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From Mindy Rice...


The ceremony was a work of ART ... literally! We asked artist Karina Puente to recreate a traditional arch on to the textured adobe wall of a local hacienda. The softness of the charcoal drawing was absolutely amazing as the altar backdrop. Traditional Equipales chairs provided seating while candles and floral in abundance, were clustered in a purposely haphazard way! The final product might have been my favorite to date! So interesting as you can tell it was a creative group effort!


Wanting to take a direction less traveled, Lynn, Augusta and I decide to give the wedding dinner a more modern look, yet we wanted the colors and tones to reflect a more traditional Mexico. Our inspiration from color was gathered from our surroundings - the exterior of the Hacienda, the aged black moss that beautifully highlights the buildings and the soft caramel color of Piloncillo - a local sugar harvested in the region.

Karina Puente used a charcoal medium that was consistent throughout the workshop. An exaggerated agave mural was designed to hang behind our dinner table. The juxtaposition of white canvas and black charcoal was rustic in style yet modern in contrast. The table was dramatic, as the details we choose were strong and masculine. Hammered bronze candlesticks were paired with bronze glazed pottery. The floral, though minimal, was chosen to stand alone. White King Protea, black Rex Begonia leaves, Allium Nigrum, dried wild yarrow and Jacaranda accented the vessels and candles. Hammered domed lighting fixtures hung above the table in pairs.

The place setting was bold. Anna Weatherly china in black, gold and white, was paired with a subtle Heath plate in a color called "mist" . The Ebony flatware was a perfect compliment to the paper suite Amber Moon designed - thick agave colored menus were letter-pressed in a more modern font. Black leather was incorporated as a backing and also as the guest name tags, each attached with a brass brad in the upper left corner.

The linen, a textured caramel colored silk, was dramatic with a wide band of black . Each was fitted to the table, transforming the room with it's tailored masculine look.

Jose Villa 2016 Mexico Workshop

Dates: November 6 - 10, 2016
Location: Hacienda El Carmen

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Wedding Dress: Temperley London | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Engagement Ring: Trumpet and Horn | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy | Venue: Hacienda El Carmen | Candles: Creative Candles| Custom Artwork: Karina Puente | Custom Wax Seals: Written Word Calligraphy | Dress Bust: Found Rentals | Film Maker + Photography: Joel Serrato | Fine Catering + Welcome Gift Snacks: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Floral + Design: Mindy Rice | Floral + Design: Studio by Fleur | Floral Assistant: La Musa de las Flores | Food Styling: Diana Perrin | Food Styling Backdrops: The Surface Library | On-site Wardrobe: Summer Watkins | Paper + Design: Amber Moon | Planning + Design: Easton Events | Printed Paper: Czar Press | Table Cloths: Designing Linens | Table Rentals: Classic Party Rentals – Santa Barbara | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Wardrobe Stylist: Geraldine Magazine | Welcome Party Napkins: Jan Barboglio
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