A Vibrant, Colorful Wedding in Houston, Texas
Atalia and Raul
Not many people are lucky enough to meet their soul mate at the age of 16; however, Atalia Resendiz and Raul Estrada Jr. were. Although the couple remained close friends for quite awhile before dating, Raul knew he was going to marry Atalia from the moment he saw her.
After dating for a little over a year, Raul made up an elaborate lie that he was going to South Carolina for a week (he wasn't actually going) meanwhile he was busy organizing his proposal and planning a post-engagement celebration. Unfortunately for Raul, his future bride was growing suspicious of him so he altered his plan and surprised Atalia at her job. In the spontaneous moment, everything went seamlessly as Raul asked Atalia to marry him.
Fourteen months after Raul's spur-of-the-moment proposal, the bride and groom celebrated their marriage on May 2, 2015, with 168 of their closest friends and family. The duo planned bright and colorful day, incorporating fun DIY details, a photo booth, and every color in the rainbow as their color scheme at the Asia Society Texas Center.
Atalia utilized multiple websites to create the pair's colorful stationery suite. First, Momenti Design Studio designed of the invitations, which Atalia printed on her own paper, then matted to a piece of kraft paper. Some invites were printed in Spanish and others in English, so the couple could send to guests depending on their native language. Stickers with photos of the couple were also included, to help guests mark their calendars for the big day.
Save the dates boasted a QR code, leading guests to a witty save-the-date video.
After visiting a second bridal store and considering six different dress options, Atalia found "the one." The bride chose a lace Watters creation with a full tulle skirt, which she adorned with a gold belt from High Fashion Fabrics.
Being a hairstylist, Atalia did her own hair, pulling it into a low braided updo, detailed with a colorful headpiece made of fresh flowers and small gold chains.
The bridesmaids (who were mostly Atalia's family members) wore a variety of ivory and white dresses with textured lace.
Atalia made her bridesmaids gold chain and flower headpieces to match her own.
With Love from the Bride
Prior to getting ready, each bridesmaid received personalized tote bags filled with goodies made by the bride, including a bracelet, customized hanger, craft box, and hairpiece.
Unlike the bridesmaids, the groomsmen were uniform in their ensemble—wearing tan Tommy Hilfiger suits, pale blue ties, and colorful plaid pocket squares.
The groom and groomsmen wore mixed floral boutonnieres. Everyone at the ceremony was given patterned fabric that helped wipe their happy tears.
Raul showed of his fun sense of style with Simpsons-inspired donut cufflinks in addition to his vibrant red suit jacket and plaid vest.
The ceremony included pieces based on bible verses and songs selected by the Jehovah's Witnesses' kingdom melody songbook. Atalia donned a Alisa Brides mantilla for the service, which took place at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Houston.
Since Raul wanted the first time he saw his bride to be when she walked down the aisle, the duo opted for a couple's portraits session with photographer Dana Fernandez after the ceremony.
They posed for pictures in multiple locations including right outside the ceremony location, and at the lush grounds of Hermann Park, near the Houston Zoo. "We got to Hermann Park before Dana," Atalia recalls. "We stopped by the zoo's concession stand and Raul bought me a soda and a bag of chips. Everyone kept asking us if we were going to the prom. It was hilarious!"
Dinner took place in the education center under paper garlands by Kate Love Goods and lights strung over round tables adorned with handmade details, such as yarn table numbers. Guests enjoyed a meal of breaded lemon chicken breasts, steamed asparagus, and red potatoes.
The Place Settings
Atalia and Raul opted to sit at a special sweetheart table for just them so that they could sit in the center of the reception.
Yarn in shades of red, blue, teal and gold was wrapped around the bride and groom's chairs for a bit of pop.
Making a Statement
Atalia and Raul's reception décor included an array of colors and festive elements, including this celebratory chalkboard sign accompanied by small cacti in ceramic pots.
The Guest Book
Guests wrote wishes of love and luck to the couple in a vintage children's book.
The duo chose to be twice as sweet and have two cakes—a large "naked" style blueberry-lemon cake decorated with fresh flowers and smaller groom's cake.
The Photo Booth
Aside from dancing and eating, guests enjoyed posing for the camera against a backdrop of pink, red, sea-foam green, and turquoise streamers with fun props, located at the Water Garden Terrace of the venue.
Even the newlyweds couldn't resist the fun of the Smilebooth photo booth and jumped in a few photos with family and friends in celebration of their nuptials.
Photography: Dana Fernandez
Reception Location: Asia Society Texas Center
Catering: Diego Farias Catering, 832-643-6423
Flowers: Blush and Vine
Cake: Buttercup Bakery
Rentals: Aztec Events and Tents
Bridesmaids' Hair: White Salon
Makeup: Eliana Olivo
Groom's Attire: Suitsupply
Bride's Dress: Watters
Photo Booth: SmileBooth.com