Inspiration for your road to the altar

Real Wedding – Mexico City

September 16, 2009

Dana Cordova is a talented graphic designer from Boston, who married her husband Raul in a traditional wedding in Mexico City to honor his culture and heritage. She was kind enough to send along a few pictures of the wedding and her amazing stationery designs, as well give some advice to all of you planning a destination wedding. You’ll find her advice below (and definitely go check out her work, her use of color is inspiring) – thanks, Dana! {Photos by Rodrigo Cassou}

My advice to those planning a destination wedding on a budget (i.e. no planner) is to choose a really gorgeous place that won’t need a lot of decoration so that you have less to do from a far. I couldn’t keep calling the restaurant to discuss linens and cocktail napkins, and I couldn’t bring much with me and shipping was expensive. So the small gift bags and favors we did have we got there at local markets the week prior.

I think more than anything one should pour their energy into helping your guests to really enjoy the trip and it make just as much about the journey as it is about your wedding. I spent nearly a year and half compiling my virtual guide (the free blog platform is great for this) that included descriptions of neighborhoods, attractions, restaurants, clubs, bars and practical info about getting around and safety. The greatest joy for me was hearing that people used my guide (also in printed form in everyone’s gift bag) and that they did a lot of site seeing all around the city—every afternoon we’d sit in the hotel bar or around the pool and people would say how they did this and saw that, and thanks for the tip on the restaurant and you were right that little neighborhood was great. And they all said they would have had no idea where to start without it in such a big and crazy city! I think people really appreciated our efforts and enjoyed themselves so much more—and hopefully felt like the journey was worth it!


It’s been awhile since there has been a black, white and green wedding on the blog! This one was sent to me from Chanda from My Creative Invitations, who is responsible for all of the stationery you see throughout the post.
I’ve never seen this particular damask fabric before, but I really like it. I am also really intrigued by the black silk linens – I would have never though to use all black but when you mix it in with the pattern it seems to work.
What do you all think? Would you brave some black linens in the name of executing your design? Thanks for sending this my way, Chanda!

Welcome back to Part Two of Mandy and Michael’s Texas wedding! After the ceremony was over, the bridal party went to take pictures at the theater where the couple met at an audition in 2002. Mandy created all of the centerpieces herself, made up of white hydrangeas:
The couple gave away Dublin Dr. Pepper as favors, which is a Texas staple and made from the original recipe with Imperial Cane Sugar. The monograms on the favors were created by Delovely Designs.
Italian cookies in honor of Michael’s family (yum):
And finally, the DIY cupcake stand! Mandy’s parents purchased damask boxes on sale from Hobby Lobby and used spray pained PVC pipe to stack them together. The gnome made his appearance near the cupcakes…
For their departure, Mandy made paper cones and put petals in each of them for guests to toss.
Thank you so much for sharing, Mandy and Michael! If you’re interested in submitting your wedding to be featured on With This Ring, just send me an email with the subject “Real Weddings.”