Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding: Stephanie + John

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Mexican fiesta wedding invite | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

We’re starting the week off with a chock full of bright colors and a wedding theme we’ve never quite heard of. As the couple explained, it had a “vintage Mexican fiesta” aesthetic with a “running” presence. See, Stephanie + John are both professional runners, met at a track meet, and wanted to make sure to incorporate their passion for running in a fun but subtle way. Save the Dates were actual race bibs, designed to look like a number you’d wear on your chest during a race, and because theirs was the perfect theme to do bunting, there was in no way a shortage of bunting flags used as decor.

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

bridesmaids dresses | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

bridesmaids clutches | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

colorful bridesmaids | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

groomsmen | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

groom boutonniere | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

flower girls | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

One of my younger brothers played “First Day of My Life” by Brighteyes on the guitar as I walked down the aisle | Our first dance was to “Everlasting Light” by The Black Keys.

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

We knew we wanted a barn to figure in our wedding location, but finding the right one took some time. We really liked one venue, and then a dear friend offered her property for us to use; but then, our planner and photographer found Belle Haven, a private estate outside of Charlottesville that was contemplating becoming an event venue. I went to visit the property and fell head over heels in love with the grand space, beautiful views, and old red barn (from the 1800s!). It was perfectly Southern, magical, and completely unique because it was so new on the wedding scene. We were the very first wedding at Belle Haven and it’s become a very, very special place for us!

Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

They even ran through a “finish line” at the end of their ceremony!

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Vintage Mexican fiesta inspired wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta decor | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta decor | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta decor | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

bride and groom chairs | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta table decor | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta table decor | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta table decor | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

After our portrait session during cocktail hour, we went up to the bridal suite in Belle Haven so I could change into my red dress and flower crown for the reception. Having a moment alone together, in that grand old house, with all our favorite people in the world outside celebrating us, was so powerful. It allowed us to step back, take a look at each other, and soak in what we had just experienced during our ceremony. We shared a drink with Belle Haven’s owner, the wise and magical Jan, and talked about love and Ayn Rand, and philosophy and it was a nice escape from the rush of the day.

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta cake | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Mexican fiesta wedding | photo by Jen Fariello | 100 Layer Cake

Our photographer, Jen Fariello, is one of my best friends. I was a fan of her work for years before I met her, then we began to work in the Charlottesville wedding scene together in 2010. She is unrivaled when it comes to photographic talent and there is no one in the world I would have wanted to be there for us on our special day than her! I would have changed our date a dozen times to accomodate her schedule, but thankfully she was free for our day!

Photographer: Jen Fariello / Videographer: Tom Daly / Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue: Belle Haven / Event Coordination: Shindig / Hair: Lucas Shaffer / Makeup: Jeanne Cusick / Florist: Southern Blooms / Cake: Maliha Creations Cake Toppers: Skunkboy Creatures / Catering: The Rock Barn / Invitation Designer: If So Inklined / Rentals: Festive Fare, Stonegate Event Rentals / Dessert Bar Goodies: Paradox Pastry, One Creative Cookie / Ceremony Music: Wes Swing / Cocktail Hour Musician: Olivarez Trio / Reception DJ: Adam Smith / Tent & Lighting: Skyline Tent Company / Transportation: Camryn Limo / Ditty Bags: Just a Little Ditty / Bride’s Dress: Elaya Vaughn / Reception Dress: Halston Heritage from Rent the Runway / Shoes: Kate Spade / Veil: Twigs & Honey “Unicorn Tail” veil / Reception Flower Crown: Southern Blooms / Necklace & Monogram Ring: Erin McDermott Jewelry / Pearl Bracelet & Earrings: Meg Hannan Designs / Engagement Ring: Sarah Graham / Groom’s Suit: Indochino, Express / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Tie: J.Crew / Wedding Band: Sarah Graham / Bridesmaids: all their own dresses / Accessories: ban.do

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Southern Blooms on Jun 3, 2013

So thrilled to see Stephanie and John's amazing wedding featured here today!

Jen Fariello on Jun 3, 2013

Thank you 100 Layer Cake for featuring Stephanie & John!!!

@RachelFackender on Jun 3, 2013

I spy @fetebysteph on @100LayerCake! :) http://t.co/BVcCR8yZ4q

@sashbuzz on Jun 3, 2013

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@fetebysteph on Jun 3, 2013

Thanks for the love Rachel!! So honored! RT @RachelFackender: I spy @fetebysteph on @100LayerCake! :) http://t.co/9llwQhtxdw

@RubiesAndRibbon on Jun 3, 2013

Wow!! Congrats Steph! --> “@fetebysteph: Oh my goodness!! Thank you @100LayerCake for featuring OUR WEDDING! http://t.co/X6asXuKCXx”

Jenna on Jun 3, 2013

Oh my, that dress is amazing, dare I say, perfection. I love that photo backdrop - wow!

Elizabeth on Jun 3, 2013

That dress!! Cannot find it online... details??!!

Jen Fariello on Jun 3, 2013

The dress was a custom creation by 24 year old Katelyn Pankoke. Her label is Elaya Vaughn http://www.elayavaughn.com/ She was a contestant on Project Runway this spring. She is awesome!

stephanie marie on Jun 3, 2013

Elizabeth-- thanks for your sweet comment!! Jen is right, the dress was a custom creation by Katelyn of Elaya Vaughn (an up-and-coming bridal line out of Chicago). I was lucky enough to meet Katelyn and see her dresses in person on a photoshoot and thankfully she was interested in creating something for me! She has two lines of ready-to-wear wedding dresses and is always up for custom projects :) Definitely check her out!! EVERY part and person in this wedding was a total labour of love-- we were so lucky!!

Jessica {Storyboard Wedding} on Jun 3, 2013

Utterly stunning Steph! I adore how you guys folded your running love into things while keeping everything so incredibly clever & stylish! So so many wonderful details, not to mention gorgeous bridal style girl!! <3

Kristina Juarbe {Thirty Three and a Third} on Jun 4, 2013

Gorgeous wedding!!! Love the colors and all the details!! Stunning couple!

Nona Besio on Jun 4, 2013

I'd personally love to retire in San Raphael, France on the Mediterranean Sea. It is so beautiful! I'd also operate on learning French since incredibly few persons there speak English.

NY Wedding Photographer on Jun 5, 2013

The colors are so wonderful! Love the picture of the bride jumping on the bed.

invicta on Jun 10, 2013

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Christie Rose Events on Jun 16, 2013

Wow, such a vibrant wedding that really showcases their personalities! How wonderful.

Urban Stylz Wedding Photography (Montreal Wedding Photographer) on Jul 27, 2013

Love the styling, very creative! Great set of details also!

The Zoots on Mar 3, 2014

Wow I love all of the colours in this wedding and the handmade table runner!! It looks amazing. Huge congrats to Zabeena + Chris, what a beautiful couple.

Christine on Dec 8, 2014

I love this twist on a fiesta wedding! Super original! <3 And the bride is a stunner!

futuregroom on Feb 14, 2015

where is the grooms jacket from?

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