I rarely have photos on my blog of me as I’m always behind the camera. So, in honor of my 2nd anniversary with my oh so patient and kind husband, Walter I’ve decided to post some of our wedding photos and our story.
We married 2 years ago in the gorgeous ancient city of Antigua, Guatemala. The city is awash with vibrant Latin colors as almost every building is painted a bright shade. We chose to get married on Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) which in Guatemala means there are huge vibrant kites flying throughout the country celebrating loved ones who have passed away. After you see the below photos you’ll completely understand why we chose that day and location. Following the photos is a little q and a about us.
How we met? We met at the Bloomington Indiana Farmers Market. I was interning at a printing company in Bloomington and Walter had just moved back to Indiana from grad school in DC. I had my wee little Chihuahua, Lola, snuggled into my bag and she spurred our conversation. After that we enjoyed Bloomington’s fall weather and went to concerts together and hung out at Bloomingfoods. I had to return to Clemson to conclude my degree but several long distance calls, another internship in New Jersey, and care packages here we are today– married for 2 years.
How did he propose? This may sound a bit odd if you don’t know Walter, but he proposed in a crypt. The place we were married, Casa Santo Domingo is a old monastery turned into museum, hotel, and gorgeous place to get married. While I volunteered with Seeds of Help in Guatemala after I graduated Clemson I remember him telling me not to visit there until he took me. After one voluntourrism trip Walter hosted to Guatemala, we concluded our trip in Antigua and we walked over to the Santo Domingo. On the museum part of the grounds are several crypts of nuns and monks they found during the renovations. One crypt we went down to had a man and women laid out side by side all lit up. Being Walter studied anthropology in his undergrad, he has an acute appreciation of history. Anyhow, I could tell he was nervous but didn’t think much of it until he was down on his knee saying far too nice of things and I accepted. We decided that a year later we were to be wed in the gardens of the Santo Domingo with Volcanoes and a couple loved ones surrounding us.
Date he proposed: 10/10/2008
Date we were married: 11/1/2009
Advice for future brides: If you are not going to see each other before the ceremony and you have a sunset ceremony I’d recommend a first look. We did not have time due to the kite festival but I wish we could have done that as it’s really hard to get the expressions walking down the aisle while you are trying to hold it together. Also I recommend doing what makes you happy not others! We wanted banana bread from a Bakery my husband went to while in the peace corps in Guatemala and no one understand why we wanted banana bread for our cake but after tasting it they all understood.
Dress: Nicole Miller
Veil: That Special Touch Columbus Indiana
Photographers: Nina Shannon + Stacy Able Photography
Flowers: Guatemalan Markets and Joan Able
Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Casa Santo Domingo Antigua Guatemala