A San Miguel de Allende Wedding Dream at Casa Hyder


February 7, 2024
Words by Marisol Acosta
Photos courtesy of Ricardo Arellano

On a regular workday, Sean prepared himself for a meeting where they would meet the newest member of their team, Katie. He had no idea he was about to meet the future love of his life. After seven years of love, laughter, and adventures, Sean and Katie married amongst the brightly colored architecture of Casa Hyder and the surrounding city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Having traveled the globe together, in 2019 Sean and Katie visited this historic town and promptly fell in love with everything about it. San Miguel de Allende is one of Guanajuato, Mexico’s shining cities fully immersed in rich history and adorned with incredible architecture. The city sits at a high elevation above sea level, presenting gorgeous landscapes and the Laja River to accent it. With its cobblestone streets winding throughout historic buildings, great food and a cosmopolitan feel, it’s no wonder this globe-trotting couple chose it as a place of celebration. “We love to travel the world,” says the bride, “and, we wanted our wedding to be true to who we are as a couple.”

signature cocktail sign, Katie with friends, tequila tasting barcouple with piñata, rainbow Papel Picado, striped guest gift bag

Planning the wedding in a destination that spoke to her, Katie happily took on the task of researching venues. Once she found Casa Hyder with its traditional, yet vibrant colonial architecture, she knew it would be the place to set the scene for their Mexico nuptials. Armed with an amazing wedding planner, the bride and groom got to work on getting their final details organized and making a wedding planning trip there to take a look at the venue.

Katie and Sean's procession throughout San Miguel de Allende

The week of the wedding was nothing short of an epic adventure. No detail was spared in showcasing the things that make Mexico traditional and unique. At the welcome party, strings of Papel Picado, a Mexican tradition of colorful paper banners, were strung over the pool. The bride and groom also partook in their wedding procession complete with the tradition born in the city of incorporating Mojigangas while mariachi’s played. Mojigangas, are papier-mache larger-than-life puppets commonly used in celebrations and events in San Miguel de Allende. A tradition that began all the way back in the 16th century, this fun custom evolved to reflect different journeys. The adorably playful puppets were featured in Sean and Katie’s procession as they danced and celebrated through the streets of the city.

bridesmaids first look and stationerycouple's first look with San Miguel chapel in background, ceremony setup, Katie with bouquet couple's portraits, bride and bridesmaids in various colored dresses

When the day the two would seal their vows approached, Casa Hyder was dressed head to toe in white and silver accents. Double iron doors framed in hanging Amaranthus and white roses and carnations made the perfect fusion of old and new as a backdrop for the bride and groom to say “I do”. With their dear friend officiating their ceremony as they spoke the vows the couple wrote themselves, this sentimental touch brought joy to the day.  

ceremony at Casa Hydercouple walking out of ceremony, Casa Hyder reception setup

The reception was carefully curated to reflect the theme the couple were looking for. A tequila tasting table greeted their guests during cocktail hour. In wanting to include their beloved dog in the festivities, they had napkins embossed with the pup’s likeness and cocktails named in her honor. Even the tiered wedding cake had a cute dog figurine representing their furry family member. In the courtyard, a clear tent with star lanterns hung gracefully over the guests. As the couple took the floor for their First Dance, sparklers illuminated the edges of the floor creating a magical effect. As the sun set in the sky, the lanterns twinkled above the dance floor as the party grooved and danced throughout the night.

groomsmen laughing together, cake with a figurine of couple's dog, Katie with flower girl wedding party on stairs with lush greenery at Casa Hyder

Putting together the perfect day can be an adventure in itself. When reflecting on their amazing day, the bride had this to say, “Remember what this day is about and things may go wrong but at the end of the day it is small in comparison to what the day represents! Soak it all up!”

where in the world are you sitting chart, place setting, wedding crew waving at camera first dance with star lanternsfirst dance with cold fireworks, reception at night, toasts dance floor, bride dancing with dad, couple cutting the cake

Vendors: Photography: Ricardo Arellano; Planning & Design, Cake: Penzi Weddings; Venue: Casa Hyder; Hair: Lorena Merino; Makeup: Josue Vazquez; Florist: Angelica de Solache; Cake: Jacinto Patisserie; Bridal Gown: Berta; Menswear: The Black Tux; Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids; Videography: Mucho Amor Films; Wedding Submission Services: Published + Pretty

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