¡Feliz Aniversario Danielle + Brian!

Happy 2-Year Anniversary to Danielle and Brian of San Francisco!   What a beautiful walk down memory lane it was to scour through their photos looking for images for this post.  So much deliciousness from the fabulous Elizabeth Lloyd, who we had the pleasure of working with just last Friday for Patricia and Chris’s wedding at Casa Ilusion.

Danielle & Brian’s wedding was a simply stunning affair at the incomparably gorgeous Villa Romance in Punta Mita’s Ranchos estates.  The villa is owned by the founding owner of Sayulita’s Villa Amor so you can imagine how beautifully decorated it is.  Aside from the amazing house – which features an awesome man-cave / wine cellar / cigar room, and a hidden staircase leading to a loft, tucked inside what looks to be a closet door – the grounds are spectacular, with a sprawling green lawn stretching lazily toward the white sand beach in front of Mita’s favorite surf break, La Lancha.  Danielle & Brian were the sweetest couple, so great to work with and really laid back.  They just wanted a fabulous party for their friends and family with amazing food in a killer setting.  A twelve-piece Mariachi set the mood for cocktail hour, with The Mango Trio laying down grooves for dinner, and a DJ rounding out the night.  Don Pedro’s catered a fabulous dinner and we brought in the illustrious Chef Eric Brown of Don Chow’s to set up a fresh sashimi station during cocktail hour… makes my mouth water just thinking about it.  Naef Cuisine’s champagne cupcakes capped off the night, along with fresh-made churros.  Gloria from Concepto Floral created the stunningly vibrant bouquets and centerpieces, as well as the traditional handheld chuppah that the wedding party carried down the aisle and held over the couple during the wedding ceremony.

the lovely Danielle getting styled by Martha from El Corte Salon

All photos ©Elizabeth Lloyd, 2010.

And here is one I took of Gloria prepping the lovely flowers:

Check out more photos of Danielle + Brian’s wedding on our website gallery here.

xo, SDW

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Christine + Adam’s Brisa del Mar Wedding by Jillian Mitchell Featured on Junebug Weddings!

So excited to announce that Christine + Adam’s lovely Brisa del Mar Palapa Wedding, captured by the fabulous Jillian Mitchell, was featured today on Junebug Weddings‘ “What Junebug Loves.”

click the image above to visit the feature on Junebug

Christine + Adam are an adorable couple from Chicago, and they threw a fabulous party for their family and friends.  They were super chill and lots of fun to work with, and had an easy-going sense of style that translated into a chic and modern event.  Jillian Mitchell did a rockin’ job of capturing the details and sweet moments of the day – I love their smiles in all the photos, like they are sharing the best secret and making each other laugh through the whole thing, which I’m pretty sure they were, if I got to know Adam at all…  After dinner, Jillian set up a killer photobooth with a particularly well-edited assortment of awesome props that inspired the guests to really cut loose. The photo of the SDW team down below is one of my faves.  Gloria from Concepto Floral knocked it out of the park with the gorgeous bouquet and centerpieces.  Be sure to check out the Junebug feature and the images below for the full beauty of this sweet wedding!

All photos ©Jillian Mitchell.

xo, SDW

¡Feliz Aniversario Julie + Andrew!

Happy 3-year Anniversary to Julie & Andrew of San Francisco!  Julie & Andrew had a lovely wedding at the Brisa Mar Palapa, photographed by Dia & Patrick of Dia Rao Photography, who celebrated their Sayulita wedding with us just this past Friday on 11.11.11.  So big thanks to Julie and Andrew for introducing us to Dia & Patrick, who are not only fabulous photography partners and clients, but sure to be great friends for years to come!

Julie & Andrew went with a colorful, tropical palette, a perfect complement to the natural and neutral backdrop that is the Palapa.  I love these centerpieces with vibrant native blooms spilling out of a banana-tree stalk.  Julie worked in Marketing for Skyy Vodka in San Francisco, and her company sent over a few cases of Cabo Wabo Tequila for the wedding, which added to the centerpieces (and the festivities) nicely.

Naef Cuisine whipped up these incredible ice cream cakes, which we actually managed to transport, display (for a short time) and serve in the November heat without them melting all over the place.  This one was mint-chocolate-cookie with a caramelized meringue topping, and we also served a peanut-butter ice cream with chocolate cake and coffee glaze.  I think these might get my vote for yummiest dessert ever served at one of our weddings.

A lovely shot of the Palapa from Dia Rao.

Happy Anniversary Andrew & Julie!!!

xo, Andrea & Gabbi

A Festive Start to the Season with Rachel + Chris


Sayulita Wedding Season is officially in full effect and I’m excited to share our first event images of the season.  Rachel & Chris, from Houston and Calgary by way of Oahu and D.F. (that’s Mexico City for all you norteamericanos), contracted us to produce the supporting events for their wedding, which took place at Villa Amor, and was managed by V.A.’s in-house planner.  Rachel was referred to us by Monique, so we were off to a good start with that.  Rachel & Chris are a relaxed, laid-back, made-for-each-other couple who share a love of surfing, Hawaii, Mexico, and of course, one another.  I worked mostly with Rachel’s mom, Mary Ann, to plan their Hawaii-themed Rehearsal Fiesta at Don Pedro’s Restaurant on the beach.  They wanted to represent their love of the Islands and Hawaii’s significance in their early years as a couple.  Mary Ann brought down retro Hawaii posters that we hung up around the restaurant.  My lovely and indispensable assistant Sheryl created a perfect welcome sign to greet guests (a marriage of “aloha” and the Groom’s last name, Huk).  We set up a photo station using a pair of sweet vintage surfboards on loan from Quiverito up the street, with pareos, rashguards, and leis as props.  And to finish off the night, Rachel & Chris each got in a few good swings at the “Hula-Donkey” piñata – one of my favorite piñata creations yet.

The beautiful entrance station, featuring Sheryl's perfect welcome sign, and beautiful flowers from Flor Mimo.
Welcoming the Bride's Grandma to the Festivities
I just love this shot of the beers on ice.
Rachel + Chris posing with the vintage boards from Quiverito.
Guests lining up for yummy fish tacos and tacos al pastor.
Rachel having a go at the "Burra Hawaiana"
Beautiful wedding-day shot of Sayulita's Beach

Though I wasn’t involved in planning the actual wedding, I just have to share photos of these sweet details.  The cake topper, from Tamra Kohl of Claylindo, is too adorable, and I love the festive day-of-the-dead cake.

The day-after Beach Party for all of the guests, hosted by the Maid of Honor and Best Man and organized by us, was at Break Fast Cafe on the beach.  Octavia and crew did a fabulous job, setting a festive and relaxed scene with beach chairs clustered around tables of chips and salsa, a beach-boat-bar serving up margaritas, sangria and cold cervezas, and a grill churning out delicious skewers of steak, chicken, fish, shrimp, and veggies (I especially loved the addition of sliced plantains to the veggie mix).  It was a perfect way to wrap up the wedding festivities – the newlyweds and their friends even snuck in a surf in the middle of the party.

The Bride and Groom walking out for a surf break.

The wedding and events were photographed by the talented Adam Wiseman from Mexico City.  An Editorial & Documentary Photographer with a client roster boasting the likes of Rolling Stone, Conde Naste, National Geographic, Wallpaper, Paris Match, and the Wall Street Journal – to name a few – Adam knew Chris from D.F. and flew over to the coast to shoot the Rachel & Chris’s wedding events.  Lucky them – the images are beautiful and Adam is a great guy.  His website is definitely worth a look, and features some captivating images.  I especially love the galleries: d.f. p.m, not close enough, and la mancha urbana.  Some pretty heart-wrenching shots from Sept. 11 in NY as well.  I’d love to work with Adam on another wedding shoot – hopefully we can get him back to Sayulita for just the right lucky couple.

Congrats to Rachel and Chris on a beautiful wedding weekend and a lifetime of love ahead!

Yours truly (r) with the amazing Sheryl, my right-hand gal.

xo, SDW

all photos © Adam Wiseman Photography, 2011

Oh-So-Fabulous Mexican Tile Cake

Mini-Paletas… Yes, Please!

I do so adore tiny treats – it means I get to eat more of them and try every flavor!  The cute factor doesn’t hurt, either.  Kiwi, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Coconut, Mango, Lime, Yum!  Also available borracho (with your favorite spirit mixed in).  Oh yes.