A Highland Guatemala Wedding

Just the two of us. And a haircut.

Jenni, Writer and nomadic traveler & Aaron, Writer and nomadic traveler

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: An intimate ceremony, surrounded by nature.

Soundtrack for reading: “Life is Better With You” by Michael Franti

Other Cool Stuff We Should Know About

We are nomadic travelers who happened to be in Guatemala when we found the perfect place to have our wedding ceremony. Both of us really wanted the ceremony to be intimate and personal. We only had two friends there and we asked one of them to perform our ceremony. We had items that were special to us flown in from the states, like Jenni’s grandmother’s earrings. We had Jenni’s dress made in Guatemala City, and Aaron’s bow tie and suspenders were created by an artist on Etsy who created the pieces out of fabric printed with travel documents. Our ceremony was a celebration of our commitment as well as our individuality.

Favorite Thing About The Wedding

It was just for us. We only had two friends there, one of whom performed the ceremony.

The Info:

Photographer: Daniel Lopez Perez | Location: Guatemala | Venue: Isla Verde | Jenni’s dress was designed by her and made in Guatemala City. Aaron’s bow tie and suspenders were made by an artist on Etsy who used fabric printed with travel documents.

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  • Erin

    Stunning. Just, wow. Congratulations!

  • up_at_Dawn

    Intimate, beautiful wedding. Did I just see a yurt? Wedding with a yurt? Awesome.

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  • Jenna


    When I saw the first photos my immediate thought was “but that’s not Guatemala, that’s Isla Ometepe in Nicaragua”…but looking at the venue information, no, that’s Guatemala.

    Who would have thought that there would be not one, but two lakes in Central America with a double volcano view?

    • Casey Fitzsimmons

      I had the same thought!!

  • Carly

    Oh. My. Gosh.

    As I was reading, all I could think was this is one of the most stunning weddings I’ve yet to see. Clearly a common sentiment! That dress… that rainforest… that building… everything!

  • Meg

    I like the ceremonial cutting of the hair. very symbolic.

    • Class of 1980

      Man. His haircut turned out amazing!

      • Meredith

        Yeah, his hair is fantastic. It almost detracts from the gorgeous scenery. (haha) How does it lay so perfectly after just simply cutting off the dreads? This wedding is lovely!

  • Lindsay

    Beautiful wedding! I work with a community in the highlands outside Xela and have traveled there twice. Both times we went to Lago de Atitlán before we flew home, and it’s truly one of the most beautiful places in the world. This picture was from May, which is during the rainy season so it’s a bit foggy.

  • Class of 1980

    Now this wedding is something different. Very atmospheric.

  • Bloody hell. This is too magical for words.

  • vegankitchendiaries

    Too. Much. Ro. Mance.

    So… the APW weddings just continue to get exponentially more amazing until the internet explodes? Is that the master plan? You bastards.

  • Shane

    What a rad, personal, and intimate wedding. You can really tell that it is them and not trying to be anything more.

  • Sarah

    Could this be any more beautiful? No, I think you guys totally nailed it! Congratulations!

  • This is so wonderful and the lighting and mist and epic photos and also can I be your friend? (Is that weird?) Because a bunch of nomads just deciding, “hey let’s get hitched here” is the most rad.

  • CJ

    Oh my gosh, I love that dress. I feel like it’s the fairy princess dress of my childhood dreams, only better.