Stephanie & Sam's Magic Sayulita Wedding

Stephanie and Sam were the sweetest and most fun couple to work with. I first met Steph a few months before her wedding, and from the beginning she was awesome. She always has a smile on her face, and I love the way her face lights up every time she and Sam are with one and other. There’s no doubt these two were made for each other.

Steph’s simple and unique style was reflected perfectly on her wedding day . She wore a beautiful two piece gown which perfectly contoured her form. I loved the button detail going down one side of the gown leading into a leg spilt in the skirt. Her smoky eye makeup and natural glow looked amazing in combination with her dark hair in loose curls. The look was simple yet chic. She could not have looked more elegant.

Lauren and her team at Nicoella nailed it as always. The set up was amazing, and every single detail of the whole wedding week was executed flawlessly! As for the florals provided by Floweriize, I was in love! They were absolutely beautiful. Steph’s day went off without a hitch - this was no small feat for the various vendors involved - yet they made it happen and everyone had a memorable time. The mood was light and happy., and all eyes were on Steph and Sam as everyone made sure their day was a dream come true.

I’ve since had the opportunity to visit with Steph on a brief trip to Mexico City this past spring. It was so great to reconnect with her and see how well she was doing.

My team and I had an amazing time working with you Steph, thank you for those memorable moments! Wishing you and Sam all the best with your new home in DC!

Photographer: Agencia FVS

Planning & Design: Nicoella Events

Florals: Floweriize

Hair & Makeup Second Artist: Marjie Martini

Hair & Makeup Assistant: Gustavo Hernandez

Venue: Tietiare Estate

Lindsay's Chic Sayulita Wedding

With each wedding comes the excitement to see each brides unique bridal style and decor choices. Every time you discover another breathtaking dress and more incredibly creative decor ideas. Every wedding is different, which never allows for a dull moment. Without a doubt, Lindsay’s wedding brought this to the next level.

Lindsay looked like she stepped straight off the pages of Italian Vogue on her wedding day. With her soft glam makeup look and her simple low bun garnished with a white floral detail, she looked absolutely stunning. Her elaborate lace dress was altered to her exact specifications and she had a custom bridal cape made to complement the look perfectly. I mean, a bridal cape-this is one of my new favorite bridal accessories and she pulled it off like a champ! She quite literally looked like an angel, total perfection. Even the kimono she wore during the preparations was gorgeous, with delicately embroidered flowers, and a simple white one piece bathing suit underneath. Every detail was admirable.

The wedding took place at Villa Del Oso, a beautiful venue right at the foot of the beach with a wonderful view. The wedding planner, Yazmin, from Sea of Dreams weddings, outdid herself with the setup. I have always been a big fan of her work but I was completely blown away when I saw the full setup. The ceremony and reception area were jaw droppingly gorgeous, with cozy seating areas, lush table setups, and beautiful lighting to set the mood once the sun went down. Small lights strung from palm tree to palm tree and each of the rustic wood tables decorated with lush white florals, the beautifully stenciled dancefloor, what a gorgeous and inviting place to celebrate with these two lovebirds. Every detail of this day was executed to absolute perfection!

The photographer, Tom, killed it with the photos! Every shot was absolutely stunning. Having to choose only a few to share seemed nearly impossible, with all of them being so perfect. While I always love working with him, I have to say this is one of my favorite weddings he has shot…bravo Tom! It’s always such a blast to work with such a talented team!

Lindsay’s wedding was above and beyond. Every aspect was exceptional. The ambiance was lively and welcoming, and her sweet personality made it really enjoyable to work with her and let’s not forget, she looked absolutely stunning!!!

Congratulations Lindsay, it was so lovely working with you! We wish you only the best!

Photographer: Tom Moks Photography

Video: Curt Barter

Planner: Sea of Dreams Weddings

Rentals: Nicoella Events and Unique Rentals Vallarta

Catering: Don Pedro’s

Venue: Villa del Oso

Second artist and Artists assistant: Justine Dreger and Gustavo Hernandez

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

Breezy & Aaron's Boho Sayulita Wedding.

Every girl dreams of having the perfect wedding. So much time is spent visualizing every detail of her personal bridal look all the way down to the most minuscule aspects of the decor. When the day finally comes around and it’s time to see the outcome of all the preparations, there can be excitement and apprehension leading up to the moment when they finally see it all come together as many brides and their team of vendors have invested so much time in meticulously envisioning this day. In the case of Breezy everything was PERFECT. You could not imagine a better boho wedding, not one detail was left out.

Breezy’s wedding look was flawless. Her sheer wedding gown was beautifully embroidered, with a trailing back. She even had a delicate white sand henna design done on her hand and back, which perfectly complemented her dress, and her natural makeup allowed her stunning eyes to really pop. Yet, what most completed her look was her gorgeous “textured” fishtailed braid, with the added finishing touch of a few white flowers woven in. She looked amazing!! The perfect vision of a boho bride. Thank you the Ella and Kori for working with me on my styling team, it wouldn’t have been possible without you!

As if the bride wasn’t perfection enough,  the decor was beyond expectations. The colorful floral table piece, the scattered candles, crystal chandeliers,  rustic furniture set up on the beach. Everything looked phenomenal, Yazmin from Sea of Dreams Wedding did an amazing job . It was a total boho paradise. From the bride and her beautiful bouquet, to the set up, and the ceremony held on the beach, it was a total DREAM come true. The whole feel of the ceremony was so relaxed, intimate, and inviting. Such a memorable wedding day.

It was so nice working with this beautiful bride and her gorgeous party. Thanks for choosing me and my team to style you on your wedding day :)

Congratulations Breezy and Aaron, some dreams do come true!

Photographer: Taryn Baxter

Planner: Sea of Dreams Wedding

Florals: Francisco Salazar

Location: San Pancho, Mexico

Jaime's Sayulita "Pueblo Magico" Wedding

Jaime and Jay’s wedding took place at the Gran Villa, at Villa Amor in Sayulita “Pueblo Magico”.

The Mexican styled villa is a great location for a more intimate gathering. It has a charming open layout and spacious terrace overlooking Sayulita’s beachfront as well as the surrounding lush landscape of rolling hills scattered with palm trees. This tropical paradise truly creates the perfect backdrop for your big day!

Jamie was absolutely stunning, a true classic beauty. Her elevated natural makeup, along with her classic yet updated hair perfectly complimented her elegant beaded sequin bodice dress. Seriously, I LOVED her bridal look!

Her sweet, relaxed disposition made everything flow really smoothly, resulting in a good time had by all during the preparations :) Aside from that, what I loved most was her bright smile, it is so welcoming and sincere. I think it says so much about a person. As always, Taryn Baxter did a an amazing job of capturing Jamie’s essence in her photos.

Surrounded by close friends and family, the wedding day was filled with happiness. No one seemed to be without a smile on their face. Seriously, what about that first kiss?! A beautiful couple in a beautiful setting, I guess there isn’t much more one could wish for!

It was such a pleasure working with you Jaime, thank you so much for choosing me for your big day. I wish the two of you a beautiful life together full of bliss!

Photographer: Taryn Baxter

Venue: Gran Villa at Amor Boutique Hotel

Planner: Karen Ruezga

Florals: Karen Ruezga, Sayulita Weddings

Alexandra’s Luxe Teitiare Wedding

 Alexandra and Pete were married earlier this year at Teitiare Estate in a beautiful seaside celebration filled with touches to reflect their personalities(including their super cute fur baby!), mixed with luxurious florals and gorgeous decor to create an overall relaxed, yet sophisticated vibe.

Teitiare was the perfect setting for The Dazzling Details, Unique Rentals PV, and Flora Amor Mexico to come together and create a stunning atmosphere for everyone to celebrate the day(and well into the night) in style! I am still in awe of the floral installations above the tables! Alexandra’s dream team was rounded out with Taryn Baxter capturing the most stunning images from the day, and of course, I couldn’t do a party this size without a little help-this day it was the lovely Ella Leyva, thanks amiga!

I loved Alexandra’s soft, braided half-up style, paired with a more dramatic eye and the soft punch of color on her lips to complement the color palette was perfect! And can we just talk about the dress for a second? WOW!

Alexandra, thanks so much for inviting us into those special moments with you and your loved ones, and for choosing me to create the perfect bridal style for you. I wish you and Pete a lifetime of happiness and hope you have enjoyed reliving that day again today, even for a minute:)

And ps, Happy Birthday Pete-I hope you are having a good birthday week!

xo


Planner: The Dazzling Details

Photography: Taryn Baxter Photography

Florals: Flora Amor  

Venue: Teitiare Estate

Second Artist: Ella Leyva  

 Rentals: Unique Rentals PV

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

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

 

 

 

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

 


Thanks for the memories 2015!

It's hard to believe2015 has come to an end, it seems like the year just flew by! I hope the last moments of 2015 were good to you, and that 2016 will bring you all many new memories to look back on and cherish in years to come!

2015 was good to me. It forced me to think about what is really important to me, learn how to pack really efficiently, and to go with the flow more than I ever have before.

Reflecting on this past year, both personally and professionally,  I am excited and humbled, not only by the people I am surrounded by, but by the work I do and the direction it is going...let's face it, I'm one of the lucky ones. My job is to make people look gorgeous. Don't get me wrong-it's not always easy. It's hard work and there are a lot of moving parts that have nothing to do with applying makeup or styling hair, but at the end of the day (even if it has been a 14 hour day with a 3AM wakeup time, I'm dead on my feet, and I have administrative work waiting for me at home),  women invite me into their homes to share the most precious and special moments of their lives. For a time, I am part of their family and friends, their confidant, the mirror showing them beauty they don't always see, their shoulder to cry on(if needed), and their voice of reason. There's a camaraderie between us that I never forget and I hope they don't either.

If there is one thing I have learned about myself this year is that anyone can do hair or makeup, but my strength goes beyond that;  I don't just want to do hair and makeup, I want to build relationships with my clients as much as I want to build them with my friends. I want their day to be amazing and unforgettable. I want the time we spend together to add something to their day that goes beyond beautifying them. That's my move, and that's what makes me good at what I do.

Thank you so much to every single person who has put their faith in me, clients(past, present, and future), other wedding professionals, and friends!

2015 was a good year. 2016 is going to be unreal, and I'm excited to live the hell out of it!!!