Diana and Marco, Blue Venado Beach Club, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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Diana and Marco got a married twice! First a traditional Catholic wedding in Nuestra Señora del Carmen Chapel on 5th Avenue and then they moved in the remote area of Blue Venado to have a Mayan ceremony. They combined the Pre-Hispanic with the Post-Hispanic, the vision of the world of the Ancient native American with the Catholicism.

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The bride entered with Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D major played on the harp and the couple was welcomed on the way out with bubbles.

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Shaman don Eduardo performed the Mayan ceremony together with two pre-hispanic dancers who played the pax, the classic mayan drum, and the tunkul, a long horizontal wooden slit-gong.

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The shaman plays the Mayan conch trumpet, which has three small holes which produce three consecutive notes.

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The happy party came from Texas and Mexico and chose simplicity and elegance in the details, playing with the natural wooden colour and white.

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And a small cake to respect the tradition – and why not?!

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A dance on the beach and than late at night the party was on and on till 2 am!

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Sara and Chris, Lunata Hotel, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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Today’s couple, Sara and Chris, were married at Lunata Hotel on March 30th, 2017 in a beautiful Mayan ceremony hosted by Don Eduardo.

The bride and her attendants enjoy getting ready together

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Once she’s ready, the Bride walks down the aisle heralded by Don Eduardo’s Conch shell

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Gorgeous garden setting
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The Mayan ceremony includes exchanging flower crowns and rings

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And traditional blessings and rituals.

The Groom’s Daughter took part in the ceremony by blowing the shell too!

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The happy couple make their Vows

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And they’re Married!

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The highlight of the day was a procession along 5th Avenue from the ceremony venue to the reception at Indigo Beach accompanied by the Mariachi band.

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The Reception

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Speeches

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The cake

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First dance with sparklers…

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Everybody else joins the party

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Disco Ball by special request of the Groom!

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All images courtesy of Soko Sandoval Photography

Leianne and Willy, Casa Chanty Beach Villa, Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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It’s the start of a new year and the start of a new, married life for Scottish couple Leianne and Willy.

Tucked away in a little known, secluded beach that is part the wonderfully named Playa del Secreto, they had a beautiful Mayan ceremony hosted by Casa Chanty and led by Shaman don Eduardo. This intimate gathering took place on the white sandy beach under a brilliant blue sky that perfectly matched the blue and white of our Scottish couple’s Saltire flag theme.

After the ceremony it was time for a beach party with a Mexican buffet and grill provided by Chef Ruben Lopez (Sinfonia Culinaria).

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Mayan Altar

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Shaman don Eduardo blowing the conch to begin the ceremony

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The children

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The couple exchange offerings – in each bowl there is a necklace which is what the Mayan’s use in place of the ring normally used in western tradition

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The blessing

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Offerings of flowers are made to the water and the female Mayan Goddess, Ixchel

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Advice from the shaman to the new couple

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Dinner set up on the beach

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Hannah and Walisson, Hotel Lunata and Indigo Beach Club Destination Wedding, Playa del Carmen

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We have a BIG post for you today because the details in this perfectly Playa del Carmen wedding are just too good to pass up showing!
Hannah and Walisson were a dream to work with and had all kinds of fun ideas to make their big day memorable. Starting off with choosing the prettiest garden ceremony venue and Hotel Lunata.

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A surprise Mariachi helped escort the bride and groom down Playa’s famous 5th avenue and right over to their beachfront reception at Indigo Beach Club.

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The weather was perfect and the beach always beautiful but it was all the tiny details that made the party so special! Custom signs, traditional Mexican talavera tiles to find your seat, a tequila bar, custom papel picado gift tags and maracas were some of  the touches of fiesta added to the day.

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Just the most beautiful evening for our lovely couple and their guests. Congrats Hannah and Walisson and thank you to PhotoStudioAB for the amazing photos.

 

Janne and Jari, Mayan Ceremony, Destination Wedding in Paamul

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Paamul is the perfect place for an intimate mayan ceremony. It’s still a peaceful little village and the beach is long, large and quiet. It was a great choice for Janne and Jari, who came to the Riviera Maya all the way from chilly Finland with their adorable son Benjamin.
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3U5A9717The setting was beautiful. Peaceful, romantic and intimate just as the couple had hoped. The magic of the Shaman ceremony had everyones full attention and the couple had a special champagne toast to celebrate their union. A stretch limo whisked them off into the sunset to begin their journey as husband and wife.

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It warmed our hearts to receive a sweet note from the bride upon her return to Finland:

I wish I could come back and get married again!

We loved your planning, it was much more what we excpected. I feel bad that we don’t have a video as I would like to have the words the Mayan women said to us… she was so nice, with her big heart and made us feel so special on that special day.

Denee and Jamie, Blucacao Destination Wedding in Playa del Carmen

weddings-in-playa-del-carmenBefore it was the always in demand Grand Coral Beach Club, this stunning venue on the beach was called Blucacao. It was just as beautiful and secluded, and it was the perfect spot for Denee and Jamie’s amazing Mayan Ceremony and wedding celebration!
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weddings-in-playa-del-carmenDenee was all about the details! We had a wonderful time piecing together all of her ideas and making her colourful dream wedding a reality!
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weddings-in-playa-del-carmenThank you Susan Pacek for sharing the wonderful photos! Susan is a US citizen who splits her time between her hometown of Denver, Colorado and Mexico. From October through May, she is based on Isla Mujeres, a short 15 minute ferry ride from Cancun. She travels throughout the Riviera Maya, including Playa del Carmen and Tulum, photographing destination weddings. She is an award winning and published destination photographer who has documented over 200 celebrations in the past ten years throughout Mexico, Colorado and many other US cities and international destinations. To view Susan’s work, visit her website at www.susanpacekdestinationweddings.com.