Elizabeth + Matt’s Brisa Mar Palapa Wedding | November 2014

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 Elizabeth and Matt were absolutely the sweetest.  They were actually – like for reals – high school sweethearts.  Like, pictures-of-them-at-their-senior-prom-on-the-photo-wall SweetHearts.  And so truly madly in love.  So cool.  Their celebration was held at Sayulita’s Brisa Mar Palapa on a perfect sunny November day.  Their intimate group of 55 was seated at a massive rustic wood feasting table set with clusters of beautiful but un-fussy flowers designed by Flor Mimo to evoke the feel of a farm table with blooms gathered from the backyard garden.  Guests were greeted with aguas frescas, cool towels, and vintage family photos as they entered the Palapa.  Donna Day Photography captured the love all day and the fun all night in the festive photo booth.  Bridal Styling by Marjie Cheales of Funky Diva Collective.  DJ Paladub filled the night with fresh beats to pack the dance floor, Don Pedro’s filled happy mouths and bellies with always-excellent food and drink to satisfy even the most discerning Bay Area Foodie palates.  Hand-rolled cigars, fresh-made churros, and hot-off-the-spit tacos al pastor rounded out the night, along with a surprise fireworks show from a neighboring wedding that our Bride, Groom and Guests all got to enjoy.  Many Congrats and Mucho Amor to Liz + Matt!!

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xo, SDW

Mexi-Gras Fundraiser for Costa Verde International School



IMG_8648This was my fourth year helping to organize and produce the Annual Scholarship Drive for Costa Verde International School, where my son Maximo Lobo attends first grade.  Our theme was “Mexi-Gras” as our date coincided with Mardi Gras (finally!).  This is always such an off-the-charts fun event, the first big fundraiser of the season for our little village, a time to bring everyone together in celebration of an amazing cause and to support the school that has really changed the makeup of our community from a town of retirees and young singles to a viable place to live and raise a family.  I love being a part of this event as it’s near and dear to my heart, but also because I get to collaborate with an amazing group of (mostly usually) women to pull it off, and we have a lot of fun with the theme, throwing a kick-ass party on the beach for our town and our school.  And it’s fun to do something a little wilder than the average wedding every now and then… I mean, those colors!  I love the purple and gold!  Don Pedro’s (our fave wedding partners and the most awesome supporters of every good cause in Sayulita!) GENEROUSLY provides the location, food, bar, and staff to make it all happen (along with yummy eats from Organic Select, Teitiare Estate, and desserts and a custom designed cake from Naef Cuisine), and my rentals providers Eventos Elegantes and Trendy kicked down some deep discounts on the furniture and linens to make it all come to life.  Kike Salazar of Dos Veinte Designs created our stellar poster and then applied his design to the larger-than-life dance floor, as well as painting the fabulous street signs above.  My amazing, dynamic and super-sexy Man Gabbi Villarrubia reprised his role as MC for the fourth year, rocking the mic and keeping the event running smooth, and our good friend Yogi Kirst stepped up as Auctioneer.  Nick Challed (aka “DJ Nico”, also a CVIS parent) set the mood with sweet New Orleans Jazz followed by pumping dance beats that kept the crowd shaking into the night.  Spencer Harris & Cherry Bombs clicked the night away to bring you these fab snaps of the fun.  To top it all off we raised a record-breaking amount of funds this year including 5 “adopt-a-scholar” pledges for full year scholarships.  Ha-ZA!

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Ed + Jessica’s Hacienda Wedding at Casa de los Delfines


Seriously – those shoes, right?  Showstoppers.  It’s taken me a while to get this one up on the blog, but I think it’s worth the wait.  Casa de los Delfines was the perfect canvas of a venue for Ed & Jessica’s intimate wedding with an elegant hacienda design concept.  Mariachis set the mood under oversized tin stars which twinkled over the dance floor later in the evening.  Naef Cuisine catered the reception dinner & bar and crafted the Papel-Picado design wedding cake.  Flor Mimo set the tablescapes with endless amounts of bottles for an abundant and intimate feel.  We set up a long feasting table (my favorite setup for this venue) and had custom parota wood runners made to bring in a natural element to the tables.  Jessica ordered vintage Mexican postcards on etsy for their guests to write well wishes, which were then dropped into the vintage mail box to be posted from Sayulita back to their home in Chicago.  Love and details expertly captured by Puerto Vallarta’s own Paulina Ulloa Photography.7680049656_be701962f4_k 7635270166_5e3715a95f_k 7659625028_ff2153b73a_k

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 xo, SDW

Blair + Jason’s Casa Vela Wedding

Blair + Jason Joann set 2 - 43Blair & Jason got married 1 year to the date of their engagement, which also happened in Sayulita.  They are a firefighter (he) and Massage Therapist (she) from Port Ludlow, WA, who brought 40 of their close friends and family to celebrate their union in the beautiful and picturesque Casa Vela.  Their guests all packed down school supplies to donate to the local elementary schools at the request of Jason & Blair – such a great help to our local students!!  Their ceremony was on the north end beach followed by cocktails, dinner and dancing at Casa Vela.  Latcho y Andrea – The Blond Gypsies – set the mood for cocktails and dinner, with DJ Roberto Veckman rocking the dance floor later on.  Plush Catering & Events kept everyone happy with amazing food and drink, Flor Mimo provided the beautiful flowers, and Marjie of Funky Diva styled the beautiful Bride.  All of the fabulous details are loving captured by the stellar Joann Arruda, who we were fortunate enough to work with 3 times this year.  For more about Blair & Jason’s lovely wedding, check out their feature in El Sayulero!

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xo, SDW (as shown here with “Super Equipo” Sheryl + Amy!)

Vanessa + Bryan’s St. Regis Wedding


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Vanessa & Bryan’s Wedding was at the St. Regis Punta Mita – an incomparable location for sure (“un lugar precioso,” como decimos en Mexico…).  They are from the Bay Area and Vanessa’s family is originally from a small town in Jalisco, so this was a fabulous marriage of culture and style.  The stellar Mariachi band has a long history playing for Vanessa’s family and traveled 5+ hours just to play for the wedding.  They were aMAZing. Andrew Weeks‘ captured the day so beautifully – what an eye!  DJ Paladub kept the dance floor packed all night long.  Flowers by Flora Amor, Reception & Welcome Party catering by St. Regis Punta Mita, Bridal Party Styling by Marjie Cheales of Funky Diva; rentals by MAC Event.  Such a beautiful and fun Wedding!

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xo, SDW

Blair & Jason Interviewed by “El Sayulero”

One of our lovely couples from 2014 were featured in last week’s “El Sayulero” Newsletter.  Check out Blair & Jason’s interview here, and stay tuned for more beautiful photos of their wedding from Joann Arruda Photography.

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Vendor Spotlight: Erica Maree Designs

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When I first moved to Sayulita some 8 1/2 years ago, it was definitely not yet the chic international shopping destination that our little pueblo has become today.  I remember when Cortney Bentz opened Rosemary Boutique in its original location on Calle Gaviotas – what a dream to have a shop with original looks and well-edited imports, right in the heart of town!  These days, Sayulita boasts boutiques around every corner with a huge range of styles to fit every taste and budget.  Rosemary, now located right on the town plaza a few doors from Chocobanana, is still one of my favorite spots when I need something new to wear or a great gift.  (you’ll definitely want to check out this adorable “Shopping at Rosemary” video if haven’t seen it…)  I always find something, so I have to keep myself from stopping by too often.  Earlier this summer, I had some rare time-to-kill while waiting for a meeting at a nearby cafe, so I popped in and spied the prettiest up-cycled Mexican embroidered dresses by Erica Maree.  I snapped up the Summer Mexican mini-dress in fuchsia, and it has been my vestido favorito ever since – perfect for day or night, dressing up or down, date night or client meeting.  Ultra flattering, and light enough to hold up in the sweltering heat of Sayulita summer.

I love the bright colors and the traditional Mexican embroidery – Erica takes this amazing raw material and re-constructs it into of-the-moment silhouettes and boho-hip bags.  Her bags would make fabulous Maids’ gifts, and the dresses would be perfect to outfit the Bridal party for a Sayulita Wedding, or for a Bride to wear at the Welcome Fiesta or Rehearsal Dinner.  Erica’s online shop will ship your order to the US, or you can check her extensive international retailer list here.  If you’re lucky enough to be in Sayulita, find Erica’s designs at Rosemary Clothing Boutique, Chelow Boutique, or the Old Town Vallarta Farmers’ Market.

xo, SDW

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My favorite dress and my favorite one-of-a-kind accessory.  Photo by Julieta Amezcua (www.byjulieta.com)
My favorite dress and my favorite one-of-a-kind accessory. Photo by Julieta Amezcua (www.byjulieta.com)