What happens after the princess marries her prince?
A few success stories after we say good bye…. Happy Val DAY!
Today is February 14th, Saint Valentine.
I am in love with love, not for nothing i do this job.
It is so amazing to get to meet our clients before they get married and start their life together, but what happens after it?
I often remind to my brides that if they put the same effort in the marriage as in the wedding… it will go always incredibly well! Something must stick, because on 600 couples only 5 divorced, so we must bring some luck… or they are quite amazing themselves…
The fact that we say good bye at the beginning of the adventure is not a motive to let years go by without any news. We keep in touch with our ex clients, send them love and also see some of them in Playa, like Erica in this photo!!
We often hear from them, some come to Playa and remarry after 5 or 10 years… we meet the children and i cannot wait to see what else they are going to experience.
Not all have kids, some party like rockstars, like Maryann and Cesar, below, that got married with me in Tulum over 10 years ago….
We love all of their choices, because life is made of real people and real adventure. Here 3 of my fav, Jaimie and Denee, married at Grand Coral 11 years ago.
All of our clients are dear to our hearts, yet time goes by and some of them we never see.
Yet we have fond memories of all of them and wish them a life that is amazing, long and full of love .
Andrea and Daniela wrote over a year ago, they are both from Casale Monferrato, Italy, in the delightful hills of Piemonte, which means at the feet of the mountains.
They wanted to come to Playa, which they love dearly, with 40 friends and get married symbolically to celebrate 20 years together. I love that, because it is clear that getting married is the promise of love, but celebrate twenty years together means that the promise was kept… and keeps going!
So i jumped on the occasion and proposed the semi secluded beach of Paamul, between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Paamul is a hidden gem a bay with very few hotels, one restaurant only and few tourists.
They loved it, so the party was organized with a prompt visit to their home town in Piemonte by yours truly (they do have excellent Dolcetto D’Alba, there and the food? mmmm… to die for!).
Ten months after the planning, Daniela, Andrea and a large group of Italian friends arrived in Playa, at the Magical Hotel Iberostar. We went to see them and had incredible fun shopping to accessories like sombreros, masks, collars and colorful blankets, to add folklore to the wedding.
When the Big day arrived, Daniela was very emotional, but Andrea was even more! Unfortunately, a deep rain fell just few minutes before the wedding, having us all wet and allowing us to use no chairs as the pillows were wet. Alas, Andrea was not missing one beat, wearing a sombrero as umbrella!
A big full moon was romantically hanging in the sky for us and Alessandro Banchelli, photographer, decided to immortalize the two before going home after an incredible dance party.
thanks to Kalu restaurant for the food and drinks, Floreria Jardin for flowers and decor and AB Photostudio for the great pics.
To Daniela and Andrea, i can only say one thing: auguri e figli maschi, like we say in Italy…(best wishes and boys!!)
This is Maria here offering a personal and uber selected array of wedding trends for 2019. Ready?
First of all, let’s keep something very clear: it’s YOUR wedding.
Not your mama’s, not your sister’s and not your best friend’s.
So get personal! Hire vendors you connect with on a personal level, not just the ones that suit your aesthetic or budget, you will be working with your planner for a year or more so it would be grand if you 3 click.
You 2 are the heroes of this story and you 2 are going to decide together what is important to theboth of you. Never mind grandma wants a Catholic Wedding: if you want to get married bya Mayan shaman on the beach at the sound of drums on a full moon, that is what grandma should see (and she will like it too, because your happiness is her happiness).
Be bold enough to be you: aren’t you worth it?
I always tell my clients : this is YOUR dayand you pick how the day will unfold… so go big. This year’s trends finally are listening to the wisdom of the centuries (ours! LOL): that’s why I am particularly excited aboutthem and happy to introduce my top fav coming up in 2019.
They’re proof that these major life events are becoming more and more about the couple : weddings are getting more personalised and that is a great sign!
No more FOMO nor following the trend: you are the trend, you never missed out anything, because you are creating this Moment!
The year is shaping up to be one of the most incredible wedding seasons ever.
So here we go:
Inever address this topic long enoughbut mark my words: this is the one day that will be in your memory forever: why not just go all the way?
if youlike purple, go purple.
If you want to get married in moody colours, go with them (colour will feature more heavily than in previous years, think deep shades like burgundy and hunter green for a striking and moody look to your day or mix several shades from the same palette to create a fresh style….gowns with asymmetrical elements will also be trendy… bridesmaids no longer in same colour but shades of same palette…)
This one-shoulder dress is from Justin Alexander’s spring 2019 collection. Ovidiu Hrubaru/Shutterstock
Smaller weddings but unique experiences
No one wants to have a cookie cutter wedding or copyMeghan Markle and her prince: the trend now is
Expect 50 to 70 guests weddings but a lot of flare.
We will see more planners getting out there tocreate a journey and experience for all the guests to enjoy…not only on the wedding day but also at welcome parties and post wedding brunches (sometimes on a catamaran, sometimes in a cave), something we have always done and got rewarded with lots of loving gratitude from our over 500 clients (yep we have started in 2001, many of our clients are parents and soon will be celebrating 20years married… Erica Bressan how come we got so grown-ish up?)
Food as art, amazingly yummy and beautiful to look at!! that is a trend i relate too, as Italian. Many couples are ditching traditional wedding buffets for more memorable options. Popular examples of interactive food stations include tequila tasting with meat and veggie tacos, ceviche bars and churros carts. Also a trend: grazing receptions, where there won’t be a sit down dinner but more of a selection of different appetisers and snacks with something for everyone, from the vegan to the meat lover. Tom and Jon you are totally 2019!!
Also a trend: less traditional array of seating elements and more fluid use of space: high top tables, pillows and carpets to create a Maroccan suuk with hookas and belly dancers, use of beach chairs covered with Mexican blankets, use of indigenous art like Huichol and Otomi…. in a word: Whimsical!
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Greenery instead of too many flowers, but also colours!!
We love palms leaves, theyare cheap and beautiful! So many brides are chosing the option of a mostlygreen arch or bouquet.But also bright and rich colours… You can incorporate these colours in all aspects of your wedding decor from table settings, candles, linens and florals. Turquoise is definitely one of the key colours for 2019… Coral as well.
We love our couples and we would love to see something personal in every ceremony. Whether it’s writing vows that tell an untold story, a touching song from your brother or the newest and original rings warming passage (all guests pass the rings in a pouch and hold them in their hands sending their blessed energy to the couple), we love that unique touch that talks about you. Also signs in all languages and fonts!!
Lots of unexpected twists on the traditional wedding in the year….
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So you got the idea: it’s all about you! We are here to simply send an invitation: an invitation to livingeverymoment fulfilled. We want to invite you to a dance that will never cease to amaze you. The dance is yourlife. The invitation is to live it in joy, amazement and infinite Bliss. Your guests will thank you. And years from now, the memories will be amazing!!!!
An Open Letter and Invitation to HRH Prince Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor of Wales and Ms. Rachel Meghan Markle Regarding Their Upcoming Royal Wedding
Congratulations on the announcement of your wedding! You may be feeling the pressure of planning a traditional English Royal Wedding in cold, rainy London but, just like your unconventional pairing, why not do something different and entrust your big day to us with an incredible Celebration in the Mayan Riviera where fabulous weather is guaranteed?!
We want to show you a F U N time!
(although we have learnt a thing or two ourselves about fun from Harry’s regular tabloid appearances)
Consider how much more fun and relaxed your guests will feel sipping Mai Tai’s on the fine white sand under a blazing Mexican sun…
Serenaded by our favorite Mariachi band.
We humbly suggest that Meghan should forget the classic Disney Princess entrance by Carriage and instead, emerge from the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico in scuba gear and a white bikini (hey if you’ve got it, you may as well flaunt it!)
We know how fond Harry is of dressing up and think he would look amazing as a Luchador for our local tradition, Hora Loca – we do love a party here in this part of the World!
You can still invite all the royals, presidents, leaders, etc. and, if you can make please make sure Trudeau attends and maybe stay for a few extra days we’ll give you a discount!
So why not break with the past and contact us? – we are here for you guys.
A quick break from weddings today as we share a beautiful engagement shoot by Quetzal Photo. Faizah and Aneez were such a lovely couple to work with and planned to return to Playa del Carmen for their wedding day!
We are happy we were a part of this beautiful beginning and are looking forward to working with them again!