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Sayulita, Mexico Wedding from Matt Edge photography

Friday’s seem like the perfect day to get lost in a destination wedding weekend. It’s a little break from work to peer inside the makings of a beach affair in Sayulita. Photographed by Matt Edge with planning by Luz Ochoa with Sayulita Weddings, this is a celebration that marries the vibrancy of Mexico with a toes in the sand celebration and it lasted a whole week. Now that is how you do a destination wedding. Check out the gallery for even more.

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From the Bride… Both Cory and I wanted a wedding that wasn’t just one night. A wedding in which people showed up only to leave hours later without forming a connection with our venue or the other guests wasn’t an option. We strived to provide an environment where the build up to the ceremony was palpable. A situation where our wedding would be the perfect send off to the perfect week. With an amazing combination of culture, fun, and beautiful surroundings the town of Sayulita made this all possible.

Marring each other with the view of the ocean behind us, our best friend officiating, and our closest friends and family surrounding us was always our dream. Everything had a personal touch that represented the two of us. The flowers on the table represented the Tucson desert and the colors of Pasadena. The music from the first dance to the dance playlist was all hand picked and meaningful. Even the late night taco man was a dream fulfilled. In the end it was simple, we threw the party that each of us wanted to go to.

Photography: Matt Edge Wedding Photography | Planner: Luz Ochoa with Sayulita Weddings | Wedding Dress: Angel Rivera | Stationary: Carmody and Co. | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Don Pedro's | Groom's Suit: P.M. Jacoy | Table Runners: SARO | Venue: Brisa Del Mar Palapa (Don Pedro's)

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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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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 | Bridal Boutique: Casa de Novia Bridal Couture | Bride's Hair: Michaelyne Escobar | Churros: Gloria + Miguel Larios | Veil: Casa de Novia Bridal | Venue: Palapa Brisa del Mar

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Sayulita, Mexico Wedding from Jillian Mitchell

It takes a certain kind of couple to pull off a destination wedding. But a destination wedding like this requires ALL hands on deck. And with the help of their ultra crafty crew (like the Bride’s brother and step-dad who rushed to the rescue with a hand-picked bouquet!) this style-savvy duo aced the day big time. See every little detail snapped up by Jillian Mitchell plus their gorgeous day-after session right over here.

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From the Bride… We wanted our wedding weekend to be as personal as possible. We love to throw parties and said we wanted it to be like an ultimate dinner party. We tried to incorporate as many personal touches as we could. We had a director friend shoot & edit our funny save the date video, friends designed & letterpressed our invites, my mom hand- dyed each of the napkin ties & sewed pillows and table runners. I made the jewelry my bridesmaids and I wore. My brother and step-dad rushed to the rescue to create a stunning (and gigantic) bouquet picked from the Sayulita hillsides when my bridal bouquet had gone limp. (The flowers at the reception site were beyond gorgeous, thanks to our florist, Flor Mimo)

Music, Food & Photos were the most important things to us. My brother composed & played a beautiful song for us to walk down the aisle to. We had a mariachi band surprise our guests as we celebrated our first kiss. We had an incredible band, Los Tikkilyches, who not only learned our first dance song, but learned 3 additional songs & had our friends dancing all night long. Don Pedro’s food was to die for. Jillian Mitchell has given us a lifetime of memories and we can’t ever thank her enough for the gorgeous photos she took.

We were so grateful to be able to spend so much time with our loved ones to celebrate our love for one another. We are completely smitten with Sayulita & the fantastic people who helped make it all come together.

photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography | videographer: The Mango Tree | planner: sayulita dream weddings | flowers: Flor Mimo | dress: Nicole Miller | invitations: austin lane | Reception Venue: Brisa del Mar Palapa | shoes: Loeffler Randall | grooms attire: Hugo Boss | grooms shoes: Vans | hair/makeup: Marji Martini | jewelery: handmade by bride | mariachi band: Los Tikkilyches | music: Brother of the Bride

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Mexico Destination Wedding from Jillian Mitchell

In the SMP land of all things lovely, this wedding ranks among the very best. It’s a celebration set in the most stunning Mexico locale with pretty pops of pink sprinkled all along the way. Jillian Mitchell perfectly captured this all-out party and Karen Ruezga made certain it went off without a hitch. Enjoy a swoon through out favorite photos, and then get your gush on in the full gallery right here.

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From the Bride…Brad and I met five years ago in typical New Orleans fashion: at a bar. Bound both by our love for New Orleans and our passion for music and food, we danced and ate our way through the city and quickly fell in love. After a Mardi Gras proposal at the bar where we met, it was time to plan our ceremony. It seemed as if a grand New Orleans wedding would be in order, but a traditional affair just wouldn’t have been us.

Being that I was raised in Seattle, Brad in Louisiana, and that our friends were sprinkled throughout the United States, we knew we wanted to have a phenomenal destination wedding that everyone would enjoy. We chose the charming beach town of Sayulita, Mexico knowing our guests would constantly bump into one another on each corner. After initially worrying about trying to plan a number of daily wedding activities, we finally settled on letting Sayulita take care of itself. Our guests lined the beaches and shops by day and filled the bars and restaurants by night.

Villa Amor was a wonderful choice for our wedding venue in Sayulita. Besides being one of the most beautiful places we’d ever been, their staff was overwhelmingly friendly, their wedding services were outstanding and it was the ideal size as our guests filled up almost every villa in the resort. Karen Ruezga, our wedding planner, made our dream wedding come to life and Jillian Mitchell’s gorgeous photography captured every moment. Our wedding was absolutely perfect. Although it was an unbearably humid July evening, my mother had collected dozens of vintage handkerchiefs for our guests and they were all put to good use! One of our best friends served as officiant and surprised us with a sweet reading from Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go and another close friend read a beautiful passage from The Velveteen Rabbit. As every New Orleanian knows, a good party is incomplete without great music – so we flew in the band closest to our hearts: Country Fried. They rocked a hand-picked set list filled with our favorite songs. Our reception began with our first dance to an achingly beautiful rendition of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon and didn’t end until the wee hours of the morning. Our all-night party, complete with a cigar roller and an impromptu New Orleans-style second-line, was even capped off with a fireworks display overlooking the entire town.

Wedding Photography: Jillian Mitchell | Wedding Venue: Villa Amor | Wedding Planning: Karen Ruezga | Floral Design: Flor Mimo | Bride’s Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Wedding Dress: Watters | Groom+ Groomsmen’s Attire: Brooks Brothers | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung

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Sayulita Wedding from Joann Arruda Photography

The smile on the Bride’s (beautiful) face says it all – this was truly her best day ever. And we get to spend our morning joining her in the biggest of smiles as we pore through the images of their Sayulita soiree from Joann Arrunda Photography. Those images? They happen to be stunning, by the way. It’s a gallery filled with the most perfect details for a destination wedding surrounding a duo who couldn’t be more darling and vistas that couldn’t be more lovely – and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

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From the Bride… The entire day was beyond anything we could have imagined. There are several things that stand out in my mind. Tommy and I wanted to share a moment together before the ceremony. We wrote each other letters and stood on either side of a door and exchanged them. Knowing he was on the other side and reading the letters was such an overwhelming feeling. That moment was incredibly intimate and calming but also filled with anticipation and excitement.

Walking down the aisle and looking out at all of our closest friends and family was absolutely incredible. We are still taken back by the number of people that traveled from all over to celebrate with us.  Still there are smaller moments that I think about daily, holding my dad’s hand and trying not to cry before we walked down the aisle – all he could say to me was “honey, I’m not going to say anything cause I might cry,” those were the only words I need to hear from him. We had a mariachi band play during the cocktail hour but the real treat was when dinner was served. The mariachi band started to play slower more romantic music. We had no idea they were going to do that and they even began to serenade our guests. It was such a fun surprise and our guests love it!

We had so many wonderful people help us with the wedding. Beyond our family and friends, our wedding coordinator, Yazmin went above and beyond to make the day extra special. Our photographer, Joann Arruda, captured every moment and was incredible to work with.  Our wedding day was truly perfect and it will probably be the only time in our lives that our two worlds came together to share in such as special celebration.

The inspiration behind our big day was a collaboration of feelings and ideas. Travel and adventure are very important to us and we wanted that to be a guiding force at our wedding. Once we decided on a destination wedding we wanted to create an event that was truly a “unique experience.” We wanted our guests to be relaxed, try something new, get to know each other, and have a blast. The word “experience” was our guiding light. I have always felt that the small personal touches are what makes weddings unique.  I wanted the details to stand out and be a part of the larger experience.  

Wedding Photography  Joann Arrunda Photography | Wedding Venue + Catering: Don Pedros in Sayulita, Mexico | Wedding Coordinator: Sea of Dreams Weddings | DJ: DJ Mo:Rockin | Invitations+ Stationery:  EPS Design & Print |  Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Bride’s Sash: Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Earrings: Beverly K Collection | Bride’s Rings: Beverly K Collection + Alexis Sepkus | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Dessy | Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Perry Ellis via Macy’s | Hair + Makeup: Kolor by Kori

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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