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 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!