LA ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

Antigua used to serve as the colonial Spanish capital of Central America, and is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Guatemala.  It is a very small town (you can walk from one side to the other in 15 minutes), surrounded by the imposing Volcan de Agua, Volcan de Fuego, and Volcan Acatenango. Antigua's big, baroque cathedrals and convents were repeatedly damaged by earthquakes in the 18th century, and the capital was moved to Guatemala City.  We came here for a wedding that look place in one of the ruins, Convento las Capuchinas.


This charming, colorful town is full of great shops, restaurants, and bed and breakfasts.  We stayed at Posada Del Angel, a cute little boutique hotel with only seven rooms.  We were assigned to the Green Room, "a favorite for honeymooners and lovers of all ages," as they say on the website. Well, they certainly knew how to set the mood! We walked into this beautiful room to find the floor covered in rose petals, a bottle of wine and homemade chocolate truffles waiting for us.  The staff was sweet and helpful, and the decor was very rustic and homey.

These Muñecas quitapenas (worry dolls) were placed on our bed. They are like the Guatemalan equivalent of a dream catcher. You tell the dolls your problems and place them under your pillow before bed, and they do the worrying for you so you can sleep soundly.
antique mismatched silverware at breakfast.

I'm proud to say my Spanish is starting to come back! A long walk through the mercado artisanal and a good deal of bartering brought my Spanish confidence level back up.  Who knew shopping can do so much good? I even understood the entire ceremony at the wedding! Maybe it's not grammatically perfect but I can get my point across.  I just hope that my accent in Spanish is as charming as when foreigners speak English with an accent... Does that work both ways?

 
getting creepy at Hotel Convento!
The civil ceremony at Hotel Convento
Hotel Convento

Due to Antigua's elevation, the temperature drops down to the 40's at night, so remember to pack warmly and keep in mind high heels are a terrible idea because of the cobblestone streets. I learned the hard way, coming thisclose to twisting my ankle a few times. Poor Matthew's bag never arrived (later found out it took a trip to Punta Cana, D.R.) so he was stuck in his work clothes the whole weekend. We luckily managed to find a suit on the day of the wedding.

The wedding was the most beautiful I've ever been to. The venue was mind-blowing. Our jaws literally dropped when we walked into the reception. Congratulations Christian and Jessica!

Wedding ceremony at Las Capuchinas

hmm, wasnt quite ready for one of those.

4 comments:

phileas "foggy memories" said...

the place is gorgeous. seriously. the super colorful walls + the flowers make it a PA-RA-DI-SE. the dress is so so so so pretty...and you look BEAUTIFUL.
love you
OLB

Kristin said...

Shed a tear or two... Dont know why but its just so beautiful.

Annabel said...

Love this! I learned so much and the city (and you!) look so beautiful...

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Aaron/Yacy said...

Hello!

My fiancee and I are also marrying in Antigua next year and your pictures are amazing. We came across them while researching. If possible, would you please share our e-mail with the bride or groom...We would like to contact just to inquire who they used to create this beautiful reception. Your help would be IMMENSELY appreciated! Thank you, cheers!

yacyalonzo@aol.com or aaron_villela@yahoo.com