Stray Dog Designs: Inspired bi Guadalupe Alvarez of Penzi Wedding And Events

Our “inspired by” blog this week is about Guadalupe Alvarez, one of the top wedding planners in the world, based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She is one of our closest friends, having known her since we married twenty years ago. Loyal as a dog, pretty as a picture and one of the hardest workers we know…we have always been inspired by you, Guadalupe.

How does living in SMA influence what you do?I live in paradise! San Miguel is simply so beautiful and happy and fun and colorful and relaxed,  that it makes me happy, and that  reflects in our work.

San Miguel de Allende is world renowned (Conde Nast’s #1 City in world in their annual Reader’s Choice Award for 2013, #5 this year), but it is a small town. How do you stay so on trend? My father always told me I was very nosey, and this curiosity is what allows me to be, as you say, “on trend”.  I want to know what is happening in Turkey and in Acapulco.  I want to learn about history and décor. I want to learn about the couples and what they like.  And more than “trendy”,  I think Penzi is personal–we transform the couples dreams to one that reflects their personality.

What’s your favorite part of your job?There are many parts.  First, having the best team in the world, my planners and staff, is AMAZING– there would not be Penzi without them. Seeing the bride walk down the aisle and the first dance,  are always my favorite moments. Also,  the moment when the guests walk into the reception and you can see they love it, it is only then that I can take a deep breath and know that we did a good job.

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