¡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

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


Dia + Patrick’s D-I-Y-filled Love Fest

We first met Dia & Patrick back in November 2008, when they flew in from the Bay Area to photograph Julie & Andrew’s wedding at the Brisa Mar Palapa. I liked them immediately – what can I say, I have a thing for couples that work together – and when I saw the gorgeous photos of the wedding, I added them to my photographer list in hopes we’d get to work together again. Two years later they were back in Sayulita to photograph Monique & Steve’s Villa del Oso wedding, and were also in the early stages of planning for their own Sayulita nuptials – which they hired us to plan the next fall.

They picked the cosmic and auspicious wedding date of 11.11.11, the lovely location of Flor de la Playa on the north end beach, and let the details flow into place from there. And did they ever flow! Dia was a D-I-Y powerhouse, even down to hand-crafting her and her Bridesmaids’ bouquets and Patrick’s adorable boutonniere. The wedding was filled with tons of fun and meaningful details, like the lighting of a wish lantern during the ceremony, a jenga “guest book” for well wishes and advice, a photo booth, a foot bath for de-sanding after the ceremony on the beach, and Mexican wedding cookies and fireside s’mores for dessert.

The welcome cocktails were held on the rooftop level of Calypso on the plaza, where guests sipped margaritas and downed plates of tacos al pastor while “Endless Summer” projected on the outside wall. Photos of Dia & Patrick were strung across the wall for guests to peruse as the entered the party.

 The wedding and festivities were beautifully captured by Ed Fladung of Elizabeth Lloyd Photography.

yes, the Bride actually made that bouquet.

photo by guest Lauren Franz

 Over the past few years we have been lucky enough to get to know Dia & Patrick and are honored to now call them our friends. Today I just got confirmation they will be shooting Amanda & Dave’s Villa del Oso wedding with us in November, and are planning to spend next winter shooting and filming weddings in the Sayulita area – so exciting! Be sure to check out their new listing on Sayulita Life.

Congratulations on a beautiful wedding, Dia & Patrick!

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:

Christine + Adam’s Brisa del Mar Wedding by Jillian Mitchell Featured on Junebug Weddings!

So excited to announce that Christine + Adam’s lovely Brisa del Mar Palapa Wedding, captured by the fabulous Jillian Mitchell, was featured today on Junebug Weddings‘ “What Junebug Loves.”

click the image above to visit the feature on Junebug

Christine + Adam are an adorable couple from Chicago, and they threw a fabulous party for their family and friends.  They were super chill and lots of fun to work with, and had an easy-going sense of style that translated into a chic and modern event.  Jillian Mitchell did a rockin’ job of capturing the details and sweet moments of the day – I love their smiles in all the photos, like they are sharing the best secret and making each other laugh through the whole thing, which I’m pretty sure they were, if I got to know Adam at all…  After dinner, Jillian set up a killer photobooth with a particularly well-edited assortment of awesome props that inspired the guests to really cut loose. The photo of the SDW team down below is one of my faves.  Gloria from Concepto Floral knocked it out of the park with the gorgeous bouquet and centerpieces.  Be sure to check out the Junebug feature and the images below for the full beauty of this sweet wedding!

All photos ©Jillian Mitchell.

xo, SDW

Inspiration: Baskets

Digging these cute, simple baskets from the Sunday market.  Would make great vessels for aisle flowers to hang from chairs, or be perfect as a not-so-prissy flower girl basket.


A November Mother-of-the-Bride sent us a link to these adorable Mexican-themed wedding bubbles the other day – love them!

Loteria and Day of the Dead bubble wands from “mymercado” on etsy.com.

xo, SDW