Jorge and Laura’s Wedding Ceremony, Hacienda Teya

29 Jul
*Note: These are all pictures taken by various guests/family members. Within a few weeks, I hope to have the official ones from the photographer! Sorry if these are a bit limited.*

Last Thursday, everyone in my family took the 3-hour trip from Cancun to the beautiful city of Merida for our wedding.

The first thing we did once we got to Hacienda Teya was the rehearsal. My awesome sisters had made me a bouquet for the rehearsal out of bows and ribbons from the gifts we got at the bridal shower.

We spent the rest of the day getting hair and makeup done, while eating some Burger King. I was pretty calm the entire day, and the stylists were telling me I was the calmest bride they’ve ever seen. I guess I just knew everything was taken care of, and I was mostly just excited to see everybody at the reception.

My family got to the hacienda around 5:30 and spent some time taking pictures.

ME! about 20 minutes before the wedding.

My Uncle John did the ceremony, with the help of a friend who translated. Everything went very smoothly. Two bridesmaids read from 1 Corinthians 13 (everybody does it, I know, but I just love that chapter!) My sister Sarah read in English, and my friend Damayanti read in Spanish.

My sister Noelle and my dad performed one of my all-time favorite songs, Rock of Ages. It was beautiful!! (I cried… not gonna lie) I hope the photographer has pictures.

During the vows, Jorge began to cry and couldn’t continue on for about 30 seconds. He was embarrassed about it, but everyone thought it was so sweet (including me). I later found out that when Jorge started crying, all my uncles/cousins/guy friends in the crowd also started to shed some tears. Awesome 🙂

We threw in some Mexican traditions, including the arras (exchange of 13 golden coins to represent how we share financial responsibilities), and the lasso (a Catholic tradition when a cord with a cross on it is placed around the bride and groom’s necks, symbolizing their union in Christ). I hope the photographer got pictures of that, too!

Before the ceremony, I was nervous it wouldn’t turn out well because of all the translations, plus the mix of traditions we were using, but I have to say it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I’ve ever seen, thanks mostly to my Uncle John. He did a great job of having everything so organized, so profound, yet so simple. I know, I know, maybe I’m just bragging, but SERIOUSLY! It really was a perfect ceremony. A few minor glitches here and there, but mostly those little things make for great stories later.

The groomsmen

Cousin Aubrie with the cute little hand fans we handed out to the ladies... very useful to cool off and to dry tears, so I hear.

Jorge's dad taking my mom to her seat... I still keep hearing about how gorgeous my mom looked at the wedding 🙂

My bridesmaids: I love these girls 🙂

Jorge's cousins as flowergirls (dresses made by Jorge's grandmother)

Daddy and me


Me trying not to step on my dress as I sunk into the carpet/grass



My favorite part of the entire thing was the setting. As Jorge and I listened to my Uncle John preach, we had a great view of a beautiful bamboo forest behind him. Not to mention the lush plants growing all around the garden walls. If you notice, we really didn’t have many flowers or decorations for the ceremony because, quite frankly, the space is perfect just as-is.

25 Responses to “Jorge and Laura’s Wedding Ceremony, Hacienda Teya”

  1. MurdocksMama July 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Ahh!! It looked perfect!!! So happy for you guys! I’m not going to lie..I’m getting pretty excited for our trip! 🙂

  2. foxy July 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Just beautiful, Laura! Truly lovely. 🙂 It looks like a perfectly fantastic day. And I love the photo of you peeking around the door – too cute!

  3. Nikki July 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    YAY! Congratulations! You were a beautiful bride, just gorgeous! Love the detail of your dress and the whole day. Looks like it was fabulous.

  4. Margaret @ Single and Sane July 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    What a beautiful wedding! It looks like you had a perfect day for it.

  5. Ashlie July 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    It looks like you all had a wonderful time. Congratulations again! (my husband and his family cried too!)

  6. Amy Brown July 29, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    Go ahead and brag…it was beautiful and it was perfect. Great job!

  7. The Drama Mama July 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    I’m crying and I wasn’t even there! My gosh your wedding was beautiful. You and your dress take my breath away. Congratulations again.

  8. KfromMichigan July 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    You look beautiful .. can’t wait to see the ‘real’ pictures of your lovely dress!

  9. Kathryn July 30, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    what a beautiful wedding! you look gorgeous! i love the idea of handing out mini fans to the ladies; i’m sure they’re a “must” at mexican weddings!

  10. Nena July 30, 2010 at 3:28 am #

    So beautiful!! Congrats to both of you! I love your dress so much! 🙂

  11. RebeccaC July 30, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    Beautiful photos, beautiful setting, beautiful bride! 🙂

    My favorite photo (although I’m sure you have tons more — especially professional ones) is where you are peeking out the big black doors. You are radiant!!!

    Happy day!!!

  12. Shannon July 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    What a great story! Thanks for letting everyone know how it happened – congratulations. I hope our Lord continues to bless you both!

  13. GRRRL TRAVELER July 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely moment with us! you looked gorgeous and congrats to you both! It’s so sweet that Jorge cried… =-)

  14. gringation July 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    MurdocksMama: That’s right, did your hubby ever reveal where exactly in Mexico you were going?? Will you be close to here?

    Foxy: Thanks! I was trying to keep my friends from seeing my dress haha

    Nikki: The dress was great 🙂 My mom made it!

    Margaret: Almost perfect day haha. A thunderstorm started about 10 minutes after the ceremony, but we were already inside by then… it was very cool to see the lightning over the jungle from the big windows at the reception 🙂

    Ashlie: I’ll be sure to tell Jorge he’s not the only groom who’s cried!

    Amy: I agree… perfect.

    Drama Mama: Thanks! You’re so sweet 🙂

    K: I can’t wait, either hahaha

    Kathryn: Yeah, I loved those fans! I still have about 30 of them at home… not sure what to do with them!

    Nena: Thanks 🙂 I loved my dress, too! I can’t imagine a better one

    Rebecca: Thank you, I’m pretty sure I was nervous and excited when that pic was taken haha

    Shannon: I wish the same for you too… what have you been up to (other than getting married haha)?

    GRRRL: I thought it was really sweet too! I was sure I was going to be the one bawling, but I managed to somehow hold it together.

  15. cheri July 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    so beautiful! love the teenie-tiny fan 🙂

    it’s so nice of you to include the aras and the cord in your ceremony 🙂

    can’t wait to hear more stories….

  16. C July 30, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    Idea for min fans . Make a large square on you wall with fans, and have various framed wedding pictures collage inside

  17. Kristi July 31, 2010 at 5:32 am #

    You looked soooooooo gorgeous! Wow!! What a beautiful wedding. Congrats to you and Jorge!

  18. Grace August 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Your dress, your bridesmaids, your flower girls, the setting. Congratulations!

  19. becca August 2, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    everything looks beautiful. thank you for sharing it with us. i love that jorge was so in the moment and not afraid to cry. real men cry. 🙂 jed cried from the time he saw me start to walk down the aisle throughout the whole ceremony. i had the inappropriate giggles. it was awesome. i can’t wait to see more. i hope wordpress starts behaving.

  20. Ang August 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    beautiful! I’m so happy for you two!!

    Congrats again… sounds like a perfect day!

  21. Megan @ Twinsomnia August 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    You look GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so thrilled and excited for you….congratulations! That’s so sweet that Jorge cried. I always lose it at weddings where the grooms cry…love it.

    I’m so glad everything went well and went off without a hitch. It just looks like it was absolutely beautiful. 🙂

    Congrats again!!!!

  22. Florida Girl Meets the Midwest August 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS! How beautiful. I love that you mixed traditions.

    Your wedding day is something you will always remember. The Hubs and I are getting close to our one year anniversary.

    Can’t wait to see more pics.

  23. Irene Patterson August 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Laura, you looked beautiful. I am very happy for you both and know God’s blessings will be with you. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  24. Ceri May 12, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Hun, this is 10 months too late but Congratulations. You looked absolutely stunning. I just adore your dress.

    And the ceremony looks so beautiful. ❤


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