Hola chicas! Today we’re taking off to the fabulous Central American city of Antigua in Guatemala for a mixed culture Jewish Hindu wedding.
Tina and David are travel lovers, so it was to fit to get married they loved and found off the beaten path. From the pre-wedding volcano hike (seriously, how many times in your life will you get to say “ohhh, we just took a hike at the volcano”) to a reception in an 18th century church, this adorable couple and their guests came out of their own Bollywood movie.
We have so many amazing photos from the wedding, that if you’re inkling for more gorgeous, see the rest of the Indian wedding photos over on our sister blog. You most definitely need a couple cups of tea!
Tina shares her wedding with us!
Tell us about the wedding.
David and I live to travel so a destination wedding was perfect for us. We chose to have our wedding in Antigua, Guatemala, an old Spanish colonial city with a breathtaking landscape, beautiful architecture, and warm and friendly people.
We had 70 guests join us in Antigua for a truly unforgettable week-long wedding adventure. While the wedding was in Guatemala, I am Hindu, and David is Jewish. So, we strived to incorporate aspects of all three cultures, as well as our love for adventure and travel, into the festivities. We kicked off the celebration with one our favorite pastimes – a hike up Guatemala’s most famous active volcano, Volcan Pacaya. The following day, we hosted a sun and fun-filled lakeside pool party on the shores of the breathtaking 1000-foot deep Lake Atitlan.
The day before the wedding, we put a Guatemalan twist on a traditional Hindu pre-wedding celebration by having a “Mehndi Picnic” on the lush grounds of Casa Capuchinas, a lovely bed and breakfast in the heart of Antigua. Local henna artists applied traditional henna designs on our guests.
That evening we also held a traditional Jewish “rehearsal” dinner at Restaurant Welten, with poolside cocktails and dinner in Welten’s gorgeous dining room, which is decorated in the style of a colonial Spanish home. The night ended with a “Torrito,” a unique Guatemalan firework display.
For the wedding itself, we choose to have both a Hindu and Jewish ceremony. Both were held outside atop Antigua’s famous El Cerro de la Cruz, a hill that offers a magnificent view of one of the three volcanoes that surround Antigua and overlooks the entire city below. The mix of the two ceremonies was visually stunning and it was a beautiful way to join both families.
The reception was held at the temple of Las Capuchinas, a convent built in the 1700s that is beyond gorgeous. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect way to celebrate our wedding.
Our wedding planner, Diana Sciarrillo of I Do, Guatemala, did an exceptional job. Sear Carr of Sean Carr Photography, did an outstanding job capturing the beauty of Antigua and the wedding itself.
What was the hardest part about wedding planning?
Planning remotely since it was a destination wedding.
Did you do any DIY (do it yourself) or special projects/things at the wedding?
We did DIY programs for the ceremony and we had two pre-wedding outings in Guatemala – a volcano hike and a lake trip.
What was your favorite part of the wedding?
The pre-wedding outings were really great because they gave us a chance to spend at least a little bit of time with all of our guests.
What advice do you have for future brides/grooms-to-be?
Have fun together!
Thank you so much Tina and David! Mazel tov!
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Photography: Sean Carr Photography
Wedding Planner: Diana Sciarrillo, I Do Guatemala
Catering: El Convento
Florist: Jose Antonio Garcia
Ceremony Site: El Cerro De La Cruz
Reception Venue: Las Capuchinas