Dia de Los Muertos Styled Shoot at The Stonehurst

Tijuana meets Joshua Tree

Our Dia de Los Muertos styled shoot Read has been featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

Tucked away in Shadow Hills California, just 15 mins from the Burbank Airport, is a new (but vintage) event venue that is a mix between Joshua Tree and a Tijuana all rolling into one, fantastic package! Welcome to, The Stonehurst!

Stonehurst wedding bride and groom

Although they’re both spooky, social holidays, Día de Los Muertos and Halloween are very different. Day of the Dead festivities start on Oct 31 and end on Nov 2nd. This colorful holiday celebrates both life + death with funky makeup + costumes, parades, singing, dancing + offerings to lost loved ones. Bold, bright + celebratory, Día de Los Muertos immortalizes the lives we’ve lost and preserves rich family traditions!

mexican wedding ceremony bride and groom

Inspired by this Latin holiday, Anything But Gray Events, demonstrates the subtle art of honoring culture + traditions while still making it reflect a couple’s own style. The Stonehurst is tucked away in Shadow Hills California, and is a Joshua Tree-meets-Tijuana setting, perfect for this inspired vision!

Catch some sugar skull inspiration and colorful youthful vibes in today’s timely editorial captured by Julie Shuford Photography:

The Looks

friar tux green suit collage

This dark, forest green slim fit suit by Friar Tux is traditional with a twist. In lieu of a regular tie, the groom is sporting a vintage, emerald green medallion. Adding touches of personalization is key for creating a unique + custom look.

This crocheted wedding gown by Namaste and Crochet is unlike anything we’ve ever seen! The textures so perfectly compliment the desert setting, and we can’t get over these colors + details.

namaste and crochet wedding dress collage

Floral crowns are being seen more and more. The hardest part with a natural floral crown is the by the end of the evening after a long night of dancing, a happy bride could have flowers on her head that just look, well, sad! Debra Shirley creates customizable faux floral crowns with stunning silk florals that, to the naked eye, are hard to spot as fakes!

The Rings

engagement rings on blue box

Jewels By Grace with this edgy, stunner! We love the geometric diamond design balanced with the traditional gold settings.

The Invitation Suite

orange wedding invitation with skull and flowers

While skulls typically seem frightening during Halloween, Día de Los Muertos skulls symbolize positivity + fond memories of a person’s life. And what’s not positive about this vivid stationery suite by A Fine Press, that gets better with each fold.

sugar skull wedding invitation

Skulls are perhaps the most globally emblematic symbol of both Dia de Los Muertos celebrations and Mexico in general. Whether seen in colorful skulls made of sugar or in other decorative ways, skulls can be seen throughout this holiday. While skulls are typically seen as frightening during Halloween in America, in Mexico skulls identify with positivity and fond memories of that person’s life.

colorful wedding rings on sugar skull
a fine press wedding invitation and florals
A Fine Press
custom wedding invitation

The Cocktails

juniper rocks blue bar trailer

The date shake stands of the desert meet the Agua Fresca carts of Tijuana with this portable bar trailer from Juniper Rocks.

stonehurst wedding
three cocktails
Cactus + Cocktails
yellow sugar skull
juniper rocks bar trailer interior
skeleton cocktail and cactus

Because skulls are so crucial to Dia de Los Muertos, why not add some skeleton action to the cocktails? Edible printed sugar skull skills on this egg white cocktail foam art for the win!

cocktail collage

The Lounge

colorful lounge furniture and barn
stonehurst wedding
Los Angeles Floral Couture
colorful outdoor lounge furniture
Papillon Rentals

The Tablescape

colorful fiesta tablescape with floral centerpiece
Los Angeles Floral Couture + BBJ Linen

Día de Los Muertos celebrants believe that marigolds (an orange carnation-like flower) help guide their loved one’s soul back to the world of the living with their bright, bold coloring.

Therefore, true to tradition, marigolds were incorporated in the bridal bouquet as well as this beautiful reception decor. This composition is so rich, not to mention the inviting tablescape.

table and chairs at stonehurst
Fancy Tables + Papillon Rentals
colorful fiesta table menu
pink skeleton dia de los muertos wedding
BBJ Linen + KMM Packaging
tamale and cactus on yellow plate

The Buffet

colorful fiesta buffet bar

Bring on the buffet! Coupled with the traditional Mexican maracas, skeleton figurines from + hanging papel picado, this dinner buffet has it all!

mexican fiesta buffet
tastebuds catering mexican buffet
TasteBuds Catering
guacamole with pom seeds

Guacamole is always a must!

mexican fruit cups
elotes in cups
mexican tamales tastebuds catering
churro with chocolate dipping sauce
colorful crochet wedding dress

Los Angeles Floral Couture created layers of trendy + traditional designs for this editorial. From neutral pampas grass in the ceremony backdrop to the chromatic floral crown + bridal bouquet, it’s nonstop style.

bride and groom in cactus

Let the Día de los Muertos celebrations begin!

bride and groom orange smoke

Vendor Team:

photography: Julie Shuford Photography // venue name: The Stonehurst, Shadow Hills, CA, USA // event design: Anything But Gray Events // planning: Anything But Gray Events // florals: Los Angeles Floral Couture // wedding dress: Namaste and Crochet // hairpiece: Debra Shirley // bride’s ring: Jewels By Grace // hair stylist: Beauty by Bon Bon // makeup artist: Beauty by Bon Bon // groom attire: Friar Tux // groom’s shoes: Friar Tux // paper goods: A Fine Press // handmade details: KMM Packaging // catering: Tastebuds Catering // tabletop rentals: Fancy Tables // furniture rentals: Papillon Rentals // linen rentals: BBJ Linen // specialty rentals: Juniper Rocks // cocktails: Juniper Rocks // fiesta decor: Mesa Chic // couple: Iveth & Vince // Paper Goods: Elizabeth Hults

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