DIY Dia de los Muertos Wedding Photoshoot
When I got an e-mail from Kio Kreations‘ Kristen saying that she and a bunch of indie wedding vendors had put together a Dia de los Muertos wedding photo shoot, I knew I just had to take a look at the pics. I’m glad I did because it’s a wonderfully styled pictorial with tons of handmade details that I know you DIY brides looking for an alternative wedding theme will get much inspiration from.
The photo session was held in mid-June of this year and it was Kristen and Ariela of RBK Creations who came up with the concept. Luckily all the talented vendors involved got on board with it (be sure to check out the vendor list at the bottom of this post). Anyway, I’m shutting up now and letting Kristen tell you more about it alongside gorgeous photos taken by Caitlin of Hazelton Photography.
This wedding puts a fun spin on The Day of the Dead (also known as Dia De Los Muertos), which is in the simplest of terms, a celebration of life and death. We thought that celebrating the idea of “Til Death Do Us Part” by incorporating bright festive colors, fun skull imagery, and some nods to some of Tim Burton’s best movies (i.e. Beetlejuice, A Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride) would make for one heck of a wedding. (And we also did a bunch of great DIY projects along the way!)
For the ceremony, we designed our own unique unity candle set using color-drip taper candles and adding a skull-button felt flower, ribbon and wire wrap around our pillar candle. We let the color-drip candles burn down a bit to get the desired color-bleed effect we were going for. The candles were all put in a set of matching candlestick holders and a black pedestal urn that we found just found at a thrift store. This whole Unity Candle set cost less than $15 to make!
The bridal bouquet was a bright, textural masterpiece that contained orange freesia, magenta peonies, green hypericum berries, blue delphinium, orange pin cushion protea, burgundy Hocus Pocus roses, orange spray roses and some colorful hand-embroidered felt button flowers. We pulled from this flower assortment in putting together the small centerpieces and accents around the reception space.
For the reception décor consisted of a multitude of fun, bright flowers and textures. To add some height, we used the wrought iron panels that the venue had and added votives and flowers to them. We also made some tissue paper flowers using the tutorial found on 100layercake and placed them around the space.
BONUS: This Maze is included as a free download!
We also found an awesome, hand-cut Mexican party banner on Luna Bazaar that we hung behind our guest tables. The guest tables were covered with bright linens and multicolored napkins. Each placesetting was marked with a colored “Til Death Do Us Part” Maze that functioned as both a placemat and fun activity for guests.
*A tutorial on how to make these succulent centerpieces will be posted in the next entry!
The tables had 2 styles of centerpieces, including a mixture of colored glass vases filled with colorful fresh flowers and button flowers that were surrounded by colored glass votives. The other style was a large dish garden of succulent plants and colored glass gems with a felt button flower accent. We also used some $1 thrift store fiestaware as planters for single succulent plants. They were the perfect accent pieces! The colorful glasses and votives we found for the floral centerpieces on Luna Bazaar. These were very inexpensive so we were fine with the guests taking them home after the reception.
To add to the fun of the event, we made a faux-photo booth by attaching some of our tissue paper flowers to colored tablecloths to create the backdrop and made some cardboard mustaches and Spanish sayings in talk bubbles on sticks for props. The bride and her guests had a blast using these silly props. We worked with the photographer to make the series of photos taken in front of our backdrop into fun photo strips for the guests.
Perhaps our favorite detail of the day was the awesome “wedding cake” which was really a cake-shaped display of cake pops with a totally fun Dia De Los Muertos topper on top. The topper consisted of 2 pieces: a wooden base with felt button flowers surrounding a pair of hand-painted skull peg-people and a tissue paper flag banner on wooden skewers that poked easily into the cake and really made it look like a little celebration. The cake pops were red velvet flavored and some were even shaped like skulls! Red velvet cupcakes with felt button flower toppers (which we added) filled out the bottom of the cake display along with some votive candles. The cake pops and cupcakes were literally to-die-for!
We loved how this Dia De Los Muertos Wedding turned out—it was the perfect mix of skulls, bright colors & one-of-a-kind details!
I do love how it turned out too! It seems like everyone involved had fun and it shows in how all the elements were presented with such great care and attention to detail. Kristen was kind enough to share instructions for making the succulent table centerpiece too so watch out for it in an upcoming post.
VENDORS: Photographer: Hazelton Photography
Venue: Riverside Receptions
Felt Button flowers, Button Stems, Cake Topper, Tissue Paper Flowers: RBK Creations
Flowers, Decor, Cake Topper, Dish Garden, Photo booth Props, Maze: Kio Kreations
Styling: Kio Kreations & RBK Creations
Cake Pops & Cupcakes: Lillycakes
Hair & Makeup: Blend Beauty
Linens: The Chair Couture
Attire: The Crystal Bride
Tags: Dia de los Muertos Wedding, Gothic weddings, handmade weddings, themed wedding shoots, unusual wedding cakes