Vrinda + Jason’s Vintage Mexican Wedding

Vintage Mexican Wedding

Bride Vrinda came to us with a desire for a vintage inspired, Mexican culture infused wedding at her and fiance Jason’s incredible property in the Santa Cruz mountains. We were all in with her vision, and looked forward to creating a beautiful, yet economical, wedding day for them.

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From the very beginning, this wedding was practically a 24/7 obsession bringing details to life. With a conservative budget, we knew that many of the “wow” factors for this wedding would need to come from DIY or other handcrafted elements.

ISO: Mexican Wedding Caterer

First on the list was to find the perfect authentic Mexican caterer. Lucky for us, Casa Vicky’s Restaurant in San Jose has been a consistent resource for great food and professional presentation.We worked alongside Jason and Vrinda to and the team at Casa Vicky’s to cultivate a diverse menu with plenty of vegetarian options.

Santa Cruz Wedding Photographer

Next was the perfect photographer to capture the details of the day. Vrinda had a great experience with Devi Pride Photography, who photographed her sister’s wedding. Boy did Devi deliver! She was easy to work with and went above and beyond on the day of (I even caught her on the floor of the Jason and Vrinda’s house almost an hour after I thought she had left for the day, working on the perfect ring shot inside of Vrinda’s gorgeous bouquet).

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Vrinda has established herself as a top expert on online marketing and lead conversion, with a lot of experience hosting her own events. It was through our mutual friend Leonard Ybarra of Music Plus Events that we were connected in the first place, so of course he was the best fit to keep Jason and Vrinda’s guests rocking on the dance floor all night long. His clean presentation and upbeat personality added a great energy to the evening.

Vintage Mexican Wedding Decor

Finally it was time to get to the fun stuff- the design! Jason and Vrinda’s mountain property is as stunning as can be. The property’s whimsical and organic elements made fusing together the soft, vintage cultural vibe of Vrinda’s vision both fun and innovative. Sassy Diva Designs did an incredible job bringing together the vibrant color palette with wow-factor blooms in our MIRA Private Collection authentic Mexican vases.

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The Stuart Rental Company was the main supplier of our rental needs, including the handsome farm tables used for the head table. All of these vendors, along with specialty vendors for details such as papel picadopaper flowers, and mariachi came together for a beautiful and unique vintage Mexican wedding.

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Wishing these two many years of happiness!

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Vendor Team

Wedding Coordination + Design, Vintage Mexican Vases: MIRA Events + Design

Catering: Casa Vicky’s Restaurant

Photography/Videography: Devi Pride Photography

Florals: Sassy Diva Designs

Rentals: Stuart Rentals

Dessert: Jen’s Cakes

Papel Picado: Amols.com

Paper Flowers: Backdrop Paper Flowers

Mariachi: Trio Sol de Mexico

 

Chandana + Imran Part 1

We love our clients. All of them. We adore each and every event that crosses our path. Every once in a while, we get to be a part of something just a little extra special. How so? Let’s check the numbers:

  • 3: The number of days this wedding spectacular spanned
  • 6: The number of different wedding related events that occurred in that time-frame
  • 5: Number of venues we worked at over the course of this weekend
  • 27: Number of vendors hired for all events
  • 1,000: Linear feet of marigolds used throughout the design
  • 9: Number of outfits worn by the bride

The result of these numbers, combined with the incredible amounts of time and energy spent by all invested parties, was SO spectacular, we couldn’t fit it all in one blog post.

Let’s start in the beginning…

Chandana and Imran come from two very different backgrounds. Chandana’s family are Hindu South Indian, and Imran’s family hails from Bengladesh. Together, they wanted to create a fusion wedding experience that would honor both of their cultures while allowing guests to bask in free-flowing opulence.

After a “low key” Mehendi on Friday evening, guests were invited to the first “party” of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. The groom’s parent’s house was decked to the nines to celebrate not just one but two important cultural events.

First, the Gaye Holud ceremony and rituals took place. After a short ceremony, 350 of the couple’s closest friends and family lined up for over an hour to paint the couple in yellow turmeric and feed them sweets.

For this event, we wanted to honor the traditional colors of the Holud by integrating lots of yellow with warm orange and red tones. Since the event was being held in the groom’s parent’s backyard, there was an inclination to pull a certain whimsical flair out with the design. We accomplished this by creating distinct vignettes with paper lanterns and marigold garlands all over the backyard. For the stage, we erected a four post mandap-type structure draped with an old saree, marigold garlands, and you guessed it- more paper lanterns. The effect was fun, whimsical, a touch of rustic, and most importantly, bright.

The amazing Chef Ranjan of New Delhi Restaurant  did an excellent job preparing a delicious traditional and fusion menu for guests to enjoy. Eclectic seating options and a sprawling floorplan allowed for guests to mingle naturally with each other before and after presenting their gifts and turmeric to the couple. MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0014 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0016 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0018 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0019 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0020 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0021 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0023 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0028 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0030 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0033 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0042

 

Later in the evening, guests were guided to the tennis court for the Sangeeth. which was lit like a rooftop club. With the SFO lights twinkling in the background, performers and guests alike danced their hearts out on a large LED dance floor provided by Gatsby Entertainment.

 

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Up next, the gorgeous ceremony!

Venue: Private Residence

Caterer: New Delhi Restaurant

Rentals: Stuart Rentals (stage, pipe and drape, chairs, tables, and Gaye Holud linens), Bright Event Rentals (lounge furniture), La Tavola Fine Linens (Sangeet linens)

Flowers, Event Design, Paper Lanterns: MIRA Events + Design

Photography: MP Singh Photography

Lighting, DJ, LED Dance Floor and Entertainment: Gatsby Entertainment

Videography: Filmtwist Productions

Our Top 5 Lake Tahoe Venues

As MIRA Events + Design expands our clientele, we have been able to see and experience beautiful new locations for the ultimate event. We’ve grown from local weddings in the Bay Area to events in Napa County, Southern California, and even out of state.

Each new venue that we experience unveils new inspirations and ideas. An area that we have grown very fondly of is Lake Tahoe. Couples from all over make the trip to Tahoe to create and bring to life their unique vision. With such a stunning canvas of forest, mountains, and of course the beautifully blue lake, Tahoe is a great choice for a destination wedding. Here are our top 5 venues for Tahoe:

#5 – Granlibbaken

The Granlibakken is located less than mile from Lake Tahoe, with gorgeous scenery and outdoor and indoor reception spaces. The lodge is decorated with warm wood and a massive stone fireplace that gives off just the right amount of coziness! Our favorite room is the Mountain Ballroom, with 16-foot ceilings and its own outdoor deck.
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#4 – Northstar Weddings

Oh, how we love Northstar. This gorgeous ski lodge is also a great place for events. With private firepits, Gondola rides for guests, and transportation, Northstar always has something to do. The amazing view is a given.
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#3 – The HideOut

Are you looking for a secluded and unique space? Then the HideOut might be best for you. The elaborate main lodge on the property is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest, rivers, a private lake and Tahoe mountains. With such freedom and room aside from usual ceremony spaces, The HideOut is a great canvas for the event of your dreams.

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#2 – East Fork Ranch

Mountain views lay out this beautiful scene. East Fork Ranch is a new Lake Tahoe venue on 44 acres. This is a perfect location for a secluded yet open space for a wedding! Find more info about East Fork Ranch here.

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#1 – Twenty Mile House

Our #1 spot goes to one of our all-time favorite places for a great event – The Twenty Mile House. This former historic stagecoach stop offers 200 acres of stunning, quaint and secluded event space. With rivers, beautiful gardens, private river access, and a gorgeous venue space, this is the Lake Tahoe wedding dream come true. The possibilities to creating your own unique event here are limitless!

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*All pictures are from venue websites.

Pantone Colors of 2015 for Spring

Dreamers its that time of year again. Pantone has released their Pantone Colors of 2015 for Spring! I like to make little bets with my colleagues about which colors will debut and trend for the coming year. I must say, I was not entirely correct with this one (I said somewhere in the Pink family, envisioning more of a blush toned pink), effectively ending my 2 year streak with the call of Emerald Green and Radiant Orchid Purple. I am now out $20.

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Nonetheless, I am really excited with the selections for 2015. Color trends are so much fun because they are interpreted so many different ways by brides, hosts, and designers. To get the creativity flowing, I have compiled a few mood boards with some of our favorite details inspired by the Pantone Colors of 2015 for Spring.

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marsala strawberry ice and tangerine mood board

aquamarine custard and glacier gray mood board

**All images are either property of MIRA or from our Pinterest boards. Go to the images for original links and give props to the creative minds behind them!**

The COLOR Bride

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Not all who wander are lost….

We have done roughly 35 wedding here at Divine Affairs since starting the business in 2008. We have graced beautiful ballrooms with purple and diamonds, structured expansive grassy fields with rustic furniture, and set banquet halls ablaze with elements of fiery red. However, we have never had an event quite like Natalia and Anup’s COLORful cross-cultural wedding celebration.

I should have know this event would be like no other when I asked what colors our beautiful bride would like to see on her wedding day.

“All of them!”

…alright then. Let’s do this!

We set to work on finding ways to incorporate as many vibrant colors into this backyard wedding design as possible. There were many, many elements to consider as we needed to incorporate Natalia’s Catholic Mexican heritage as well as Anup’s South Indian Hindu heritage. After many hours of piecing together various COLORFUL elements, we ended up with a design that was truly unique, handcrafted, and most of all, full of vivacious color.

Guests entered the backyard and were directed down a dirt path strung with nearly 100 paper lanterns. This path led them down to the bottom of the backyard, where they were able to mingle and grab some appetizers and drinks before the ceremonies began. This same area served purpose again during the intermission between ceremonies.

Watching the two ceremonies laden with traditions originating from two ancient cultures brought me to appreciate the university of love. Different ways of acknowledging love, different ways of celebrating love, different ways of consecrating love.. but in the end my beautiful couple were still standing side by side as husband and wife. I think this is why we love doing fusion weddings. Different paths to the altar, but the end result is the same. Such a beautiful statement of universal love.

After the ceremonies, guests were invited back down for cocktails and passed apps while we moved the chairs from ceremony to the long, expansive dining tables. These tables were truly unique. From the Mexican oil-cloth runners to the dozens of cultural tchotchkes and bud vases that filled them, these tables were the perfect element of representation for this multi-cultural COLORFUL affair.

After eating their fill of delicious Mexican food from local restaurant Casa Vicky’s, guests enjoyed a rocking selection of songs performed by the high-energy Kick Back Band and danced underneath illuminated string lights and lanterns by Envision Entertainment.

Yes Los Gatos was alive that gorgeous July night. Alive with booming music, vivacious energy, and enough COLOR to make a rainbow jealous. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Vasudev- may your lives together be as colorful as your wedding day, and just as full of love!

For more photos from this bright backyard affair, please see our Facebook or Pinterest pages.