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


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!

All photos ©Joann Arruda, 2014.
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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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Katie + Evan’s Festive February Fiesta de Matrimonio!

 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!

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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!

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Many congrats to Katie + Evan on a beautiful celebration of a beautiful union!
xo, SDW


¡Feliz Aniversario Kate + Matt!

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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)

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All photos ©Jillian Mitchell Photography, 2012

Happy Anniversary Kate + Matt!

xo, SDW

Jessica + Chad’s Playa Carricitos Wedding

When Jessica first contacted me about planning her wedding to Chad, she introduced them as a couple that had fallen in love with Sayulita years ago, and went on to describe their ideal as follows:

We love the idea of having a really earthy wedding on Playa Carricitos at sunset and then heading to a fabulous party somewhere.

Carricitos is a secluded beach south of the main beach and Playa los Muertos, accessed only by private property or jungle trails (on foot).  Fortunately, I had the perfect venue for them – where they could have their earthy ceremony and their fabulous party in one beautiful location.  We had thrown a small rehearsal dinner at this private home years ago and the owners approached us about offering it up as a wedding venue to the right clients.  I hadn’t found the right clients until Jessica & Chad found us, and from there, everything just flowed.

An easy-going, outdoorsy couple from Boise, Idaho, Jessica & Chad’s wedding was beautiful and richly textured without being fussy or stuffy.  Their fun, laid-back personalities came through in every detail and moment of the wedding events, and they were super easy and fun to work with.  Jessica brought down the gorgeous tapestries that served as the table linens, and the intimate group of 40 guests were treated to Mexican shot glass favors, great bottles of sipping tequila on each table, Mexican wedding cookie takeaways, and fresh made churros and cinnamon hot chocolate for dessert.  Suburbans shuttled guests safely to and from Sayulita to the private hideaway in the jungle, where they danced the night away on a sandy dancefloor on the beach.

Congratulations, Jessica & Chad!

Photos by Rene Vorhees, Sheryl Orr, and Sayulita Dream Weddings, ©2012

xo, SDW