Elopement Photography

Elopement Photography
in the Riviera Maya

You two don’t need the big, fancy celebration to prove your love to one another or to anyone else. As we strip away the performance of getting married, it comes down to the importance of tying your souls and hearts together for all time. This is an intimate moment and a memory that we are honored to share and capture.

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Endless opportunities exist for an elopement venue to say “I Do!” but they all boil down to two categories: The first is your resort. For this option, please be familiar with their outside vendor policy, as most have a fee. Otherwise, you can go off-the-resort to a beach club, private villa, or just a quiet little circle in the sand. For expert advice, suggestions, or great venue ideas, please just ask us!

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What to wear

Keep in mind that most days in the tropics are hot and sticky. You will feel most comfortable wearing lightweight, natural fibers. Your colors should complement each other and also your chosen location. Please avoid wearing any busy patterns or stripes if possible, and avoid wearing colors that show sweat. And guys, tuck a small towel or hanky in your pocket.

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What to expect

An elopement session is typically between one to two hours, allowing for a 15-minute wedding ceremony and plenty of time for Newlywed photos. This should be scheduled when the beaches are quiet, the light is buttery and the heat is manageable. Most couples envision a romantic sunset, but we actually prefer mornings as the ideal time in the Riviera Maya.

Our Elopement Photography

My husband and I decided to elope in Mexico last month. Once we booked our trip, we found Fun In the Sun Weddings when searching for photographers and I'm so glad we did! Marc and Gillian were very responsive to any questions we had. They were such a nice and fun couple to work with. My husband hates taking pictures but Marc was hilarious and made taking pictures fun! Everyone has been saying how happy we look in the pictures, and we were, but it was because Marc was cracking us up the whole time LOL. Gillian officiated our ceremony and helped me with all other needs such as finding a bouquet and transportation. She is very fun, personable, and down to Earth. I'd recommend them to anyone! So, if you are wanting to get married or elope in Mexico, these are your people.
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Chelsea & Matt

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Adina Chesney
04:15 31 Oct 21
We recently worked with Fun in the Sun weddings to have some couples photos taken. We were very pleased! From the... beginning their communication was prompt and courteous and they were very cooperative in rescheduling our photo shoot because of bad weather. The photo shoot with Marc was fun and the photos were great. The photos were sent to us promptly. We highly recommend!!read more
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peter Kies
22:14 26 Oct 21
Recently proposed to my girlfriend in Playa del Carmen and I searched all over the internet for a good photographer.... I'm not kidding, pretty much through every available company online in the area. Choosing Fun in the Sun Weddings was the best decision I could have made. Gillian and Marc were so cool, helpful and responsive. They helped coordinate the perfect location and timing for some unforgettable moments photos. They went above and beyond and we couldn't be any happier.Do yourself a favor and stop looking elsewhere because Fun in the Sun Weddings is the choice to make!read more
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Tanya R
19:33 13 Oct 21
Thank you Gillian and Marc for an amazing experience!! I am not a crier and Gillian made our vow renewal elopement so... intimate and personal it brought every emotion out of me, it was perfect! Marc was the best hype man ever to get us the perfect picture. I appreciate that Marc and Gillian both had a lot of ideas for photo ops. The pictures are amazing!!!! The water..palm trees..just perfect!read more
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Maddi Perdue
21:02 31 Aug 21
We recently had a honeymoon session done with Marc and it was such a great experience! My husband and I both dread... having photos taken, so it was really refreshing to have someone who made this not only easy but actually enjoyable for the both of us. His wife, Gillian, was also great at helping us set up the photoshoot; she was not only nice and willing to answer any questions we had but was very responsive over email as well. Extra points that our pictures were delivered promptly also! I 100% recommend choosing them for your photo session.read more
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Justyna Bogun
15:38 18 May 21
Marc is an excellent photographer and a pleasure to work with. He is fun to be around and made us feel super... comfortable, happy, and energized during the shoot. I am very pleased with how our photos came out. Marc was able to capture the love in our engagement photos and guided us appropriately in order to capture the best shots.Gillian was very responsive and amazing at preparing us for the shoot and giving me all sorts of tips and recommendations! I could not have stumbled upon a better photographer when I searched for engagement photos in Mexico. I will be booking with them in the future and recommending Fun In The Sun to friends and family without hesitation!read more
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Reia M. Tobias
17:48 13 May 20
We had a wonderful experience working with Marc and Gillian, owners of Fun in The Sun Weddings. Our experience from... start to finish was remarkable. They were able to meet our specific needs around time and cost, assisted us in locating other local vendors and on the wedding day Marc delivered. He was on time, calm and fun to be around. He helped us with awesome poses and captured everything we wanted and more, including some precious candid shots. I absolutely love our photos, and I am so happy that we chose Fun in The Sun weddings. I am very picky about photographers, and it is hard to choose one from far away, however my expectations were met and exceeded. Thanks again for beautifully capturing one of the best days of my life!!read more
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Emily Bowles
22:00 30 Mar 20
Gillian's communication skills shone through from the moment we made contact. We loved having Marc at our wedding and... he captured some wonderful moments in an artistic manner. Numerous incredible photographs were taken by this talented and personable photographer! Highly recommend!!read more
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Shelby Fehringer
13:51 25 Mar 20
I cannot say enough great things about Fun In The Sun Weddings! Marc, Gillian, and their team made everything so easy... from the beginning answering all the questions I had and giving me advice. The day of the wedding Marc was fantastic! He was funny and made everyone feel so comfortable throughout the day. I can't tell you how many people complimented him and the team. We just got our photos back and WOW, they are all so beautiful exactly what we expected and hoped for when we booked Fun In The Sun. I would definitely recommend to anyone and hope to book with them again!read more
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Alex Mckay
22:13 15 Mar 20
We had a great time working with Gillian and Marc. We were in Playa del Carmen for a couple's getaway and decided we... wanted a few pictures of ourselves beyond the selfies we had been taking. So ours weren't "wedding pictures". We contacted them and decided to go with the Mini Package. We met them by their home (they gave detailed directions for the taxi driver). Marc picked a number of nearby spots: we walked from one to the other in a matter of seconds - a rustic fence, palm trees, the beach, some Mayan ruins, and jungle shots. Marc has a great eye and could tell us how to pose, where to stand, etc.In less than two weeks, we got a link to the photos. We were very pleased, and they are ours to share or print as we wish. They look great and Marc was able to make an older couple look pretty good! We would highly recommend them. Well worth it!read more
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Punita Pindolia
21:31 01 Mar 20
My fiance and I had the most amazing experience with Fun In the Sun Weddings. My fiance arranged a surprise proposal... for me with Marc over Skype prior to us arriving in Mexico. He was informative, easy to talk to and really helpful in suggesting the most beautiful location and coming up with a great cover story - I was clueless throughout! We had a photoshoot on the beach after the proposal and Marc was extremely fun and engaging. We received our pictures around 2 weeks later and all of the pictures are stunning! I relive the moment every time I look at them. We have the most beautiful photos and wonderful memories which we will treasure forever. Highly recommend Fun In the Sun Weddings if you are planning a special occasion around Playa del Carmen!read more
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Kaylan Cronkhite
16:55 28 Feb 20
Marc and his team were so professional, so funny, and kept it interesting the entire time! My fiance can be a little... annoying about taking all the photos but Marc kept him laughing the whole time so he completely forgot about it! Also the communication with Gillian was great, she never left us in the dark and quickly responded! It's always a little nerve wracking hiring someone in a different country you've never met, etc but they put my mind at ease throughout the entire process. My only regret is not purchasing a longer photography package so trust me when I say THEY ARE WORTH IT! Cannot wait to get my photos back!!!read more
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Lauren Tindal
04:32 29 Jan 20
Got married in Playa del Carmen at the Valentin December 7th, 2019. I highly recommend Fun in the Sun Weddings if you... are considering hiring a destination wedding photographer. From initial contact, questions and booking they made it so easy and I felt very taken care of comfortable. Our resort had an in-house photographer but from what I saw online I was convinced I wanted Fun in the Sun and it was well worth the hotels outside vendor fee. On the special day I was immediately comfortable with the photographers (Marc & I forgot the second photographers name but she was the best) as was my husband and our guests. We received our photos ahead of schedule and could not be more pleased with them! It was EXACTLY what I wanted. Job well done!!! If I had to do it all over, I'd book them again in a heartbeat!read more
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Emily Roberts
04:50 07 Jan 20
My fiancé and I were on a cruise this past week and had a day to spend in Cozumel. We had yet to get our engagement... pictures done, so 2 weeks before leaving, we reached out to Marc and Gillian to see if they had a last minute availability for an engagement shoot the 1 day we would be near their city, and they did! They responded so quickly with all the necessary information I had requested. We chose them from the other glowing reviews they have, and so far, we couldn't be happier we did! (I say so far because we haven't received the pictures back yet, but we expect to be just as pleased with them as we are the experience!)They could not have been more accommodating and helpful through the whole process with us being from out of town and only available for a very small window of time. Marc made us feel so comfortable the entire time; we let him do his thing and he let us give input and our short time (an hour & a half) was so well spent with all the different backdrops he was able to provide. We took photos in the colorful city, a jungle ruin scene, and ended at sunset on the beach! It was absolutely perfect! And Gillian was the absolute sweetest to coordinate with! If you have any worries about meeting random people in a random place, they will completely take that away 😂 I would give them 5/5 over again and as I said, we are so anxious to see the photos- we know they are going to be great! If you're thinking of booking, do it! I don't think you'll have any regrets either! Thanks so much Marc & Gillian!read more
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Mark Gallegos
16:58 07 Sep 19
My wife and I decided to renew our vowels in Playa Del Carmen. We reviewed multiple photographers in the area and... decided to go with Fun in the Sun weddings. Wow we made the correct choice. Marc was very professional and super easy to get along with. We went to multiple locations including the beach, jungle, and the city. I worked with Gillian prior to us landing in Mexico and she was quick to answer any questions and alleviated any anxiety that we had. She hooked us up with her friend (Angie) who completed my wife's hair and make-up. All in all this was a fantastic experience and I would definitely give everyone a 5 star rating. Oh by the way, Gillian officiated our ceremony and it was definitely a moment that me and my spouse will cherish for the rest of our lives.. Very professional...… 5 STARS.....read more
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natalie miller
17:02 16 Mar 19
Fun In the Sun are simply AMAZING! They really are more than photographers. From the beginning through to the end they... offered endless support, advice, and they create such a relaxed and fun atmosphere! On the day itself we felt comfortable and confident, and it was like having two friends there with you! Their experience and professionalism shines through, allowing you to relax and have the best day! We got our first round of photos through this week and couldn’t be happier with the results, they are seriously talented and genuinely love what they do! Since posting our 'sneak peek' photos on social media, so many people have commented that these photos look like they should be 'in a magazine', or that they're some of the best photos they've ever seen - It truly is mind boggling just how fantastic these photos are. I keep staring at them in disbelief!!! (and in amazement) If you’re thinking about booking Fun In the Sun for your wedding , DO IT!!! You won’t be disappointed. They have captured memories we will cherish for a lifetime! I'm so excited to see the rest of them!!read more
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20:01 14 Mar 19
Amazing Engagement shoot!! From start to finish the experience was amazing!! Amazing communication via email. It was... pouring rain the day of our shoot and Marc was so kind to send a message saying that they are watching the weather closely and it didn't look like it was going to clear up so they were so kind to reschedule to another day.The shoot itself was SO MUCH FUN. Marc is so down to earth and funny. My guy wasn't super excited about the photo shoot but instantly felt comfortable and actually had fun!!! Our pics turned out amazing and we couldn't be happier. Highly recommend Fun in the Sun!read more
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Nadine Goerke
15:47 21 Feb 19
Marc and Gillian are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. We used Fun In The Sun Weddings for our Wedding in January. Choosing them was... one of the best decisions. Not only did Ryan and I love his fun, energetic personality, but our guests loved him too! He had us laughing the whole time...making those candid laughing shots so perfect. He ensured we got every shot we wanted, timing was coordinated and we were having a good time. Our photos still have us speechless, and we couldn't be happier. You will not be disappointed with Fun In The Sun.read more
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Jill Safari
18:23 17 Feb 19
Suite job! I used Marc for the photos for our hotel, Honey B Suites in Playa del Carmen, and we are ecstatic with the... results! He did everything we asked of him and more - went above and beyond to capture all the best shots, different days, different times of day, etc. The photos truly capture the spirit of the hotel and present us in our 'best light'. We'll be using his photos for our website and all promotions. I know he brings the same professionalism, enthusiasm and genuine care for ALL of his clients. Such a dedicated, talented individual.read more
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