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Villa La Joya- the perfect venue for your dream wedding in the Riviera Maya.

The events in Villa La Joya are some of the most astonishing weddings we’ve had this year. We loove this venue so much that we decided to dedicate this month’s blog to show you why this venues is just the perfect place for your dream destination wedding.

Villa La Joya is without a doubt the most luxurious wedding venue in Riviera Maya so if you are looking for a fairy tale wedding, – look no further!. You will have the best backgrounds for your wedding photos, the Villa, the gardens or the Caribbean Sea..every corner of this venue is just beautiful.. The other great thing about this venue is that the event can be adjusted to your budget, because you can select your vendors!

One of the most beautiful photo spots in the Villa are the stairs at the Entrance. This spot is perfect for the Group photo or bride portraits.

The gardens and terrace are also a beautiful photo spot, perfect for the couple first look photos or portraits.

Couples love Villa La Joya for many reasosns… some include: the beauty of the Mansion, the amazing ocean views of the Caribbean Sea, the privacy of the location and the fact that you can choose your vendors without having to pay a vendors fee like happens with most resort weddings.

 The Venue is perfect for small and large grops. You can hold a small intimate wedding or throw the house out of te window and invite up to 200 people!

We asked our lovely wedding planner Natalia Schweitzer from Weddings on the beach why is Villa La Joya one of her fav venues:

Apart from the fact that Villa La Joya it is absolutely stunning….All my clients without exception had a fairy tale wedding there and the owner and the staff are very nice and helpful so it is a pleasure to work there.

Other perks about the venue…

The Venue is super espacious, it has gorgeous lighting and colours. It’s located in an secret beach far away from crowds and hotel guests.

Everything is tailored to your taste. You can bring any wedding vendor you like and there’s no fees at all. The chef, flowers, service, catering, bartender and hair and make up are choosen by you! When you know your vendor team you ensure that everything is going to be exactly like you dreamed of.

Vendors for Heather and Tylers wedding:

Wedding Planner: @weddingsonthebeach.com.mx

Floral design: @corazonluxuryweddings 

Catering: @gourmetsoberanis

Decor & Styling: @kayandteeboutiquerentals

Specialty rentals: @archiverentals

Photographer & Video: @sweetcaribbeanphoto

Venue: @villalajoya

Dreamed wedding in Mayakoba

We always love sharing real weddings and we recently had the honor to be part of a Olessya & Diego’s wedding in Mayakoba.

It was such an amazing destination wedding, the guest came from all over the world (Canada, Russia, Mexico), quite a multicultural wedding (just like Playa del Carmen)

For this blog we decided to do a quick interview to our gorgeous bride Olessya. We hope you enjoy it and it inspires you plan your destination wedding in the Mexican Caribbean!

Where did you two meet?

We met at University in 2014 and have been together since then. The proposal took place in January 2019 in our apartment. The groom served dinner and called the dog into the dining room because the ring was attached to the dog’s collar.

Tell us about the inspiration for your big day. (colour scheme, decor, etc)

Our colours were mainly white and Rose Gold with a touch of pastel. We chose those colours because we wanted to give the impression of elegancy with minimalistic

You looked like a princess! Can you tell us about your wedding dress?

 I went to the most popular Russian wedding dress store called Mary Trufel located in Moscow. (Instagram: marytrufel_official). I did flew to Moscow to tried it and purchased the dress. I picked the Rara Avis wedding dress – princess style named Elba. 

We had so much fun taking care of you and your bridesmaids! Can you tell me more about them?

 I had 3 bridesmaids. Vita my older sister, Vika my best friend since we were 14 and Liza an old family friend.

It was definitely a dreamed wedding! Please describe your top 5 moments.

#5: Getting ready. I had so much fun sharing the time when we were getting ready. We got to share emotions, feelings, jokes and wine. 

  #4: Speeches. I like this time personally because I got to know my friends and Diego’s friends from a different perspective. Some of those words I did not expect myself.   

  #3: The dance. We practice for over 2 months, we went to classes in order to look somewhat decent. During our performance we were so nervous that we improvise and we were having so much fun because nobody knew what was improvised and what not.   

#2: The ceremony. I felt like in a Disney’s movie because it was beautifully set up, it was delivered in 3 languages and that I never felt so happy and so nervous at the same time. I felt that it was in a dream. 

#1. The first look. See each other for the first time, both of us beautifully dressed up. The feeling that I made the right choice and that we were going to spend the rest of our lives with the person we loved. It was so emotional because we crying and connected at an emotional level. 

At home DIY beauty tips!

Since we are spending more time at home and less outside, some of us are missing our beauty professionals, right? So… let’s enjoy a relaxing girly moment at home. We would love to share a couple of recipe ideas with our brides, so when we see you here in the Riviera Maya your skin and hair will be glowing and ready for your destination wedding.

Make your beauty routine a moment to enjoy!

The key is to enjoy every second of your routine. the good news is that in this period we have time….
Take time to hydrate your skin drinking water ( you can add spirulina, Jamaica for more properties ) and tone with a short cold shower.
A good tip to Remember: the muscles of your face are just like the muscles on your body, so help them tone and improve the circulation by massaging them constantly (Check out our blog about skin roller- to improve circulation and tone your face). link

Create a couple of homemade face scrubs

If you would like to take a break from a long day doing home-office, we have the solution! You can make your own simple exfoliating face scrubs at home, really easily and here a couple of examples:

Sweet & Sour: 

The breakfast scrub

  • 1/4 cup uncooked oats
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup olive oil

Oats, honey and olive oil make this a little different spin from the honey and oatmeal facial scrub. But it’s incredibly simple and great for skin that is aching for moisture. 

Pamper your hair

Being at home doing some home office has its perks, take the advantage of the situation and pamper your hair, and since we are into the DIY here’s a couple of products from your kitchen that will revive your hair! 

Say goodbye to the Split Ends With an Avocado and Olive Oil Hair Mask

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • One-to-two teaspoons olive oil.

Mix the mashed avocado and the olive oil, separate your hair into four sections. Use your fingertips or a brush to paint it on each section, starting at the bottom. You won’t want to apply it to the roots or your scalp. Then, put on a towel or shower cap and wait 30 minutes. Rinse it off in the shower with a little shampoo and then apply a little conditioner. You will notice wonders! 

The perfect eyeliner style for you!

The eyes are one of the most important beauty features of your face, they can transform your look from natural to glamorous in just a couple of seconds!

Let’s talk about the different eyeliner options that we have available.
You can choose your eyeliner based on the style you would like to achieve and one that you feel comfortable with.

Let’s begin with the basics…

  • Pencil Eyeliner – This is one is super popular and is available in different colors. dryer texture..like a pencil
  • Compact Eyeliner – You will need a brush to apply it and a little bit more practice. texture cream all colors
  • Liquid Eyeliner – Great to create a variety of styles, it gives you lots of flexibility but it does take a little hand control and maybe a little more practice to master. Liquid texture.
  • Gel Eyeliner – Dark and bold, perfect for glamorous looks. in between cream and gel texture

The right technique for your eye shape can be a game-changer. With the right technique and tools, you can make magic…you can change hooded eyes into big and glamorous eyes. 

So now that we know the tools, let’s talk about your eye shape. Knowing your eye shape is super important and it will help you to choose the perfect technique to enhance your beauty and create the perfect look. 

Figuring out the shape of your eyes can be a little tricky,  check out this tutorial to help you figure out your eye shape! Check out the tutorial! 

Almond shape eyes

Lucky girl! You look gorgeous with pretty much any eyeliner style, you can rock the cat eyes and even some more artistic looks. To enhance your beautiful shape you can start with a thin line in the inner corner and building up the thickness once you reach the outer part of your eye..if you are feeling bold or you are ready for a night out finish up with a wing in the end for the cat-eye effect. 

Downturned eyes 

Let’s open up that look! Begin by brightening up the inner eye, then Focus on the top lash line, starting directly below the highest point of your arch, and then think up and outward. A small upward flick of eyeliner at the outer corners will open up your beautiful eyes

Round eyes 

The perfect way to frame your big beautiful eyes is to use the eyeliner to elongate them into an exotic look.  Use the eyeliner to create an upper lash line and elongate your look by drawing a wing or by smudging dark liner into both the upper and lower lash lines. 

Hooded eyes 

You can make the liner as thick as you want (since the line will be cover).  If you wanna achieve the cat-eye effect start with a thick, elongated wing that will give your eyes a gorgeous shape and definition. Or you can make your eyes look rounder by making the liner thicker in the center of your eye, and thinner at the corners. This creates the illusion of an eye that’s more curved. Try to avoid  bottom eyeliner, which can close off your eyes, making them look smaller

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!

Ina & Jeff’s wedding at the Riviera Maya Haciendas!

For our final blog of the year we wanted to share one of our favorite weddings of 2019: Ina & Jeff’s wedding!

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We had the pleassure to work for a kind and sweet bride, and our team enjoyed every minute with the fun a bubbly bridesmaids. Getting these ladies ready was a blast!

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We also had the opportunity to work in one of our favorite venues, The Riviera Maya Haciendas!

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This venue is perfect for couples  who want a bit more privacy and would like to enjoy an intimate wedding, away from the resort crowds. The layout of the house is perfect to a comodate all your family and friends in the courtyard for a more private dinner and party.

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This venue also offers the ceremony to be on the beach or in the beautiful hacienda style garden sorrounded by agave plants and the beutiful ancient trees. So, even if your wedding is in the Caribbean  you don’t have to get your wedding dress or shoes cover in sand.

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Maria Roncarati, the fabulous wedding planner from the Haciendas made sure every single detail was perfect.

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Another reason why this wedding is in our Top 3 weddings of 2019, is because we had the pleasure to work with one of our old friends and colleague Jonathan Cossu, whos photography is not only brilliant but also flawless.

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And the final reason why we love this wedding so much…. Our team of professional hair and makeup artist did an increadible work! We know we can always count on them to accentuate the beauty of our bride and bridesmaids. Always, keeping a natural look and using only the best products and techniques available.

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Everything you need to know before “saying yes” to microblading!

We love telling our beautiful brides about the new techniques out there.. and before you “say yes” to microblading and getting it done for your wedding day, here’s some details you need to know..


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What is Microblading?

It’s a form of semi-permanent tattooing that involves using tiny, fine-point needles (instead of a tattoo gun) that make up a small disposable blade and handle (a very weird looking tool, right?) that helps scratch and deposit the pigment under your skin evenly and simultaneously.Unlike the tatoo gun,  there’s many shapes and sizes of the microblading needles, which allows the artist to create your dreamed brow shape!

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(The holder might vary, this pic is just to give you an idea of the type of needles used for the process)

Is microblading for me?

Yes, definitely! Microblading is customizable and it’s for everyone, from girls with zero brows, blonde ultra-faint brows, or girls who just need a little help filling the arches. However, you do need to find a microblading artist who has enough experience and can create different styles, shapes and match your eyebrow color.

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Before and After (@sumanbrows)

How do I find the right artist for me?

Ask them to see their portfolio (it can be their FB or Instagram account), make sure they have pictures of various brow shapes and colors, that the color match, and of course… read the clients reviews.

Does it hurts? How long it takes to heal? 

Before you get to the Riviera Maya and if you are thinking about getting your brows done hera a couple of details you need to know. Microblading is a lengthy process, you need to let your brows peal, heal, geat the correct shade and then do a touch up. So if you are thinking about getting it done before the big day, allow at least  4 months before the big day  and allow the hole process to take place.

Well, to be honest it does hurts a little bit. After all, you had needles going through your skin to deposit ink pigments under your brow tissue. So it’s a little bit like a more sophisticated tattoo. So you will need to follow the after care instructions your artist indicates, a bit like a tatto…applying creams and letting your skin peal a little after it reveals the beautiful outcome. Although you will see the final outcome once the session is done, a couple of days later you will experience a bit of pealing off and a tiny bit of discomfort.  Here’s a great inforgaphic from SumanBrows London, on what to expect after you get your brows done.

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How long it takes & how long it lasts?

It takes about two hours, but what take the longest is the numbing cream they use before they go ahead with the microblading.  It lasts around one to three years, but a couple months after you get it done you will need to go for a touch up in order to finalize the pigmentation. After that, you might need a touch up after 12 months or more.

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Here´s a couple of brow-artists that will help you achieve your dreamed look! 

New York:  Brow Doctort NYC. 

eyebrow doctorCheck out their IG: @eyebrowdoctor

Los Angeles: MLAmicroblading

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We hope this blog was helpful and it helps you achieve your #browgoals !

 

 

 

The ultimate bachelorette party in the Riviera Maya, Mexico!

We know that planning the perfect bachelorette party weekend can be a challenge, getting the entire squad together and having a plan that pleases everyone can be almost impossible… except when you choose the Riviera Maya as your weekend destination! We know some of your besties would prefer to party, others would like to chill and enjoy the beach and some others would like to do some sports or go on new adventures. But guess what? The Riviera Maya has a little bit of everything, and here are some of our fav things to do with your friends:

For the adventurous, high energy and sporty girls!

There are tons of fun activities to do that will keep their adrenaline pumping!  You can  arrange a quick kite surfing lesson or if you already know how to kite you can rent a couple kites and visit some awesome kitting beaches like Isla Blanca.

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Or you can choose to arrange a SCUBA diving lesson for the girls who never been diving and join the girls that SCUBA!. Let’s show your girls the colorful reefs of the Riviera Maya!

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For the party girls…

Did someone say Champagne pool party?  Yeap, that’s right Coralina day light Club in Playa del Carmen it’s a gorgeous beach club which hosts Champagne parties every week at their pool! What else could you ask for? A couple of bottles of Moet, the beach, and your gals is the perfect combination for an unforgettable wknd.

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If the Champagne party is a bit to much.. maybe a Catamaran trip is your thing. This trip mixes the best of both worlds, it offers a snorkeling tour for everyone to enjoy and discover the reef and on the way back is party time, they offer lunch and unlimited booze. This is a good option to mix the party animals and adventurous crew. Catamaran tours are offer to Isla Mujeres, Puerto Aventuras or Playa del Carmen, so you can always find a good option near you hotel.

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And for the girls who are more laid back….

There’s a ton of fabulous hotels, beach clubs and spas in the Riviera Maya. But if you want to relax take the gals to Tulum for a Temazcal day (Mayan traditional steam bath) and let herbal medicine, natural oils and steam clean and relax your mind, body and soul. It’s a one of a kind bonding experience, something you and your besties will remember forever.

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If trying traditional Mayan medicine is a bit to much, maybe some Yoga by the Sea will have the same relaxing effect without pushing you out of your comfort zone. There’re tons of fantastic yoga teachers in the area, book a private sesh for you and your girls and do some sun salutations at sun rise, it will recharge you with a ton of positive energy and good vibes!

 

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Everybody is talking about the face rollers, but…do they work?

Everyone on social media is talking about the facial gemstone rollers. But what’s all the fuss about!? We decided to talk about this product and let you decide on your own. Maybe this will become your new beauty tool, and maybe will even make it into your list of essential items you need to bring to your Riviera Maya wedding.

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What are the derma rollers!? 

The Chinese derma rollers made of jade – or other gemstones like rose quartz are basically a stone roller (same principle as a paint roller) but small and with a gemstone. This product has taken the beauty market by a storm.And there’s must be a reason why influencers all over the world are recommending the use of these devices and massaging your face. But how do they work!? And, do they really work!? 

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The science behind…

Dermatologist Melissa Kannchanapoomi mentioned in Marie Claire’s interview says: “Jade facial rollers have been used to massage the skin since the 17th century in China, jade rolling can increase blood circulation, which, in turn, can temporarily give you a brighter flush”. Other dermatologists on the same interview also mentioned that they are not a magic wand, that rollers will not get rid of skin conditions….however they do acknowledge that “rolling a cold stone on your face can be relaxing, which, in turn, can indirectly improve stress-linked skin conditions, such as rosacea and acne.”  But don’t get discouraged, even though they don’t do magic… in the end, it’s all about how it makes you feel. We believe this could be a great tool for the day before the wedding, a nice and relaxing facial massage would do miracles for your skin. 

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What do users say about the product?

The thousands of users say that these rollers are amazing. They all mention how the rollers help you increase collagen stimulation, reduce wrinkles, enhance or increase the penetration of skincare ingredients, and some claim it clears acne outbreaks.

We believe that pampering your skin, massaging your face and just taking time for yourself will definitely improve your skin conditions, and will certainly provide benefits. So, why not give it a go & try these trendy rollers!? 

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There are many different stones available in the market. You can choose from the traditional Jadestone, the rose quartz, known as a beautifying and healing stone, or amethyst – thought to attract positive energy! And if you are a Tulum boho-bride, you probably believe in the mind-body-soul moto, and know-how the energy works…so try your perfect stone and get those energies vibrating!

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If you do give it a go…please let us know the benefits it brought to you, and share your before and after pics!