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Romantic Wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography

May 5, 2013 | sarah

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

The Couple: Ying and Jorge

The Wedding: 11.26.12 – San Jose El Viejo Antigua, Guatemala

The Photographers: Caroline+Ben

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?

Ying and Jorge: Classic, glamorous, romantic.

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?

Ying and Jorge: We wanted our wedding to be a classy and glamorous affair. We didnt have a particular theme but we knew we wanted an intimate wedding with lots of personalized touches and local flavor with warm neutral colours. We only had 6 months to plan our wedding (from choosing the destination to the finished product!) but we spent countless hours and corresponded through countless emails with our wonderful planner to make sure we had every detail covered. We chose our wedding venues carefully. Capuchinas and San Jose el Viejo are magnificent ruins of 18th century convents/churches which are now tourist attractions frequently used to host weddings and other events. We had our ceremony in the back garden of the Capuchinas on the lush green lawn surrounded by flowers and trees with our altar being a free standing stone wall. Escenica did a great job transforming our vision into reality – we had lots of fresh flowers, crystals, votive candles, and lanterns. Our reception dinner was at San Jose el Viejo. We used a lot of antiques to decorate San Jose el Viejo to complement its natural beauty. We also added many personal touches such as pictures, personalized favor bags, handmade place card holders, groom & bride chair decorations, custom wine bottle labels and drink glass decorations. Our menus were in English and Spanish as some of the grooms family only spoke Spanish. We also incorporated touches of Guatemala into our decorations, including coffee leaves (what Antigua is known for) and beans and colorful local candies. Our wedding was truly magical and everyone kept on telling us that it was the best wedding they’ve ever gone to. We could not have asked for a better day.

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?

Ying and Jorge: We had a casual rehearsal dinner at Sobremesa, a small restaurant with fantastic food and wine. We had the place to ourselves and it was lots of fun.

Although not originally in the plan, we ended up seeing each other and spent some time right before the ceremony together alone at the Capuchinas. One of the best decisions we made!

We really enjoyed our reception, it was intimate and really special to be able to spend time with our closest family and friends.

Our photo sessions through our various locations in Antigua was a great way for us to see the local attractions. We visited quite a few places which we would not have had time to visit, and they were so beautiful!

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

Junebug: What specifically drew you to Caroline+Ben Photography and their imagery?

Ying and Jorge: We searched online for destination photographers and came across Caroline+Ben. They really capture the moments and peoples emotions in a spontaneous and natural way. We also thought they would be great at capturing the colors and natural beauty of Antigua and Lake Atitlan (for day after pictures) had to offer.

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

romantic and elegant wedding in Antigua, Guatemala with photos by Caroline+Ben Photography | junebugweddings.com

 

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The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Caroline+Ben
Event Planner: Gladys and Olga from Saguzo Eventos
Ceremony Venue: Iglesia y convento de las Capuchinas
Reception Venue: San Jose el Viejo
Officiant: Father Spillari (who conducted a Spanish/English ceremony)
Catering: Delicious Guatemalan fare by Presto
Florist: Mario Ayala from Escenica
Cake: 3 layer fondant cake by Sofia Cobian, Dessert table by Flor.
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Bridal accessories: Shoes – Adrienne Vittadini, Crystal brooch – Blinggarden on ETSY, Crystal earrings – Bride’s mother
Bridesmaids apparel and accessories: Dress – BCBG Max Azria, Shoes – Enzo Angiolini
Groom apparel and accessories: Suit – Hugo Boss, Tie – Calvin Klein, Shoes – Steve Madden.
Hair and make-up: Vilma Coy Hair Salon
Live music: Cuban band of Mr. Ignacio Pérez Borrel
Transportation: Rented Minibus
Favors: Canillitas de leche by Flor in personalized bags.
Rentals: Presto
Rings: We designed our own rings and had them custom made in Toronto

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Absolutely stunning. The couple is so gorgeous and full of love; the emotion is palpable through the photography. Seriously swooning over this wedding! LOVE!

  2. Wow, absolutely beautiful. Historical, colorful, emotional–I could pin every stunning image here. Congratulations!

  3. Hello!
    I am also planning to get married at San Jose el Viejo. Was your priest from Guatemala? If so, would you be able to email me his contact information?

  4. Greetings,
    I am getting married in Guatemala this year in October and I am having a hard time finding an officiant. Was your officiant from Guatemala? Do you have his contact information? I am needing someone who can conduct a Spanish/English ceremony. Thank you in advance and your wedding looked phenomenal !!

  5. How much was the breakdown of the wedding? What were the most expensive parts of it? And what was the least?How did you select the food?.. did you taste it or just select it ?
    I’m sorry I have so many questions

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