Once they were engaged, Holly Prentice and Robert Stavert knew immediately that they’d say “I do” in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Robert is half-Mexican and grew up traveling to the picturesque city. In fact, he’s such a fan that he even talked about it on the couple’s first date. “It is easily one of his favorite places in the world,” Holly says. “When we first traveled there together, I fell in love with it as well.”
The couple worked with local planner Guadalupe Alvarez of Penzi Weddings to create the destination wedding of their dreams: a Catholic ceremony in a 18th-century church, follwed by an alfresco dinner in a private hacienda. The celebration honored the romantic vibes of the city as well as its ability to “throw a good party,” which translated to mariachi music, tequila, tacos, and even a donkey at the reception! The couple’s ultimate goal? To have their nearly 70 guests leave in love with the colonial settlement too.
The couple’s invitation suite featured cacti illustrations that alluded to their destination wedding location, San Miguel de Allende.
“We loved the idea of a private hacienda and had explored many, but the second we entered Casa Hyder, we both looked at each other and immediately knew this was it,” Holly says of deciding on their venue. The historic hacienda featured a manicured garden of succulents and cacti as well as authentic Spanish-Colonial architecture and cultural touches.