Vibrant destination wedding in Mexico
This summer I had the incredible experience of shooting my friend Shelby’s beautiful wedding in Mexico! Most of my weddings so far have been local, so I was thrilled to have the chance for a destination wedding. San Miguel did not disappoint. Everyone I met there was beyond accommodating, kind, and the city itself is stunning. Although I was not previously familiar with San Miguel de Allende, I found out it is a common destination for weddings. It has that old-town feel, with cobblestone streets and colorful buildings everywhere. Shelby and Andrew had a three-day event, starting with a welcome parade. The parade was an absolute dream to capture- all of the wedding guests wore white, while Shelby and Andrew wore vibrant colors and really stood out. There was a mariachi band that walked through the streets with us, a donkey, and the whole wedding party strolled through the streets of San Miguel together.
The second day they hosted a pool party at their part of the hotel, which, by the way, was so amazing to work with. They had a private pool and really cute decor for the guests. The views from their villa overlooked the city, which was a really fun backdrop.
That evening was the rehearsal dinner, and honestly the only commentary I have is that Shelby’s fashion is off the charts. I loved this look. The decorations were adorable, and once again the hotel really impressed.
The third day was the wedding and reception. Early in the morning that day, we decided to capture some images around the city before everyone began to wake up. We wandered around, choosing some obvious backdrops like the stunning city center, and also some random doors and alleys that caught our attention. Shelby and Andrew had the cutest sombreros that they sported in a few of these! These are probably my favorite set of photos from the weekend.
Right behind my hotel room was a large area where they set up the ceremony and the reception, including vibrant colored flowers and a unique backdrop. Shelby wore two different dresses- both with gorgeous beaded and tassel details. The backdrop during the ceremony was created by the wedding planner.
Shelby and Andrew had such a fun first dance, and it really showcases the details in her second dress. Their sombreros made an appearance again, and the reception was under one huge tent that made for such a gorgeous setup. My parents are making an appearance below, as well as some other fun reception moments.
Pro tip- if you travel to San Miguel make sure to bring very comfortable shoes! I may have fallen once or twice. San Miguel de Allende is a very unique and photogenic place- thank you Shelby and Andrew for a beautiful weekend!