Real Wedding: Regina & Zaheen, Part I

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!

Vendor Credits

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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