Happy First Anniversary to Donna & Brandon! This world-traveling couple wanted a fun-filled wedding that showcased their love of surf and integrated elements of the Bride’s Chinese heritage, while expressing an overall vibe of classic elegance. Villa del Oso was the perfect venue and the wedding was simply gorgeous. Catering & Bar by Don Pedro’s, Flowers by Flor Mimo, Bridal Party Styling by Jenn Chivers, Event Design/Planning, Custom Signage and Lighting by Sayulita Dream Weddings. Welcome Party at La TerrazOla and Sailing Charter on Ally Cat Sailing. Most Photos by Ryan Alonso Photography, some by Sayulita Dream Weddings.
Happy First Anniversary to Patti & Chris! This super sweet couple from Chicago had a beautiful and intimate wedding at Casa Ilusion on Sayulita’s north end beach. I love looking back at these photos – they are dripping with love and affection between the happy couple. Adding to the glow of the lovely Bride, and the depth of those looks between new husband and wife, is the fact that they were expecting their first child at the time of the wedding. I can just feel it in these photos, the excitement and love around a new family forming, knowing that their baby would be born in August – and with their baby in their arms today, they have even more to celebrate this anniversary.
The wedding was a family affair, with Patti’s Uncle Bud acting as the wedding Officiate, and friends of the family providing the pre-ceremony piano and song, as well as the beautiful calligraphy on the guest book and the hand-lettered apple place cards. Patti & Chris wanted a delicious and authentic Mexican dinner from their favorite Sayulita restaurant, Sayulita Café. Miguel and his team served up their signature chiles rellenos along with chicken mole, cactus salad, and yummy guacamole. Tamale Diva Adriana Basail prepared mini-versions of her scrumptious gourmet mayan pork and spinach pine nut tamales for cocktail hour canapés. Dessert was assorted cakes from Anna, the Sayulita “Cake Lady.” The flowers were beautifully done by Mireya of Flor Mimo, with hair & makeup by Karina of Raphaella Salon.
Patti wanted to host a special luncheon for her girlfriends and Bridesmaids the day before the wedding, so we organized a spa party where guests each chose three services from stations offering massage, facials, and mani-pedis. Sayulita Sushi catered the luncheon with a delicious array of sushi, and ladies sipped on sparkling wine while getting pampered and checking out the ocean view.
Elizabeth Lloyd Photography did an amazing job capturing the beauty of the wedding and the pure love flowing between Patti & Chris and their baby on the way.
I’m stoked to kick off another round of anniversary posts with the lovely Kate and Matt of Toronto, who are celebrating their 1 year anniversary today! Kate + Matt are two beautiful people, madly in love. When Kate wrote me, she described Matt as her dream guy – a gorgeous tattooed rock star. They wanted a fun, rock ‘n’ roll wedding that would be a kick-ass party for their best friends, most of whom were musicians or singers. We set up a stage and hired Sayulita’s awesome Los Tikkilyches to be the host band for this music-oriented reception. The first dance song was performed by close family, the Groom’s band played a set, and the Groom sang and played a song that he wrote for his Bride – a very special and tearful moment for all. Los Tikkilyches kept the crowd rockin’ and dancing into the night.
The awesome Jillian Mitchell was the magic behind the lens. Gloria of Concepto Floral designed the flowers, and the girls got beautified in the skillful hands of Kori Walker (Kolor by Kori) and Karina Perez (Raphaella Salon)
Happy First Anniversary to the adorable Carlos + Kristen of Seattle! Carlos & Kristen had a very sweet and intimate wedding at the gorgeous Casa Vela. They kept the focus on the love and the fun, opting for simple but delicious fare of fresh fish tacos, fresh fruit & ceviche appetizers, and a bar run by local cantinero Christian Rodriguez of El Tigre, whom the couple had connected with on a previous visit to Sayulita. They called upon their talented group of friends and family to officiate, photograph, and DJ the wedding. We set up a lovely dinner in the lower garden, and used the main level of the casa, brilliantly decorated with bold Mexican folk art, as the setting for the ceremony (with a breathtaking ocean vista as the backdrop), cocktail hour, and post-dinner dancing. Pie in the Sky provided the cake (the delivery guys actually walked it all the way up the steep hill to ensure its safe arrival), and Kristen’s Aunt hand-made the adorable felted cake topper and mini-cake bunting. At the end of the night, everyone was in the pool, including the bartender.
I have a visual feast (another Evrim Icoz stunner) of an anniversary post for you today, as Krissy & Mike of Colorado celebrate 2 years of wedded bliss. Another couple very dear to my (our) heart(s), they were so amazing to work with and had such a fun, truly heartfelt and original wedding full of love, family, friends, and a million little details that brought it all together in one stunning package, as beautifully documented by the ever-talented Evrim Icoz Photography. Memorable moments from the week included a bluegrass jam session by Mike “Banjo” Fritz and his pals around the bonfire at the La Terrazola welcome party, and the highly anticipated arrival to town of the couples’ friend Harry, who actually rode his bicycle all the way from Colorado to Sayulita. By himself. To raise money for cancer. Awesome.
Krissy & Mike’s Brisa Mar Palapa wedding was bursting with brilliant Mexican color, from the hand-sewn day-of-the-dead patterned napkins that each guest received as a favor, to maracas, to tequila bottles naming each table, to our favorite kids’ play area ever, to the photo wall, and on and on and on. Their Moms chipped in on the DIY front, with Mike’s artist mom painting 2 large canvases that they rolled up and shipped to Mexico where we had them re-stretched for hanging in the Palapa entryway. Krissy’s mom hand-sewed pillows echo-ing the theme of the paintings, “All You Need Is Love.” Krissy sourced Etsy for tons of adorable details like a mini “All You Need Is Love” banner to drape across the front of the cake table, and the cute wooden cake topper complete with the couples’ beloved pup.
Wow – I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since Joel & Mercan’s amazing wedding at the incomparable Rancho Huracan. So many wonderful firsts came out of this wedding, and most importantly, beautiful friendships, with Joel & Mercan as well as with their awesome photographer Evrim Icoz, whom we have been fortunate enough to work with (and be photographed by) many more times through the years. I still remember that first phone call with Joel – his baritone voice all business, asking me for my “elevator speech” about why we were right for the job. We were so new at wedding planning I felt like it was one of those job interviews where you know you can pull it off if only given a chance, but you also know the hiring party is taking a risk that you can actually do what you say you can. Well, I guess my elevator speech worked because they hired us, and I know we made good on our promise because we pulled it off and then some.
Joel & Mercan brought an intimate group of friends & family to Sayulita for their wedding – about 25, almost identical to our own wedding – with just parents and close friends in attendance. They treated their guests to a Sayulita Fish Taco catered pool party (RIP, SFT – we miss you!) at their kick-ass villa; a rehearsal dinner at Calypso; and a gorgeous wedding ceremony and reception, with moon-lit rooftop dinner catered by Don Pedro’s, tres leches cake from Pie in the Sky, and the first ever wedding appearance of Sayulita’s now-famous “churreros,” Miguel & Gloria.
Joel & Mercan are one of the rare couples that actually follow-up on their vow to return to Sayulita every year, and we always look forward to their visits – for long ago they ceased to be clients and just became our friends, who we love catching up with and who it feels like we saw just yesterday. So, when’s the next visit, kids?
Eight wonderful years (and a day – I see the clock just rounded midnight…) ago Gabbi & I were married overlooking Sayulita’s beautiful (and even more tranquil at the time) bay, in the Gran Villa at Villa Amor. Twenty-four of our closest friends and family joined us in our favorite Mexican beach town where we hoped to hang our hats some day. That was such a special and memorable week, out of which a dream solidified into a plan to actually move to Mexico – which we did less than 2 years later – and start a wedding planning business since we had found so much fun and joy in crafting our own wedding and sharing Sayulita with our own loved ones. Now here we are, celebrating our 8th anniversary of marriage, having just passed our 6th anniversary of living in Sayulita, loving life and each other more than ever. Our family, so dear to our hearts, is about to grow to its full power as we welcome another being into our world this fall, and all is grand in the world.
I love you, Gabriel Villarrubia. Thank you for making my dreams come true and being the most amazing man, partner, lover, father, friend, and husband a gal could ever dream of. You’re so cool.