“Mexican Fries” – A beautiful Mexican Wedding collaborative styled shoot

Today I am thrilled to share a beautiful styled shoot with some incredible Mexican wedding inspiration.

This shoot was a labour of love for Australian Photographer Jason Tey,  and a collaboration between stylist Maeline from Wedding Day Flair and Olivia at Olive Farm Designs along with a host of West Australian wedding vendors.

The shoot was held in Melville Rose Nursery in Carmel.

 

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The shoot was inspired by the love story of Jasons little brother Victor and his wife Elizabeth and was built around the concept of what their wedding could have been had they gotten married today.

Jason and his family could not attend the couples Wedding as they married quickly but attended the wedding via ‘Skype’.

Jason shared the couples romantic story with a number of wedding vendors and they all wanted to be a part of recreating the day as a visually inspiring style shoot .

The result was really far beyond the teams expectations and they  created something quite special.

 

Jason tells Victor and Elizabeths story…

 

“A few years ago Victor took a year off after finishing University to ponder the future and “figure out life”.

“He was granted a 1 year work visa in the US so he decided Tempe, Arizona would be the destination as he had contacts at a church there.”

“Victor always told me he wanted to find a wife and start a family as soon as possible but nobody at home (Perth, Australia) seemed to fit right.”

“Before leaving he said to me “maybe I’ll find her in the US?”

“I told him he’d probably be back in a year…”

 

“Pretty soon Victor found himself a job selling I.T. equipment at Fry’s Electronics and after 6 months he told me that I was probably right and that he hadn’t met any suitable single ladies. So the plan was to finish the year and head back home.”

“Elizabeth had been working at the carousel in the Tempe Shopping Mall for 3 years… she was quite young (20) and worked hard to put herself through school as she didn’t want to be in the same situation as her sisters (single mothers).”

 

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“Elizabeth’s parents brought her over the border from Mexico when she was very young and they decided not to return.”

“As the years ticked by, she wondered whether working at the shopping center was what her life would amount to…”

“One day whilst on his lunch break, Victor noticed Elizabeth so he strolls on over, introduces himself and invites her to go bowling with his church friends.”

“She thinks it’s a little odd but seeing that it’s a different approach to the guys who normally speak to her she agrees to go along.”

“He asks her to join him for an iced tea but she couldn’t leave the carousel.”

“Victor would say “since you can’t join me for a drink, I’ll bring the drinks to you.”

“So every day for two weeks Victor visits her at the merry go round during his lunch breaks and brings her a drink, sometimes iced tea, sometimes milkshakes.”

“They meet up after work every day and talk for hours… about values, about life, about religion, about the future. He tells her that he wasn’t looking for a date but the right woman to marry.”

“Two weeks after meeting Elizabeth, Victor calls me and says…”Jason… I think I’ve found her! The girl I want to marry… she has been here all the time in Tempe!”

“Victor’s direct approach seems a little too much too soon and Elizabeth tells him “I don’t think this is going to work out” which is quite devastating.”

“However he persists for weeks and weeks and as his presence in her life starts to become familiarity, the thought of marrying a boy from a faraway land becomes less and less of a crazy idea to her.”

“6 weeks after meeting Elizabeth, they get married in a humble outdoor ceremony surrounded by friends and family… Food is catered by a local Mexican restaurant.”

“And so our shoot is called “Mexican Fries”… which is based on the events after they are married.”

 

“Victor wanted to bring Elizabeth back to Australia but she didn’t have a US passport and couldn’t get one so the only way they can legally return is if they travel back over the border to Mexico.”

“This choice was so difficult for Elizabeth because it means she will be banned from returning to see her family for 10 years.”

“They travelled to Santa Catarina Mexico with a few bags and little else…”

“They rented a cheap house and shared a single mattress on the floor with sleeping bags as their blankets.”

“Victor tried to find a job so they can survive but since he can’t speak Spanish, nobody will employ him.”

“Elizabeth also found out she was pregnant so it was difficult for her to find a job as well.”

 

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“However Victor notices that nobody seems to be selling fries at the markets so he Googles “how to make the perfect fries” and decides to sell them in little paper boats.”

“It’s not an easy job… and carrying 15kg of potatoes on the bus is pretty hard but they had to make ends meet.”

“But with hard work by the time they leave, Victor’s fries stall has evolved into quite a thriving business!”

 

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“What was originally planned as a 3 month stay turns into a year and Elizabeth gives birth to baby Simon in their home in Mexico with the help of a midwife.”

 

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“One year after they arrive in Santa Catarina, Elizabeth is granted her visa and they’re on their way home to Australia.”

“They are now settled back in Sydney with TWO lovely little boys..”

 

The amazing collaborative team now shares their part in bringing together the shoot concept and look….

 

The Details – {Event Styling and Creative Director} – By Maeline from Wedding Day Flair

“My vision was to re-create a wedding the couple never had in Australia by truly representing their culture and love journey and to share their story with family and friends.”

“I chose vintage tables and chairs (from Her Handpicked Harvest) because it added warmth and character to the whole design.”

“I personally custom made the dinner table overlay with red, green and yellow spray paint over a hessian fabric!”

“Flowers that adorn the dining table, side tables and bridal bouquet were provided by Flower Opera and included: Water lilies, Gladioli, Asters, Succulents, Prickly Pear and Cacti.”

“Using white tissue paper and white ribbons, I hand-cut the Mexican Papel Picado flags for our cake and dessert table as well as our tea and fries table.”

“Last but not least, I spray painted a small horse for table display, as it represented where the couple first met at the carousel filled with gold and colorful horses!”

“For the hot fries and tea table, we envisioned this table to have sweet red tea (from The Seventh Duchess), representing the tea Victor brought to Elizabeth at the carousel.”

“This table also had hand-made paper cones containing hand-cut fries, representing their journey in Mexico and struggles in making a living to support themselves!”

“The travel luggage in the floor was an added touch, to represent their journey home.”

“For more on the detailed decor for this table, we used succulents, fresh limes, lemons, chillies and sea salt for the hot fries!”

George and Gina Designs helped us create beautiful stationary tags and signs in Mexican for our drinks and fries!”

“They also created invitations, place cards, menus and table numbers based off information from the actual invitations and menus at Victor and Elizabeth’s wedding.”

“With our dessert table, Cupcake Cravers created a 3-tier classic vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream covered in coconut shavings and handmade sugar succulents!”

“Being summer in Australia, we decided to include Ice lollies from Paleta as treats, which added lots of flavour and colour to the table!”

 

{Creative Director and Accessories for the Bride and Groom} – By Olivia from Olive Farm Designs

“One key element that I wanted to achieve with the overall look of the bride & groom was to use nontraditional styles that were reflective of the laid back nature of the real couple but still had the sense of romance & whimsy.”

“I worked with the wardrobe styling team & everything was chosen & designed around that concept.”

“Instead of the traditional suit we opted for a formal fitted white shirt & used a black knitted square end tie.”

“Red was the prominent colour on the mood board & rather than featuring it on the actual dress I decided to only have pops of red on the bride such as the lip, the shoes and the headpiece; to showcase the colour without being over the top.”

“When it came to the Wedding dress I knew we needed to go short for a more relaxed feel however we kept it romantic by using lace & a low back for a bit of drama (more on the dress from the designer below).”

“In keeping with the relaxed feel of the couple, I chose red ballet flats instead of heels for the shoes & created flower lace shoe clips to tie the whole look together.”

“Bridal Headpiece – This piece consists of 2 blooms which were created from hand dyed petals in silk organza & silk satin.”

“The petals were individually hand pressed with old school millinery tools & were hand sewed together.”

“Vintage millinery leaves & black tip pearl stamens completes the piece.”

“Shoe Clips – lace flower motifs were added to shoe clips to soften the red of the shoes & give it a more whimsical feel.”

 

{Dress} – Linda from No. 9 Bridal Couture

No. 9 Bridal Couture was the national winner in the Best Wedding Dress Designer category at last year’s prestigious Wedding Industry Awards in the UK. Linda recently relocated to Australia and the dress supplied was a custom creation for this shoot.

Linda says “The dress was made using an ivory, English lace over vanilla coloured pure silk taffeta.”

“The bottom of the gown was tiered using the scallop edge of the lace to give a Hispanic edge to the design while the flowing sleeve incorporated a 70’s vibe.”

 

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Thank you so much to Jason for allowing me to share his extraordinary photography, the gorgeous work of the collaborative team and such a wonderful romantic love story.

This pretty mexican wedding inspired shoot with its vibrant colours is conceptually outstanding, and the  exquisite details perfectly encapsulate mexican culture with a myriad of inspiration for couples to create their own special day.

 

Shoot Credits

Photography – Jason from Jason Tey Photography

Venue – Melville Rose Nursery – Carmel

Stylist & creative director – Maeline from Wedding Day Flair

Bridal Accessories & creative director – Olivia from Olive Farm Designs

Wedding gown – Linda from No 9 Bridal Couture

Groom Attire – Tim from Poplin & Panache

Jewelry – Anita from Mosquita

Shoes – Laura from Lolliette

MUA – Grace from Grace Buckley Makeup Artist

Hair – Jude from Identified Hair

Flowers – Ann from Flower Opera

Cake – Nafeesa from Cupcake Cravers

Stationery – Pippa from George and Gina Designs

Ice Lollies – Ami & Sally from La Paleta

Tea – Tessa from The Seventh Duchess

Furniture & prop hire – Larissa from Her Handpicked Harvest

Models – Tanya Jade & Karl Tabucanon

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UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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