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.
This 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!
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.
Can I just start this one by saying how awesome Canadians are? Whenever we get a group from Calgary or BC, they are the most tight-knit, easy going, fun having, down to earth peeps. Julie & Nick’s crew definitely give creedo to this trend I have noticed. Even on their pre-wedding planning trip, they were here with Julie’s mom and about 20 friends – and a year after their wedding, they were back with a huge group again. Super cool. Nick is Austrailian and the couple’s home base is in Whistler, where he is a high-end restuarant Chef and Julie is a front-of-house Manager. High on their list of “musts” was to show their guests an amazing time with great food and drinks, without being fussy or too buttoned up. Julie had a beautiful vision for the wedding and brought down gorgeous talavera-esque table runners as well as copious amounts (1000 yards!) of ribbon to decorate the chair backs. Guests traveled from far ends of the globe (including Nick’s family from down under), and marked their points of origin on the big map that served as a guest book. Vintage family wedding portraits adorned the welcome table, and guests were offered messages in a bottle with a love poem and Sayulita sand to take as momentos. Loteria cards strung from ribbons guided guests to their seats and delicate papel picado banners set a festive and fluttery mood.
Guests arrived for the wedding ceremony to Casa Aguila on the beach, where Julie & Nick stood with their wedding party in front of a beautiful Higuera tree. After the short but very sweet (and teary) ceremony, Mariachis led guests up the hill to Casa de los Delfines for the Fiesta. I just love this wedding venue. Aside from the striking architecture and vivid colors, it always inspires a little bit of wildness by the end of the night. Maybe it’s the pool calling everyone’s name, maybe just the energy of the place. – let’s just say we have had some pretty fab parties here. In one of the more memorable wedding moments I’ve witnessed, the Groom and about 30 other guests broke out in a surpise Flash Mob choreographed dance, descending the stairs en masse and finishing by literally sweeping the beaming Bride off of her feet.
Flor Mimo provided the gorgeous florals and succulents. Ruben’s Deli catered the affair, grilling up fresh snapper and arrachera flank steak. Julie & Nick’s friend DJ Owen spun tunes and kept the dance floor packed – until everyone hit the pool. Churros and Tacos al Pastor satisfied the late night munchies, and Miguel “el Maniaco” kept the drinks, including his famous signature margarita, flowing all night long.
Julie & Nick’s talented friend and Photographer Darby Magill documented the festivities beautifully.
Congratulations Julie & Nick on a beautiful union! I look forward to seeing you in Sayulita again soon!!
Super excited to share these beautiful images from Joann Arruda Photography! After 8 years working parallel paths in Sayulita’s wedding world but never criss-crossing, Joann & I finally got to work together not one but two times this season. Stay tuned for more beautiful images from Joann of Blair & Jason’s April wedding – coming soon! Without further ado, check out this sweet love fest fiesta!
Katie & Evan kicked off our 2014 wedding year in style, with a color-packed celebration at Sayulita’s Brisa Mar Palapa. They also happen to be 1 of 4 couples we’re working with this year who have either known each other or been sweethearts since their high school years. Too adorable, right?
Katie & Evan’s Fiesta was full of festive D-I-Y details from Katie, her mom Chris, and her Aunts. They hand-crafted all of the table centerpieces from homemade paper flowers displayed in cute tin cans with custom labels that Chris designed. Mom also created all the escort cards and table numbers, and was on-site bright and early with her crew, helping to make sure everything was set up just so.
Katie & Evan requested a tequila tasting bar, so we ordered custom barrels bearing their names and wedding date to hold Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo varieties of delicious Marengo Tequila – shipped in direct from Arenal (just outside of Tequila, Jalisco) – for guests to sample at the reception. After the party, they emptied out the barrels at the next morning’s brunch and packed them home as unique momentos from the big day.
Katie & Evan had a big guest list – 100+ – and wanted to ensure everyone had a place to stash their stuff during dinner & dancing so we created “cubbies” for the guests out of re-furbished market boxes – you can see in the photo these were definitely utilized to their fullest. Mireya of Flor Mimo provided Katie’s lovely bouquet, Kori Walker of Kolor by Kori styled the Bride’s timeless and classically beautiful look, DJ Paladub had everyone shakin’ it on the dance floor, Don Pedro’s exceptional Catering & Bar team kept everyone happily quenched and fed, and of course Joann Arruda captured everything flawlessly. I especially love the adorable shots of the couple around Sayulita – so much color and fun!
Many congrats to Katie + Evan on a beautiful celebration of a beautiful union!
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.
We first met Dia & Patrick back in November 2008, when they flew in from the Bay Area to photograph Julie & Andrew’s wedding at the Brisa Mar Palapa. I liked them immediately – what can I say, I have a thing for couples that work together – and when I saw the gorgeous photos of the wedding, I added them to my photographer list in hopes we’d get to work together again. Two years later they were back in Sayulita to photograph Monique & Steve’s Villa del Oso wedding, and were also in the early stages of planning for their own Sayulita nuptials – which they hired us to plan the next fall.
They picked the cosmic and auspicious wedding date of 11.11.11, the lovely location of Flor de la Playa on the north end beach, and let the details flow into place from there. And did they ever flow! Dia was a D-I-Y powerhouse, even down to hand-crafting her and her Bridesmaids’ bouquets and Patrick’s adorable boutonniere. The wedding was filled with tons of fun and meaningful details, like the lighting of a wish lantern during the ceremony, a jenga “guest book” for well wishes and advice, a photo booth, a foot bath for de-sanding after the ceremony on the beach, and Mexican wedding cookies and fireside s’mores for dessert.
The welcome cocktails were held on the rooftop level of Calypso on the plaza, where guests sipped margaritas and downed plates of tacos al pastor while “Endless Summer” projected on the outside wall. Photos of Dia & Patrick were strung across the wall for guests to peruse as the entered the party.
Over the past few years we have been lucky enough to get to know Dia & Patrick and are honored to now call them our friends. Today I just got confirmation they will be shooting Amanda & Dave’s Villa del Oso wedding with us in November, and are planning to spend next winter shooting and filming weddings in the Sayulita area – so exciting! Be sure to check out their new listing on Sayulita Life.
Congratulations on a beautiful wedding, Dia & Patrick!