When wedding planner Pilu of Dream Events sent us the pictures by Alejandro Sandoval of this wedding we knew we had to feature it. Not only is this wedding fabulously colourful, but we’ve never featured a wedding in Guatemala before.

Bride and groom on street in Antigua, Guatemala

Sindy and Carlos’s wedding is full of Guatemalan culture; the historical church where the ceremony took place, the incredible textiles (you have to see the bride’s shoes!) and the Zacapa rum that was poured into the guests’ mouths during the evening festivities.

So vibrant and fun — just fabulous!

“Carlos and Sindy’s typical Guatemalan wedding took place in Antigua. It’s a colourful, magical and very peculiar village at the skirts of the grandiose volcano, Volcán de Agua.

Bridal shoes with bright stitched patterned heel

Bride having make-up done

Bride looking at camera as she has make-up done

Bride standing at window as bridesmaids pull out train of her dress

Bride looking out of window

Bride helping father with cufflinks

Bride standing by stairwell

Bride with bridesmaids in mismatched mink dresses

Groom and groomsmen

Flower girls

Wedding rings


Colourful bridal bouquet

Iconic Temple Ceremony

“Sindy, as a token of her love towards Carlos, converted to the Catholic religion so they could marry in the famous La Merced church. Built in the 1750s, this iconic temple of the town of Antigua stood strong even after several earthquakes that destroyed other parts of Antigua in 1773, 1874 and 1976.

Father walking bride to wedding ceremony

Bride and father entering La Merced church in Guatemala

Father walking bride down the aisle

Bride and groom sitting at altar in La Merced church in Guatemala

Wedding ceremony in in La Merced church in Guatemala

Groom putting ring on bride's finger

Bride and groom kiss in La Merced church in Guatemala

Silhouette of bride and groom walking out of wedding ceremony in La Merced church in Guatemala

“The robust construction is one of the most emblematic buildings in Antigua, Guatemala. Its yellow facade wall and the lordly front wooden door are characteristic enough to attract all tourists and locals.”

Bride and groom kissing against wall

Bride and groom about to kiss

Bride and groom on street in Antigua, Guatemala

Bride and groom facing each other holding hands

Bride and groom on the streets of Antigua, Guatemala

Bride in foreground groom in background

Bride and groom under Santa Catalina Arch and clock tower in Guatemala

Bride and groom with fountain in background

Bride and groom looking over shoulders at camera

Bride and bridesmaids standing in a V shape

Groom and groomsmen standing in a V shape

Typical Guatemalan Feel

“They chose the wedding venue, Hotel Casa Blanca, for its particularities. A moving rooftop that permitted dancing under the stars, a living tree inside the stage where the group led the party and the vestiges of colonial walls surrounding guests made a more typical Guatemalan look and feel possible.

Wedding reception in Hotel Casa Blanca, Guatemala

Wedding sweet table

Glasses of pink fizz

Floral lantern wedding table centrepiece

Bride and groom first dance

Large tiered wedding cake

Bride and groom cutting wedding cake

“They had wanted a Guatemalan wedding theme from the beginning. As the bride’s family were coming from all over the country the couple wanted to highlight the importance of their own culture. Guatemala and its customs came to life through the colours, details, textiles, Zacapa rum and the chosen venues.”

Wedding singer

Bride and groom about to limbo dance under light string

Bride and groom pouring rum into guest's mouth

Groom pouring rum into guest's mouth

Woman singing at wedding

Bride and groom

Photographer: Alejandro Sandoval

Wedding Planner: Dream Events

Church: La Merced, Antigua, Guatemala

Reception Venue: Hotel Casa Blanca, Antigua, Guatemala

Wedding Dress: Weddings Vestidos de Novia

Bride’s Shoes: Cristha Fuentes

Bridal Accessories: Bride’s Family

Florist: Maples y Margaritas

Catering: Eventos Adriana

Wedding Cake: Bri & D’s Bakery

Entertainment and Candy Bar: Grupo La Bulla

Hair Stylist: Vilma Coy

Make-Up: Vivi Jo Make-Up