When traveling to Mexico, I never leave home without the fabulous Lewis Barker. He was born and raised in Guadalajara, and in addition to being a brilliant lighting and set designer, he is the most extraordinary tour guide in Mexico! Lewis can strike up a conversation with anyone and he has this magic way of getting people to say yes when they say no to everyone else. He has gained us access to some extraordinary locations in Mexico and is always able to get us out of “situations” that occur while traveling in Mexico (ummmm…yah…kind of like the time we got pulled over by the Federales on our way from Puerto Vallarta to Costa Careyes with $7000 of alcohol in our car. We purchased the alcohol for one of our client’s events. Nothing illegal…we just didn’t have the right paperwork – but had Lewis not been there, I was certain I would have ended up in a Mexican prison!).
So….off we go to Zacatecas! Lewis and I took a red-eye from LAX, landed at 7:00 am in Zac City and literally worked non-stop until we boarded the plane back for LA. Was exhausting and exhilarating all in one. One of the most efficient site visits we’ve done. Amazing what you can make happen when you are pressed for time! It was the “quick fire” challenge of site visits!
(The beautiful monastery ruins will provide the backdrop for our ceremony)
We had 3 formal menu tastings to complete during this site visit (no complaints from me or from Lewis on this!). We packed in the food in between sourcing vendors and locations for Regina and Zaheen’s events, and everything was incredible.
This event is coming up in June. I know I say this about every event – but seriously - so excited about this one! Zacatecas is a charming old silver mining town, and is known for its amazing pink stone buildings. I adore our clients Regina & Zaheen, and everyone knows working in Mexico feeds my soul – so it’s a match made in heaven for me!
The ceremony will take at an incredible museum. It is the site of a former San Franciscan convent and the ruins are insanely beautiful. For the cocktail reception…we’re going to do a traditional Callejoneada (parade) from the ceremony location to the dinner reception. Burros will carry Mescal and Tequila for the guests. Can’t wait to dress up the burros!
(Lewis Barker taking measurements of the old bull ring)