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Over the rainbow

Photography by Vincent Ribon & assistant Jasive Garza

Alejandra doubled roles! Actually I got to know her years ago as a diligent wedding coordinator at Solen, one of the most established event coordinators of the region and she now became the wedding planner of her own celebration. As this wedding had to be a fabulous showpiece, Alejandra admitted during our pre-wedding meeting that combining the identities of a wedding planner and a bride signified a great personal and professional challenge! But thanks to her experience built throughout the  years, Alejandra knows the tricks and tips of how to leave the trodden paths and customize a wedding event. What a nice discovery it was when they took us to a place I had never seen before: Secret Jewel (15 min drive from Playa del Carmen direction Cancun). As the name says, a secret place that has it all: a Catholic chapel for the ceremony (the only one at the seashore in all Riviera Maya!), an untouched piece of the famous white sandy beaches and a reception site between the palm trees to party under the stars or a palapa if you don’t want to have your toes in the sand.
The idea of a rainbow pupping up by looking at Alejandra’s bridesmaids is not a coincidence at all. Alejandra’s desire to reflect her fascination for rainbows, she even made her bridesmaids dress in the lively colours of the iris. Did she also assign each coloured ribbon of her special “rainbow bouquet toss” to be held by the señorita with the according dress colour? Anyway it was a lot of fun and suspense rouses while the bride goes cutting one ribbon after another, until there is only one left …the next bride! No girly catch with broken heels, flowers teared to pieces; if it’s your destiny it will hit you.

 

Contemporary Wedding Documentary photography

Photo by Vincent

Contemporary Wedding Documentary photography

Photo by Vincent

Contemporary Wedding Documentary photography

Photo by Vincent 

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ON STAGE

Photography by Vincent Ribon & Vincent Guihard & assistant Alfredo

Playa del Carmen and the Mayan Riviera have a name for hosting some of the most exclusive parties where the rich and famous get together to have a little party while enjoying margarita’s and all good the caribbean has the offer. This time Broadway gathered for a party no one would ever forget, as one of them was getting married. That’s how Rosewood Mayakoba got to host his own broadway show with guests singing and dancing the nights away. At the welcome coctail Lee was clearly blown away by his bride to be as Lauren started a surprise act with a song she wrote about their story. Even during the wedding ceremony a ‘pop up’ performance accompanied Lauren while she was walking down the aisle to tie the knot beneath a whimsical, floral Chuppah creatively crafted by master florist Saku that reflected perfectly the bride’s, “earthy, bohemian, elegant” vision for the wedding. And as if all those musical and visual spoiling wasn’t enough the party took of with a big bang with the talented Soul Street featuring Reggie Woods; the band that played at Billy Joel’s and Sir Paul McCartney’s weddings and now accompanied Lauren, Lee and their guest’s in their inexhaustible drive to sing and dance and laugh. With a special thanks to destination wedding expert Kimberley Richmond from New York who coordinated the whole show immaculately.

 

 

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WET & WILD

Photography by Alfredo Peral, assistants Juan & Iago

Carrie and Evan came to the caribbean to really enjoy their wedding at the maximum. To take of the pressure a wedding does often incites, they had a civil wedding before in their hometown NY. That way they had their hands free to organise and live the day at their hart’s desire and they both had indeed a very clear wish for this day. Carrie wanted to live and experience at the fullest the day as a bride; the little girls dream of the perfect dress, hair & make up, all in order to appear just breathtaking for the love of your life. Also the aspect of sharing this moment with family and friends was very important for both of them. Evan was very exacting about the music, as this was to be the wildest party. All this was done, starting with a ceremony, as Carrie desired, under the open sky, no matter the rain. This is were the impeccable service at Banyan Tree Mayakoba was most felicitous as they did everything they could to comply with the bride’s wish and so did we. Let’s get wet! As often in the caribbean, the raindrops run dry and under a dramatic sunset sky a wild party took off.

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NEVER ENDING STORY

Photography by Vincent Ribon &  Alfredo Peral & assistants Sarah & Jasive

From the moment we met, prior to their Destination Wedding in the Riviera Maya, Christie and Amer immediately pleased with their cheerful and easy going personality. Traveling must be in their veins as Christie and Amer, both from Lebanese origin but grown up in Nigeria and actually living in San Diego California, choose the Riviera Maya as the place to get married, offering themselves and their friends & family one more opportunity to discover new cultures. Their wedding event was the impressive result of a top-notch production; a rewarding collaboration of our wedding producer, the wedding team at Rosewood Mayakoba and fellow artist collective 20 Varos Producciones who made the dazzling 2 day celebration start with a lustrous Mexican Welcome Party at the Lobby Lawn, complete with mariachis, stilt figures and wrestlers, a beer donkey, traditional dancers, sweets and tequila in preparation to dance the night away on sultry salsa beats.

The next day, following Lebanese wedding tradition, a very important moment was the getting together of the guests for congratulation and pictures with the bride, accompanied by a drink and sweets in the brides room. So while the make up team of Trend & Art by Gaston Beade was preparing the bride to shine on the most important day of her young life, her mother transformed the suite into a lush presentation of delicious hand made sweets, surrounded by the creation of flower queen Vanessa Jaimes! After this sweet intermezzo, the elegant melodies produced by life musicians of Arpa son accompanied the guests at their arrival on the Lagoon Lawn for a non traditional, but beautiful and touching Cosmic Wedding ceremony performed by shaman Maria and Charly (charliestulum@yahoo.com.mx). Charly confided us that Christie was immediately enchanted by the idea of the spiritual union they would engage to, being presented as a couple to the Spiritual Energies of the Four Cardinal Points, calling for the protection and blessing of Mother Earth (Ixchel), from the Central Heart of the Galaxy (Hunab Ku) & the Four Elements of the Universe which will first bless them during the ceremony and in their further life as husband and wife, guide them through the light and unconditional love. Afterwards at the the Palapa 20 Varos took over the show for a joyful, fun and festive, celebration with flag dancers, fire show on the beach, and a show of batucada musicians and dancer to give the ultimate punch to this never ending party.

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