GDagney Pruner, who rowed in Houston, had always imagined it would be at her family ranch in Wimberley when she got married. Reality stepped in when she and Carlos Gómez del Campo Neme of Mexico City got engaged.

“I fell absolutely in love with the city,” she says of her future husband’s house.

The wedding bells for the couple, now at home in Austin, rang in the chapel at Colegio de San Ignacio de Loyola Vizcaínas in Mexico City in October. The baroque building from the mid-18th century set the stage for an equally large wedding celebration, which lasted from dusk to dawn.

The grand celebrations, organized by Mexico City’s event planner Diego del Rigo Zepeda, stretched over three days and began with a dinner and dance for close friends at Blanco Castelar in the affluent Polanco neighborhood. The couple married on a Friday evening in a civil ceremony on the roof of Cipriani Masaryk in Polanco, where guests outside of town attended the celebration.

“I told Diego that I wanted something incredibly romantic, lush and like a black midsummer night’s dream,” says Dagney of the wedding reception. “Lots of rich pinks and burgundies, candles everywhere, ornate gold cutlery, open fruit displays on every table that look like a royal feast, ivy dripping from the arches and chandeliers hanging everywhere.”

Dagney Gómez del Campo Neme tosses her bouquet to an excited group of women. (Photo by Graciela Ubando)

He delivered beyond expectations. After the ceremony in the cathedral, where the bride wore a sumptuous dress by Monique Lhuillier, the 700 guests marched into the central domed courtyard of the historic building on a path made of sparklers that spewed fiery crystals throughout the night.

The crews worked 24 hours and turned the reception room into a magical wonderland, in which Zepeda created a shimmering tableau over the vast interior with dramatically lit dark blue velvet curtains. Hundreds of candles; the baroque arches soaked in ivy and flowers; Banks of roses, orchids and other flowers; and tables that are splendidly set with shiny crystal glasses and golden cutlery.

During the five-course meal served by Les Croissants, Paco de María (think Michael Bublé) and his swing band performed American classics. During the night, DJ Julio shot both Mexican and American hits. The dancing was interrupted at 2 a.m. by a shower of metallic confetti that soaked the dance floor, where the party continued until 6 a.m.

Two bars on the dance floor allowed guests to make their own gin and tequila drinks with mint, berries and the like mixed by bartenders in speakeasy costumes. The drinks were served in the couple’s custom drinking cups, which were printed with their wedding logo.

“It absolutely saved the dance floor from broken glass and my dress hem from the usual dance floor mud,” says Dagney.

Dagney & Carlos Gómez del Campo share the first dance on the dance floor created especially for the couple. (Photo by Graciela Ubando)

The dance floor design was custom made for the wedding and this design was used to tie everything together: the menus, the table numbers and the design on the cigarette packs were put on each table.

The couple met at a graduate school at the University of Texas, where Dagney received her Masters in Journalism and Carlos received his MBA. She is the head of marketing for venture capital. He works in marketing for the oil and gas technology company Enverus.

The bride is the daughter of Alexandra and David Pruner from Houston. The groom is the son of Celia Neme de Gómez and Carlos Gómez del Campo Diaz Barreiro from Mexico City.


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