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

Tiffany & Ben's Spring Wedding In Sayulita

This past year has been full of so many incredible weddings. Being based in such a popular location for destination weddings, every year the demand for professional hair and makeup services only seems to increase. Assisting my clients to the fullest, easing the stress of planning a wedding in a foreign country, and providing them with an exceptional experience has always been my top priority. To ensure that stays the same, a major goal I wanted to actualize this year was the expansion of my team. With the addition of a second team, future clients are looking forward to things such as budget friendlier pricing, more availability, etc. Well, the time has arrived. I am so excited to announce that the second bridal team has already begun working weddings and are absolutely killing it!

Justine was our lead bridal artist for Tiffany’s wedding. She did an incredible job getting Tiffany ready for her big day. She looked absolutely STUNNING with her bold red lips and her gorgeous loose braid! Great job Justine, I know that our clients will always be in good hands with you!

Tiffany’s bouquet was exceptional, with the red highlights which nicely accentuate her lips. It’s always exciting to have a bride who is eager to reflect their own personal style. Tiffany’s unique bridal look could not have been more perfect. Her elegant black lace dress  and choice of accessories was everything! It was a nice deviation from the norm seeing Tiffany with her dark dress and her groom in white. Such a stylish couple those two.

The venue, Villa Valentin, never disappoints. Such a beautiful Mexican styled villa with blue domed roofs and a view over looking the jungle and further off the ocean. The vegetation of cactus and vibrant flowers in bloom really made for a dreamy surroundings.

These two spent a day of total perfection. There isn’t much more beautiful than finding someone who always puts a smile on your face. From what I can tell, Tiffany, will spend a life filled with laughter.

Congratulations Tiffany and Ben, I, and everyone on my growing team wish you both all the best!

Photographer: Whitney Darling

Planner: Marweddings

Florals: Marweddings

Venue: Villa Valentin

Bridal Artist: Justine @waybeyondjane for @jennchiversfreelance

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

Sayulita beach shoot

Being back in Edmonton's winter wonderland(ahem) has me dreaming of the beaches and vibrant beach culture of Sayulita. On this chilly day, it felt like the perfect time to share images from a Sayulita photoshoot last April with a couple of amazing babes! After all, this chill needs a serious dose of that Sayulita heat and sunshine to warm up!

During wedding season, it can be difficult to make the time to do personal projects or collaborative work, but when I do, I'm always so inspired and excited to get back to my clients with a renewed vigor. I'm so fortunate to work with such a huge number of talented and inspiring people in not one, but two different places! This shoot was special one, as it was with one of my favorite Sayulita photographers, Taryn Baxter , and my lovely friend and Second Artist Justine,  and it was exactly what I needed. 

The day of the shoot was a tough one for me on a personal note. My dad had been in an accident back in Canada the day before and was seriously injured. After discussing with my family, we decided to evaluate on a day to day basis whether I should go home. Taryn and Justine were up for anything I was, so the shoot went on and boy was that ever what I needed! Those few hours doing what I love with two so genuinely fun and sweet women were amazing. It felt good to feel normal for a few hours.  They may not fully know how grateful I was(and am) for their compassion, love, and caring during those days, especially on that one. The good news is that my dad is back to his old stubborn self causing a rucous daily.

Ultimately, laughs were had when there was no reason to, and we three made some pretty amazing memories.

Enjoy!

 

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!!!