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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!!

 

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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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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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/

Jonathan Cossu : Wedding Photographer

Rebecca-Jeffrey-06What’s your name and where do you come from ? 

My name is Jonathan Cossu and I come from Pisa, Italy

Where did you study photography and how long have you been a photographer ? 

I went to art school and studied design and that’s how my love for photography developed. Everything I know now has been documenting myself over the years, watching learning from artists that inspire me and creating my own vision.

How long have you been working in the Mayan Riviera and why did you decide to work in this destination ? 

I arrived to the mayan Riviera in 1996 and it’s where I met the mother of my  2 kids. This is now my home .

How long have you been a wedding photographer and why did you choose to shoot weddings ?

I started shooting weddings in 1998 inspired by the emotion and the stories of each couple I meet. I love to laugh, dance and capture real moments. I truly enjoy working with couples who like my crazy personality, trust my vision and treat me as a friend.

How would you describe your wedding photography style ? 

Relaxed and authentic documentary style with an artistry twist, focused unstrung and beautiful moments that convey a story. Love to use vibrant colors and play with unique compositions.

Are you working alone or with a team ? 

On the wedding day, I always work with professional second shooter for a dynamic coverage. but before the actual wedding, I am lucky to have an amazing wedding planner in the team to help my couples with their planning, logistics and any questions they might have.

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What is your best wedding shoot memory ? 

I have too many, this is why I love what I do.

Which word you describe the best your job ? 

Emotional

What is the best advice you could tell the brides and grooms who are reading this interview for their wedding day ? 

Your wedding photos are all you’ll have in the end, so take some time to find that perfect match (think long time friend). Go with someone who you feel identified with, someone committed that will offer you quality over quantity, someone who cares and whom you know will be fun to have around.

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How can future brides and grooms contact you ? 

Visit my website  http://www.jonathancossuphotographer.com/about.html and shoot me an e-mail ( info@jonathancossuphotographer.com). I respond with 24-48hrs 😉

Thank you very much to Jonathan for being one of the photographers we love to work with !

 

 

Huile Prodigieuse NUXE – Dry Oil

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NUXE Paris is a cosmetic brand created by a french pharmacist in 1957. The man was obsessed with aromatherapy and his daughter gave the brand a natural cosmetic oriented style. The motto is “Beautiful by Nature” and the name comes from the combination of Nature and Luxury : NUXE (Nature et luxe in French)

The brand offers a wide range of skin, hair and body treatments products with a high percentage of natural ingredients and of course non animal tested. All the products parabens free, really delicate and respectful of the skin care.

Today we highlight the star product of NUXE , the famous HUILE PRODIGIEUSE – Dry Oil.

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Huile Prodigieuse is a multi-purpose dry oil. You can use it on your skin, hair and body. One and only product for night care, hair treatment and of course body lotion.

First, when you open the bottle, you can smell an amazing and inexpressible fragrance that really makes you happy in one second.

Then, applying the oil on your skin, you can feel a smooth texture on your fingers before observing a no greasy oily look on your hair and body. The result is a beautiful and very well hydrated skin .

Getting Married in the Carribean ?

If you are a bride to be planning to say I DO at the beach and particularly in a humid place like the Mayan Riviera in Mexico , NUXE offer the shimmery version of the Dry oil called Huile Prodigieuse Or or Golden shimmer that makes your skin sparkle like a star.

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This oil is a very good option after the sunbaths. The sun hits a lot in the caribbean and of course it is highly recommended to use a sunscreen all day long to avoid sunburns before the big day.  But when the sun goes down you can use the dry oil after the shower. It will hydrate your skin and hair without no shiny skin result. It actually will make your skin looks healthier.

The shimmery version of Huile Prodigieuse NUXE OR gives a silky result but doesn’t stain clothes.  If you choose to use  it for the big day we suggest to first get dressed and then just apply some drops of the products on your arms and neck.

It is better not to use it on you hair and face for the big day because your professional hair and make up artist will know exactly the products to use according to your complexion to have the longest lasting as possible with a such humid and sometimes windy weather .

more about nuxe : https://us.nuxe.com/

 

 

Susanna Antichi – Wedding Photographer

Susanna Anticchi PhotographyWhat’s your name and where do you come from ? 

My name is Susanna Antichi and I come from Italy.

Where did you study photography and How long have you been a photographer ? 

I started photography for passion when I was very young. Then, I moved to Mexico’ Riviera maya and in March 2012 I became a profesional photographer. Trained by Award winning photographers Jerry Ghionis, Rocco Ancora and Ryan Schembri, my work is regarded as being on the cutting edge of the wedding photography industry.

In 2015 I was named one of the twenty best wedding photographer of the Riviera maya. I am certified in The New York Institute of Photography.

How long have you been working in the Riviera Maya and why did you decide to work in this destination ?

In April 2010, I moved to Playa del Carmen Mexico to a dream come true and I started the adventure of being a real profesional photographer. I currently live in Playa del Carmen and I find Mexico  incredibly stimulating. I thing the Riviera Maya has amazing opportunities in everything especially for my job. I love people and my goal is to create photos and capture emotions, that my clients will cherish forever!

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How long have you been a wedding photographer and why did you choose to shoot weddings ? 

In 2006 I was the wedding photographer for a couple of friends in Italy but I started my own business in march 2012. My love for wedding photography is based on the pure joy I see and feel from the bride and groom and for what wedding symbolizes – life, love, commitment and happiness. My artistic approach fuses an editorial fashion sense, a taste for distinctive colors, a relaxed shooting approach and a strong passion for capturing “real life” moments. I believe that photographing a wedding is more than simply documenting the event of a day. Providing truly great memories requires insight, intuition and the ability to connect with people on an emotional level throughout the entire process.

How would you describe your wedding photography style ? 

My style of photography is glamorous and fashionable, yet classic and natural at the same time.

Are you working alone or with a team ? 

During the wedding day, I work with an assistant / second shooter.

What is your best wedding shoot memory ?

Each wedding is a good and unique memory.

Which word would describe the best your job ?

Passion .

What is the best advice you could tell to the brides and grooms who are reading this interview for their wedding day ?

I feel like this is very important that you like your photographer. It comes across in your photographs if you are at ease with me. I know I am not the perfect photographer for everyone out there – I’m not trying to be. I want us to be a great fit. I do hope that if you have read this far, I am the right photographer for you, and if so, I would love to work with you.

As my client, you will receive photographs specifically created to remind you of your friends, family and your life partner. You will feel incredibly loved and thankful for those relationships each time you see your photographs. My focus is entirely on making images that represent your relationships with your loved ones.

How future brides and groom can contact you ? 

First send me an email http://click@susannaantichi.com or contact me with a video call in Skype at susanna.antichi or call me at +52 984 106 31 33 (tel.mex)

When you have choose the collection that fits you needs, a digital contract will be issued detailing the package and any add-o items that you might wish to include. A retainer payment (usually the 50% of your package) is required to secure your date with your balance due 30 days before the event.

Thank you very much to Susanna for being one of the photographers we love to work with !

Matt & Sol – DEL SOL PHOTOGRAPHY : Wedding Photographers

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Michele Hall and Jose Sepulveda, Michele Sepulveda, Wedding at Kool Beach Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

What’s you name  ? 

My name is Matt Adcock and my partner’s name is Sol Tamargo. We are a destination wedding photography studio who operates in Playa del Carmen available for travel worldwide.

Can you tell us about how you both became  wedding photographers and about how you like to work ? 

Studying photography  has been something interesting for us are we are all self taught in our studio. With a team of six photographers, the camera always felt natural to us and in some way or another, we all chased the image learning as we go. With the invention of digital and the amazing ability to cut the learning curve by immediately evaluating the image, almost anyone can start learning and working towards the goal to finding professional clients. maintaining a business is a completely different subject.

We have been in business more than 10 years and were first photographers to bring popularity to the region with the trash the dress theme by taking brides and grooms underwater and exploring an entirely new nice of photography.

Huffington Post has named us as wedding trailblazers for the invention of even a newer trend with the bride and groom, we call it the Adam and Eve sessions. Basically bride and groom do underwater photography with their wedding outfits on and eventually get totally naked. We shoot these images in a tasteful and respectful way so that we can show them to our clients and keep things “safe” while delivering more revealing and more sexy images to our clients privately.

What is you best wedding shoot memory ? 

My best wedding memory was while I was shooting a family wedding. My 92 years old grandmother casually walked in front of a photo I was taking that included the wedding dress. Before I could realize it, she stopped to make a lipstick adjustment and the resulting image is probably my favorite image of all time. The image was awarded a first place award by the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers in the category of wedding dress. Photographer-Favorite-Pictures_0001

What is the best advice you could tell the brides and grooms who are reading this interview for their wedding day ? 

Our “best advice for brides and grooms” is something that we have actually accumulated from past experiences from real del Sol Photography clients when they give us testimonials. The majority of them say one thing. Stop stressing, enjoy your wedding day, let things go and remember that time will be flying by on the wedding day.  Remember to look everyone of your guests in the eyes and if possible give each and every one a big hug and thank them for travelling to attend the destination wedding vacation in Mexico.

How future brides and grooms can contact you ? 

They can visit our website Del Sol Photography  and write us a message on Contact us . It will be a pleasure to help them find the best option for their wedding day

Kelsey and Andrew, Wedding at Iberostar Cancun, Cancun, Mexico.

Kelsey and Andrew, Wedding at Iberostar Cancun, Cancun, Mexico.

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