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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.

Photography: Aaron Delesie / Event production, design: Lisa Vorce of Oh How Charming! / Florals, design: Mindy Rice / Ceremony venue: former Convento de San Francisco in Zacatecas, Mexico / Reception Venue: Quinta Real Hotel, local support by Mary Carmen De Alba / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s veil: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutain / Hair: Marilee Albin / Makeup: Fiore Beauty / Groom’s custom suit: Bonobos / Groom’s shirt: Doyle Meuser / Groom’s shoes: J.M. Weston / Groom’s tie, pocket square: Brioni /  Invitation suite: Papel Paper & Press / Day-of stationery: Wiley Valentine / Cocktail hour music: Mariachi del Cobre, (492) 922-8991 / Dinner music: DJ Tony Liebetrau from Red Shoe LA / Mexican Matchboxes: Funky Egg Art
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When my friend Regina told me she was getting married, I knew her wedding would be unforgettable, and I think you’ll agree – Regina and Zaheen are crazy for each other (paramount to any wonderful wedding!), and with Lisa Vorce, Aaron Delesie and Mindy Rice on board, their day was perfect and full of fun and special details.

Says the bride, “For something borrowed I wore my paternal grandmother’s silver bracelet that was from Zacatecas, and my maternal great-grandmother’s pearl ring was my something old. My something blue was a handkerchief that my mom monogrammed with a Z and R, and that we sewed inside my dress.”

The gorgeous stationery suite, including the papel picado-inspired save-the-dates, was created by Papel Paper & Press. (It was by far the most beautiful wedding invitation I’ve ever been lucky enough to receive!)

The intimate ceremony took place in a 16th-century convent – don’t you love the “skylight” where the roof has caved in?

Regina very sweetly answered some questions about their wedding for us…

Why did you choose this place for your wedding? My father’s side of my family is from Zacatecas, Mexico. My dad passed away a few years ago, so I wanted to get married somewhere I knew his presence would be felt. I joked during the rehearsal dinner speech that my father’s two great passions in life were Mexico and golf, so a golf course would have been a good option for the wedding, but Zaheen, a verified golf addict, would have been too distracted by the game. So Zacatecas was the only place we both could have imagined getting married.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The city of Zacatecas that was my true inspiration. It still has the look and feel of an old colonial city, with its cobblestone streets and cathedral in the city center. There are so many design elements to draw from Mexico and Mexican culture, but for me, it was the old colonial buildings made of the pink stone that comes from the local mines surrounding Zacatecas. The stone holds in it the spirit and essence of my antepasados, my ancestors. When I saw Kathryn’s Bougainvillea & Stone inspiration board, I knew that was the look and feel I wanted for my wedding.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice do you have for other brides? Two years ago when I was the maid of honor for my maid of honor, just as we were about to walk down the aisle, she grabbed my arm and said “Regina! When you get married, get a wedding planner!” That was the best advice, and the first thing I did when I started planning was to call Lisa Vorce. And now, after all is said and done, the best advice I can give to other brides is this: Try to stay grounded and remember that the wedding is really only about you committing yourself to your best friend for life and celebrating that fact with your loved ones.

Thank you to Aaron Delesie for this lovely photo layout! Make sure to stop by soon for Part II!

Photography: Aaron Delesie / Event production, design: Lisa Vorce of Oh How Charming! / Florals, design: Mindy Rice / Ceremony venue: former Convento de San Francisco in Zacatecas, Mexico / Reception Venue: Quinta Real Hotel, with local support by Mary Carmen De Alba / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s veil: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutain / Getting ready robe: Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie / Hair: Marilee Albin / Makeup: Fiore Beauty / Groom’s custom suit: Bonobos / Groom’s shirt: Doyle Meuser / Groom’s shoes: J.M. Weston / Groom’s tie, pocket square: Brioni / Invitation suite: Papel Paper & Press / Day-of stationery: Wiley Valentine


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I have some dreamy eye candy from Elizabeth Messina for you today, plus, all of the dresses and accessories in this post are part of an exclusive vintage-inspired collection created for the brand-new-today Ruffled Shop. Find out more below all this gorgeousness (including where you can find even more sneak peeks)…

I adore the swiss dot tulle on this dress!

Now all the details… these beautiful dresses are customizable (fabric, length, petticoat, and hello, pockets), and with many of them under $800, they’re affordable too. There are also veils, hair accessories and jewelry, all exclusive to Ruffled. Designers include Fancy, Sarah Seven, Tessa Kim and Wendy Mink. And keep an eye out for even more designs in the fall.

Of course, if you don’t want to wait that long, check out more sneak peek posts over with our friends Leila at Inspired by This, Jen at Green Wedding Shoes, and Elizabeth Messina at Kiss the Groom. And be sure to check out the Ruffled Shop!




Photography: Elizabeth Messina / Dresses, veils, accessories: Ruffled Shop / Location (available for weddings): Santa Barbara Historical Museum / Styling: Catherine Sheppard of The Life Styled / Hair, makeup: Christina Burns 617-285-8772


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Martine is a Snippet & Ink reader who was married in June, and who has kindly shared her wedding with us! She and Joshua, with the help of family and friends, created a wedding that reflected their love of vintage style, and that was full of thoughtful and meaningful touches…

Martine on the DIY flowers: The day of the rehearsal, our flowers were on site in buckets, and I intended to make them all myself – earlier that day, I made my own bouquet out of baby’s breath and vintage gold braiding – but my bridesmaids were all antsy for a project. I figured that they would be able to add their own style to their bouquets, so I had them go and put their own bouquets together – they had a blast in the venue’s rustic kitchen picking from the flowers that spoke to them.

Says Martine: As soon as the first note of our first dance started and Josh took my hand to walk out on the dance floor, I started crying. Dancing with him for those 2 1/2 minutes, the world slowed down and it was just the two of us. Amazing.

Why did you make the choices you did?  We joke that we made each decision about our wedding based on whether I cried or not. Josh played a mix he made of possible first dance songs. I loved all of them, but as soon as I heard Forever by The Beach Boys, I started crying. So we chose it. Now, every time I hear that song, I cry. On the same topic, when Josh was choosing which bow tie to wear, we knew we’d found the winner as soon as I started crying over the dark purple one. I’m starting to sound like a  real downer, but it was hilarious because it was all so ridiculous!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  My budget tips revolve around the way you think about things. It’s easy to decide you want or need something specific, and then become set on this idea. But if you open your mind to other possibilities, you realize that there are always options, and sometimes cheaper ones. I think when you get your mind set on one thing, you miss out on so many other options that could very well be cheaper.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I loved having my family all together. My mom and sisters live far away, as well extended family of ours. As we received each RSVP in the mail, I felt so loved over and over seeing that people were willing to travel to spend the day with us. Also, it was really, really, really hot on our wedding day and since we got married at a camp lodge, there was no A/C. I loved looking around and watching our friends and family who were sweaty and hot, dancing around on the dance floor in front of the huge fans, and waiting in line for the photo booth. People still had fun, and it meant a lot to see them hang on until the end through the crazy hot day.

Tell us about the colorful dessert table!  A close family friend of ours baked all of our cupcakes and our wedding cake. It was so special to have them made by someone we knew put their heart and soul into this amazing gift. Our cake was vanilla with each layer a different color. It made me smile ear to ear on my wedding day. What more can you ask for? My Grandma and a few of my aunts also volunteered to contribute some baked goods, and how can you say no to that? It wasn’t initially what I had planned on, but was so thankful that they wanted to contribute because it added such a special, personal element to our dessert table.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The day of the rehearsal, Josh’s dad came up to me and whispered in my ear, “Something will go wrong tomorrow,” and he gave me a huge smile. At first it sounds pretty harsh, but as we hustled around the venue all that afternoon setting up tables and talking specifics, my nerves really began to build. I know he told me that things wouldn’t be perfect to ease my mind and allow me to breathe, and it worked. It was just what I needed to hear. We had a couple minor goofs on our wedding day, but it was stuff that no one noticed but the two of us. Big deal. I still walked away married, and happy too.


Photography: Kelly Maughan / Venue: Camp Mary Orton in Columbus, Ohio / Bride’s dress: vintage purchased at Silver Moon Vintage in Chicago / Bride’s shoes: Max Studio / Makeup: Melissa Roshan / Groom’s suit and shoes: vintage / Catering: Sandman Catering / Photo booth: RedEye Photobooths / Rentals: Lasting Impressions


Congratulations Martine and Josh! See more photos on Kelly Maughan’s blog.

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