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San Miguel de Allende Wedding

This wedding is my everything. From the first shot of the Bride’s perfect shoes, to the couples’ last dance – every image captured by Evan Hunt Photo left me in complete and utter awe. It’s the definition of my dream destination wedding, and if you missed any bit of it in our latest SMP Fashion & Beauty Magazine, have no fear, you can see every perfect moment right here.

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From Evan Hunt PhotoZana & Rich met in the Navy and fell in love while traveling the world together. Rich flew Drones in Afghanistan for a year while she awaited his return and shortly after they tied the knot in San Miguel de Allende amongst family and friends.

Their love is one of strength and authenticity. A love that oceans cannot separate.

San Miguel de Allende is known for it’s colorful culture and architecture and is located in the eastern part of the state of Guanajuato. Shortly after being declared the first municipality declared independent of Spanish rule after the Mexican War of Independence, the city was on the verge of becoming a ghost town if it weren’t for local artists who moved in and began cultural and artistic institutions, which the town is still known for today.

The oldest part of the town is the square, established in 1555 and housing one of the most incredible landmarks in all of Mexico, the Parish Church of San Miguel.

Photography: Evan Hunt Photo | Reception Location: Tierra Andentro | Bride's Shoes: BCBG | Jewelry: BHLDN | Rings: Zales | Bridesmaid's dresses: BCBG Maxazria | Calligraphy: Zana Puchalski (Bride) | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal | Church / Ceremony: Igleasia San Francisco San Miguel De Allende | Groom/Groomsmen suites: Calvin Klein

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San Miguel de Allende Wedding from Emily Scannell Photography

This wedding is why I love Style Me Pretty so very much. It’s one of those weddings that breathes, that smiles, that has soul and style and substance. And while it’s wildly different than my own nuptials, it has its own kind of beauty that brings out a lazy, long and authentic smile every time I pore through the images. Photographed by Emily Scannell, we are smitten for this San Miguel beauty. And click here to see so much more.










From the Bride… San Miguel de Allende is a charming colonial town, resting on a hillside of the Bajio mountains in central Mexico. It is the birthplace of my great-grandparents and where Matt and I first vacationed together as a couple. I’ve always held a special affection for Mexico in my heart and liked the idea of having a destination wedding. After Matt proposed, it seemed like the perfect setting. I knew our wedding was going to be very intimate. I wanted our 45 guests to have an experience, not just with our wedding, but with this very special place in the world. I took on the majority of planning the wedding to ensure personal touches and details were a true reflection of Matt and me. I drew inspiration from the romantic, 400-year-old hacienda where we spent our day, as well as my dress — rustic elegance with a romantic sophistication. The house had an authentic beauty that I did not want to change. The rooftop ceremony at sunset only needed touches of nube bundles (Mexican flowers that my mom and I had a blast discovering at the local mercado) candles, chairs and a guitar duo. The ceremony was led by a close friend. Matt and I not only wrote our own vows but also the ceremony. We incorporated phrases from Mexican-American poet/author Luis Urrea, traditional Catholic vows and our own sentiments. After the ceremony, we had traditional mariachis, who played “Son de la Negra” (my parents exited the church to the same song) as we processioned out into the street for our wedding parade with a tequila burro. All of our guests drank tequila and danced through the town square and then back to the house. Upon our return, the bougainvillea-adorned courtyard was candlelit with rustic wooden tables, antique lace runners and burning candelabras. We had a delicious, three-course, sit-down dinner, which ended with a tres leches cake drizzled with chocolate. And then, of course, we danced into the night! We felt nothing but a tremendous amount of gratitude, joy, friendship, love y destino. :)  

Wedding Photography: Emily Scannell Photography / Wedding Venue: Casa Caprichio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico / Wedding Planning + Catering: Penzi / Wedding Invitations: Mariah Walcutt / Flowers, Wedding Website, Sighs, Loteria Guest Book Postcards, Table Runners, Save-the-Dates, Menus + Seating Chart: DIY / Wedding Dress: Manuel Mota for Pronovias / Bride’s Veil: Handmade / Maid of Honor’s Dress: BCBG

Mexico Wedding by Sheri Whitko Photography

Ger ready for a totally vibrant, totally colorful, and totally gorgeous Central Mexico wedding that will have you re-thinking your plans for a destination wedding on the beach. Yup, that’s right, there’s no water in sight here and it’s oh-so refreshing. Sheri Whitko Photography captured this gorgeous wedding and the beyond beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende to perfection. I seriously can’t stop staring at all that beautiful bougainvillea! Click here for more.

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From the bride… Kevin and I knew as soon as we got engaged that we wanted to have a destination wedding in Mexico, but we never really saw ourselves having the typical Mexican beach wedding. Upon a friend’s recommendation, we checked out San Miguel de Allende, an old colonial town in central Mexico. It was love at first sight. San Miguel is a fairy tale little town filled with cobblestone streets, romantic alleyways covered in bougainvillea and enchanting doorways. It transports you back in time and makes you feel as though you walked into another world. We knew instantly that it was where we wanted to get married. We have always loved Mexico, and we hoped by getting married there, we would be able to spend more time with our guests and create a more personalized experience. We were also on a pretty strict budget and knew that our money would be able go a lot further in Mexico than in California.

We wanted our wedding to feel as personal as possible, but more than anything we wanted to make sure that our guests knew how happy and grateful we were that they had come all the way to Mexico to celebrate with us. We had suitcases completely full of snacks and goodies that we used in our welcome bags, and other suitcases full of just decorations. We wrote handwritten letters to each guest, thanking them for coming and expressing how lucky we felt to have such great people in our lives, and used these as our escort cards. As part of our ceremony, we wrote letters to each other and sealed them away in a wooden box with a bottle of wine, to be used as a sort of “time capsule” that we will open years from now on a later anniversary. Our budget restricted us from getting a photo booth, so we made a faux photo booth that doubled as our guestbook and had everyone take pictures with a Polaroid camera and then write us a note.

Our goal was to have a wedding that was colorful, vibrant and reflective of the local culture, but still representative of us. One of my favorite parts of the day was the celebratory tequila parade that followed immediately after our ceremony. It is local tradition that after the ceremony you and your guests walk the streets of San Miguel so that the locals can come out to congratulate you and wish you a long and happy marriage. We started off this parade with a tequila donkey and huge ten-foot tall puppets called mojigangas and then followed behind an amazing eight-piece mariachi band as they led us throughout the streets. To say it was fun is an understatement. There were so many times that we wondered if we were crazy for having a destination wedding, in central Mexico no less, but it was the best decision we could have made. Our friends and family got to genuinely know each and become friends themselves. The sheer enormity of having that many people travel so far to celebrate with you was the most incredibly powerful, overwhelming, and happy feeling I have ever experienced. It was completely worth any stress and anxiety that came with it, and we would do it over again in a heartbeat.

Wedding Photography: Sheri Whitko Photography / Event Coordination: Alicia Villar of San Miguel Weddings / Venue: Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza / Bridal Belt: Twisted Crystals / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Hair Flower: Presumptuous Me / Wine Box: Naturally Aspen / Guestbook Backdrop: AngelG / Polaroid Guestbook: The Handmade Boutique / Faux Photo Booth: DIY

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