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The Riviera Maya Haciendas- your dreamed wedding venue!

Destination weddings are the perfect moment to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family!

And if what you are looking for is to escape the crowds, the Riviera Maya Haciendas are the perfect venue for you!

Located a few minutes from Puerto Aventuras (between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, 1.15hrs from Cancun) the venue offers privacy and luxury with a splash of fun!

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Tulum- “THE” perfect spot for your destination wedding! Check out a couple of our fav venues!

The Riviera Maya beaches offer the perfect background for a wedding with the turquoise ocean and white sand beaches, but Tulum offers so much more!

Tulum is located 1.5hrs south of Cancun, and it’s a magical little town full of fun and folklore with a bohemian-hippy chic vibe.

Tulum-Mexico-Girls-Trip-Tulum-Film-Wedding-photographer_0012Tulum has everything you would like to spend a magical destination wedding! Take your family and friends to visit the Mayan pyramids or for a bike ride along the coast. Delight them with the Mexican cuisine and a fun night full of Mezcal at a beach party!

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Tulum has amazing wedding venues, from the super romantic and glamorous to a super relaxed beach- jungle mood!

Here are some of our favorite Venues:

Casa Malca –

This venue is famous for it’s history (being Pablo Escobars beach house), but this venue has so much more to offer! Its one of the most romantic and excentric places around! And of course the beach and the caribbean ocean are the perfect background for your I’do!

Wedding Casa Malca Tulum There is over 100 bridal gowns hanging from the trees!

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Gorgeous wood-earthy tones that contrast perfectly with the turquoise beach!

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Hacienda Chekul

Located 30min past tulum in Siaan Kaan; this venue is the perfect location if you want to get away from the crowds! hacienda-chekul-tulum-wedding-photography-elvis-aceff-24

 

 

There will be nobody else but you and your guests for miles!

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Casa Palalpa- Papaya Playa. 

The gorgeous jungle, beach front bungalows and Casa Palapa’s master bedroom is the perfect spot for you and your bridesmaids to get ready!

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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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Your destination wedding- Mexican style!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wedding photographers:

Del Sol Photography 

Jonathan Cossu Photography 

Quetzal Wedding  Photo 

Fine Art photography 

Bridal Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier Company

 

 

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

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

Hair

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

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

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

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

Face

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

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

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

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Skin

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

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

 

Accessories

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

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

 

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!

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!

 

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!