A Sweet, Southern Wedding With a Mexican Twist

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The first time Jordan walked into a Chapel Hill-area restaurant in April of 2008, she and her friends were checking out the monthly salsa night. "We'd been there for about a half an hour when Luis asked me to dance," says Jordan of her now-husband, who was a regular. "He taught me some of his moves, and we danced the whole night. He asked for my number before we left, and the rest is history!"

Though the pair knew early on that they wanted to spend their lives together, it wasn't until December of 2013, as the sun set over the water in Key West's Mallory Square, that Luis proposed. Says Jordan, "He said he wanted to watch the sun set with me for the rest of his life." When the pair got back to Chapel Hill, they began the hunt for a venue and fell in love with Fearrington Village. There, they decided to combine Southern elegance with Luis's Mexican heritage, creating a celebration that was just right for the couple. See the details of their June 6, 2015, wedding, photographed by Krystal Kast Photography.

After visiting six salons in three cities, Jordan finally found the gown that embodied her Southern theme with help from her mom and aunt. "I knew I wanted a little lace, an illusion neckline, and a train. This dress had all the elements I was looking for," she says of her Paloma Blanca gown.

Luis's light gray suit, coral tie, and white ranunculus boutonniere were perfect for the late spring date. The couple's pit bull served as an honorary groomsman, donning a matching bowtie for the first look. Jordan carried a white and coral bouquet of peonies and roses.

Mint, coral, and navy invitations beckoned guests to the bilingual ceremony.

"A close friend officiated the wedding. Instead of directly translating everything between English and Spanish, we chose special parts to interpret in each language," explains Jordan. They incorporated two readings (including The Art of Marriage in Spanish), as well as messages and advice from their parents. After the first kiss, the bride and groom recessed as a string quartet played La Bamba.

Bridesmaids wore navy Amsale gowns with lace necklines that mirrored the bride's dress.

At cocktail hour, a mariachi band played while guests sipped Micheladas. Mexican touches were woven throughout the day, including bottles of tequila topped with custom labels.

Inside the reception, papel picado banners (customized with the bride and groom's name) were strung from the barn's rafters and tucked into centerpieces. The cut-outs of the French lace runners were an ideal match.

The four-tiered cake, decorated with fondant bands that matched the couple's invitations, had four flavors: red velvet cake with cream cheese filling, chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, carrot cake with cream cheese filling, and coconut cake with chocolate ganache.

Luis and Jordan started off their first dance by swaying to a slower Spanish song that Luis used to sing to Jordan when they first met. Then, the pair transitioned to the salsa version of the tune for an upbeat performance, a nod to how they first met.

"Use the planning process as an opportunity to spend time with your friends and family," says Jordan. "The wedding goes by so fast, so we tried to enjoy each stage of our engagement as much as possible."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fearrington Village || Wedding Planner: Gilda McDaniel of Fearrington Village || Bride's Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca || Shoes: Toms || Hair: Mina's Studio || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale, from Bella Bridesmaids || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Wedding Bands: Cowardin's || Florist: Fearrington Village || Invitations: Lizzy B Loves || Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings || Reception Music: GrooveTtown Band || Catering & Cake: Fearrington Village || Videography: Big Dog Little Bed Productions || Photography: Krystal Kast Photography

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