As the temperatures begin to drop, today’s laid back wedding in Mexico makes us daydream about warm sand on our feet and crystal blue seas. Jicky and Marty’s intimate wedding celebration held in Sayulita was relaxed yet elegant and modern.
Photography by Jillian Mitchell.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Just breathe and take it all in because it goes by too quickly.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? The wedding will be perfect. Just make sure it represents you as a couple and enjoy it!
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? I loved putting a mishmash of pieces together to make up our unique invitation set. I picked cards that would complement each other, tied it together with waxed cord the color of the sea and a sea star charm, and placed them in envelopes I lined myself with a foil-pattern. The whole look was beachy yet luxe and like no other. My husband spent weeks creating the playlist which was inspired by our Ibiza bachelor/bachelorette party, which brought back fond memories for our guests who were able to come out for a week and share a villa with us the summer prior. Designing the vows took some time but it was fun to make them on our own with inspired quotes and verses that meant a lot to us. We never wanted a generic cookie-cutter wedding. What we got was a lot of one-of-a-kind moments that will last forever.
“We had our first date in San Diego, but when work took me to Abu Dhabi, we wound up doing long-distance and ended up spending a lot of “dates” travelling around the world. When it came to our wedding, we wanted to celebrate in a destination abroad that was still accessible to our family and friends mostly in California. To many of them, who had never vacationed in Mexico, this was pretty exotic! We happened across Sayulita during our first trip venue-hunting in Mexico and we just fell in love.”
Your ceremony in three words. Sweet, non-traditional, musical
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We started with the venue. We knew we wanted to say our vows barefoot on a beach, preferably a strip of sand all to ourselves.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? I wore my perfect engagement ring, something “old” from 1946 that had belonged to his grandmother Margaret. A beautiful backless gown, with the “newest” lace from Katie May. A gorgeous veil that I “borrowed” from my sister who wore it in Italy just a few years ago. A “blue” locket Marty gave me that day, inscribed and tied on to my bouquet.
Wedding dress by Katie May.
Who officiated your ceremony? Johann Ackerman. He owns the stunning Teitiare Estate and he shared our vision for something simple, pure and magical.
What was your ceremony music? I walked down to Ben Harper’s “Waiting for an Angel” played acoustically by a local band. We walked back together to Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved”. And when the party really got started later, we kicked it off to Duke Dumont’s “I Got U”.
Ceremony Music by Rob Cavazzini.
What were your ceremony readings? We chose Biblical and Buddhist sayings for our siblings to read.
What were your vows like? Marty chose them all and put them together himself. It was so sweet.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? It was so hard to concentrate in front of everyone, and being barefoot looking up at my tall husband. He had to pull me in for a kiss because I was so dumbfounded! But the picture turned out adorable.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? We wanted to give something to our guests so they had something to do with their hands besides awkward clapping, so we gave them rice. It was joyous getting pelted by our family and friends, but a bit tedious to get out of our attire!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Our story started when we first met in grade school in Newport Beach, CA. We took our own paths growing up, but reconnected in our thirties, traveling the world, celebrating in Ibiza, and then wedding in Mexico. It was a celebration that truly embodied the adventure that is our loving relationship and our life to come.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? You will most likely go over budget so just accept it. It is worth the quality if you really love it.
“Knowing we and our guests would dance all night long, we had a late-night taco stand and churro-making stand directly on the sand. That and endless shot glasses of tequila. Until we actually finished all of it! To this day, everyone remembers the hand-cut churros as the most delicious they’ve ever had. And our wedding like no other!”
How would you describe your reception? Dreamy, festive, and awesome.
Why did you choose this location for your reception? We wanted the reception to be as close as possible to the ceremony, so the venue had to have enough space and variety to transition each of the wedding activities smoothly into intimate spaces.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our travels all over the world, our shared love of delicious foods, and our time spent at music festivals. Our bachelor/bachelorette party was in Ibiza so of course the Spanish twist was also present in our Mexican Rivieran setting.
Did you have a signature cocktail? Yes, a Spicy Jalapeño Margarita for him and a Lychee Mojito for her.
Menu: Hors d’hœuvres: Pulpo Jicama Tacos / Shrimp Aguachiles / Tortilla Soup // Entree: Cream of Asparagus Soup / Choice of Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi or Chicken Poblano / Dessert: Crème Brulee with Assorted Berries / Heart Shaped Gourmet Sea Salt Fudge Brownies
Catering by Andres Ramos Bacerra.
What was your first dance song? Ziggy Marley’s “Beach in Hawaii”—we got engaged on the Big Island.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? I loved having our reception on the Pacific coastline, where we both grew up. And when the wish lanterns flew into the sky with the most amazing sunset and music, it was like a beautiful wish connecting our past, present, and future.
Reception Music by DJ Puerto Vallarta.
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? We had everyone line up with sparklers so we could walk through as husband and wife. It turned out as the first dance was right after, I put on my dancing shoes and he had to carry me through across the sand!