We wanted to enter the new year with a bang, so we saved this gorgeous vintage romantic wedding by Dear Darling Photography for our first real wedding of the new year. Cynthia and Eric’s wedding at the Heritage Museum of Orange County was filled with details expressing a vintage wedding with a modern and Mexican twist! Starting with Eric’s attire which he flaunted a classic wool suit and a bowtie, to Cynthia’s modern mermaid dress and her very romantic light colored bouquet; this wedding truly blends all the styles beautifully.
Eric and Cynthia are both Mexican-American and are very connected to their heritage. The couple felt it was important to represent this within their wedding. According to Cynthia, one of their favorite moments during the shoot was the “serenade” shot. When Eric and Cynthia were scouting venues, they toured Heritage Museum of Orange County and one of the first things they noticed was the balcony. Cynthia said to Eric, “If we book this venue we have to get a serenade shot.” Serenatas (serenades) were popular in the Golden Age of Mexican Film, which typically involved a man showing up to his crush/girlfriend’s home with musicians and singing, and almost always, the girl was watching from above on a balcony.
How they met & Proposal Story
“Eric and I met through mutual friends on a Karaoke night when he and his friends decided to crash our “girls night” party. Four years later while on a hot air balloon ride over the Temecula wineries, Eric popped the question! While we were up in the air our pilot lowered the balloon for a “test landing” but as we got lower there was a man holding a sign. Eric asked me what the sign said and I told him “I don’t know, I’m not wearing my glasses!” As the balloon got lower I was able to make out what the sign said “Will you marry me Cynthia?” I can’t put into words how I felt at the moment which is probably why I just stuck my hand out ready for Eric to put the ring on before I answered the big question! When I was finally able to mutter a “yes” between my tears he officially put a ring on it.” – the bride
Advice for future couples planning for the same event
“We are both big on lists, so we enlisted the help of a Google document specifically designed for wedding planning. This helped keep us organized with our guest list, vendors, and budget. While our budget did not allow for a wedding coordinator, we were able to hire a day of coordinator who was amazing! While we planned most of the details, our day of coordinator was there to ensure everything went as planned the day of and that we have a fun stress free wedding day, which we did.” – the bride
Eric and Cynthia spent some time doing a few DIY touches, from the tags for the succulent favors, to designing table numbers, and the signage used throughout their reception space. “I loved how we were both involved and had input on what we wanted our big day to look like. In the end we felt like everything turned out perfect, we loved everything about our big day and from the feedback our guests gave us they thought so too.” – Cynthia
Vendors – Photographer: Dear Darling Photography | Floral Designer: Bella Blooms | Caterer: Country Garden Caterers | Day of Coordinator: Diana Perkins | DJ: DJ Ren | Hair Stylist: Dollhouse Hair and Makeup Design | Reception Venue: Heritage Museum of Orange County | Musicians: Mariachi Estrellas De Oro Y Plata & Tamborazo Quintero | Cake Designer: Patty’s Cakes and Desserts | Submitted via Two Bright Lights
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