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Wedding Day Inspiration from the Jose Villa Mexico Workshop

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. Say, for instance, from a crazy gorgeous Mexico Workshop crafted by Jose Villa, Lisa VorceMindy Rice Floral Design, and beauty overload at the hands of Mar of TEAM Hair And Makeup. It’s a beautiful interpretation of destination “I Do’s” and comes on the heels of the 2014 Mexico Workshop announcement with registration now open!

“Wedding Day” Shoot details… For the Ceremony, we used a collection of the Hacienda’s vintage benches for the seating. We lined the aisle and the “altar” with sterling punched tin stars sourced locally in Guadalajara. Local agave plants also lined the aisle accompanied by rustic terra-cotta pots filled with fresh cream petals.

For the dinner table: We draped the table with a beautiful hand-loomed, un-dyed cotton linen from the local city of Tonala. Casa de Perrin outfitted our table with a combination of pewter beaded chargers, silver vessels, crystal glassware, and vintage white china. Mindy’s florals included coral hibiscus blossoms, privet berry, eucalyptus, Majolica spray roses, Bougainvillea in a carmel tone and sprigs of incense cedar. As a special detail on the Hacienda’s antique chairs we tied a combination of fresh eucalyptus and privet finished with hand dyed ribbon in teal, deep sea and graphite. Was a beautiful pairing next to the blue silk velvet chair cushions we had made. BB Paper Ink created beautifully calligraphed menus on soft cotton paper – and bordered them with sterling silver detailing.

For the Tequila Bar: We showcased several different types of tequila in vintage apothecary jars. Each labeled with sterling silver and cotton paper tags from BB Paper Ink. We used Lisa’s personal collection of sterling shot glasses and Mindy’s collection of vintage Mexican cocktail napkins for authentic details.

For the Florals: Mindy fashioned boutonnieres from dainty local cedar, privet and fern. She finished them with a variety of silk ribbons. An antique frame purchased by Lisa while scouting in Guadalajara antique stores provided the perfect presentation tray for the bouts. For the groom’s boutonnière, Mindy backed it with a dried leaf painted with sterling silver, a single spray rose and incense pine. A perfect combination! For the bride’s bouquet, Mindy incorporated local flowering trumpet vine, coral hibiscus, privet berries and detailed the bouquet with a gradation of silk ribbon in a variety of teal hues.

For the Donkey: We used locally sourced baskets with detailing of lush floral and foliage. Inside the baskets were a variety of gifts wrapped in paper that was handmade by Mindy using the metal letter press plate as a stamp.

For the Cake: Melody at Sweet & Saucy created two beautiful cakes for us.The first one was inspired by a Mexican silver punched tin jewelry box. Melody created the most beautiful pastillage succulents to adorn the cake. The second one was a simply beautiful 3 tier soft white fondant cake that showcased Mindy’s simple floral treatment beautifully.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cakes: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Venue: Hacienda El Carmen | Event Planning And Design: Lisa Vorce | Flatware, Glassware And China: Casa De Perrin | Florals And Design: Mindy Rice Floral Design | Guest Speaker: Abby Larson | Guest Speaker: Joel Serrato | Guest Speaker: Summer Watkins | Guest Speaker: Karina Puente | Guest Speaker: Mar Of Team Hair And Makeup | Guest Speaker: Lisa Vorce | Guest Speaker: Shira Savada Of Martha Stewart Weddings | Hacienda La Labor: Hacienda La Labor | Long Sleeved Wedding Gown: Mira Zwillinger | Models: Citro Modelos | Paper Goods: Brenna Berger | Sleeveless Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav | Table Top Details: Casa De Perrin | Wardrobe Stylist: Summer Watkins | Wedding Gown Salon: The White Dress

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Welcome Dinner for the Jose Villa Mexico Workshop

The Mexico Workshop with Jose Villa is such a magical place; a coming together of great minds, crazy talent and a beautiful backdrop of Hacienda El Carmen. In celebration of the announcement of his upcoming 2014 Workshop we’re going to dive into a few of the pretty components. Up first, a welcome dinner crafted by Lisa Vorce + Mindy Rice. It’s heavy on the old world charm and all out romance. See even more of Jose’s beautiful imagery right here.

A note from Mindy and Lisa Vorce… For the welcome gifts, we had our favorite local calligrapher stain wooden boxes and calligraph each student’s name on the lid to personalize them. Brenna from BB Paper & Ink letter-pressed hand-sewn “belly bands” that had custom artwork drawn by her and wrapped them around each box. The center of the belly bands were die cut with circles that framed each student’s name. The boxes were filled with delicious chocolates and truffles – and some very special chocolate milagros that were hand made for each student and silver leafed by Mindy.

The original barn of the hacienda provided the most extraordinary back-drop for our welcome dinner. We set up a single long beautiful table and utilized the Hacienda’s equipale chairs. The weathered leather of the chairs was the perfect complement to our terra cotta vessels and plates. Mindy incorporated wood floral in the vintage terra cotta pots and paired them with hand painted teal blue candlesticks. At each place setting we had teal placemats from Tonala that had each guest’s name calligraphed on it. Casa de Perrin outfitted the table with their lovely Heath ceramic dishes and their teak flatware. We created a unique runner down the table using a pattern of terra-cotta tiles. On each chair, we placed a teal striped serape which served as a lovely favor for each attendee – but also beautiful decor!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Event Planning And Design: Lisa Vorce | Flatware And Glassware: Casa De Perrin

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Destination Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Right about now, as my house lies snuggled in a foot of snow, Mexico is sounding pretty amazing. It’s a land where sunshine is a mainstay and seaside nuptials are a part of the landscape. And local darlings, The Dazzling Details, know just how to whip those nuptials into shape. The result is a neutral palette and oceanfront cocktailing all captured by Clary Pfeiffer. Click here for more.

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Summer
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Beach

From the Bride… Brad and I knew very early on we wanted a destination wedding. We both fell in love with Puerto Vallarta and knew it was the perfect location for our wedding. Puerto Vallarta is a city filled with remnants of classic architecture, cobblestone streets and breathtaking views from the hills that surround the bay. It is absolutely beautiful and completely charming.

I wanted to juxtapose the rustic charm of Puerto Vallarta and our venue, Villa Celeste, with chic, simple details and a soft color palette. Brad had only one request when planning the wedding: a ridiculously fun reception. We hired The Dazzling Details {wedding planners extraordinaire!} to bring our vision to life.

When the day arrived, I felt so relaxed and happy and I attribute this to The Dazzling Details. I knew they would take care of everything and all we had to do was have fun and live in the moment.

Our wedding day was steaming hot, but our guests made the best of it jumping in the pool between limbo contests, dance offs and visits to the late night churro stand and taco cart. Everyone ended up in bathing suits and cover ups by the end of the night, which wasn’t what I had envisioned, but it was a perfect ending to our crazy reception!

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Videographer: Promo Vision PV | Coordination: The Dazzling Details | Floral Design: The Dazzling Details | Wedding Dress: Allure Couture | Ceremony Venue: Puerto Vallarta Beach | Reception Venue: Villa Celeste | Jewelry: Samantha Wills | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Bridesmaid Dress Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid | Invitations + Save The Dates: Steracle Press | Save The Date Calligrapher: For The Love Of Letters

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Engagement at Floras Farm in San Jose Del Cabo from Ana & Jerome

Engagement sessions are wonderful in their own right, but engagement sessions in Los Cabos? Well that takes them to whole new level of magical. Between the light, the gorgeous couple, and the stunning scenery – these images from Ana & Jerome are downright dreamy. See them all here.


This engagement session was shot January 3, 2013 at Floras Farm in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. It was Brianna & Cory’s first trip to Los Cabos to meet vendors and scout locations for their upcoming wedding on January 3, 2014 at Sunset Da Mona Lisa. We (Ana & Jerome) had the idea to shoot at this unique location and were totally happy with the result!

Photography: Ana & Jerome | Location: Floras Farm

Oaxaca, Mexico Wedding from Orange Turtle Photography

When you work at SMP, there’s never a dull moment. Exhibit A: this crazy gorgeous Mexico wedding that’s layers upon layers of wedding fantasy brought to life. With two stunning gowns that’ll Rock. Your. World. plus all the pretty snapped up by Orange Turtle Photography, this day is officially one to love. Ready, set…swoon!

From Orange Turtle PhotographyThe wedding took place at the historical downtown of Oaxaca, Mexico. The bride, Stefie, grew up in Oaxaca and met the love of her life in Colorado. For their wedding, Stefie decided to get married in her gorgeous hometown. Their wedding took place at the historical church Santo Domingo de Juzman. The church is decorated with elaborate golden architectural details which would literally took your breath away. Immediately after the wedding, they were greeted by the traditional Oaxacan wedding parade completed with two huge puppets, fireworks and dancers! It was amazing!

They hosted their rehearsal dinner at the restaurant just across the street from the church on the rooftop. The lights from the street, the clear night sky and the historical surrounding make it pure magic. I’ve included a few images from their rehearsal dinner.

The wedding reception took place at a private estate (well, backyard!) that belongs to her aunt and uncle. It has a lush tropical garden where they set up a huge tent that seated over 400 guests. It was absolutely amazing! The guests partied until 3am in the morning, where a mariachi band escorted the exit of bridal party!!

The day after the wedding, we did a mini day-after session outside of another historic church of Cuilapan de Guerrero, which from far away, looks like a castle!

Photography: Orange Turtle Photography | Cinematography: FreshSox | Floral Design: Carlos Guzman | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Reception Venue: Private Estate | DJ: Cesar lverez | Wedding Venue: Santo Domingo de Juzman | Bridal Boutique: L'Atelier Couture Bridal | Catering + Cake: Restaurante Catedral | Hair + Makeup: Coquetta Belleza

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Sayulita, Mexico Wedding at Palapa Brisa del Mar from Derk’s Works

Everything about this sweet Sayulita wedding just feels right. Sun, fun, and seaside views to take your breath away — in other words, all the makings for a perfect destination “I do.” Derk’s Works captured every moment, and you won’t want to miss a single one! Find it all here.

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Summer
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Casual

From the Bride… The feeling David and I were going for was vintage and intimate. We wanted unique touches throughout the weekend but most of all we wanted out guests to feel special and appreciated. We threw in a great welcome party with free flowing margaritas to really introduce our guests to the amazing town of Sayulita. We finished the weekend off with an amazing firework show over the bay as Mr and Mrs with an amazing group of supporters around us.

I know that Yazmin had all of the table linens custom made, along with the custom orchid draped arbor we were married under, and all decor she sought out from all over Mexico just for our wedding. She custom made the napkins, menu card and table numbers with custom paper to match the custom linens. She swagged white linen around the edge of the palapa which added so much. Also we had a great lounge area with Edison lights strung across for ambience. We asked the guests to write well wishes on paper hearts we cut out and have used to make a piece of art in our home.

One of my favorite things was my garter – my aunt made it out of the silk and satin from my late paternal grandmother and great-grandmother’s vintage hand gloves. On the inside she embroidered in blue, K + D and our wedding date, 3.24.12 — I also carried my great grandmother’s pearl hand bag from 1939. David wore his late maternal grandmother’s bracelet.

Photography: Derk's Works | Event Planner: Sea of Dreams Weddings | Floral Design: Francisco Salazar | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Charme Reposteria | Invitations: Bering's | Brides Shoes: Brian Atwood | Food: Don Pedro's Restaurant | Grooms Shoes: Gucci | Grooms Suit: Jos A Bank | Officiant: Rollie Dick | Venue: Palapa Brisa del Mar | Bridal Boutique: Casa de Novia Bridal Couture | Bride's Hair: Michaelyne Escobar | Churros: Gloria + Miguel Larios | Veil: Casa de Novia Bridal

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