Gabriela and Alejandro's Vibrant Spring Wedding

What a wedding! We loved planning and designing Gabriela and Alejandro's lovely spring wedding hosted at Saint Mary Cathedral and Barr Mansion.  Right from the first meeting Gabriela knew she wanted a vibrant color palette, special details to showcase her and Alejandro's Puerto Rican and Mexican heritage, and fantastic entertainment.  In our opinion these are fabulous priorities to have! 

When working with bright colors the key to a successful wedding design is to keep the tables neutral and let the floral/details shine. That way you get a bright open space accented with eye catching color. To accompany the vibrant floral we added in custom made Talavera tile table numbers, custom menus with a watercolor talavera design and colorful watercolor inspired napkins to help brighten up the  space. We also incorporated a mix of round and farm tables in the space to help breakup the flow of the reception. That way when guests walked in it had some dimension and wasn't just a sea of round tables. 

For the dance hall design, we added in winding greenery on all the columns to soften the wood structure and bring the garden style into the interior.  Add in a vintage lounge area, one of my favorite escort card designs,  multicolored candles for the cocktail tables and this once empty space is now full of color and warmth.  Also, having a fantastic salsa band always makes everything better! 

One of the challenges with this wedding was the weather. Seriously, the weather dropped 40 degrees in one day.  As a planner I do not panic very often but this tested my ability to keep calm! I checked the weather mid-morning the day before the wedding and the evening temperature was going to be around 65, a little chilly by Texas standards but ok. When I checked 2 hours later the weather forecast said 41 degrees. Our April wedding had become a full on winter shindig and the dinner was in a part of the venue with no heat. 

What did we do? Well, I got my team together and we started to brainstorm. What do we have in our wedding decor inventory that could help?

Step 1: Blankets, we did a corporate event a year ago and and still had all the yoga blankets from that event. Ok, blanket bar! Let's see if we can rent some more to have enough for most of the guests. 

Step 2: Let's see how many pashminas we can find at local stores in the color palette of the wedding. Cue Bridget driving all over town for 4 hours buying as many pashminas as she could get her hands on. 

Step 3: Hand warmers - Thanks amazon prime.  We bought 2 boxes of those instant hand-warmers to hand out at the blanket/pashmina bar. 

Step 4: Heaters -- rent and truck in heaters to help keep the outdoor dinner area warm. Also, have the venue put up the plastic walls on the open part of the venue. Not optimal but with a little photography angle magic you can't tell in the pictures. Had to pull in some major vendor favors to get this done in a day as everyone in town wanted heaters at the last minute. 

Step 5: Smile and help guests as much as you can.   

I think Gabriela said it best! Read Gabriela and Alejandro's entire interview on 100 Layer Cake

 
Gabriela says, The biggest planning hurdle actually took place on the weekend of our wedding. We had been planning on an outdoor cocktail hour and al fresco dinner but the unpredictable Texas weather had something completely different in mind for us. The temperature unexpectedly dropped from 80 to nearly 40 degrees overnight, and thankfully the Wild Sky Events team was able to come to the rescue last-minute. They relocated our vendors and cocktail hour layout to the indoor ballroom, added tarps and heaters to warm up the dinner area, and set up a display of blankets and hand warmers for guests, among other things.

One last bit of advice: I urge other brides to always create a detailed Plan B or hire a planner who can take care of it for them, but at the same time try not to stress over weather or other aspects of wedding planning that are out of their control. Although it wasn’t the sunny spring wedding we had originally envisioned, the changes made our day more unique and memorable and I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about it if I could!
 

Thank you to our vendor team! 

Sophie Epton Photography | Birch and Brass Vintage Rentals | Barr Mansion | Bristol Lane | Fine Day Press | Havana NRG | Mariachi Amor | Texas Hill Country Events (Beer Burros) | Saint Mary Cathedral | Lola Beauty | La Tavola Fine Linens 

 Sophie Epton is the master of detail shots 

Sophie Epton is the master of detail shots 

 Seriously..... 

Seriously..... 

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 This group of ladies are such troopers... its 42 degrees during these photos 

This group of ladies are such troopers... its 42 degrees during these photos 

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 Yes, you can have miniature donkey bartenders at weddings in Texas. Vote for best dressed, I think so! 

Yes, you can have miniature donkey bartenders at weddings in Texas. Vote for best dressed, I think so! 

 One of my all time favorite lounges and I am a fan of accenting it with the seating chart to help fill the gap in the wall. 

One of my all time favorite lounges and I am a fan of accenting it with the seating chart to help fill the gap in the wall. 

 Need to give a shout out to Adrienne on my team who painstakingly lined all the cards up on our linen board.  

Need to give a shout out to Adrienne on my team who painstakingly lined all the cards up on our linen board.  

 Ashley at Fine Day Press created these custom talavera tile inspired watercolors. Such gorgeous design work. 

Ashley at Fine Day Press created these custom talavera tile inspired watercolors. Such gorgeous design work. 

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 Blanket Bar! 

Blanket Bar! 

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 Decorating the "grotto" as its called at Bar Mansion is always a challenge but you can't go wrong with lots of canldes and greeenry! 

Decorating the "grotto" as its called at Bar Mansion is always a challenge but you can't go wrong with lots of canldes and greeenry! 

 The Reception ! 

The Reception ! 

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 The Sweetheart table!

The Sweetheart table!

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 This photo... one of my favorites

This photo... one of my favorites

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