Our Wedding in San Miguel de Allende

One year ago today, Kevin and I got married in the gorgeous colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende Wedding First Look

Trying to think of what to write in this post has been harder than I thought it would be, because no matter how hard I try, the words I put down won’t be able to do it justice.

It’s impossible for me to describe just how powerful and emotional of an experience it was.

San Miguel de Allende Wedding Ceremony Instituto Allende

Or how my heart was so full of happiness I thought it might burst.

San Miguel de Allende Wedding Ceremony Instituto Allende

And that there was so much love in the air that it was almost tangible.

San Miguel de Allende Wedding Photography

I’ll never be able to adequately describe what it felt like to have over 80 people come together from all over the world, just to celebrate with us.

San Miguel de Allende Wedding Instituto Allende

Or how incredible it was to officially become a family.

San Miguel de Allende Wedding Ceremony Instituto Allende

People often ask me if married life is all that different than pre-married life, and I always tell them that no, it’s really not.

But thinking about it now, a year later, that’s not really the truth.

Because just as much as nothing really changed, everything changed too.

Kevin and I were official.

San Miguel de Allende Wedding Ceremony Instituto Allende

We were married!

Anyone that’s ever planned a wedding knows that weddings can be STRESSFUL.


Oh, are they expensive!

Prior to the wedding I was so worried that it wasn’t going to be as great as we hoped it would be. I was worried that people would regret traveling to a place in Mexico that didn’t have a beach and that we would feel terrible for having asked so much of them.

I feared that it couldn’t possibly live up to our expectations, and that we would regret spending so much money on what so many people referred to as “just one day.”

In fact, the first few days I was so worried about everyone else having a good time that I could have cared less if I did.

Fortunately, none of that happened.

To say I loved our wedding is an understatement.

The time we spent in San Miguel de Allende was honestly, truly, 100% one of the best weeks of my life.

(and it was so much more than just one day. To call it that devalues the experience.)

As I mentioned earlier, I’m never going to be able to articulate the sheer enormity of emotions that came from having my most favorite people in the world come together in a small town in Mexico to be part of our wedding.

It was honestly the most incredibly powerful, overwhelming, and happy feeling I have ever experienced.

And also? Our wedding was a blast!

People danced their asses off.

And sang their hearts out.

We even had someone surprise us with a fat suit!

(because what’s a wedding without a surprise fat suit, really?)

Today, one year later, when I think about our wedding and all the amazing memories I have because of it, it literally makes me heart swell with happiness and gratitude.

Kevin is truly the best thing that has ever happened to me, and marrying him is the best decision I could have ever made.

San Miguel de Allende Wedding Photography

Fancy wedding or not, nothing would have changed that.

But getting to share that experience with my most favorite people in the world, in one of the most beautiful towns I’ve ever been in, well, it was just unreal.

And fun.

So so so so much fun.

Happy anniversary, Kevin!

I love you more than this blog is capable of describing.

San Miguel de Allende Wedding Instituto Allende

and I can’t wait to see where the years ahead take us!

San Miguel de Allende Wedding


*All photos taken by the amazingly talented and wonderful Sheri Whitko


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GretchenOctober 15, 2012 - 7:43 am

Happy Anniversary you two!! What am amazing week. Can we do it all over again??

Patty McClainOctober 15, 2012 - 9:41 am

Happy first anniversary!! Thanks for the blog reliving the wonderful wedding! It was also one of the most special times of our lives! Wishing you and Kevin a long, healthy and happy life together!

chanelOctober 15, 2012 - 10:26 am

Happy Anniversary! I can see in the photos that feeling of bursting with happiness. And…your bridesmaids had some serious dance moves, impressive! Here’s to many many more years to come!

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KevinOctober 15, 2012 - 11:35 am

Thank you for planning such an amazing wedding/experience and for agreeing to spend the rest of your life with me!

Bon BonOctober 15, 2012 - 3:14 pm

happy day to you lovebirds! what gorgeous memories:-) xoxo

ashleyOctober 17, 2012 - 3:07 pm

stumbled upon your blog! I too live in SF and agree that it is the best city! moved here about a year ago! πŸ™‚
ps happy anniversary!! i am getting married next july and I too have become obsessed with all things wedding.

MichelleOctober 18, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Your dress!!!! Oh it’s just so so beautiful, I love it!

Happy anniversary! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


CatherineOctober 18, 2012 - 9:52 pm

What an incredibly beautiful (and fun!) wedding! Thanks for sharing.

I’m loving your blog. Let’s be friends??


StephanieOctober 19, 2012 - 9:06 am

What a beautiful post – and a BEAUTIFUL wedding. And YOU are beautiful! Your wedding looks like a blast – and what a true testament to the kind of people you and your husband must be that so many people came to Mexico to share in your special day. I absolutely love weddings for all the reasons that you said. Happy, happy anniversary!

NicoleOctober 19, 2012 - 2:44 pm

First off, your engagement picture post made me laugh out loud- and not at the pictures (you’re gorge by the way!) but your writing. Hilarious!!!
Second, your wedding dress- STUNNING. I love it! Where did you find it?!
Third- new to your blog and in love w/it already!!!

MichelleOctober 30, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Your wedding was so pretty!

NikkiAugust 9, 2013 - 6:40 pm

I read about your blog over at Two Martinis and I had to stop by and say hi! Your wedding photos are amazing and it looks like everyone had a blast! My fiance and I are getting married in Riviera Maya in May, and I couldn’t be more excited! Any tips/suggestions/advice for a destination bride??

ClaudiaMarch 6, 2014 - 9:09 pm

I loved your wedding blog and pictures!!! My fiance and I are getting married in San Miguel in September 2014. Even though it’s 6 months away, I’ve spent the last 1 1/2 months planning, all I need to do now is find wedding officiant. I wanted to ask if you wouldn’t mind sharing who conducted your marriage ceremony?

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NatalieJanuary 31, 2016 - 8:26 pm

Hi Serena,

Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience with us! I will be getting married in SMA this spring, and the DJ I have been speaking to has backed out! Could you give me a recommendation for the DJ that helped make your wedding so special?

I’m grateful for any advice!

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