Kamille + Chris ~ Antigua, Guatemala from Katie Destry on Vimeo.
Where to begin with Kamille and Chris’s wedding in Antigua, Guatemala? First, if you follow my blog and work through the years, you’ll see posts about my husband’s non profit Seeds of Help in the highlands of Guatemala. Seeds of Help, brings us often to Guatemala, enough so, that we were married there as well in 2008. Since our wedding, I’ve been dying to photograph a wedding in Antigua. As you’ll see in the photos this Central American town is stunning. With every wall a different color, bougainvillaea growing wildly, and no shortage of historic ruins, the photo opportunities for a wedding are endless in Antigua.
When Kamille and Chris emailed me about shooting their wedding I was ecstatic. Being the adorable pair met in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, it was only fitting their wedding was to take place in Guatemala. Thankfully, with me shooting digital and Katie filming we were able to be a part of their celebration and were super excited.
Chris and Kamille’s wedding day was a mild 70 degree day with a few clouds hovering over the volcano which overlooks Antigua. The Porta Hotel near the San Jose el Viejo was the perfect back drop for the bridesmaids and bride to get ready. A tuk tuk (mini Guatemalan taxi) ride away was the ceremony, where Chris and groomsman and guests were playing corn holl. After the I do’s, Katie and I had the bridal party and newlyweds stroll through the cobblestone 15th century streets for photos and such. Then, the sun set and it was time for the reception at the San Jose el Viejo which was elegantly lit with candles.
Believe me, this Destination wedding at San Jose el Viego in Antigua, Gutemala wedding was as awesome as it sounds! Chris and Kamille, it was so much fun and thank for putting up with Katie and I’s exuberance in photo/video taking. It was so wonderful getting to know you both and we look forward to seeing you guys again in the future.
From the bride Kamille: I knew that I wanted to have our wedding in San Jose el Viejo when Chris and I first drove by the ruins together. An event was going in there and it was so beautiful. After we got engaged we went for a site visit to reserve it. Addy’s Florales was there doing an event that day. We met Beatriz, the florist and decided to go with them after seeing their designs and creativity within the ruins. I wanted really simple and elegant colors to not distract from the beauty of the ruins. I chose cream and gold with accents of purple. Beatriz from Addy’s Florales and Maya from hotel Antigua were both awesome with seeing the vision of simple elegance.
One of my favorite moments was my dad’s speech followed by our dance. Chris and I also both loved that Ignacio from Buena Vista Social Club was able to play. We love his music and have enjoyed getting to know him and hear stories about Cuba and his past. He is so talented and we were really blessed to have him share in our day. I loved riding to the ceremony in Tuk tuks. I think the bridesmaids loved it as well.
Apparently, at some point there was a ‘candle dance’? I have no idea how it started but it just shows how much fun people were having while dancing. I guess you have to dance over the candle. Our friend Jamie ended up winning by doing a handstand dance over the candle. Also, Pedro’s nunchuck skills were just awesome!
Our first dance was ‘You are the Best Thing’ by Ray Lamontagne. My dad’s dance was ‘There goes my Life’ Kenny Chesney. Mom/groom first dance song was ‘ My Wish’ by Rascal Flatts. Our exit sparkles song was ‘Hey Ho’ Lumineers.