I've been sitting on this mix I made for a few weeks and I'm excited to finally share it. I've been making mixtapes since my big sister showed me how to record songs from the radio when I was a kid. It's something my wife Junia and I enjoy doing together as well as for each other (as you can tell from the last post). I guess we just love trying to soundtrack our lives.
Behind this collection of tracks is this concept of feeling nostalgia from sources completely unrelated to actual memories. These songs, for some reason, make me think about the past and I find that incredibly interesting! Some old and some new ones for ya. Hope you enjoy.
PHOTOS stolen from the awesome photography of my awesome buddy Liza Galvan. Thanks dude!
Hi-Fi Weddings contacted my wife, Junia Isabel, to share a Guest Mix on their site. She nailed the mix! I can't stop listening to it while I'm at work. To complete the whole package of the lo-fi Summer she was envisioning I designed the cover and back art for her mix. It's definitely going to play on repeat when we're lounging outside in the sun this Summer. Listen to the mix here.
images - Sarah Yates
Today is a GOOD day. My wedding is now up on Style Me Pretty, one of the most popular wedding sites out there. There are so many awesome people that went into helping my wife and I pull off the wedding of the century, so I want to just take a moment and give a shout out to those people.
Best Wedding Photographer (who was seriously a blast to spend the day with) was Sarah Yates
Tori and Myka of Sitting in a Tree Events coordinated and styled the entire wedding flawlessly
The most authentic Mexican food was served (still dreaming about it) by MIHO Gastrotruck
The best 6 hour dance set of old soul 45's and low-rider oldies was spun by DJ Chavez Gee (he's also an amazing artist!)
Cinematography was shot by our good friend, Mackenzie Mathis of 4 Reel Films
And, of course, my too awesome for words new wife, Junia. Without her, all the small details and touches of our personalities would have never made our wedding as awesome as it was!
I work at minted, so I'm surrounded by great design everyday. When it came to designing our wedding invitations I wasn't going to hold back. My wife sat by my side the entire time and helped me design these awesome invites. Since we're both huge fans of Jessica Hische, we had to incorporate her Buttermilk font into the design. I love adding illustration into any design so I illustrated little cutie cartoon characters of the two of us. Later, for the reception, I changed our cuties to their married version.
One awesome feature that I was able to print through minted, was the addition of a backer. Each piece in our wedding invitation suite had a backer of the Amy Butler fabric pattern, Midwest Modern Martini in Mustard. We ended up carrying this pattern throughout the entire reception by hand-painting KidRobot Munnies and adding it as a table runner on our table. Awesome pattern.
Yes, we had a salsa bar at our wedding! The salsa bar was set up immediately following the ceremony so guests could grab a beer or a cup of our Bourbon Spiked Ginger Lemonade Punch and munch while dinner was getting ready. Man! The best salsas ever! MIHO Gastrotruck killed it with the organic and fresh salsas!
My wife's dad, Ismael Medina was our photographer for our engagement shoot. We went out past Eastlake, California to get this awesome landscape as our backdrop. After the photos were done, I edited them and we decided on the above as our save the date.
One of my favorite mediums to work with is vinyl. I'm a master! I designed our wedding logo, turned everything to vector lines, shot it through the vinyl plotting machine, then had to hand-pick all the negative spacing with an xacto blade. Most people would say it's a long and tedious job, but I love it.
Once the vinyl was picked it was ready to apply (very carefully) to our matte photo cards. The end result was an awesome, one of kind vinyl piece.
Every place in our wedding that I could incorporate design, I did. Thankfully, my best man, a cocktail enthusiast, recommended and created this awesome cocktail for 150 guests. I'll try and get the exact ingredients later, but I wanted to make this sign pop. It sat at our bar for guests to grab after the ceremony. I'm told it was a hit!
With the beverages menu I wanted to include something that was in our wedding invitations, so I added the succulent flower in the bottom right corner with a little pop of color to tie both this menu and the cocktail sign, since they were placed right next to each other.
Food. Food was incredible. We couldn't have had better food. Seriously. The insane talent of MIHO Gastrotruck catered our wedding with the most authentic, delicious foods that had our abuelitos, tios, and everyone complimenting how authentic and full of flavor everything was. Food is a huge part in the Mexican culture, and you can ask any of our family members...they can be picky eaters! They spend their lives perfecting a mole sauce, so when the Enchiladas de Mole presented themselves at our wedding for them to eat they LOVED it, and wanted seconds!