Imagine that your beach wedding in the Mayan Riviera has come and gone. What you have left now is the memory of an incredible vacation in Mexico with the people closest to your heart…and tons of wedding photos! Displayed throughout your home are the most beautiful and emotional shots from your beach wedding; images of you and your Love caught in moments of pure bliss enveloped by a cotton candy sunset on a deserted stretch of white sand beach…
…but wait. What’s that in the background? It’s a sunburnt, pot-bellied ‘Looky-Loo’ in a speedo! And what a shame that you cannot actually see the expressions of joy on your faces because darkness fell before you got around to taking photos. This is not what you have in mind, I’m assuming? Well read on Dear Beach Bride, and plan ahead for what is most difficult to control when getting married in The Mayan Riviera: The Environment.
Timing is everything for those magical sunset beach wedding photos. The destination wedding photographer knows that ‘The Magic Hour’ around sunset is both precious and fleeting. If you miss it, there are no re-do’s. I recommend that every bride consults their wedding photographer before settling on a time for the ceremony because we spend our lives on the beaches of Mexico and know by the clock how to capture the best light. You can plan to go the traditional route, and have the ceremony before the wedding photos. Here, we recommend planning your ceremony at least an hour before sunset and going directly from the ceremony to beach photos. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. This means no sticking around to receive congratulations from your guests, (which I promise will chew up time faster than you can say Sunset).
But what if your wedding vision has you sealing the deal with a passionate kiss as the sun dips down over the horizon? Well then, consider option two; do your wedding photos before the ceremony. ‘But what about that amazing moment when he sees me walking down the aisle?’. We have you covered, it is a shoot called ‘The First Look’ and it has been gaining in popularity. You will get your amazing moment, I promise.
Who doesn’t love a wedding? Beautiful flowers, a beautiful bride, a joyful celebration; they draw attention, and especially if you are strolling down a stunning beach in Mexico and happen upon one. You really cannot blame all the Rubberneckers, but you should definitely plan for them! Tourists in vacation mode are delightfully unaware that by taking in the romantic scene of your destination wedding, they are also putting themselves in the background of all of your photos. The white sand that stretches from Cancun to Tulum is a public place, so consider avoiding Sundays and public holidays to cut down on the number of beach lovers. Have a diplomatic loved one in charge of keeping the area clear by politely speaking to those who set up shop in your shot. However, if privacy is a priority to you, it is best that you stay away from the big resorts, and explore the other plentiful options in the Mayan Riviera, like a boutique hotel, golf course or an oceanfront villa for your nuptials.
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Manage Mother Nature
The Mayan Riviera is one of the most stunning places in the world to get married. However, like any other tropical wedding destination, you must consider that Mother Nature doesn’t always co-operate. Be aware that there is a rainy season here, but that rain can happen any time, any day of the year. And boy can it RAIN! Take off those rose colored glasses when you are in the planning stages, and come up with a Plan B that you will be happy with if you get a rainy wedding day. Stay open-minded to this outcome, so that you don’t end up disappointed if it becomes a reality.
Planning a destination wedding in Mexico takes a lot of…well, PLANNING! However, if you consider all of the tips and tricks suggested in this series, you won’t find yourself caught unprepared. You will be able to relax and enjoy a worry free wedding day.
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