I must say, I got a weeeee bit giddy when this gem dropped into my inbox! For starters, I’d be remiss if I didnt fess up to my absolute love affair with Mexican food, & hum… *cough cough* margaritas…. Believe it or not though, that isnt what struck my fancy with Andrea Popp & Peter Anderson’s dynamically colorful wedding! Having spent sometime in the wedding banquet world, Andrea knew when it was her time, she wanted a day filled of color, festive fun, & something outside of the box. Together with family & friends, she carefully crafted a Mexican themed affair sampling from such wonderful staples as Papel Picado, working with paper flowers & poms, bright color filled pinatas, Jarritos soda & so much more. Andrea masterfully selected & choose among a very strong color palette, diligently working to ensure visual harmony. I give big big kudos to Andrea, as working with such strong colors is something that could have easily gotten away from her! The decor elements are flawless & this Mexican Fiesta themed wedding was pulled off….. Perfecto!
“We had a lovely, fiesta themed wedding! I wanted to plan a unique event because of my experience working as a banquet server. I saw many weddings and they were all very similar. For my wedding, I wanted it to be different but still beautiful and special. Because I had so much fun planning my wedding, I am opening my own event planning business! It is still in the baby stages but hope it will turn into something great!”
Peter is an Arlington, VA native while Andrea is from a tiny town in New Hampshire. They met while working at the Library together at George Mason University. Peter was finishing his teaching certification while Andrea was persuing a degree in Anthropology. It wasn’t exactly love at first site, but the more they got to know each other, the more they realized that they were a perfect fit. Many friends and family say they are like two peas in a pod! Peter enjoys playing heavy metal on his guitar (which drives Andrea nuts!), the author David Foster Wallace, and making bad jokes. Andrea enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking and playing frisbee, and likes baking treats. She also makes bad jokes.
“We had tons of help from family and friends. Since we had a modest budget, there were a lot of DIY projects. We had a whole crew of people who helped decorate on the wedding day! We chose the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek because it was rustic and fitting to our theme. It also has space for both the ceremony and reception.”
Hair & Make-up: Alison Harper & Company, LLC | Caterer: Stone Soup Catering | Favors and Gifts: Min Svenskaland Gard,Amols | Floral Designer: Park Florist | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek | Invitation Designer: i do it yourself | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal | Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini | Baker: Cakes In Style | DJ: DJ Paul Parrinello | Shoes: Kate Spade | DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Etsy Designer-The Chica Boutique | Paper Props, Heirlooms & Extras: Etsy- Dragonfly Expression,Ay Mujer,Etsy- Prost to the Host, Etsy- Homes & Weddings,Etsy- Velvet Owl,Gifts and Talents, The Wooden Owl- Etsy | Photographer: ZADesignz