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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 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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ALYSIA & CAMPBELL’S WEDDING

AlysiaCampbell-Papaya-Playa-Project-Tulum-Wedding-Photographer-426Tulum is one of the most beautiful beaches to get married in the Mexican Caribbean! And this wedding was magical!

 

We walk into Alysia’s room and we met all the bridesmaids! They were all so beautiful & fun! The room was full of good vibes, music and laughs!

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Our team enjoyed every minute making these girls shine!

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Alysia is one of most spontaneous brides! We had a trial with her before to practice the hair and makeup styles for the big day, however, she decided to go with a totally different hair style than the one practiced… a braided updo!

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And it was just perfect!, it just complimented  her beauty and of course her Vera Wang dress!

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Destination weddings are so much fun! And they take the the guest to new exotic and colorful locations! The wedding pictures turn out  fantastic! They really captured the boho-chic Tulum vibe!  Just the perfect beach wedding!

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This couple you could see are made for each other!

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Wedding Photography by: KaPe Photography! 

Thank you Karla for the fantastic photographs!

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!

15492075_1537393302955575_773872308846599447_nEvery bride deserves to look flawless on her wedding day. And to ensure that you look perfect on your special day there is a couple of beauty basics you can do to prep for your destination wedding!

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.

 

Magical moments with Quetzal Photo Studio!

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Photo by: Quetzal Photography // Hair and Make up by: Sarah Garnier Co.

We wanted to share with all of you some of the best wedding moments we’ve have had with Quetzal Photo Studio!  For a wedding or a family portrait, the Quetzal team captures magic, color, and love in every shot!  Chez, is an amazing and warm hearted photographer, so we had the pleasure to interview her! We hope you enjoy all the pics and the interview!Photo by: Quetzal Photography // Hair and Make up by: Sarah Garnier Co.

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What’s your name and where do you come from ?

Ches Pizzini. I was born in La Paz. I am Mexican.

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

Escuela Activa de Fotografía. I have been taking photos since my grandfather gave me my first camera at the age of 9. But I have been a professional photographer for 15 years.

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

I have lived and worked as a photographer in Playa del Carmen since 2004. I decided to move here because I am from the ocean. I love the ocean. I wanted to move as close to the ocean as possible and I loved the idea of getting to know another peninsula of my country.

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

I have been a wedding photographer for 15 years. However, it was not my intention to shoot weddings. My initial love was photo journalism and product photography. However, as I met people, weddings fell into my lap. I am always into trying something new, so I agreed. I fell in love with shooting weddings immediately. They took over my calendar and I never looked back.

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How would you describe your wedding-photography style?

A mixture of lifestyle with photojournalism and a stroke of art

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 Are you working alone or with a team ?

Quetzal Wedding Photo is my company. I am the primary camera and shooter 99% of the weddings. However, I love to work with my best friends, who are photographers. I really enjoy working in a team. Therefore, on larger weddings, I invite them to collaborate with me. I am the sole editor of all Quetzal Wedding Photo Weddings

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Photo by: Quetzal photography  // Hair and Make up by: Sarah Garnier Co.

What is your best wedding shoot memory ? 

I shot a wedding once for a couple named Thomas and Christina. It was my favorite wedding to ever shoot because the energy and love was so strong; it literally moved me to tears. I have shot a lot of weddings, and I can say that my most favorite weddings are when the couple are truly in love with each other, really are grateful to have one another, and are comfortable and secure to share it in front of all their guests. The day vibrates on a completely unique frequency.

Which word would describe the best your job ?

LOVE

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

Today is only one day. Enjoy it. Please don’t stress out.

How future brides and groom can contact you ?

www.quetzalwedphoto.com

info@quetzalwedphoto.com

Phone: +521 (984) 804 3750

 

 

 

 

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”