Kate & Juan's Classic Estate Wedding

Every year Sayulita, and the whole Bahia de Banderas, stretching from South of Puerto Vallarta to Lo de Marcos becomes an ever more popular wedding destination. With more weddings comes a bigger demand for wedding photographers, planners, florist, etc. This has given our team the opportunity to work with so many fun and talented people. The community here in Sayulita and the surrounding areas has been incredible.

On Kate and Juan’s wedding this past March, we had the opportunity to work some more with wedding photographer, Bruno Rezza, which is always so much fun. His calm presence makes for a great working environment and needless to say his photos are always GORGEOUS! Being able to work with people like Bruno is always a plus. The importance of having a good dynamic with the team you’re working with is huge, we handle a lot of things behind the scenes to ensure your day goes smoothly and time, especially photography time, is used well throughout the day.

As always, it is more than a pleasure to work with the lovely, talented and super fun Vida Bonita Events! Fun fact, I have been her client for an event as well. Somer is fun, professional, creative and pretty much all around amazing!!

In this regard I always enjoy working with Flora Amor. Florals more often than not largely tie into the whole bridal look. Even just the color and style of the bride’s bouquet largely tie into the final bridal look. So being familiar and comfortable with the florist is crucial. When doing hair and makeup, anytime there is a floral headpiece, this is something we must be ready to work with. Carmen always delivers with florals that are completely on point, creative and stylish. Plus, she’s just pretty much a rad woman, and she’s from the same city as me originally.

Kate and Juan’s wedding took place at beautiful Hacienda Antigua. This rustic venue always makes for a gorgeous backdrop, especially combined with Flora Amor’s beautiful formal pieces. Kate’s classic bridal look was stunning. Her softly waved hair was pinned to one side with a lovely floral hair piece by Flor Amor and her make up was kept light and natural. Her elegant lace dress had a gorgeous trailing back and delicate beaded waist band. All in all a true classic beauty!

Seeing Kate share this special day with those close to her was priceless. Particularly touching were the moments spent with her mother, every girl dreams to have their mother by their side on their big day. I always like to take a bit of time with the Mom’s and I love those special moments that we are witness to. It goes without saying that Kate’s mother couldn’t be more proud of her beautiful daughter!

Congratulations Kate and Juan, it was a pleasure being able to work with you! We wish you all the best!!

Photographer: Bruno Rezza

Videographer: Red Carpet Films

Planner: Vida Bonita Events

Florals: Flora Amor

Venue: Hacienda Antigua

Cindy & Scott’s Rustic Sayulita Wedding

When it comes to a “power couple” a pair like Cindy and Scott immediately come to mind. These two lovers both serve in the military. As they have dedicated themselves to serve their country they recently equally committed themselves to one and other for a lifetime of love, adventure and companionship.

Cindy and Scott’s wedding was held at Hacienda Antigua. This venue is a favorite; the rustic esthetic of the villa never seems to get old, and serve as the perfect backdrop for any style of wedding. The details that have been put into the decorations are admirable. From the rustic lighting, furniture, to the many wood figurines carefully placed around the villa, the Mexican antiques create the feeling of stepping back in time to a historic Mexican Hacienda. Many people comment that they feel like a celebrity walking into their private villa when they arrive!

Cindy looked absolutely stunning. We kept her complexion natural and glowy to highlight her perfect skin, and drew attention to her beautiful eyes with a slightly bolder application, and of course, those gorgeous lashes!! Her Allure Bridals dress was gorgeous with delicately embroidered lace long sleeves, buttons down her spine, and a trailing back. To complement the beautiful details of her dress, her hair was styled in a loosely woven bun paired with an elegant floral wreath. Cindy looked amazing, her strength and elegance perfectly reflected!

The floral decor was second to none with one of the most beautiful bouquets I have seen this season-the design team knocked it out of the park on this one :)

You never know what to expect on your big day. Despite the scare of Cindy’s mom’s flight being canceled the day before her wedding, she kept a positive outlook and against all odds, her mom made it in the morning of the wedding. I’m pretty sure she would have walked there if she had to! From there on out everything seemed to go flawlessly. The outdoor setting of the ceremony was chic with hanging lights and delicate foliage decorations. The evening festivities seemed lively as ever. Good company never allows for a dull moment!

As always, I worked with amazing vendors, who know how to make sure their clients have an amazing experience from start to finish! You guys knocked it out of the park as always and I’m so excited to share the result of all of our amazing work…the best of which being the giant smile on Cindy and Scott’s faces :)

It was a pleasure working with you Cindy, I have loved watching your new adventure with Scott begin in Korea, I know you guys are gonna nail it!

Photographer: Bruno Rezza

Planner: Sea of Dreams Weddings

Florals: Francisco Salazar

Video: Red Carpet Films

Catering: Elias Sapien

Dress: Allure Bridals

Location: Hacienda Antigua

Erin and Greg's Luxe Sayulita wedding

Erin and Greg got married earlier this year and I absolutely loved the relaxed yet glamorous vibe of their day. Erin was a total knockout and rocked her wedding look like a pro, and Greg looked dashing in a casual 3 piece suit.

Karen from Sayulita Mexico Weddings styled the day beautifully with a gorgeous mix of muted bohemian textures with glass accents, and the Gran Villa was decorated so beautifully….she was definitely in all her glory! This was my first time working with Catalina Jean Photography and I hope it isn’t the last-I love their work and they were a pleasure to work around:)

I was a BIG fan of Erin’s classic and glamourous bridal look with perfect vintage waves, a simple and classic color palette for her makeup, and a single white flower behind her ear. Seriously, how can you go wrong with this beautiful look?? On top of that, Erin is total babe inside and out, and voila! One smokin’ hot Sayulita bride! This is how you do a glam bridal look for your beach wedding and have it completely make sense!

Thanks so much Erin for choosing me and sharing your precious getting ready time with me-I know how intimate those moments are and feel so privileged to be a part of those memories for you.

I loved meeting you and your amazing family-you guys killed it as the bride squad!!!

Planner: Karen Ruezga at Sayulita Mexico Weddings

Photo: Catalina Jean Photography

Venue : Amor Boutique Hotel

Lauren and Geoff’s Brisa del Mar wedding

Hailing from Toronto, living in Austria and getting married in Sayulita, Lauren and Geoff are definitely a global couple!

This wedding marks one of the first where I styled members of the bridal and groom’s party, and I had a blast! I definitely think the extra time to style your grooms hair etc is well worth it if they end up looking as great as Geoff and his guys!

As you can see, having fun was of the utmost importance to these two from start to finish and they definitely achieved their goal! Their ceremony and reception was held at the stunning Brisa del Mar, and was filled with relaxed bohemian vibes. I always love the florals and decor created by Mar Weddings Floral and I think they totally hit the mark with this one!

I love Lauren’s dress, if you can believe it, it was under $300. If I remember correctly, WELL under that amount too. She actually had another dress(a MUCH more expensive dress!) bought and paid for already and she sold it. Price aside…I think she made the right decision-that dress was perfect for her!! Just formal enough to elevate her look, but simple and not stuffy at all. I created a soft wave for her hair and added a textured twist to her hair to maintain her relaxed bridal look, and then we went for it with her makeup and gave her a bit more glam! I love how today’s brides are inspired by what they love and feel comfortable wearing, rather than what they think they are *supposed to do!

Lauren and Geoff, thanks so much for choosing me-it was a privilege spending the day with you and I love watching your European adventures!!!

Planner: Mar Weddings

Florals: Mar Floral Design

Photographer: Car and Mel Photography

Venue: Don Pedro’s Brisa del Mar

Dress: Missguided

Kelly and Tam's Seaside wedding in Sayulita

Kelly and Tam were  married in March of 2017, but I loved their wedding so much and this post has been waiting for the right time to post, so I apologize for the delay but this was too pretty not to share!

Kelly and I met approximately a year before her wedding on a scouting trip she and her fiance Tam took to Sayulita. This was the perfect opportunity to get to know one another a bit and go over what her vision was for her wedding. Approximately half of my brides take a trip to Sayulita months prior to the wedding to scout locations and have vendor meetings, which is a great opportunity to take a bit of time to do a mini-trial, which is hair and makeup styling, and a consultation regarding your overall vision for the wedding and general ideas for your overall look in the early planning stages, with the actual trial done in the week of the wedding. While it isn't mandatory, and is only recommended if budget allows, it's a great way to get to know one another so you feel comfortable expressing questions or changes/updates in the months leading up to the wedding. Plus, it's a great chance to get all dolled up and go on a Sayulita date with your husband to be!

On the day of her welcome party, we did her trial hair and makeup, then, once it was finished, I took it down to ensure we kept her bridal look under wraps, and gave her some loose waves with a pop of color on her lip to ensure she was picture perfect for their portrait session with Taryn Baxter, and through the rest of the night. I loved the festive vibe that was set up at Don Pedro's-the vibrant tones were the perfect backdrop to celebrate with family and friends while the sun went down.

Kelly and Tam are so much fun! Her effortless hair style and soft glam makeup was the perfect complement for her stunning gown and the beautiful setting she and Yazmin of Sea of Dreams weddings created for her and Tam to celebrate their marriage at one of my favorite Sayulita venues, Villa del Oso. It was  breathtakingly beautiful, every detail was pretty much perfect!

The wedding day was sunny and gorgeous(as it typically is in Sayulita), and we had a lovely time preparing her and her loved ones for the big day. We even shared a good laugh when I took headache medication which didn't really do the trick for me....who knew Excedrine had caffeine that would make me feel completely jittery? *Note to self, always carry Tylenol just in case*! So with that being dealt with quickly, we got back to the process of making Kelly and her girls look absolutely gorgeous and get her to her dream day. With stunning florals by Francisco Salazar, and the amazingly talented Taryn Baxter photographing every moment, Kelly's dream team was complete! 

Kelly and Tam, you guys killed it and I know you are celebrating a lovely married life together as I still stalk you on Instagram:) Kelly, thanks so much for choosing me to design your bridal look, I still am absolutely in love with your style!! 

Planner: Sea of Dreams Weddings

Photographer: Taryn Baxter Photography

Florist: Francisco Salazar

Welcome Dinner Venue: Don Pedro's Restaurant

Ceremony Venue: Villa del Oso

Second artist: Justine Dreger

Shetal and Phil's stunning Sayulita wedding!

I first met Shetal and Phil at El Break a months before their wedding in Sayulita to get to know them a bit and discuss their big day with them. Their wedding was my last scheduled wedding of the 2017/2018 season in Sayulita, and it was going to be a big one with two events; a traditional Hindu ceremony, and a Western wedding ceremony the following day. I pretty much instantly knew I loved their vibe! They are warm, funny and kind....and so in love. The kind of love that makes one move from the west coast to Ohio to be together. Phil’s devotion to Shetal is written all over his face, and he just wanted to ensure she was happy and had an unforgettable time in Sayulita, and Shetal is so sweet and loving to him, they really just want to make each other smile all day every day. I have to say, after spending some time with them during their wedding week, I'm pretty sure they are killing it. Sorry for the massive picture overload in this post, but I had to...two amazing events call for as many images as possible to show what a lovely time they had!

 On the day of their traditional Hindu ceremony, Phil surprised Shetal by arriving to the venue on a white horse....accompanied by Mariachi! It was amazing:)  That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the evening and I think it's safe to say everyone had a great time! I always love to see the vibrant colors of the outfits, and Flor Mimo did a fabulous job both days, setting the mood with two completely different color palettes. And of course...no Hindu celebration would be complete without dancing. This celebration was second to none!

The wedding day was a hot and humid one, but we were ready to ensure Shetal's look was perfect all day long! One minor glitch...the power in the whole town went out for a short time. Props to Shetal for remaining calm in the face of what could have been a tricky situation to complete hair for her and her party(yes, the hot tools we use require power to work), but what she didn't know was that I had a plan b if needed. I ALWAYS carry my secret weapon-let's just say that not having power wasn't an issue for me and my second artist that day. While we continued to work on makeup and put it to the test with no fan or AC, the power eventually returned and we barely missed a beat. Kudos to Shetal and her girls for relaxing and enjoying the moment(just as they should have!).  They all looked like a million bucks and were not only a treat to be around, but were so focused on ensuring the focus was on Shetal and her big day. It was a privilege to witness...not to mention the 'prom photo' component for each girl that will surely be an inside joke for years to come:) They all had their looks suited to their own personal style, their dresses coordinated in varying shades of blue were gorgeous, and of course, Shetal's gown was a stunner!!

Shetal and Phil, thank you for being such stellar humans, and for reminding me that even on the hottest day when it feels stressy, it's important to smile at and for the ones you love. Sometimes it can be that simple. I wish you a lifetime of sunny days with cold cervezas and mucho amor!! 

Thanks for choosing me, for friending me, and for being a totally rad last wedding of the season!!

Photographer: Taryn Baxter

Planner: Sayulita Weddings

Florals: Flor Mimo

Event Location: Hindu Ceremony: Brisa del Mar    Western Ceremony: Frente el Puento

 

Ali and Nicks top secret Yelapa elopement

When Ali contacted me to inquire about doing her hair and makeup for her elopement  at the stunning Verana Boutique Hotel in Yelapa, Mexico, I was totally stoked! 

Not only is Yelapa one of my favorite getaway spots to completely chill out, but it was with one of my favorite photographers, Tom Moks Photography at a place I had always wanted to do a wedding at,Verana, as I had been told it was absolutely stunning! Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint! If you haven’t heard of it, check it out. It’s stunningly beautiful, super private, quiet, and the service is impeccable. I lost one of my favorite earrings on my way up for the trial and was heartbroken that it was gone. The next day when I went back to do Ali’s bridal services, there was my earring. One of the groundskeepers had found it and the concierge remembered I was looking for it. Now THAT'S impressive! And of course, I’m a huge fan of Tom’s photography. He captures emotion so beautifully, is really easy to work with, and the style and mood of his photographs always reminds me of a high fashion magazine spread! As a client, you can’t help but feel like a supermodel! 

The day before the wedding, I went to do Ali’s trial and style her for her engagement session with Tom, which was sizzling hot!! When I met her, I just thought, not only is she extremely down to earth and sweet, but this girl is a babe and she is gonna kill it! When you take a look at these photos, I doubt you could possibly disagree! I am pretty sure I'm totally infatuated with the images!!!

These two are the sweetest. I love that they wanted this moment in time to  be just for them. Personal, private, and completely intimate. I have to say, this is one of my favorite weddings for that very reason. It’s easy to forget that this is your day, and your way. No detail was left to chance, and every detail had a simple motivator-the other person, and expressing their love completely, truly, and privately.  The venue, the photographer, the dress(wow, what a dress!!), hair, makeup, all of it. I felt honored to be a part of it and wish them both a lifetime of happiness!!! 

Thank you so much to Ali and Nick for sharing their time and their story with me-I wish them a lifetime of happiness:)

 

Photographer: Tom Moks Photography

Location: Verána Boutique Hotel, Yelapa, MX

Gown: Katie May collection

 

 

 

Emily's Sayulita Bohemian Luxe wedding

Well hello! It’s been a while-I’ve had an amazing season filled with absolutely gorgeous brides celebrating their big day with family and loved ones, and am stoked to  have time to share some moments of these babes on their big day! 

First up, Emily. Her recent Sayulita wedding was a 10 out of 10 all around! I’m so grateful to not only work with such amazing brides...but the other vendors I have the good fortune to work with on these beautiful events are the icing on the cake! They say do something you love and you will never work a day in your life. Well, if you want to take it a step further....be surrounded by a team  of those people, and magic happens for everyone. A huge round of applause to all my amazing colleagues for being the exceptional artists and human beings they are! 

When I met Emily in person at her trial, I was blown away. Not only by how beautiful she was, but how sweet, funny, relaxed and fun she was to be around, not to mention the love she had flowing her way from every single person I met that was there to celebrate with her.  When  we first talked, she told me she wanted something luxurious, yet relaxed with a bit of boho-and I was drooling over the results! I loved her style and the overall esthetic of the final result! 

Seriously, every detail from the dress to the flowers, and everything in between was the perfect blend of luxury, tempered with a relaxed and laid back aporoach. Thanks so much for choosing me to be a part of your dream team-pretty sure we all knocked this one out of the park!

Photographer: The Times We Have

Planner:  Mar Weddings

Florals: Mar Weddings

Videographer: Red Carpet Films

Wedding Venue: Don Pedro's Brisa del Mar

Gown: Angel Rivera

Hair: Allison Williams 

Caroline and John's Boho Romance Wedding in Sayulita

Caroline and John's Sayulita wedding day was an intimate event filled with love.  Her vision was for a simple, bohemian feel to the day, filled with beautiful details and the feeling of dreamy romance throughout. Pretty sure she nailed it.

One of my favorite feisty Mexicana's, Yazmin from Sea of Dreams Weddings designed gorgeous and comfortable spaces for Caroline and John, along with their family and friends, to lounge, eat, dance, and enjoy the day to the fullest. I was pretty much in awe of every detail of this day, and of course, Caroline had a dream team to help bring everything together so she could relax and enjoy every minute of it! 

Caroline, thanks so much for putting your faith in me to create the perfect look for you, you were a dream to work with and I felt privileged to be a part of your day, it was so relaxed and full of warmth and love from everyone around you. It's obvious you have a lot of people who care a great deal for you!  A big thank you for including me in your special moments...you made one heck of a gorgeous bride. I'm still losing it over that dress! Every detail was perfection and the photos from the amazing Taryn Baxter are absolutely stunning! 

 A huge thanks to Caroline for choosing me to design her look her for her big day, it was an absolute pleasure and I loved the simple and easy feel to her hair and makeup! A major shoutout to Taryn Baxter for knocking it out of the park again  with these photos-all I can say is, WOW!

Planner: Sea of Dreams Weddings

Photography: Taryn Baxter Photography

Florals: Francisco Salazar

Venue: Sayulita Beach

 


Madelyn + Lawrence. Married in Sayulita

I often say I am fortunate to do something I love so much for a career. While it is the product of a lot of  hard work, and a little luck,  it's still my dream job. Clients like Madelyn are part of the reason why. I can't believe she and Lawrence have been married for almost a year(yikes, I guess my 'i'm gonna blog more weddings' goal needs a bit of work), I loved working with her so much, she was an awesome client and even more awesome bride!

Anyone who has worked with me knows I love not only doing hair and makeup, but getting to know my clients and helping in any way I can to make them feel extra special on their big day. To me, it's not just professional, it's personal. I am part of someone's personal dream team, one they have carefully put together, and it's important I make every effort to be sure they have the best day possible!

I had a blast doing her hair and makeup on the wedding day, and she made me feel like I was part of her amazing family and peer group. Needless to say, the day was filled with laughter and hijinx-and I was extremely grateful she chose me to doll her and her girls up on her big day! Not only is she a knockout, but she is hilarious, and so super sweet! Her energy is contagious, and it's easy to see why she was surrounded by so much love.

She had a great team of Sayulita vendors to ensure everything went off without a hitch, a stunning venue, and every single detail was on point. I loved her bridal style, which was effortless, classic, and just a bit sassy(a lot like her!), not to mention, she was a total babe. If you get a chance to check her out on here on Instagram, she also happens to have the voice of an angel! You won't be sorry;) 

Thanks so much again Madelyn and Lawrence, I cherish the moments I share with my clients and I love watching their lives grow!!

Photographer: Andrea Fanni Photography

Videographer: Red Carpet Films

Event Planner: Sunset Soiree

Florals: Flora Amor

Venue: Villa del Oso