Jeanette and Alex had a Boise wedding of 300+ guests at the Mint Barrel in Nampa full of Mexican traditions. They opted for no wedding party. Instead, all the flair went into the 2 Traditional Mexican bands: A Mariachi and a Banda.
The Mint Barrel is a historic one of a kind barn that’s been updated for the 21st Century as one of Boise’s top wedding Venues. Built in 1910, the barn was once used as a mint still. Local peppermint was distilled into mint oil and stored into barrels. Today, this 6,000 square foot Venue holds up to 300-400 guests and 200 for indoor weddings. A waterfall, large pond, a small sand beach are just a few unique features. There’s also paved lit pathways, a firepit, a converted silo bar, and surround sound. Best of all, there is plenty of parking for guests.
Jeanette gown is an off the shoulder strap mermaid lace dress from Kates Bridal Cottage.
Here is Alex in a tan brown suit with vest and sage green tie from Boise Tuxedo Shop.
While out with friends, Jeanette and Alex met in downtown Boise. They ran into each other and he wouldn’t leave her alone. At first, they were friends for a while and then he called her two months later for date.
Pink Events Idaho helped design the ceremony and reception site with White and greenery. Here is the the Sweetheart Table under the reception tent. Guests were given a packet of petals to throw in celebration of the Newlyweds walking down the aisle. Sage Green, white, and gold champagne were the wedding colors.
“The wedding lasso tradition is a unity ceremony performed after the exchange of vows using a lasso or rope to join the couple. It is placed over the couple’s shoulders by either the officiant or los padrinos (godparents) and symbolizes their everlasting union and status as one in the eyes of the Lord.”– Brides Magazine
The rosary as the lasso is a symbol of unity in the Catholic Wedding and has become a Mexican Tradition. Another hispanic tradition, is that the groom gives the bride 13 coins as a promise that he will provide for the family and share all his treasure with her.
The reception and live music from a mariachi band began right after the ceremony to entertain the guests. Tables under a tent became refuge from the Summer heat.
A Mexican buffet was served by Fiesta Guadalajara, featuring Chicken Mole and Pollo la Creme.
“Jeanette and Alexander are a fun and outgoing couple, and that could be seen through their whole wedding, from the fun cake toppers to the beautiful traditional dance they incorporated between the ceremony and reception. For their cake, they chose a stunning 4 tier all white cake with cascading white roses and gold flakes accents.
Their personality was reflected in the cake flavors they choose too: one tier being red velvet and the others banana cake with chocolate ganache and Nutella buttercream. As big as it was, this cake took the prize “the fastest eaten cake” in 2021.
The beautiful table was decorated by Mitchell with Pink Events Idaho.” — Dulcerella Cakes
As you can tell by the number of guests, friends and family were very important to the couple and they didn’t want to leave anyone out. Having Children present at their wedding was very special to them.
Jeanette and Alex made a second grand entrance with another band– Tamborazo Banda El Roble from Washington. The couple did a traditional dance as they walked down the path to the Patio for dancing. The band marched behind them like a parade. The 9 piece band was much louder and dynamic then the marriachi band. The brass and drum beats were infectious creating a wall of sound to echo through out all 300+ guests on the property.
What’s the difference between Marriachi and Banda? Besides the sound and historic orgins, you can ussually tell the difference in the instrumens. Marriachi will have violins, guitars, and the musicians take turns singing. This Banda band with Tamborazo style consists of drums (bass, snare), lots of brass (trumpets, trombone, tuba), clarinet, and one singer. To learn more about the different styles, check this video out.
The Bride and Groom make their way to the dance patio and dance traditional Mexican style dancing.
Photobooth by Rad Photobooth Co.
We had just a few minutes to get away from the action and slow down for some sunset intimate portraits.
This lit marquee by Alpha-lit Boise added some glitz to the reception!
“La Vibora de La Mar (the Sea Snake Dance) is a song and dance where the bride and groom stand on chairs opposite one another and form an arch, which guests pass through while holding hands and dancing. The goal is to not break the snake formation, and that gets harder as the music gets faster.” — Brides
I always love photographing this dance at mexican weddings. It’s so fun and lively! There’s usually a few people supporting each the Bride and Groom so they don’t topple. It’s really a challenge, because guests are bumping and running into them with the speeded music. This dance is a great representation of the strength of the married couple, while preparing to face life’s challenges together.
Jeanette is a realtor with a sense of humor. For the garter toss, she hid her SOLD sign from work in her skirt. In other words, Jeanette and Alex were finally off the market!
See more of Bramble and Vine’s wedding work here.
Venue: Mint Barrel Barn, Planner: Pink Events Idaho, Photography: Bramble and Vine, Dress: Kates Bridal Cottage, Marquee: Alpha-lit Boise, Video: Aldous Films, Cake: Dulcerella Cakes, Rentals: Event Rent Idaho, DJ: DJ Fresh 208, Hair: Eve- Fete Style Bar, Photoboot: Rad Photobooth Co, Suit: Boise Tuxedo Shop, Catering: Fiesta Guadalajara, Band: Tamborazo Banda El Roble