tropical glam in guatemala

From planner & coordinator Gladys “This styled shoot was inspired by the concept of “Guatemala”. There are so many things to love about this country, for instance, Mayan culture, traditions, volcanos, Guatemalan hospitality, gastronomy, colonial grandeur and nature, among others. We are very excited to showcase these in this styled shoot!”

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“The main venue, the courtyard of Porta Hotel Antigua, is a hidden gem in Antigua Guatemala. Antigua is such a unique city made up of colonial houses with lush courtyards nestled among cobblestone streets and all while surrounded by breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanos.

The color palette reflects the vibrant colors and textures of Guatemala, represented with beautiful flowers and decorative elements. The overall set up was created by the floral designer, Adolfo Cojulún Hass, who incorporated also colorful textiles and cotton pom poms from Del Palomar and a creative ‘unstructured güipil’ The decoration was perfectly combined with the furniture and accessories from Unique Decor Rentals.”

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“The backdrop of this styled shoot was the spectacular monument named San José El Viejo and it is one of the favorite venues for destination weddings in Antigua, Guatemala. The design of the wedding cake, made by Sofía Cobián and was inspired in the art of a Mayan painter. The desserts were based on Guatemalan delicacies such as candied guavas.

The beautiful makeup and hair of the model were created by a team led by Vilma Coy and included an amazing floral touch. We wanted a romantic slightly vintage look to match the colonial setting of Porta Hotel. The model wore earrings, necklace, and a bracelet designed by María de los Ángeles S. de Arana and made of red coral which is one of Guatemala’s iconic colors. The unique earrings are made from 5c coins Quetzales (our local currency).”

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“The paper goods were created by Inkandnibs and included elements that are very representative of Guatemala, such as a Quetzal, who is our national bird and they incorporated one of the most distinctive sights of Antigua from our central park.

The team also did a DIY project for this shoot which was the decoration of glasses using ‘Worry Dolls.’  According to a Guatemalan legend, worry dolls have the ability to remove worries from sleeping people. The signature cocktail was ‘Quetzalteca Rosa de Jamaica’ was poured into hand-blown glasses (with the blue line) from Quetzaltenango.

The second part of the styled shoot was at Ezenario Histórico, one of the most beautiful venues for weddings in Antigua. It’s watercolor walls and stunning columns made for a different yet elegant backdrop!”

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Photography: LeeYen Photography // Planning & Coordination: Saguzo Eventos by Gladys Santizo and Olga Santizo // Event Stylist & Florist: Expressions Artes Florales by Adolfo Cokulún Hass // Furniture & Tablescape: Unik Décor Rental Boutique // Cake & Desserts: Sofía Cobián Pasteles de Alta Costura // Beauty: Perfect Events by Vilma Coy // Veil: Danani Handmade Adornments // Model: Andreita Arana // Stationery & Calligraphy: Inkandnibs by Juliana Cardoso // Guatemalan Textiles: Del Palomar // Bridal Accessories: María de los Ángeles S. de Arana // Venues: Porta Hotel Antigua and Ezenario Histórico in Guatemala.

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