A Romantic Wedding in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Once they were engaged, Holly Prentice and Robert Stavert knew immediately that theyâ€™d say "I do" in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Robert is half Mexican and grew up traveling to the city. In fact, he's such a fan that he even talked about it on the coupleâ€™s first date. â€śIt is easily one of his favorite places in the world,â€ť Holly says. â€śWhen we first traveled there together, I fell in love with it as well.â€ť
The couple worked with local planner Guadalupe Alvarez of Penzi Weddings to create the destination wedding of their dreams: a Catholic ceremony in an 18th-century church, followed by an alfresco dinner in a private hacienda. The celebration honored the romantic vibes of the city as well as its ability to â€śthrow a good party,â€ť which translated to mariachi music, tequila, tacos, and even a donkey at the reception! The couple's ultimate goal? To have their nearly 70 guests leave in love with the city, too.
The coupleâ€™s invitation suite featured cacti illustrations that alluded to their destination wedding location, San Miguel de Allende.
â€śWe loved the idea of a private hacienda and had explored many, but the second we entered Casa Hyder, we both looked at each other and immediately knew this was it,â€ť Holly says of deciding on their venue. The Spanish Colonial hacienda features a manicured garden of succulents and cacti.
â€śWe recognized that opportunities to gather together in celebration are rare,â€ť Holly says of their destination wedding. â€śWe really looked forward to making the most out of our time with each of our guests.â€ť The bride kept her look modern and chic for the rehearsal dinner, sporting a halter-neck LWD.
On the wedding day, Robert wore a classic Ralph Lauren tuxedo, which he accessorized with a bow tie, pocket square, and cufflinks.
Since the Catholic ceremony guidelines prevented the couple from exchanging personalized vows, Holly and Robert decided to write handwritten notes to one another prior to the wedding. The letters included their â€śvowsâ€ť to one another and were hand-delivered on the big day.
Hollyâ€™s Vera Wang gown featured a delicate macramĂ© lace that she says â€śperfectly reflected the colonial town of San Miguel.â€ť She paired the lightweight gownâ€”â€ťVery important for a wedding in Mexico!â€ť she addsâ€”with a Vera Wang veil, Alexis Bittar earrings, and M. Gemi shoes.
One of Hollyâ€™s favorite moments during the ceremony was being escorted down the aisle by her father. â€śBefore we walked, I made sure to tell him that the man standing at the altar with me was there because he had many of the same great attributes as my dad did,â€ť she adds.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds hosted a callejoneada, a walking serenade thatâ€™s a tradition in the Guanajuato province of Mexico. Sort of like a second line, this tradition includes a parade through the streets with a mariachi band, donkey, and â€ślots of tequila.â€ť
Upon arrival at Casa Hyder, guests were treated to guacamole, mini chicken tacos, shrimp a la plancha, and a margarita bar.
â€śRemind yourselves of what is ultimately most important: your love for one another and how truly blessed you are to have so many family and friends who are excited to celebrate this love with you,â€ť Holly says of taking a coupleâ€™s moment during the wedding.
Inspired by the surrounding gardens, the reception decor featured warm shades of peach, coral, and watermelon against romantic neutrals and greenery. The space was filled with a hanging canopy of florals and lanterns, plus tabletop candles to kept the mood intimate for the coupleâ€™s dinner party.
Food is one of the things Holly and Robert adore about San Miguel de Allende, so they focused on an innovative menu full of locally sourced ingredients. Dishes included grilled octopus with a citrus vinaigrette, papaya and avocado salad with roasted hazelnuts, and a guajillo chili butter grilled rib eye. The couple skipped a cake in favor of late-night churros and cajeta.
Holly described the florals as â€śenchantingâ€ť and the light hues of the blooms did just that.
Robert, a music lover, collaborated on the playlist with their DJ to keep the party going at the hacienda.
After the wedding, the couple jetted to Rosewood Mayakoba on the Riviera Maya for what Holly thought was a mini-moon. What she didnâ€™t know was that Robert has actually planned an entire surprise honeymoon to South America. The couple spent a few days on the beach in Mexico, then hiked the Atacama Desert in Chile, and relaxed with wine at the Cavas Wine Lodge in Mendoza, Argentina.