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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!

 

The perfect bridesmaid gift! – Customized Makeup!

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You don’t need to give your bridesmaids thank-you gifts , but doing it is always a thoughtful gesture and it creates beautiful wedding memories.

Your wedding party is super important, chances are that your friends will always be around to lend you a hand on more than one occasion (from the bachelorette party to handling a crisis on the day off), so being honest bridesmaids gifts are a thoughtful way to show your gratitude.

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The best gifts are those that show you’ve put some thought into it! So we were thinking of what could be the perfect gift for your gals… and we realized is something that is personalized. You can personalize almost anything from phone cases, bracelets, cute mugs, and tumblers to be use on your special day, and our favorite: personalized makeup!

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Personalizing makeup is about creating your own color, flavor and even packaging!

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You can choose the color that matches your friends personality, and of course highlights their beauty! You can customized the packaging to match not only your friends personality but also your wedding theme. Check out the video: HERE!!!! 

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Where can you get personalized makeup?

There are a few stores in the USA, or you can always get in online at:

Finding Ferdinand:

You can personalized lip stick and eye shadow palates!

Check them out HERE! 

Bite beauty

The perfect beauty lab where you can create your own shade of lipstick for your girls!

If you live in Toronto, NY, San Francisco or L.A. You need to check out their store!

Check them out HERE! 

 

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.

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Tulum 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!

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There is over 100 bridal gowns hanging from the trees!

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Ziggy Beach

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

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Beautiful Ochre colors!

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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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The perfect romantic hideaway!

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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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Casa Palapa- Jungle mood!

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Gorgeous master suite. the perfect getting ready location!

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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!

 

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

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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!

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! 

 

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!