In September of 2022, 135 guests traveled down to Oaxaca—a city filled with colonial Spanish architecture and haciendas painted in colors as vibrant as the region’s folkloric Alebrije sculptures. “I knew many of our friends hadn’t traveled to Oaxaca, so I wanted to play with creating a sense of wonder and excitement around the destination,” says Cavallo. The first night kicked off with a welcome cocktail party or “Fiesta de Bienvenida” on a terrace overlooking the city’s illuminated Church, the Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where they would soon be married.
The following day’s afternoon, just as the sunlight beamed through the church’s carved doors, the ceremony began. Cavallo wore a strapless floral jacquard gown from Manhattan-based Amsale: “After seeing the grandeur of the church, I knew I wanted to be married in a more classic silhouette with a long trail and cathedral veil that complemented the splendor of the setting.” Waterman wore a custom midnight blue Purple Label Ralph Lauren tuxedo.
Guests in the pews of the stunning church could feel the love emanating from the couple. “We couldn’t help looking around the beautiful church and the gold altarpieces right in front of us, shining in the golden sunlight, looking around and seeing both our parents right behind us, with all of our friends and family nearby, listening to the incredible choir, holding hands—it was truly the best moment of our lives,” says Cavallo. Waterman echoes her thoughts: “I’ll always remember how I felt during that moment, like the luckiest man in the world.”
Of the vows, Waterman adds: “I had spent months writing them and I really wanted to use that moment to share with not only Tania but all of our family and friends, what that day meant to me, which was essentially the culmination of my yearslong effort to win Tania’s heart. It’s the type of stuff I guess you’d keep in a journal, so to tell my version of our eight-year love story to our 135 guests felt like bringing everyone in on your special love story. I felt like everything in my life had built up to that very moment.”
Part of the charm of a Oaxacan wedding is the calenda to follow. Exiting the church, a miniature parade erupts with a band, traditional folk dancers, and mezcal toasts; locals join in, kids shoot off fireworks, and passersby wave congratulations. “I think our guests truly felt the magic and beauty of Oaxaca,” says Waterman. “And how often can you say that you had what felt like an entire town celebrating your love story?”
The reception took place at Quinta Real Oaxaca, a historic boutique hotel located within a restored 16th-century convent. A cocktail reception unfolded by the pool, and then dinner took place within a great hall filled with swags of flickering tea lights. “When it came to the decor, I didn’t want anything to feel overly produced or to take away from the already stunning backdrop,” said the bride. “So I gravitated towards neutrals and earthy tones to compliment the surroundings.”
After the bride bustled her dress, the newlyweds entered the room for their first dance to “Volare” by the Gipsy Kings. The dance floor remained lively all night, interrupted only by incredibly moving speeches delivered by the father and sister of the bride as well as the brother of the groom and a luxurious meal of traditional Oaxacan cuisine. The dancing went on for hours and so it was a very good thing then that in lieu of a farewell brunch the next day, a farewell dinner was hosted. The venue of the dinner? Back at Criollo, where the couple’s Oaxacan adventure first began.