April and Alex’s family and wedding party got ready at the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo located in Antigua and they did their first looks there. Their ceremony and reception was held at an event space called Santo Domingo del Cerro (owned by the Hotel). This location is also on top of a mountain with amazing views of city and volcanoes around Antigua. The girls hair and makeup vendors were recommended by the couples wedding planner (crucial in doing cross country and language planning).
They commissioned a giant Chinese character for “double happiness” which is the ceremony backdrop (as well as on the invitations designed by April’s bridesmaid, Erin). It’s for good luck and well wishes for the couple getting married and is prominent in Chinese weddings. The couples long time friend, Antonio officiated the wedding. April’s brother Daniel played the ceremony music and they had a few people speak, along with April’s Aunt Love who sang a Chinese song about love.
There was a helipad a few minutes down the mountain where the photographer took a lot of photos with mountains and greenery in the background.
The reception was designed by a family of women, Wala Events and they did a fantastic job of recreating the lush green and magical garden concept that they wanted. The invites, cake, tables and bouquets all included gorgeous succulents, they were a big part of the aesthetic.
They had a classic Guatemalan marimba band playing during the cocktail hour. While their first dance was to At Last by Etta James.
The dessert table was also one of April’s favorite and proudest parts – Alex’s cousins started a bakery in Guatemala City and she put together their wedding dessert spread for 400 people, no small feat! She also made several “naked” cakes with succulents and florals on top instead of going for one singular cake. Over all the day was magic!
Wedding Venue: Casa Santo Domingo + Santo Domingo del Cerro: | @hotelcasasantodomingo
Invitations: a bridesmaid designer Erin Zeitler | @niredesign
Hair: Fringe Salon | @fringehb
Makeup: Atelier Makeup | @makeupateliergt
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | @allurebridals
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN | @BHLDN
Jewelry: BHLDN | @BHLDN
Bride Sneakers: Ecco Shoes | @eccoshoes
Flowers + Event Decor: Wala Events | @wala_events
Suits: Saul E Mendez | @saul
Cake + Cupcakes: cousin starting her own bakery at Black Cat Bakery | @blackcatbakery.gt
Wedding Cello Music + Officiant: brother of the bride Dan Lee @dleelicious + groomsman Antonio Moore @senormas
DJ: LP Liang | @lpliang
Marimba Band: Maderas de Guatemala
Wedding Planner: Tilly Garcia Bellamy