Aug
07
Andrea + Stuart: An Intimate Colorful Destination Winter Mexico Hotel Wedding By Jorge Santiago Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Jorge Santiago PhotographyCeremony Venue: Hotel Boutique Casa OaxacaReception Venue: Hotel Azul Oaxaca

Andrea and Stuart’s ceremony and reception was held at two different locations – Hotel Boutique Casa Oaxaca and Hotel Azul Oaxaca – in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 18. “We met at a friend’s party,” Andrea said. “We had spoken on the phone prior to that about arranging Spanish lessons [since I was a teacher], but he was so busy; it wasn’t possible. Ironically, he still hasn’t had one.” The bride wore an nontraditional red lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with long sleeves, accessorized with a braided crown updo, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. “I wanted the wedding to be unconventional, bright and colorful, encompassing Mexican traditions but still including non-traditional aspects,” Andrea said. “I also wanted it to be small and intimate with not too many guests.” Following the handwritten vows and exchanging of rings, the newlyweds processed down the city streets amongst a calenda, or parade. Notice the chinas oazaquenas? Women dancing and carrying baskets of floral arrangements on top of their heads. Plus, monos del calenda too, or giant puppets. The outdoor terrace was hung with papel picados, tables were decorated fringe ended runners, and antique stained glass centerpieces filled with roses, mums, and a hint of greenery. The main dinner dish was mole, and “the chocolate cake was delicious,” she said. In addition to a DJ, there was also a marimba band performance, which is a percusion instrument consisting of wooden bars struck with mallets. The most important lesson they learned? “Listen to what people have to say and be considerate of them but only follow it if it agrees what with is in your heart,” Andrea said.”Following a set way of doing things doesn’t have to necessarily agree with how you would like them or dream them to be on your big day either.” See the full board here.

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