Real Wedding: Regina & Zaheen, Part II

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.

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, 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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  • everything is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve been looking for lace overlays exactly like that. Do you know where I could find those?

  • Jennifer says:

    I agree! This wedding is amazing. I would love to learn how they were able to incorporate both culturals/traditions. I’m getting married in November and I’m struggling with the ceremony and how to acknowledge both the Cathloic faith and Muslim faith. Any thoughts or guidance? I think the lasso and Qu’ran reading is a great idea, but I wouldn’t know how to pull it off. help.

  • Michelle Childers says:

    The most beautiful wedding i have ever seen. You are both so amazing and I wish you so much happiness.

  • Carolyn Callis says:

    So inspired! All of the details are pitch perfect and yet still fresh. Old world yet young. I am just swooning over it. Thanks!

  • Oh wow. I thought my favorite part was the dress until I saw the photos of the reception. What a gorgeous wedding. I wish I had a wedding designer. Well, I do, but it’s me!!

  • One of my favorite events-Look at this location!!! We just love working in Mexico!

    Yes, the floral is all hand made from paper -Beautiful isn’t it?….. hand dyed in rich pink tones.

    Lisa had the overlays made out of crocheted lace, elegant and feminine, yet still so traditional !

  • I love the black and white photos, but the color photos are stunning as well! I can’t decide which ones I like more!

  • Dian Villarreal says:

    Regina, I am an old friend of your Mothers, grammar school, that far back, and I was priveleged enough to have her share your wedding pictures with me. You were a beautiful bride and the wedding was just amazing! How wonderful to be able to have your wedding someplace so old world beautiful. I commend you on your choices. You and your husband make a very handsome couple and I wish you all the happiness the world can hold for you.
    Many blessings, Love, sunshine and laughter.
    Dian Villarreal

  • Wow. So amazingly rich and colorful… must have been a ton of fun to be a guest at this wedding!

  • My MOST favorite wedding EVER! Just stunning! He is an amazing photographer…. and they did an amazing job on this wedding.. would love to see more and more of it.

  • Christine says:

    this is quite possibly the best wedding I have ever seen!!! what a beautiful couple… can you post more pics?!!

  • I’m in love with this wedding, it’s beyond stunning and so romantic. And I’m obsessed with Spanish Veils :) I can’t wait to share, thanks! {}

  • Adly v says:

    Wow i love everything about this wedding!!!! the table overlays are amazing… I have family in Mexico! Where can i find that type of Crochet???

  • Irene says:

    I meet this wedding planner in México, she is fabulous! Her name is Mary Carmen de Alba

  • Hello,
    I am the artist that created the Mexican Loteria Card Matchbox Favors pictured here. Lisa Vorce ordered them from me for this event. If not’s not too much trouble, I would love it if you could possibly give my Etsy shop a link back in the credits? Every little bit of exposure helps! Thank you in advance, and no worries if it’s too late!

  • Arlene says:

    Hi, can you please tell me where the rustic candelabras were purchased? I have been looking everywhere for something similar and have had no luck!! I would greatly appreciate it! The wedding is beautiful!

  • Maria C Fernandez says:

    Beautiful wedding one of the best I seen and so long the colors the tradition of booth cultures and a Beautiful City so colonial I am from Zacatecas

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