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AS TOLD TO ANNE LEE PHILLIPS. PHOTOGRAPHY BILL McCULLOUGH. BESOS Y Señor y señora: Amanda Knox, a trade control manager at Goldfinch Capital and Pilates instructor; Lange Novak, a geoscientist at Exxon. A proposal with pup: Lange attached the elongated three-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring to their dog Mason's collar as a pre-coffee surprise and dropped to one knee in the kitchen with Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" playing. Wedding date: March 7, 2015. Destination: San Miguel de Allende. The couple visited for the Day of the Dead and fell in love with the town, which dates to the 1600s. ABRAZOS AMANDA KNOX+LANGE NOVAK SAY "I DO" IN MEXICO'S COLONIAL PARADISE. POSTNUPTIAL PROCESSION: The wedding party promenaded from the church to the reception with eight ma- riachis and Benito the tequila burro, who carries libations to distribute to revelers — everyone partook in a shot to kick off the celebration. Locals joined the dancing and cheering in the cobblestone streets. (Forewarned about footwear hazards, some guests wore Converse sneaks under their gowns.) DINNER IS SERVED: Penzi Weddings crafted a Mexican feast of poblano chile soup and beef tenderloin served at one long dramatic table in the garden at Casa Hyder. DANCING TILL DAWN: There was dancing by the pool to the band Pilaseca until a DJ took over, with late- night revelers fueled by chilaquiles. BRIDAL ENSEMBLE: Amsale gown from Mia Bridal Couture paired with Manolo Blahnik gold snakeskin stilettos, along with diamond-stud earrings from her beau, her late grandmothers' wedding rings on her right hand and her new wedding band on her left. Lange wore a Hugo Boss tuxedo and Prada shoes. PERFECT PAPER: Charlene Littleton at Avalon Stationery crafted the invitation suite, including a welcome note with a Mexican tile-inspired design hand-painted by Lange. Tatiana Massey and her daughter, Daria, the flower girl Post-nuptial procession down the streets of San Miguel A THREE-DAY AFFAIR: Fifty of the couple's closest friends and family touched down in Mexico on Thursday and were welcomed with daily surprises. Day One: Guests received a San Miguel Survival Kit, schedule of festivities and koozies with cold Mexican beer, dinner at the three rented homes and a welcome party at Casa Heyne. Day Two: In the morning, the couple placed custom-designed tank tops on beds for relaxing by the pool. A tequila tasting at La Casa Dragones, the home of the small-batch tequila, followed. Then it was on to the rehearsal dinner at The Restaurant (a favorite eatery in San Miguel). Day Three: A Catholic ceremony at the 18th-century Templo de San Francisco, followed by a wedding reception at Casa Hyder. A sweet moment between the bride and her father, Billy Louis Knox, before he walked her down the aisle Maid of honor Gina Pertl in Badgley Mischka Maid of honor Clayton Conder in Zac Posen Benito the tequila burro escorts the happy couple.

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