For Mi Golondrina founder Cristina Lynch, her heritage is as tightly woven into the fabric of who she is as the intricate embroidery on her company’s signature dresses. Her mother and namesake—along with her aunt, artisan Jan Barboglio—grew up in Mexico, a place that informs Cristina’s personal style and professional endeavors. So it was no surprise that her January 19, 2019, wedding was a rich blend of family history, cultural traditions, and handcrafted details.
After deciding on her parents’ Preston Hollow home for the reception, Cristina largely relinquished planning duties to her mother—a consummate hostess who’d been preparing for this day “since Cristina was a baby”—and planner Elizabeth McKellar of The Nouveau Romantics, who together executed the event in just three months’ time.
“They had a very clear vision,” says McKellar. “They wanted to reflect how they normally are.” To that end, hand-embroidered linens from Mrs. Lynch’s personal collection—many of which she’d bought with her daughter’s wedding in mind—topped tables, which were accented with Barboglio’s candelabras and handmade candles Cristina picked up in Oaxaca.
When the big day arrived, the bride walked down the aisle of St. Michael and All Angels Church—where her parents wed 39 years ago—in the same Oscar de la Renta gown her mother wore. She danced with her groom to the music of three mariachi bands, whom she has known since childhood, before changing into a custom Nardos Design mariachi suit. The flower-filled reception tent glowed with more than just candlelight that chilly winter night. “What I’ll never forget is the vibration and the feeling of everyone feeling so happy for them,” says Mrs. Lynch. “It was palpable.”
And for the bride, a surprise tequila shot cart—arranged by her mother—capped a joyous day that honored all the great loves of her life: her husband, her family, and the artists and artisans that might as well be.
“I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so big,” she says. “It just felt so right.”
Having your wedding at home makes it instantly personal. Planner Elizabeth McKellar of The Nouveau Romantics, who brought Cristina Lynch’s wedding to life, prefers private property events for the fresh challenge they bring—but there are logistical considerations to weigh before deciding to forgo a traditional venue. Here are McKellar’s top five tips for hosting your nuptials at home.
Number of guests: 300+
First dance: “Fascination” (a mariachi song)
Honeymoon: José Ignacio, Uruguay
“It’s a quieter town. People talk about Punta del Este, and this is like an hour away. You can go to vineyards, you can go to the beach. There’s great food everywhere. And it has a little bit of that hippie vibe.”
St. Michael and All Angels Church
Bridal Gown Designer
Oscar de la Renta (ceremony); Nardos Design (reception suit)
Bridal Gown Retailer
Mother’s dress (ceremony); Nardos Design (reception)
Hair & Makeup
The Nouveau Romantics; Stella Fine Flowers
The Nouveau Romantics
Cassandra Fine Catering
The Midnight Special
Beyond Lighting Design
Sandone Productions Inc.
Tent Draping and Custom Decor
Wedding Designer & Planner
The Nouveau Romantics