Eloping in Playa del Carmen

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Once and a while we get the honor of being a part of a very intimate, very private and very emotional moment, when two people decide that they wish to elope in Playa del Carmen and forgo the big traditional wedding.

As romantic as the idea is to secretly run off and get married in Mexico, there is still much to be decided; flowers, hair and makeup, photography, location, ceremony…

mayan elopePauline and Johan from Sweden came to us wishing to find a private beach area to bring their very small group of friends and family to for a surprise elopement. We organized a Mayan Ceremony on a beautiful beach in Playa del Carmen, followed by a small cocktail hour and they had a friend handle photography. It was a beautiful surprise!

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Taking the surprise elopement idea even further, were David and Nicole from Kentucky, who were married on the beach in Playa del Carmen in their bathing suits and posted the photos on Facebook as a surprise announcement to their friends and family!

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And finally, Olivier and Monica, a couple from Norway who brought their two beautiful children to the Riviera Maya so they could participate in their legal ceremony under the beautiful palms of Playa.

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Weddings come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you wish to elope or your dream is a large celebration, there are vendors, locations and plenty of options for you in the Riviera Maya!

Jen and Adam, Private Villa, Casa Chaac in Playacar

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*For our bride, Jen’s full trip report, a great step by step tool for anyone who has any questions about planning a non resort wedding in Playa del Carmen, check out her post here: http://www.playa.info/playa-del-carmen-forum/59230-our-wedding-playacar-11-days-playa-del-carmen-nov-2010-a.html

Jen and Adam had vacationed in Playa del Carmen prior to their engagement so they already had a clear idea of what they were looking for when they began planning their destination wedding in the Riviera Maya.

They wanted something unique, personal, totally customizable, casual and most of all fun!

When we showed them around a couple of private villas in Playacar and explained they would be a blank canvas to decorate and that they would be totally private and intimate, Jen and Adam immediately felt it would be the best option for their dream wedding.

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The couple wanted to show their friends and family everything they loved about the area, so during their week long stay, we organized a day trip to Akumal, where they snorkeled with sea turtles in beautiful Half Moon Bay, and a welcome dinner at one of Playa’s many romantic bistro’s.

On the day of the wedding, we worked with By Design Events for catering and Maxirent and Floreria Jardin helped transform the usually bare yard into a beautiful wedding reception area, using flowers, candles, lanterns and many DIY projects Jen and Adam had brought along.

 

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Fun and unique touches like street food carts and a churro wagon were a hit with the guests, who had a great time at the tequila tasting station and on the dance floor, before hitting the pool at the end of the night!

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We definitely had an amazing time planning this fun wedding and week of festivities… we wish Jen and Adam all the love and happiness in the world!

For more beautiful photos by Del Sol, check out the complete slideshow: http://delsolphotography.com/blog/post-874/11142010-Jennifer-Adam-Private-home-Playa-del-carmen-Photos-by-Matt-Adcock

 

 

Actress Amy Davidson and husband Kacy, Destination Wedding at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen

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As word continues to spread about how amazing the Riviera Maya is, with its stunning beaches, abundant hotels and resorts for every budget and taste and all of its natural beauty, it is no surprise we are seeing more and more weddings taking place here and every now and then we even get a celebrity appearance!

Beautiful actress, Amy Davidson, known best for her role on TV’s “8 Simple Rules” and her fiancé Kacy came to us for their May 2010 destination wedding.

 

Amy, always stunning with her flowing red hair and beautiful smile, wanted a simple and elegant ceremony and fun filled reception with beachy accents and bright pops of color.

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We drew inspiration from the bright colors in peacock feathers and incorporated them into the bouquets which complimented the brides hair and eyes perfectly.

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The ceremony took place under the romantic gazebo of the Gran Porto Real, in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Adding to the dramatic backdrop of this beautiful resort, were high winds as a Norte passed through our area! Not a problem for this spontaneous couple and their guests, they knew it would make for great photos!

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Playa del Carmen based photographer Zazil Graph was on site to capture the memories of this fun filled day and Ken Brownlee got it all on film.

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Thank you to our Fire Goddess Amy, Kacy and their wonderful group for allowing us to be a part of their special day!

See more of this gorgeous wedding here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVPXoJ9uD38

Bridget and Viraj, Hindu Wedding at Hacienda Corazon in Puerto Aventuras

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One of the greatest things about planning destination weddings is having clients come to us from all over the world. It’s always an amazing learning experience when we get to incorporate special traditions into our weddings.

When Bridget contacted us with her vision of a traditional Hindu ceremony followed by a Jewish and Christian Ceremony the next day, we knew it was going to be very special!

Priest Prakash lead a beautiful morning Hindu ceremony at Hacienda Corazon, followed by a brunch by Design Events and Chef Luis Carlón.

The color red, very symbolic in the Hindu faith, was used in subtle ways throughout the decor that was traditional yet modern.

The next day, guests were treated to another beautiful ceremony. This time a more traditional North American wedding ceremony, performed by their close friends.

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What a treat for the couple and guests to have two wonderfully unique celebrations!

Thank you to Naal Photography for the beautiful images.

Felicidades Bridget and Viraj!

Christine and Joe, Destination Wedding at Blue Venado Beach Club, Punta Venado

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Christine came to us hoping to find her dream Mexican beach wedding venue. Her wish? Secluded, rustic and open air. She imagined a big palapa decorated in traditional Mexican papel picado banners, a sea side ceremony and an authentic Mexican feel. We immediately suggested Blue Venado Beach Club, 15 minutes outside of Playa del Carmen. It was a perfect fit!

Decor and details were on the top of this brides list. We worked on finding beautiful custom papel picado banners and strung them with tiny white lights to create the romantic and whimsical atmosphere. Chinese lanterns lit up the dance floor and a mix of beautiful fresh tropical flowers filled colorful vases that, mixed with candles, lined the tables draped in lace runners.

Personal touches, such as DIY mini pinatas, papel picado flags and cupcake toppers helped bring it all together and we were thrilled with the way we were able to transform the usually bare venue into a fun, festive and romantic setting for the couple and their guests who celebrated in the sand and danced the night away!

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Papel Picado Wedding

blue venado wedding weddings in playaCongratulations Christine and Joe!

View the entire wedding here: http://delsolphotography.com/christine-joachim-blue-venado-destination-wedding/

Danay and Jon, Destination Wedding at Grand Coral Beach Club, Playa del Carmen

grand coral beach club altarDanay and Jon came to us looking for the perfect, private, beachfront venue to host their 70 fun loving guests.

When we introduced them to the Grand Coral Beach Club, a modern, open air venue on a quiet beach in Playa del Carmen, they knew it was perfect.

Roses, white accents and vintage chairs created a romantic and elegant look for the beautiful sea side ceremony.

Danay’s vision for the ceremony decor was simple yet elegant, using strung lanterns and beautiful lanterns to light up the night and it came together beautifully.

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Fun and festive Mexican traditions like a pinata and a mariachi band gave this beautiful wedding just the right touch of fiesta!

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And the DJ kept this celebration under the stars going all night!

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Thank you to Fine Art Boutique Wedding Photography for capturing the love!

Felicidades Nay and Jon!