Melissa is a wedding, elopement, and lifestyle photographer specializing in photographing candid and emotion filled moments with her clients.

 Based in Sonoma, Napa, and San Francisco Bay Area. Available for travel worldwide.

Travel in Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende

On Jan 31st, Chris and I left the country with his mom, Coco, to travel in Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende to attend one of Chris’ cousin’s weddings in Celaya, Mexico. I’ve never been to central Mexico so I was beyond excited to explore the towns and photograph some LIFE. Our first day was full of travel and we didn’t land until 10pm. It was exhausting. We flew into Leon and spent the night with Lili and Lalo (Chris’ aunt and uncle).

To Guanajuato we go

The next morning we woke up, ate a delicious breakfast (seriously all of the home-cooked food we ate was incredible) and then went to the bank. Chris and I walked around Leon for a couple hours and then we all hopped in the car and drove to Guanajuato to see Coco’s house that she and Chris’ dad own. We explored the city, ate lunch, listened to Mariachi, and bought some huaraches. Guanajuato is BEAUTIFUL.

If you look close enough in the photos, you can see the underground transportation tunnels that run all over the city – it’s AMAZING. I’ve never seen anything like it!

We left Guanajuato late and headed to Celaya (about 1.5 hour drive) and crashed at another of C’s aunt and uncle’s house (Pepe and Emilia).

After getting our hair done in the morning we were dressed up and ready to party! The wedding was held in a gorgeous church in downtown Celaya and then we headed to the reception at a venue called La Aldea. OOOPH. I can’t even tell you how hard it was to NOT photograph this wedding, but honestly being a guest for once was such a treat! We partied all night and didn’t fall asleep until 2am. We really just went to Mexico to party 😉


The next day we slept in and then spent the day exploring downtown Celaya. That evening we headed over to another of C’s aunt and uncle’s house (Juan and Tere) and spent the evening and night hanging and drinking and playing cards while we all watched the Super Bowl. Again, we didn’t go to sleep until SUPER late and we were pooped.

San Miguel de Allende

The next day was a family day in San Miguel de Allende and it did not disappoint. We spent the afternoon wandering the church, exploring C’s grandfather’s old home where he grew up, and eating an amazing lunch. Later we took a trolley tour of the city and left late to head back to Leon. With early flights ahead of us, we slept for 4 hours before it was time to wake up and head to the airport for our journey home.

I had an amazing time meeting all of C’s family and exploring the cities of Mexico. The colorful buildings, the history, the architecture, and the shopping all filled my soul more than I knew it could. Now I’m dreaming of heading back, but next time it’ll be to Mexico City!

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