Eva & Jesus' Mexico wedding with bonus arcade fun #Real Weddings: Global#catholic#christian#couples of color#fall weddings#mexico March 6 2015 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by: Lullaby Photo & Video Photos by Lullaby Photo & Video The Offbeat Bride: Eva Her offbeat partner: Jesus, Graphic Designer & Gamer Date and location of wedding: La Hacienda Real, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, México — September 15, 2011 Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Jesus and I were on a strict budget, yet we managed to get create a pretty nice wedding. We got legally married a few weeks before the party at my mom's house, where we had a small cozy dinner with close friends and family. For the religious ceremony and the party later, I tried to DIY everything I could — I made my headband, the boutonnieres, the container for envelopes, my garter, the favors for the church service, the decorations for the car, and the headpiece for the legal wedding. I tried to save money on items I knew I would never use again like the lazo and arras and traditional items used in a Catholic wedding, since we did it pretty much to make our families happy and it wasn't that big of a deal to us. I bought as much as I could from eBay, flameless candles for the tables, and my dress for the legal wedding. Tell us about the ceremony: We had a traditional Catholic ceremony officiated by a long-time priest friend of my dad's. I skipped the decoration in the church (which saved me a ton of money), but we did use the lazo (cord) which symbolize the unbreakable bond between the couple, and 13 arras (coins) as a promise to share and care for the material goods from now on together. Our biggest challenge: Both families wanted to invite half of the world to the wedding. We did stand firmly that if they wanted to invite the "close friend of the second cousin's aunt" they needed to help financially, and so my mother-in-law did. My funniest moment: I loved our photos! We went to a retro-themed restaurant/arcade, and I rode the moto arcades. The management was nice enough to let us in the human-size crane game, too. Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? Photography: Lullaby Photo & Video Dress: Casa Iza Novias Shoes: eBay Venue: La Hacienda Real Bouquet: Mayrosse Floreria Ramos Monterrey Photo Location: Incredible Pizza Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS How we worded the invitations for our crowdsourced wedding NEXT Brown shoes for your sepia-tinged wedding day Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Those arcade photos are super fun. You guys look like you had a blast! Reply Those heels are completely adorable! All of the photos radiate fun and love-congrats! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.