Planning a destination wedding in the middle of the pandemic might be a tall order, but not for Valyce and Dorian. In fact, this adventurous couple made the brave decision to get married somewhere they’d never been. After postponing their plans for a year, with the help of their planner Elana Walker Events and their trusted team of vendors, they pulled off the elegant Casa Adela destination wedding they’ve been dreaming of.
Surrounded by breathtaking 360-degree views of the high desert valley, the couple said their “I do’s” under a romantic floral arch adorned with crystal drop pendants. It was followed by a dreamy reception featuring hanging foliage and blooms that beautifully complemented the tablescape filled with lush white florals. They continued the celebration in the outdoor courtyard under the glow of string lights and the night sky.
The gorgeous photos captured by their photographer and Junebug member Nahuel Aseff are proof that their Casa Adela destination wedding was worth the wait! If you and your partner think that tying the knot at a beautiful location embodies romance, then get ready to swoon. This is definitely the getaway wedding inspo you’ve been looking for.
Valyce and Dorian
Casa Adela, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Why A Casa Adela Destination Wedding
We were looking for a venue that gave traditional hacienda vibes and it was important to us that our immediate family could use our wedding weekend as an opportunity to bond. We also needed defined areas for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and after party. Casa Adela met and exceeded our needs. The grounds were beautifully landscaped. The open courtyard and cobblestone floor provided the hacienda style we envisioned and served as the location of the dinner and party. The rooftop was ideal for a sunset ceremony with the mountains in the background. And the poolside cocktail hour added a bit of luxe to the evening. As a bonus, there were enough bedrooms for us to host our immediate family at Casa Adela, creating the perfect atmosphere for quality time.
Personalizing Their Ceremony By Having Their Guests Bless Their Rings
We decided not to have a wedding party but still wanted our guests to be part of the ceremony. We invited our guests to participate in a blessing of our rings. The rings were placed in a box and passed among the audience. Each guest said a silent prayer or words of hope over our rings. Once the rings were passed to each guest, Dorian and I exchanged the rings blessed by our family and friends.
Their Photographer Granted Their Request To Explore The Town For Post-Ceremony Portraits
Nahuel Aseff was one of the best choices we made for our wedding. Nahuel’s portfolio gave artistic and somewhat moody but natural vibes. Working with him on the day was better than we could have imagined. Nahuel blended into the background of the getting-ready process, ceremony, and reception, and the results were spectacular, capturing wonderfully organic moments. Nahuel granted our wish to have a secondary location for post-ceremony photos while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour. He whisked us off to the neighboring town to capture pictures against the backdrop of a beautiful and historic Sanctuary of Atotonilco. Those photos represent our memories from our dream day, and we love them.
Their Dreamy Reception Was The Most Memorable Part Of their Casa Adela Destination Wedding
The most memorable part of the day was during the reception. I remember looking up at the flowers hanging from the chandeliers and then at the people sitting around the dinner table, laughing and engaging with one another. I felt blessed and incredibly proud of the families my husband and I were bringing together.
Their Wedding Planner Was Key To The Success Of Their Casa Adela Destination Wedding
We made the right decision to hire a wedding planner early. Elana Walker’s location scouting and communication skills were invaluable, precisely when we decided to postpone the wedding for one year due to the pandemic. Regardless of the wedding planner, the best advice we could give couples is to spend the necessary time to develop your vision. Decide how you want to feel throughout the day moments and make them happen.
They Pulled Off A Memorable Casa Adela Destination Wedding With The Help Of Their Trusted Vendor Team
It took a sense of adventure and a tremendous amount of faith to commit to a wedding in a location where we’ve traveled. We managed to plan and execute a destination wedding in a pandemic, which wasn’t easy. Add on the stress of the uncertainty that accompanies a global pandemic, and the level of faith required increases exponentially. We researched and trusted our vendors—that all the elements of our vision would be there when we arrived for the wedding weekend. It was worth it to have the opportunity to spend quality time with close family and friends in the Mexican countryside. It was an experience that we will all treasure forever.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Nahuel Aseff
Second Shooter – Anna Sauza
Event Planning – Elana Walker Events
Ceremony Venue – Casa Adela
Floral Design + Catering – Bougainvillea Weddings
Officiant – Alex Van Doren
DJ – BGolden Productions
Live Music – Pepe Alcocer
Invitation Design – Caitlin O’Bryant Design
Makeup Artist – Erika Almanza
Hair Styling – Samantha Zengbean
Groom’s Apparel – The Robert Jamison Collection
Transportation – San Miguel Transfers
Congratulations to Valyce and Dorian on their elegant Casa Adela destination wedding. And big thanks to their photographer and Junebug member Nahuel Aseff for capturing all the special moments and beautiful details that made their intimate celebration one for the books. To see more of Nahuel’s incredible work, check out his profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!
Often, choosing a wedding venue is tied to sentiment. But if you and your partner are an adventurous couple like Valyce and Dorian, then tying the knot somewhere you’ve never been could be the right one for you. No matter the location, a trusted local planner and vendors are crucial to bringing your vision to life. Kickstart your search by checking out our directory of planners from around the world.