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Dallas couple Diana and Miguel are simply bursting with joy and personality, and they channeled all of that energy into creating a wedding at the Hickory Street Annex where every detail was a colorful, creative reflection of their relationship and home. I love the way they worked alongside their talented team of wedding professionals, like Couture Events by Lottie, Nest Floral Studio and Nine Photography to put their own fun and funky stamp on their day!
The Couple: Diana and Miguel
The Wedding: 10.12.12 - Hickory Street Annex - Dallas, TX
What three adjectives best describe your wedding day? DIY, artistic, and unique.
Was there a decor theme that ran through your wedding? What was the inspiration for that particular idea and how did it reflect you as a couple? We really never had a "theme" because we didn't want to be confined to one single style. All we wanted was to make the wedding US! From the moment we sent out our save the dates to when we left the wedding, we wanted to make sure everyone knew this was ours! We also wanted them to feel comfortable and at home – which is why we gathered a lot of our inspiration from our home décor.
It was a bit of a challenge at the beginning - I think a lot of brides feel like their wedding has to be themed - but when I started to see all the amazing weddings done out of the ordinary, we really let loose! There’s no better way to style a wedding than after your own personalities. As a couple, we are fun, artistic, natural, musical, and vibrant – and we wanted our wedding to be the same!
What were some of the different ways you used decor elements to create the beautiful, cohesive event you were envisioning? Since our inspiration was our home, we used the wooden stumps down the aisle, like the wooden stump we use as a coffee table in our living room. We love to decorate with baby’s breath and ranunculus flowers in our home, so we used those flowers in the wedding décor.
We also wanted to bring our DIY lifestyle into the wedding – so we did a lot of projects ourselves. We handmade the banners that hung on the ceiling in the venue that highlighted different areas in the room, i.e. “Chow Down” for the buffet area, “Shake That” for the dance floor, and “Take a Swig” above the bartender. We also made a life-sized replica of our wedding invitation out wood, that stood just outside the venue. We made wooden cake pop holders with our faces stamped on them for pur cake pop wedding favors (made by my good friend Amber Martinez).
We designed and handmade our save-the-dates and wedding invitations – my husband created the design and included a drawing of us, which we silk screened onto paper. We made big paper marquee light initials that decorated the entrance hall to the venue. We also made little paper cupcake banners with our faces stamped on them. I made different colored lanterns out of paint swatches – a special way to remember my dad (we also used paint swatches to make the seating chart). The bridal party and I handmade tons of paper pinwheels that were mainly used for a colorful installation on the altar wall.
Where did you choose to hold your wedding, and how did the location influence your decor decisions? Our wedding was held at Hickory Street Annex – and the fact that they were able to host both the ceremony and the reception was the main reason we picked such a magical venue. They have an outdoor setting that’s surrounded by these cool industrial buildings, but the ceremony itself was in an area surrounded by greenery and nature. We loved the combination of the hard, dark, metal/industrial feel and the soft, green natural atmosphere as we said “I do.”
The reception area was also amazing – it gave us a downtown, lofty vibe to take the edge off the industrial ceremony. There were big beautiful hanging lanterns that were absolutely to die for – lighting is so important! Everything about our wedding fit us perfectly, and we couldn’t be happier with our choice.
Looking back, do you have a favorite project or successful decor idea from your wedding? Tell us what you loved about it! This is such a difficult question because there were so many projects and ideas that I loved! But if I had to choose one, it would be our handmade wedding stationary – the save-the-dates and wedding invites. We had so many sleepless nights and the design process was a bit of a headache – but the end result was so amazing! We saw the invitations as an opportunity to set the tone and décor for the wedding day itself. They gave the guests a little taste of what to expect, and hopefully made them hungry for more! It was such a joy to make them and for them to have such a vital role in the wedding vibe.
As you’ve noticed, we put a lot of effort and personal touch into the wedding – but everything was well worth it. We know for a fact that our wedding fit our personalities perfectly: it was ours and ours alone. Isn’t that how all weddings should be?
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Nine Photography
Event Planner: Couture Events by Lottie
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hickory Street Annex
Videographer/Film Maker: Yooshoot
Officiant: Chaplin Matt
Catering: Black-eyed Pea
Florist: Nest Floral Studio - We + You
Cake: Frosted Art
Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven
Bridal Accessories: Etsy
Groom’s Apparel: H&M
Hair Stylist: Toni & Guy
DJ: DJ Killtron
Rentals: Shag Carpet
; Period Charm Rentals
Rings: James Avery
Photobooth: Pretty Deer Photobooths
Thank you, Diana and Miguel, for sharing your incredibly creative wedding with us all!
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