Kingsburg, CA || Tuscan Gardens || 10.31.15
[Photos by: DC Photography Studios]
For their big day, Cristina and Marco combined their love for Dia de los Muertos with their respect for Mexican tradition and the end result was absolutely beautiful. Both themes were found sprinkled throughout their celebration in a tasteful way, including the music they listened to and the food they ate.
The couple had a stunning ceremony in front of 200 of their closest family and friends and when it was all over, found fun ways to recognize their big day fell on a day where most people not in attendance were in costume. Luckily, everyone in the wedding party wanted to play dress-up, too!
Sugar skulls welcomed guests to the reception site and they were also used as centerpieces for each table. The bride and groom even found a super adorable sugar skull couple to use as their cake topper! Another touch that may have gone unnoticed was their use of marigolds at their welcome table. The yellow flowers are an important Day of the Dead symbol and in fact are referred to as the “flower of the dead”.
In addition to their decor, the couple made sure to incorporate other Mexican traditions, including La Vibora de la Mar. This is a much fancier version of the conga line and gets every guest on their feet. The bride and groom stand on separate chairs while everyone dances around them. Cristina says this was one of her favorite moments from her big day.
Another traditional gesture came from Marco’s mother, who made an apron for Marco with “MANDILON” on it. It’sa slang term translating to “a guy who wears the apron” or in simpler terms… a man who is ‘whipped’ by his wife. All the male guests received similar aprons with C Y M (Cristina y Marco) on them. The female guests received handmade veils to wear during the reception.(Some of them are seen below, as they fought for the bouquet!)
It was an evening filled with plenty of good food (from the amazing cooks at Taqueria Coyoacan), drinks, and even more dancing! One of the most memorable moments for the couple was when Marco found himself in the middle of a dance battle with his dad.
On their anniversary, they have plenty of memories to reflect on from their big day and have an extra special gift made with love from each and one of their guests. Each visitor was asked to write a message for Cristina and Marco and place it in a pinata, which they will hit later on this evening!
Happy 1 year anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. Paez! Wishing you continued success, good health and even more love in the years to come.