REAL WEDDING: DAY OF THE DEAD THEME
Be inspired by this destination wedding in Guatemala with a very special inspiration: Honouring the Death.
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Nestor & Yunie have been legally married quite a while already. They already have a family set up in Florida. Yunie works in client relations for different newspapers and Nestor has one of the best tattoo ink shops in Florida.
The reason why they decided to get married on Guatemala is due to a very unfortunate incident. Nestor’s brother, Carlos, died tragically the year before she started planning their wedding. Nestor’s family had scatter his ashes in the ruins of Capuchinas in Guatemala, where they are from.
The couple wanted to celebrate their wedding in Lake Atitlan, one of the most magical lakes in the world. After a little first chat, she changed her original idea in a way they could honour Nestor’s brother. This was the reason why the couple ended up saying the beautiful vows at the garden of the Ruins of the Old Convent of Capuchinas in Antigua, Guatemala, where the spirit of Nestor’s brother lies.
Aside from the officiant ceremony, the couple had a Mayan blessing of their union where they scattered some of the ashes that were left of Carlos. A great way of honouring him and making him part of the ceremony of their love.
Nico, the couple’s son, was in charge of carrying the rings that would make this family come together. The two flower girls had a black little detail on their dresses as well as a pumpkin flower basket. Since the first minute she new she was going to have a Dia de los Muertos wedding with a white & gold pumpkin greenery decoration and the date was perfect for it. As the bride & groom walked out as husband and wife the guest had bubbles on their seats with a skeleton and Mexican hat on them to blow out. Each guest had a place card with their name on it with coloured skulls dancing, Tequila Patrón was given out as favours for the guest with the logo of a skull, the kids got to change into their costumes and all the catering and wedding planner team got their faces painted as “Catrinas” after the ceremony. Some of the children painted their faces as an entertainment for them as well as eating all the tasty Guatemalan treats that were giving out as the children of the streets normally do. All bridesmaids dressed in black and the reception site full of candles brought quite a dark setting into the old Temple.
The day of the Saints is celebrated everywhere in Guatemala on November 1st flying huge kites on the air at Sumpango. The tradition is that this kite take the messages that are painted or embroidered in them to the sky and their love ones. The whole family took a trip on a chicken bus to Sumpango the day after the wedding to live this experience. It was so important to them and Carlos had such a big part of this wedding that he even had a painting of him next to the cake. It was all about honouring his memory.
THE WEDDING VENDORS
Venue ANTIGUO CONVENTO CAPUCHINAS, ANTIGUA
Ceremony & Cocktail Garden, Reception at the Temple
Photography JORGE ORTIZ JARQUIN .com
Catering EVENTOS ADRIANA
Décor GARCÍA ARCHILA DECORACIÓN
DJ & Dance Floor DJ CARLOS ORDOÑEZ
Cake SOFÍA COBIÁN
Hair Stylist VILMA COY
Make Up VIVI JO MAKE UP
Ceremony Music + Marimba + Reception Jazz VINILO MUSIC
Wedding Planner MARRY ME IN GUATEMALA BY DREAM EVENTS