Well hello there lovely people! We have the best way to start your Monday morning as we share this classic, bohemian, ocean slash festival wedding with you. Set on a quaint cliffside in Sayulita, Mexico, this wedding is every ounce the most sophisticated mix of beach and festival to hit the blog since forever. We do absolutely adore a location wedding, and Erin Parker Photography certainly didn’t disappoint us with this one. She captured the beach-boho vibe of Brett and Ryan’s wedding effortlessly, as the day turned to night and the breezy ocean views turned into a Mexican party extravaganza! The couple chose a wedding space with lots of rustic wood, raw and plain materials and neutral colours, with the highlight being the beautifully impressive moonlit Palapa. Underneath the thatched palm leaf roof, Brett threw a festival shindig to remember, featuring DIY Tequila wedding favours, a cow skull guestbook (yes, a real cow skull) and an abundance of Mexican hats! Here’s the gorgeous bride Brett to tell us how she managed to pull it all off, whilst strutting her ultra-glamorous look in a pair of flip-flops!
I’ve always loved and lived a beach-bohemian lifestyle. I absolutely love raw woods and soft neutrals, and I knew for years exactly how I envisioned my wedding. I couldn’t imagine anything other than a neutral palate with a hint of greenery. I had a Pinterest board with my mother (thank goodness for her!) to help us pick things we liked and disliked and we used ideas from other weddings/parties on Pinterest for inspiration. We also found the most beautiful outdoor location which pretty much led our theme.
Vineyard sunset proposal
Ryan wanted to do something special for my birthday and found The Inn Europa Village, a little Bed & Breakfast that happened to be in a Winery. Knowing we’ve always wanted to go wine tasting together, he thought this was the perfect place. The morning after we arrived, after walking the grounds of the property, he instantly found the perfect location to propose called the “Wishing Tree” and the plant pot was completely filled with corks that represented all previous visitor’s wishes. Conveniently the tree over looked the vineyard and nearby hillsides where the sun would set. The plan was for us to visit the local wineries for some tastings and end back at the vineyard where we would enjoy a bottle during the sunset. After finishing the bottle, I made a wish to get engaged, obviously not knowing that my wish was about to come true! He asked if I wanted to call it a night, but said that I must make my wish before heading up. So we took the cork and on the count of 1-2-3 I said.. “I wish we’d get engaged this week” and started to laugh. He played it off with the typical “Ha ha… very funny”. I made my way back to our table and Ryan followed up behind me by dropping down with the big question: “Actually… Brett Ashley Foskett will you marry me?” he said. I was in total shock and burst into tears so hard that people actually thought we broke up!
Back plunge glamour with comfy flip flops!
My dress was by Katie May. Every formal gown I’ve ever worn had to have an extremely low back. So low, In fact, that I had my own dresses altered to make the back lower. The moment I saw the Katie May dress I fell in love with it…it was simple, fitted, and had a plunging back. I actually saw it years before the wedding and even back then I knew it was the one for me. I wore flip flops all day which was the best idea EVER!
Ryan wore a custom suit from Groom’s Grotto and the Bridesmaid’s dresses were from Show Me Your Mumu with accessories from Torri By the Sea jewelry.
Ocean views with festival style
When we visited Mexico together in December 2014, we came upon an open house that we instantly fell in love with. We talked about how cool it would be to one day get married in a similar place in Mexico, with all of our closest friends and family there to celebrate. We’d gone back to Mexico several times after that as my mum has a place there and each time we would visit Sayulita, a town we instantly fell in love with. Once we started looking for locations we came across Don Pedros, Brisa Mar….a huge Palapa (an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves) on a grass point/cliff overlooking the ocean. Perfect for free-spirited and boho outdoor weddings! It had gorgeous panoramic views, and the Palapa under which the reception would be held, really created the feeling we wished for.
We also hosted a mixer the night before the wedding for all wedding guests at La Terrazola in Sayulita, a restaurant on the sand. There was music, a bonfire, appetizers and a full bar, which really helped all the wedding guests get to know each other. I believe this helped everyone to let loose and have much more fun at the wedding!
Bohemian floral arch, Spanish guitar and laid-back vibes….
I hate being the center of attention as much as I hate attending weddings in which the ceremony drags on way too long! I wanted a ceremony that was short, sweet, and laid back. Ryan and I used other wedding ceremonies for inspiration for writing our own wedding script, so it was very personal to us and we knew exactly what was going to be said which made it much less nerve wrecking!
My grandmother was a huge part of my life and unfortunately she passed away before my wedding. It fell into place that the best month and the day that the venue was available for our wedding was also my grandmother’s birthday! It’s funny how little things like that work out! My grandmother is Spaniard and my mother loves spanish guitar, so one personal touch we added was a spanish guitar player during the ceremony. For the reception we wanted beachy/reggae type songs during dinner, and fun dance music afterwards!
Laid back photographer…
We had the wonderful Erin Parker as our photographer on the day. She was extremely laid back, outgoing, and easy to work with. I cannot imagine having a better wedding photographer as she made the awkward experience of being in front of a photographer so comfortable! A huge bit of advice would be to make sure your photographer is outgoing and that you feel comfortable with them. Our wedding videographer was Still & Motion. Here’s the video – https://vimeo.com/216370767
DIY Lighting, handcrafted wooden signage and raffia fans
We were definitely budget-conscious so we tried to utilise some of the items the venue included to help reduce costs. Rather than wood tables for the guest tables which would have been an extra cost, we utilised the square tables that came with the venue and upgraded our sweetheart table to feature raw wood. I also loved the lights that the palapa could be decorated with, so I wanted to have these lights incorporated outside the palapa as well. My mother and I picked up a few pieces at stores like TK Maxx, such as the frames for our “Wish you were here” table and some of the wood signage seen around the wedding. We also put together the raffia fans with bows, the Coconut 1800 tequila favors, and my favourite piece of DIY…THE SKULLS!!! I am obsessed with cow skulls (I have 3 in my house!) so I wanted to incorporate these into the wedding. We contacted locals in Mexico we knew to obtain cow skulls that we bleached. We used the skulls in the entryway to the wedding, as well as for our guestbook!
Neutral flowers with greenery
I knew right when I saw my first white King Protea this HAD to be my centerpiece for the wedding. My wedding planner did tell me to have another flower in mind in case the white King Protea could not be found – impossible I thought! I had been persistent from the start that I ONLY wanted white flowers with greenery…NO COLOR! Well, mother nature wanted to teach me a lesson about being flexible because a few days before the wedding when I met my wedding planner in Mexico they had horrible news…..no white King Protea. After a few minutes of being bridezilla and freaking out, my wedding planner showed me other options and calmed my nerves. They showed me a pink color regular protea which is what we ended up using last minute. Pink!! In my ideal universe of an all neutral wedding I was devastated to throw in pink last minute, but to my surprise the pink looked just as beautiful and I did not mind it at all. Word of advice: be flexible!!!
Relaxed and Romantic
Our first dance was “Say you won’t let go” by James Arthur. The lyrics just seemed to hit home with our relationship and the melody was relaxed and romantic.There were so many amazing moments!! One of my favourite parts of our wedding was the photos we took as a couple right after the ceremony and the reception. The whole morning and day leading up to the reception was a whirlwind and I felt like I was up on a cloud. That being said, everything (even the ceremony!) flew by so fast I didn’t feel like I really got to enjoy the moment. After the ceremony, I came back down from whatever cloud I was on and I was able to celebrate with my now-husband. It was a great little moment of time that allowed us to getaway from the crowd and bask in what was ours. As for the reception, we were able to mingle with guests and celebrate fully with the stress of all the little details and anxiety gone!
As for planning, I think it’s so easy to get caught up making sure everything is perfect and you get everything you want, you start adding things here and there and the cost really creeps up. So, I definitely recommend making a budget that is firm and sticking to it!! Also, be flexible!! No matter what happens on your wedding day, you will be so elated the whole day that if things aren’t exactly perfect you won’t even care. So do yourself a favour and keep this attitude of flexibility throughout the planning process. It’s too easy to get caught up thinking the flowers or table setup is the most important thing, when really, your wedding is a special ceremony for you and your groom, so celebrate that rather than trying to throw the most beautiful, Pinterest-worthy shindig! Also, make sure you have a great support person (mum, sister, best friend) to keep you from becoming bridezilla during the planning process! And most of all—ENJOY! This day will fly by so quickly, so soak up every little moment and enjoy the ride!
Photographer: Erin Parker Photography
Wedding Planner and Florist: Marweddings
Venue and Catering: Don Pedros
Bride’s Dress: Katie May
Groom’s Outfit: Groom’s Grotto
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Torri By the Sea jewelry
Entertainment: Producciones Curiel
Cake: Charmé Repostería