Tara and Daniel's Epic Antigua Guatemala Wedding

By Saguzo Eventos

December 28,  2016 was an amazing day for us. One of our fabulous couples got married that day. The beautiful ceremony was at San José El Viejo, and the spectacular cocktail hour and reception were at Casa Santo Domingo. This was one of our most challenging weddings of 2016. It was so much fun to plan and we put together a Rock Star team of vendors!

The pictures from Christina Craft and Derek Mohninger of FunkyTown Photography continue to amaze us every time we look at them! 

With only four months of extensive planning, Tara and Daniel managed to throw an exquisite celebration in Antigua, Guatemala. 

We had a dream team of the best vendors in the business to help bring their vision to life. Weddings are about teamwork; working with very talented vendors was incredible. Tara and Daniel´s epic wedding proves that maximum effort, leads to maximum results!

This wedding was one of the most enriching, amazing and unforgettable experiences we have had in these years. 

See this extraordinary wedding in all its glory!

Welcome Reception at Capuchinas

Getting Ready and Photo Session

Ceremony at San José El Viejo

Reception at Casa Santo Domingo

So excited to share this AMAZING review from Mrs. Elahe Hessamfar, mother of the bride. Thank you so much for all your kind words Mrs. Hessamfar.  We are deeply grateful!

"I am a mother of the bride; indeed a very demanding one!  We just had our daughter’s wedding in Antigua, Guatemala.  This was a series of events spanning over a few days. The first event was a family breakfast for a large group of extended family members at Sabe Rico, one of the local restaurants. Then a rehearsal luncheon the next day, at Casa Trocolli, which led right into our actual rehearsal at the wedding venue. Almost immediately following this, was another one of our major events, the Welcome Reception, at Las Capuchinas, where all of our guests were invited. The wedding ceremony came the very next day, at San José El Viejo, leading to the wedding reception at Casa Santo Domingo Hotel, which lasted until 1 am. And finally, all events consummating in a Farewell Brunch the next morning at Hotel Porta.

I cannot find enough words to explain the beauty and magic of this wedding experience for our family and guests. It is not an exaggeration to say that everyone was awestruck! Everything was like a fairytale, nothing short of spectacular, draped in elegance and beauty.

My daughter, Tara, and her fiancé, Daniel, got engaged in early September, and were adamant to get married before the end of the year, during the Christmas holiday. Moreover, my daughter had dreamt of having her wedding in Antigua, Guatemala, for the past decade, even before there was a man in her life. This seemed like an impossible task, to plan a multi-event destination wedding in a country I had never visited, and invite more than 200 of our friends and families from all over the world during their holidays— all in 3 months and 3 weeks time! Most people considered us crazy! 

Our desire above all else was to make this wedding worth the trip for the many who sacrificed their money and time so close to the holidays.

I am a very demanding person, with high standards, and accept nothing short of excellence!  I had a glorious vision for this wedding and I felt so helpless to make it happen in a country I did not know.  That is when my talented niece, Veronica Rogers, a well published wedding designer, found me Saguzo Eventos wedding planning, and put me in touch with Gladys Santizo, the general manager of the company.  

Gladys was a gift from heaven.  She was everything I needed, had dreamt of, and even far more.  She is the first person in my life that has exceeded my expectations. I wish I could give you pictures of our guests as they entered every venue with their jaws dropped, gasping for words to express their emotions of awe, and wonder!

As I said previously, I am a perfectionist, and I have very high standards.  I continue to fail my own standards! But not Gladys!  This lady is a super woman.  I have worked as a senior executive in corporate America for years. I have had thousands of people working for me over the years. I have never encountered anyone with such a level of competence. Her project management skills, her attention to details, her follow up, her promptness, quick response to questions, her grace under pressure, her backbone to stand up to me and tell me why some of my ideas were not workable, and her creativity to come up with solutions in cases where we would hit a roadblock, were unmatched.  Throughout, she and her staff kept a smile on their faces and guided us through a journey of joy and excitement.  She knows all the best local vendors and has a personal relationship with them.  That is how she makes magic happen! She secured the venues we wanted with such a short notice during the busiest time of the year. She convinced Adolfo Cojulun of Expressions, who usually closes shop during the holidays, to work this year and have all his staff work too!! Adolfo’s work was magical and the work of dreams.  Gladys communicated our complex vision for the events, articulated in English, to Adolfo, in Spanish, in a way, that he blew all of us away with his spectacular implementation. 

Not to mention, my daughter, Tara, and new son-in-law, Daniel, could not be a happier bride and groom!! For the decade that Tara dreamt of weddings in Antigua, never had she dreamt a wedding as exquisite as she received!

Thank you Gladys!  Thank you Olga!  Thank you Adolfo!  You guys are my heroes. I wish you worked in the US, so all my family and friends could hire you for future weddings!

You guys are the BEST!"

Congratulations Tara and Daniel!
It was a privilege to work in your unforgettable wedding. 
We wish you many years of happiness together!

Special thanks to Veronica Rogers from Type A Society, for the recommendation. It has been an honor and pleasure working with you!

Thank you to all the fantastic vendors that helped make Tara and Daniel´s wedding such a great and spectacular day! We are so very proud of you!

HUGE thanks to Christina Craft and Derek Mohninger from FunkyTown Photography for sharing these spectacular photographs with us!

FunkyTown Photography
Phone: +1 250-813-0846
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The extraordinary wedding of Tara and Daniel was featured yesterday at one of the most popular wedding blogs:  Strictly Weddings    This is the link:  http://strictlyweddings.com/…/old-world-luxury-wedding-ant…/   

Thank you very much Strictly Weddings. We are SO excited! 
Congratulations Tara, Daniel, Mrs. Hessamfar, and all the vendors involved!

by Gladys Santizo