How to Get Married in Peru
Admittedly Peru isn't at the top of most bride's lists when they're thinking of destination wedding locations but with its vast rich history and natural offerings (Macchu Picchu!), it is the destination of all destinations. We were lucky enough recently to visit this bucket list part of the world and see how MegaWatt Events was able to intertwine traditional Andean culture with a modern fine art wedding style at JW Marriott El Convento Cusco. With a stunning courtyard ceremony, the bride (dressed in BHLDN) and groom started a traditional Andean Ceremony by the inaugural cleansing ritual done with incense and floral essences. This cleanse is essential as the couple needs to have open and pure hearts for their union to the Pachamama and to each other to be true and strong to last a lifetime.
The Shaman then addresses the bride and groom and explains the importance and significance of the union, the commitment of spending life together as a couple and in partnership and blessing of the sacred spirit of the Sacred Mountain (Apu Saqsayhuaman). An offering to the Pachamama, Mother Earth, is prepared as an act of gratitude for its land, fruits and boundless benefits it grants us. The offering consists of most elements that Mother Earth provides: seeds, sweets, flowers, wool, metal, beans, etc all presented on coca leaves. This ritual allows nature to bless the couple’s union through the customs that our ancestors passed on from generation to generation.
The offering is shared with the guests present as witnesses. The Kintu ceremony is culminated with the traditional grouping of 3 perfect coca leaves, done in tribute to all the offering that the Andes convey. At the end of the ceremony, beautiful emblematic bracelets woven by hand are given to the couple as a symbol of the ritual and their union. If that doesn't sound like the most wonderful way to be married, I don't know what is!
Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography with Sara Donaldson | Venue: JW Marriott El Convento Cusco | Planning/Design: MegaWatt Events | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Paper: Fat Cat Paperie | Dress: BHLDN