A Mexican Fiesta makes for such a colourful wedding theme, and this one sure does! I first met Louise and Ross at Mr and Mrs Unique’s Wedding fair, they got in touch afterwards saying they had become obsessed with my photos!! WOW! At their pre wedding shoot they told me about their colourful Mexican Fiesta Wedding ideas, and we all got excited for the wedding. I was super happy to be their photographer and the closer we got to the day, I realised just how fun and loving this couple are. I was just delighted to see them get married and to capture their amazing day. Louise and Ross chose The Cloisters at Letchworth, which is some weird spooky building that was a Masonic Lodge. I could go on about the day and the amazing decor by Rose Designs and the absolutely gorgeous colourful flowers by Lilly Olivia and oh that sweet 50s dress that Louise got from Mooshki and had customised to suit her, and how totally lovely the couple are but reaaaaalllly….well, feast your eyes on the photos and they will tell all. Plus, those of you planning your own day, you can read some of their tips throughout the blog post, so take a read!
Would you like to share your inspiration for your wedding? “Our love of Mexican food, a really good party and how the colours reflect us as individuals and as a couple!! We got a lot of inspiration from RNRB blog and the rest was using our imagination!! We stressed for months over a theme until we watched the film UP, saw all the balloons with bright colours when it occured to us that the colours matched our bright bubbly personalities and then the penny really dropped when we ate a Mexican inspired dinner and decided that a Mexican fiesta was the perfect idea for our big love day!” Louise
Did you do any DIY projects? “Mini maracas! We had many wedding favour ideas, like cacti for everyone, matchstick boxes filled with sweets etc but nothing stood out more than personalised maracas! We ordered decal paper and hand transferred each and then finished them off with a glitter spray for everyone to keep as a happy memory of our wedding day!!” Louise
Is there anything that you did that you think makes your wedding particularly unique, alternative or different? “WE HAD OUR WEDDING ON A WEDNESDAY, everyone partied like it was a Saturday! We chose this day as was our anniversary of getting together and was also the wedding anniversary of my Dad and Step-mum. The support that we received from our friends and family to make the day extra creative and special is something that we will cherish forever! The Cloisters temple room where we got married had dark wood floor, wooden domed ceilings and a frickin black and white carpet in the middle… Also the venue used to be a college for psychology then turned into a Masonic lodge – mental!” Louise
Do you have any funny or significant stories about the day? “Louise’s family re wrote the lyrics to the well known song “Mrs Robinson” to our own custom which was incredible !
What was your biggest expense and why? “Our Photographer. We didn’t mind the expense as Louise is really into Photography and capturing memories. Sharon made us feel so at ease during our Engagement shoot that we couldn’t wait to have her shoot our wedding and meet some of our crazy family!” Ross “
“One of our favourite shots of us is being surrounded by the colours of the smoke grenades that Sharon brought along! What a fantastic surprise – she always thinks outside of the box!!! So unique and fitted in perfectly with our colourful day! Arrrribaaa!
Looking back at our photos, I realised there were many parts of the day that we would have missed. Sharon arrived early at the venue and captured the stunning decorations and table pieces before it was ransacked!
Tears of joy and laughter were shared looking at all the images that Sharon worked so hard on! Mega. So happy to have amazing images captured of our friends and family in their element, dancing and enjoying themselves! Such wonderful memories – what an honour to have met such a splendid, talented human being!” Louise
Tell us something that was low budget but made the day? Ross turned into a savage during the peaceful game of Pinata, bursting past the children and ripping the head off and used his shoe in the end” Louise
How did you manage such an awesome day keeping within budget? “Winning the competition through Rose Designs, our family helping with the baking of all the sweet food! My uncle with the Photobooth, PA system and lighting. My dad and step-mum generously paid for the food on the day. My dress was half price due to there being a rip in the sleeve, which worked perfectly for me as i HATED the sleeves, yay! Ross not being fussy and falling in love with an own brand, sale suit!” Louise
What is the one thing you wish you’d know about planning a wedding before you began? “To chill the fu*k out!!!! Not everything had to be done in 30 seconds of the thought entering my mind.”
Do you have any advice for future brides and grooms? “Take the time to step back from the planning and enjoy the moment. Don’t get caught up in everyone else’s crazy and remember the real reason you are planning this day.” Louise
Venue The Cloisters Barrington Letchworth
Florist Lilly Olivia Flowers
Venue Decor Rose Designs
Brides Gown (customised) Mooshki by Clifford Burr, Ware
Brides shoes Irregular choice
Headpiece Crown and Glory
Bridesmaids dresses Chi Chi London
Cake baked by Mary (Grandma)
Cake decorated by Mary, Ross, Louise, Helen and Jess
Groom’s suit John Lewis
Groom’s shoes Jasper Conran
Bridal hair by Lorenooohlala
Sharon Cooper is a Hertfordshire wedding photographer covering London, Herts and the uk. Sharon provides creative wedding photography, alternative wedding photography and destination weddings. Please feel free to get in touch and tell me your plans. Find Sharon on Google+If you like what you’ve seen, that’s great just contact meget in touch to say hello and tell me your plans, I can’t wait to hear them.