Romantic and Elegant Mexican Wedding

Irene and Emmanuel's Mexican-Inspired Big Day

Irene and Emmanuel's Mexican-Inspired Big Day

I don't know about you, but when I think of a traditional Mexican wedding, I think of lots of bold, bright colors. But Irene and Emmanuel went in a modern direction with their big day — going with a white-and-gold color scheme that made for a romantic, elegant event that was still big on tradition. The pair tied the knot at Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo, CA, followed by a festive reception at Camarillo Ranch. We're talking tequila favors, traditional folk dancers, and a mariachi band — the works. Find out more about the couple and their wedding from the bride:

Tell us about your relationship and proposal story.

"My husband and I have an interesting relationship history. We dated for about five years when I was in college. (He is five years older than me and had already graduated.) The timing for us wasn't right back then. I was just wrapping up school and looking forward to starting my career, while he was ready to settle down, get married, etc. We decided to part ways (completely cold turkey), and we didn't see or know anything of each other post-breakup. Five years went by, and finally in early 2013, our paths crossed again. It was apparent we were still crazy about each other, and we got engaged by the Summer of 2013 and decided to plan a full-blown wedding for the end of the year, Dec. 27, 2013."

How would you describe your wedding's theme and vision?

"We are both of Mexican descent, so we really wanted to pay homage to our grandparents, who were such an essential part of our upbringing, and sort of honor them and our culture in a simple, yet classy and elegant way. Therefore we decided to do a vintage, romantic old Mexico theme.

I think our wedding was unique in that it was truly a mix of certain Mexican traditions paired with a modern-day American wedding. We had Mexican folklore dancers during the reception, but skipped other very popular Mexican wedding traditions. We chose certain aspects of our Mexican heritage that we wanted to highlight and keep other parts of the wedding more traditional with the way they are celebrated here in the states."

Keep reading to hear more from the bride, and see all the gorgeous photos of their big day!

Photos by Anna Delores Photography