Weddings in Tulum and the Riviera Maya

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 tranquility of Be Tulum 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 delighted that it now does. The sand between everyone's toes and a salty breeze blowing through the bride's hair makes for a gorgeously tranquil environment for a wedding.

Beach weddings have such a distinct feeling about them...

There obviously tends to be more of an informal atmosphere to a beach wedding, especially one in Mexico, but also there is the unbeatable tranquillity of the coastline and a backdrop so vast and timeless as the ocean. I have worked as a wedding photographer at many of the hotels and resorts along the Riviera Maya and the variety of experience is huge. I have witnessed such incredibly relaxed events and such great parties at weddings at the larger resorts around Playa Del Carmen and Cancun and such beautiful and intimate ceremonies in Tulum and in Sian Ka’an.

One of the most exquisite weddings I have shot in Tulum...

...was a smallish event held at Casa Nalum. There were 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 were not far down the track in Tulum. It was just such a peaceful and sweet wedding, everyone just hanging around all morning before the ceremony, helping to hang flowers and to place petals in the pool. The whole wedding day didn’t really seem to have a beginning or an end and each part just flowed into each other. The setting of sand, ocean breeze as well as the lush greenery that prevails in Tulum and its surroundings seems to enable this unforced feeling of spontaneity along with a total lack of stress.

Another stunning location in tulum...

...for a wedding is Be Tulum (although seriously, everywhere in Tulum in pretty nice). Be Tulum manages to be one of the more upmarket and polished hotels on the beach whilst totally maintaining a feeling of laid back and simplicity. 

I always stay on an extra day or two...

...when I go to shoot a wedding in Tulum and so far I have always stayed in Yoga Shala, a small and very low key hotel which is across the road from the beach (but still only a few steps away). 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 then in the late afternoon I’ll go to the bridge over the lagoon in Sian Ka’an and watch the sunset from there - the crocodiles are often lurking in the shadow of the bridge at this hour.