A traditional Indian wedding in Guatemala

30 Apr 2021

American couple Jacob and Tania Kottoor paid respects to their culture and South Asian ancestors with their wedding in Guatemala

Photography: Joseph NanceFranco Giomi 

Wedding designer, Mario Ayala, of Escenica, tells us about the couple's big day which took place in February 2020:

How did they meet? 

Jacob and Tania met at a party in New York City back on July 22nd, 2016 - it was love at first sight. 

How did they choose the place to get married? 

The couple did a lot of research for potential destinations locations and Antigua Guatemala had everything they wanted. It is the most picturesque city with the Spanish colonial heritage, volcanos and ruins. Indian garments are not the best fabrics for hot weather so they wanted to make sure the guests were comfortable, and Antigua has the perfect weather - no humidity and cool at night with an average temperature of 22 degrees centigrade.

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Did the couple have any special request for their wedding? 

The couple focused on the food, the venue, the guests’ experiences and to perform all of their cultural traditions as this was a Knayana Catholic ceremony. 

How did you come up with the concept of this wedding? 

The concept is inspired by culture and traditions - so therefore we worked with the colors and materials that were upon their dresses and performances.

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How did this wedding change your career as a wedding planner?

Being able as a team to bring together all the family requests regarding traditions, religion, food and style was a mindchanger to be certified in South Asian weddings before performing it. The only challenge was to keep up with every single detail that couldn't be missed in any of the traditions.

Tell us a little bit about this destination – what differentiates it from other places?

The location, connectivity, weather, luxury, very many colonial ruins for events, boutique hotels, bilingual city, security, and high end vendors.

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Steal Their Style:

Wedding designer: Mario Ayala, Escencia
Wedding planner: Saguzo Eventos
Photographers: Joseph NanceFranco Giomi 
Ceremony and reception venue: Las Capuchinas Ruins - Ex Convent
Catering: Clio's
Flowers: Escencia
Stationary: @payalcv / @analucia_ilustracion@white_orchid_print_and_design
Bridal, grooms and bridesmaids: WestxEast
Makeup: @jocelyn_biga
Hair: @weddinghair_byvilmacoy
DJ: Edwin Garcia
Dessert: Churros - Luis Fernando Maldonado
Lighting: Luz Y Muebles / Luces Arquitectonicas Eventos
Transport: Antigua Tours 

Category of the Belief Awards: Wedding Concept

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