Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - CRATE Interiors president and owner Debra Stevenson tied the knot on Valentine's Day in Puerto Vallarta. The first-time bride wed David M. Peganyee, entrepreneur and founding CEO of American Textile Recycling Service of Houston, Texas.
The private vows ceremony was held in the chapel at Hacienda San Angel, followed by a cocktail toast in the Hacienda's gorgeous courtyard. The couple fulfilled their civil requirements and signed their Texas Marriage Certificate in absentia - aided by Puerto Vallarta-based Lynn Rogers, a non-denomination officiant registered in the United States. Puerto Vallarta wedding photographer Josef Kandoll was on hand to capture the moment.
Unspoiled views of the Bay of Banderas and clear skies favored the sunset ceremony. The corona of Guadalupe sounded chimes from the bell tower, as if on queue. The bride's favorite quartet performed "Besame Mucho" as the couple entered the chapel.
Friends, clients and longtime local business associates, including Gary Thompson from Galeria Pacifico, Lee, Audrey and Chawnalee Wark from Casa Dulce Vida and Nicole Martin, formerly of Prudential Realty, were on hand for the toast.
The couple got engaged in River Oaks, Texas on Valentine's Day, so the date was particularly meaningful. Originally the civil service was to be conducted in the judge's chambers in Houston but the betrothed simply couldn't resist the lure of a more romantic ceremony in picturesque Puerto Vallarta.
"The legacy of this romantic place is irresistible," explains Stevenson, a local resident and interior designer. "I took just one glance at that exquisite chapel, with the 16th century artwork, chandeliers and spectacular views - I and couldn't imagine saying my vows anywhere else!"
Named a top destination by Runaway Bride Magazine, Puerto Vallarta is a popular choice for honeymooners and celebrities. Hacienda San Angel is regarded as one of the most coveted wedding locations in Mexico. The famed property was purchased by Richard Burton as a Valentine's gift, and the famed bridge connecting his home to paramour Elizabeth Taylor is just steps away.The newlyweds plan to celebrate with a large family wedding in Rosemary Beach, Florida in June.