Colorful + Festive Destination Wedding in Bucerias, Mexico


Erin and Jeremy tied the knot at their destination wedding in Bucerias, Mexico (near Nuevo Vallarta), at a beautiful beach garden called Martoca. The couple’s wedding planner, The Dazzling Details, dished with us about this colorful, fiesta-inspired big day.

Erin and Jeremy weren’t able to make a pre-wedding trip down to Vallarta, so all communication was done via email and phone calls.  We began with a list of nine venues that were appropriate in terms of group size and narrowed down from there!

Priorities in their venue selection were price, finding a venue with a significant degree of privacy (no hotel guests wandering nearby), a location that offered opportunities for movement and flow of the group throughout the evening and a space with some natural charm!  In the end, Martoca beachfront garden ended up being the perfect balance of those priorities!


Erin and Jeremy had a clear vision of their wedding celebration from day one – they wanted a bright celebration of their love, and they wanted the event to pay homage to the locale incorporating the natural beauty and vibrancy of Mexico into the day.  Both the bride and groom are so easy-going yet uber-organized, so the process was perfectly simple – they kept on task with the planning, sharing their creative ideas along the way and then allowed The Dazzling Details to really bring together all the pieces – keeping everything local and really playing off the venue’s natural beauty and simply highlighting it with pieces that brought beautiful accents to the Mexican-styled celebration!

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A hand-painted chalkboard sign shouted, “Ay Chihuahua!  Erin and Jeremy tie the knot!” as guests entered the venue for the celebration and set the tone for the event!  These couple details really took the event a step further by reflecting the playful personalities of the bride and groom. 

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Mexico as a destination is so rich in history, culture and natural beauty that infusing elements of the locale into the celebration was simple!  Erin and Jeremy really did a great job of giving guests an opportunity to experience those elements in both their catering and entertainment choices.  Guests were greeted with fresh hot churros and traditional Horchata water set beneath a gazebo adorned with bougainvillea and papel picado paper garlands.  Erin and Jeremy opted for a cocktail-style reception in lieu of a formal seated dinner to promote a laid-back party vibe.  A Latin-trio played lively classic tunes while appetizers were passed for the first two hours of the reception allowing guests to mingle and try authentic Mexican cuisine including Mahi Mahi ceviche, ropa vieja and panela cheese in epazote pesto as just a few of the items in the cocktail menu lineup.  As the dancing began, a taco station opened with hand-made tortillas and a salsa bar, and a nearby tequila station offered an insight into the history of tequila with the opportunity to taste the differences between blanco, reposado, anejo andmezcal.  A photo station with a serape backdrop and Mexican-style props was set nearby for those who needed a rest from the dance floor, and to end the night, an elaborate dessert bar was set as a tribute to traditional Mexican sweets and featured over fifteen different desserts including amaranth popsicles and chocolate cinnamon cake with chile powder.  


Smaller tables were intermingled with cozy lounging areas to provide guests with ample opportunity to relax and relocate throughout the night and to encourage an atmosphere of mingling and socializing.  Vibrant blooms with touches of bougainvillea were set in terracotta vessels on the tabletops alongside local cactus plants, and the lounge pillows created from embroidered and otomi textiles added to the authenticity of the event.  Customized adobe standing fireplaces were filled with cascading florals in each lounge area. 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elizabeth Lloyd

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue: Martoca, Event Planning + Design: The Dazzling Details, Boutique Rental Items + Lighting: Unique Rentals, Florals: Maythe Romero, Dinner Chair Rental: Eventos Elegantes, Ceremony Chair Rental: Mac Events, DJ: Sonido Extassis, Catering: Plush Catering, Latin Trio: Lenin Beymar Lopez, Hot Churro Stand: Julio Churros, Wedding Day Transportation: Tau + TTUR + VIP, Wedding Cake: Charme Reposteria, Mini Desserts: Timbal de Azucar, Other: Vallarta Tequila Tastings, Bridesmaids Beach Sarongs: Swim ‘n Sport Happy Long Sarong, Hot Pink Bridesmaid Dress: T-Bags Los Angeles, Fuschia Bridesmaid Dress: Nicole Miller, Bright Orange Bridesmaid Dress: Rachel Zoe, Groom’s Custom Suit: Oliver Wicks, Groom Shoes: Cole Haan, Bridal Gown: Nicole Miller, Georgina Dress, 2015, Bridal Headpiece: Haute Bride, Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka


Colorful Destination Wedding in Sayulita, Mexico


Matt and Sidney said I do in Sayulita, Mexico where almost 150 friends and family gathered for a week of fun and festivities! Sidney shared with us the story of their destination wedding week in Mexico. 

Simple Elegance – Trading our Alaskan raingear for ponchos and whisky for tequila we knew our 145 wedding guests would fall in love with Sayulita like Matt and I did. A true oasis of Nayarit, Mexico, a vibrant town filled with culture, flare, and romance that has a little of something for everyone. Matt and I were selfish in asking our near and dear for over a week of their time with festivities they couldn’t say no to. From an amazing day on the water with Ally Cat to a welcoming party on the beach of La Terrazola and finishing it off with an amazing brunch at Villa Amor to hear all the details we might have missed when we slipped away from the reception.

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We wanted our day to be a day of endless love and laughter, a day where the lines were blurred between friends and family. With the wonderful help of Yazmin from Sea of Dreams and her team of staff our day came to life, they move around with such grace and ease and were there for anything we could possible need.

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Mireya brought our vision to life with simple beauty with each flower she beautiful placed. Her work is magical and truly is the final touches every wedding need to feel beautiful.

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Jess for Sayulita Musica kept the party going all night long with his excellent selection of music and Marjie, owner of Funky Diva Hair did wonders with all my ladies hair and make-up including mine. Amazing wedding photographer, Joann Arruda, was able to capture every ounce of love and happiness with her artistic eye to find the beauty in each shot.

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 Matt and I feel beyond blessed by the out pouring of love and support we felt and are so thankful to our support team that made the whole experience so wonderful. We wish we could live in the day forever.


Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Joann Arruda Photography

Wedding Vendors: Floral Designer: Flor Mimo, Hair Stylist: Funky Diva Collective, Musicians: Mariachi America del Real, DJ: Sayulita Musica, Event Designer: Sea of Dreams, Reception Venue: Villa del Oso


A Brightly Colored Mexico Destination Wedding in Sayulita, Nayarit

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Chris and Alyson said I do in a less common spot in Mexico for a destination wedding, but one we want to visit after seeing their amazing wedding photos! The couple wed in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico with brightly colored décor and a nod to a big fiesta with a little love to their home of Portland too!

We chatted with the couple’s wedding planner, Mishka Aznoe de Morales of Mishka Designs, who shared with us the details of their big day.  Alyson and Chris wanted a wedding that was quirky, chic with modern touches.  Alyson loved Jonathan Adler and patterns … and birds!  Bringing their Portlandia style down to Sayulita, Mexico quickly converted the wedding into Sayulitalandia!  At one point, they said, “When we say quirky, we mean Portland!”  

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The event took place at Don Pedro’s Palapa in Sayulita with a ceremony on the grass overlooking the ocean and long reception tables outdoors for the party. How they selected the location they did? “The couple wanted their guests to enjoy time out in the sun, on the beach, a relaxing, fun, memorable vacation.”

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“I worked closely with Chris on the wedding website but the final result was all his own – and it was really incredible – colorful with amazing details – probably one of my favorite wedding websites of all time and made even more personal because Chris designed and put it together himself.  They used paperless post for their invites and the whole set went together beautifully.”

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We asked their wedding planner what unique challenges they faced in a space like this. It’s a small town – and runs on a small town vibe – so it’s laid-back, relaxed “easy-going” = which is great but also means that vendors tend to be late.  If you want things to run smoothly (and on time – ha!) it’s good to have a coordinator there to keep things running on track.  And relax a bit.”

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“I had a few surprises up my sleeve through-out the evening … one was making sure we had a donkey adorned with colorful pompoms at the kiss – Alyson and Chris had been teasing me that they MUST have a donkey at their wedding and I couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to bring out our little “joke.”  

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Since the goal was to infuse Portland meets Mexico, I added-in details that were Mexican but with a bit of a twist to them.  For example, we made white papel picado lanterns to hang over the dance floor which looked great and Mexican festive in the day but inside were colored light bulbs – so it gave the lanterns a completely different look at night.  We used paper flowers for their chuppah but my sister-in-law hand-painted them specific colors so that they would go with the rest of the quirky vibe Alyson was looking for.”

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“I also found a beautiful hand-crafted, bird ring dish from Etsy which we used as the cake topper but which I knew Alyson could use later on after the wedding.”  

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Paulina Ulloa

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue: Don Pedro’s, Planning, Event Design & Florals:  Mishka Designs, Catering:  Plush Catering, Cake:  Charme, Wedding Website:  Chris Trombley


Brightly Colored Beach Wedding in Sayulita, Mexico

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Jessica and Brett decided to host their destination wedding in Mexico – at a place near and dear to the bride’s heart.  From the bride and groom.  “The bride has always loved relaxing and rejuvenating in Sayulita. When she and Brett were engaged, she took him to experience the town knowing he’d love it as much as she does.  He loved it!  They wanted to celebrate their wedding in Sayulita with all their family and close friends. The guests fell in love with the town too and enjoyed Sayulita just as much as the bride and groom.”

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 The bright yellow palette was also peppered with colors pulled from the local culture.  It was important for this pair to use what was local and share in their love of the location with their guests.

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Jessica and Brett opted for a beach wedding because of it’s special meaning to each other.  “The beach and sunsets have played important roles in our lives and our relationship.  We often reminisce about the many breathtaking and significant sunsets that we’ve seen together.  We now live near the beach and Brett proposed to Jessica on the beach.  It is only fitting that we were married on the beach.”

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“During the ceremony we only had two people standing with us but there were special guests that were part of the “wedding party”.  The guys all wore yellow Vans and you’ll see them dotted throughout many photos.”

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This might be the most fun getaway ever!  She rode off on a donkey decorated for the big day!

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Then for a faster ride, the couple jumped into a getaway golf cart!

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“The bride and groom wanted to pull from local art, design and culture when creating their wedding vibe and décor.  They incorporated lots of color, music, textures and patterns characteristic of Mexico and the beach.”  This including everything from loteria cards for table numbers and escort cards to maracas for the kids to play with.

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A coffee table book about Mexico was an equally fitting guest book – one the couple can display at home for decades to come.

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The menu including traditional Mexican fare and a fun cocktail bar of course!

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We often ask couples if they faced any challenges planning from far away.  This pair put a lot of importance on the entertainment.  “Live music was an important part of the wedding reception and it took a while to find the right band.  Finally, we discovered Los Tikkilyches who were a huge hit at the reception.  The dance floor was full all night!”

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“We loved having the band setup outside with the dance floor out under the stars.  It gave the whole evening great flow from ceremony to cocktails to dinner to dancing.”

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Guests then delighted in a traditional wedding cake before retiring for the night after one big celebration!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographers: Kiersten Rowland and Yanen Ali Modad for Elizabeth Lloyd Photography

Wedding Vendors:  Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore, Wedding Planner: MarWeddings, Band: Los Tikkilyches, Wedding Ceremony Location: Playa los Muertos, Wedding Reception Location: Don Pedro’s


Destination Wedding at Las Caletas in Jalisco, Mexico

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Manisha and Innes wed at Las Caletas, Jalisco, Mexico.  The couple discovered this special place at the recommendation of a friend.  But this was no ordinary beach destination wedding in Mexico – this couple incorporated cultures from around the globe!  Innes is Scottish while Manisha’s family is from Sri Lanka and they donned some pretty stunning wardrobe to show for it!

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Innes gave us the 411 on his fabulous attire.  “First, my kilt is the McCallum family tartan, not exactly standard North American attire. All the McCallum’s around the world would wear this specific weave of tartan. Which is why the best man is wearing a totally different tartan…he’s sporting the Wilson family tartan. We pretty much wear this at weddings, and other black tie occasions including, in Scotland, a rugby match. The belt, sporan and shoes are traditional Scottish gear. My belt has the national flower of Scotland, the Thistle, on it; while my Sporan (Scottish man purse) is traditionally used to store porridge oats.  Thankfully I didn’t need to bring that along to the wedding as dinner was provided! My shoes are called ghillie brogues, and are standard attire with kilts. The wool socks, which I must admit were a bit much for the Mexican heat, have a knife (sgian-dubh–pronounced: ski-en-doo) that is traditionally tucked in to the right sock (just in case the pirates came to the island). The sword broach is a kilt pin, which is essentially just a little Scottish “bling”… And I think that about covers the Scottish traditional garb!?!”

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These guys clearly know how to have a good time!

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Then it was time for the beach ceremony and get down to business.  Manisha shared with us a bit about her family’s traditional wedding attire.  “The sari worn by my mother is traditional wear for Sri Lankan women. The sari is pure silk and hand-embroidered with gold thread that doesn’t tarnish. On top of that, she wore bangles, a large pendant necklace, anklets and drop earrings, all of which are part of the traditional jewelry set worn with a sari on a celebratory occasion. Finally, she wore a “thali”, a gold chain, which she received as part of her wedding ceremony from my dad, 35 years ago!”

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We love this ceremony arch – it looks as though it was part of the natural environment long before this happy couple arrived.  Guests could still enjoy the view and nothing took away from the beautiful spot on which they chose to wed.

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We asked the couple about some of their decision making and one of the best choices they made was to hire a pro when it came to the photos.  “One of the first things we struggled with was: photographer or no photographer (which really meant disposable cameras on tables)..? After much searching, we found discussions about Nate Broshot on a destination wedding blog, and checked it out. We fell in love with his pictures, and after our first skype date, realized that not only did we love his pictures but he would bring exactly the right energy we wanted at our wedding! So although we had never dreamed of flying a random out to photograph our wedding, he changed that with just one meeting (an internet meeting at that). Seriously, people still talk about what a great photographer we had… so it’s kind of an understatement to say we are happy with that decision, and totally accurate to say that we would recommend him to anyone.”

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Post ceremony, guests headed up to the reception under cover.

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“In terms of themes of decor we kept everything pretty simple so that we could enhance and focus on the spectacular natural beauty of the location. Our colors were loosely based on our favorite hockey team… go canucks!… but we also really liked the colors. Ultimately we are both pretty chill and we wanted our decor to exude the same vibe.”

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Then it was back to the sand for a lot of dancing and even a little fire!

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“Who would have thought that meeting at a cheesy nightclub in Vancouver would lead to…forever! Thanks to our scheming friends (who we love), that’s our fairytale!  We met one fateful night–actually Innes’ first weekend after he officially immigrated to Vancouver– where the Jagerbombs were flowing… and we haven’t looked back since! Our completely different cultural backgrounds seem to somehow fit perfectly, maybe it’s because Innes loves my mom’s cooking, or because I love visiting his parents who have made a home for themselves in the South of France… whatever the reasons…it works fantastically!”

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The night ended with a special fire dancer performance – talk about going out with a bang!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: License To Still

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony, Reception + Catering: Las Caletas, Wedding Planner + Florals: Denise Betancourt from Adventure Weddings, Wedding Dress: Vera Wang, Invitations: Paperless Post, DIY Elements: Welcome bags, DJ, Hair + Makeup: Organized by Adventure Weddings, Guestbook: Yapes Paints, Engagement Ring: JA3D Jewelers, Wedding Rings: Michael Hill Jewelers, Officiant: Jesus Andres Fernandez “Chuy,” Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Sasha Eillena Jewelry, Groom: Shirt – LeChateau, Kilt from Ireland, Tie: Tommy Hilfiger, Groomsmen: Ties – Tommy Hilfiger