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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.


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!


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!


-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!



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!



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.

flower                                            Hair and Make up by: Sarah Garnier /  Photo by: Rhys Albrecht Photography 

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!


Hair and Make up: Sarah Garnier / Photographer: Oliver Rathschueler  //

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!


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”.  


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.  

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”

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.


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!!


The wedding day essentials no bride should be without!



We truly hope you don’t have any beauty emergency on your wedding day, however the key to avoid them is to be prepared. It’s super important to have handy those items that could save the day, so before you come down to the Riviera Maya, México for your destination wedding, we would recommend you to stop by your local pharmacy and grab some of these travel size beauty essentials:

Beauty essentials:

Your favorite lipstick or lip-gloss: for touch ups through out the day!

Breath mints: It sure will be nice for your first kiss as a married woman to be sweet and fresh!

Nail polish : Always ready for the ring/ bouquet picture!

Tissues: happy tears, no problema!

Hair bits and bobs: Ask your professional hair dresser to provide you with a few bobby pins and hair bands before she leaves, so you can fix and tweak your hair or even attach your wedding veil.

Comb or brush and small mirror: to keep your hair do under control.

Hair spray: with the tropics humid weather, it’s always a good idea to have some hair spray to make sure your do stays put!

And the essentials for your general beach wedding travel kit:

You might also want to bring these with you to the reception: deodorant, bug spray and sun- screen, after all you are in a tropical country having an amazing beach wedding, but lets face it it might be hot and humid, with the probability of mosquitoes and sun burns. And maybe include some first aid basics like pain reliever or aspirin and band aids.

For any wardrobe emergencies, don’t forget: Super glue (to fix any shoe, or hair accessory)  , stain remover, and the sewing kit!


Also, if you are having a trash the dress (specially during the winter months), make sure you bring with you a towel, change of clothes, a thermos or a mug with hot chocolate or coffee, and a chocolate bar for the breaks in between shots, cause the water can get very cold!!!

imagesPass the list to one of your bridesmaids and put her in charge of the emergency kit, you guys can buy a cute make-up bag, a tote bag or a little box for these items, stash it in a safe but easy-to-access place during the ceremony and just feel relax, cause you know you are ready for almost anything!

If we missed any ¨must have ítems¨, send us a comment and let us know your experience and how you handled the situation!

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.


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 ? 


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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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

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

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.



You probably already saw these colorful egg shape sponges everywhere,  but you maybe don’t really know how to use them. If you love make up and if you are used to wear foundation, this little egg is made for you !


The original beauty blender is pink and has been created by Rea Ann Silva in 2007 . It first replaced the classic foundation brushes of the professional make up artists but now it became so popular that you can find it everywhere and use it for your make up at home!

It is the best tool for traditional foundation application. The thing is to use it wet. “If you use it dry, it doesn’t work the same way, the magic is when you wet the sponge” Says the Rea Ann Silva . “When it’s wet, it becomes bigger, softer and less thirsty, instead of sucking up the make up, it pushes it out into the face “

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Photo : Courtesy of Beauty Blender. Designed by Ly Ngo.

Wet the sponge until its completely saturated and squeeze out the excess water. Then dab it in your make up . When you apply the make up , you will see you have a better coverage with less product. The result is very natural and gives a non make up effect. This little egg shape is perfect  for application under the eyes, around the nose and along the lips. 

To understand better how to use your beauty blender what’s is better than a little video :


The beautyblender gives a flawless result, your skin will look amazing, fresh and light. Try it and  you will love it ! You can also use this sponge to apply your blush and bronzer.

Your make up artist tips :

  • You can use a beauty blender for make up but also to apply your face moisturizer, cream , serum, primer, spa etc… the sponge use the perfect amount of product and the application is very uniform and gives a perfect coverage.
  • If you are a bride to be getting married in a tropical place like the Riviera Maya Mexico,  and you plan to have a beautiful airbrush make up for the big day, you can get used to wear your traditional foundation using the beauty blender. The result will never be as perfect as an airbrush application but you will see it is not that far.