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Nicoella Event Design & DJing in Sayulita, Nayarit Mexico

Professional Event and Wedding DJ, MC and Sound Manager
Professional Event and Wedding Planner, Designer and Stylist
Professional one stop shop for planning your ideal event, wedding or party
Over 10 years of Professional Service
Fluent in English and Spanish

Nicoella Event Design 
Planning, Design and Music for Life’s Best Moments

NICO (Nick Challed) - a Professional Event & Wedding DJ, MC and Sound Manager

ELLA (Lauren Toker) – a Professional Event & Wedding Planner, Designer and Stylist

Together we are your one stop shop for planning your ideal event, wedding or party in the Sayulita/Punta de Mita area.

We have over a decade of professional experience planning, designing and DJing events and weddings.  We produce events in both places we are lucky enough to call home - the Bahia de Banderas, in between Sayulita and Punta de Mita and the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

We've been described by many as "salt of the earth" people.  We appreciate good company, good food and organic beauty and design events with similar characteristics. 

We were first drawn to the Sayulita/Punta de Mita area for the exact same reasons you are probably choosing to host an event here.  The natural beauty is unparalleled. The mood is festive.  It is the quintessential place to relax. 

We want your experience planning a destination event to be exactly that – stress free, gorgeous and relaxed.  Planning an unforgettable event is no easy task. You want an epic party, but there are endless details and considerations. We are here to provide you with creative support and guidance.

The value added when you hire us for your event, wedding or party:

- We have the skills to do it all - Planning, Design, Styling, DJing, Sound System Set Up, Sound Management

- We have years of professional experience – Lauren has deep knowledge of design as a former interior and prop stylist and Nick used to be a radio DJ.

- We have strong knowledge of the event & wedding industry both inside and outside of Mexico

- We source materials from both Mexico and the U.S. meaning that if you have a specific vision, we can deliver on it.  We have personal relationships with a network of handpicked "vendors" - better described as artists, artisans and craftspeople to make sure that your event is uniquely your own.

- We can offer to be your bridge – between two different cultures and different concepts. We both speak Spanish.  

- We are flexible and can tailor our services to your needs.  We work on both a consultation and package basis.  We work independently and together and offer discounts on our services when you book us together. 

- We specialize in designing non-traditional weddings, bachelor/ette parties, birthday celebrations, family reunions, proposals, baby showers and creative events for small businesses and corporations.  

Please use the contact form to inquire about your event's specific details and pricing. 

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The Absolute Best!
We loved working with Lauren, and hiring her to assist in putting together our dream event was the best decision we made!! My husband and I planned a small ceremony with 20 of our closest family & friends and, even though we had stayed at the venue in past years and felt really confident with things, we could have never pulled this together without Lauren and her team!

The team was always available to answer our questions, toss around ideas, go over the plan well in advance, and Lauren even put together a great timeline and plan for the day-of.

From the design and vision of the event, to booking vendors, sourcing rentals, coordinating delivery & staff, and everything in between, Lauren was an absolute dream to work with and had such an amazing creative eye! She put together a beautiful altar for the ceremony, lounge setting for guests to hang, and a dreamy dinner setting for one of the best evenings of my life.

We had some last-minute challenges with our venue and Lauren & her team stepped in and COMPLETELY handled everything. She has such a calm presence and is incredibly organized. Not only did we not have to worry about anything and were put completely at ease on our big day, but the end result was better than we could have ever imagined. We didn't have to make one decision or worry about anything and were able to fully enjoy the whole day. We truly couldn't have been in better hands with anyone else.

In addition to Nicoella, we hired Nick to handle our music for the cocktail hours before and after the ceremony, and the music during the actual ceremony. He did a beautiful job and we didn't have to worry about anything. He was there promptly, set-up with ease, and blended right in. He did a fantastic job at taking our specific songs we wanted and then adding additional music that blended perfectly.

We couldn't give higher praise for Nicoella and Nick. Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful, relaxing, unique event!
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Experienced: May, 2018
Dream team!!
Where do we even begin?! Lauren & Nick are an amazing duo and we feel so fortunate to have found them one day while googling wedding planners in Sayulita. As soon as we saw Lauren's design, we knew she was the one. Added bonus - her husband, Nick. We read review after review and were so excited to find someone who would not be the typical wedding DJ. This was not a first wedding for either of us and we knew exactly what we wanted - and they delivered. Not only did they deliver, they exceeded our expectations....which were pretty high :)

Lauren - her design eye is top notch and she was so helpful along the way. All of our wedding guests were impressed by her! We went with all vendors that she recommended and they were all amazing. We also used her recommendations for Thur & Friday night and both turned out perfect. She is way more than a planner, she is an incredible person.

Nick - we leaned heavy on Nick and gave very little guidance and he crushed it...he created an epic dance party and all of our guests had a great time.

Our guests (and us!) can not stop talking about how it was the best wedding they have ever been to!!

We could not have asked for anything more. They are truly the best - a dream team.
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Experienced: April, 2018
Dream Wedding thanks to our Dream Team, Lauren & Nick!!
Where to begin... I knew from the minute that we hired Nicoella that we were in the best hands and that our wedding vision would come to life... best decision of the entire wedding!

I've been coming to Sayulita for 18 years and I never could have pulled off anything close to the level Nicoella took things. I LOVED working with Lauren and her assistant Niki on all of the planning, vendor booking and design for both our rehearsal dinner and wedding for 97 guests in Sayulita this past March. They made it as easy of a process as possible for us and we were so thrilled with every vendor they recommended. Total A team! They answered emails promptly and kept the planning on a steady pace throughout the year so that we were never overwhelmed having to make decisions all at once.

And then Nick! Music was one of the most important elements for us and Nick nailed it all night long! We wanted different genres throughout the night (welcome music, ceremony music, cocktail hour, dinner & dancing)... and did not want typical wedding music. He took our requests and ideas and then added so much more! He even helped arrange instruments and equipment fairly last minute so that we could have musicians who attended play a live song for our first dance. I can't count the number of guests who told us they loved the music, seamless flow and general vibe of the night. We could have continued the dance party all night long!

Lauren's eye for design and style is incredible. She helped us make decisions on our attire for the entire wedding party and everyone could not have looked more stunning! Her minimalist yet elegant and cool style worked so well at both our rehearsal dinner and wedding. Her calm presence, organization and level of detail kept everything running smoothly all weekend in such a graceful way, and I never once felt like a nervous or stressed out bride. I trusted her to carry out our vision and she exceeded our high standards and expectations on every level. She and Niki worked behind the scenes so that we could actually enjoy our time in Mexico the week leading up to the wedding and enjoy getting ready the day of the wedding instead of having to focus on all of the details and execution.

They are truly a dream team and our families and guests (and me and my husband!) can't stop talking about what an incredible, beautiful, magical and love-filled time it was! Best wedding planner and DJ ever!
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Experienced: March, 2018
Daughter's wedding
Dear Lauren,
Please forgive my tardiness in thanking you and Ale for all your wonderful help with Averil's wedding on February 25th! Not only did you alleviate many of our worries and concerns with having a wedding so far away but you also understood the vision for the wedding we wanted to create. I know a lot of hard work went into the planning and execution of the wedding but you both made it seem effortless and smooth. Averil and I loved everything and our family and guests had a marvelous and fun party - exactly what we wanted! We loved Chocolate (the burro) and the sweet little boy with him, the Mariachi band and the fireworks!
Please tell Nick how happy we were with his DJing and music too! - he was great and really knows his craft. Thank you so much for extending the party for us as well - I know everyone must have been tired but our friends and family did not want to end such a happy celebration!
Thank you for helping us so much and we are grateful to have had your expertise.
Carol Christens-Barry
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Experienced: February, 2018
Weddings are hard - Lauren makes it EASY!
Lauren did an absolutely fantastic job of handling our daughters wedding in Sayulita this February. She handles things smoothly and professionally and just made our lives so much easier as the parents of the bride. Things in Mexico can be tricky to execute with the language and cultural differences, but Lauren has a great group of contractors she calls on and it just makes everything run smooth as silk.

Nick was our DJ and he did an excellent job working with our daughter and son-in-law to come up with a playlist of music that was just for them. He quietly set up, did his job perfectly and stayed the night to make sure everybody had a great time.

Thanks so much Lauren and Nick!
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Experienced: February, 2018
Exceptional, exceeded expectations
Being second time around, Cameron and I wanted a small family wedding with our adult kids in Sayulita. Not knowing where to start, Lauren was recommended to us by a friend and we cannot thank her enough. Having an open mind and with the idea of a casual, beach wedding, Lauren seamlessly created the most beautiful event which surpassed all of our expectations. The setting was stunning, private and beachy! The flowers, the ceremony, the hospitality, photographer and the outstanding Mariachi all together made for a very fun but also very moving wedding. Thank you Lauren for the most beautiful and memorable day!! We hope to return to Sayulita soon xx
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Experienced: January, 2018
Fun and professional DJ made our night!
We hired Nick to DJ my 50th birthday fiesta and he was a big hit! There was a large range in ages, from 20 somethings to 80 somethings and everyone had a great time, danced, and enjoyed the music. We heard so many great comments from our guests, mostly about how fun and danceable the music was, while still being able to carry on a conversation. Meaning - it was loud enough but not uncomfortable.

Nick was professional, punctual and did a great job choosing a playlist based on a few song favorites I sent him. His intuitive choices were the perfect match for the party. If you need a DJ for any event, don't hesitate to contact Nick, highly recommended!
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Experienced: January, 2018
Hands down the best!
Lauren and Nick are absolutely THE best - extremely organized, great communicators, highly professional and so enjoyable to work with!! Every single detail was executed perfectly. Lauren seamlessly coordinated all the vendors, hotel, etc. so our wedding day was stress-free and without surprises. Nick completely understood what we were going for music-wise and nailed it - from the ceremony to cocktail hour, dinner and the insanely fun dance-party! We felt so taken care of every step of the way. Our wedding was beyond our hopes and dreams!
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Experienced: December, 2017
Nicoella brought our dream wedding to life!
Lauren & Nick are the dream team! I discovered Lauren on instragram after falling in love with her signature style and I knew she would make our wedding a dream come true. It was BEYOND. From planning to execution, Lauren is impeccably organized and her eye for style is on point. She's so easy to work with and when we found out her awesome husband was a DJ, it was a no brainer...we knew were in the best hands.

Everything we envisioned for our wedding came to life at the hands of Nicoella. Lauren has become a loved local of Sayulita which made our network of vendors come together effortlessly. Her network of colleages including Flor Mimo for flowers, Tom Moks Photography, Funky Divas for Hair & Makeup, Plush Catering, Rentals, Shuttle Service, Churros, Popsicles, all worked like a family and made our event flow smoothly throughout. We had 105 guests who were all as happy as could be.

Thank you both so much for making our wedding truly unforgettable and exceed our expectations! It was a night we will never forget and you made it all happen! We can't wait to be back soon! xoxox Allie + Sandro
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Experienced: November, 2017
Couldn't have asked for more
My wife and I worked with both Lauren and Nick for our wedding in Sayulita in late October and could not have been happier! Lauren was incredibly easy to work with; easygoing, communicative, and dedicated to our event. On the day of, we didn't have to lift a finger, she coordinated all of our vendors, and our wedding ended PERFECTLY. Nick's DJ'ing is also outstanding. We wouldn't have changed a thing. I can't recommend Nicoella events highly enough!
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Experienced: October, 2017
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Lauren & Nick
Nick Challed (nico) and Lauren Toker (ella) met and fell in love on a dance floor in 2001. Nick was DJing and Lauren was dancing. Five years later, while traveling around the world together, we got engaged. Inspired by our experience designing o...[Read more]

Nick Challed (nico) and Lauren Toker (ella) met and fell in love on a dance floor in 2001. Nick was DJing and Lauren was dancing. Five years later, while traveling around the world together, we got engaged. Inspired by our experience designing our own wedding, we decided to merge our creative talents to start an event design business. Thus, nicoella was born.We split our time between the two bays we have been lucky enough to call home for over a decade - the San Francisco Bay Area and the Bahia de Banderas in Mexico, in between Sayulita and Punta de Mita.We've been described by many as "salt of the earth" people. We appreciate good company, good food and organic beauty.

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Out-of-Area Service
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