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This Colorful Destination Wedding Took Guests Through the Streets of Cartagena After The Ceremony

By Sara Dial | Photography by 

Las Fotos de Vale

|Planning by 

Cartagena Magica

When Dillon Wuerth proposed to Haley Moskow with a Colombian emerald ring, the pair felt even more drawn to the country. “We wanted to choose a place where we had traveled together and had a special connection to. My brother had previously lived in Colombia, and we visited him and fell in love with the country together, so it was an easy choice,” Haley shares of her wedding destination. Ultimately, they choose Cartagena for their wedding weekend. “We really just wanted to lean into the charm, elegance, and color of the Old City,” she shares. “We wanted the whole weekend to feel like a vibrant, intimate vacation.” Cartagena Magica planned the event and Las Fotos de Vale captured every moment. Guests received a colorful, Colombian-inspired invitation created by Sam Crosby

Haley and Dillon welcomed guests to South America with a cocktail hour on the rooftop of a nearby hotel. The couple matched in muted tones and linen, Haley, in a cream-colored Jacquemus dress, and Dillon, in a taupe suit. 

For the ceremony, the bride chose Monique Lhuillier’s Bloom dress. “I love color,” she explains. “I had seen a few Monique Lhuillier dresses with colorful floral prints, and I couldn’t get my mind off the idea of having some color rather than a plain white dress.” She paired the look with blue Manolo Blahnik heels. As the wedding venue itself sparked bright hues of yellow, red, and orange, and Haley’s look also held sprinklings of green, bridesmaids complemented her in white dresses of different styles. 

On December 17, 2021, as Haley popped champagne with her wedding party, Jesus Diaz created her bridal beauty look. “The ceremony was in the courtyard of an old villa from the 1400s, which was such a beautiful, intimate setting,” the bride shares. “We started the ceremony with a mini meditation to center us in the space and feel all of the love, then had a simple ceremony that brought in a few traditions from Judaism and Christianity.”

Afterward, drummers and dancers led the newlyweds, along with an elated crowd of wedding guests, through the streets of Cartagena to the Old City wall, where the reception was held. As guests sipped sunset cocktails, Haley and Dillon shared a moment alone. “The villa was empty and quiet, and it was just us and our photographer there soaking it in,” she recalls. “The colors of Cartagena made for the most incredible backdrop to our special day. Everywhere you look there is a piece of culture and history.”

Then, everyone enjoyed a delicious spread by Ideas & Catering, and Dillon and Haley shared their first dance to Rex Orange County’s “Loving is Easy” atop a uniquely printed dance floor. A night of dancing under sparkling disco balls ensued as a 15-piece Colombian band played a cumbia  and salsa tunes and Haley changed into a second look— a colorful ensemble by Agua by Agua Bendita. Around that time, cousin of the bride and deejay Natalie Weiss stacked the setlist with fan-favorites before La Nomina del Pin performed the “Hora Loca.” “An entirely new band of drummers and a group of dancers in costume took over the dance floor to rile everyone back up,” Haley remembers. Finally, DJ Peke kept the party rocking through the early morning hours— “The dance floor was just so fun!” 

The next day, the newlyweds spent a few final hours with guests at a beachside soirée on the Rosario Islands before jetting off to St. Lucia for a week. Dillon and Haley spent their honeymoon on a sailboat, sleeping under the stars.