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A Mexican Wedding

May Eynon

Karla Ivonne Pineda and Christian Eric Henrichon were married on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula on Saturday, May 3. The barefoot ceremony took place on the sandy beaches of Playa del Carmen.

After happily accepting Christian’s marriage proposal during a trip to Playa del Carmen last spring, Karla considered having the wedding on location.

Originally from Cuernavaca, Mexico, Karla moved to Aspen at a young age with her family. She established dual citizenship and quickly became bilingual. Christian was born and raised in Rutland, Vt., but moved to Aspen more than a decade ago. Christian, aka “Henchy,” is a waiter at Kenichi; Karla works at The Gant.

Approximately 100 guests joined the bride and groom for the wedding getaway – the vast majority from Aspen – making a vacation out of the celebration. Friends and family also flew in from St. Louis; Seattle; Charleston, N.C.; Vermont; New York City and from other parts of Colorado.

“I’m so happy to be here,” said John Schaefflin, a longtime friend of the groom who traveled from Oregon for the event. “He was my first best buddy in Aspen. He’s always ready to smile.”

Another former Aspenite, Rob Shauf, who now works as a sushi chef at Kenichi in Austin, Texas, also traveled to the affair. “When I found out Henchy was getting married in Mexico, I told my boss I’d be out of town for the week,” he explained. “This I had to see.”

As suggested by the bride and groom, most guests stayed at the exclusive and all-inclusive Riu Palace, the setting for the wedding.

“I could get used to this,” stated one friend from a stool at the swim-up bar.

With an array of activities available each day, some guests sunbathed while others engaged in water sports; all welcomed the off-shore breezes in the hot and humid climate.

“My Mediterranean skin helped me achieve this tan,” said a dark Willie Miccio after an afternoon spent basking in the sun.

On the day before the wedding, the couple hosted a party on a pontoon boat that toured the west coast of Cozumel, an island adjacent to Playa del Carmen. The “booze cruise” included a pinata contest, a layover at a beach and onboard dancing.

The following afternoon, the ceremony began with a mariachi band summoning the wedding party down the aisle. Teary-eyed bridesmaids made their way down the rose-petal path leading to an altar of flowers and greenery. A panorama of aqua water lay in the distance.

The barefoot bride wore a white satin gown. Her bridesmaids were dressed in floral-print sarongs with azure tops, the same color of the Caribbean water.

The handsome groom wore a white linen shirt and khaki pants, as did his groomsmen. Christian’s vows were in English; Karla’s were in Spanish.

At the reception following the wedding, Christian’s older brothers offered toasts in the couple’s honor.

After the ceremony, the couple returned to Aspen to begin life as Mr. and Mrs. Henrichon.

To contact May to send info, insight or invites, e-mail: allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com

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