¡Feliz Aniversario Brandon + Donna!

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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.

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Molly + Tyler’s Modern Geometric Wedding

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Molly & Tyler’s May 2016 Wedding at Teitiare Estates was so beautiful and fun to design.  Molly, a Designer herself, had great ideas and a well-edited Pinterest board with a fun mix of modern geometric elements and earthy greens.  Molly did all the typeface and print design herself, which we carried through to the various signage elements for the ceremony and reception. They wanted a great bash for their friends and family, complete with a top shelf Tequila, Scotch, and Cuban cigar tasting bar from Don Pedro’s, who also provided the main bar and the gourmet dinner al fresco beneath the palms, the luscious cupcake table for dessert.  Mireya of Flor Mimo worked her usual magic with Molly’s vision and palette, tying everything together with lush and graphic greenery and clean crystal vases.  Dylan Howell of Portland-based Dylan and Sara Photography captured the day’s events and lovely details, and Irene Guerediaga of Make-up Vallarta beautifully styled Molly’s hair and makeup.  Enjoy the photos!

xo, SDW
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Melissa + Adam’s Wedding Bash | Villa del Oso, April 2012

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I’m excited to finally be sharing this beautiful and festive wedding from a few years back.  When I look at these photos I can’t help but think “FUN!” – it’s seriously RADIATING from the photos – I think Melissa had the most fun of any Bride based on her gorgeous, ecstatic, ear-to-ear smile.  I think these beautiful images from Sheila Garvey Photography, and the smiles on the faces, speak for themselves.  Cheers to Melissa & Adam who will be celebrating 3 years of marriage next month!Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 03 Last Import - 128 Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 04Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 20Last Import - 057Last Import - 059Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 15Last Import - 091Last Import - 112Last Import - 118Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 16Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 17Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 06Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 19Last Import - 120Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 24Last Import - 015Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 36Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 34Last Import - 378Last Import - 220Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 33Last Import - 376Last Import - 242Last Import - 339Melissa + Adam Sheila Garvey - 46xo, SDW

Venue – Villa del Oso; Bridal Styling – Kolor by Kori; Flowers – Flor Mimo; Reception Band – Los Tikkilyches; Catering – Don Pedro’s; Cake – Candy Pasteleria; Photography – Sheila Garvey.

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

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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!)

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)