Embroidered Wedding Dress with Mexican Flair
Mariana in Hemp
A Real Wedding Story
Gabriela ordered a custom-made Mariana gown and wanted it to be an embroidered wedding dress.
As the manager of a non-profit, fair trade store called Ten Thousand Villages, she was inspired by the folk art she sees everyday. She asked that her embroidered wedding dress have the vivid, bold colors represented in Mexican and Latin American folk art: bright reds, blues, oranges, and yellows.
Braden, under contract to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, proposed while on a road trip through Colorado down to New Mexico.
Gabriela said, “He proposed on the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge. It was awesome! There was a thunderstorm rolling in and the view of the Gorge and the mountains was unreal.”
The Wedding Venue
“Our wedding was supposed to be outside in the Sandhills of Nebraska (where I spent much of my childhood), near the Niobrara River. We had planned to have our ceremony totally outside on this really pretty, grassy area of the farm between two really big trees. It had been raining and storming off and on all day, and we had to move our ceremony into the tent we rented last minute. It was raining up until the ceremony, but when we walked out of the house to walk down the ‘aisle’, the sun came out, and it was absolutely magical. Everything was bathed in this beautiful glow.”
“We ordered our flowers, and my Mom sort of headed the arrangement assembly line. A lot of us helped out, and it’s a lovely memory for me. We were gathered around a picnic table in the sun (the day before the wedding), and everyone was taking all these vintage containers–bottles, cans, etc.–and filling them with the wildflowers I’d ordered. They turned out stunning!”
About the ceremony: “We created the ceremony ourselves after lots of research on rituals/readings, etc. We borrowed lots of elements from things we read and put our own spin on it all. Our whole wedding party joined in at the end to help us wrap things up with a song! We were all dancing and laughing.”
Something unique: “We also had a henna tattoo artist at the wedding, and this was so much fun for our guests! Everyone lined up to get their tattoos, and she decked them out with awesome glitter, so it was awesome to see everyone sparkling and showing off their henna.”
All About the Food!
“We went for a sort of BBQ picnic/Nebraska sort of fare. We had pulled pork, vegetarian lasagna, Italian marinated chicken, grilled red potatoes, asparagus and corn casserole. The food was all done by good friends of ours and it was so delicious!!”
“We had a dessert buffet! We had a baker make us piranha plant cupcakes (from Mario Brothers) and also a champagne flavored cake with a custom made cake topper to look like the High Life girl in the moon! Braden collects antique/vintage high life memorabilia and we both love beer so it was perfect. We also ordered baklava from a small restaurant in Lincoln and it was so tasty! My Mom and I planned out and made the rest of the desserts including chocolate cinnamon moon pies, Nutella coconut bonbons and jello cookies!”
“We had a bonfire later in the night and lots of guests whipped out their guitars for a jam session (including my Dad and brother).”
“We also had karaoke going and as we tipped back more spirits, we sang so many songs and had a blast! 🙂 We wanted our wedding to have lots of different elements so that there was something that appealed to everyone. All we wanted was for everyone to have a great time! In the evening everyone had a BLAST frolicking around with sparklers and fireworks.”
Gabby comments on her embroidered wedding dress:
“My dress was so awesome, and I have been showered with compliments on it. It fit right in to my personality and how we wanted the wedding to be–bright, cheery, lively, and loud! 🙂 “