{Real weddings} : Rustic Romance in Guatemala

As soon as I laid my wedding loving eyes on these breathtaking images by Davina + Daniel, I knew this was going to be the perfect way to kick off another wedding wednesday. If you’ve ever wondered what rustic romance really looks like…look no further. This destination wedding in Antigua, Guatemala is rustic romance to the highest possible power with old, colonial ruins as backdrops, a plethora of textures from wood to twine, a stunning ball wedding gown and so many DIY, steal-worthy details. It is serious gorgeousness and oh-so magical… I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get any better than that!


From the bride… Lionel and I are wedding photographers (Eye Wonder Photography), so naturally, an incredibly picturesque location was a high priority. We found our “holy grail” in Antigua, Guatemala – a Spanish colonial town filled with brightly painted buildings, cobblestone streets, remarkable ruins, and surrounded by volcanoes. 41 guests joined us for the charm, beauty, adventure, love and laughter that was our wedding week. 
Our wedding ceremony, set in the garden of an old ruined convent, was both breathtaking and meaningful. Afterwards, guests rode a chicken bus (brightly painted school bus) to the ruins of an old church where we celebrated the night away. ‘m a DIY girl, but I had to settle on just a few items to bring and a limited number of craft projects. It was difficult to hand over the reins to a local, but with a destination wedding, I knew I had to. I sent the decorator screenshots to give him a sense of what I wanted — neutral colors (peach, gray, cream, tans, and browns), lots of wood, burlap, rustic elements, vintage items, a hand-crafted look that wasn’t too perfect or matchy. He was brilliant — I was blown away by the results! Everything was even better than I had imagined.
One of our most frequently asked questions was, “Who is going to photograph your wedding?!” We found Davina + Daniel, and we are over the moon about our choice. Not only did they rock our portraits – extraordinary pieces of art! – but they also captured the most precious and outrageous moments in a way that brought us to tears and then had us laughing out loud. They managed to create the perfect blend of arty and meaningful imagery that takes us right back to our beautiful day and beyond. To top it off, our families adopted them, they provided invaluable advice and support, and they even completed one of my craft projects for me! Truly outstanding human beings. We could not have imagined or asked for more.

Wedding Photography: Davina + Daniel | Wedding Planning: I Do, Guatemala | Floral Design + Decor: Mario Ayala of Escenica | Ceremony: El Convento de las Capuchinas, Antigua, Guatemala | Reception: San Jose El Viejo | Catering: Hotel El Convento | Wedding Cake: Granny Gail | Wedding Dress: Amsale  | Groom’s Suit: Indochino | Groom’s Tie: Wood Thumb | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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