A Long Weekend and a Wedding in San Miguel de Allende
A little overdue but still worthy of sharing nonetheless.
Last month I travelled to San Miguel de Allende — a gorgeous historic town in Central Mexico — to attend the wedding of my good friend and college bud, Alex. We ate, we drank, we danced…and in the interim someone got married.
Noted by The New York Times as a “tropical haven for expatriates and retirees since the 1930s”, San Miguel de Allende is one of Mexico’s hidden gems. Seemingly unaffected by tourism the town offers multiple luxury hotels and options for fine dining while blending perfectly into the existing culture and architecture.
Upon arrival at the airport we were picked up by private car (as arranged by hotel staff) and enjoyed some cold cervezas on the ninety minute commute to Casa de Sierra Nevada, a stunning Orient Express hotel. The hotel spread over two blocks and three separate buildings offering multiple room types. My Junior Suite consisted of two floors, a fireplace and a tub large enough to swim in! I captured the layout via video on socialcam…
The evening before the wedding included a traditional Mexican procession through the town, a unique and wonderful experience.
On Saturday morning I awoke before 6:00 AM and took to the quiet streets for a run. The cobble stone streets, narrow pavements and hills made for three challenging miles. I wandered through the hotel grounds not a soul in sight and discovered a partially hidden stairs that led to the most amazing view of the city. The video became a quick hit leading it to the popular page on socialcam!
I was lucky to capture the true essence of the local culture in this brief moment…
Following a gorgeous and moving ceremony (crowded with locals who love to celebrate the weddings too) the church was a captivating sight with hundreds more watching from the steps.
In summary, it was an amazing trip and truly wonderful to catch up with old college buddies just as our ten year reunion creeps upon us. Of the 200+ weddings I’ve organized in my time this was by far the most impressive! Great people, great times.