Ay ay ay! Cinco de Mayo has really taught us how to party, on the wedding scene too! With bright colors and mouth watering menus this wedding packs a serious punch, hotter than the hot sauce! And can we please just acknowledge how romantic the Spanish stationery is–swoon! With this inspiration, maybe you’ll be having a Cinco de Mayo wedding next year!
Mexican culture is full of life and personality – bold flavors, rich textures, and vivid color palette. With the beauty of Latin America in mind, The Graceful Host designed a fun and festive wedding perfect for the bride and groom who aren’t afraid of a little color! Lucy Parker Randall of Smitten and Hooked captured the design perfectly, telling the story in the details on the gorgeous property of Brakefield at Riverwalk along the Catawba River.
The exposed wood farm table, paired with a bold ikat runner from Party Reflections is the perfect nod to Mexico’s unique old world charm architecture. Lily Greenthumb’s helped bring the design to life with the use of gorgeous, highly textured arrangements accented with driftwood and brightly colored glass vases. We absolutely love the use of color in the floral design! To bring a little more personality into the design, they placed fan-styled napkins at each place setting, accented with a mini maraca that held the place card tag.
The menu was inspired by the distinctive flavors of Mexico. Something Classic Catering & Cafés crafted a creative tapas menu that included dishes like Oaxacan street tacos with spiced lamb, pico de gallo, pickled onion, and lim crema, coffee-braise short ribs over grilled Mexican creamed corn in miniature skillets, and layered gazpacho sippers topped with pumpkin seeds. The bar was stocked full of tequila, of course! They created a tequila shooter bar, and a signature drink called refrescante, which was made with watermelon, cucumber, lime, tequila and cilantro. A perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day, don’t you think!
The desert spread included a trio of beautiful cakes from Wow Factor Cakes, drawing inspiration from classic Mexican embroidery and ceramic tiles, as well as traditional Mexican wedding cookies from local Charlotte treasure, Suarez Bakery.
Three Little Birds designed colorful Mexican tile inspired invitation suite and other paper goods – with some flare! The bride wore beautiful and elegant gowns pulled from local Charlotte, North Carolina bridal boutiques Hayden Olivia, Poffie Girls and J Majors Bridal Boutique.
Photography: Smitten and Hooked
Wedding design and styling: Ashley Culicchia Cash of The Graceful Host
Fashion styling: Laurel Bendum of Charlotte Wedding magazine
Produced by: Aleigh Acerni and Kellie Duff of Charlotte Wedding magazine
Shot on location: Brakefield at Riverwalk
Floral design: Lily Greenthumb’s
Catering and cocktails: Something Classic Catering & Cafés
Cakes: Wow Factor Cakes
Mexican cookies: Suarez Bakery
Rentals: Party Reflections of Charlotte
Paper goods: Three Little Birds
Makeup: Casey Nelson of Dollface Skin & Makeup Lounge
Hair: Lindsay Pizzuti of Mirror Bomb Studios
Gowns worn by the bride: Marisa – style 898 from Hayden Olivia Bridal, Intuzuri Augustine from Poffie Girls, Watters Blanca gown from J Major’s Bridal Boutique, Modern Trousseau Marena gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal, & Tadashi Shoji dress from Neiman Marcus.