We are head over heels for this fiesta inspired California wedding day! Inspired by the groom’s Mexican heritage, a bright color palette of blues and pinks, and a focus on an evening of fun and celebration, this couple created a day that spoke directly to their personalities. This beautiful bride also happens to be Laura from Laura’s Floras, and she has shared so many of the personal touches and the heart behind their wedding day style. Every detail was created with great intention, and we love how the design of their day was a true reflection of the bride and groom.
From the bride:
When Marco and I started to plan our wedding, we knew we wanted it to be a reflection of who we are as a couple. That meant creating a wedding that celebrated our culture, our love of nature, and our love of our hometown, Oakland. We wanted our wedding to feel organic and natural, while also feeling colorful and festive. It was also important for us to create a vibe that made people want to party and dance all night. Thanks to the amazing ladies of Kaella Lynn Events, we were able to pull off the wedding of our dreams, and everything was captured so beautifully by the wonderfully talented Meg Sexton Photography.
We found the perfect reception venue in Piedmont Community Hall. The backdrop of the redwoods is quintessential Oakland, and the spanish style of the courtyard and building (our preferred style) matched the aesthetic we envisioned perfectly. It was important to us and our families to get married in the Catholic Church, and our parish, Corpus Christi is also a beautiful Spanish style church… and only a few minutes from our reception venue.
During Cocktail hour, our guests enjoyed a Mariachi band and the tequila was flowing. Cocktail hour included a beautiful antipasti spread put together by Trumpet Vine Catering, a nod to our engagement in Italy. For dinner, we worked with Trumpet Vine to create a delicious Mexican-Latin fusion menu. For dessert, we had a beautiful cake, as well as a churro cart, which was a huge hit amongst guests. After dinner, guests went back and forth between the dance floor and the courtyard under the stars. At the end of the night, our guests didn’t want to leave. It was the most beautiful, fun night of our lives, surrounded by our favorite people, and we would not have changed a thing!
Marco’s family heritage is Mexican, and we often vacation and visit his extended family in Mexico. We love everything about the rich culture of Mexico — the people, the art, the colors, the dancing, the food, the list goes on and on. On our last trip to San Miguel De Allende around Christmas time, we knew we wanted to find our wedding favors, so we could bring a little piece of Mexico to all of our guests. I have always loved Moravian stars, and we found the perfect little ornamental tin Moravian stars in the artisan market in San Miguel, so we carried them back in huge suitcases! Papel Picado, literally translates to perforated or pecked paper, is a traditional Mexican art and decoration that is hung for weddings and celebrations. I designed and hand cut the Papel Picado flags for our banners. The pattern was inspired by the lace in my Allure gown. Our table name cards were also designed in a similar Papel Picado style. The table name cards also featured two iconic Port of Oakland cranes facing each other. Our tables were all named after our favorite places and neighborhoods in Oakland. The cranes in our table numbers were also featured in our wedding crest on our invitation suite and menus. My father-in-law is a custom furniture maker, and he built all of our signage, which we stained and hand painted. As a florist turned bride, I took our wedding as an opportunity to be bold with color. We both love blue, so there was no question that blue would be our main color. My bridesmaids all work Jenny Yoo dresses in beautiful shades of blue and gray. The flowers were wild, and organic, but also bold and colorful to match the Mexican aesthetic we love so much.
We love this colorful wedding day style- especially how it was designed with so much intention. Details are the most special when they have a purpose and a meaning beyond just being beautiful. And don’t get us wrong, we love pretty details, but the heart behind every decision in Laura and Marco’s wedding added so much more meaning in how they chose to celebrate their wedding day, and we are absolutely IN LOVE.
VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Photographer: Meg Sexton //Planner: Kaella Lynn Events // Florist: Laura’s Floras // Catering: Trumpet and Vine // Cake: Gala Bakery // Rentals: Stuart Rentals // Linens: La Travola Fine Linens // Hair and Makeup: Hair and Makeup Company // Dress: Allure Bridal