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TOP 5 BRIDAL TRENDS FOR 2019

December is here and so is the perfect moment to talk about the 2019 Bridal Trends! Here’s our top 5!

  1. Headbands!!!

Headband were cropping up this bridal fashion week and we can see why: headbands are the perfect accessory to complete a minimalistic –sleek look! We know your 90’s heart is gonna love this trend!

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This is how our beautiful brides in the Riviera Maya rock this trend!

Bride Danielle / Venue: Mayakoba Andaz / Wedding planner: Runawaybride /

Photographer: Elizabeth Medina

2. Headpieces- The bigger the better!

Although we said goodbye to the colorful flower crowns in 2019 we say… Hello to huge and vibrant hair accessories! Yes!, the bigger the better so don’t be afraid and be bold!

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Our beautiful bride Jess wearing a huge headpiece! Perfect colours and size for a Riviera Maya beach bride!

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3)Center Parting 

We owe this trend to the gorgeous Meghan Markle and her polished Duchess look! This retro trend goes well with a pulled back super sleek style or a boho chic messy bun and face-framing tendrils for for an effortlessly chic look.

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4) Pink cheeks, rosy hues and ruby red lips! 

If you love your pink blush , now it’s the time to bring it back out! The pink check’s flooded the bridal spring 2019 on Hayley Paige’s catwalk, if you love this trend then go on an blush away!

 

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We need to mention the gorgeous and bold ruby lips (Inbal Dror)  Perfect for a spring beach wedding!

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5)Luminous Skin!

Glowy skin has been in fashion since 2017, but this year we see the luminosity has been turn up a notch… and we looove it! Remember last year we talked about stobbing… well this year is not only about a bit of cheekbone highlighting this year is about an allover glow!

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The 2019 bridal scene has blinded us with gorgeous luminous make up that accentuates the brides beauty!

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La Catrina- the perfect halloween make up!

Hi everybody!

It’s October now, and we know everybody must be getting excited about Halloween at the end of the month! And also “the day of the dead” (Día de muertos) the 1st of November!  So instead of talking about bridal hair and make up we  have decided to to drift a little bit away from the wedding scene and just focus on Halloween and Día de Muertos theme make up!

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So we have decided to talk about the Catrina (some of you might know it as sugar skull), but the Catrina is an iconic Mexican character created by the Mexican cartoon artist Jose Posada about 100 years ago, and popularized by Diego Rivera’s paintings. catrinas-maquillaje

And of course, since we are based in the Mexican Caribbean and we also love celebrating the day of the dead… well “The Catrina”  is of course our favorite make up for the holidays!

What do you need to achieve the look?

Black Eyeliner (pencil)

Face paint of various colors (white, black, yellow, red, or blue)

Spangle or glitter

Large  fake eyelashes.

Large flowers for a flower crown or a side ponytail with flowers.

 

You can be as authentic to the character painting your face white or you can give it a little twist and just make your face glowy-white for a more nude look!

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Another twist to the traditional Catrina make up is going hafsies on it,  draw a couple of flowers and emphasize your natural beauty in the “alive” side of the make up.

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Although in the beginning la Catrina cartoon was indeed a mockery of Mexicans who denied their own cultural heritage and pretended to be of a different social class, today is a character that proudly represents Mexican folklore and culture honoring the memory of those who have passed away and remind us that no matter if you where rich or poor in the end we are all the same.

Happy Halloween and happy día de muertos! We hope you enjoy the festivities!

 

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Your destination wedding- Mexican style!

September is a very special month in Mexico, we celebrate the independence day! So we have decided to write a special blog on how you can incorporate a bit of the mexican spice into your special day!

Mexico is known for it’s colorful folklore! You can include a bit of this color and fun into your wedding by decorating your tables with traditional napkins and by using the “loteria” images so your guests can identify their tables!  Don’t you love this splash of color?

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Mariachi music is probably the most famous Mexican music! So in your Mexican destination wedding hiring a Mariachi is a must!

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Wedding Photographer: del Sol Photography / Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier

The photos will be fantastic and you will have so much fun dancing and singing to “the Mariachi loco” rhythm!

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Wedding Photographer: Jonathan Cossu / Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier

You can also give a little twist to your ceremony by having a Mayan shaman officiating the ceremony!

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Wedding Photographer: Quetzal Photography / Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier

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Take advantage that you are having a caribbean wedding on the beach! Take a leap, be bold with your choice of flowers and choose some super colorful super tropical flower arrangements! Katherine&James084

You can use these tropical flowers as centerpieces, decor, flower crown and even your bouquet!

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Wedding Photographer: Fine Art Studio  / Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier

Don’t you love the splash of color against the beautiful turquoise caribbean ocean!?

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Let us know what other Mexican traditions you are planning to include in your Mexican destination wedding?

Are you gonna have the traditional  Margaritas & tequila shots or maybe even a piñata just for fun!

Wedding photographers:

Del Sol Photography 

Jonathan Cossu Photography 

Quetzal Wedding  Photo 

Fine Art photography 

Bridal Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier Company

 

 

Beauty basics you can do to prep for your wedding day!

15492075_1537393302955575_773872308846599447_nEvery bride deserves to look flawless on her wedding day. And to ensure that you look perfect on your special day there is a couple of beauty basics you can do to prep for your destination wedding!

Hair

Styling, coloring and blow-drying your hair in a daily basis can result in damage hair, so before the wedding day we would recommend you to hydrate and revitalize your hair by getting a Keratin treatment and maybe a couple weeks before the wedding get a little trim to get rid of the spit ends.

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If you color your hair, we recommend you do it at least two weeks before the wedding, so the re-growth doesn’t show. And if you can,  bring with you a highlight activating / colour protecting shampoo!

Reference The Best Hair Colour Saving Tips with Best Color Protecting Shampoo - Comadre Coloring Site

Reference The Best Hair Colour Saving Tips with Best Color Protecting Shampoo – Comadre Coloring Site

Face

A good advice is to always keep hydrated! Especially when you arrive to the Riviera Maya, since you might not be used to the weather we will recommend you to drink lots and lots of water even if you are not thirsty!.

If you are planning on waxing your eyebrows, try to do it at least 3 days before the big day, so your skin isn’t irritated or red the day of.

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If you want to prepare your skin, you can also have a facial done at least a week before the wedding as facials can cause redness and breakouts. A week will be enough time for your skin to calm down and get back to normal.

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Skin

If you are planning on sunbathing and 240_F_90571629_9wNAhLwBPKuJ1gqmeQmrS4Ghzv8RYVSXenjoying the gorgeous caribbean beach of Tulum, we would recommend you to always always use sunscreen, apply it as often as you can. Also, applying aloe-vera after a long day at the beach will help your skin recover and feel fresh!

Also, remember to bring a good sunscreen for your face and body, at least a 30SPF.

 

Accessories

Dirty-Blonde-Clip-In-Hair-ExtensionsSome brides choose to have hair extensions and eye-leash extensions. In this case we would recommend you to get the clip on extensions, rather than the glued ones, especially if you plan to jump in the pool or have a romantic ocean swim.

For the eyelashes, sometimes is better to get the fake eyelashes that come with your bridal make up, this way you can decide how bold you want them to be on the wedding day, rather than worrying if your permanent fake eyelashes might fall before the big day.

 

Talking about 2018 bridal trends with Ael Becker!

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Sarah Garnier Co, was featured in a fantastic Riviera Maya bridal blog by Ael Becker!

We had so much fun talking about all of the fantastic trends the 2018 bridal cat walk offered! And we picked our favorites for a beach wedding in the Mexican Caribbean!

 

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We talk about make up! Where our fav are trends are; red lips, glowy make up, bold eyebrows, & strobing!

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And for hair we talk about flowers, braids and the boho-chic look!

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Check out the blog, we know you will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it!

READ THE BLOG HERE! 

 

Should I wear hair extensions for my wedding day???

The answer is Yes!!!, extensions are perfect for everyone! You can use hair extensions if you want to add either:

  • Length
  • Volume

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Hair extensions come in different lengths. Most common are 18” , 20” & 22”. Keep in mind that your natural hair needs to blend in with the extensions. For example, if you have a short haircut it’s better to choose shorter extensions. And as long as your hair is at least shoulder length, the hair extensions will blend and the clips will be secure and will not show thru the short hair.

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If you have thin hair… hair extensions are perfect for you as well! With the extensions, you will have more volume and length!! Which is exactly what you want in order to achieve your dreamed wedding hair!

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Here are some perfect examples of beautiful bridal buns with the added volume from the hair extensions!

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What we recommend:

-We recommend the clip in hair extensions instead of keratin or the any glued extensions (Remember you will be swimming in the beautiful blue ocean of the Mexican Caribbean, lets avoid a tangled disaster!), the advantage with clip ons is, that you can just take them off at the end of the day, wash them, conditioned them and let them dry on their own. You can go and enjoy the Riviera Maya beach, without worrying about damaging your new hair extensions!

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-We also recommend you to buy natural hair, because natural hair allows us to curl them, dry them and straight it without damaging it!

Sarah’s Tip: Buy a couple of hair extensions with lighter tones and other with a bit darker shade, this will help to create a highlights effect, give more depth to your hairdo, dimension and movement.

And good news to all our brides!! If you are thinking about getting hair extensions for your special day, let us know and we can order them for you at a special price or we can give you a special price code from our friends from Beyond the beauty Hair Extensions!  Let us know!

 

The Perfect Hairstyle for the Perfect Dress

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Photo by: Del Sol Photo

Ashley-Matt_0008One of the most important things for your wedding day is choosing the perfect the dress. But then you need to decide on the complete look, and how to make that dress and your natural beauty just pop!  It’s about how you will glow while walking down the aisle, how the dress will complement your figure, how your make up will complement your natural beauty, and more importantly a hair do that complements your face and dress!

So now that you have the perfect dress for your destination wedding, lets talk about the perfect hairstyle. A hairstyle that feels comfortable and looks perfect no matter how humid or windy is the beach on your special day! So we decided to show you a couple of dresses and how our beautiful brides choose the perfect hairdo to pair the dress and look glamorous and fresh at the beach.

Photo by: Quetzal Studio 

 

Chic Bohemian Look

Hair down & Boho Dress – Tulum Wedding in Casa Malca!

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The Bohemian look has been taking the 2017 bridal seen by storm! And our gorgeous bride Laura really knew how to work it! Her Tulum wedding was magnificent, a sophisticated Sheath gown, half up with soft waves and a veil for the final touch. Just the perfect amount of chic and bohemian, just like Tulum!

 

Timeless Look-

Chignon & Laced-Back Gown – Banyan Tree Wedding!

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Laced-back dresses are perfect for the vintage look. Our gorgeous bride Mariana combined an amazing laced-back gown with a sophisticated low bun and a head piece for the final touch  to make this look timeless. If you think about glamour with a touch of caribbean vibes you will probably think of Playa del Carmen which has some of the most beautiful locations and venues, just like this one!.

Glamorous in the Jungle Look

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Photo by: Jonathan Cossu 

Who said that you couldn’t be glamorous in the Mayan Riviera Jungle?? Our edgy bride just looks stunning in a strapless dress paired with an soft-messy low bun. Our bride showed us how to be sexy and glamorous, sexy and fun in the Mayan jungle and cenote!

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Photo by: Jonathan Cossu 

 

Romantic Look

Flower Crown & Strapless Dress

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Photo by: Walter Wilson Studio 

This is such an ethereal look, is hard to find other words to describe it! A delicate strapless gown, down hair and a flower crown! This look is just perfect for a your dreamed Playa del Carmen beach wedding!

 

Your destination Wedding in Mexico and the most romantic places to visit before saying “I do”.

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The advantages of having a destination wedding is that you are in an exotic location y with the love of your life, and your friends and family travel from all over to spend a couple of days with you and celebrate your love, so lets make the most of it!

If you have a couple of days to discover the area, why not escaping for a romantic day trip just the two of you?…or maybe you want to take a couple of friends to enjoy this spectacular places… either way, we wanted to tell you about some of the most amazing, romantic and mind blowing locations in the Mayan Riviera and surroundings.

Las Coloradas in Yucatán.

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The amazing cotton candy pink lakes of Las Coloradas are located off the beaten track a bit. Getting there requires a 3 hour drive from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

This day trip will take your breath away, the colors will melt your heart and you will also get the chance to get some amazing romantic pictures, adding magic memories to your destination wedding week.

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The vibrant pink color of these lakes is due to red-colored algae, plankton, and brine shrimp that live in the salty environment. As water evaporates, these organisms become more concentrated creating these glimmering pink in under the bright Mexican sunlight

 

Holbox Island, Quintana Roo. 

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This gorgeous island where the time has stood still is located to the North West of Cancún. It is a located only a short drive away, approximately two and a half hours from Playa del Carmen.

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The streets of Holbox Island are made of white sand, there are very few cars, and the local fisherman still walk around the island with the catch of the day, but what is more important is that there is very few tourist, and the view you have of the beach will leave you speechless. The vibe and atmosphere of the island is so relaxing you will feel recharge after spending a day or two there.

Bacalar-  Quintna Roo. 

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In Mexico exist a category of towns named “Pueblos Magicos” or “Magic Towns”; these places are a must in your travel through Mexico because they combine history, nature and culture making it an unforgettable experience.

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Bacalar’s magic will enchant you. The lagoon reflects seven different tones of blue, it’s home to living fossils “the stomatolites” and downtown the architecture and the secrets left by pirates will enchant you!

We hope you enjoy this whimsical places with the love of your life!!

 

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…with a twist

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We have all heard the saying of something old, something new, something borrowed and something new. But what does it all mean?

Well, it comes from an Old English rhyme, and they are tokens of good luck that your family and friends will give to you on the big day. But hey, now that you are getting married in the beautiful Riviera Maya in the Mexican Caribbean, why don’t we continue with the tradition and give it a little twist… so we had some ideas on what some items that would be perfect for a destination wedding and also check the traditional requirements! .

Something Old-

Something old represents continuity.

Is there somthing your grandma gave you when you were little?, remeber those photo locklets that grandmas used to have? And even more perfect if it has a picture of grandma! Or even better, if grandma is at the wedding!

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Photo: Fine Art Studio

Something new-

Represents optimism for the future.

Most brides something new is their wedding dress!, if you choose your something new to be the dress..this is awesome!, because after the wedding you can take it to the cenote or the beach and have alot of fun doing a trash the dress photoshoot!

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Photos by: Dean Sanderson

Something borrowed-

Symbolizes happiness.

This is always a hard one. You could borrow a hair accessory from friends or family for your hair up-do, or borrow your mom’s jewelry…this is always a good one!

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Photo by: Magic Art Studio

Something blue –

Represent purity, love, and fidelity.

Well this one was the easiest of them all, with the gorgeous turquoise blue ocean from the Riviera Maya as your background we are sure your marriage will be filled with love! And since we are in México, why not making a specialty blue cocktail with blue agave Tequila for your guests, nothing can go wrong with this …right?

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Or if you would like to play it safe, you could let the groom help you out with this one… he could wear a blue suit for the perfect beach wedding!

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Photo by: Quetzal Studio

PHOTOGRAPHERS CONTACTS:

Fine Art Studio: https://fineartstudioweddings.com/

Dean Sanderson: http://deansandersonweddings.com/

Magic Art Studio: http://www.magicartweddingstudio.com/

Quetzal Studio: https://www.quetzalwedphoto.com/

The wedding day essentials no bride should be without!

 

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We truly hope you don’t have any beauty emergency on your wedding day, however the key to avoid them is to be prepared. It’s super important to have handy those items that could save the day, so before you come down to the Riviera Maya, México for your destination wedding, we would recommend you to stop by your local pharmacy and grab some of these travel size beauty essentials:

Beauty essentials:

Your favorite lipstick or lip-gloss: for touch ups through out the day!

Breath mints: It sure will be nice for your first kiss as a married woman to be sweet and fresh!

Nail polish : Always ready for the ring/ bouquet picture!

Tissues: happy tears, no problema!

Hair bits and bobs: Ask your professional hair dresser to provide you with a few bobby pins and hair bands before she leaves, so you can fix and tweak your hair or even attach your wedding veil.

Comb or brush and small mirror: to keep your hair do under control.

Hair spray: with the tropics humid weather, it’s always a good idea to have some hair spray to make sure your do stays put!

And the essentials for your general beach wedding travel kit:

You might also want to bring these with you to the reception: deodorant, bug spray and sun- screen, after all you are in a tropical country having an amazing beach wedding, but lets face it it might be hot and humid, with the probability of mosquitoes and sun burns. And maybe include some first aid basics like pain reliever or aspirin and band aids.

For any wardrobe emergencies, don’t forget: Super glue (to fix any shoe, or hair accessory)  , stain remover, and the sewing kit!

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Also, if you are having a trash the dress (specially during the winter months), make sure you bring with you a towel, change of clothes, a thermos or a mug with hot chocolate or coffee, and a chocolate bar for the breaks in between shots, cause the water can get very cold!!!

imagesPass the list to one of your bridesmaids and put her in charge of the emergency kit, you guys can buy a cute make-up bag, a tote bag or a little box for these items, stash it in a safe but easy-to-access place during the ceremony and just feel relax, cause you know you are ready for almost anything!

If we missed any ¨must have ítems¨, send us a comment and let us know your experience and how you handled the situation!