As a Mexican-American chica who loves a good love story, I’ve always fantasied about what it would be like to have a Mexican wedding. Even though my wedding came and went, which did not happen in Mexico by the way, I still dream about it. We Latinas, have a special place for our heritage and putting that love on display in the country of our ancestors is just one way we can say thank you for all of their sacrifices. Cynthia Cervantes was able to do just that when she got married in Michoacán, Mexico this summer.
The Brooklynite and her now husband Travis Gumbs have been planning their Mexico wedding for at least half a year and enlisted the help of Luar designer Raul Lopez to create a modern wedding with strong ties to her native country. Now, in my fantasy, when I think of the quintessential Mexican wedding, I sometimes envision a big mariachi-type dress, with my dude on a horse. Well, thankfully Lopez was able to put together this type of scenario, except super chic and modern, and there’s nothing corny about this.
So how did Lopez think up this magical Mexican creation? As for the dress, he told Vogue: “The dress is a reflection of her: strong and sassy because of the corset, soft and feminine like the ruffles, precious like the Swarovski crystals, and endearing like the pleats.” He also added: “Cynthia is a boss bitch, and she needed a look to reflect that.”
This look definitely says that and them some. And Gumbs mariachi suit is amazing! The Mexican wedding didn’t just end with their outfits, the entire party celebrated Mexican culture. From the papier-mâché, giant-sized, puppets of the couple to the dancers and backdrop.
Cervantes says that while she honored her own culture, she still created so many new traditions. She told Vogue that her wedding was about “exploring the idea of what it means to create your own traditions, while also paying homage to the foundations of culture and family. What does it mean for a woman to marry in today’s climate?”
Here are some more highlights.
Yes, those are temporary tattoos that double as party favors. Brilliant!
They had a mariachi of course.
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@cynthiaxcervantes @travisgumbs you represent love, compassion, and most of all empathy. Take a look at an amazing group of powerful friends you brought together for the best wedding experience ever. Okay, story time; I will never forget that one night some drunk 6 ft gay guy was ready to fight me, but right away @herekittykitty666 and @cynthiaxcervantes was ready to throw down for me. @travisgumbs as a cis gender hetero male who comes from a religious upbringing. I thank you for accepting our entire LGBTQI as your chosen family. Especially, being able to show me kindness as a trans women. I am eternally grateful for your love, compassion, and empathy. CONGRATULATIONS husband and wife #cynthiaytravis I L🖤🖤VE YOU❣️
Check out their table. It looks like a beautiful altar of love.
Another party favor that you’d keep forever.
And lastly some more stunning looks:
Wish we could have been there!