A Vibrant, Modern Wedding at Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

For their spring wedding, Fernanda Abis and Samuel Prince planned a bright, festive affair with a laid-back vibe. The pair headed to Fernanda’s hometo

For their spring wedding, Fernanda Abis and Samuel Prince planned a bright, festive affair with a laid-back vibe. The pair headed to Fernanda’s hometown of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the celebration, a vibrant city with a thriving art scene and baroque Spanish architecture.

The day started with a traditional Catholic ceremony at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The ornate architecture provided a dramatic backdrop for the affair, with arrangements of lush white florals in varying sizes, which the couple used to line the aisle and decorate the altar, adding an air of romance and elegance. The couple put a personal twist on the proceedings through music, choosing the song “Through the Eyes of Love” from the film Ice Castles for processional and “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles for the recessional.

The reception was where the couple’s personalities truly shined through. Vibrant color transformed the historic Instituto Allende, the city’s visual art school and Fernanda and Samuel’s venue, from iconic architectural gem into a lively, party-ready scene. Colorful floral centerpieces spanning the length of the tables brought energy and life to the outdoor courtyard and dramatic purple uplighting and twinkling strands of white lights created the ideal atmosphere for dancing. Fernando and Samuel treated guests to a vintage candy bar overflowing with treats like hot chili candies, cupcakes and classic Mexican sweets and an open shot bar that kicked the evening into high gear. A live band filled the air with retro tunes during dinner, until the DJ took over and got guests grooving out on the dance floor.

While Fernanda and Samuel went classic when it came to the ceremony decor, decorating the ornate Church of the Immaculate Conception with romantic arrangements of all-white blooms, Fernanda went bold and bright for her bouquet. The vibrant arrangement featured roses, ranunculuses and textural elements like wildflowers and succulents in a spectrum of red, burnt orange, pink, purple and green hues.
For her walk down the aisle, Fernanda adorned her classic low chignon with a lace-edged veil from Pronovias. The delicate embellishments perfectly complemented the floral appliques along the bodice and skirt of her David Tutera dress.
“The flowers were a very important detail for the wedding,” says Fernanda. The couple looked to white wild flowers and classic white blooms, like roses, arranged in varying styles to transform the ornate Church of the Immaculate Conception into a romantic, sophisticated scene.
Instead of a classic confetti or rice toss at the end of the ceremony, the newlyweds’ family members and friends released dove-shaped balloons into the bright sky.
After dinner, Fernanda and Samuel treated guests to a special candy bar jam-packed with sweet treats. From cookies to classic Mexican candies, there was something for everyone. The pair displayed the sweets in a mix of vintage-inspired apothecary jars, galvanized cake plates and milk glass stands.
Fernanda and Samuel used color to enliven the historic courtyard at the Instituto Allende, where the reception took place. Bright roses, dahlias, scabiosas, daisies and eucalyptus were arranged into varying glass and wooden vessels, adding a burst of vibrant color and texture to the tabletops.
When guests needed a break from dancing, they headed to Fernanda and Samuel’s photo booth to strike a pose. The couple created a relaxing, yet eclectically cool backdrop, using a vintage-inspired sofa, colorful pillows, strands of fairy lights and watercolored picture frames.
Tables featured a mix of wooden planter boxes and varying glass vases to give the tabletops and eclectic, modern look with understated rustic appeal. The neutral vessels provided the perfect backdrop for the centerpiece’s eye-catching assortment of florals, including purple dahlias, pink daisies, red roses and green eucalyptus.
Bright purple uplight and twinkling white lights turned the courtyard at the historic Instituto Allende into a lively, party-ready scene. After dinner, the couple's DJ took to the floor and got guests dancing all night long with his upbeat mix of hits.