To me, and yes I am completely and unabashedly biased, there is but one wedding location in the world where you can find both hotel luxury and the magical romance of crumbling, beautiful ruins. That place is the incomparable Hacienda Uayamon in Campeche, Mexico, where Ben and I were married back in 2010.
I remember scouring countless Mexican photographers’ blog posts until I stumbled across this enchanting place and knew right away that it was the THE place. So it is thrilling for me to be able to write about another couple who found the same magic there and chose to lure their family and friends there, even though it is not an easy trip to make. Hacienda Uayamon is 30 minutes outside of town, in a jungle environment with scorpions and scary-looking spiders. It is not as common to find English-speakers there as it is in typical Mexico tourist towns. Campeche is not a typical tourist town. And that is one of the things that makes it so alluring.
Jessica and Brian traveled from Seattle for their Mexico destination wedding. Hacienda Uayamon, which was built in 1700 as part of a small farming village, was as beautiful as ever for their ceremony in the ruins of the burned-out chapel, and the reception in front of the ruins of one of the buildings, which was lit in lively orange and gold lights.
It is pretty much always hot in this part of Mexico, so afterward everyone changed into their swimsuits for a midnight pool party. One of the best things about Hacienda Uayamon is if you rent out the entire 12-room hotel, your party can go as late as you want. I was happy to see that this group made the most of this amazing place and even extended the party one more night before heading home filled with love, tequila and what were undoubtedly some of the best memories of their lives.
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