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THE HOTTEST WEDDING TRENDS OF 2020!

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This year has just begun and this wedding season promises to be one of the best yet. In 2020 the wedding trends can be described by three words: unique, bold and thoughtful.

So we have looked all over the bridal blogs and chosen the top 3 wedding trends of 2020 that are perfect for a destination wedding!

Mystical and Magical weddings 

According to “The Knot”  the one trend you must keep in mind this 2020 is that mysticism is in.  This trend just matches perfectly with the Riviera Maya, take a chance and mix some Mayan magic into your special day, you can either go all in and have a Cenote wedding with a Mayan Ceremony or just have a Xaman in to bless your union on the beach.

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Being Green is IN!!

More and more couples are carrying for the environment and making sustainable choices for their big day. We absolutely love this trend, we love that couples are being careful of their choices and taking care of the Caribbean beaches and its fauna. Whether it is committing to a zero-waste wedding or up-cycling centerpieces, every small action counts!  A couple of examples for a green wedding are: choosing sustainable vendors, sourcing local foods, or just giving out stainless steel straws as wedding favors (the turtles will thank you!)

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Edible florals!

The Riviera Maya florists are amazing and they are all over this trend, so go ahead and ask them for the best and tastiest flowers available. You can have them Frozen in ice-cubes, tossed in salads, sprinkled on tops of dessert or decorating your wedding cake, edible flowers are just the perfect trend for your destination wedding.

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 For everything wrong and for everything right – Mezcal! 

Mezcal is 2020’s favorite spirit and it must be a part of your Mexican wedding. Mixologists love this spirit and your guest will too. Your guest can choose for the mezcal cocktail to be sweet or sour, strong or soft but the one thing your guest will agree on is that it will make their night unforgettable!

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Share your wedding photos with us and let us know which one was your fav trend!

2020’s beauty trends! The perfect hair and MU tendencies for your Caribbean wedding!

We have chosen the latest beauty trends you need to know before tying the knot in Mexico this 2020! This year’s trends are not only beautiful but also perfect for a Caribbean beach wedding.  2020 is all about natural beauty and simple elegance! 

Glowing skin 

Beautiful glowing and hydrated skin is one of our favorite trends of last year! The glowy /dewy look it’s perfect for a beach wedding. Airbrush makeup is the perfect technique to achieve this look and give you a gorgeous natural glow!

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Natural hair & beach waves! 

Beach waves are always the perfect look for a Caribbean wedding! Beautiful effortless curls that look natural and luscious. This style paired with a boho braid will always be the perfect look for a Tulum beach wedding. The braid or a headpiece will help keep your hair out of your face for the photos and will look glam and relaxed.

 

Soft-Curls

 

Natural looks never go out of style,  bouncy soft curls are perfect for the beach. Paired with a half-up, half-down style with braids for a look that will totally complement your natural locks.  This year is all about looking natural, relax and effortless.

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Pink blush & bold lips

Natural makeup is quickly becoming one of the most beloved beauty looks for 2020, and it’s always been our favorite look. Highlighting our brides’ beauty, while looking as natural as possible, has always been part of our style. But no natural makeup look is complete without a bold lip and a touch of blush to highlight your cheeks.

Pink blush has become one of the favorites of this year and the end of the wedding season of 2019. You will probably agree that a bit of pink blush it’s always a girl’s best friend, it will accentuate your cheeks and give you that rosy touch to complete your look.

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Be bold with a Pop of color and some dazzling glam!

This year is for the bold and daring. If bold lips are not for you, try to add a coloured eyeliner or a touch of shimmery hue to your eyelids to make your bridal look pop.

Flower crowns were the favorite hair accessory of 2018 and 2019, but in 2020 that trend is getting a revamp! Although we love flower crowns and they were the perfect accessory for a boho-Tulum bride, this year flowers are being replaced by dazzling crystals and ornate headpieces fit for a Caribbean mermaid bride.

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Let us know your fav trend!

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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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! 

 

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 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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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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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!

 

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

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!!