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In the Mexican Caribbean… Love is Love! LGBT Weddings!

 

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Recently, we’ve had been blown away by our LGBT weddings!  We looove weddings in general, but meeting these beautiful brides and just knowing that they’ve found their soulmate it’s just magic!

Lauren & Brittney’s wedding

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We had so much fun taking care of our beautiful brides, both dresses were fantastic! Since it was a windy day, both of our brides opted for boho-chic low buns with braids and of course Airbrush Make up for splash of glow!

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Our gorgeous brides Saying “I do” with the turquoise Caribbean Ocean as background!

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Denize & Sven 

We also had the pleasure to be part of Denize and Sven’s wedding!  These two beautiful brides had a more private wedding in Playa el Secreto! They ditch the wedding dress and chose a more casual outfit and a beach look with soft waves and natural glam make up!

 

 

 

Say I do in the Riviera Maya!

Planning your LGBT wedding in the Riviera Maya it’s super easy!  Gay & Lesbian Marriage has been legal in Quintana Roo since 2015!!!

We look forward to seeing many LGBT couples enjoying the beautiful beaches and Caribbean sun!

 

Everything You Need To Know To Choose the Perfect Fake Eyelashes for your Wedding Day!

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Lately, we have received several e-mails from our brides to be, asking about fake eyelashes vs eye lash extensions. So we have decided to talk a little bit about the different options to help you choose the best option for your special day!

Why should you wear fake eyelashes? 

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  2. Glamorous or romantic look depending on the volume.                                                              You can achieve a romantic look by wearing longer and thiner eyelashes or a glamorous look with lots volume and length.
  3.  It’s your wedding day, such an especial day deserves the perfect look! Be bold and say yes to the eyelashes.

Types of eyelashes 

Single use- 

The single use eyelashes are included in all of our makeup packages! Don’t worry, we have all kinds of volumes and lengths!

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  1. Single use Strip lashes.  You can choose different volumes and length.
  2. Single use- one by one. For a natural effect, just a couple of extra lashes to give you a romantic look.

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Just remove the eyelashes with your regular make up remover and you are ready for bed!

You can use mascara and eyeliner without worrying!

Re-usable 

  1. Magnetic eyelashes. No glue needed and they are re-usable!  Two strips of eyelashes hold together by tiny magnets.

You can gently pull them out and save them for you next party!  With this type of lashes you can also use mascara and eyeliner without worrying!

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You will need to bring your re-usable eyelashes, you can find them online or your nearest make up store.

Extensions

  1. They last up to 3 weeks without maintenance, if you like to wear them for longer you will need to go with your eyelash specialist for a touch up!
  2. You CAN´T use oily makeup remover and some facial cleansers.
  3. You need to be careful when going in the ocean, touching your eyes or removing your make up.
  4. No need for mascara.
  5. Look amazing during all of your trip in México!

You will need to visit a professional eyelash bar or salon.

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The mystical Cenotes of the Riviera Maya- a great place to begin your married life!

 

The Riviera Maya has so much to offer for a destination wedding!

The beautiful Turquoise Ocean and white sand beaches make the perfect venue for a wedding, but we shouldn’t forget the Mayan jungle and its mysterious Cenotes.

 

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The beautiful Mayan Jungle- Picture by quetzal photography

The word Cenote comes from the mayan “tz-onot” which basically means water hole or abysm . Cenotes were very important for the Mayans, because it was their main fresh water source. Mayans also believed that Cenotes were the “passage” or connection with the “underworld” .

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Cenotes were also important ceremonial sites, Mayans believed that Chaak the good of water inhabited those sites. Mayans would bring offerings to ask the god for rain during drought periods.

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No wonder why Cenotes are so powerful, so much mystery and magic. When you swim in a Cenote you definitely feel this spiritual connection, with life , water, and we even dare to say that you will feel renewed spiritually, mentally and physically.

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Cenotes are becoming more and more popular amongst the Riviera Maya brides, some brides are moving the ceremony from the beach – to a cenote ceremony with a Xaman!! , more and more brides are taking the plunge and doing TTD (trash the dress ) shootings at the Cenotes.

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After the wedding day, what better way than going to a Cenote for a dip to capture the beginning of this new life chapter – the beginning  of married life and the end of being single. Let Chaak the god of water guide your new path and bless the marriage to be a very fruitful and prosperous one, lust like the Mayan jungle!

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And we know you and your partner will have a blast during the shoot! Here’s a couple of pics of our most recent photo-shooting with Fine Art Studio!

Thank you Fabrizzio for a wonderful time!

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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!

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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

 

 

Taylor’s gorgeous wedding at Blue Venado!

We just wanted to share with you one of our favorite weddings! Taylor & Michale’s!

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Taylor’s taste was impecable, a lovely low bun and natural make up!

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Our bride looked just gorgeous! She was just glowing with happiness!

 

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We also had the pleasure to take care of her beautiful friends!  Her bridesmaids also opted for a natural look with updo’s!  Their up do’s ranged from beautiful beach braids to gorgeous buns!

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And did we mentioned the wedding was in Blue Venado? One of the most beautiful venues of the Riviera Maya!

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Also, did we said that the pics are from one of our favorite photographers!!? Joantthan Cosssu, he can really capture the emotions right?

 

 

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Magical moments with Quetzal Photo Studio!

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Photo by: Quetzal Photography // Hair and Make up by: Sarah Garnier Co.

We wanted to share with all of you some of the best wedding moments we’ve have had with Quetzal Photo Studio!  For a wedding or a family portrait, the Quetzal team captures magic, color, and love in every shot!  Chez, is an amazing and warm hearted photographer, so we had the pleasure to interview her! We hope you enjoy all the pics and the interview!Photo by: Quetzal Photography // Hair and Make up by: Sarah Garnier Co.

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

Ches Pizzini. I was born in La Paz. I am Mexican.

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

Escuela Activa de Fotografía. I have been taking photos since my grandfather gave me my first camera at the age of 9. But I have been a professional photographer for 15 years.

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

I have lived and worked as a photographer in Playa del Carmen since 2004. I decided to move here because I am from the ocean. I love the ocean. I wanted to move as close to the ocean as possible and I loved the idea of getting to know another peninsula of my country.

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

I have been a wedding photographer for 15 years. However, it was not my intention to shoot weddings. My initial love was photo journalism and product photography. However, as I met people, weddings fell into my lap. I am always into trying something new, so I agreed. I fell in love with shooting weddings immediately. They took over my calendar and I never looked back.

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How would you describe your wedding-photography style?

A mixture of lifestyle with photojournalism and a stroke of art

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 Are you working alone or with a team ?

Quetzal Wedding Photo is my company. I am the primary camera and shooter 99% of the weddings. However, I love to work with my best friends, who are photographers. I really enjoy working in a team. Therefore, on larger weddings, I invite them to collaborate with me. I am the sole editor of all Quetzal Wedding Photo Weddings

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Photo by: Quetzal photography  // Hair and Make up by: Sarah Garnier Co.

What is your best wedding shoot memory ? 

I shot a wedding once for a couple named Thomas and Christina. It was my favorite wedding to ever shoot because the energy and love was so strong; it literally moved me to tears. I have shot a lot of weddings, and I can say that my most favorite weddings are when the couple are truly in love with each other, really are grateful to have one another, and are comfortable and secure to share it in front of all their guests. The day vibrates on a completely unique frequency.

Which word would describe the best your job ?

LOVE

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

Today is only one day. Enjoy it. Please don’t stress out.

How future brides and groom can contact you ?

www.quetzalwedphoto.com

info@quetzalwedphoto.com

Phone: +521 (984) 804 3750

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Your dreamed Asian Wedding in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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People from all over the world choose  Playa del Carmen & Tulum for their Riviera Maya destination wedding. Recently, we’ve had the honor to take care of a few beautiful Asian-American brides! And we loved every minute!!

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Learning about the different traditions has been an unforgettable experience!

Did you know that in the Chinese wedding ceremony the color “red” is the color for luck and joy? Red can be integrated into the wedding using: a red attire, linens, floral, seat cushions and party favors. The dress can be as traditional or as modern as the bride wants!. Just look at Vivian’s modern and gorgeous red dress!vivianPhoto by: Hideki- Buttonup Photography 

or Bebe’s more traditional and glamorous gown!

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Photo by: Dean Sanderson- Dean Sanderson Weddings

Most Asian brides change from the traditional red attire for the tea ceremony to the more westernized white dress for the wedding (sometimes the other way around).  Our brides usually ask us to stay for touch ups between ceremonies!, and we love it!!! We love helping them change, touch up their makeup and sometimes even change the hairdo a little, just to feel fresh and have a different look for the pics!

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If you thought Asian weddings are super fun, vibrant & colorful…. wait till we tell you about the trash the dress photo-shootings!!! The red dress underwater in the Mayan cenotes, is just mind blowing! What do you think?

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