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Be a reef friendly eco-bride!

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A Riviera Maya destination wedding is all about enjoying the beach, the turquoise ocean and the Cenotes! To keep the ocean and the beach beautiful we need to take care of the coral reefs!

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Why are coral reefs important?

The reefs provide protection from hurricanes, maintain the beaches (erosion and provision of sand), they are an important habitat for marine life and support our local fisheries (and we all love fresh seafood, right?)

What can you do to protect the reef when visiting the Riviera Maya?

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Please only use Reef friendly sunscreen. Regular sunscreens have toxic chemicals that harm the reef and local waterways (Cenotes), because they diminish the corals’ ability to photosynthesize (bleaching) & can even cause diseases to the corals, so choosing the right products is more important than ever! You can take care of your skin, your guests and the coral reefs with a reef-safe sunscreen!

Take care of the Cenotes & enjoy your trash the dress photoshooting!

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Chemicals to avoid:

Some sunscreens might say they are reef-friendly, but they are not!!! Make sure your sunscreen is free of:

  • Benzophenone-3, also known as Oxybenzone.
  • Avobenzone, also a benzophenone.
  • Cylcopentasiloxane / Cyclomethicone.
  • Formaldehyde, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin and Hydroxymethylglycinate. …
  • Nanoparticles.
  • Zinc

The list is quite large, it pretty much includes any chemical ingredient that is hard to pronounce and even includes zinc! We couldn’t believe it; even though Zinc is natural in large quantities it could be harmful to the reef!

But don’t worry there are a few great options out there!

Our recommendations:

Steam2Sea  You can order it online!

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And if you are already in the Riviera Maya and you forgot to bring reef-friendly sunscreen…well, a Zinc base one would be a better option than one full of nasty chemicals. You will find options like Maya Solar almost in every water sports shop in Tulum, Playa del Carmen or Cancun!

If you would like to find out more about harmful chemicals you can check the stream to sea webpage!

A reef-friendly sunscreen it’s a great wedding favor for your guests!, their skin and the reef will thank you!

We hope you have fun and enjoy the reef & Cenotes!

 

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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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!

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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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”

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

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/

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!

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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