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

Adios 2016, bring on the New Year!

As this year comes to a close, I am reflecting, as always, on the year that has passed, everything that has unfolded in my life,  and  how extremely fortunate I am to spend such precious moments with so many amazing people! This year was no exception,  and I want to give a big shout out to the lovely ladies who trusted me to enhance their 'fabulous' for all their occasions,  and all the talented, fun and beautiful professionals that make my 'work' days bright. Each and every day.

This year has been filled with amazing moments, achievements and a whole lot of fun! I'm so lucky to have had my work featured in The Knot, on Snippet and Ink,  and Wedding Chicks. None of that would happen without the amazing women I worked with this year. It is always such an honor to get to know each one of my clients and their story, and share a real piece of ourselves with one another while we are at it. I know it's cliche, but I really don't feel like what I do is a job-I mean, really? Babes, fun, and creativity! Come on, it doesn't get much better than that! 

 

I'm getting the hang of this Canada-Mexico thing and I can't help but pinch myself every time I think about how amazing it is to expand my skills with such diversity. This year was and is challenging personally at times, but that's life.  I'm making it through, and I'll be better for it. The bonus is I feel more accomplished for having come through those tough moments. I'm thankful to have a creative outlet that I can so thoroughly lose myself in to find the balance. 

 

Looking back over the many images my clients and colleagues have sent me, I love reliving those moments we shared, I love to see the anticipation in each bride's eyes as she prepares for the biggest day of her life to this point, and am so excited to watch these beautiful women grow and build their lives. I feel connected to them more than they may know and I'm cheering each and every one of them on in all their life's adventures!. 

I realize how positively my life is enriched by crossing paths with not only these lovely ladies as well as their family and friends, but also with the strong and dynamic people in the wedding industry who work tirelessly to do their part to create these amazing celebrations. Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing your laughter(and sometimes your tears) and making me a better person in the process!

Looking forward to the upcoming year, I can't help but feel totally excited with the second half of wedding season in Sayulita promising to treat me as well as it always does with the most amazing people, a Dominican Republic wedding with an amazing couple and kickass photographers, then back to Canada for summer weddings, with three bride's this summer who were bridesmaids of clients past tying the knot!

 Hasta luego 2016! Now bring on 2017, I'm ready for you!

 

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!!!