A Romantic, Modern Wedding in Historic Guatemala
If youâ€™re going to google the person youâ€™re being set up with before you meet, make sure itâ€™s the right one! In August of 2016, Gigi Guerra headed to her friendâ€™s brother-in-lawâ€™s birthday party, where her friend was excited to introduce Gigi to Eduardo Sanchez. â€śShe was certain weâ€™d be perfect for each other,â€ť she recalls. â€śI had looked him up, and assumed Iâ€™d be meeting a different Eddie Sanchez. So when I realized the tall, handsome man at the bar was the Eddie I was supposed to meet, I was relievedâ€”and we hit it off right away!â€ť The couple dated for a year-and-a-half, establishing a weekly Wednesday night date night as a break in their busy schedules. On what Gigi thought was a random Wednesday, the couple took a walk along the Miami waterfront toward dinner, where Eddie got down on one knee. â€śAfter I said yes, my first questions were about where my family was and why I was in gym clothes,â€ť Gigi says, with a laugh. But Eddie had thought of that. A limo was on its way to take Gigi to change, and their families were waiting at their house to join them for a celebratory dinner!
The couple set their wedding date for January 6, 2018, and Gigiâ€™s mother got to work planning their romantic celebration in Antigua, Guatemala. â€śShe was the brains behind the operation, and wanted to give us the wedding of our dreams,â€ť Gigi explains. They embraced the cityâ€™s stunning architecture and dramatic history, weaving a white-and-rose-gold palette through the earthquake-ravaged ruins and cobblestone streets. Filled with thousands of candles and photographed by Christian Arevalo, this modern wedding celebration was the crowning moment of a jaw-dropping weekend. Keep reading for more!
After trying on dozens of dresses at salons all over Miami (and nearly buying two gowns out of desperation!), Gigi finally slipped into this spectacular Monique Lhuillier gown. â€śI wanted something elegant, fitted, and romanticâ€”and Eddie requested that I not look like a cupcake!â€ť she says.
Intricate embroidery and beading covered the fitted silhouette, and the bride topped her gown with a coordinating Peter Langner veil.
Gigi and her bridesmaids spent the morning getting ready at Hotel Casa Santo Domingo. The couple infused their day with personal touches, including embroidered handkerchiefs that the bride offered to her father and in-laws.
Diego, the coupleâ€™s best friendâ€™s son, served as ring bearer, carrying an adorable sign that let Eddie know Gigi was on her way. â€śAs Diego got to Eddie, he dropped the sign and started stomping all over it, then handed it to Eddie with a kiss on the cheek,â€ť Gigi says, laughing.
Though the Catholic mass was in Spanish, Eddie and Gigi exchanged vows in English. â€śThatâ€™s what we usually speak to one another, so it felt more natural that way,â€ť Gigi explains.
A pathway of white flowers and candles led guests to the reception. When Eddie and Gigi made their entrance as sparks flewâ€”literally!
The historic space was decked out in modern wedding decor, from the sleek tables to the chargers and chairs. White orchids grew out of towering gold vases, while clusters of white hydrangeas and roses softened each centerpiece.
The couple's lemon poppy seed wedding cake, decorated with cascading sugar rose petals, was the centerpiece of an indulgent dessert display. â€śThe hotel is known for their delicious food, so we wanted to give our guests a lot of choices!â€ť says Gigi.
Eddieâ€™s family has Cuban heritage, so la Hora Loca (the crazy hour) was a must for the newlyweds. Guests were given custom dancing shoes, and sparklers lit the LED dance floor. Says Gigi, â€śIn this charming town in the mountains, our wedding dream became a reality!â€ť