We travel overseas for today's Real Wedding, where our good friends share their destination wedding experience. Sam and Andrea chose to say their "I do’s" in the brides home country of Colombia. As most of the bride's family lives in Columbia (Cali and Bogota), it was the ideal location however another key factor for the location was it being a beachside city that guaranteed nice weather.

sparkles wedding stairs

Sam & Andrea chose to marry in Cartagena, Columbia’s old city center. The couple thought the beauty of this venue would be perfect for their guests who traveled abroad. Not only was everyone able to enjoy a relaxing beach vacation, they were also able to celebrate with us in making our 'special day' more like a 'special few days'. For Sam, the highlight of the day was the time just before the ceremony (being with close close family and friends getting ready), seeing Andrea come down the aisle, and the first dance.

beautiful wedding aisle with flowerspurple wedding table light

Sam and Andrea wanted their guests to have a great experience. To ensure this, they set up an itinerary full of trips and activities such as day outings to paradise like islands, cocktails at the old city-wall, a city-tour through the old city center and even a evening party-bus or better known as a 'Chiva bus' in the coastal regions of Colombia. The finale of the weekend was of course the wedding day with the evening events beginning with Sam and Andrea taking their wedding vows. Following the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails, speeches and dinner. Then, the nights festivities were kicked off with the bride and grooms first dance followed by 'la hora loca' ('the crazy hour'), which is a carnival like hour filled with a team of carnival dancers and entertainers lighting up the party into the night.

bride and groom kissing intense

For those couples who are currently planning, Sam and Andrea offer the following advise, “Don't think you might regret 'overdoing' the wedding in a huge fashion, as you should make a big deal out of the wedding. In the end, especially a few weeks afterwards, when things settle down, you will have an awesome memory not only for yourself but also for all attendees."


Wedding Venue Hotel Boutique Casa Pestagua and Spa, Cartagena, Colombia | Photography by Antonio Florez fotografia


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