September 29 2011 Thursday at 05:00 AM

Real Weddings: Destination, Mexico!

In the spirit of all things wedding (or perhaps simply because I’m a hopeless romantic!?) we’re starting a project to feature actual weddings of bride and grooms we’ve had the pleasure of working with at Peacock Invitations. What better way to showcase the variety of atmospheric themes P.I. helps to create? And to share some inspiration with other brides in the midst of planning their big days.
We'll call this series "Real Weddings"...

For our first “Real Weddings” post, we get to peek into the grand Mexican affair of Kerstin Recker and Lucien Alexandre’s wedding. Though she grew up in the Midwest and he between New York City and Miami, when it came to the wedding day of their dreams, it was inspired by their love of Salsa and affinity for Mexico. The peacock twist came literally in a dream Kerstin had after she fell into a frustrated sleep while trying to decide what to do for her wedding’s theme. She woke up, googled peacock invitations, and found us! How great is that?!  She chose our passport peacock-themed invitation since their wedding would have a Mexican destination, and because of she and her soon-to-be husband’s interest in world travel (They even spent the first 5 months of their married lives travelling around the world! Some of their travel stops included Argentina, France,Tanzania, The United Arab Emirates, and Cambodia. You can check out their travel blog for details…

When it comes to the details of her bridal attire on the big day, Kerstin knew a few things for certain: she wanted soft makeup, a unique and “beachy” hairstyle, and a sapphire necklace from designer Elisa Ilana to complement her wedding ring. The dress, though, was  not so easily decided on. “I had no idea what I wanted,” Kerstin recalls. “I wasn't the girl who dreamed about a wedding my entire life.”  She was fortunate to work with an excellent sales assistant at RK Bridal in NYC, and found what became the perfect dress— “a strapless, mermaid, lace dress with a little bit of a flamenco flare.”  With a few cosmetic alterations, like removing the back buttons and replacing it with a corset tie-up, Kerstin made the dress her own.

 

After 5 months of wedding planning, the Mexican seaside affair changed venue at the last minute due to rain! But the planned-for atmosphere was retained in the little touches—peacock feathers slipped in with the deep purple and white calla lily arrangements, and hand-painted maracas for unique and festive wedding favors. The day before the wedding, the Bride and Groom got to spend quality time with their guests by taking them to Tulum, the ruins of an ancient Mayan walled-city on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Kerstin’s advice to other bride’s looking toward their wedding day? “Follow your heart. Don't let anyone steer you towards something you don’t want. But don’t get overly obsessed with every single detail. You need to enjoy the ride a little bit.”  In the end, Kerstin and Lucien’s special day was a perfect (and beautiful-- just check out the stunning photos!) example of “enjoying the ride"...

Photography by: Alberto Aldano of Claudia Rodriguez's team at Claudio Photo Studio