There are just some weddings that are so beautifully simple and lovely, that leave a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart because you know the bride and groom, along with their families and friends, are just amazing human beings and you know that they deserve each other. Sara & Curran’s wedding at Convento de Capuchinas in Antigua, Guatemala was one of those weddings.
Sara & Curran’s wedding was the epitome of simple elegance, all focused on the love between the bride and groom. Sara’s walking down the aisle to Into my Arms by Nick Cave gave us goosebumps and almost brought us to tears. Officiated by their good friend, you could tell that the ceremony was written specifically by and for the couple, with readings and beautiful stories that showed an intimate familiarity with all who were in attendance. Both families participated in the ceremony with laughter and happy tears. Sealed with a first kiss, the wedding celebration then moved to the courtyard, accompanied by the famous Guatemalan marimba.
As the night wore on, we could tell that there was an energy on the guests that was waiting to be released. The bride and groom had warned us ahead of time to be “ready to party” as they knew that their guests wouldn’t waste a second trying to get on the dance floor. The dancing got kicking as early as the cocktail hour and had it not been for the obligatory wedding speeches, I’m sure the guests would have moved right onto the dance floor.
By the time the party did start, the energy of the evening was set to last a while. With confetti and the wedding accompaniment of the Super Blood Wolf Moon, the party lasted until the doors of Capuchinas were finally forced to close. We hope you enjoy this wedding at Convento de Capuchinas.
And below is some vendor love!
Wedding Planner: Saguzo Eventos
Getting Ready Venues: Hotel Villa Colonial & El Convento
Ceremony: Convento de Capuchinas
Makeup & Hair: Melissa Collins from Golden Studio
Dress: Savannah Miller
Suit: Paul Smith
DJ: LP Liang
Hit Play for music 🙂 (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Into my Arms)
Estamos vendiendo algunas cámaras y lentes ya que con el paso del tiempo hemos acumulado varias para ir probando sistemas diferentes y ya no las necesitamos. Todos los cuerpos vienen con cargador, correa, batería y una tarjeta SD de 32gb. Si se recoge en Antigua hay descuento de 100q.
Cuerpos de Cámara
- Nikon D850 – Nº Disparos 77k – $2750 ó 21.000q
- Nikon D610 – Nº Disparos 113k – $700 ó 5.500q
- Canon 6D – $700 ó 5.500q
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens – $1100 ó 8.500q
- Fuji 23mm f/1.4 – $750 ó 6.000q
- Nikon SB-5000 – $550 ó 4200q
- Nikon SD-9 Battery Pack – $150 ó 1.150q
- Midland GXT1000VP4 – $70 ó 500
Wedding at Santo Domingo Antigua Guatemala // It’s not so often that we get to spend extended time with our couples and their families, but with Helena & Jose Andres we were lucky that that was the case. We met Helena & Jose Andres about a week before their wedding, at a beautiful rental house on Lake Atitlan, where we had arranged to do an engagement session for the couple before their wedding day. The couple lives in Brazil, so they were taking the few days before to spend some quality time with both immediate families. We can attest to how little this can happen when you live abroad, so it was so fun to spend the afternoon getting to know both sides of this marriage from the perspective of two different cultures. In college I spent 6 months in Brazil and loved every minute of it. The conversations flowed from the get-go with both families and I had the opportunity to practice my basic Portuguese for the first time in a while.
Once the wedding at Santo Domingo Antigua Guatemala arrived, it was so nice to be welcomed into the celebration with warm hugs with already familiar faces. We were able to integrate and really get comfortable with everyone, which opened the day up for capturing some truly beautiful moments.
One of our biggest pieces of advice to our couples on the wedding day is to introduce us directly to their families. This allows your loved ones to get to know us and thus feel more comfortable with the folks behind the camera on that day. While we can’t have lakeside beers with every family that we photograph (we would love to,) the simple act of an introduction usually sparks a familiar conversation that makes our clients feel less like clients and more like friends.
Check out Helena & Jose Andres’ engagement session that we will be posting in the near future if you’d like to see the beautiful afternoon that we spent with them on Lake Atitlan before their wedding. Also, check out the list of amazing vendors that helped put this beautiful wedding at Santo Domingo Antigua Guatemala:
Wedding Planner: Muckay & Nickte Ixcamparij
Decoration: Addy Florales
Venue: Hotel Casa Santo Domingo
Dress: Valerdi Boutique
Suit: London Noiva e Noivo
Jewels: Giulietta Joias
Bossanova Cocktail Hour Music: Brigadeiros
Party Music: Los Engañosos
Cake: Mross Bakery
Music credit: Elefantes – Mi Estrella (iTunes)~ Hit Play Below ~
~ Wedding at Santo Domingo Antigua Guatemala ~
Engagement Photos at Ruins of La Recoleccion in Antigua // This wedding season has flown by so fast! Can’t believe that we are only one month away from the end of the high season. This year has been one of our busiest yet, we can’t believe how many weddings we had the pleasure to photograph this year. When we think back over the last couple of months everything seems like a blur of moments and weddings that sometimes blend together. It has been so nice to look back at the photographs that we have taken, thinking about some of the incredible couples we got to work with.
Carlos & Sara were definitely one of those couples. A few days before their wedding day, we met them in person for the first time and got a chance to photograph their engagement session in the ruins of La Recoleccion in Antigua, Guatemala. We always recommend doing a session of photos before your big day. It helps familiarize you with being in front of the camera, as well as makes you feel more comfortable with your photographer and how they work. Carlos and Sara both wanted some photos in some ruins as well as around Antigua, and the afternoon was perfect.
~ Engagement photos at Ruins of La Recoleccion in Antigua ~
Small Wedding in Antigua Guatemala /// Gosh, where has the time gone? It seems like forever since we last published a wedding on our website, we’ve been meaning to get more of our work out there and show people what Guatemala has to offer. And when it came to deciding which wedding to publish, we wanted to show a wedding that was slightly out of the norm, something that had a story to tell, and this wedding does not disappoint. A small wedding in Antigua Guatemala is a unique experience for couples and their guests, they are all always blown away by what the town has to offer.
Marjorie and Rashid both came down to Guatemala at the beginning of their budding relationship, as a short vacation away from the US. Rashid is a bartender specialized in mezcals, so an obvious stop was the ever-famous Café No Sé. The cafe serves their home-brand mezcals in a dark, cave-like setting, typically with bluegrass playing in the background. The walls are covered in signatures and writings by No Se’s many visitors over the years, so the new couple decided to add their mark in a hidden spot behind a narrow door close to the bar’s entrance. Little did this couple know, they would be returning a couple of years later to add to their signature at that very same bar, with some of their family and friends to bear witness this time.
Although the wedding day was somewhat cloudy and it rained off and on throughout the day, the spirit of these two never faltered. Their smiles never faded as they both got ready in the gorgeous Pensativo House Hotel, the former dwellings of an ex-military general. The location of the ceremony took place next door at Mesón Panza Verde, in the small art gallery. The couple had planned to get married on the terrace, but they had to move it inside. Happy tears streamed down smiling faces as Marjorie and Rashid committed themselves to each other, surrounded by love and support from their friends and family.
After a few drinks during the cocktail hour on the rooftop of Panza Verde, the group made their wedding again to Café No Sé, ready to celebrate the night away in one of the private bars in the back of the bar. There were more happy tears, heartfelt toasts, and many shots of mezcal as the night drew on. The night was complete, however, once the newly married couple made their way to that same narrow doorway to make an addition to the signatures they left years before.
To see what they wrote on the wall, scroll down through the photos of this amazing small wedding in Antigua Guatemala. Thank you so much to Saguzo Eventos for putting together such a gorgeous day and for always making our job so easy!
Wedding Planner: Saguzo Eventos
Getting Ready Venue: Pensativo House Hotel
Ceremony: Mesón Panza Verde
Party: Café No Sé
Decoration: Zoja Décor
Musician: Luis Guarcas
Makeup: Melissa Collins from Golden Studio
After we received so much positive feedback for our first article about The Best 15 Wedding Venues on Lake Atitlan, we decided to create a list of the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala. Antigua is such a beautiful and unique place to get married. Antigua is full of colorful streets and vistas of looming volcano peaks. This quaint and quiet town is now starting to be recognized as an up-and-coming location for destination weddings.
So if you still haven’t decided on a wedding venue, definitely keep reading. This list is the ultimate resource to help you find the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala.
~ First Things First ~
Our biggest piece of advice for getting married in Antigua is to hire a wedding planner — this goes especially for couples who are planning a wedding from abroad. Having someone who knows the details of booking certain venues, their policies and whether they work for your budget will save you a lot of time and headaches. If you need recommendations for wedding planners, shoot us an email and we will send you a list of the best wedding planners in Guatemala.
When deciding on a wedding venue, be sure to consider a few things. Knowing the size, style and date of your wedding can make all the difference when deciding on the location. Rainy season in Guatemala usually starts around May and goes until October, with a short break in July or August. Dry season is usually from November until April. Again, a planner can be a great help when finding the right place for you, especially if you are set on a specific date.
All the photos in this list were taken by us. We have covered weddings in all the venues listed. If you want to see more photos of a particular place, please send us an email and we will happily send you a full wedding gallery.
We have divided this list into Ruins and Hotels and included as much relevant information as possible. If you would like more information on a venue, please leave a comment below or contact us! And without further ado, here is our list of best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala.
Best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala ~ Ruins
The first part of our two-part venue recommendations begins with the gorgeous church ruins that are spotted all over Antigua. These venues are some of our favorite locations where we have photographed weddings. The ruins are amazing because they have minimal visual clutter and are centrally located. They are also a blank slate in terms of design and decoration, so the options here are endless.
Ruins of Santa Clara
The entirety of Santa Clara includes a beautiful garden with a fountain, a few arched walkways along the sides, a beautiful, temple with an open ceiling and altar, all of which could be used for various special moments throughout the day.
Also, just outside the ruins is the Pila Pública or Tanque de la Unión, an infamous yellow washing station where we have photographed many couples who are getting married inside of Santa Clara. This building is a wonder for photos, since it provides a myriad of angles for amazing pictures.
There are more uncovered areas of Santa Clara than covered, but in the dry season, this location is a dream!
Ruins of Capuchinas
The entrance into the temple has two towering wooden doors, making for an epic entrance into a ceremony or onto the dancefloor.
Ruins of San Jose El Viejo
The walls of the temple are already equipped with candle fixtures and the small garden in front is perfect for a cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception. All of San Jose El Viejo is covered apart from the courtyard outside, so it’s a nice cozy venue even in the rainy season.
The space is perfect for a ceremony and reception for a modest-sized wedding (between 50-150 people). If you’re looking to host a larger event, there is the option of having the ceremony take place at San Jose, then moving the party to Porta Hotel, which is just across the street.
One of our favorite things about San Jose is the afternoon light, in the afternoon and just before sunset, when the sun shines in through a couple of windows towards the back of the temple creating a beautifully lit, picture-perfect scene for any wedding ceremony. Hands down, one of the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala.
Ruins of La Recoleccion
At the entrance is a long pathway that leads to what was once a church, similarly constructed in the 18th century. The church existed intact for less than a decade before an earthquake destroyed it and it was left to ruin.
This ruin, however, is one of our favorite places to photograph because of the rocky landscape that exists where a church once stood, creating a backdrop unlike any of the other ruins in Antigua. Giant pieces of the structure lay strewn around a courtyard that looks like it came from an Indiana Jones movie. At the front of the church is a reconstructed archway and staircase—a famously gorgeous frame for a photograph.
The entire compound of La Recoleccion is massive and while there is no covered area within La Recoleccion, many of its courtyards and gardens could be used as a space for a canopy or tent for a large wedding reception. And with so much space, La Recoleccion is ideal for an “all-in-one” location as well, which makes it one of the best venues to get married in Antigua Guatemala.
Jardin Real De Santiago
Jardin Real is also uncovered, but is right next to Ezenario Historico, which can be rented in conjunction with the ruin as an indoor area for refuge during the rainy season.
The jardin (or garden in English) has high, rustic walls along the sides of the garden adorned with bougainvilleas and other flora.
Ruins of La Merced
This is one of the more famous locations in Antigua, because of the church’s bright yellow façade that is emblematic of Antigua’s color. La Merced itself consists of a cathedral and ruins, both of which can be rented separately or together. The limitation with the church however, is that they only allow ceremonies there for Catholic couples. You can certainly rent the ruins separately from the church if you’re looking for just a beautiful rustic place for your special day.
The ruins at La Merced boast the biggest fountain in Antigua right smack in the middle of the ruins, surrounded by arched pathways on all four sides of the fountain’s courtyard.
The entrance is a grand, tall wooden door that welcomes you into the first hall, which is tinted a celestial blue in the traditional sponge painting style that is often found in Antigua. Then follows two larger, covered spaces that would function perfectly as the reception hall and dance floor. Both have pieces of the original construction on display, complimented by the wooden ceiling & large windows, which provide wonderful natural light during the day.
Best wedding Venues in Antigua Guatemala
Ruins of Santa Teresa
This ruin is also within walking distance to many famous attractions in Antigua, such as La Merced, the arch and Calle Santa Rosa, a beautiful cobblestone street lined with trees and colorful walls that is great for taking pictures.
Best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala ~ Hotels
The second half of our list of best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala includes hotels and rentals. All of these locations provide some accommodation as well as the convenience of a kitchen or restaurant on-site. However, you might want to check with the venue itself regarding catering for your wedding, especially if you are looking for something larger or outside of the hotel’s kitchen capacity.
Most of these hotels also have options for indoor and outdoor spaces, which means you’ll have less to worry about if you’re getting married during or around the rainy season.
Built out of the previous home of a Guatemalan military general, Pensativo House Hotel is a quiet yet luxurious place to get married in Antigua. With gorgeous white architecture inspired from the ruins around Antigua, Pensativo House is an elegant location where you can host a ceremony, cocktail hour, reception & even the after party all in the same location.
With plenty of spaces to choose from, Pensativo would be great for small and medium-sized weddings (maximum 250 people.) There are also a number incredibly well-lit rooms which are lavishly designed, great for getting ready and pre-wedding photographs.
The courtyards are some of the most beautiful spaces for cocktail hours and receptions that we have seen, with heavy greenery and clean architecture on all sides for a perfectly glamorous event. Pensativo House Hotel also has a large terrace with views facing directly towards Agua volcano, amazing for open-air ceremonies. All in all, Pensativo is surely one of the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala.
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When it comes to food, Porta is one of the frontrunners for catering in Antigua, so there will not be limits on choices at dinnertime. There is also a full bar, swimming pool, restaurant, onsite parking and much more which will keep your guests occupied on the days around the wedding.
Santo Domingo has a huge range of options for large and small weddings, but we think that it really suits larger weddings better. Ceremonies normally take place in front of the chapel façade, one of the most ornate and beautiful backdrops for a wedding you can imagine. Receptions normally take place in the Convention Center, a large room capable of hosting more than 500 people (probably more, but that’s the biggest we have seen there.) There is another, more open space that is available for smaller events that is also in a different section of the hotel, which has a lovely outdoor courtyard and ample space for seating around 100-200 people (check out Alex & Yasmin’s wedding to see an example of this reception space.)
Since Santo Domingo has been a staple in the wedding industry of Antigua for ages, they also have onsite catering, bars and staff to help you plan your big day but as always, we highly recommend an outside planner to help with logistics and communication throughout planning. Best wedding Venues in Antigua Guatemala
Santo Domingo del Cerro
While there are no rooms up at El Cerro, there is a large covered reception area that can accommodate a large wedding celebration. The space is surrounded by a curved balcony, from which your guests can enjoy the view or take in a bit of fresh air during the party. Below this structure is where the majority of the ceremonies happen, all with the view of the city below.
We love the general design and rustic look of Panza Verde, it’s boutique hotel, so you won’t find endless corporate-looking hallways of rooms here, rather beautifully decorated walkways leading to unique rooms, each with their own design and character. The hotel has beauty in every last detail and don’t even get us started on the food (Spoiler alert : it’s AMAZING.)
The rooms that can accommodate you and your guests are spacious and comfortable. Amenities of the hotel include a pool, restaurant and even a small chapel for its guests, all away from the hustle and bustle of Antigua. A wedding at Finca Filadelfia could be large or small, since there are a few location options to choose from. We would definitely suggest making use of one of the garden areas for a wedding, especially for couples getting married in the dry season, and obviously don’t miss out on the amazing organic coffee!
This is one of the newer locales for weddings in Antigua and while it hasn’t been open for long, it does not disappoint. Located in San Gaspar Vivar, this venue is a short 10-minute drive from Antigua, right next to the small public square of the village.
Within the area of Conceptio is an ample garden with space for an outdoor reception of almost 1000 people, a small pool and house with rooms to get ready and for 12 guests to sleep at the end of the night. There is also a large gallery included in the property that could function as the buffet or bar location, or a small covered dance floor. The gallery has an upper level that could function as an area for cocktails or for guests to observe the wedding happenings from above.
On the property is a small chapel, but there is also the larger cathedral of San Gaspar right next to the venue as well. Your guests could walk from the ceremony to the reception within minutes. The style at Conceptió has more of a modern touch, so this would be an ideal place for a modern or artistic bride.
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San Rafael is another gorgeously designed boutique hotel that couldn’t be closer to the center of Antigua. It is within a one minute walk of the arch, La Merced and Central Park. At San Rafael, the beauty is also in the details. The architecture is a modern take on the typical style of Antigua, with cozy rooms and comfortable spaces that would be great for a small wedding. There is courtyard in the middle of the hotel, as well as a library for guests to enjoy during their stay.
The second level San Rafael is the best part, in our opinion. You can literally see the arch within one block on this open-air terrace that rests right above the courtyard. You’ll have plenty of volcanic views from this rooftop, as well as many photo opportunities for the big day within a minutes walk.
Very few couples even know that San Rafael is available for weddings, mostly since it’s a smaller venue. With the rooftop and gardens included, San Rafael is perfect for a wedding of 100 people or less. As an intimate wedding location for family weddings or elopements, there are few places that could be more beautiful.
We shot one of our very first weddings at Earth Lodge, and have since then dream about getting another chance to shoot there. Earth Lodge is part avocado farm, part hostel, part getaway from the hustle and bustle in Antigua. You take your guests about 20 minutes up into the hills of Antigua, from which you will have one of the most spectacular views of the town and the three volcanoes, all from the tranquility of this low-key hotel.
There are a few open spaces that work as ceremony locations, as well as a fully-equipped restaurant and bar that functions perfectly as a reception hall. Earth Lodge is great for relaxed couples, that want something simple and beautiful. There is a bit of a trek down a hill to arrive to the hotel, so make sure you visit Earth Lodge before you decide to get married there in order to make sure it’s the right place for you.
Towards the entrance into Antigua from Guatemala City is Santa Ines, a cute little town built into the side of the hill. Casa Santa Ines is a beautiful boutique hotel in the town of Santa Ines that is perfect for medium-sized weddings. The hotel has a garden area that would beautiful for a reception. There is also a cobblestone entranceway that function beautifully as a ceremony aisle. Santa Ines’ property also includes an ampitheatre-like staircase, which could be an epic spot for a small wedding. The view here allows all of your guests the perfect view of your ceremony, with the backdrop of Antigua’s green mountains.
Casa Santa Ines maintains the rustic style of Antigua, while all being hidden away in the hills near Antigua. The rooms and shared salons all have a very cozy feel, with comfortable furniture and tasteful décor. If you’re looking for somewhere comfortable where you and your guests can enjoy the quiet of San Ines combined with the beauty of Antigua, this venue is for you!
Please tell us what you think of our list of the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala!
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Leave us a comment If you think we missed a venue that belongs on this list or we missed a crucial piece of information about a certain venue. All in all, there really is no bad choice to get married in Antigua, Guatemala. Between the ruins, boutique hotels and ancient churches, there are so many beautiful options for couples. We hope we have helped with this article to choose one of the best wedding venues in Antigua Guatemala.
Finally, keep in mind that many couples choose to have their ceremony in one location and then the reception somewhere else. This might be the ideal option for some and a logistic nightmare for others. Again, talk to a planner to see which venues work best for your needs! We’ve worked with a fair share of wedding planners in Antigua, so if you want any recommendations, please leave us a comment or send us an email!
~ Best Wedding Venues in Antigua Guatemala ~
Engagement Photos in Antigua Guatemala // Days after their engagement, Kade and Tejana gave us a phone call to see if we were available to take their engagement photos in Antigua Guatemala. We had a busy week, but jumped on the opportunity to shoot in their hotel room at Panza Verde, one of our favorite boutique hotels in Antigua. Hours before their photoshoot, we received a separate email from Kade, who was planning a surprise for Tejana during the shoot. It was Tejana’s birthday and Kade wanted to surprise her with one of her favorite things, a live mariachi band. As we slowly made our way from their room to the roof of the hotel, we exchanged glances with Kade, trying to communicate a plan to make sure we could catch the special moment. The mariachi band made their way up the stairs playing the famous “Cielito Lindo” and a surprised Tejana laughed and started dancing with Kade as soon as she realized what was happening. engagement photos in Antigua Guatemala
As if that wasn’t amazing enough, we then took a long walk around Antigua, including inside the ruins of Santa Clara, one of our favorite places to shoot. The previous days’ events made these photos particularly easy for us, Kade & Tejana were beaming with excitement from both Tejana’s birthday and their new engagement. Before we finished shooting, the idea of ice cream at Doña Gavi’s sounded like the perfect way to end the day and it was! We had such an awesome afternoon with these lovebirds. We are so happy that they are getting married on Lake Atitlan in November and we are so honored to be able to capture it! If their wedding day is even half as amazing as their engagement, we are in for a marvelous celebration.
Sidenote: We’ve had a few people reach out to us regarding Tejana’s outfits during this shoot, so we figured we would just link them into this post. Her first two-piece outfit is by our amazing friend from Stela 9, which is right here in Antigua, Guatemala. The last three dresses are from the Spell & Gypsy Collective, out of Australia.
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