Virginia & Eddie's Latin flavored, Dia de los Muertos vow renewal

Updated Oct 12 2015

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The Offbeat Bride: Virginia, Customer Service

Her Offbeat Partner: Eddie, District Manager

Location & date of wedding: San Fernando Valley, CA. The reception was held at The Castaway in Burbank and the ceremony was at the San Fernando Mission Rey De Espana — October 24, 2009

What made our wedding offbeat: After twelve years of being together and nine years of being married we wanted to do something really special for our ten year anniversary.

Dia de los Muertos wedding favor

Our wedding was small and very intimate with a guest list of sixty-five, including our wedding party. We planned the whole thing ourselves.

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We knew we wanted to keep some tradition in our wedding but we added our own twist to everything. My bouquet had a crystal spider. We gave out personalized mini bottles of patron as favors.

wedding rings on bouquet
Day of the Dead wedding favor mini patron bottles

Our cake topper was a Dia de los Muertos couple. I walked down the aisle to a Mariachi playing "I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash.

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My parents helped us pay for some of the wedding but mostly it was just the two of us. My mom did buy me my wedding dress wich was made by Melissa Sweet.

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We saved some cash by having a friend do our video which turned out to be really AMAZING! I found our photographer on craigslist and he turned out really AWESOME! We also saved a bunch on all our flowers by hiring a friend.

bouquet w/feathers & crystal spider

Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was finding music for the church. We both knew we wanted a mariachi and we also knew that I wanted to walk down the aisle to "Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash. This was not an easy task but by some miracle we found a mariachi band that was willing to learn the song just for me. I found the mariachi from a local newspaper.

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What were the most meaningful moments of your wedding? My hubby's uncle is a priest in Mexico and we had wanted really badly for him to marry us and as far as we knew he couldnt make it to the wedding. But on the day of the wedding he surprised us both by showing up at the church, ready to marry us.

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At the reception my husband serenaded me and sang "All Over Again" by Johnny Cash. He had a friend play the guitar. That was a real special moment for me. After being together for twelve years he still manages to surprise me. He took my breath away.

Also having our twelve year old daughter Mia participate in the wedding brought tears to my eyes. She was our Jr. Bridesmaid. Our priest included her in the Lazo Ceremony and she was so very happy to be a part of it.

My advice for other offbeat brides: Take breaks from planning. Planning a wedding can be very overwhelming and it doesnt hurt to take a breather. Go out and enjoy the day with your significant other.

Never forget why you are getting married in the first place. It's not for the linens, venue, flowers etc…

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Only you notice all that's gone wrong — the guests are too busy having fun. If something goes wrong on the day of the wedding just remember that you just got married to the man/woman you LOVE.

Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon

Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?

  • My dress was a Melissa Sweet & I bought it at "The White Dress" I also got my bolero, veil and fascinator from them as well.
  • All my flowers at the ceremony and reception were provided by Romel & Edgar at flowerfairy wings.
  • Linens were by Raquel's Linens
  • Lady Dragon shoes by Vivienne Westwood
  • Invites, programs, placecards, table numbers were by Blue Tulip Design on Etsy.

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!:

  1. I ALMOST went with that dress. All the little details on it are so lovely. It is truly beautiful and you ROCK it sister! Love the bolero as well. Well done and congratulations!

  2. Congratulations! I totally stole your spider idea when I saw it on here before. They are my favourite and I have them all over house, I'd never thought of putting one in my bouquet before tho, love it!!

  3. I lurk on just about every wedding blog on the planet, and I RARELY take the time to coment. However, this weddig was so perfect and wonderful and touching…Wow. It literally gave me chills. Congrats! 🙂

  4. Absolutely my favourite dress featured on OBB! Love the deep red rose bouquets! And loved the shoes!
    Envious in a good way,
    Best of Luck!

  5. You were a lovely bride in a fantastic outfit – and what a sweet touch having your daughter included in the lazo! Great job 😀 By the way, that car was FIERCE.

  6. yes yes yes!!! johnny cash at a wedding! i love it! that dress on you is outstanding. what a great wedding!

  7. I saw that dress on the cover of a Brides magazine in my salon before I was even engaged, and I've been obsessed with it ever since. It's sadly out of my price range, but I'm glad SOMEONE gets to wear it, especially a fellow obm/obb! I really like the whole "50s with a dash of Latin" feel of this wedding. Congrats/happy anniversary!

  8. Could you please tell me where you found the bottles of Patron? I would love to do that for our rehearsal dinner

  9. I remember seeing your walk the line poster on OBT and being excited to see the wedding photos, I now feel it's even more beautiful that I could have imagined.
    I love that you renewed your vows for your 10th anniversary and that your daughter got to be included in your wedding.

    Here's to another 10 (at least!)

  10. Perfect, perfect, perfect! I love the infusion of your Latin heritage, and how you made this ceremony so uniquely yours. And your cake is AWESOME. I hope our 10-year renewal of vows turns out as well!

  11. love love love this!!! the pics are gorgeous! i love how you did offbeat catholic wedding. gives me hope that i don't have to be cookie cutter when the time comes. =))

  12. What a beautiful wedding, Virginia! I love every detail especially the personlized patron lables…We are doing a destination wedding in Mexico and I have a similar idea for my save the dates…I'm sending boxes with mini bottles of Patron and was wondering how/where you got the lables done?? Thanks so much!

  13. I had spare time while doing laundry today, and of course that's the best time to check OBB! This wedding was under the header and I squee'd when I saw the title, and laughed when I realized I used to work with the groom. I'm sure this was one super fun wedding to be at!

  14. Are the additional photos for this wedding still available to be seen!? I really would like to see more! pleeeeeaaaase!

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