Romantic Elopement & Mayan Wedding Ceremony in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico
October 12, 2019
Alejandra & Brad originally connected with us for their elopement to be in Tulum, but plans shifted and instead we all landed in the enchanting San Miguel de Allende for their romantic wedding adventure and uniquely crafted indigenous-inspired Mayan Wedding Ceremony.
Alejandra y Bradley decided they wanted to adventure somewhere that aligned with Alejandra’s Spanish heritage. San Miguel de Allende is a city in central Mexico and has been voted numerous years in a row by Travel & Leisure / Forbes Magazine as one of the top cities in the world to visit. San Miguel de Allende sits hillside in Mexico’s highland at 6100ft elevation and home to neo-Gothic church Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. It’s a gorgeous town overflowing with Spanish architecture, cobblestone roads, history, art and entertainment. It’s one of the most romantic cities you can imagine and any artist’s dream; making it easily one of our favorite locations we’ve experienced for an elopement day for intimately celebrating love & connection.
Backyard mayan wedding ceremony at a coloanial Spanish casa
While traditional Mayan wedding ceremonies are more known to and common in the Yucatan Peninsula, variations of the sacred Mayan rituals are practiced throughout the country. Alejandra picked a gorgeous casa nearby the town centre, within walking distance to all the art and activities. The casa had milti-tier balconies over-looking the city scape, a private spanish courtyard and lush backyard where they held their spiritual ceremony. We encourage our couples to always look for unique stays through airbnb or similar; so many propoerties offer such a rich experience without even leaving the house. This is definitely making the top of our list for airbnb elopements!
We thrive on capturing authentic celebrations of love in any way that honors you & your partner. We love that our couple usually craft a mixture of history/art/nature, sentimental elements, sharing new experiences, spontaneity and time to be present in the moment together. Alejandra & Brad had such a beautiful blend of all of the above; everything they wanted to make their wedding memory about them, their love and their private celebration.
fist Look & Vows
Vows aren’t exchanged during mayan wedding ceremonies, so Alejandra & Bradley exchanged their vows privately, giving each other their books to read before the ceremony began. Alejandra preferred him to not see her until they both finished reading. She chose the bright courtyard space of their casa that had beautiful Spanish fountain in the background covered in the most gorgeous flower vine. This Spanish home was remarkable and an experience in itself.
hoy es el dia mi amore
Alejandra & brad's Mayan Wedding Ceremony
Alejandra & Bradley’s ancestral-inspired mayan wedding ceremony was crafted as a sacred union ceremony combining elements symbolic of nature; earth, air, water and fire. The rituals performed are passed down from ancient mayan natives dating back centuries of origin and still practiced commonly today (checkout ‘tulum mayan wedding ceremonies’ )’ This is a very strict ancient ritual performed by native Shaman leaders or high priests in the community, so it’s important to note this is common variation, also known as a sacred union ceremony. To begin, they took their shoes off and began cleansing and purifying the autos energy with palo Santo. (my favorite to cleanse with outside of sage).
Mayan wedding ceremonies are enchanting and a true honor to experience. their purpose is to not only unite partners physically in marriage, but spiritually uniting their souls. This is done specifically through a shared experience and connection to Nature, with rituals symbolically presented as blessing from the four elements of nature (earth, water, fire, air). To begin the ceremony, a shaman leader or high priest usually purifies the aura and space and asks the elements (north, south, east, west) permission before beginning to perform the sacred rituals upon the rose petaled altar (roses represent love) and various music is usually played throughout the ceremony.
Alejandra & brad's Mayan Wedding Ceremony
Alejandra specifically wanted a sacred union ceremony to be the focal point of their wedding adventure to Mexico. We love that she leaned into the experience of a sacred ritual ceremony– mayan style. It was the perfect way to symbolize her cultural heritage and honor their marriage. That’s where she found Ximena and Chris, a couple living in San Miguel de Allende, who personally crafted Alejandra & Bradley’s sacred union ceremony. (ps – please go check out Chris Rubey’s photography and Ximena’s portfolio – they are both incredibly gifted artists with the most beautiful souls. it was such an honor to meet them and experience this together.)
Things to know if you want to consdier a mayan wedding ceremony
A sacred mayan wedding ceremony does not work around a strict clock or timeline — you will want to give yourself plenty of time before and after your ceremony for other events. Mayan ceremonies are sacred and about observing and enjoying the moments of connection to each other & nature. Ritual ceremonies usually last anywhere from 45-60 minutes, sometimes longer, depending on the rituals involved. Alejandra and Bradley’s ceremony was about an hour. Our longest ceremony we’ve captured to date!
during traditional mayan wedding ceremonies, badges of prosperity are given for good fortune, often honey, so that the sweetness of love never goes away. Ximena had Alejandra & Bradley dap a few spots between the eyes, forehead, lips & chest and then kiss the area they placed the honey. The ties around their ankles and wrists represent the bondage of marriage and working together to support each other, always.
that last part of theIR saCRED union INCLUDED lighting a candle together to symbolize lighting of their new path. DRINKING FROM THE SAME CUP OF WATER symbolized drinking from the same tree of life that they are forming together.
their ceremony finished with a final blessing & guitar strum from Chris for their first dance together.
ADVENTURING & CELEBRATING AROUND San Miguel
Adventuring & Celebrating around San Miguel de Allende
WALKING THE STREETS OF San Miguel IS LIKE WALKING INTO A NOVEL THAT YOU'VE BEEN ENVISIONING FOR YEARS AND DREAMING OF EXPERIENCING. RICH & HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE IS AT EVERY TURN, THE SMELL OF FRESH spanish cuisine IS IN THE AIR, THE streets and blocks are all COBBLESTONE, LINED WITH MULTI-LEVEL rooftop STUCCO BALCONIES, all colonially designed around the city's main plaza, El jardin. you literally feel LIKE YOU'RE WALKING BACK IN TIME to A FAIRY TALE that you've never heard of but somehow feels familiar in majestic ways. MUSICIANS LINE THE STREETS TO PLAY A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS, PUPPET MASTERS CARRYING HUMAN-SIZE PUPPETS PARADE THE STREET, CAFE PATIOS AND ROOFTOP LOUNGES LOOK OUT TOWARD THE ROLLIING HILLSIDES. IT'S TRULY A WORLD OF ANOTHER TIME & THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR A ROMANTIC AND ADVENTUROUS GETAWAY.
If you’ve traveled to Mexico, you’re probably familiar with the tasty grilled Mexican street corn, elote. So drool-worthy and can be casually enjoyed street side on the cob or often served in a dish (or cup) as well. If you’re not familiar; pack your bags, we’re going to Mexico right now to experience authentic elote from the source of origin! It’s a simple but brilliant combination of grilled sweet corn, lime juice, creama, queso fresca and chili powder.
This was Bradley’s first time experiencing this with Alejandra. You can see the joy in her eyes as she’s ordering and then watching Bradley take in the experience. I don’t think they intended to finish the whole piece of corn… but once you start you can’t stop! They committed and decided to take a break to enjoy it on a fun & colorful neighborhood doorstep. The portrait of this moment is one of our favorite moments we’ve captured on an elopement day. This was a spontaneous stop on their stroll and they took time to enjoy it. They say life is about the small things… we’d say we agree 😉 This portrait is a simple moment, but packed with so much meaning for their story.
They finished their day with a romantic dinner and reserved a private table and sitting area looking out toward the sunset falling over the city. It was magical. In their hands is locally crafted brews made right in San Miguel.
Our note to Alejandra & Bradley
We are very late to posting the beauty of your day, but are still filled with so much gratitude and appreciation for you seeing our hearts, our art, and choosing us to be a part of your remarkable wedding adventure and memories together in San Miguel de Allende. It was an unforgettably magical and enchanting experience being your destination wedding photographer team. We can’t wait to have our own Mayan Wedding Ceremony renewal one day. We can’t say we’ve met too many high school sweethearts that get married in their twenties that decide to celebrate their wedding day with an intimate, international destination adventure, somewhere with such rich heritage and historical markings. Your “old-soul” appreciation for beauty, architecture and art speaks our love language, right to our souls.
We hope you know your day is going to be an inspiration to couples around the world. The beauty of celebrating your marriage in your own way, without rules and pressure, is the fresh canvas you get to create and experience together as a couple. It’s space to paint the memories you want to remember that fill your souls, connect you as a couple and create a piece of art you’re proud to hang high and love to look back on. The colors, landscape, activities you paint only matter in the satisfaction you feel putting it together and reflecting back on it. And you painted one hell of an amazing day together. We are so honored, friends.
Congratulations on such an authentic masterpiece to remember your amazing wedding day by. We can’t wait to meet again in mexico one day.
Lauren & allen
we love you for being here. thank you for checking out on our favorite romantic wedding adventures.
we’re lauren & allen and we’re whiskeysage.
because every celebration deserves a toast.
and connection is what gives us something to celebrate.
Photography by whiskeysage photography
Location for ceremony: Casa Christina Tinajitas #4 San Miguel de allende
Destination Wedding Location: San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico