MY DRESS: Saloni (old) // MY EARRINGS: Mignonne Gavigan
The afternoon before the wedding, all the guests got to take part in a fun mexican tradition – a wedding parade! We all gathered by the cathedral in the main square (picture of the whole crew below!), where the staff handed out flower crowns to all the ladies (dream!) and then we followed a giant papier mâché bride and groom and a mariachi band and a tequila donkey (why not?) all throughout the town, ending in a beautiful park where they played music and we danced around a pavillion.
2 photos above taken by Holly Wilmeth
We then made our way to a private hacienda for the rehearsal dinner. One of the coolest things about San Miguel de Allende was that, from the street, the houses don’t seem like anything special. They are generally just 1-2 story painted plaster walls with a door in them. The average tourist might never see what lies beyond those doors, but we were lucky enough to step over the threshold of two of them for different wedding events and were completely blown away. The rehearsal dinner was held at a private hacienda called Casa Hyder, which the bride and groom had rented for the week to stay at with friends and family. You walk through the doors to discover this incredible sprawling home with 11 bedrooms, gorgeous gardens, a beautiful pool, and countless colorful sitting and dining areas, including an incredible rooftop space with fantastic city and sunset views. Big, old, ivy-covered trees grew throughout the property, at places even growing through the house itself! It was quirky and colorful and romantic and all around an amazing place to spend an evening celebrating the love of two dear friends with lots of jalepeno margaritas.
When we entered Casa Hyder, we walked past some of the lovely interior courtyards and gardens . . .
Passed through colorful hallways and sitting areas . . .
Through this stone hall and up the stairs . . .
A view of the dinner set up below . . .
And more views of the gorgeous ivy-covered walls and gardens below for a sunset cocktail hour on the rooftop.
In love with my Mignonne Gavigan Emilia earrings ♥
After the sunset, we made our way back down to the garden level for the rehearsal dinner. Pictured here with the gorgeous bride-to-be!
After the dinner, it was time for more drinks and dancing in the courtyard.
The pool area looked so magical with all the lanterns and lights and flags strung up above. Honestly, we felt like we got to go to two weddings this weekend as the rehearsal dinner was such a spectacular experience in and of itself. The day after the wedding we got to go back to Casa Hyder for a casual pool party following the farewell brunch at the Rosewood San Miguel. It was so cool to see the house again in the daytime in a casual setting (and with less people so I could wander around and snap some pics!).
I was obsessed with this open living/dining room below. ♥
It coordinated perfectly with my cover-up. 🙂
Hard to see in the pics above because of the exposure, but from the living room couch you got the most incredible view of the dome of the Las Monjas church (see below).
Below, a little garden hedge maze that led to a bathroom/changing area for people using the pool.
If you want to plan a trip to San Miguel de Allende with a big group of people, or if you are looking to plan an event like a wedding or big birthday celebration, you should definitely look into booking this place. It comes fully staffed and can sleep 22 people. I’m currently trying to find an excuse to go back myself. I’ll keep you posted on how that works out. 🙂