Destination I Do
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gorgeous Guatemalan Nuptials

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of FunkyTown Photography

Vicki and Alex weren’t so much sold on the idea of a destination wedding, but a specific location. “My brother got married in Antigua 10 years ago and ever since I knew I wanted to be married there as well,” says the bride. “It just so happened that Alex’s sister was assigned Guatemala while in the Peace Corp, so we both had ties to the location.” So, over the course of a 14-month engagement, Vicki and Alex planned the tropical wedding of their dreams.

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The bride credits her mother and wedding planners with being the brains behind the entire operation. After multiple visits to Guatemala and endless emails, the couples guests began to arrive for the big day. “We provided our guests with transportation to and from the Guatemala City Airport, as well as wedding events,” says the couple. “Drop off and pick-up times were all scheduled in advance by [Alex’s] father, which allowed us to communicate all of this to our guests ahead of time.”

When the big day finally arrived, Vicki was gorgeous in a Mori Lee gown paired with a dramatic, cathedral-length veil. Both the ceremony and reception were held at the Casa Santo Domingo – a former monastery turned hotel-museum. The couple was unique in opting for a nighttime ceremony which was made even more dramatic with the use of thousands of candles. No doubt this is one of the more dramatic ceremony sites we have seen here at DID.

After all was said and done, the couple had the Antigua, Guatemala destination wedding they had always envisioned. While planning would have been easier with a hometown wedding and more guests would have been able to attend, Vicki and Alex don’t regret their decision for a second. The bride has some last advice for other couples planning their own destination wedding.

“We had 14 months between our engagement and our wedding day. In the beginning and middle, most of us, except for my mom, kept saying ‘Oh, we have time!’ One thing we learned is that the date creeps-up quicker than you expect. The more you can do ahead of time, the better and less stressful it is for everyone involved.”

Vendors: Photographer: FunkyTown Photography, Wedding Planner: Paty & Lisi Wedding & Event Planners, Ceremony/Reception Site: Casa Santo Domingo, Florist: Tish Pivaral, Stationery Graphic Designer: Hector M. Gonzalez, Stationery Printer: La Copia Fiel in Antigua, Cake: Pasteles Antoinette, Hair & Makeup: Petra Makeup Studio and Verónica Lopez, Gown Designer: Mori Lee, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Jones New York, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: Dessy/Jones of New York, Flower Girl Dresses: Lorena Da’Costa, Transportation: Antigua Tours, LLC

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