THIS JAW-DROPPING HISPANIC INSPIRED WEDDING WILL MAKE YOU WANT AN INTIMATE WEDDING
Art, flowers, Hispanic influences and beautiful downtown Charleston landscapes are sure to make you fall in love with Pelham and Gustavo’s wedding.
“The first decision we made about our wedding was that we didn’t feel it was right for us to spend extravagantly on a big, traditional wedding.” Began the Bride.
“With a small wedding, we were able to focus on the intimacy of committing ourselves to each other without feeling overwhelmed by attending to hundreds of guests all evening. We were able to invest in making the day special, and paying attention to detail.” She added.
“We chose to get married in Charleston, SC, where we met 5 years earlier on the set of a TV show. And since we were blessed enough to have a beautiful sun-drenched waterfront apartment at our disposal for the reception, it made perfect sense to get married in the Holy City.”
“There were a few things we refused to skimp on: the photographer was essential. We wanted to make sure we had beautiful photos that would allow us to relive the day for years to come and did our due diligence to find one with an impeccable reputation for professionalism and a beautiful portfolio.”
“We also wanted to be married in a church, and searched for one that mirrored our faith and values. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church had an eclectic history and a reputation for being open and welcoming to all. The smaller, simple interior fit our wedding party perfectly.”
And the champagne? “It had to be good champagne!” Pelham told us as she had learned the value of good bubbly for jovial spirits after living several years in France.
Pelham wanted to honor Gustavo’s Mexican roots and took inspiration from his mother’s love of Frida Kahlo for her wedding day look. The dress, as well as the engagement ring, were both from the Edwardian time period.
“I loved the silhouette of that time period, and the craftsmanship and materials used in my lace tea gown weren’t something that could be duplicated with modern methods.” She explained.
“Gustavo’s family in Mexico City sent the handmade “Pelham y Gustavo” paper decorations that covered the apartment’s ceiling and the papier-mâché Groom and Bride “Catrinas” that topped the wedding cake. Hand-painted name cards imitated the colorful animals represented in Otomi art and the table was bathed in yellow daffodils. Even the cake took its cue from Mexico.”
“The ceremony itself was followed by a carriage ride through the historic streets of Charleston and deposited the wedding party at the reception. Toasts were made, first dances had, and tears flowed over father-daughter and mother-son dances.”
Pelham’s nonagenarian grandparents put everyone to shame foxtrotting to 80’s rock love songs. The bride and groom snuck out onto the dock for a last round of photos before settling down to satiate themselves with a lovely, catered 5 course dinner with closest family. And when everyone was drunk from the day’s events, bride and groom tumbled into a cozy bed at the Bohemian hotel.
Photographer: Diana Deaver Photography | Cake Designer: Tiers of Joy Cakery | Makeup Artist: Allure Salon | Transportation: Classic Carriage Works | Invitation Designer: DPK Invitations | Floral Designer: Frampton’s Flowers | Submitted via Two Bright Lights |