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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¡Feliz Aniversario Patti + Chris!

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Happy First Anniversary to Patti & Chris!  This super sweet couple from Chicago had a beautiful and intimate wedding at Casa Ilusion on Sayulita’s north end beach.  I love looking back at these photos – they are dripping with love and affection between the happy couple.  Adding to the glow of the lovely Bride, and the depth of those looks between new husband and wife, is the fact that they were expecting their first child at the time of the wedding.  I can just feel it in these photos, the excitement and love around a new family forming, knowing that their baby would be born in August – and with their baby in their arms today, they have even more to celebrate this anniversary.

The wedding was a family affair, with Patti’s Uncle Bud acting as the wedding Officiate, and friends of the family providing the pre-ceremony piano and song, as well as the beautiful calligraphy on the guest book and the hand-lettered apple place cards.  Patti & Chris wanted a delicious and authentic Mexican dinner from their favorite Sayulita restaurant, Sayulita Café.  Miguel and his team served up their signature chiles rellenos along with chicken mole, cactus salad, and yummy guacamole.   Tamale Diva Adriana Basail prepared mini-versions of her scrumptious gourmet mayan pork and spinach pine nut tamales for cocktail hour canapés.  Dessert was assorted cakes from Anna, the Sayulita “Cake Lady.”  The flowers were beautifully done by Mireya of Flor Mimo, with hair & makeup by Karina of Raphaella Salon.

Patti wanted to host a special luncheon for her girlfriends and Bridesmaids the day before the wedding, so we organized a spa party where guests each chose three services from stations offering massage, facials, and mani-pedis.  Sayulita Sushi catered the luncheon with a delicious array of sushi, and ladies sipped on sparkling wine while getting pampered and checking out the ocean view.

Elizabeth Lloyd Photography did an amazing job capturing the beauty of the wedding and the pure love flowing between Patti & Chris and their baby on the way.

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All photos ©2012, Elizabeth Lloyd Photography.
Happy Anniversary to Patti, Chris, and baby Erik!!
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¡Feliz Aniversario Karine + Dave!

Happy 4-year Anniversary to Karine & Dave of San Francisco!  Karine & Dave had a gorgeous and colorful spring fiesta at the lovely Villa del Oso, with a sweet palette of pink and green to set off the Bride-designed Mexican Loteria escort cards and table names (she also designed the gorgeous invitation suite – photo below). Theirs was our first wedding at Villa del Oso, and our first Jewish Interfaith wedding (we have since done 2 more Jewish Interfaith weddings also at Villa del Oso – one was for Julie & Jon, friends of Karine & Dave, and we were lucky to have K+D back in Sayulita to attend the wedding with their sweet son Ben). I loved the format of their wedding, which incorporated the traditional Jewish wedding timing of getting everyone up on the dance floor before dinner and then in between courses.  It makes for a late ending to the meal, but it really keeps the energy flowing all night long and gives people a chance to get up and move around instead of being seated for what is often 90 minutes or more for dinner service and speeches.  Karine & Dave’s traditional wedding ceremony chuppah was topped by an amazing quilt constructed of panels that each of their guests had hand-crafted for them, which were then sewn together by Dave’s mom.  What an amazing and meaningful momento to have from your wedding!

Guests danced the night away to Cuban band “Los Hombres del Negro,” and then kept the floor filled ’till the wee hours with music Dave & Karine had programmed on their iPod.  Don Pedro’s provided the always excellent food and bar, and the beautiful flowers were designed by Francisco Salazar of Vodax Detalle in Vallarta.  Elizabeth Lloyd beautifully documented the day.

Photos ©Elizabeth Lloyd Photography, 2008.

Thanks to Karine & Dave for being great clients and friends and for sending so many other clients our way!  Happy Anniversary, Lovebirds!

xo, SDW

¡Feliz Aniversario Adriana + John!

This anniversary post is going to be a good one! We’ve been anxiously waiting to share this lovely fête full of gorgeous, color-saturated, super fun Mexican details featuring some of our favorite clients and more importantly, wonderful friends, John & Adriana. Adriana is surely our most avid facebook follower and fan and has expressed her high hopes for their anniversary post so I can only hope to measure up! In fact, in anticipation of this big event, she even sent me some after-hours photos of the wedding-reception-turned-pool-party-mayhem, featuring probably the Best. Hora-dance. Of all time. [evidence below]

John & Adriana, already friends – and really, honorary extended family – of ours, came to us with a vision for their wedding. They wanted to share with their friends and family all of the things that they loved most about Sayulita. And what they love about Sayulita isn’t fancy restaurants or big stately villas – it’s great food eaten on the street, vivid colors, festive music, surfing, the beach, candy, spicy banana chips, the “nieve, nieve!” guy, and a million other little details that on their own may not mean much, but together form the eclectic crazy awesome patchwork whole that is our very own, one-of-a-kind, strange little Sayulita.

Aside from showcasing what they love about Sayulita, this had to be a kick-ass, original, super fun PARTY, one that would live up to their own track record of throwing multiple kick-ass, original, super fun major events all year long through their junker-car racing company 24 Hours of LeMons, [yes, this link really is worth clicking on – watch the video, these guys are awesome] of which John is the founder. So after setting some pretty high expectations and laying down their awesome vision, they pretty much turned the reins over to us and let us go at it without much micro-managing on their parts, which made it one of the more fun weddings we’ve worked on because we got to let our creativity flow and really have fun with it.

The result was truly one of our “Best. Weddings. Ever.” And it is still lauded as such by J+A’s pals. For me it was the best because I had the freedom to run with their vision while incorporating lots of little touches and details along the way so that as their day unfolded, they got to experience many of the little surprises in the same fun way the guests did, which is a rarity in the world of hyper-planned weddings these days. Plus I felt like I knew them well enough as my friends to “get” what they wanted, but also in the process, I really “got” them more through the planning of their wedding and felt closer to them than ever.

The lovely day was perfectly captured by Photographer Donna Day, and I can’t imagine a more fitting and perfect match between wedding and photographer than this saturated color-fest and Donna’s trademark color-saturated photo-style.

Okay, enough yapping – now for some pretty pictures!

The Welcome Wagon: Igor the burro greeting guests with ice-cold Coronitas
piñata love

the guest "book" - a frame-able photo matte
gift bags (and wheelbarrow) filled with local treats

my favorite aisle runner of all time
kids' and grown-ups' piñatas
the photo booth
tequila tasting and aguas frescas
festive + fun table settings
street vendor signage by Father-of-the-Bride and Sayulita resident Ed Schwartz

a couple of good looking guys
and a beautiful happy couple

pool-side dance floor

John & Adri – Happy 2-year Anniversary, Amigos! We love you, and your wedding will always live on in infamy!

xo, SDW

p.s. As promised, after party photos from the Bride, and with a parting “day after” beach shot: