¡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.

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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

Blankets, Pillows, & Ojo de Dios: Revolución del Sueño y Las Bayadas

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¡Feliz Aniversario Jessica & Michael!

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These past few weeks I have been thinking about Jess & Michael’s wedding as their first anniversary approached and I realized I hadn’t seen the photos from their Photographer, Jason Huang of Table4Weddings.  I reached out just in time and got an immediate reply from Michael which turned into a back-and-forth with him & Jess reminiscing about their beautiful wedding.  It felt like talking to old friends, ones that I didn’t realize I missed until we re-connected.  From the first meeting when they came to Sayulita to scout, these two won me over.  I didn’t really want another wedding last fall with the lineup I had already booked, but I couldn’t say no to them and I’m glad I didn’t.   For a Doctor and an International Tax Law Attorney, they were one of the most fun and down-to-earth couples I’ve worked with.  Their group really knew how to party – though it would be hard not to have fun around them, particularly with Michael’s infectious, slightly mischievous, always giddy-with-love-for-his-Bride vibe.

The week before the wedding the forecast showed a strong prediction of rain and we made the call to tent both the ceremony and reception, which turned out to be a wise move, as the rain did come.  Though it’s never ideal to have to change the plan the week before your wedding, these two rolled with it and were super chill, trusting in the vision and knowing that the most important thing – their LOVE – would be the star of the day.  For me it was a new challenge to do a full tent setup and also fun to have the intimacy of a canopy over the reception when most every other wedding I plan is open air.

Seeing these photos for the first time just a few days ago after almost a year has been a real treat, remembering the special touches and moments of the day – Jess walking down the long stretch of beach while Michael’s eyes welled with tears of love and joy; Jess surprising Michael with the tequila burro after the ceremony; the tequila tasting bar stocked by Michael’s Uncle from Guadalajara with some seriously top shelf tequilas; the wild dance party with the Groom rocking my own band t-shirt by the end of the night; and most importantly, the sheer LOVE that is shared between these humans, that is visible in every photo of them.  Serious kudos to Jason of Table4Weddings – you are an amazing Photographer and it was a joy to see your work and relive the beautiful day.

I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as I did! (credits below)

xo, SDW

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From the Bride: “Andrea!! When our friend sent us an informal wedding video as a gift months later, the closing scene is of Mike and I taking a moment alone together after the ceremony.  In the back ground, you are running across the screen and making everything perfect while we are in bliss. Mike and I both laughed at that scene because it totally depicts what you did for us last year. Thank you thank you thank you! “

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The Amazing Team Behind it All!!

Planning: Sayulita Dream Weddings

Venue: Teitiare Estate

Photography: Table4Weddings

Catering/Bar: Don Pedro’s

Bridal Styling: Marjie of Funky Diva Collective

DJ: Jess Edmonson, Sayulita Musica

Florals: Flor Mimo

Ceremony Arch: Flora Amor

Tents: Grupo Chalita

Tara + Spencer’s Wedding Video by Toma Dos

Super Excited to share this beautiful video from Tara and Spencer’s gorgeous wedding at Villa Del Oso this past November. This was one of my favorite setups for this venue, and such a sweet and emotional day for all involved. So many great vendors came together to create so much beauty and fun – Gracias a Marjie Martini & Jennifer Chivers for styling the stunning Bride and her Maids, flor mimo for the lush greens and flowers, Unique Rentals, Trendy, & Eventos Elegantes for the rentals, Don Pedro’s Restaurant and Bar for the 5-star Catering & Bar Service, Villa Del Oso for the incomparable setting, Musica Sayulita and Jess Edmondson for Music and Vibes, The AMAZING Sayulita Dream Weddings team who pulled it all together and made it SING with beauty – Sheryl Orr, Ale Galvan P, Paul Gibbs, Arnoldo Alvarez and Crew, and Marshall Lundberg & Darcy my Lighting Gurus! And a HUGE GRACIAS to Michael & Diego of TOMA DOS videos for capturing the magic to re-live and share!
More to come soon of this gorgeous wedding – just wait until you see the photos by taryn baxter photography!!!!

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 Meagan + Scott!

Wishing a very Happy 4th Anniversary to Meagan & Scott from the SF Bay Area!  They had a beautiful wedding – love those vibrant pops of RED! – at the spectacular St. Regis.  The Rehearsal Dinner was especially fun to design.  Meagan wanted a vintage Mexico travel theme and brought down fabulous posters.  We did the tables up super bright with maracas and hand-painted piggy banks from Esto Es Mexico in Sayulita, one of my favorite spots for Mexican pop-art.  Their light-up dance floor was epic and really got the crowd moving.  The weekend’s events were captured flawlessly by the talented Andrew Weeks Photography.  Flowers by Flor Mimo, Bridal Party Styling by Remede Spa at the St. Regis, and Cocktail Hour Tunes by Los Frixoleros (how I miss them!).  Enjoy!

 ¡xo! SDW