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From Wedding day magic to happily ever after!

One of my favorite perks of being a wedding professional is that I get to know amazing women in one the most important days of their lives. Sharing this moment with them is truly magical! But the real bonus is when I get to be part of other special moments of their life and when I get to see how love flourishes! When the wedding day magic, becomes into happily ever after!

Sometimes we are lucky enough to cross paths with our beautiful brides again! To meet up again and be part of the magic again! In this case we were able to be part of the family photos of one of our favorite brides ever!

The first time I met Samantha was back in November of 2015 when I had the opportunity to be her Hair & MU artist for her boho-chic wedding in Tulum!

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It was a gorgeous ceremony! She was one of the first brides to incorporate the greenery trend to her beach wedding back in 2015!

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And then…In 2016, we heard from her again!! She was coming back to Playa del Carmen for a holiday! And guess what!!? Now they were gonna have a family photo-shooting with their baby girl!!! And so the magic continues! Right?

We had the opportunity to to Samantha’s hair and make up again! and to meet their gorgeous little one!

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This photo-shooting at el Pueblito Mayakoba was so much fun! And the family looked radiant!

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And once again! In February 2018, we had the opportunity to be part of their second family photos!! Now, we went back to Tulum, where they recreated some of their most beautiful wedding day moments!

Once..they were two…..

 

 

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And now they are three!

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Thank you for letting me be a part of so many special moments in your life!

Wedding day photography by: Quetzal Studio
Family Portraits by: Quetzal Studio

Also special thank you to Quetzal Photo Studio for sharing their brilliant work with us!

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! 

 

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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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!!

 

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!

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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!

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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!!!

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!

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 !