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Real Weddings: Kristen + Matt

Kristen and Matt’s wedding, held at Condor’s Nest Ranch in Pala, CA is so creative it warms my soul! Kristen, an art director for a cosmetics company, created the entire event herself from start to finish, and the result, photographed by the talented and sweet Daisy Varley, was absolute perfection. Kristen chose a Mexican fiesta theme for the wedding, full of bright colors, family traditions, paper flowers, and fabulous details! Bridesmaids were asked to choose a Mexican peasant dress and hem it to their liking. The arbor was decorated with colorful and whimsical paper flowers and papel picado banners were strung from the trees. Lace topped the reception tables, and serape blankets added to the color and theme.  Papel picado flags, lighting, paper lanterns, and venetian red candles galore completed the look! Pinback buttons were a bit hit for the guests – Kristen made over 500 pins, with photos that mirrored the Mexican fiesta theme, sayings like “I love nachos” and “I love margaritas”, or artwork by Kristen, such as the “M&K Forever” pin.

Bride Pink Flower HeadpieceBohemian Fiesta Wedding

Mexican Peasant Bridesmaids Dresses

Maracas Wedding FavorsPaper Flower Gazebo

Papel Picado Banners

Wedding Under Colorful Tissue Paper Arch

Mexican Fiesta WeddingRed Blue Multicolored Mexican Fiesta Tables

Table Numbers in SpanishMulticolor Centerpieces Fiesta Wedding

Painted PigMulticolored Centerpiece Clay Vase

Papel Picado Banners WeddingHanging Tin Wedding Sign

DIY Pinback Buttons

El Dia de los Muertos Wedding Decor

Outdoor Mexican Fiesta Wedding

Photography – Daisy Varley \ Floral – Lily Pad Floral Design \ Venue – Condor’s Nest Ranch, Pala CA \ Day of Coordination – Amorology \ Suits – J Crew

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39 comments on “Real Weddings: Kristen + Matt

  1. Stella writes...

    Great inspiration for my future wedding! I convinced my partner to date me by singing him a mariachi love song (i am the lead singer in a mariachi band), and oddly enough I hadn’t considered a Mexican themed wedding before!

  2. Tanya writes...

    Wondering where in the world she got her bridesmaid dresses? I am also having a Fiesta Wedding in August 2010. My fiance is Mexican & Peruvian & I am Dutch & Spanish :) Since we’re having people coming from all over the world, we want to do something just like this! These dresses would be PERFECT! xxx

  3. Lorraine writes...

    i am planning a fiesta wedding for may 2010, thanks for sharing! i hope my wedding looks as beautiful as this one.

  4. Emigh Gonzales writes...

    Do you know the name of the dress designer? I have to have it!

  5. Kristi Torretti writes...

    I LOVE the bridesmaid dresses!! I’m getting married this winter in Mexico and these dresses are exactly what I’m looking for. Where did you find them???

  6. samantha bertram writes...

    Where did you find those beautiful bridesmade dresses? I LOVE THEM! Please let me know!!

  7. catherine writes...

    You did a wonderful job – so creative! And I love the bridesmaid dresses too ;-)

  8. Erin writes...

    I am desperately trying to find the “whimsical paper flowers and papel picado banners” that decorated the arbor… any one know where I can get them for an upcoming wedding in Mexico? Thanks!!!

  9. Momo writes...

    Good Place for paper flowers and papel picado. They will deliver: http://www.alamofiesta.com/

    They also sell the mexican dresses in store for great prices (18-25) but I’m not sure that they sell them online. You can easily find the mexican dresses search “puebla dress”

  10. Kristy writes...

    Please help!!! My girlfirned is getting married saw the paper flowers on the gazebo and wants them bad. We’ve looked at a few websites and none of them have those flowers. Can you please tell me where to find the flowers please please please.

  11. Kellye writes...

    I am getting married the summer of 2012…my fiance is Mexican and I absolutely love the mexican peasant bridesmaid dresses. Do you know where they found these? I have been looking online but cannot find any that are above the knee like that of the bridesmaids shown. Thanks!

    • Ami writes...

      Hi Kellye! I believe Kristen found these at a market in LA. If you’re only able to find longer ones have you thought about just having your dry cleaner hem them? Good luck!

  12. Sydney writes...

    Where did you buy the mexican dresses they are so cute. My aunt is having a mexican themed wedding, and we need mexican dresses like those(: Please help?

  13. Liz writes...

    Where did the bridesmaids get their dresses? My grandparetns are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in Aug. and it is going to be a Mexican Theme Wedding.. where can I buy a dress like that?? PLEASE HELP..

  14. I would love to know where the bridesmaids get their dresses and more about your wedding guys. You inspired me to do my wedding like yours, I love the dress and every detail!!!

  15. Rebeckah writes...

    Such a beautiful wedding and I absolutely love the design on the ceremony programs! Where may i find them?

    • Ami writes...

      hi rebeckah! kristen actually created these herself. I did a quick google of DIY fan wedding programs and there are some kits if you are the crafty type! :)

  16. Esmeralda writes...

    This has been done before almost seems like everone is jumping on the mexican train just to stand out, not really all that impressed!

  17. Kimberley Uhlig writes...

    Hello, I was just wondering where the bride found the striped table runners. I absolutely adore them!

  18. Megan writes...

    I wanted to know if you had more pic’s of the bridesmaid dresses up close? My friends is going to do a theme like this for her wedding and we need some ideas for the dresses.

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