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Sarah Garnier- featured in “Upper Stories” by Thompson Hotels

We would like to say a big “Thank you” to the Thompson Hotels and their amazing journalist Alina Cohen for featuring Sarah Garnier in their fabulous Blog: “Upper Stories”.  

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The Thompson Hotels recently opened a gorgeous boutique hotel with the perfect mix of the bohemian charm of the Riviera Maya and the iconic sophistication of the Thompson’s heritage.  

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Upper Stories by Thompson Hotel’s only features the hottest events, experiences, trends and
influencers in each of the Hotel’s locations, all around the world!. So, we are super excited that
our founder and lead make up artist and stylist: Sarah Garnier was featured as one of Playa del
Carmen’s influencers, for her work in the weddings industry!
 
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To see the complete interview please check out the website: “Upper Stories by Thompson”

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

Asymmetric Up Do & Strapless Dress – Cenote Trash The Dress Photo Shooting

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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!

 

Laura & Benjamin! A fun and chic destination wedding!

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For Laura and Benjamin, the Riviera Maya was the perfect spot to get hitched. Such a romantic, fun and vibrant couple, just like the destination!. Laura just looked flawless, with an elegant and romantic dress with lace, and a soft bohemian half up do. 

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The soft bohemian half up do and a veil, just the perfect match!

Laura one of the sweetest brides we have ever met, and Benjamin such a funny, upbeat and energetic groom! This couple is just the perfect example of how much fun a destination wedding can be!

 

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The wedding and the photo-shooting shot by Quetzal Photo Studio, really is almost too good to be true – from Laura’s stunning lace dress and shoes to the groom playing guitar for the bride, the unique Tulum sunset and the venue – Casa Malca Tulum. Prepare for a little  wedding day envy…

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Casa Malca has a diversity of scenarios, from the beautiful rainforest, the beach, and the colorful inside or the woodworks… take your pic!

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We had the pleassure to take care of Laura on her special day! She is a gorgeous woman, and with a little airbrush make up we accentuated  her natural beauty!  She also chose a very natural bohemian look, with a half updo and a thin braid. This style is just perfect for the ocassion, in case the is a little wind outside….overall the perfect look for the perfect beach wedding!

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Special thanks to: 

Laura, a gorgeous bride and a sweet and kind woman. 

Photographs by: Quetzal Wedding Studio 

Venue: Casa Malca Tulum 

Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier

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.

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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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Photo:Fine Art Studio

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/

Photographers we love to work with: Manu, the romantic Old Wolf ( Viejo lobo).

 

Photo by Manuel Cappellari

Photo by Manuel Cappellari

1-    What’s your name and where do you come from ?

My name is Manuel Cappellari and I moved here from Argentina 8 years ago with my family; my wife and two little boys. Some know me as Manu, and others as Viejo Lobo, it’s a words game.

2-    Where did you study photography and how long have you been a photographer ?

I’m a self-taught photographer. I’m very curious, I read everything I can find and ask a lot of questions. Although I had an unique school in Tulum. In the beginning, I was fortunate to work as a producer assistant for a fashion production company based in Tulum, Cocoshoot Productions, with clients like Victoria Secret, Vogue, Elle, big ones! The photographers were incredible, the TOP models are amazing, so many people to do one pic? I couldn’t believe it. But then I learned that the photography was just another part of the work.

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3-    How long have you been working in the Riviera Maya and why did you decide to work in this destination ?

I started working for the destination before moving here. We were collaborating from our advertising agency in Argentina with a local project in Tulum, a magazine called Republica. That’s how we learned that some dreams may come true and that we could try living in the Caribbean. We can’t be thankful enough!

4-    How long have you been a wedding photographer and Why did you choose to shoot weddings? 

Although I started shooting weddings by accident, right away I discovered that it was the most full-filling for me. In fashion all is beautiful and very profesional, but very technical as well, nothing is spontaneous. In a wedding instead, everything is unique: the Yes I Do, the first kiss, the hugs, the first dance. That’s what makes wedding photos so important, they will last for ever. It’s the beginning of a family. Wow!

Photo by Manuel Cappellari

Photo by Manuel Cappellari

5-    How would you describe your wedding-photography style?

Relaxed and real, that’s the idea. No fake, please. If I could make myself invisible, it’d be perfect. I try not to interfere with what is happening so I can get the real feel. Of course we always have the portrait session with the couple and all the family, but most of the time I’m surrounding the couple and trying to get all the little moments.

6-    Are you working alone or with a team ?

We are a team running the business, but I’m the eye behind the camera and the editor of my photos and videos. I think of it as an art, but I had to learn how to delegate a little, emails and the administration mostly.

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7-   What is your best wedding shoot memory ? 

My first wedding. I do remember getting to the beach, and the view of the palm trees and the pelicans and all the place dressed up, like a dream… it was a bit shocking! And then I understood what a Destination Wedding was about.

8-  Which word would you use to describe your job?

Feelings.

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Photo by Manuel Cappellari

9- What is the best advice you could tell to the brides and Groom who are reading this interview for their wedding day?

Listen to your wedding planner, be yourself, and enjoy the moment. Be careful with Pinterest, the boards can look beautiful but many of them have editorial purposes and are not real weddings.

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Photo by Manuel Cappellari

10- How future brides can contact you ?

The best way is by e-mail at  hola@manuelcappellari.com

Photographs by: Viejo Lobo Films

Hair & Makeup by: Sarah Garnier

Wedding planner:  Special thanks to Synda from Your Wedding Planner Tulum

The hottest 2017 trends for a beach wedding!

Bridal fashion week 2017 presented some very interesting hair and makeup trends for this season, from pink eye-shadow and matching lips to shimmery cheeks. However, when talking about trends we have to keep in mind that the Riviera Maya has a tropical climate, most ceremonies are at the beach, its a very humid weather;  so we have to pick the trends that work well in this setting. So lets talk about some of the wedding trends that we are very excited about and how these trends have been used in our local Tulum weddings!

 Strobing

We are really excited about a makeup technique called “strobing”. Strobing is the new contouring; is all about getting the perfect glow, using highlighter in a way that catches the light in the right places (cheek bones, nose bridge, etc). It looks fabulous in pictures!

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Greenery

Believe it or not, the biggest floral trend for 2017 is no flowers at all! Instead, brides are choosing simple arrangements of leaves, branches or palms, inserting lots of greenery with minimalist vibes.

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This is also true for the flower crowns and bouquets, and here are some examples on how the brides are rocking these trends right on the beach!

Greenery crowns

If you were dreaming of that boho-chic wedding and you pictured yourself wearing a flower crown, well we have good news for you! Crowns are still in fashion this season, and they are even better! Adding a punch of green and a couple colorful flowers it just turned out to be a perfect trend that you can rock in your beach wedding!

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Photo credit: Quetzal Photo Studio 

Bouquets & decorations

Talking about adding this splashes of green to the wedding, this year the trend is to replace the flowers in your bouquets and in the general decorations with just beautiful leafs and foliage. We wanted to show you how beautiful these green decorations look with the turquoise Caribbean ocean as a background!

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Photo credit: Quetzal photo studio

Red lips- with tinge of orange

And yes!!! Red lips are in fashion this year; and it’s a come back with a twist! In the bridal fashion week the models rock some gorgeous red lips with a tinge of orange. Right here one of our favorite brides showed us that red-orange lips not only look good in the runway, but  look gorgeous at the beach!

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Photo credit: Nathan Jaffan Photography

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!!!

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

Jonathan Cossu : Wedding Photographer

Rebecca-Jeffrey-06What’s your name and where do you come from ? 

My name is Jonathan Cossu and I come from Pisa, Italy

Where did you study photography and how long have you been a photographer ? 

I went to art school and studied design and that’s how my love for photography developed. Everything I know now has been documenting myself over the years, watching learning from artists that inspire me and creating my own vision.

How long have you been working in the Mayan Riviera and why did you decide to work in this destination ? 

I arrived to the mayan Riviera in 1996 and it’s where I met the mother of my  2 kids. This is now my home .

How long have you been a wedding photographer and why did you choose to shoot weddings ?

I started shooting weddings in 1998 inspired by the emotion and the stories of each couple I meet. I love to laugh, dance and capture real moments. I truly enjoy working with couples who like my crazy personality, trust my vision and treat me as a friend.

How would you describe your wedding photography style ? 

Relaxed and authentic documentary style with an artistry twist, focused unstrung and beautiful moments that convey a story. Love to use vibrant colors and play with unique compositions.

Are you working alone or with a team ? 

On the wedding day, I always work with professional second shooter for a dynamic coverage. but before the actual wedding, I am lucky to have an amazing wedding planner in the team to help my couples with their planning, logistics and any questions they might have.

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What is your best wedding shoot memory ? 

I have too many, this is why I love what I do.

Which word you describe the best your job ? 

Emotional

What is the best advice you could tell the brides and grooms who are reading this interview for their wedding day ? 

Your wedding photos are all you’ll have in the end, so take some time to find that perfect match (think long time friend). Go with someone who you feel identified with, someone committed that will offer you quality over quantity, someone who cares and whom you know will be fun to have around.

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How can future brides and grooms contact you ? 

Visit my website  http://www.jonathancossuphotographer.com/about.html and shoot me an e-mail ( info@jonathancossuphotographer.com). I respond with 24-48hrs 😉

Thank you very much to Jonathan for being one of the photographers we love to work with !

 

 

Hair Accessories ! Alternatives to the wedding veil…

For your wedding hairstyle and fashion design, the veil is an option but not an obligation!. There’s so many beautiful alternatives to the classical veil that we wanted to take few minutes to show you a few options for a beach wedding in the Riviera Maya. Beach weddings allow you to be as creative as you want, you can choose different accesories to create a shophisticated-classical look or a relaxed boho-chic style, lets have a look!

The veil :

There’s more than one way you can wear a veil, create a classical look by wearing it on top of your hair or give it a modern twist and place it underneath a bohemian up do for a beachy style.

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Birdcages & blushers :

Give a little twist to the veil by wearing one of these!,  birdcages and blushers will help you create a sophisticated vintage look with a playfull edge. Another great thing about these accessories, is that they can be attached to any style of haircomb, fascinator or brooches you may like.  Be adventurous and create your own retro-chic look with a spice of modern glamour!

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Hair Combs :

Hair combs are usually a vintage inspired accessory, faturing pearls, rhinestones, crystals or floral embellishments. Hair combs are perfect to wear with a bun. However, if you have your mind set on wearing your hair down, the comb will totally work with a sleek side look or a half up do style, keep in mind that it might need to be attached with some extra bobby pins.

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Floral crowns :

Floral crowns have taken the 2016 bridal hair scene by storm. Commonly used by boho brides the truth is, flower crowns go with any kind of hairstyle from the boho-chic to the conservative buns! I guess, we can see the reason for their success! You can mix and match between different flowers and colors to show your personal style.

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Tiaras and headband :

The classic Cinderella tiara will never go out of style, so you can’t go wrong with one! With a half-up, half down hairstyle or a stylish bun the tiara is the perfect accessory to create the princess look.

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Beach style :

And last but not least, lets talk about some beach theme accesories. If you chose the Riviera Maya for your setting,  there’s no doubt you will love these options . Be as creative and colorful as you want, try some pearls and crystals for a marmaid look,  a tropical flower for a splash of color and a sexy vibe or starfish accessories to  match a wavy or soft curls hairstyle. Either way, you will look stunning with the caribbean ocean as your background.

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