A Vibrant Mexican-Themed Wedding at the Belmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas

Using a colorful Mexican blanket for inspiration, Viviana Belmares (24 and a textile designer) and Dustin McKay (25 and a fire systems inspector) blen

Using a colorful Mexican blanket for inspiration, Viviana Belmares (24 and a textile designer) and Dustin McKay (25 and a fire systems inspector) blended her Hispanic heritage and the couple’s love of Texas for a vibrant “Texican” theme. The outdoor celebration at the Belmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, included a number of details, including custom-designed wedding bands (Viviana's was a pairing of their birthstones; Dustin's combined bronze with Osage orange), the bride in a custom gown that she helped create, the groomsmen walking down the aisle to the “Imperial March” from "Star Wars," bridesmaids walking down to “Concerning Hobbits” from "The Lord of the Rings," an altar bench handcrafted by the bride's father (used during Communion), terra-cotta pots filled with flowers, custom papel picado flags, bride and groom figurine favors made by the bride’s aunt, Mexican blanket table runners and personalized wooden Texas-shaped magnets. Rather than a unity candle, the couple invited their families to the altar to pray over them. “Our families have always been important to us and play a strong role in our lives,” Viviana says. “This allowed us to incorporate more of our family and share this special moment together.” After a heartfelt ceremony, guests moved to the cocktail hour for strawberry-basil and lavender-blueberry lemonades with croquettes before dining on a brunch catered by Smoke Dallas. “It was to die for,” Viviana says. “Everyone talked to us about it after the wedding—and they still do.” The brunch lineup included pancakes, frittatas, thick-cut bacon and smoked ham. For dessert? Wedding cake and ice pops. “What’s better than ice pops in summer,” Viviana says. The celebration was a true reflection of the couple's love for Mexico, Texas and each other. Even their first-dance song, “El Paso” by Marty Robbins, reflected their theme. “We have always loved this song,” Viviana says. “It tells a tale about a cowboy falling in love with a Mexican maiden. It seemed to fit us well.” —Chrissy Sorenson

Viviana wore hot pink pointy-toed heels to go with the colorful theme.
“We wanted big, bright, beautiful flowers everywhere,” Viviana says. “I cannot say enough good things about our flowers.”
Dustin and his groomsmen added color with bright yellow and pink boutonnieres.
One wedding detail that stands out to Viviana is her bridesmaids remarking on how relaxed she was. “It sounds like a no-brainer, but you just have to remember to have fun and enjoy yourself,” she says.
Viviana’s gown was designed and custom-made by designer Lucy Dang, whom she worked for at the time. “Getting to be part of the creation of my dress, from initial sketches to the finished gown, was a wonderful experience,” she says. Viviana hand-embroidered the floral design stitched around the dress. For the five bridesmaids, she chose the color and they found dresses in that color family. “I wanted my girls to feel comfortable and beautiful, so I let them choose their own dresses,” Viviana says. “I feel like you can see their personality through the styles they chose.”
The flower girl wore a bright Mexican-embroidered dress with an oversize flower behind one ear. Rather than carry a basket of flowers, she carried a single-stem bloom. The ring bearer was dressed similar to the groomsmen, complete with suspenders.
Dustin wore a tan suit, his favorite polka-dot shirt and a bolo tie his dad had given to him when he was young. The groomsmen wore dark blue jeans and light-blue shirts.
The seating chart was carefully etched on a chalkboard and displayed on a wooden door for the reception at the Belmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
There was no shortage of color on the tables, from the Mexican blanket table runners to the gorgeous floral centerpieces and Mexican ceramic tiles used as table numbers.
White linens on round tables were accented with Mexican blanket runners for the outdoor reception. “When we visited the Belmont, we fell in love immediately,” Viviana says. “The hotel and the grounds are stunning, and you just can't beat that view of the Dallas skyline. We loved that it felt like a destination wedding without actually having to travel.”
Terra-cotta pots overflowed with succulents, beautiful bold blooms and custom papel picado flags. Table numbers were colorful Mexican tiles.
The strawberry cake was made by a family friend and decorated with flowers rather than a traditional topper.
Rather than throw rice or blow bubbles, guests sent the couple off by cheering and waving ribbons. The getaway car for the couple, who met in high school, was the the groom’s 1986 Chevy Camaro Berlinetta, “which seemed fitting since it was the car he picked me up in for our first date,” Viviana says.