A Colorful, Spanish Themed Wedding at Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio

Ariel DelRio (27, an assistant teacher) and Steven Busch (26, a security systems operator) met while they were out at a club in downtown Dayton. Ariel

Ariel DelRio (27, an assistant teacher) and Steven Busch (26, a security systems operator) met while they were out at a club in downtown Dayton. Ariel was celebrating a friend’s birthday while Steven was there with work friends, but they recognized each other from the local grocery store. They exchanged numbers, stayed in touch and began to date for the next year and a half. One evening they went out to dinner at Outback Steakhouse and Ariel noticed Steven was acting strange. Towards the end of the dinner, Steven pretended to have dropped his napkin. When he came back up from under the table, he was holding a diamond ring. The couple decided to have their Old Spanish inspired ceremony and reception at the Dayton Art Institute so they could be surrounded by beautiful art and history on their wedding day. Bright colors of teal and gold accented with red, purple and orange decorated wedding details from the flower arrangements to the table setting and the menu for the evening. Even the cake went with the vibrant theme, decorated in the bright color palette that created a tile design with lemon and strawberry cream layers. Finally, guests took home Day of the Dead bride and groom shot glasses filled with candy and pictures from the photo booth. “The Day of the Dead shot glasses went with the Spanish theme and also came in handy for the shot we all took together during our toasts,” says Ariel.

Silver Engagement and Wedding Band
The bridal bouquet was made up of red gloriosa lilies, roses and orchids accented with orange dahlias, creating a colorful bouquet to go along with the Old Spanish theme.
The bridesmaids wore champagne colored dresses accented with lace purchased from Lillian's Bridal.
Steven's boutonniere was a single rose with a teal blue wrap that was pinned to his white jacket.
Ivory Chairs Facing Museum Ceremonial Altar
Flower girls wore ivory dresses with colorful flower crowns and bouquets. “We wanted the flower girls dressed to be ivory with hint of gold while resembling the brides dress in some way,” says Ariel.
Hold Hands at Museum Ceremonial Altar
Romantic Shot of Married Couple
Intimate Shot in Museum Doorway
Happy Couple Shot at Museum
“Our wedding style was an Old Spanish inspired theme, and we incorporated the theme into the flowers, table setting and menu,” says Ariel. “We wanted it to be colorful yet classy at the same time. Our main colors were teal and gold with accents of reds, purples, and oranges.”
rn“The reception took place in the Rotunda (Main Entrance) of the Dayton Art Institute,” says Ariel. “An open yet warm friendly feeling surrounded by modern art and decor was what we were going for, and the Dayton Art Institute had all that and more!”rn
Gold Framed Seating Assignment Chart
Teal Linens and Gold Dinnerware
“The tablecloths were teal with gold overlays and the plates were gold and white,” says Ariel. “We painted the table numbers on Spanish tiles, which were teal with gold numbers.”
The sweetheart table had white and gold chairs with "Señora" and "Señor" written on the back.
Married Couple at Sweetheart Table
First Dance as Married Couple
“We had a three-tier cake with red roses, and it was a Spanish tile inspired design that incorporated the colors of our wedding,” says Ariel. “We used buttercream frosting with one layer being lemon, another being strawberry cream, and the last layer comprised of white cake.”