Fred and I were especially honored to be invited to a wedding in Estancia de Canal, a small country town on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende. We were invited by our movers, who were so very helpful to us and by the end of the two day process, we became friends.
While I have seen many weddings take place here in the heart of town, this one was truly special. At this wedding I didn’t feel like I was a bystander looking on, I felt that I was part of the party. The ceremony took place in the village church. No matter how small a village is in Mexico, they always seem to have an iglesia, which is the center of everything.
We quickly realized that this is cowboy (and cowgirl) country and there were lots of horses involved in the afternoon. Everyone seemed completely comfortable with being on horseback. I loved it when the bride decided not to ride sidesaddle and just threw her leg over the side of the horse, red high heels and all.
After the ceremony, the crowd followed the bride and groom, who were on horseback, and made a parade up the hill to where a massive tent had been set up. There must have been 300 people there, listening to the mariachi music, drinking mezcal, and enjoying the glorious afternoon. It isn’t a Mexican wedding without the decorated burro with baskets on his back filled with tequila or mezcal. All the guests wear a little ceramic cup around their necks and men walk around the crowd giving refills. When everyone was seated no time was wasted serving the delicious food. Chicken in mole, tortillas, fancy rice, and salad. I gave my chicken to Fred but I have to confess, I really enjoyed the mole sauce, perhaps the best I have ever tasted.
We were told that the party would go on into the early hours of the morning. We left much earlier than that, as we weren’t brave enough to tackle the narrow cobblestone road that would take us back to the highway after dark.
In all my travels in Mexico, I think that being invited to this wedding was one of the most interesting and moving experiences that I have had. I wish this couple much happiness, and I truly thank the people of this village for making us feel welcomed into their world.
As we were walking in the parade, drinking our cups of mezcal, Fred’s comment was, “There are some things that Mexicans just know how to do better than Americans.” I would have to agree that throwing down an amazing wedding is one of them.