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A Mexican-Themed Wedding in Denver, CO

  • Jenna Walker Photographers, Denver
    Private residence, Denver
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Ria & Jesse in Denver, CO
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Ria made the bouquet herself and wrapped the blooms in lace that her sister sent over from Ireland. “I selected my favorite flowers: daisies, peonies, and violets,” says the bride.
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Bright papel picado, or Mexican paper banners, were personalized with the couple’s names and surrounded by bright paper lanterns.
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The couple said “I do” in the backyard, beneath a natural arch from a tree that was decorated with whimsical butterflies.
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The couple exchanged vows in the yard of Ria’s home away from home (she’s originally from Ireland) while she was interning for the non-profit, Seeking Common Ground. “I had been staying with the founder’s family and had been working there since I was 18,” she says.
Private residence, Denver
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To keep the conversation flowing, the couple arranged the reception tables in a giant U shape. “We wanted our guests to sit together, so we had free seating,” says Ria.
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A festive chalkboard encouraged guests to grab a glass of beer from The Great Divide brewery while being entertained by the mariachi band.
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A live mariachi band kept the party going with festive tunes, suited for a Mexican-themed celebration.
Mariachi Trio by Colorado Entertainers, Berthoud
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Mason jars, customized with tags bearing the couple’s initials next to a sombrero-wearing cactus, kept guests from getting thirsty and also served as favors at the end of the night.
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Guests munched on authentic Mexican fare, like tortilla chips, guacamole, and homemade salsa, made by the groom’s parents.
Benny’s Restaurant, Denver
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Butcher paper table covers allowed guests to doodle while Mason jars filled with red roses kept the look pretty, but casual.
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The three-tiered white buttercream cake covered in fresh flowers was a must have for Ria and Jesse.
Mulberries, Denver
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Guests had a blast with the piñata -- a horse they named “George.” “One of the highlights of the evening was watching our friends scramble to get to the mini-bottles of tequila and eat the Reeses Pieces,” says the bride.

Ria & Jesse in Denver, CO

The Bride Ria Dowsing, 25 and a teaching assistant at Lincoln Elementary School The Groom Jesse Walker, 30 and the bassist for a band called Flobots The Date June 21 Ria and Jesse wanted a casual, DIY celebration, so they went with a Mexican theme designed with multi-colored pompoms, fresh flowers in colored pots and even a horse piñata, stuffed with mini bottles of tequila and candy.
- Carrie Chambers
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  • Jenna Walker Photographers, Denver
  • Private residence, Denver
  • Mariachi Trio by Colorado Entertainers, Berthoud
  • Benny’s Restaurant, Denver
  • Mulberries, Denver

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