A Dia de los Muertos-Inspired Wedding at TerrAdorna in Manor, Texas

This alternative, Dia de los Muertos-inspired wedding of Jessi Pagel (37 and a professional makeup artist) and Rey Diaz (39 and a lighting and grip pr

This alternative, Dia de los Muertos-inspired wedding of Jessi Pagel (37 and a professional makeup artist) and Rey Diaz (39 and a lighting and grip professional) brought color and culture to the Texas Hill Country. “Rey and I enjoy the alternative and subcultural scenes, and both have a love for goth, steampunk and vintage,” says Jessi. Their wedding was a mixture of vintage, DIY projects, the bride’s love of peacocks and the groom’s Mexican heritage, from the traditional guyaberos, colorful masks and whimsical skull wedding cake toppers. The day started with the couple exchanging vows and participating in the handfasting tradition at TerrAdorna in Manor, Texas with a panoramic view of the natural landscape. To include deceased family members and friends in their wedding day, “it was important to have Dia de los Muertos aspects, and we got married that weekend,” says the bride. The couple hosted a dinner of Mexican fare, and served tequila and mezcal. They provided fun bags of holiday games, toys and treats for the kids, and had a “selfie” area with Halloween masks and accessories. Even the cake topper—two traditionally decorated skulls—reflected the holiday spirit. The couple sent their guests home with authentic Dia de los Muertos masks!

Rey incorporated his Mexican culture by wearing a traditional guyabera.
Jessi is an antique collector, so Rey chose a Victorian estate ring from Brilliant Earth to fit her tastes. The couple found a matching wedding ring in a local estate jewelry store, and found Rey’s wedding ring in an antique shop.
The bridesmaids wore short dresses in peacock tones and the groomsmen wore guyaberos with jeans. “Since moving to Texas, I have quite an addition to cowboy boots,” says Jessi, so the entire wedding party wore them!
Jessi and Rey got married at TerrAdorna in Manor, Texas. “The venue overlooks five counties. It is just acres of natural landscape,” says Jessi. Furthermore, Jessi has spent time at working on bridal styled photo shoots at the venue, so she knew the venue owners well. “Dory and Tom (the owners) have really become extended family to us.”
The couple got married under a lush arch of white flowers and feathers.
TerrAdorna Reception Venue in Manor, Texas
The couple gave their guests Dia de los Muertos masks as wedding favors.
A friend of the couple’s created the Dia de los Muertos-inspired skull cake toppers!
Bride and Groom at TerrAdorna in Manor, Texas