A fun gaming themed wedding in Bolivia
06 Aug 2021
Andrea Viscafe and Arturo Vivian tied the knot in front of 200 guests with the ultimate wedding party
Photography: Sergio Echazu
Wedding planner Valessa Sahashi tells us about the couple's big day, which took place in May 2020.
Tell us about how they met.
They met in La Paz, Bolivia in 2018, through friends in common. Arturo was mesmerised by Andrea; he couldn't sleep the night they met, he wanted to date her, but she didn't. She actually had a boyfriend, but Arturo didn't give up. Obviously, it worked because both of them are crazy in love.
How did they choose the place to get married?
We did specific scouting since the couple wanted the reception in a big garden. That is how we found this jewel in the midst of the best of the city, however, we had to improve it a bit since it only had a plain garden.
Did the couple have any special requests for their wedding?
Turns out that they love Mario Bros (well, mostly the groom), so when they entered the reception we played the music of the game, which was was cute and funny. Also, the cake topper resembled the couple in Mario Bros shapes. The most fun part was when we made special costumes for the catering service, so they changed their uniforms into Mario bros costumes and started to serve Jägermeister shots to the guests.
How did you come up with the concept of this wedding?
The couple love navy blue, so we decided to start from there. We wanted a very elegant setting; the colour palette featured gold, navy blue, ivory, baby pink and black. The inspiration for this wedding was simply chic and elegant. For the decor and table setting, we decided to use orchids in the colours of the palette. We also wanted the guests to take the orchids home as a souvenir.
How did this wedding change your career as a wedding planner/creator?
It made me realise that not everything is protocol, there is room for being flexible. With this I mean I would have never thought to use Mario Bros figures, and would never have used the music for the bride and groom to enter the reception. However, this career is about the couple's wishes and all I can do is to become the channel to make their dreams come true.
Were there any challenges for this wedding?
Mostly because of the pandemic, so I decided to have use of the whole room for the tables at the reception, with a considerable amount of space between them, a huge dance floor, and all the considerations for the health of the guests, and my team. We also had to find solutions when the band wasn't cooperating with us, as they wanted to play different songs to those we had previously chosen. Yet we came to learn that this was because the leader of the band had died a couple of months before the wedding took place, and it was him who had the playlist and the contract.
Steal Their Style:
Wedding planner/creator: Valessa Sahashi
Photographer: Sergio Echazu
Ceremony venue: Santa Rosa, Church in La Paz
Reception venue: Club de La Paz, Jardines
Cinematography: Vineta Video
Catering: Pampa Catering
Officiant: Padre Svaek
Flowers: Once Upon Eventos
Cake: Miss Brioche
Bridal shoes: Aldo
Band: Charlie y la dosis perfecta
Tent, dance floor, bar: Once Upon Rental