Sunday, 8 April 2012

::: A Vintage Love Story in Sayulita, Mexico - Tori & Austin :::

Earlier today I blogged about Myka, one of the creative partners behind Sitting in the Tree Events...this is the wedding of her partner in crime, Tori. And it is just la LOOOVE what she created for her never to be forgotten day...

In the words of their amazing photographer Sarah Yates, "Tori and austin's wedding in sayulita, mexico was pure magic.  Colorful, fun, full of love and life- it was perfection from start to finish.  Tori is one of the most creative people I know and their wedding was such a reflection of that."

...and now you can hire the magic duo to make your wedding just as beautiful!

Tori's words from her own personal blog post, "Pure magic with my 60 favorite people, my amazing friend, Sarah Yates, capturing it all, and the raddest of the rad, Michael Antonia, providing the soundtrack (and helping us finish off some tequila). We danced, drank, soaked in the sun, befriended a dog or two along the way, and slowed time down for a night on a rooftop high above the town. Other world-ly. And I wanna go back and do it all over again. Now."



ohhh my!!! In love...

Tori speaks of her wedding details (via SMP) Margaritas, fish tacos and a vision of vintage Mexico inspired our Sayulita Wedding. We were in search of a town where time slowed and fishing boats, surfers and dogs littered the sand. Nothing too perfect or pristine – a Mexico that is still full of authentic charm, dirt roads, women making churros in the town square, lush landscaping and not a tour bus in sight. An unconventional destination wedding in a place people wouldn’t normally go, yet would fall madly in love with once they arrived. A place of memories tied distinctly to our union. We fell in love with the idea of Mexico years ago on a trip for a friend’s wedding and knew we would someday be married there.

Our love of all things vintage inspired everything from our handkerchief invites to my bouquet and the boutonnieres. We spent a month designing and printing our wedding invitations on fabric with a home printer, an iron and some freezer paper. We wanted our invitations to arrive in the mail looking like small packages of love letters.

I found my dress hanging in a Nordstrom Rack (after purchasing a glamorous Karl Lagerfeld in the beginning stages) and had two of the same dresses combined and reconstructed adding torn chiffon to the train to create something whimsical and girly. I fell in love with the tea-dyed lace and antique color on the dress and that in turn inspired the rest of the wedding. From that point on I began to tea-dye absolutely everything (the lace on my veil, the paper goods and gift tags) to create an aged appearance. I really wanted it all to look like it had washed up on the shores of Sayulita years before.

Because Mexico is such a colorful place and Villa Amor was so beautiful, we wanted to avoid clichés (minus the sombreros purchased for our photo booth) and anything that would overpower where we were. Small vintage touches and personalized accents were most important. My parents carried two huge duffel bags down full of oatmeal burlap for the tables. My sister hauled 3 vintage cake stands and the cake toppers. Austin and I had bags full of vases, napkins and paper goods. We cut yards of ribbon ahead of time and wound them in another duffel bag. Every member of our family played a huge role in bringing down all the elements that would make up the design of our wedding. It looked like we were moving to Mexico, not just having a wedding there.


We tried to keep cohesion throughout the wedding: in the use of fabric (handkerchief invites, handmade napkins and vintage handkerchiefs that were handed our to our guests during our ceremony), the brooches (the bouquet, the boutonnieres and given as gifts to all our family members), and the tea dying of all the paper goods. We were after a vintage love story—and hopefully that’s how it translated.

Despite some difficulties, Villa Amor was everything we wanted. It felt like a place lost in time; villas nestled in hillsides, hidden doors and winding staircases. Our ceremony was held under trees overlooking the ocean, followed by a cocktail hour with mariachis and margaritas. A 200-step climb up the crumbling and twisting brick staircases led to the reception – a breathtaking cobblestone plateau overlooking all of Sayulita and the ocean. There was something so dramatic about our guests grumbling and huffing and puffing up those stairs in heels and then arriving to this secret spot nestled in the hills where we would dance the night away. And that we did; DJ Michael Antonia is truly the best, and had all 60 guests on their feet, shaking and singing along at full volume. Our friends and family left proclaiming: Best. Wedding. Ever.

Our wedding felt so full of love, friendship and emotion. And that’s what we had hoped for in dragging everyone to Sayulita. Margaritas, mariachis, tacos, some good surf, and a place our guests won’t stop talking about. A dream destination wedding in a very magical place. And we’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

See their sweet little video right here.

Tori had their wedding vows frmaed as a present for her husband, for them, the gift of never forgetting, they hang on the wall in their living room. A memory of the beginning of their forever.

Wedding Photography: Sarah Yates
Wedding Venue: Villa Amor
Event Design + Floral Design + Paper Goods: Sitting in a Tree (The Bride)
Event Coordination: Myka Haddad of Sitting in a Tree
DJ: Michael Antonia of The Flashdance
Wedding Cinematography: Austin Hendrix Productions
Wedding Dress: Nordstrom Rack (Bride’s Custom Design Using Two Dresses)
Wedding Veil: Mother of the Bride
Reception Dress: Haute Hippie
Floral Headpiece: Untamed Petals
Maid of Honor’s Dress: Vera Wang (With Handmade Flowers)
Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein

Words of the bride via SMP, Sitting in the Tree
Images from SMP, Sitting in the Tree, Destination I Do Magazine, Sarah Yates

Hope you enjoyed this colourful and fun feast of wedding amazingness as much as I did!

Love and sunshine,


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