Glam Beach Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Amanda and Anthony tied the knot at a gorgeous destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they landed after traveling from their home in Chicago (a city that actually helped bring them together when the bride met then moved in next door to her groom).

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Once the pair were engaged, they planned a trip to Puerto Vallarta to scout potential wedding venues. Amanda tells us a bit about their story: I have been going to Puerto Vallarta with my family for 20 years now, so I was extremely excited to show him my favorite places and to explore the possibility of having our wedding there. When we got to PV, Anthony fell just as in love with the town as I already was. We looked at several options and in the end he chose the same resort I had been going to since I was a child, Club Regina, as our venue. We came home from the trip and knew in our hearts that we had found our perfect wedding venue for several reasons.

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I have always dreamed about an outdoor beach wedding, and after seeing a few wedding plans ruined with the weather in the mid-west, I knew an outdoor wedding in Mexico would be fool proof. The other extremely important thing for us was to choose a location that was accessible for our friends and family, as we wanted to be able to invite everyone on our list, regardless of location.

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Once the venue was chosen, I reached out to Kristin of Dazzling Details. In providing Kristin with my vision of our big day, I also let her know we were expecting upwards of 150 people. Kristin advised me to also engage Priscilla of Prisar Eventos as our wedding planner. Once the all-star team was in place I began dreaming up my vision of the perfect wedding.

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Perfection in my mind was modern yet romantic, on the beach, and with as many chandeliers as you can imagine! Since I had not yet met Kristin or Priscilla in person, we planned a “girls trip” (aka Bachelorette party #1) down to Puerto Vallarta. The trip included my MOH and our moms (who are also best friends). On the planning trip we narrowed down many of the key details including the use of metallic colors, ghost chairs, a Michigan State University themed step and repeat, a donkey, fireworks, after dinner snacks, tequila tasting, cigar bar and many other amazing details.

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The theme of the wedding was also set as “All you need is Love and the Beach” which was incorporated from the invitations and the wedding gifts, to the pillows at the wedding and the after dinner churro snack bags. The day was truly perfection and the best day of our lives, so far!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Elizabeth Lloyd Photography

Wedding Vendors: Cake Designer: Charme Reposteria, Reception Venue: Club Regina – Patio Los Arcos, Floral Designer: Dazzling Blooms, Cinema and Video: inloop wedding cinema, Band: La Joya de Mexico, Event Planner: Prisar Weddings and Events, DJ:Proyecto Winners, Lighting: Proyecto Winners, Design and Decor: The Dazzling Details

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Stunning Beach Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Natalie and Joshua said I do during a destination wedding at the beautiful Casa Guillermo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – a place they selected for it’s beauty and their love of the country. Wedding planner and designer, Mishka Aznoe-Morales of Mishka Designs told us about the design and ideas behind this beautiful beach wedding and big day.

Natalie wanted a Boho look but she wanted to stay within the realm of dark red and wine with touches of ivory and gold – so the trick was to keep the Boho, eclectic, traveled feel while staying within the color scheme.  We ended-up adding a touch of Turquoise Blue and I think that really helped pull this whole look together.”

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“The ring bearer box held a phrase from Natalie & Joshua’s song and it was for their son to carry down.”  

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“The only “hurdle” per se is that some of the public beaches in Puerto Vallarta now need permits and the paperwork took us a while to get through but it all worked out in the end.”

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I actually spent the longest time on nearly every detail of this wedding, more than any other wedding I’ve ever designed.  All of the lace fabric was vintage, chosen specifically for each piece – from the chuppah to the tablecloths and table runners.  We hand-painted the petates with a heart to keep in with the Mexican/Boho feel. Natalie told me she loved dream catchers if there was some way I could add that in, but didn’t want feathers … so we hand-crafted some crotchet dream catchers and hung hand-crafted pom-poms from them instead and set it up for the photo-op area.”

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“All the signage was hand-painted with the same motif in order to carry the Boho, spirited, Mexican theme along.”  

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“The shot glasses were designed and hand-painted with their initials and a Moroccan motif.”

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“The dance floor had hundreds of hand-crafted pom-poms strung up between bistro lighting.  We hand-crafted pom-pom hanging lights, chose all the fabric from Etsy and Ebay in order to have just the right colors, patterns and textures.  There wasn’t a single detail we overlooked for Natalie & Joshua – including the coffee table which we had painted turquoise blue as a special accent piece in the cigar lounge.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Shailynn Draper

Wedding Vendors: Location: Casa Guillermo, Event Planning, Design + Florals: Mishka Designs, Caterer:  Plush Catering

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Festive Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Destination Wedding

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Jennifer and Brenden held their destination wedding at Playa Fiesta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  This brave couple booked their wedding sight unseen and what a magical sight it turned out to be!  Jennifer shared their big day destination wedding week with us.  “We had booked the venue site unseen, and so we made a visit to avoid any surprises. As soon as we visited Puerto Vallarta, we knew that the destination spoke for itself.”

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“We designed and compiled our own welcome tote bags. Within each tote bag, we had a small tube of sunscreen, aloe, cleaning wipes, local snack, and a custom emergency packet that consisted of ibuprofen, antacid, bandaids, and an emerge-c packet. Each welcome tote bag had a personalized name tag and week itinerary which we had designed and printed.”

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“Brenden absolutely had an amazing time getting ready with his groomsmen. They had the 3-bedroom corner suite that had the best balcony with an amazing view. It was the ultimate guy bonding moment, and it was the simple things that he had enjoyed – like having the staff setup lunch around the round dining table, and having all the guys sit down together to eat.” 

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We both work in the creative design industry so we’re surrounded by beautiful things all the time. We had so many different ideas, it was hard to figure out what we really wanted for our wedding. But once we decided to do a destination wedding, we wanted to let the destination inspire what the wedding was going to be. We were inspired by the calm blue waters and the tropical lush green trees. We tried to incorporate design elements that echoed the destination.”

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“I absolutely loved the location of our wedding ceremony. They had a walkway right next to the water with a trellis above to provide shade. Our ceremony was scheduled to happen an hour before sunset, and I couldn’t have asked for a better setup. Listening to the waves crashing against the rocks with the blue ocean and sun setting as my backdrop was a dream come true.” 

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“As I was planning my destination wedding, I knew there were elements that was going to be out of my control. For example, I knew what I wanted my flower arrangement to look like but I understood that what the florist can attain down in Mexico may be different. I had to trust that she will do her best to recreate what I envisioned, but her interpretation may also be slightly different and I needed to be ok with that. As much as you can try to prepare and plan every aspect of the wedding, it is also important to remember that things may change and you have to learn to adapt, and adjust quickly to the next best option.”

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“All of our printed items were custom designed by us, and some of the items were printed at home. The only things we had a professional printer print was our wedding invitations, dinner menu, and welcome tote bags. 

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“We loved that our dance floor was set up to extend over the pool, The lanterns and candles glowed as we danced the night away over the water. It felt so magical.”

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“The fireworks were a surprise to our guests, and it was timed to go off after we gave our thank you speech. Everyone, including us, were blown away when it went off. Looking back at photos, I can’t believe I had fireworks at my wedding! It was such a grand way to “close” the night, even though the partying continued into the late night.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Chung Li Photography

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Playa Fiesta; Coordination: Lindsay Burgess, owner of Playa Fiesta; Catering & Hospitality: Playa Fiesta; Videography: Graham Mattock, Mattock Imagery; Hair and Makeup: Joey Cheung, JBeautique; Florist: FlorArt

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A Cheerful Beachside Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Alex and Marissa held an intimate destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, at a place very special to the two of them.  Marissa said their wedding day details with us, and a sweet and sentimental story of how this location came to be their wedding location.  Seriously swooning!  “When we first started dating (we’d been on 3 dates), I went on vacation to Puerto Vallarta with a friend. Alex decided he missed me and asked if I would go to dinner with him.  After pointing out that I was in a different country, and he said he could figure out a way around that, I said “yes,” and he got on a plane to Puerto Vallarta from LA and took me to dinner.  The hotel he stayed in that night was Garza Blanca, where we held the wedding.  The restaurant he took me to dinner was Cafe des Artistes, and that is how our venues were chosen.”

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The bride wore a stunning backless dress by Elizabeth Fillmore.

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Pops of yellow were everywhere at this cheerful destination I do!

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 “The ceremony was written and done by one of our closest friends and everyone, including Alex and I cried at least a little.”

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After the ceremony, the couple hit the beach with destination wedding photographer, Laura Grier, from Beautiful Day Photography in tow.  “Laura was fantastic. Alex and I, and all of our guests, couldn’t believe how beautiful all the pictures came out.  She really captured the beauty of the location, and the atmosphere and mood of all the guests.  And every one kept saying, “I didn’t even notice she was taking all those pictures!”

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“I’m not particularly girly, but I do love flowers and I just wanted to make the most of our beautiful surroundings.  So made sure to hold as many events as possible at sunset and for the reception used a lot of candles and flowers, lilies and roses mostly.”  

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We often ask the bride for advice for future destination couples and here’s what Marissa suggests! “I’d recommend keeping your numbers on the smaller side.  We were able to do so much with 50 people, and it felt like we got to spend quality time with everyone there.  Also, pick someplace that is special to you both, that way, when you get frustrated with cost and dealing with people speaking other languages and in other time zones, you can remind yourself why your putting yourself through this and that it will be so special when it happens.”  

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One of their favorite moments from the night?  “When EVERYONE was on the dance floor, including my father who, according to my mom hasn’t danced in 20 years, was playing air guitar and high-fiving Alex and the best man.”  

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Then after dancing it was time to head outside for fireworks and lantern lighting!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Beautiful Day Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore, Wedding Location + Catering: Garza BlancaCake: Bakery Charme, Music: DJ Watussy, Flowers: Iris Maldonado, Ceremony + Reception Decoration: Details Vallarta

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A Colorful Destination Wedding in Sayulita, Mexico

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Tim and Sarah hosted a colorful destination wedding overlooking the ocean in Sayulita, Mexico.  The pair met while living in Brooklyn, but both are Michigan natives.  He’s a chef, and she’s a documentary filmmaker – they fell in love over great food, good drinks and a few early relationship beach vacations.  A few years later, Time designed Sarah a vintage inspired engagement ring and their destination wedding was on!

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Sarah shared with us their story.  “From the beginning, we were drawn to the idea of a destination wedding in a warm, outdoor locale and wanted to plan an extended week-long affair as a way to maximize time with our closest family and friends who were scattered in Michigan, California and New York.”

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 “We had a vision of a non-traditional wedding experience centered around great food and drinks and wanted a fun Mexican fiesta vibe rather than something romantic or elegant.   Having suffered through so many below-average wedding celebrations in non-descript banquet rooms throughout the country, we focused on finding a large Villa where we could hold the main event. So we began our search for a place that could accommodate a large group of us (relatively speaking for a destination wedding – 65), but wanted to steer clear of a resort driven, “all-inclusive” type of town.  Through some exhaustive research and our collective love of tequila and fish tacos, we decided on the bohemian Pacific coast beach enclave of Sayulita, Mexico.  We went down on a research trip to finalize all the details a few months before the actual event, and fell in l-o-v-e with the slightly scruffy, but very charming town, as well as the beautiful rental Villas.”

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“We designed our own non-traditional, non-religious ceremony, which we wrote ourselves, and parts were performed by a few close friends and family members.   A good friend performed a song to kick things off and guests witnessed us exchange our hand written vows through tears and sniffles.   A Mariachi band led us down the hill from the ceremony to the lower-lawn for cocktail hour where guests were offered signature mango and hibiscus margaritas.”

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“We selected Mar Weddings to coordinate our wedding events, which included a Welcome Party, Rehearsal Dinner, Beach Party and the actual Wedding.  Gaby and Memo very quickly assessed our needs and had invaluable knowledge of the location and local vendors.  They were a great help coordinating the plans and details via email leading up to the wedding week, and spent the entire week on-site making sure our vision and expectations were met down to the smallest detail.  They also introduced us to Pepé and Estella of Turquoise catering which exceeded our expectations in terms of food for the Welcome Party and Wedding reception, something that was very important to us with Tim being a chef.”

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“As the sun set, a family-style dinner, composed of multiple courses of small bites, was served on two long tables adorned with colorful table runners that were expertly sewn and smuggled into Mexico by the bride’s mother.  The citrus color themed tablescape included vases of various sizes, shapes, and materials, filled with a range of simple flowers that didn’t dominate the scene.  We made printed menus and hand stamped (by the groom, no less!) place cards that were set into fresh limes.  Mar Weddings built a canopy structure over the tables and decorated it with strings of lights and papel de china, capturing a fun, casual, eclectic vibe exactly as we wanted.”

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“There was not only a full moon that night but a super moon!  The party got into full swing with dancing and silly Mexican costumes (another brilliant idea from Mar Weddings) that got our guests into the party mood.  One of Tim’s special requests was to have a piñata, which we unveiled in time for the kids to enjoy.  The dancing and drinking continued until midnight tacos sated the wobbly revelers, and the party was moved to the beach with a bonfire and moon lit dip in the Pacific for the boys.  An epic celebration of love and family and friends was over and our guests unanimously declared our Mexican fiesta week as the best wedding ever.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Joann Arruda Photography

Wedding Vendors: Event Planner: Marweddings, Wedding Venue:  Villa del Oso, Bride’s Dress: Custom made by Momo Soho, Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles, Groom’s Suit: J Crew, Tie: Hugo Boss, Groom’s Shoes: Hush Puppies, Rings:  Custom design by Elleven, Invitations: Lion in the Sun, Paper supplies & stamps for DIY items: Paper Source, Welcome Party Site: Casa Vela, Rehearsal Dinner Site: Don Pedro’s, Caterer: Turquoise, Mariachi Band: Mariachi Azteca, Flowers: Iris Design

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