- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
It has been 9 months since we said “I do” and I am only now getting around to our recap. We were married on November 5th, 2011 in Oaxaca, Mexico, which is a beautiful colonial city in southern Mexico with cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture, and delicious food. We stayed at the beautiful Camino Real Oaxaca, where our reception was also held. It is an old ex-convent which has been transformed into a hotel. Our wedding was at the Templo de Santo Domingo, a golden baroque church that was built in the 1600s. We ended up with 112 people in attendance, including children.
We tried to incorporate traditional touches where we could. We used the Mexican “laso” and “arras” in our church ceremony, we had a traditional Oaxacan wedding parade back to our reception site, we visited an Zapotec archaeological site with our guests, we decorated with traditional punched paper (“papel picado”) and served regional specialties for dinner. We also heavily emphasized music, from the choir at church, to the marimbas, and mariachis. People danced all night!
Everyone said they had so much fun, and it certainly was a new experience for some of our guests who had not traveled to Mexico before. As for us, we had the time of our lives. We could not have asked for a more joyful, colorful, and special day. See pics below!
My beautiful bouquet. Not the colors or flowers I asked for but I loved it anyway!
My Enzoani Ellen dress. Loved it!
I wore the earrings my mom wore on her wedding day. It made me feel so connected to her.
Meanwhile, the groom also got ready.
And then, it was time for our first look!
Such an emotional and amazing moment!
Then, we had family photos and headed off to church.
Dad and I walked to church alone. We sang Beatles songs and told jokes to keep the nerves at bay.
We waited outside beautiful Santo Domingo till it was time.
Walking down the aisle at Santo Domingo.
Saying our vows.
Once our wedding was over, we headed outside.
Shared a kiss…and were greeted by this:
With the band playing, the dancers dancing, and all our wedding guests in tow, we paraded through the streets of Oaxaca to our reception site.
We arrived to cocktail hour in the garden…
And then, on to dinner and dancing in the ballroom, which used to be a chapel when this hotel was a convent.
Punched paper (papel picado) decoration…
Place cards in Mexican pottery (talavera) frames…
We ate, danced, and cut cake…
A Mexican tile themed cake!
Then, the party started!
The night wore on, and we danced until 3 in the morning…such a wonderful day to start our lives together!