WEDDINGS IN TULUM
TULUM IS THE IDEAL LOCATION FOR AN INTIMATE AND PEACEFUL BEACH WEDDING
Tulum lies at the southern end of the Riviera Maya, Mexico’s own stretch of Caribbean coastline. The coast’s many hotels vary hugely, from the upscale elegance of the Rosewood Mayakobá through the refined tranquillity of Be Tulum and on to the low key charm of a simple cabaña amongst the palms. Before moving to Mexico it had not crossed my mind that my job as a wedding photographer could involve working on the beach – I am sure you can now imagine my delight. The sand between everyone’s toes and a salty breeze blowing through bride’s hair make for a gorgeously tranquil environment for a wedding.
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WEDDINGS I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED
One of the most exquisite weddings I have shot in Tulum was an intimate event at Casa Nalum. With people from all over the world, the main wedding party were staying in Casa Nalum itself (which is inside the Sian Ka’an reserve) and the guests stayed down the track in Tulum. It was such a serene and sweet wedding, everyone just hanging out together before the ceremony helping to hang flowers and to place petals in the pool. The whole wedding day flowed completely naturally and it didn’t seem to have a beginning or an end. It is perhaps the sand, ocean breeze and lush greenery of Tulum and its surroundings that enabled this effortless feeling of spontaneity along with a total lack of stress.
COUNTLESS BEAUTIFUL SPOTS TO GET MARRIED
There really are so many venues and hotels that will provide a perfect setting for your beach wedding but if I had to chose a favourite it would be Be Tulum (although seriously, everywhere in Tulum is pretty nice). Be Tulum manages to be one of the more high end and polished hotels on the beach whilst totally maintaining the feeling of laid-back simplicity.
A LITTLE TULUM HOLIDAY FOR ME...
I always stay on one extra night when I go to shoot a wedding in Tulum. I have always stayed in Yoga Shala, a small and very low key hotel which, although across the road, is but a few steps from the beach. There are usually a few cats hanging around, occasionally wandering into one’s room when they feel like it – a definite plus for me. If I get hold of a bicycle, I take the opportunity to spend the late afternoon on the bridge over the Sian Ka’an’s lagoon, watching the sunset from there. The crocodiles lurking in the shadow of the bridge at this hour are an added bonus.
THE BEST WEDDING VENUES IN TULUM
A stunning and sophisticated venue made with native materials and nestled between the jungle and the famed white beaches of Tulum, this hotel is the perfect location for a luxury wedding. I am dying for the chance to photograph a wedding here.
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km 10
Tel. 01 984 803 2243
A unique beach-front hotel hidden in the jungle, this intimate and nature-focused venue would make for striking wedding photographs.
Carretera Tulum Boca Paila Km 6
Tulum beach zone
Tel. 01 984 147 5225
Framed by palm trees and the blue waters of the Carribean, Akiin Beach Club specialises in destination weddings and is a truly beautiful spot for a romantic ceremony with a rustic aesthetic.
Carretera a Boca Paila KM 9.5
Tel. 044 984 113 7293
This gorgeous villa is located inside the breathtaking Sian Ka’an reserve surrounded by lush vegetation. Its lagoon-front aspect and contemporary Mayan architecture make it an idyllic place for a wedding. I shot an incredibly romantic and relaxed wedding here and I was endlessly inspired by the location’s beauty.
Casa Nalum - a private villa
5 kms inside the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve