Thanks to the epic photos by talented Jillian Mitchell Photography, today we head about 25 miles outside of Puerto Vallarta for the beautiful destination wedding of Lindsay and Brady in Sayulita, Mexico on the Riviera Nayarit. Lindsay and Brady knew exactly what they wanted in a location, and this was it! “We have traveled throughout Mexico and each trip we take we fall more in love with its warm culture and cuisine. We couldn’t imagine anything more festive and romantic than a quaint Mexican village on the Pacific Coast. Choosing Sayulita was easy; it was close enough to Puerto Vallarta to make it convenient for our guests and had plenty of Mexican authenticity.”
The event took place at the lavish Villa del Oso, overlooking the ocean on a beautiful and clear sunny day.When the sunlight was just perfect, the ceremony took place. “The ceremony was held on a lush, grassy area with the Pacific Ocean and sunset as our backdrop. We wanted to honor the Mexican culture and decided to incorporate the lasso ritual into our wedding ceremony. After exchanging vows, our moms placed a lasso, representing unity, over our shoulders and our officiant read a traditional prayer.” Lindsay describes. “We envisioned an elegant fiesta with lots of tequila and dancing, and that’s exactly what we got.” Mixing a Mexican-inspired motif on the place cards with a rustic wooden ladder that looks as though it was found on the beach, the little details of this event flowed effortlessly into the setting. “We wanted a simple yet elegant reception and used exposed bulb string lights, bright orange accents, and lush white and orange arrangements to complement the scenery.”Citrus fruits were used as fresh and modern accents throughout the decor. They spilled out of drawers, filled beautiful white bird cages and stood tall on ladders and in glass vases on the tables.“The reception started with margaritas and flamenco guitar players and ended in the early hours of the morning with el pastor tacos and a bonfire on the beach.” And who could forget the cigar roller that guests got to experience.For the reception entertainment, the couple called on a mariachi band to set the mood.“Our impromptu first dance to “La Bamba” played by the mariachi band and our first bite of tres leches cake are just a few of our favorite memories of the night. It was everything we could have wished for and more, thanks to the wonderful town of Sayulita, our incredibly talented wedding planner Yazmin, and our dear friends and family.” And what a fun group of friends and family it was! They even participated in a limbo contest on the dance floor!At the end of the night, a surprise finale was in store. I love fireworks at destination weddings! Such a magical way to end the evening and send your guests off with a bang, just as Lindsay and Brady did! Often times it is difficult to capture the vivid color and true experience of a fireworks finale, but Jillian did a fantastic job of bringing the magic home for the happy couple.
Destination Wedding Photographer: Jillian Mitchell Photography
Wedding Vendors: Ceremony & Reception Location: Villa del Oso, Design and Planning: Sea of Dreams Weddings, Flowers: Flor Mimo, Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller, Shoes: Kate Spade, Groom’s Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna, Groom’s Pocket Square: Hermes