A Wedding in Wonderland

One couple's venture in planning an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding at Aldea at Tlaquepaque
From: Spring/Summer 2013 edition

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then,” says Alice in Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. For newlyweds Ashley and Mike Millan, who hosted an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding at Aldea at Tlaquepaque, that line takes on a new meaning.

“Alice in Wonderland has always been near and dear to my heart,” says bride Ashley. “Once my husband proposed my wheels started turning.” Growing up, whenever Ashley imagined her wedding she pictured—what else?—a huge tea party. And that’s just what her wedding evolved into: tea cups, croquet, books and much more.

(above) “You’re nothing but a pack of cards!” said Alice. Not true for newlyweds Ashley and Mike; they are now Mr. and Mrs., surrounded by a joyful group of friends and family.

The ultimate touch of romance: a rose petal-strewn sashay down the aisle.
(above) Tick, tock! A wedding day is no day to be late, so Ashley and Mike incorporated warped Wonderland-like clocks into their décor.

Alice in Wonderland themed wedding, photographed by La Bella Vita Photography
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For their color scheme, the newlyweds chose white and black and red all over.
(above right) As guests enjoyed festive cupcakes, they could refresh their memory of the story with various versions of the book.
Alice in Wonderland themed wedding, photographed by La Bella Vita Photography
(above) “I could not be happier,” says Ashley about her new marriage and pulling off a theme wedding.

(above) Guests picked up flamingo mallets to take part in friendly games of croquet, played amid giant playing cards.

(above) Dainty and delicious: Fleur De Lis Cakes placed red roses between layers of cake.

(above) Ready to play? An outdoor patio was devoted entirely to croquet games.

(above) Warning: No diamonds were harmed in the making of this image, though Ashley and Mike’s rings did sit carefully atop a can of red paint.

(above) A head table fit for a queen and king—or rather, a bride and groom.

(above) From head to toe, pops of red played a starring role in Ashley’s Alice-like vision.

(above) Not pink, not green, not aquamarine…So as not to upset the queen, Alice and a crew of playing cards painted the roses red. So did Ashley and Mike.

(above) Kudos to the bride and groom, who made all the signage themselves, including this quirky directional sign, table numbers and menu scrolls.

(above) It’s all about the details: To accessorize her red rose bouquet, Ashley wrapped a charming pocket watch around the stems.

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