Sammie + Kort’s Vibrant TropicaLush Wedding at Villa del Oso


I can. not. get. enough. of this GORGEOUS, Lush, Tropical Wedding at Villa del Oso last November.  Sammie & Kort and their families were incredible to work with – you know, the kind of clients that just make you feel good.  You can see the pure stoke and LOVE just shining off the Groom (and Bride – but seriously, Kort’s face and smile!!).  
When I met them and Sammie’s parents a year before the wedding, they knew they were expecting a big turn out and decided on Villa del Oso as the ideal venue to host up to 180 guests.  As the date approached, their RSVPs just kept rolling in and the guest list kept climbing – a true testament to the love that these two inspire in their friends and family, none of whom dared miss their incredible wedding in Sayulita!  The final guest count clocked in at just over 200 – a record high number for SDW, which required much measuring and precise planning to ensure all of those tables would fit, along with 2 bars, a dance floor, and fabulous lounge areas.  The venue was perfect and we think it really sung with all that energy and love filling it up!  
Sammie and her girls hand lettered the 207 tropical leaf place cards to decorate the plates, and the SDW Dream Team (Ale, Sheryl & Niki – you ROCK!) put in marathon-worthy efforts on the big day to make sure every detail was in place for this stunning celebration.  Marjie and Jenn of Funky Diva Artists Collective rocked the Bridal Party Styling, beautifying the Bride, 9 Maids, and 2 Moms.  Flor Mimo‘s Mireya and her Team knocked the florals out of the park in her signature vibrant, whimsical style.  As always, Don Pedro’s killed it with flawless Catering & Bar service, and DJ Jess of Sayulita Musica rocked the tunes all night long, with Tatewari Flamenco setting the tone for the ceremony and cocktail hour.  Rentals were culled from a mix of providers to get just the right look – MAC Event, Mobva, Unique Rentals and nicoella events.
Big thanks to Kara Donovan Reynolds for the gorgeous photos!

¡¡Congratulations Sammie & Kort!!  xo, SDW

Photography Kara Reynolds
planning | design | lighting Sayulita Dream Weddings
bridal party styling Funky Diva Collective Marjie Martini & Jennifer Chivers
florals flor mimo



¡Feliz Aniversario Chiara & Chaz!

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When Chiara + Chaz first contacted me and sent the snapshot below as the inspiration image for their wedding, which they described as “Unique, festive, vibrant, personal and fun!”, I was pretty sure we’d be a perfect match.


I was lucky enough to meet them a year before the wedding on a visit to Sayulita and we immediately hit it off.  A fun-loving music-industry couple from Venice with a tattooed Groom?  Right up my alley.  But more importantly, I was super excited that they wanted to throw a COLORFUL and whimsical fiesta celebrating their love of Sayulita and all of Mexico, and go all out with everything FESTIVE!  Understated and natural is great, don’t get me wrong, but I do LOVE me some COLOR.   If you’ve ever visited our humble secret-cave abode, you could rightfully describe our personal aesthetic as “maximalist” (i.e. opposite of minimalist… as in: paint every wall a different color and cover every square inch of it in art, photos, books, records, instruments, cow skulls, devil masks…. it is its own beautiful magic, until you want to do yoga against a wall and there is no free space.  But I digress…).

Seriously, this was one of the most colorful weddings I’ve had the pleasure of designing (John & Adri, you are right up there with them!!!) and it was so much fun to have free reign to play with colors and textures, which for me is really the essence of Mexico’s beauty – the combination of any and all colors together, the more the merrier, the brighter the better.  From the altar to the photo booth to the papel picado and the multi-colored chairs, even the color-changing uplighting on the palm trees, it all created a magical environment that reflected this beautiful couples’ fun-loving personality and creativity.  Thank you Chiara & Chaz for trusting me with your vision and your most important day, and for being so FUN to work with!  Thanks to the amazing team that brought it all together and made this perfect day a beautiful reality (vendor credits below…)!  Most photos from Paul Andrew Dunker with a few snaps from my archaic iPhone iv.

xo, SDW


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¡Fabulous Vendor Credits!

Planning/Design/Lighting: Sayulita Dream Weddings

Venue: Teitiare Estate

Photography: Paul Andrew Dunker

Catering/Bar: Don Pedro’s

Bridal Styling: Rebecca D’Este, Bliss Sayulita

DJ: Jess Edmonson, Sayulita Musica

Florals: Flor Mimo

Ceremony Arch & Photo Booth: Flora Amor

Furniture: Mobva, MAC Event

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