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Festive + Traditional Wedding in Guanajuato, Mexico

On the eve of this wedding in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, the bridal party and their guests participated in a callejoneada – a walking serenade and folkloric parade unique to the area led by performers wearing papier-mâché replicas of the Bride and Groom. The event was filled with joyful dancing and tequila, setting the tone for the festive wedding day itself. With traditions and local culture infused throughout, this Mexico wedding captured by n.barrett Photography is a can’t miss!


From n.barrett PhotographyMadalyn and Job had a magical wedding weekend in San Miguel de Allende. On Friday, friends and family gathered for the callejoneada, which is a walking serenade through the city, where tequila flows like water. It is a folkloric event unique to Guanajuato, Mexico. Painted papier-mâché replicas of the Bride and Groom dance through the streets with family and friends close behind. It’s the most theatrical and colorful celebration!

The couple was married the next day at the beautiful Villa Xido, a private garden residence just at the edge of town. The home sits on a hilltop overlooking the vast fields of Mexico. The reflection pool is a bonus to the expansive views. The couple did a first look at Casa No Name, a hidden retreat in the heart of town. Then we set out to create the perfect portrait in front of the iconic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour. This included signature mango and tamarind margaritas and a full Mariachi band. A tented reception followed complete with first dance sparklers! What a weekend!



Photography: N Barrett Photography | Coordination: Penzi | Floral Design: Penzi | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vince Camuto | Catering: Penzi | Makeup: DANIEL ZAMORA | DJ: Omar Colunga | Groom's Attire: To Boot NY | Groom's Attire: BRAVO TUX | Officiant: Dr. Sergio Antonio Estrada-Groom's father | Venue: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Bridal Boutique: Weddings By Debbie | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Groom's Ring: Helzberg Diamonds | Hairpiece: Nadri | Rentals: Penzi | Robes: Jenny Yoo

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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.


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 | Reception Location: Tierra Andentro | Bride's Shoes: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Jewelry: BHLDN | Rings: Zales | Bridesmaid's dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | 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

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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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San Miguel de Allende Wedding by Gabriella New York Bridal Salon + Holly Wilmeth

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.

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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

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Mexican Inspired Wedding, IV

We have a few more absolutely gorgeous photographs and details that the fabulous Margaret Singer sent over for today’s featured affair. An affair that seems to just get better and better, doesn’t it?

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From MargaretThe wedding ceremony and reception took place at the Hotel Antigua Villa Santa Monica, a boutique hotel with 14 rooms converted from a monastery built in the 1400’s. The couple knew they wanted the wedding events to take place outside and this venue provided multiple settings for the ceremony and reception. The outdoor pool provided the perfect backdrop for a garden ceremony and cocktail hour. The reception was held in the open-air courtyard of the hacienda.

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This could be my new favorite wedding. Thank you so much to Margaret for sending our way. We LOVE your work and can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve. If you haven’t already, spend some time on Margaret’s site. It’s absolutely incredible.

Mexico Inspired Wedding, III

Margaret Singer always sends me the best weddings. Each one is so unique and yet so incredible vibrant.  Remember Chris and Todd’s intimate ceremony and chic reception on the beach? Well today’s featured affair is just as lovely, just as fun!

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LOVE the colors, love the festive, fun environment. Most of all, love the bride and groom that look like they are having a really great time. Just as it should be. So much more on the way!

Mexican Inspired Wedding, II

The best part about today’s featured wedding is the couple. Hands down one of the most gorgeous and fun loving couples we’ve ever featured, full of spunk and personality, not afraid to let loose and really enjoy their affair!

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The bride is rocking a Pronovias gown and the groom is in a Mark Shale custom suit. Here are a few more wedding details from Margaret Singer, the photographer behind this gorgeous wedding…

Guests were greeted at the hotel prior to the ceremony with traditional Mexican drinks, Jamaica water and horchata. After the ceremony the couple was escorted into the pool-side cocktail hour by a ten piece mariachi band. A traditional “tequila donkey” roamed the courtyard providing tequila shots for guests from custom made porcelain shot glasses. Table cards were tied to tin Mexican stars which each guest took to find their tables aptly numbered in Spanish. At the tables guests were given a bag of Mexican wedding cookies. A surprise fireworks display and taco cart at midnight was the perfect send-off and conclusion to this modern Mexican wedding.

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Ahhh, swooning. I SO wish that I was at this wedding. It’s just so full of life, it looks like a complete and total party. We have lots more on the way so stay tuned!

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Mexican Inspired Wedding

If there is one type of wedding that I am always excited to attend…it’s one that is all about the fun. Of course, I love perfect details more than I can possibly say, so a wedding that has great touches and a general sense of laid back excitement is one that I will easily fall in love with.

Which is exactly why I wanted to share this absolutely awesome, unbelievably vibrant wedding that the oh-so-talented Margaret Singer sent me…

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From the lovely photographer, Margaret Singer

While in his senior year at Miami University in Oxford, Damon heard stories of a beautiful, independent, free spirit of a girl at the University of Missouri through his high school best friend. The beautiful girl was of course Adhar. After graduation in May of 2004 the couple met for the first time while back home in St. Louis. It was love at first sight.

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Adhar grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and always imagined her wedding in the beautiful colonial town set in a valley in the Sierra Madre Mountains. On an impulse, Adhar invited Damon down to San Miguel only weeks after meeting. The trip remains one of their favorites. On that trip the couple romantically joked about where in San Miguel they would hold their wedding. Five years later the couple held a welcome reception for their guests at the very hotel that they spent their first night together in San Miguel.

We have so much more to come from this colorful affair!