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Utterly romantic things to do in the Riviera Maya!


While planning your Riviera Maya wedding you might visit the area a couple of times before the big day to scout venues, vendors and possible activities. While all this is hard work, you and your significant other might need a day or two to pamper yourselves and turn these trips into romantic getaways too.

Let us tell you a couple of unique experiences that you can enjoy with your significant other:

1.Sunrise paddle board!

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Every morning the sun paints the sky with beautiful colors! If you and your significant other are an active couple you would love this activity!

Enjoy the morning by the side of your loved one, get energized by the sunrise and fall in love with the Caribbean Sea.

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2. Alux Restaurant in Playa del Carmen.

If you like a more excentric place and a once in a lifetime dinner date experience, then Alux is for you! Dine inside a whimsical cavern. Enjoy gourmet Mexican food while listening to live music inside a millenary cavern is definitely a once in a lifetime experience.  After dinner, you can your glass of wine and take a tour around the cavern and admire the beautiful formations.Captura de pantalla 2019-09-15 a las 7.27.03 p.m.Photo by: Alux Restaurant

3) The Cirque du Soleil- Joya

Visiting the Cirque du Soleil it’s an amazing experience. The VIP package offers a mouth-watering menu with an unbelievable presentation, a bottle of sparkling wine and the Joya show it’s a visual treat of acrobatic skills, color, and aesthetics.  All your senses will be immersed in a magical moment! The show is fantastic, the makeup and characterization of the acrobats are just world-class. 02-Joya-700x432Photo by: Cirque du soleil.

After the show, you and your loved one can enjoy the venue, have a cocktail listen to live music and dance!

4) Romantic photoshoot 

The Caribbean Sea is the most romantic and stunning backdrop for a session booked with a local photographer. Or if you are more adventurous, there are literally thousands of cenotes (limestone sinkholes) throughout the Rivera Maya that are beautiful beyond your imagination and are also a magical set to showcase your love! And of course, if you like we can take care of your beauty services so you look even more beautiful underwater.

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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 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.

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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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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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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 hottest bridal trends of 2018…& the ones we love for your Riviera Maya wedding!

In the 2018 bridal fashion there was some bold trends. But remember, from whatever the catwalks bring…. you should pick only what works for you!.

What works will usually depend on: what you like, what you feel comfortable with, and the location of the wedding! So let us tell you a little bit of the 2018 trends, that we know you will love and are perfect for your Tulum or Riviera Maya beach wedding.

Shine on!

We love this trend! And its also perfect for the Riviera Maya humid weather.
With the airbrush make up technique we can crate the perfect soft glow, which looks great in the pictures! Also, airbrush make up holds for hours so you can look gorgeous all day and night!

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Braid away!

Even though in the Riviera Maya we have been doing braids forever, it seems that braids are invading the bridal catwalks! So, lets keep the Tulum boho-chic look and lets try some new braided styles this 2018!

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Flowers!

Flower crowns were the hottest style in 2017. However, in the 2018 bridal scene we see something more simple & sophisticated…. A couple of flowers paired with a beautiful chignon.

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Back to basics!

Do you remember wearing a ribbon to school? Well, guess what?? Ribbons are back and they will look fabulous on your wedding day! If you wanted a hair accessory and you wanted something classical and subtle, then this trend is perfect for you!  For the catwalk, the color of choice was black,  for the Riviera Maya maybe blue, sand or pink will be the perfect choice!

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Layer up!

And for the bridal dresses, the trend is this awesome extra layer that you can take off or add on! This is perfect for a beach wedding… depending on the weather you can add some layers to your dress!, or if you want to change your look for night-time just add on!

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These stunning layered dress is from amazing designer Eva Poleschinski, perfect for a Tulum wedding! Under the top layer, a sexy lace dress!   Check out Eva’s designs, click here!!

Let us know which one is your fav 2018 trend!

 

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”

The Perfect Hairstyle for the Perfect Dress

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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.

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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!