We love surprises, don’t you? Which is why we think it’s so totally cute that Carlos + Laura surprised their guests with ‘La Hora Loca,’ a Latin wedding tradition that revives the party late at night with a Carnaval-esque theme. (Think masks, feather boas, and a conga line… what a hoot!) But even before that big reveal, this pair had us pretty impressed with their DIY invites, hand-painted signage, and romantic brass touches—all captured by Love is a Big Deal.
From the bride: The entire day was amazing, but the ceremony was most meaningful. Our officiant incorporated both English and Spanish into our ceremony, which meant so much to us and our families.
Carlos and I planned everything ourselves. He being an artist, and myself a designer, we transformed our home studio into a “wedding war room,” complete with a chalkboard wall where we mapped out our game plan. Our vision was to create something that captured the spirit of Miami, but was most importantly a natural reflection of ourselves. I designed our stationery along with a bilingual wedding program, place cards, painted table numbers, and various signs.
Prettiest pink florals ever or prettiest pink florals ever?
Congrats Carlos + Laura!
Photographer: Love is a Big Deal / Venue: The Historic Villa Woodbine / Hair: Niurka Mendoza / Makeup: Beth Lindsay from Laura Mercier / Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs / Stationery: La Freedom Studio (the bride) / Cake: Filled and Frosted / Catering: Bill Hansen / DJ: Optimal Sounds / Officiant: Cecilia Johnson / Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller from All Brides Beautiful / Bolero: Alex Bridal / Groom’s Suit: Joseph A. Bank
We love us a good bridal shower activity. (Remember our Amanda’s flower arranging lesson? So much fun.) Well this little shoot from Spindle Photography, Kathleen Cook, and Invision Events was based on the idea of a DIY shibori station. Now what exactly is shibori, you ask? Shibori is an indigo tie dying method originating in Japan. It’s totally stunning, and you can click on over to our DIY section for the tutorial after looking at this shibori-inspired party scene.
That centerpiece just made our jaws drop a little bit! Gorgeous!
Indigo painted macarons, anyone? Yum.
Kelly Cummings from Spindle Photography says, For brides interested in throwing their own shibori party, we recommend following our lead and bringing some extra white cotton items for guests to dye and take home. We opted for onesies and boxers (or “party pants” if you will), to gift to friends and our spouses.
Thanks to everyone below for sharing this beautiful blue shoot with us!
Goods, & Calligraphy: Kelly Cummings from Spindle Photography / Planning & Coordination: Invision Events / Prop and Photo Styling: Kathleen Cook / Florals: Hothouse Design Studio / Macarons: Magic City Macarons / Gold Candelabras: Prop House Birmingham / Pillows, Blue Glassware, & Accessories: West Elm / Dishware, Wine Glasses, Tea Set, & Yellow Throw: Anthropologie / Indigo Hand Lotions & Striped Scarf: Smith’s Variety Store / Shibori Shawl & Sea Salt Candle: A’Mano / White Church Pew: P.E.W.S. / Frou Frou Chic Ribbon & Linen Aprons: Ginny Au
In case this morning’s rehearsal dinner fiesta wasn’t enough, we’ve got more colorful Cinco de Mayo goodness coming your way. Now let us tell you, there’s literally no way you can sit there looking at this shoot from Ben Q. Photography without a big ol’ smile creeping across your face. From the neon invites by Blue Eye Brown Eye to the bright and poppy Bows and Arrows florals to the funfetti layer cake from Cakewalk Bake Shop, there’s just too much fun stuff going on here.
Because three piñatas are better than one!
Yep, definitely pinning that one to our hair board.
And what’s a fiesta without some giant balloons.
Thanks to the talented folks below for sending this shoot our way!
Photographer: Ben Q. Photography / Cinematography: I Do Cinematics / Coordination: After Yes / Venue: 129 Leslie / Hair & Makeup: La Bichette / Flowers: Bows and Arrows / Stationery: Blue Eye Brown Eye / Cake: Cakewalk Bake Shop / Fringe & Tassels: Oil and Cotton / Chevron Runners: Love Dove Wedding Rentals / Linens: BBJ / Balloons: Balloons Everyday / Wardrobe Styling: Kirby Stuart / Dress Designer: Kate Spade / Hair Accessories: ban.do / Models: Meghan and Greg Sadler