3 May

Sayulita, Mexico Day of the Dead wedding: Carolyn + Peter

categories Real Weddings

There’s a small seaside town on the West Coast of Mexico called Sayulita, where mariachi serenade newlyweds through the streets, piñatas wait to explode with dulces, guests catch up during a sunset, michelada in hand, and papel picados announce to all that it’s your day. It’s everything Carolyn + Peter wanted, with their own twist to it of course. Their wedding took place a week after Dia de los Muertos, so they decided to make their 50-guest wedding one that was anything but “cutsie”, and played with the idea that they were in Mexico. It was an elegant and ethereal fiesta, captured by Jillian Mitchell, that began with one of the funniest save the date videos seen here.

custom Papel Picado Wedding flags

Always a fan of customized papel picados. We’ve even got some multi-colored (non-customizable) ones in our Pop-Up Shop right now!

vintage wedding attire

We’ve been waiting to see these sweet french embroidered BHLDN cuffs on a bride! Love.

birdcage veil + crystal comb

A simple loose side bun held with a crystal leaf hair comb from Twigs & Honey adds just enough glitz to her already elegant look.

embroidered vintage hanky

Monique Lhuillier wedding dress

day of the dead wedding invites

A big tip if you’re planning on mailing your invitations in black envelopes and/or with a wax stamp seal. Make sure you plan ahead and buy an additional “outer” envelope to place your black one in if you don’t want the post office to stick a big white sticker on it for their barcode and postmark, or be prepared to so some sweet talking. That’s the situation Carolyn found herself in and almost had a heart attack when she thought none of their invites would be allowed to be mailed out!

day of the dead cuff links

day of the dead wedding programs

They had the most creative and interactive programs. Remember playing with these as a kid? They’re called cootie catchers or paper fortune tellers, and when unfolded revealed all the information from their wedding.

day of the dead inspired programs

day of the dead wedding flask

What groomsmen is not going to flip over these calavera flasks?

 sayulita mexico wedding ceremony

Both of Carolyn’s brothers are professional musicians and helped orchestrate the music. One of her brothers officiated the wedding and the other took to the acoustic guitar to play during the ceremony.

sayulita mexico wedding

The mariachi led the way from the ceremony to the reception where modern furniture, calavera pillows and piñatas awaited.

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day of the dead custom pillows

 sayulita mexico wedding

day of the dead wedding menu

day of the dead wedding

 sayulita mexico wedding

day of the dead inspired wedding

Topped off with an amazing firework show, we’d say this Sayulita wedding was every bit of magical you’d expect from this romantic seaside town. Felicidades Carolyn + Peter!

Want to keep this wedding going, head over to Jillian Mitchell’s site to see more gorgeous shots of the dance party and piñata hitting!

Photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography/ Wedding coordination + flowers: Yazmin at Sea of Dreams in Sayulita (also created table settings with custom made Day of The Dead doll center pieces, custom white chiffon drapery over the entire outdoor palapa, outdoor & indoor lighting, custom made the anatomical heart sticker enlarged on the dance floor, cake table, life-sized Day of the Dead piñata) / Event designer: Alchemy Hour Designs / Location: Sayulita, Mexico / Invitation designer: Royal Steamline / Calligraphy: Lisa Lovitt / Videography: Sharkpig / Catering: Don Pedro’s / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s birdcage veil: Tessa Kim / Hairclip: Twigs and Honey / French embroidered lace cuffs: BHLDN/ Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s suit: Sean Jean / Cufflinks: IvCreations! / Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale / Groomsmen suits: Men’s Warehouse / Cootie Catcher programs + menus + placecards: Alchemy Hour Designs / Embroidered handkerchiefs: Wedding Handkerchiefs / Custom Mexican Flags: Aymuyer- Yreina Flores Ortiz / Day of the Dead pillows: MiVida Creations / Day of the Dead Flasks: FlowerOfTheDead on Etsy / Mr. & Mrs. chair banners: Any Occasion Banners

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  1. I love this wedding. Incredibly my blog this morning was on this very subject. Inspiring and vibrant. With imagination a totally unique, memorable wedding has been created. What a fantastic couple to go and do that little something different. Philippaevents.com

  2. This is fabulous….the thought of style and creativity is beautiful. Love the big red heart theme!

  3. I love those cuffs! And the veil! So gorgeous.

  4. Thanks for the post! For tons more photos of the bride and groom and the nighttime debauchery head over to my site. The dance party and piñata were amazing!

  5. This wedding is gorgeous! I love the whole theme, the classy, elegant way it was pulled off, and all the details! Thanks so much for featuring Alchemy Hour Designs, we loved being a part of this wonderful day!!

  6. Beautiful wedding and photos.

  7. Stunning photos! Nice captures!

  8. Wow, Is what I have to say. I could not have been prouder to be able to attend this wedding and to say that is was fantastic. They had a wonderful wedding planner that made sure everything went so smoothly. The residents of Sayulita were so friendly. The entire town and wedding was great!

  9. Very elegant! I would never hav imagined such a creative theme for a wedding, but it looks fantastic.

  10. some very nice details

  11. wow, the napkin idea is so sweet, especially the way the ink has run!

  12. The handkerchief is very nice. The photographer did beautiful and natural pictures.

  13. Wow Jillian.. stunning.. great capture of all those very cool details. Love this wedding.

  14. Loved Loved the wedding- it was truley special. I wish Peter and Carolyn nothing but happiness and to have there lives together be just a speical.

  15. I love those fabulous cuffs!

  16. I love those flasks!! Now I have to find them…I’ve looked but they are hard to come by.

  17. Dying over the stunning leaf hair comb. And that embroidered handkerchief = so awesome!

  18. Like this style of wedding!

  19. Gorgeous wedding! Interested having our wedding in Sayulita. Any information on where is this pavilion located or who I could contact?

  20. We just had papel picado (from 100 Layer Cake’s pop-up shop) at our wedding in Los Angeles. It was gorgeous; everyone loved it: http://bit.ly/XoqEze

  21. Lovely article and beautiful photos and gift ideas.

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