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Real Weddings | Casa Santo Domingo, la Antigua, Guatemala | Vancouver Wedding Photographer Christina Craft | Maria & Stephen

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
Flowers: Escenica
Make-up & Hair: Paola Alvarado
Music: Ensamble Magistral
Wedding Photographer: Christina Craft, FunkyTown Photography, Vancouver, British Columbia Wedding Photographer

Wedding Description
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.

Wedding Photography by Christina Craft | Vancouver, British Columbia wedding photographer, ISPWP Member
website: FunkyTown Photography | email: info@funkytownphotography.com | phone: (250) 813-0846

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Maria’s Preparations

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Maria’s Preparations

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

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.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

The Casa Santo Domingo Cathedral accommodates more than 400 guests. Maria & Stephen’s ceremony was held at night.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Maria’s father walking her up the aisle

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

The Kiss.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Stealing a kiss en route to the reception at the Casa Santo Domingo.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Flamenco-style bridal Gown was created by Diagonal by Pronovias & Veil by Pronovias.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

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.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Portraits of Maria & Stephen.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Wedding portraits from the town centre in la Antigua, Guatemala.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Every detail was perfection – thousands of candles lit the reception area at the Casa Santo Domingo with seating & catering for 400 guests.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Father-daughter dance & detail photo of the 21-piece band (Ensamble Magistral)

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

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).

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

The reception always had something visual grabbing your attention – including flying confetti & a bubble blowing machine.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Guests were handed party favors, including hats, masks & shakers.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

The tequila bandit was a popular attraction on the dance floor.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

The band passed around purple balloons for everyone to shake on the dance floor.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

Maria & Stephen entertain the crowd.

Real Wedding by Vancouver Wedding Photographer FunkyTown, Casa Santo Domingo Guatemala

At the end of the night, the band grabbed all the girls to the stage to play some banjos.

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Wedding Photography by Christina Craft | Vancouver, British Columbia wedding photographer, ISPWP Member
website: FunkyTown Photography | email: info@funkytownphotography.com | phone: (250) 813-0846

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  1. Christina great job simply fabulous pics and my pic out of them is Portraits of Maria & Stephen

  2. Love the lighting, the atmosphere, and sheer sense of fun in these pics! great vision and presentation of well-crafted images, Christina!

  3. The first picture is breathtaking … Good glance, very good! The rest of the service is a tribute to your skill.

  4. William G. says:

    Great job Christina. Loved all the images you took. Gosh! Wished I’m there too. It’s so happening!!!

  5. What an incredible location! Must be something in the water up there in Vancouver. So many talented photographers.

  6. You’re so nice!!!

  7. This is one of the interesting posts that I have founded today. The pictures you have put here are just awesome. Keep sharing!

  8. elegantpark says:

    You must have a wonderful wedding party

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