Food and passion is the basis of “Like Water For Chocolate,” or “Como Agua Para Chocolate,” the famous Mexican film based on the novel by Laura Esquivel. Through magical realism, the tale portrays the life of two forbidden lovers: Tita and Pedro, as they navigate their yearning for each other which has many hard obstacles.
I got the chance to do an amazing Like Water for Chocolate wedding shoot that paid a beautiful tribute to the film, and Mexican culture.
One reason that makes the film so unique, is the importance of the food that Tita cooks. Characters in the film physically react to Tita’s cooking because she literally pours her heart and soul into her creations. Naturally, some of the key details of this Like Water for Chocolate wedding inspiration are intertwined with food!
Starting with the centerpiece, it’s basically all food-based items: a molcajete stone, limes, Jarritos sodas, dried peppers. Not leaving much to the imagination for how delicious your food could be! There is also a charming mini camper solely used for a drink station.
There are matches on each plate that serve as a symbol of the ultimate act of love made by Pedro and Tita so they could live in bliss together in the spirit world forever. The union of their bodies and spirits set fire to the entire ranch, and the only remnant left of their love was Tita’s recipe book. Luckily, the matches for the shoot were made out of pretzel sticks so there wouldn’t be any spontaneous fires created from love!
At the sweetheart table, you see a quote from the book and rose petals sprinkled everywhere. Alluding to when Tita was yearning for her lover so intensely, she manifests her passions for him through a special meal made with rose petals given to her by Pedro.
All of these touches truly capture the essence of Tita and Pedro’s unwavering love for each other, and are sure to reflect on the love between the bride and groom.
What better place to host this Like Water for Chocolate wedding inspiration than at Covington Farm. The Dade City Wedding Venue is a picturesque working horse farm on 75-acres of land that also includes views of Lake Pasadena and Buddy Lake. The land is complete with different outdoor and indoor spaces for your big day: a ceremony site, pole barn, and hay barn. As you can see from my pictures, it is gorgeous and has many modern rustic touches. Since “Like Water For Chocolate” is set on a ranch, this Covington Farm was perfect!
This shoot wouldn’t have been complete without the incorporation of Mexican culture. There were many unique touches that made you feel you were transported right into a hacienda!
The one-of-a-kind embroidered wedding dress adds beautiful colors and patterns that mimic traditional Mexican dresses.
Mexican weddings typically enjoy a Mariachi serenade during the cocktail hour or after dinner! The wonderful band at the shoot was Mariachi Nuevo Guadalajara. This is a great addition to the typical DJs or bands.
Beautiful floral patterns are woven through this Covington Farm Wedding: on the cake, wedding dress, wedding invitations, flower pots, even the arbor uses the same vibrant floral pattern. The floral patterns truly define the color palette of this wedding. Vibrant pinks, greens, yellows, and blues are seen everywhere – really drawing attention to the small details.
Clay pottery was placed throughout the venue, used as a menu board and even the Mr. and Mrs. cups. The muted clay color made the white lettering on it pop.
Donkeys became a symbol of rural life renown for their ability to carry large loads over Mexico’s difficult terrains. Having a donkey at the shoot definitely added to the feeling you were on a ranch. Plus, what a super cute touch for pictures (and entertaining aspect for the niños).
No detail is too small in this Like Water for Chocolate wedding inspiration. They are all important in painting a beautiful Mexican-styled love story based on the film. Not to mention the endless photo opportunities they can provide for you and your guests!
This Like Water for Chocolate wedding inspiration shoot was so wonderful to be a part of. I’m a huge advocate of personalizing your wedding day, because it should be as unique as you are, so seeing this unique wedding come to life based on the film Like Water for Chocolate made my heart happy! I loved the great attention to detail from our planner and the links with the film and book.
And as someone who grew up in Dominican Republic, speaking fluent Spanish, I felt at home! Most of the vendors were Hispanic.
If you’re having a bilingual wedding, I’d love to talk all things wedding and see if we’re a good fit for each other, so please reach out here about your hispanic wedding!
Wedding Venue: Covington Farm https://www.covingtonfarmweddingsandevents.com/
Wedding Planner & Stylist: Mad Oddities Weddings & Events www.madoddities.com
Floral Rentals: Lee Forrest Design www.leeforrestdesign.com
Keepsake Bouquets: Kendi Bella and Things www.kendibella.com
Paper Flowers, Hand Painted Pots, & Hair Accessories: Jessie Creative Designs www.facebook.com/Jessieart03
Colored Taper Candles: Alma Candles www.almacandle.com
Boho Embroidered Wedding Dress: New Crop Shop www.newcropshop.com
Donkey: Deb’s Magical Minis www.debsmagicalminis.com
Sign-in Board & Favor Tags @modesignscrafts
Black Invitation Suite: The Cross-Eyed Fox www.thecrosseyedfox.com
Live Painter @b.r.b._.art
Hand-lettered Seating Chart, Menus, & Paper Banner: Channel and Teak www.etsy.com/shop/channelandteak
Mariachi Band: Mariachi Nuevo Guadalajara www.mariachinuevoguadalajara.com
Hair & Make-up Artist: Bella Balanced Beauty & Wellness www.facebook.com/bellabalancedbw
Spanish Invitation Suite: Christina Tiffany Design www.christinatiffanydesignco.com
Mobile Bar: The Sippin’ Sidecar Mobile Bar www.thesippinsidecar.com
Adoptable Puppy: Furry Ventures Pet Care www.furryventurespetcare.com
Sugar Cookies & “Edible Match” Favors: Daisy Delights www.facebook.com/DaisyDelights1214
Wedding Cake: LuBelle’s Cakes www.lubellescakes.com
Molcajetes, Mexican Pottery, Mexican Sodas: Alma’s Mexican Imports
White Rose Wedding Tiara: Lumifae www.lumifae.com
Bridal Jewelry: Estylo Jewerly www.etsy.com/shop/estylojewelry
Bolo Tie: Pandski Labs www.pandskilabs.com
Designer Wedding Dress: Benedict Bridal Co. www.benedictbridal.com
Bridal shoes: Bella Belle Shoes www.bellabelleshoes.com
Macramé Wall Hanging & Dog Leash: Kate Knots www.etsy.com/shop/kateknotuk
Tampa Wedding Photographer: Ruth Terrero Photographer https://www.ruthterrerophoto.com/
Couple: Amber Wilson & Miguel Rodriguez @bellabalancedbw
Solo Bride: Daniela Gonzalez @danigonzacda
Solo Groom Joshua Valentin @josh_alert
Solo Bride: Janeth Emiret @janethemiret
Bridesmaid (Red Dress): Eva Yese @evayesenia
Bridesmaid (Green Dress): Yadira Aguilar @yadira_______