Polo Ponies Wedding in San Pancho Mexico

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Styled Shoot

The beach towns in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico are usually known for their vibrant colors, their surfing and being an awesome location for boho tropical destination weddings. Designer Courtney Bialy of Sunset Soiree, photographer Beth Berman from Dekker Photography and florist Carmen McKnight of Flora Amor wanted to showcase another side of Riviera Nayarit for this styled photoshoot.

Next door to the popular neighboring town of Sayulita is San Francisco, or San Pancho as the locals call it. And nestled in the hills of this little town is La Patrona Polo Club. This stunning polo club stretches over 220 hectares, offering impressive views of virgin jungle, green and palm trees as far as the eyes can see. The state of the art facility boasts two polo fields, three jumping arenas, two gastronomic experiences including a Sunday Polo Brunch, and stables for polo and show jumping horses.

The creativity for this styled shoot came from the desire to show a different, more refined side of Mexico. While the beaches here are world class, so is this multi-million dollar polo club a mile away from them. And Courtney, Beth and Carmen wanted future brides and grooms to know that Mexico does not only have to be boho or tropical, but can also be a bit more preppy, elegant and high end in style as well.

The couple, in their preppy attire; a low-back blush dress for the bride and a seersucker suit for the groom had their first look on horses in a palm lined garden. The brides’ hair & makeup and styling by Jenn Chivers Freelance was kept crisp and clean. Straight long beautiful hair & simple makeup kept her looking fresh, young and classic beauty. A pink pearl necklace and gold and pearl earings provided by Sayulita Sol Jewelry added the perfect preppy touch to her look.

The inspiration for the design came from the modern stables. The angled roof lines bought in geometric shapes in the ceremony altar and to the floral installations at the end of the family style dining table. Rustic wooden tables with classic silver Chiavari chairs were set inside the stables for the reception with horses peeking out of their stalls begging for attention or some carrots. Accents of the grey and blush color theme were thoughtfully placed throughout the table scape; with the blush table runners, silver glass chain link chargers, smokey grey crystal cut stemware, and rose gold tableware.

The ceremony space reflected the lines of the stables with a unique double diamond frame in copper and black. Flora Amor used a variety of greenery, garden roses, anthurium, and orchids to evoke a classic feel, yet incorporated copper painted greenery to add dimension and a trendy touch. The same geometric lines were brought forward, onto the grass in front of the frame, adding a contemporary aspect. The bride carried a lush cascading bouquet with the same copper painted botanical ingredients, merging the trendy concept with the refined, classic cascade look.

They played croquet along the sides of the polo field and sipped on classic signature cocktails (HIS / Gin Martini, HERS/ Sparkling Rose) while watching a practice polo match, all with their scruffy stable dog in tow.

The invites, designed by local artist Ciam Parten were made with a mix of textured paper, vellum and a handmade leather envelope. Beautiful hand written accents completed the look that included an invite for a Recovery Polo Brunch the day after the wedding.

Over a 150 different sized cylinders filled with floating candles sat upon mirrored table runners to mimic the sparkle from the lighting curtain that hung above the table. La Patrona’s talented award winning chefs created a family style menu that would work perfectly for this style of dinner service. Flora Amor completed the look by bringing the florals to the base of the table, using the same geometric lines of the ceremony space, the copper painted greenery, and the blush blooms. As the sun went down, the candles and the blanket of lights over the table created a luxurious, elegant and stunning look for this preppy polo wedding.


Invitation Designer: Ciam Parten Designs//Jewelry: Sayulita Sol Jewelry//Cake Designer: Charme Reposteria//Equipment Rentals: Mac Events//Equipment Rentals: Unique Rentals//Floral Designer: Flora Amor//Event Planner: Sunset Soiree//Makeup Artist: Jennifer Chivers Hair and Makeup//Reception Venue: La Patrona Polo Club//Photographer: Dekker Photography

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