Alexis and Jason really wanted to have a wedding that reflected their casual, fun-loving personalities. With only four months of planning months, they quickly decided that their dream wedding would include tacos, a pinata, a paper airplane exit, lots of warm colors, and a whole lot of fun. Alexis begin her DIY adventure , to read more on her planning process see below.
From The Bride On her planning process
From the minute we were engaged Jason and I knew that we really wanted our wedding to reflect our casual, fun-loving personalities. With Jason being from the West Coast and myself growing up in the South, we also definitely wanted our wedding to have a taste of both places. Somehow this California-Tennessee combination inspired what we called our vintage Mexican fiesta wedding! We both are creative people (Jason is a photographer and I’m a graphic designer) so we immediately had tons of ideas for making our wedding unique, memorable and totally US. With only 4 months to plan we quickly decided that our dream wedding would include tacos, a pinata, a paper airplane exit, lots of warm colors, and a whole lot of fun. After searching high and low for a rustic barn to no avail, we found Traveler’s Rest, a beautiful historic plantation with an updated barn on the grounds. Perfect!
It didn’t take long for our vintage Mexican fiesta theme to take place. So many parts of this wedding were DIY. We even took across the border to find decorations and inspiration! I quickly went to work designing the save-the-date postcards and then the invitations–both inspired by Mexican folk art. We wanted everything about the ceremony and reception to feel comfortable and fun, and we especially wanted to create a lot of personal touches. Using red and yellow as our main colors, we went to work making flower balls out of fabric, triangle flags strung together on twine, a cupcake stand covered in a yellow vintage-inspired paper and handwritten signs to hang on the bride and groom chairs. I found a beautiful old table cloth to drape over our outdoor picnic table and filled mason jars with red and yellow ranunculuses and lots of green stems to keep everything looking like they were picked fresh from the garden.
And then the real fun began! We held the ceremony on the plantation grounds under an old magnolia tree. Our bridesmaids wore red dresses they each picked out on their own, and the groomsmen looked sharp in their black suits and red ties. The reception was held at the barn with red, buttercup and ivory lanterns glowing over head. Our beautiful and delicious Mexican chocolate and coconut cupcakes were made from scratch by my sister-in-law and the taco bar was catered by a burrito shop, the local favorite for its fruit tea and pineapple salsa. The best part of it all was watching everyone come together and have a great time. The corner photo booth was constantly crammed full of guests making silly faces while wearing goofy hats and crazy oversized sunglasses. We danced. We laughed. We drank margaritas. In the end it really couldn’t have been any more uniquely us.
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Venue: Traveler’s Rest Plantation, Nashville, TN
Day-of Coordinator: Simply Stunning Events
Dress: WTOO Brides by Watters
Makeup: Sally Freeman
Invitations: Alexis Goodman at The Visual Republic
Bridal Bouquet and Boutonnieres: Village Flowers
Catering: Blue Coast Burrito
Photobooth: RedEye Photobooth