A Jewish + Hindu Destination Wedding in Antigua, Guatemala

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Tina and David and their most beloved friends and family traveled from around the world to Central America to celebrate their stunning Hindu and Jewish wedding.  Tina shared all the details of their intimate day with us. David and I live to travel so a destination wedding was perfect for us.  We chose to have our wedding in Antigua, Guatemala, an old Spanish colonial city with a breathtaking landscape, beautiful architecture, and warm and friendly people.  We had 70 guests join us in Antigua for a truly unforgettable week-long wedding adventure.”  

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“While the wedding was in Guatemala, I am Hindu, and David is Jewish.  So, we strived to incorporate aspects of all three cultures, as well as our love for adventure and travel, into the festivities.”

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“We kicked off the celebration with one our favorite pastimes – a hike up Guatemala’s most famous active volcano, Volcan Pacaya.  The following day, we hosted a sun and fun-filled lakeside pool party on the shores of the breathtaking 1000-foot deep Lake Atitlan.  The day before the wedding, we put a Guatemalan twist on a traditional Hindu pre-wedding celebration by having a “Mehndi Picnic” on the lush grounds of Casa Capuchinas, a lovely bed and breakfast in the heart of Antigua.  Local henna artists applied traditional henna designs on our guests.  That evening we also held a traditional Jewish “rehearsal” dinner at Restaurant Welten, with poolside cocktails and dinner in Welten’s gorgeous dining room, which is decorated in the style of a colonial Spanish home.  The night ended with a “Torrito,” a unique Guatemalan firework display.”  

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“For the wedding itself, we choose to have both a Hindu and Jewish ceremony.   Both were held outside atop Antigua’s famous El Cerro de la Cruz, a hill that offers a magnificent view of one of the three volcanoes that surround Antigua and overlooks the entire city below.  The mix of the two ceremonies was visually stunning and it was a beautiful way to join both families.”  

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“The reception was held at the temple of Las Capuchinas, a convent built in the 1700s that is beyond gorgeous.  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to celebrate our wedding.  Our wedding planner, Diana Sciarrilo of I Do, Guatemala, did an exceptional job.  Sear Carr or Sean Carr Photography, did an outstanding job capturing the beauty of Antigua and the wedding itself.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sean Carr Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Coordinator + Florals: I Do, Guatemala, Catering: El Convento, Ceremony Site: El Cerro De La Cruz, Reception Venue: Las Capuchinas

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Antigua, Guatemala Destination Wedding Re-Run

Guatemala WeddingsOur fabulous re-run today takes us down to the ancient ruins of Antigua, Guatemala for Ashley and Carlo’s lavish destination wedding.  The glamourous design was only upstaged by the bride’s beauty and the breathtaking historic property on which they wed.

The 400 guest affair (that’s right, we said 400 destination wedding guests!) was full of family, history, and lovely tradition.  The bride describes their big day and the location they landed on.  “Carlo is originally from Guatemala City and we always spend time in Antigua when we travel to see his family and friends and it’s also where we got engaged in March 2009. We love the history, culture, people and raw beauty of the city. It’s a romantic little city filled with crumbling (and preserved) ancient architecture, cobblestone streets and quiet spots to enjoy the views of the volcanoes or the lush landscape crawling with brightly colored flowers and trees.” And in honor of her family, ” I wore my mother’s wedding veil from Priscilla of Boston circa 1976, which my Aunt Dorothy also wore at her wedding.”  So sweet!

Captured by DMPJ by Glen Cooper, the scenes of the city, ceremony, and reception are simply stunning!destination weddings in guatemalaFor their destination wedding invitations, Ashley called upon her talented friend, Nicola of Lettuce Paper, to custom design her save the dates and wedding invitations.  Perfectly capturing the essences of what this event would be like, they decided to keep their vibrant reception color palette a surprise until the big day!destination save the dateNow, when I said vibrant colors, I meant vibrant colors! As Ashley described, “The flowers were selected to reflect the colors of the local textiles and the landscape, deep jewels tone with pops of hot pink, fuchsia, and deep green. The theme was about romance and all things sacred, the setting gave us the foundation to build a beautiful event that exceeded our own expectations.”  It exceeded our expectations too, and we just adore this over the top old-meets-new look of the couple’s dramatic ceremony.pink destination weddingsPost-ceremony was when the party really got started! “We danced, drank and ate until the sun came up!” Ashley told us.  And in a grand reception space like this, lit primarily with custom crafted chandeliers and candles, it’s no surprise no one wanted to leave! The Hotel Casa Santo Domingo was an exquisite backdrop perfect for a destination wedding.dramatic destination wedding receptionsDestination couples like Ashley and Carlo often forgo traditional weddings to celebrate what truly defines them. And if you’re concerned about the family tradition and travel hurtles you may have to face, as they were too, just listen to Ashley’s account of her dream destination wedding: “It reflected who we are as individuals and as a couple- adventurous, big thinkers, who love to entertain, who appreciate the spectacular, who can dance all night and cherish happy times with our friends and family. “ Now if that isn’t reason enough to jet away for your vows, I don’t know what is!

Congratulations Ashley and Carlo!

Destination Wedding Photographer: DMPJ by Glen Cooper

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Invitation Designer: Lettuce Paper, Floral Designer: Patricia Bentacourt, Cake Designer: Cirro Bakery, Band: Karibbean Band, Wedding Dress Designer: Carolina Herrera, Jewelry: Beasley’s Baubles

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Destination Wedding in Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala WeddingsWe are venturing down to the ancient ruins of Antigua, Guatemala today for Ashley and Carlo’s luxurious destination wedding. This wedding, captured by DMPJ by Glen Cooper, is the definition of historic glamour, with a ceremony and reception that are so beautiful, they’ll leave you wanting more. (I know we do!) Not typical in size, over 400 guests got to enjoy the celebration, full of family history and tradition. From Ashley, “Carlo is originally from Guatemala City and we always spend time in Antigua when we travel to see his family and friends and it’s also where we got engaged in March 2009.  We love the history, culture, people and raw beauty of the city.  It’s a romantic little city filled with crumbling (and preserved) ancient architecture, cobblestone streets and quiet spots to enjoy the views of the volcanoes or the lush landscape crawling with brightly colored flowers and trees.” And in honor of her family, ” I wore my mother’s wedding veil from Priscilla of Boston circa 1976, which my Aunt Dorothy also wore at her wedding.”destination weddings in guatemalaAshley was also lucky enough to have a very talented friend, Nicola of Lettuce Paper, custom design her save the dates and invitations, which gave the perfect introductory nod to the feel of their wedding, while still leaving the vibrant colors to come a surprise!destination save the dateNow, when I said vibrant colors, I meant vibrant colors! In Ashley’s words, “The flowers were selected to reflect the colors of the local textiles and the landscape, deep jewels tone with pops of hot pink, fuchsia, and deep green. The theme was about romance and all things sacred, the setting gave us the foundation to build a beautiful event that exceeded our own expectations.” It exceeded our expectations too, and we are absolutely swooning over the old-meets-new look of the couple’s dramatic ceremony.pink destination weddingsOh, don’t worry, the drama didn’t end with “I do.”  In the words of the bride, “We danced, drank and ate until the sun came up!” And in a grand reception space like this, lit primarily with custom crafted chandeliers and candles, who wouldn’t?  Hotel Casa Santo Domingo was an exquisite backdrop that any destination bride dreams of and, well, will let the pictures speak for the rest!dramatic destination wedding receptionsDestination couples like Ashley and Carlo often forgo traditional weddings to celebrate what truly defines them. And if you’re concerned about the family tradition and travel hurtles you may have to face, as they were too, just listen to Ashley’s account of her dream destination wedding: “It reflected who we are as individuals and as a couple- adventurous, big thinkers, who love to entertain, who appreciate the spectacular, who can dance all night and cherish happy times with our friends and family. “ Now if that isn’t reason enough to jet away for your vows, I don’t know what is!

Congratulations Ashley and Carlo!

Destination Wedding Photographer: DMPJ by Glen Cooper

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Invitation Designer: Lettuce Paper, Floral Designer: Patricia Bentacourt, Cake Designer: Cirro Bakery, Band: Karibbean Band, Wedding Dress Designer: Carolina Herrera, Jewelry: Beasley’s Baubles

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