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Sayulita, Mexico Wedding from Vallarta Weddings

We love it when a bride and groom aren’t afraid of a little color – and this adorable Utah duo is most definitely a fan of vibrant hues.  So much so, in fact, that they filled their entire Sayulita wedding with one crazy gorgeous detail after another, all in bright pops of fuchsia, orange, yellow and green.  Vallarta Weddings styled the entire affair to absolute perfection and Donna Day Photography was on hand to capture every fun-filled moment.  Join me in the gallery to see it all.

From Vallarta WeddingsTessa and Tim, from Salt Lake City, Utah, went for a vibrant and colorful wedding in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico, because they wanted their guests to experience the “Real Mexico!” They could have not chosen a better location than the beautiful Casa de los Delfines! The villa is a beautiful property above the quaint town of Sayulita with an awesome ocean view and the most beautiful, vibrant Mexican colors throughout the house. The ceremony took place in the beautiful manicured garden of Casa de los Delfines. A simple but beautiful floral altar with colorful tropical flowers (yellow and orange lilies, purple irises and other tropical flowers) and the palm trees and ocean were the perfect background for the ceremony! Scented sandalwood fans with an intricate carved design and a delicate white tassel attached awaited on each guest’s chair! They were the perfect wedding favor choice for those warm days in Mexico.  The beautiful and meaningful ceremony, officiated by a dear friend of bride and groom, got some of us very emotional. A mariachi band played a romantic song for the bridal processional and a festive song for the couple’s recessional.

Then the mariachi lead the guests to the cocktail area by to the pool, just in time for them to enjoy the amazing sunset and cocktails. Waiters received guests with trays of margaritas on the rocks! Mexican lanterns hang above the cocktail tables provided a beautiful dimmed light, and the bar area was adorned with paper picado banners! Also during cocktail hour, the bride and groom and guests had photos taken with a cute Mexican donkey who was dressed for the occasion with paper flowers and more papel picado.  An engagement photo of the happy couple with a blank cardboard frame was the photo “guest book.”

After the cocktail hour, guests proceeded to the reception dinner area, where an amazing selection of delicious Mexican dishes awaited them in the buffet area. Hand-made escort cards with a green palm design were placed at the entrance to the reception to direct guests to their tables. The entire property was decorated with colorful papel picado and illuminated with colorful Mexican paper lanterns called “farolitos.” In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, bride and groom opted for colorful cupcakes with the cutest Day of the Dead bride and groom topper! After dinner, the traditional toasts were given with a traditional Mexican drink (tequila, of course!) Then the amazing rock band played a marvelous version of the “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole for the bride and groom’s first dance. Then all the guests got in the dance floor and danced the night away! 

Wedding Photography: Donna Day Photography / Wedding Venue: Casa de los Delfines in Sayulita, Mexico / Wedding Design + Planning: Vallarta Weddings / Catering: Don Pedro’s / Wedding Cupcakes: Charme Reposteria / Band: The Zippers / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini

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Mexico Beach Wedding by Jillian Mitchell Photography

We are continuing the awesomeness that is mini-wedding Wednesday with a handmade Mexico affair. I spy with my little eye palm trees, beaches and sombreros and they were all captured to perfection by Jillian Mitchell Photography. Oh Mexico, you complete us with your bright, festive affairs. And what south of the border wedding would be complete without a serenade from a mariachi band? There is more of this fiesta to be had in the gallery, so get clicking.

you can find more of the Mexican festivities here!

I was so lucky to have been a part of this wedding! Ashley, the bride, knew that she wanted a fun, bright, Mexican style wedding with a touch of modern on a small beach called San Pancho in Nayarit, Mexico.

From the Bride: We hired Mishka Designs to make our vision come to life, and she more than exceeded our expectations. We wanted the wedding to have a fun and festive vibe, nothing too formal, with the bright colors of Mexico as the star. We love to travel, so I’m inspired by exotic Moroccan patterns and the beautiful Mexican talavera designs. Mishka not only incorporated both of these into the wedding, but our love of travel was also translated into the escort cards and table markers. Besides traveling, our favorite thing to do together is cook, so as a surprise, Mishka made placecards that were recipes unique to the areas of our favorite places! The whole design element of the wedding was so beautiful and personal. Since everyone had to travel far to get down to San Pancho, we wanted to show them all a great time, which I know we did.

And here’s what Mishka had to say:  We just had a couple of months to put Ashley & Dave’s design together – but Ashley was pretty laid back and very open-minded and engaging – so it wasn’t the push it could have been :). She just wanted something “festive and fun, not too fancy” with the colors of Mexico. At first I think there was some surprise that we were going to do everything catered specifically for her – no cookie-cutting going on, but after Ashley adjusted to the fact that this was a design JUST for her, ideas just took off!

Photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography / Flowers, Event Design and Planning: Mishka Designs / Ceremony and Reception Location: San Pancho, in Nayarit, Mexico / Caterer: Naef Cuisine