Friday, January 13, 2012

An Irish Mexican Romance {Linda + James}

What a gorgeous and personalized wedding!  It's always fun blending cultures and heritages into the wedding day and especially when the backgrounds (Irish and Mexican) are so fun. Working with Linda was a wonderful experience.  She was a bride who knew what she wanted.  The only thing in question for her wedding day was if the rain was going to hold out. 

Linda chose to hold her wedding reception on the grounds of her father’s residence.   Thanks to Select Event Rentals, we had a beautifully draped tent for the dinner reception just in case the rain decided to rear it’s ugly head.
Fortunately for Linda and James, they awoke to a very warm and sunny Saturday in September.  The bride and her friends had a relaxing morning getting their makeup done by Jordin Winn and their hair styled by Jim Berdine.   Photographer Mark Betlinger of Rodney Bailey Photography was able to capture some amazing getting ready shots of the bride. 

While the bride and her girls were getting ready upstairs, the groom and his guys were taking pictures around the house downstairs.

After the photos were taken, shuttles provided by Atlantic Transportation arrived to bring the bridal party and families to Our Lady of Mercy for the ceremony.  Fabulous videographer Julie Gross of Blue Sky Films captured the arrival of the bridal party and guests at the church.  

Father Monsignor Filardi led the ceremony that incorporated some Mexican traditions in honor of the bride and her family such as the bride and groom wrapped in the rosary lasso. 

After the ceremony, guests arrived at the residence greeted by valet provided by Unipark.  They enjoyed delicious cocktails and appetizers provided by Spilled Milk Catering while listening to the sounds of a mariachi band.   The bride and groom served "The Irish Mexican" as their signature cocktail (includes Kahlua, Tequila and Whiskey)!

Guests then entered the reception tent where the all white wedding reception was reflected in the tent draping, linens (provided by Party Rental), stunning floral decor (provided by Edge Flowers) and candlelight.  The fountain that normally sits in the center of the driveway, became the focal point of the tent, surrounded by tall candles and twinkle lights.  The whole effect was magical!

To help get the party started, the bride and groom had a shooter called the Irish Margarita placed at each placed setting  (includes Tequila, Crème de Menthe and Triple Sec).  The green of the drink looked amazing on the tables! 
Spilled Milk Catering was able to succeed in the challenge of incorporating the bride’s Mexican heritage and the groom’s Irish background in each and every food item that was served throughout the evening.  Some of the items included Corn Beef Quesadillas, Spiced Lamb Shephard's Pie with Cilantro and Guinness Battered Shrimp with Mango Lime Salsa.  Delicious!  After dinner, guests snacked on a candy/dessert buffet. The bride’s mother not only designed the look of the display but also baked some of the items!

The amazing "Broad Sound" kept the guests on the dance floor all night long.  

Thank you to Blue Ribbon Restrooms for the chic portable restroom trailer and to all the vendors that made the wedding spectacular.  Beautiful job! Thanks to Mark and Rodney for letting us share the gorgeous images of the day. Thank you also to my amazing assistants, Sarah and Emily. 
Congratulations Linda and James!