A Candle-Filled Wedding Inspired by the Historic Mexican Setting
Regina and Chris
As the sun set on the city of San Miguel de Allende, San Francisco residents Regina Perez Montemayor and Chris Konovaliv gathered their loved ones in the central square for the Mexican tradition of callejoneada. "It's a walking serenade," says Regina of the jovial procession. Along with 175 guests, a mariachi band, and a donkey with saddlebags of tequila, "we danced and sang our way through the streets. And that was the night before the wedding."
This extended fête was fitting, given that Chris first asked Regina out at a party he'd thrown for the express purpose of doing so. "He had all our mutual friends over, and everybody was looking at us, hoping something would happen," says Regina. Happily, something did. The couple chose the UNESCO World Heritage site for their festivities both to honor Regina's Mexican heritage and because "weddings in Mexico generally go later," says Chris, who owns a postproduction company.
Celebrating filled the week leading up to the wedding, as they went from dinner party to dinner party and explored the city with their nearest and dearest. "Everyone got along like they'd known each other forever," Chris says. For the wedding itself, Regina, an interior designer, imagined a "romantic, timeless event inspired by the location's beautiful architecture, historic details, and lush gardens." She spent the morning getting ready at her parents' rented villa, then joined her grandfather for a ride in a vintage Jaguar to the Templo de San Francisco. A local choir sang as Regina made her way to the altar, where the Catholic ceremony was performed by her uncle, who is a priest.
Afterward, guests boarded trolleys to the Instituto Allende, a visual-arts school, where the reception kicked off with cocktails on the terrace overlooking the city. The group then moved to the courtyard to dine beneath a canopy of candlelight. Speeches followed, including one from Chris's then-11-year-old nephew. "He'd been taking Spanish in school and wanted to welcome the Mexican side of my family in Spanish, which was adorable," says Regina. And the rest of the evening went just as they'd hoped: Dancing, aided by a well-stocked tequila and mescal bar, lasted late into the night.
The Bridal Bouquet
The bride, along with her bridesmaids—who wore custom-made silver dresses—took preceremony portraits in the garden of a villa Regina's family rented.
Boutonnieres included blackberries, dusty miller, thistles, and elaeagnus.
Regina wanted a wedding with details that felt "romantic and timeless." The program for their ceremony, which was tied with a pure silk ribbon, was just that.
Regina's cousin (right) and the daughter of the couple's best friends from San Francisco served as flower girls.
A chamber orchestra, accompanied by a local choir, provided the music as Regina and her father processed up the aisle of the historic church.
All in the Family
Regina posed with the women in her family at the house her parents had rented.
A Classic Car
The couple were driven to the reception in a vintage Jaguar. "We got lost on the way and drove in circles until we ran into some of our wedding guests, who gave us directions," says Regina.
After arriving at the Institute from the church via trolley, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on a terrace overlooking the city.
The Escort Cards
The escort-card table included a centerpiece with roses, ranunculus, elaeagnus, and Queen Anne's lace.
Guests sipped on cocktails made from tamarind, a fruit that's commonly found throughout Mexico, as well as tequila and mezcal chosen by the couple.
Soft pink roses, fiery rose petals, and glass orbs holding votive candles floated in the reception venue's fountain.
On the Menu
The evening's menu included Mexican treats, such as flan.
A Reception at Dusk
A sea of votives floated above the courtyard of the Instituto Allende.
The First Dance
Regina and Chris performed their first dance beneath the canopy of candlelight to "Aurora en Pekín" by Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos.
Ceremony location, Templo de San Francisco
Reception location, Instituto Allende
Event coordination, Creare & Co.
Catering, Sergio Massieu Banquetes
Flowers, La Musa de las Flores
Photography, The Edges Wedding Photography
Videography, Spencer Sarson Visuals
Bride's gown, Atelier Pronovias
Bride's engagement ring, Erie Basin
Hair and makeup, Ana E Uribe
Candle installation at dinner, Gabriela Cabrera Expresión Floral
Cigar roller, Ulises Castillo Magadan
Ribbons on napkins and programs, The Ribbonerie
Sound equipment, Voltron Sound Systems
Wine, Casa Madero