Sayulita, Mexico has become an increasingly popular destination wedding location within recent years. It attracts bohemians from across the globe that fall in love with the beautiful beaches, chill surfer lifestyle, steamy jungle and vibrant art scene. With the opening of Sayulita’s newest wedding and event venue, a boho-tique called Villa Valentin, we took the opportunity to style a shoot that highlights the very best that Sayulita has to offer.
When I first saw Villa Valentin, it was one of the few times that I have set foot into a venue that seemed to mirror my own personal design aesthetic. The villa has beautiful sweeping jungle and ocean views. It has clean, minimalist lines with lots of bohemian and natural inspired, Mexican décor. I had been dreaming about doing a shoot that honored Mexican design with a modern, organic twist. Almost every décor item pictured in the shoot is either produced or purchased locally. Much of my mission in planning and designing weddings and events in Mexico is to both highlight and support local artists and designers and this shoot does exactly that. The tablescape is an eclectic mix of linens, dinnerware, and candles almost exclusively sourced in Mexico, with the exception of the table runner. Many of the products I purchased directly at fair trade cooperatives in my travels around Mexico.
Inspiration: Mexican Haciendas, Frida Kahlo, Terracotta, Cacti
Colors: Natural, Maroon, Rich Blues, Jungle Greens
Photographed by: Taryn Baxter
This couple's love for each other is infectious. They had already married each other twice over the course of their relationship spanning more than a decade. When the bride contacted me to plan a surprise vow renewal to commemorate their 15th wedding anniversary and her 40th birthday, I was impressed. Impressed with their commitment and impressed with her ambition to surprise her husband with a third wedding. That's love. Nerves running, we pulled it off seamlessly. Her husband and their guests were very surprised and they partied hearty in a boho set up designed by the bride and orchestrated by our Nicoella team.
Inspiration: Bohemian Elegance on the Seaside
Colors: White, Taupe, Gold
Vibrant Mexican Fiesta Wedding
Often times we meet clients and we immediately think "we've just found some new friends." In the case of this couple, we felt that way about them and their families. They were FUN, FUN, FUN and gracious in between. And their love was infectious.
From the get go, they wanted a party. A great party that highlighted the best of Sayulita - from tacos, to tequila to crafts. We purchases Sayulita's famous Bayadas beach blankets to use as tablecloths, pom poms and catrinas. The bride rocked one of our favorite designers, Mara Hoffman, for both their rehearsal dinner and wedding. The groom finished their wedding night in the center of a breakdancing circle. And then some of their best friends hired us to plan their wedding. And we all lived happily ever after.
Photography by Kara Mercer.
Inspiration: The Best of Sayulita Crafts, Bayadas Stripes, Pom Poms, Catrinas, Papel Picado, Mara Hoffman, Bright Colors
Colors: Turquoise, Bright Pink, Scarlett, Cobalt
Inspiration: Mexican Sunset, Huchiol Art, Macrame, Pastel Colored Nikes
Colors: Muted Pastel Sunset Colors - Coral, Light Tangerine, Light Turquoise
Photographer is Toms Cirksis of Ave Sol Photography
Inspiration: Classic Elegance, Mexican Coastline, Loteria
Colors: Eggplant, Mustard, Teal, Cream, Gold
Photographer: Elizabeth Lloyd
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Sometimes clients come to us through DJ Nico and sometimes they come to us through Lauren's planning and design work. That's the best part about being a husband and wife team. We love supporting couples together!
These California based movers and shakers wanted the best of the best in the area for their private villa nuptials. They hired Nick first and when Nick casually mentioned his wife's design work, they were eager to get on board. They wanted their affair to be as elegant as possible without losing the laid back nature of oceanfront weddings in Mexico. We added some bohemian and traditional Mexican (Loteria table numbers) elements, but kept the design clean with pops of eggplant, mustard and teal. The guests formal attire added a lot of extra color and flare.
Inspiration: Ocean, Soft Sky, Natural Dip Dyes
Colors: Lavender, Sky Blue, Seafoam, Silver
In our opinion, they had the best kind of wedding. One in which they brought together their closest friends and family to party on a beach in Mexico for a week with them. The location: unbeatable, the vibe: super laid back, the design: minimal and natural, the music: epic. Highlights of this wedding were tacos on the beach, a Bossa Nova trio on the rooftop and oceanfront dinner and dancing in between.
Inspiration: The natural beauty of the Bahia de Banderas, desert cacti and succulents, the best of Mexico
Colors: Vivid Greens, Cream and Coral
They were celebrating his 40th birthday in style. He is a lover of all things vintage and a long admirer of photographer Slim Aarons. So, we recreated Slim Aarons' work around a pool in the tropics. There were striped beach blankets, pool floaties, vintage bathing suits and lots of cocktails. And lots and lots of legs.
Inspiration: Slim Aarons, palm springs, Farrah Fawcett, 70s bikinis
Colors: A rainbow, of course
Like us, this couple splits there time between California and Mexico. After spending years building their dream home in Todos Santos, they invited their closest family and friends down to spend an intimate weekend together celebrating their love and warming their home.
For first time Todos Santos visitors, their chosen venue, an oceanfront hacienda property filled with antiquities from vintage Mexico, was as enticing as they come. The rocking dance party on the veranda didn't hurt either.
Inspiration: Coastal Romance, Vintage Mexico, Talavera Tile, Loteria
Colors: Coral, Turquoise, Silver, Ivory
When you get a call to install a Studio 54 themed party under a palapa at the Four Seasons resort, you answer it. When they tell you the party is in a week, you start making calls. DJ Nico's best disco tunes - check. Disco ball - check. LED dance floor - check. Sequins - check. Platforms - check. It was a Saturday night to be remembered - feverish in fact.
Inspiration: Studio 54, Disco Glam, Bright Lights, Sequins
Colors: All that Glitters is Gold, Silver, White
It all happened so organically – their meeting, our meeting, their seamless wedding. These two are so in love. And we are in love with the fact that they own the surf bar closest to our house in Mexico and we get to see them regularly both at their restaurant and out on the surf break.
They wanted a wedding that was uniquely them – one that celebrated their Mexican roots with a beachy, bohemian twist. The chose to do a traditional indigenous ceremony to honor the earth and their heartfelt connection. Their reception felt more like a mini concert than a traditional wedding. Guests danced to mariachis, gypsy music, a rock band and DJ and even a fire dancer. But the best thing about their wedding was the community of friends and family they brought together to celebrate from across Mexico. Que viva el amor!
Inspiration: Oceanscape, Beach, Indigenous Mexican Practices That Honor the Earth
Colors: All Inspired by the Ocean - Seafoam, Light Coral, Sand, White
Sometimes the client comes to you with an idea. And sometimes the client comes to you for an idea. In this case it was the latter. All this bride had to say was "I'm not afraid of color and pattern" and a lightbulb went on. I send her a photo of a terracotta bowl with some of my favorite objects from around my house with the title Moroccan/Mexican/Tropical/Bohemian? and she replied YES. The result was the perfect balance of sweet and savory, color and calm.
Inspiration: Moroccan Textiles, Jungle Greenery, Ikat, Beachy Linens
Colors: Navy, Jungle Green, Cream, Gold
This wedding was featured on Green Wedding Shoes. Read more, here.
Photographed by: Fondly Forever Photography
Sayulita has been an increasingly popular wedding destination location in recent years. Annika & Xavi fell in love with the area for the same reasons so many do – the jungle shrouded coastline is gorgeous, the town is festive and the amenities are plentiful for a small village turned surfer’s paradise. Annika wanted her wedding to be designing in a way that took into account the tropical beach location but had a polished look. Thus, our Bohemian Tropical Chic theme was born. We chose colors – deep green, red, fuchsia, cream, black and gold - that merged the jungle scenery with posh details. For pattern and texture – we choose macramé, Mexican style patterns and juxtaposed them with chic black and ivory striped runners.
Annika & Xavi wed in a heartfelt ceremony under a fabric canopy. After the ceremony, guests sipped signature tequila drinks while lounging in gold and black butterfly chairs with woven Mexican throw pillows. The bar was flanked with the couples initials illuminated in vintage style marquee lights. The enormous banquet style head dinner table was set with macramé runners and a floral garland augmented by pheasant feather sourced by Annika’s brother in law. The wedding ended with a steamy jungle dance party. It was a tropical affair not to be forgotten.
Inspiration: Tropical Jungle, Bohemian Beach Culture, Mexican Textiles, Vintage Glam
Colors: Black, Ivory, Dark Green, Scarlet, Fuchsia, Gold
This wedding was featured on Green Wedding Shoes. Read more, here.
True Story. This unbeatable location is a five minute drive through the jungle from our house in Mexico. And these beautiful people are our friends. When we asked our neighbors if we could host a dinner party on their gorgeous property and have our friend and local photographer Jillian Mitchell snap a few shots, they generously said yes. The best part - the venue is available for weddings and private events too. The dinner party featured farm to fork food and a table scape and furniture designed by local Mexican artisans.
Inspiration: The Best of the West (Mexico), Gourmet Cuisine, Natural, Minimalistic Design
Colors: Earth tones
There are few things we love more than good food and good company and Outstanding in the Field (OITF) has perfected them both. Every year, Sayulita is lucky enough to host one of the few OITF international farm-to-fork pop up dinners and Nicoella Events is lucky enough to help plan and style it. This year's dinner featured the chef from one of our favorite local restaurants, Calixto Gattas from Bistro Organico. Instead of traditional catering equipment, they built large bonfires on the beach next to their signature table and grilled fresh fish and organic vegetables from a local organic farm. OITF's mission is so good and we are so thrilled to support and work with them.
Photography by our very own Niki Bhattacharya.
For more information about Outstanding in the Field, visit their website here.