¡Feliz Aniversario Jefferson + Patrick!

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Wishing a Super Happy Anniversary to Jefferson & Patrick, who tied the knot at Sayulita’s iconic Brisa Mar Palapa on a balmy July evening in 2016!  These two are so incredibly madly in love, and their ceremony was easily one of the most emotional and heartfelt weddings we have had the honor to witness.  They made it official on the 2-year anniversary of their first date, a 5-day adventure in the Russian River (one of our other #favoriteplaces on the planet).  Jefferson is an opera singer and requested a classical trio to play for the ceremony.  All the guests wore white, mirroring the palette of the ceremony and reception – clean, crisp, white, with vibrant pops of green and white florals and slate grey table runner accents.  The ceremony and reception were (of couse) gorgeous (we especially loved that the tables were all named after SF neighborhoods and we had SO much fun doing the seating chart!) but the truly memorable moments were the sincere and palpable LOVE expressed by each Groom in the ceremony and the all-out FUN of the dance party/reception, which was kicked off with a flash-mob dance organized by Patrick and his friends as a surprise for Jefferson, and which finished with a picture-perfect sparkler-tunnel sendoff for the Grooms, to the sounds of Katy Perry’s “Firework” blasting into the Sayulita night sky. “Cause Baby you’re a firework –
Come on let your colors burst…!!!!”

So honored to have been a part of this beautiful celebration and to call this lovely couple my friends!!  Big thanks to Evrim Icoz Photography for capturing the magic! xo, SDW

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Photography Evrim Icoz Photography

Planning, Design, Lighting Sayulita Dream Weddings

Catering Don Pedro’s Restaurant & Bar

DJ & Sound DJ Jess / Sayulita Musica

Florals Flor Mimo

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Sammie + Kort’s Vibrant TropicaLush Wedding at Villa del Oso

 

I can. not. get. enough. of this GORGEOUS, Lush, Tropical Wedding at Villa del Oso last November.  Sammie & Kort and their families were incredible to work with – you know, the kind of clients that just make you feel good.  You can see the pure stoke and LOVE just shining off the Groom (and Bride – but seriously, Kort’s face and smile!!).  
When I met them and Sammie’s parents a year before the wedding, they knew they were expecting a big turn out and decided on Villa del Oso as the ideal venue to host up to 180 guests.  As the date approached, their RSVPs just kept rolling in and the guest list kept climbing – a true testament to the love that these two inspire in their friends and family, none of whom dared miss their incredible wedding in Sayulita!  The final guest count clocked in at just over 200 – a record high number for SDW, which required much measuring and precise planning to ensure all of those tables would fit, along with 2 bars, a dance floor, and fabulous lounge areas.  The venue was perfect and we think it really sung with all that energy and love filling it up!  
Sammie and her girls hand lettered the 207 tropical leaf place cards to decorate the plates, and the SDW Dream Team (Ale, Sheryl & Niki – you ROCK!) put in marathon-worthy efforts on the big day to make sure every detail was in place for this stunning celebration.  Marjie and Jenn of Funky Diva Artists Collective rocked the Bridal Party Styling, beautifying the Bride, 9 Maids, and 2 Moms.  Flor Mimo‘s Mireya and her Team knocked the florals out of the park in her signature vibrant, whimsical style.  As always, Don Pedro’s killed it with flawless Catering & Bar service, and DJ Jess of Sayulita Musica rocked the tunes all night long, with Tatewari Flamenco setting the tone for the ceremony and cocktail hour.  Rentals were culled from a mix of providers to get just the right look – MAC Event, Mobva, Unique Rentals and nicoella events.
Big thanks to Kara Donovan Reynolds for the gorgeous photos!

¡¡Congratulations Sammie & Kort!!  xo, SDW

Photography Kara Reynolds
planning | design | lighting Sayulita Dream Weddings
bridal party styling Funky Diva Collective Marjie Martini & Jennifer Chivers
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Brittany & Julio’s Glam Boho Wedding at Teitiare Estate

 

Brittany & Julio’s Glam Boho Wedding!
Photos by Alexandra Celia
Planning Sayulita Dream Weddings
Florals flor mimo
Catering Don Pedro’s Restaurant and Bar
Venue Teitiare Estate
Furniture Trendy
Lighting & Accent Rentals Unique Rentals

¡Feliz Aniversario Chiara & Chaz!

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When Chiara + Chaz first contacted me and sent the snapshot below as the inspiration image for their wedding, which they described as “Unique, festive, vibrant, personal and fun!”, I was pretty sure we’d be a perfect match.

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I was lucky enough to meet them a year before the wedding on a visit to Sayulita and we immediately hit it off.  A fun-loving music-industry couple from Venice with a tattooed Groom?  Right up my alley.  But more importantly, I was super excited that they wanted to throw a COLORFUL and whimsical fiesta celebrating their love of Sayulita and all of Mexico, and go all out with everything FESTIVE!  Understated and natural is great, don’t get me wrong, but I do LOVE me some COLOR.   If you’ve ever visited our humble secret-cave abode, you could rightfully describe our personal aesthetic as “maximalist” (i.e. opposite of minimalist… as in: paint every wall a different color and cover every square inch of it in art, photos, books, records, instruments, cow skulls, devil masks…. it is its own beautiful magic, until you want to do yoga against a wall and there is no free space.  But I digress…).

Seriously, this was one of the most colorful weddings I’ve had the pleasure of designing (John & Adri, you are right up there with them!!!) and it was so much fun to have free reign to play with colors and textures, which for me is really the essence of Mexico’s beauty – the combination of any and all colors together, the more the merrier, the brighter the better.  From the altar to the photo booth to the papel picado and the multi-colored chairs, even the color-changing uplighting on the palm trees, it all created a magical environment that reflected this beautiful couples’ fun-loving personality and creativity.  Thank you Chiara & Chaz for trusting me with your vision and your most important day, and for being so FUN to work with!  Thanks to the amazing team that brought it all together and made this perfect day a beautiful reality (vendor credits below…)!  Most photos from Paul Andrew Dunker with a few snaps from my archaic iPhone iv.

xo, SDW

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¡Fabulous Vendor Credits!

Planning/Design/Lighting: Sayulita Dream Weddings

Venue: Teitiare Estate

Photography: Paul Andrew Dunker

Catering/Bar: Don Pedro’s

Bridal Styling: Rebecca D’Este, Bliss Sayulita

DJ: Jess Edmonson, Sayulita Musica

Florals: Flor Mimo

Ceremony Arch & Photo Booth: Flora Amor

Furniture: Mobva, MAC Event

Blankets, Pillows, & Ojo de Dios: Revolución del Sueño y Las Bayadas

¡Feliz Aniversario Jessica & Michael!

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These past few weeks I have been thinking about Jess & Michael’s wedding as their first anniversary approached and I realized I hadn’t seen the photos from their Photographer, Jason Huang of Table4Weddings.  I reached out just in time and got an immediate reply from Michael which turned into a back-and-forth with him & Jess reminiscing about their beautiful wedding.  It felt like talking to old friends, ones that I didn’t realize I missed until we re-connected.  From the first meeting when they came to Sayulita to scout, these two won me over.  I didn’t really want another wedding last fall with the lineup I had already booked, but I couldn’t say no to them and I’m glad I didn’t.   For a Doctor and an International Tax Law Attorney, they were one of the most fun and down-to-earth couples I’ve worked with.  Their group really knew how to party – though it would be hard not to have fun around them, particularly with Michael’s infectious, slightly mischievous, always giddy-with-love-for-his-Bride vibe.

The week before the wedding the forecast showed a strong prediction of rain and we made the call to tent both the ceremony and reception, which turned out to be a wise move, as the rain did come.  Though it’s never ideal to have to change the plan the week before your wedding, these two rolled with it and were super chill, trusting in the vision and knowing that the most important thing – their LOVE – would be the star of the day.  For me it was a new challenge to do a full tent setup and also fun to have the intimacy of a canopy over the reception when most every other wedding I plan is open air.

Seeing these photos for the first time just a few days ago after almost a year has been a real treat, remembering the special touches and moments of the day – Jess walking down the long stretch of beach while Michael’s eyes welled with tears of love and joy; Jess surprising Michael with the tequila burro after the ceremony; the tequila tasting bar stocked by Michael’s Uncle from Guadalajara with some seriously top shelf tequilas; the wild dance party with the Groom rocking my own band t-shirt by the end of the night; and most importantly, the sheer LOVE that is shared between these humans, that is visible in every photo of them.  Serious kudos to Jason of Table4Weddings – you are an amazing Photographer and it was a joy to see your work and relive the beautiful day.

I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as I did! (credits below)

xo, SDW

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From the Bride: “Andrea!! When our friend sent us an informal wedding video as a gift months later, the closing scene is of Mike and I taking a moment alone together after the ceremony.  In the back ground, you are running across the screen and making everything perfect while we are in bliss. Mike and I both laughed at that scene because it totally depicts what you did for us last year. Thank you thank you thank you! “

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The Amazing Team Behind it All!!

Planning: Sayulita Dream Weddings

Venue: Teitiare Estate

Photography: Table4Weddings

Catering/Bar: Don Pedro’s

Bridal Styling: Marjie of Funky Diva Collective

DJ: Jess Edmonson, Sayulita Musica

Florals: Flor Mimo

Ceremony Arch: Flora Amor

Tents: Grupo Chalita

¡Feliz Aniversario Tara & Spencer!

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Wishing a MOST happy First Anniversary to the Fabulous and Wonderful Tara & Spencer, who wed at Villa del Oso one year ago on Nov. 18, 2016.  It is always extra special when I get to meet clients face-to-face in the early stages of planning, even more so when their family is along for the ride – it creates a connection that binds us through the roller coaster of wedding planning and then the perfect execution of that most special day, planned for so long and carrying so many expectations – of which I try my hardest to not only meet but exceed.  Tara & Spencer are one of those TRUE BLUE couples, so in love, been around the block, been together for a while, been through so much of life together already, that their wedding takes on that much more meaning.  They chose the date of Nov. 18 as a commemoration of Tara’s beloved father’s passing a few years prior on the same date, honoring her intensely close relationship with her Dad and infusing new, celebratory, family-building memories into this date.  It was such a joyous and special celebration and and one of my most favorite setups at the oh-so-gorgeous Villa del Oso venue.
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Many thanks to the SDW Dream Team of Sheryl Orr & Ale Galvan, Taryn Baxter for the gorgeous photos, Toma Dos Video for capturing the magic on video, Don Pedro’s Catering & Bar (applauded by this wine country crowd as some of the best wedding food/drinks/service they had experienced!) for feeding and quenching this discerning group without missing a beat, Marjie of Funky Diva for making all the ladies gorgeous, Flor Mimo for making the scene sparkle with your beautiful floral scapes, Unique Rentals for the chandelier over the dance floor and other special touches, Trendy for the tables, chairs, and epic bar, DJ Jess for rockin’ in out like no one else can, Martin for his hand-rolled cigars, Joanna & Daniel for the best churros, and the Villa del Oso staff for always ensuring a well-run event, sin problemas!!!  Tara & Spencer, we love you and can’t wait to see you again in Sayulita!!!!  Happy Anniversary, Loves!!!  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, passion, and above all – LOVE!!

xo, SDW

Nellie & Kyle’s Lush Elegant Garden Party

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So much pretty in this wedding shot by our great friend and amazing Photographer Elizabeth Lloyd!  I love Teitiare as a wedding venue and there are just so many different ways to make it spectacular, unique, gorgeous, and special.  Every wedding is different and each one seems to be my favorite one ever!  Nellie & Kyle were from NYC and Canada with lots of guests from BC and Toronto as well as New York – a fun and diverse crowd that loved Sayulita and had a great time celebrating the love of these two beautiful people.  Special traditions from the Bride’s Persian heritage were woven through the ceremony and reception, including a touching speech from the Mother of the Bride in both Persian and English.  As always, a huge thanks to our world-class team at SDW and all of our partner vendors [vendor credits below] for coming together to create such a stunning setting for Nellie & Kyle’s celebration!

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Design+Planning: Sayulita Dream Weddings | Photography: Elizabeth Lloyd | Venue: Teitiare Estate | Bridal Party Styling: Funky Diva Collective | Florals: Flor Mimo | Catering: Don Pedro’s | Rentals: Trendy, Unique Rentals, Winners | Lighting: Sayulita Dream Weddings, Unique Rentals | DJ+Sound: DJ Jess of Sayulita Musica | Officiant: Zan Nix

xo, SDW