How We Pulled It Off: A Vibrant Ranch Wedding in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Miami-based couple Carlos Adyan and Carlos Quintanilla lead busy professional lives. Adyan hosts the NBCUniversal Telemundo show “En Casa Con Telemundo” and co-owns the restaurant A Fuego Lento, while Quintanilla serves as the vice president of original content for Sony Pictures Television. With their high-profile jobs and a combined Instagram following of nearly 700,000, the couple sought a destination wedding to escape their daily routines and immerse themselves in a nuptial mindset.

Last month, they tied the knot in the charming colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Despite Quintanilla’s Mexican heritage and both men speaking Spanish, planning a 400-person wedding—destined for social media fame—1,300 miles away from home was no small feat. Here’s how they orchestrated a lively May celebration with close friends and family in attendance.

Adyan and Quintanilla initially met through a friend in 2020 and reconnected while working for the same company the following year. They officially started dating in 2022 and wed last month on a friend’s ranch in San Miguel de Allende.

Exploring Latin American Locations:

– The couple considered their birthplaces: Quintanilla is Mexican, and Adyan is Puerto Rican.

– They explored various destinations, starting in Puerto Rico. However, hosting a 400-person wedding there wasn’t feasible.

– Mexico City didn’t quite fit their vision, and Guatemala’s curfew wouldn’t allow for late-night celebrations.

Letting the Destination Guide Them:

– San Miguel de Allende wasn’t initially on their radar until friends suggested it.

– During a two-week visit over Christmas 2023, they fell in love with the city and their friends’ ranch within the Las Fincas community.

– The energy of San Miguel de Allende convinced them—it was the perfect place for their wedding.

Navigating Nontraditional Venues:

– The ranch wasn’t set up for weddings, so they had to bring in everything: stages, flooring, tents, and more.

– Two wedding planners—one in San Miguel and one in Puerto Rico—helped coordinate the massive event.

Source: Conde Nast Traveler