Here’s Part II of Regina and Zaheen’s gorgeous destination wedding in Zacatecas, Mexico (see Part I here). First the magical ceremony venue, and now you’ll see the amazing reception venue – the beautiful Quinta Real hotel that was originally a bull fighting ring! After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a festive cocktail hour in the square outside the convent, complete with mariachis, folk dancers, and tequila.
Regina and Zaheen traveled from the cocktail hour to the reception in a classic retro Cadillac.
Some more details from Regina:
What was your favorite part of the day? There were many, many magical moments on our wedding day, but if I had to choose one it would definitely be after the Callejoneada when all our guests and the mariachis and folk dancers gathered in this little square for the cocktail hour. Locals had gathered around to listen to the Mariachis sing, there were women leaning out of their balcony windows to watch and little children playing all around – everyone was really enjoying the atmosphere. Zaheen and I were in the middle of the mariachi circle dancing together, and I started crying because in that moment, I really felt my dad present, and Zaheen and I got to share that moment.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Our wedding was a celebration of our cultures and families, so we included aspects of both in the ceremony. We had a reading from the Q’uran in both Arabic and Spanish during the traditional Mexican blessing known as the Lasso. This was a way that we could unite both our traditions in a way that was particularly meaningful for both Zaheen and me. One of the most fun traditions was the Callejoneada – a traditional Mexican parade with music, dancing and lots of tequila. For me this part was uniquely special because my grandfather used to be a tequilero. He literally used to travel with a donkey in tow to Tequila, Jalisco to procure tequila to sell.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Right as we were about to start dancing, thunder started rolling in and it started pouring rain and it was so windy, we were afraid the tent would fly away. Everyone remained in good spirits, and as my grandmother used to say, “Into each life some rain must fall.” I once told Zaheen that and without skipping a beat he said, “Well Regina you can always stand under my umbrella.” Life is full of challenges and unexpected events, but I know with Zaheen by my side we can tackle anything that comes at us.
Congratulations Regina and Zaheen! I am so happy for the two of you! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us, thank you to Lisa Vorce and Aaron Delesie for all the pics and details, and again, thank you to Aaron for the lovely photo layout. Check out Aaron’s post over on his blog, and if you missed Part I earlier today, find that here.