Samantha & Pat – La Playita Estates

Popcorn, pashminas, pinwheels and old family wedding photos were just a few of the unique touches that made Sam and Pat’s intimate wedding celebration in Bucerias, Mexico an absolutely amazing day for everyone involved!  (I’ll admit . . . this is the first wedding in a very long time that has made me tear up and is a perfect reminder why we should all be in love with love.


Throughout the wedding planning process, Sam and Pat (well, mostly just Sam) sent me just a hundred or so photos taken directly from the oh-so-famous Ruffled wedding blog – featuring the best of the best in ideas for a unique, handmade vintage wedding.  As I collected their ideas, I began to understand more and more the intimate, sweet, romantic, filled-with-a-chic-whimsy ambiance that they wanted to create for their guests, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with how the day turned out!

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Sam and Pat planned a “first look” at their hotel early in the afternoon and then arrived at the wedding venue before any of their bridal party or guests and were able to walk through the wedding setup and really take in all the fun details that awaited and surprised them!  The look on Sam’s face as she took it all in was absolutely priceless and made every single second of our work on this wedding more than worth it!

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

The wedding ceremony took place on the beach, and a beautiful wooden platform with fabric bunting blowing in the breeze welcomed the bride and groom and was the perfect stage for them to exchange their vows.  The aisle was lined with bottles and single blooms and just a few handmade pinwheels which spun perfectly in the afternoon breeze!!! Two antique-looking furnishings stood at the step of the wedding canopy with vintage-style decor (a hint of what was to come in the reception area!)

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

(A chair was set at the entrance of the aisle with a bouquet in memory of the bride’s mom who passed in the year prior to the wedding.)

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

We were privileged to work with a really responsible and eager go-to guy to announce the major wedding day events!  He did an incredible job!!!

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

An evening of simple and lovely delights followed as guests gathered in lounging areas on the beach and nearby garden.

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland


Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

As an alternative to a guest book, Sam and Pat brought quilting squares and fabric pens with them and asked guests to each scribe a note on the pieces – which will be sewn together into a quilt!   Just days before the wedding, I stumbled upon a vintage Singer sewing machine table and instantly knew that it just had to be the station for this activity!  It turned out perfectly and brought tears to the bride’s eyes when she spotted it!

We placed a hand-painted sign saying “to keep them warm” on the table with the quilting squares and a similar hand-painted sign saying “to keep you warm” nearby where gifts were placed for the guests – pashminas for the ladies and tequila for the men!

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland


Waiters passed around a full menu of appetizers, and each item was featured on a vintage door turned chalkboard menu!


And drinks were served from a bar decorated with its own fabric bunting hand-painted with a book title that has a special place in Sam and Pat’s relationship!

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Sam and Pat were amazing at collecting wedding dates and photographs of their family members, and we wanted to do something really unique with them!  We came up with the idea of creating a literal love timeline.  We strung twine between two trees and hung hand-painted signs with the decades on them and clipped up the photos and other fun “love facts” along the line.  Right before the ceremony, we took a polaroid shot of the bride and groom together and hung it up while they exchanged their vows – they were the newest addition to their family history of love!

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland



As the sun set over the ocean, candles and exposed bulb lighting cast a warm glow across the entire villa grounds!  Seriously . . . as if this wedding wasn’t romantic enough already!


Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Guests toasted the bride and groom, boogied on the dance floor and gobbled up bags and bags of fresh popcorn popped in a vintage-style popcorn machine – a bit of a surprise for our popcorn-loving bride!

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland


And just before the evening came to a close, an authentic tacos al pastor cart offered guests a chance to appease their appetites once again!

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland

A seriously amazing night.

Photographed by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography Associate Photographer Kiersten Rowland – thank you Kiersten for being so great to work with and for sharing these lovely images with us.  You are the best!!!

A few of the photos above (with the watermark) were taken by photographer Paulina Ulloa who worked at our portfolio photographer at the wedding!  Thanks Pau!

And a huge congratulations to Sam and Pat who are blessed with lots of love!  We will miss planning with you!