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Capitol Inspiration: A DC Couple Gets Married in Antigua, Guatemala

Tiffany and Solomon live in the DC Area, but chose to have a charming destination wedding in Antigua, Guatemala instead. For those of you that don’t know, Atigua is a Spanish colonial town surrounded by 3 volcanoes that features cobblestone streets, multi-colored houses, and fascinating ruins. Like most couples that chose a destination wedding, Tiffany & Solomon preferred to spend their money on a more intimate guest count, but in a dream location. Plus, their love of Spanish speaking countries is at the foundation of their relationship – they got engaged on a mission trip in Bolivia! Thanks to Eye Wonder Photography for sending us this one!

Tiffany & Solomon’s Romantic, Antiqua, Guatemala Destination Wedding

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Vendors

Photographer: EyeWonder Photography | Wedding Planner: I DO, Guatemala | Ceremony/Reception Site: Ermita de la Santa Cruz ruins | Gown Designer: Alfred Angelo | Florist: Hugo Mejicanos | Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank | Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing: Alfred Angelo/ Jos A. Bank | Videographer: Rodolfo Walsh | Caterer: Kolibri Restaurant | Makeup: Perfekt Revisions | Invitations: Custom Designs | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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After getting engaged under a waterfall on a mission trip to Bolivia, getting married in Guatemala did felt like the right choice for us as a couple. We never visited La Antigua, Guatemala prior to the wedding, but we trusted our photographers, Kristiaan & Lionel from EyeWonder Photography, who had their ceremony in the same town just 10 months prior. Their stories of how beautiful the country was and how much their guests were wowed by the culture assured us we made the right choice. With the help of our planning team, we decided to get married at La Ermita de Santa Cruz, an exclusive venue and old church ruins dating back to the 1600s, with breathtaking architecture. We really wanted all of our guests to be blown away by our venue choice and what the country of Guatemala has to offer.

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Tiffany and Solomon could not have chosen a more visually stunning location for their wedding. 25 guests flew in from the mid-west and east coast to witness their vows in this magical setting.

floor length teal bridesmaids dresses

Click inside for more of Tiffany & Solomon’s insanely awesome Antigua wedding – including the MOST romantic wedding ceremony & reception decor I have EVER seen!

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Capitol Inspiration: Monica & David’s Offbeat, Playa del Carmen Mexico Wedding

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was fabulous, but WHOA did the weather change quickly between Friday and Saturday. Usually I am all about the colder weather (snow!), but for some reason this year, I am just not ready for it yet. Maybe it’s not wanting to say goodbye to Fall or perhaps it’s the 6 hours we were outside in 32 degrees & flurries yesterday; regardless, I feel the need to hold on to the warmth just a BIT longer.

So what more perfect way to do this, than to blog a wedding in Mexico?! Monica & David actually live right here in the Washington, DC metro area, but decided to have their wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and they did a lot of cool and creative things for their gorgeous destination wedding! So sit back and relax on our post-Thanksgiving Monday (with a full work week ahead, woof!) and jet off to the beautiful Mexican beaches.

Monica & David’s Creative, Gorgeous Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Destination Wedding

Images submitted by bride, captured by Del Sol Photography

 About the couple:

Monica lives in Herndon, VA.,a graphic designer who graduated from Virginia Tech. Loves to make jewelry, play tennis, food and bright colors. David is originally from Pittsburgh. He is a network engineer who graduated from University of Pittsburgh. Loves to skim board, skate and snowboard.

Up first Monica shared a few from their adorable Beach engagement shoot. They were too cute not to share!

How they met:

My brother introduced couple and all attend St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church where they are both Coptic Christians.

And now the STUNNING wedding pictures!

Monica explains why they chose to have their wedding in Mexico, instead of in the DC area:

 We decided to do a destination wedding because of the large number of guests we would have had to invite if we stayed in our hometown of Fairfax, Virginia. We both love the beach and the groom proposed on a beach so we thought it would be fitting. We had chosen the Paradisus Playa del Carmen, La Esmeralda because our wedding planner recommended it to us and it had just opened up. This is a 5 star restaurant so we wanted to have our guests have the best experience. The resort is very upscale and the décor doesn’t lend itself to “Mexican” at all, so our wedding theme centers on “Mexican” and bringing back that feel and flavor.

We also did a “first look” before the wedding. We found a secret hideaway in one of the hidden locations on the beach. The bride was waiting there, shaded with a parasol as the groom came to meet her.

We had ordered hand painted maracas from a local artist for our table cards and gift. We had papel picado flags and banners for the décor, Spanish lit up stars, stringed lights. The colors were teal and yellow also inspired by Mexican art. Every single part of the wedding reflected either travel or Mexico.

The invitations were passports filled with “Mexican” style stamps and images. The guest book was very different and not traditional. Instead of a book, I created a page full of travel passport stamps, which were empty. In each of the stamp, guests could sign their name and leave a message. The table cards all had Mexican images such as sombreros, flamenco dancers and the Mayan ruins.

Click inside for the rest of Monica & David’s offbeat Destination wedding in Mexico!

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