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