I am fairly certain that I will be spending this lovely Thursday morning all wrapped up in this stunning Mexico soiree by Holly Wilmeth, so I should probably start clearing my calendar now. Boasting beautiful blooms, a beyond gorgeous location and one of my favorite gowns of all time from Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, this intimate affair is what I call destination wedding perfection. All planned by Alicia Vilar Segura of San Miguel Weddings, there is not a single detail that I don't completely adore. Click here for more.
From the Bride... Cy and I met through a mutual friend who had lived with my cousin, Julia, in Mexico City. Cy had attended the University of New Mexico with my cousins. We were introduced over a beer, became fast friends over movies and Red Vines, and started dating 6 months later. My cousin, Julia, was my Maid of Honor and actually introduced me to San Miguel de Allende, our wedding location.
My goal was to have a small, intimate wedding that was a reflection of my husband and me. We love culture, interesting food, beautiful and creative surroundings, and our family and friends. Our wedding was a perfect combination of all of that. We introduced our family and friends to San Miguel de Allende, a colorful colonial town in Mexico. Many of our friends and most of our family had never been to San Miguel. They all loved everything about it – the food, the sights, the people, and the markets! Cy and I loved planning the menu for our reception; we wanted to share a unique blend of modern Mexican cuisine with our guests. I also wanted to make sure my cake was delicious, and still beautifully unique. I’ve never seen a cake I’ve loved more– the white shaved chocolate and the fresh flowers were divine. I asked my wedding planner to have cream and white Otomi (hand-embroidered with beautiful birds, and indigenous to Mexico) table runners made for each table. These beautiful handcrafted pieces were not only stunning but also exhibited the extraordinary talent of Mexican artistry. The fabulous Mariachi band at our cocktail hour also showcased the talent and beauty of the Mexican culture. Antique silver frames with our parents’, grandparents’ and great grandparents’ weddings were the first thing my guests saw as they were greeted with champagne upon entering our wedding venue. Showing our friends those who came before us and have inspired us and helped lead us to this day was important to us. Having our family and most special friends there to share the day with made our day complete.
Cy and I spent many hours creating our ceremony and our program.We were blessed to have a family member, Reverend Erin Bair (Who happens to be my sister-in-law’s sister!) as our officiant. Cyrus and I each chose unique readings that meant something special to us. We wrote our vows together and based them on a beautiful sermon that was written to honor one my best friends and mentor, Sr. Peg Dolan. She evoked love in every aspect of her life and my mom believes it was Sr. Peg relentless prayers that led me to meet Cy. My father sang the Irish Blessing (a tribute to my Irish heritage) to us at the end of our wedding. In our program, we wanted to celebrate the people who played a part of our wedding. We made sure to list each individual and why they were special to us. We also described the traditions and symbols of our ceremony and my attire (ie something borrowed, etc) so our guests knew exactly why our ceremony was the way it was. Every part of our ceremony shared a bit of our hearts with our guests.
My wedding planner was superb! Because it was a destination wedding, I needed help coordinating all the details I knew I wanted. Having Alicia in San Miguel helping me was one of the best decisions I made. My advice, know what you want and go for it!! I hesitated to get married in Mexico because I thought that people might not want to travel to Mexico or be unable to make the long trip. I knew though, that San Miguel was where Cy and I had to get married. I had known it for a long time. The town, the food, the culture, the energy – it just called our names. I was right! I should have never second-guessed myself because of the fear of other people’s reactions.
Wedding Photography: Holly Wilmeth / Lodging: Casa Tierra Negra, The Rosewood Hotel, Hotel Matilda + Various Private Homes provided by Casa Elegantes / Wedding Coordination: Alicia Vilar Segura of San Miguel Weddings / Ceremony + Reception Location: Casa Elegantes / Cake Design: El Petit Four / Stationery: Paper Joy / Hair, Floral Design + DJ: Provided by San Miguel Weddings / Make-up: Friend / Wedding Gown: Anna Maier Ulla Maija (Bianca Gown) via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Belt: Amy Kuschel via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Headpiece + Veil: Custom Francesca Bianco, Phoenix / Wedding Ring: Gauthier / Earrings: Nadri / Right Hand Ring: Borrowed from Mother of the Bride (a Sapphire and Diamond ring – my something blue and borrowed) / Bride's Shoes: Caparros / Bridesmaid Dresses: Enzoani