Client Names: Maria & Stephen
Wedding Date: July 11, 2009
Ceremony and Reception Location: Casa Santo Domingo in la Antigua, Guatemala
Bridal Gown: created by Diagonal by Pronovias
Bridesmaid’s Gowns: Vineyard collection by Priscilla of Boston
Make-up & Hair: Paola Alvarado
Music: Ensamble Magistral
Wedding Photographer: Christina Craft, FunkyTown Photography, Vancouver, British Columbia Wedding Photographer
la Antigua, Guatemala is one of the oldest cities in Central & South America, dating back to 1524 and its Spanish colonial architecture and scenic mountains are now the backdrop of some of the most beautiful weddings in the world. Maria & Stephen hosted close to 400 guests – half of them flying in from all over the USA.
Maria’s family is originally from la Antigua and the wedding ceremony honored the traditions of Guatemala at the Casa Santo Domingo Cathedral & Hotel. The ceremony was lit by 2,000 candles and a symphony orchestra entertained everyone while they waited for Maria’s arrival. The reception was a blow-your-mind party with a 21-piece band that played until 4:00 a.m. to a packed dance floor.
I attend quite a few destination weddings every year and I have to say Casa Santo Domingo in la Antigua tops the list. I would recommend this location to any couple considering a wedding in Latin America. The city of la Antigua is accessible, friendly and there are lots of English-speaking vendors. This particular venue is is host to many international weddings of all sizes.
The Casa Santo Domingo Cathedral is partly in ruins from earthquakes that hit the region in the 1700s. This is the entrance to the cathedral, lit by 2,000 candles.
The Casa Santo Domingo Cathedral accommodates more than 400 guests. Maria & Stephen’s ceremony was held at night.
Maria’s father walking her up the aisle
Stealing a kiss en route to the reception at the Casa Santo Domingo.
Flamenco-style bridal Gown was created by Diagonal by Pronovias & Veil by Pronovias.
We went all over la Antigua for some day-time portraits with Maria, including this stop at these ruins, which is now a backdrop for outdoor concerts in la Antigua.
Portraits of Maria & Stephen.
Wedding portraits from the town centre in la Antigua, Guatemala.
Every detail was perfection – thousands of candles lit the reception area at the Casa Santo Domingo with seating & catering for 400 guests.
Father-daughter dance & detail photo of the 21-piece band (Ensamble Magistral)
After the first dances, the bride & groom were joined by their parents to do a toast to their guests (speeches were done the night before during the rehearsal dinner).
The reception always had something visual grabbing your attention – including flying confetti & a bubble blowing machine.
Guests were handed party favors, including hats, masks & shakers.
The tequila bandit was a popular attraction on the dance floor.
The band passed around purple balloons for everyone to shake on the dance floor.
Maria & Stephen entertain the crowd.
At the end of the night, the band grabbed all the girls to the stage to play some banjos.