Sweet details can be found in every corner of this beautiful Puerto Vallarta wedding by Elizabeth Lloyd Photographer.  And most of them created by the two stunning brides from the invitations to the napkin rings.  Each element is easy enough to transport to a magical destination like Mexico but add so much charm and personality to this rustic, DIY affair.  See all the lovely creations in the full gallery!

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From Elizabeth Lloyd PhotographerAs soon as I met with Lorena and Dustyn in Manhattan to discuss their wedding in Puerto Vallarta, I knew it was going to be a special, creative, personalized wedding and a blast to photograph. I could not have imagined the amount of work that they were to embark on to transform their oceanfront villa into a charming, rustic affair filled with beautiful touches.

From Dustyn…We live in New York City but Lorena is from Argentina, so after some research we chose to have our wedding celebration half way between these locations in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  For several months leading up to our special day we spent weekends making everything we could reasonably make for a destination wedding, from our own invitations to the napkin rings.  We even bought a sewing machine and Lorena funneled her creative energy and newly discovered DIY spirit to make things including customized pillow covers for the cocktail area and sashes for the chairs.

Then after a few days in Puerto Vallarta with our family, more friends and family joined us for a wedding celebration that I’m sure no one will forget.  It started with a ceremony on the beach, where we followed the cutest ring bearer and flower boys you’ll ever see down the aisle to a custom made wooden canopy.  We failed in holding back tears while we recited our vows and watched our wedding rings as they were passed around and blessed by family and friends before making their way to our fingers.

After a magical first kiss as a married couple, we returned across the street to our gorgeous classic Mexican hacienda and were welcomed with a 10 man mariachi band, freely flowing cocktails, and amazing aappetizers.  A DJ took over as we were seated for dinner, and my brother gave a heartfelt toast as the sun set behind him out over the water.  As darkness came, the fire-dancers we hired surprised even us with their drumming, dancing, and fire-wielding skills.  Later we danced to Eva Cassidy’s Songbird, then had friends and family join us when Smashmouth’s cover of “I’m a Believer” came on the speakers.  From our first steps down the aisle, to jumping into the pool late that night under the stars with our guests, the smiles never left our faces.  Thousands more words are captured in the pictures from our amazing photographer who was able to distill these magical moments into works of art we get to keep forever.  I could not have imagined a more amazing way to celebrate our marriage and lifelong commitment to each other!

Dustyn’s Dress: J.Crew / Lorena’s Dress: Nicole Miller / Engagement Rings + Wedding Rings: Brilliant Earth / Dustyn’s Shoes: Seychelles / Lorena’s Shoes: TOMS (ceremony) + Badgley Mischka (reception) / Location: Villa Celeste, Conchas Chinas / Hair Pieces: Lorena Plaza (Bride) / Design: Lorena Plaza (Bride) / Planning + Coordination: Chic Concepts / Catering: Elite Services / Wedding Photography: Elizabeth Lloyd Photographer

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