Entries by Polly

El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel

El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel: all the options you could dream of in a chic, downtown hideaway Variety, freedom, independence, discovery… El Taj is a THE location if you want to be a traveller, not a tourist. In the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, El Taj is an oasis of calm. The […]

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Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Church Wedding – Leanna and Brennan

“To Brennan and I family is the most important thing! Without our families love and support… I don’t know where we’d be! Being able to have our closest friends and family make the trip from the US to come out to Mexico to celebrate the best day of our lives… it was something that i’m […]

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Dreams Tulum Beach Wedding – Joneice and Patrick

“I find my true peace first with Patrick, but the ocean is a close second…the feel of the sand, the sounds of the waves, the smell of the salt in the air…and my love shares this passion.” “I told Patrick (prior to him proposing) that when we got married, it HAD to be on the […]

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Blue Diamond Wedding – Allesia + Ariel

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can become who you were really meant to be in the first place.” Allesia and Ariel are, quite simply, the sweetest couple. Their Blue Diamond wedding was full to the brim with family love. We […]

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Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun Resort

Del Sol Photography is a preferred vendor for Now Sapphire Weddings for luxury photo and video services. That means there is no vendor fee to hire us! Now Sapphire: a relaxed, all-inclusive, family-friendly resort with an INCREDIBLE wedding team Just 30 minutes form Cancun airport, Now Sapphire feels in a world of it’s own. Set […]

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

Del Sol Photography is a preferred vendor at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Weddings for luxury photo and video services. That means there is no vendor fee to hire us! Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita: Boutique charm on a secluded beach with incredible service Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita is a luxury, adults only, all-inclusive […]

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Del Sol Photo Adventures – #TravelForLove

What do you get from living? What do you value most in life? These days we’re all shifting our focus away from materialism and “things” because we realize what makes us rich is EXPERIENCES. Capturing epic experiences is at the heart of what we do. Documenting the most important moments in your life with photographs and video. But we do more […]

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Mahekal Beach Resort

Mahekal Beach Resort is a slice of original Playa del Carmen charm in the heart of the downtown. Before Tulum, there was Playa del Carmen – the bohemian Tulum that we know and love today was modeled after the original Playa del Carmen style – rope swings and all. More than 3 decades ago Mr […]

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Grand Velas Beach Wedding – Elegant and FUN – Jordan and Rory

“We wanted our wedding to be another one of our adventures and to bring our nearest and dearest with us” #TravelForLove – Elegant, super cool and FUN bride Jordan had us hello – followed by the biggest hug :) Jordan and Rory epitomized warmth and really genuine emotion all day. They engaged fully with each […]

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Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita Beach Wedding – Niccole + Gavin

“We love exploring new areas and documenting our adventures with pictures. Each adventure has a unique story, but the experience and ability to travel together is what we feel we are most fortunate for.” #TravelForLove Niccole and Gavin sum up perfectly why traveling with your loved one enriches your relationship. When you know how travel […]

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Akumal Wedding – Casa Romero Yal Ku – Sarah and Brendan

“Family was a major theme. This was a major reason why we chose to have a destination wedding. I wanted Jack, Brendan’s son, to know that this was a celebration of us becoming a family unit as well as the love that Brendan and I share.” – Sarah Family love is a theme that we […]

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Cancun Wedding – Hyatt Ziva Cliff Side Gazebo – Ashley and Kareem

“Kareem and I actually decided to be together in Cancun, Mexico. So we thought what better place to get married!” – Ashley The Hyatt Ziva is a beautiful spot for destination weddings and Ashley and Kareem brought family love smiles and some serious style to their wedding day! We asked Ashley to share some reflections […]

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Breathless Riviera Cancun Wedding – Annie and Turner

“We decided to travel for our wedding because that’s one of our favorite things to do! Go somewhere different and be able to experience things you wouldn’t have before!” #TravelForLove – Breathless Riviera Cancun Wedding “Turner proposed on a beautiful beach cove in the Grand Cayman Islands, and We knew we wanted to get married on […]

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Riviera Maya “Save the Date” Engagement Session – Jenn + OJ

Site visits in the Riviera Maya are a great excuse for a “save the date” sessions. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to meet couples in person before the wedding day! We met Jenn and OJ while they were checking out Riviera Maya destination wedding venues. The location for their “save the date” session was the […]

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St Francis Assisi Chapel Xcaret Wedding – Paty and James

“I was very close to my grandmother growing up. She played a huge role in my upbringing. She was originally from Veracruz. I remember visiting her hometown as a child and playing on the beaches in Veracruz.” “There were so many things about being in Mexico for our wedding that reminded me of my Grandmother. […]

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STAR WARS Wedding – Barcelo Riviera Maya – Maria and Ricky

“We never really planned on having a theme wedding. But when we joked with our wedding planner that we should book the venue for May 4th (Star Wars Day), because it was the only anniversary we’d remember, she loved the idea and we decided to go all in!” “We are both big nerds who just […]

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Now Sapphire Secret Beach Wedding – Hope and Jonathan

Del Sol Photography is a preferred vendor for Now Sapphire Weddings for luxury photo and video services. That means there is no vendor fee to hire us! Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh, There’s always Pooh and Me. “What would I do?” I said to Pooh, “If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True, […]

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Why Rain on your Wedding Day is Awesome

Rain on your wedding day – every wedding day plan begins without it but we believe the weddings that do find the rain get blessed. Rain is the giver of rainbows, epic sunsets with skies and clouds turning ridiculous colors of oranges and reds. Rain has been the backdrop to many of our favorite pictures and award winning images. Del […]

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Hotel Esencia – Rescue dogs film with GoPros- wedding video-dog-ruff-ers

“Peter and I recognized two things when we were putting our wedding registry together: 1. We don’t need any material things so a traditional registry didn’t make sense for us. 2. We are guests in another country, and it’s an awesome opportunity to give back to a place that’s giving us so much!” “We thought […]

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Andaz Mayakoba Resort

A unique and authentic experience celebrating the local culture and unique spirit of the Riviera Maya. In 2017, Frida’s Wardrobe won Virtuoso’s “Best Hotel Experience” award for Andaz Mayakoba. Andaz Mayakoba is a luxury boutique hotel from the Hyatt group located 10 minutes north of downtown Playa del Carmen. The word “Andaz” means “personal style” and the […]

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Riu Palace Peninsula Cancun Wedding – Bev and Karen

Bev and Karen flew down from Calgary down to Cancun for their wedding at the Riu Palace Peninsula. The two brides were joined by their family and friends to celebrate their nuptials in one of the most popular destination wedding locations in the world. The couple describes themselves as “easy going” and this was the vibe […]

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Love, kids and a splash in the pool – Now Sapphire Wedding – Victoria and Derek

“A destination wedding was something I have wanted to do for many years.  The idea of getting all of my favorite people–family and friends together on a vacation seemed like the best vacation one could ask for.” #TravelForLove Family love in action, spontaneous fun and kids full of character not caring less about wedding day formalities […]

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Destination Wedding at Hacienda Tres Rios – Cortney and Suzanna

#LOVEISLOVE Cortney and Suzanna Hacienda Tres Rios wedding was full of joy and energy! These two brides share a love for the creative and the athletic, music and art and wearing crazy costumes! Suzanna proposed to Cortney after a fundraising cycling event. The couple were the top fundraisers for Toronto People with AIDS and cycled […]

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Dreams Puerto Aventuras Gazebo Wedding – Lindsey and Josh

“Life is hard. Life has been hard on me. Until you. Until you, I didn’t trust. Until you, I didn’t have any patience. Until you, I was lost. Until you, I was broken. Today, now, I am whole.” – Josh There is something really special about the weddings of couples who already have a family together. Watching their children watching them […]

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Karen Tran – The Floral Experience – Andaz Mayakoba

We were exited to work with the amazing floral and event designer Karen Tran at her Andaz Mayakoba Floral Experience. Karen is know for her luxurious floral arrangements that are both elegant and decadent. Karen Tran is now sharing her years of experience in the luxury event industry in her masterclasses. The 3 day “floral […]

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Sunset beach portraits for an epic love story – Vania and Jeremy

“Siempre digo que la primera vez que nos vimos fue como una escena de película, el iba caminando, yo estaba platicando con una amiga y de repente, entre tanta gente nuestras miradas se cruzaron, nos miramos durante varios segundos mientras el caminaba y al final nos sonreímos, mi corazón latió muy rápido! Entonces, me di cuenta que el amor a primera vista sí existía.” – Vania […]

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Hacienda del Mar Garden Wedding – Michele and Tim

“Do exactly what you want, and have fun.  It’s your wedding day and you only have one. Do it exactly as you want even if it’s not what is expected!” – Michelle + Tim “We knew we wanted to do a destination with close family and friends and Mexico seemed like the perfect place. The thought of a […]

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Paradisus wedding with awesome wedding gifts – Jasseita and Steven

We always knew we wanted to have a destination wedding and we were so glad we did. Traveling to Mexico with our closest family and friends couldn’t have been any more special to us. The most important people in our lives were there to celebrate a love that they have witnessed grow for over 9 […]

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How to Rock your Destination Wedding Planning!

Planning a destination wedding is different every time. Every wedding is unique in its own way but there is a step by step process to take you to the wedding of your dreams. Let us take some of the weight off your shoulders with our destination wedding planning checklist. 1 – Congratulations, you’re engaged! Announce your engagement – […]

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Bloom Lake Barn Minnesota Wedding – Heather and Kyle

Unity ceremonies come in all shapes and sizes – candles, sand, locks, crosses and braided cords of rope. They are all lovely and symbolize a very powerful union between two people. However, our motto for our wedding was to do things in a way that felt like ‘us’. We knew we wanted to do something different. Nothing quite felt right. Nothing we […]

Hurricane Wedding – Vanessa and Tony

This is my story of a small wedding planned on August 19, 2006 on a coastal island in Mexico… I have been to hundreds weddings and they almost follow the same story… bride gets ready, bride walks down aisle, ceremony, first kiss etc.. Although there is tons of beauty in that, I have been waiting a […]

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Secrets Silversands Gazebo Wedding – Dana and Bradley

“The best advice when planning a wedding is to go with what your heart wants.” – Secrets Silversands Gazebo Wedding “I was hesitant to have a destination wedding at first because I didn’t think many people would travel and also felt bad asking people to travel. Well was I surprised! We had 94 people travel for […]

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Grand Sunset Princess Sunset Gazebo Wedding – Johanne and Jim

Johanne and Jimbel had perfect Caribbean weather for their beach wedding at the sunset gazebo – despite waking up to thunder and lightning! Johanne and Jim’s children were very much a part of this wedding. Super cute “ring security” was provided by Johanne and Jim’s twin sons and their other son DJ was best man. We […]

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Dreams Puerto Aventuras wedding with Beautiful Candle Lit Reception – Haley and Weston

“You’re my greatest adventure” “We started out planning the traditional wedding back home. Searching for the perfect dress, choosing the proper invites, looking for a venue large enough but not to big and a venue with beauty of its own. We needed to decide on colors, flowers, and catering. Do we have a sit down […]

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Xcaret and Hard Rock Riviera Maya Wedding – Donna and Israel

“When we were first trying to decide on a location for our wedding we realized it had to be Mexico. Being able to come back to the place where our roots run deep was amazing. Mexico is so rich in culture, everything from the food, the music, and the people created the perfect setting for […]

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Dominican Republic Portraits – Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort, Punta Cana

The del Sol Team love to work outside of Mexico! Martina previously lived and worked in the Dominican Republic. She introduced us to the gorgeous Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort in Punta Cana when she photographed fellow photographers Camila and Gaston.  “The Dominican Republic has the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen in my life. It was amazing to […]

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Hurricane Season Family Portraits – Fairmont Mayakoba

Hurricane season in the Riviera Maya brings with it beautiful extremes of weather. Bright sunshine switches with dramatic clouds and short, intense bursts of rain. Sometimes we even have bright sun and rain at the same time! Every year we have hurricane and tropical storm warnings. Though it sounds scary, here in the Mexican Caribbean […]

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8 Alternative Wedding Unity Ceremony Ideas

A unity ceremony is a way to symbolize the joining together of bride and groom. Popular options are the unity candle or sand ceremony – but there really are no rules! Here are 8 of our favorite alternative unity ceremony ideas from destination weddings that we have photographed. Alternative Unity Ceremony Ideas – Unity Ribbons […]

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St Simons Island Wedding – Rachel and Andrew

Family legacy is a beautiful thing and wonderful to celebrate. Your wedding day is the perfect time to express how much you cherish your family’s love. As you move into the next phase of life it’s a meaningful time to honor previous generations. We often see parents and grandparents wedding photographs displayed at weddings. Some brides honor their […]

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Destination Wedding Excellence Riviera Cancun – Sarai and Lamar

You can see Sarai and Lamar’s Wedding Highlights Video here “With our families living in different states, no matter where we had our wedding they would have to travel to come to it. So we thought, what better way to celebrate marrying the love of your life, than to get married on the beautiful white […]

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Grand Sunset Princess Beach Wedding – Raechel and Bobbie

Raechel and Bobby invited family and friends coming from all sides of the globe. Michigan, Arizona, Seattle, London, and South Africa!  How incredible that the first time an entire family vacation together is also the a wedding! Family vacationing and bonding over a wedding celebration is the true definition of a “Destination Wedding”. “I haven’t seen my family […]

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Paradisus Gabi Bridge Wedding – Ashley and Matt

You can see Ashley and Matt’s Wedding Highlights Video here “We decided very early on in our relationship that a traditional wedding just wasn’t for us.  The thought of being able to get married in a beautiful place, not too far of a trip from home, and in front of our closest family and friends […]

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Xcaret Guadalupe Chapel Wedding – Sabrina and Michael

“We knew from the moment that we became engaged that we wanted to have a destination wedding. We love to travel, and loved the idea of spending a once in a lifetime vacation with all of our closest friends and family to help us celebrate our marriage. We knew that we wanted to provide our […]

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Mexican Vibe Destination Wedding – Valentin Imperial Maya – Steph and Todd

“I wanted a wedding with lots of Mexican vibe… less tradition, more my personality: romantic with a bit of rock and roll!” “When I told my mom we were gonna have skulls she was really unsure. But that’s US, our personality and style so we did what we wanted and it all came together and looked […]

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Paradisus Beach Wedding – Casey and Zac

“It is SO important to sit back and take everything in. Enjoy every second and everyone who is there to celebrate with you.” – Casey + Zac Casey and Zac told us they wanted a very intimate, romantic setting to celebrate the beginning of their life together. They decided on being with closest friends and family rather than a full on […]

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Blue Venado Beach Club Wedding – Pamella and Nick

You can see Pamella and Nick’s Wedding Highlights Video here “the best days of my life were the the day I said I love you, the days our children were born, and the day I knew I was going to marry you” – Nick’s Vows Lots of family love in this beach club wedding. Pamella and […]

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A Resting Place for Julie – Cenote Tribute Ceremony

A resting place for Julie.  Kutrina’s mother Julie passed away in Canada and she wanted to do something special to say goodbye. Kutrina decided to take Julie’s ashes and her three beautiful children to Mexico for an experience they will never forget. She asked us to plan an adventure to celebrate Julie’s life and document the entire story. The resulting photo […]

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Royalton Riviera Cancun Sky Terrace Wedding – Lori and Steve

“Having a destination wedding was the best decision. It provided us with more than an amazing wedding day, but an entire wedding week making lifelong memories with the people that mean the most to us.”-  Royalton Riviera Cancun Wedding Lori and Steve love to travel. They visited the Riviera Maya on their first ‘dating anniversary’ and fell […]

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Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Beach Wedding – Kris and Michael

“I vow to listen, for as long as it takes for you to feel heard, I vow to watch in awe as you kick a** and take names. I vow to be your unrelenting cheer squad on the days it feels like too much.” – Michael’s Vows Kris and Michael’s wedding was an awesome mix […]

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Candle Boutique

Candle light and romance go hand in hand. The soft golden glow of candles creates a intimate and warm atmosphere. Candles can be elegant or bohemian and they are a great idea for your destination wedding reception decor! One of our favorite vendors is the amazing Marcos Cazaux, owner of the Candle Boutique in Playa del Carmen. Marcos creates incredible decorative wedding installations […]

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Playa del Carmen Engagement Session – #Aworldofitsown

We took Therese and Shiran away from their pre-wedding venue visit for a Playa del Carmen Engagement Sessions. The rain had been absolutely HAMMERING down in the hours before, but stopped to leave us with empty beaches, an eye-popping turquoise ocean and rich blue skies. Therese’s little red dress added the final splash of color. “The photographs are AMAZING… we […]

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Xcaret Park Wine Cellar Wedding – Plan B Location for a Rainy Day – Chantal and Rich

“Some say “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”…We say “when life gives you rain, head to the Wine Cellar!” – Chantal “My Husband Rich and I love to travel. It’s one of our favorite things to do as a couple. When we became engaged, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be a […]

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Moon Palace Beach Wedding – Anne and Jeb

“There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect […]

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Hacienda del Secreto Beach Wedding – Krissia and Shane

Krissia and Shane chose the fabulous Hacienda el Secreto for their wedding day. They told us they loved its private location and beautiful villas and who could resist a location that is called “secret beach”!. “Hacienda del Secreto is right on the beach and is a private residence so there are very few other people in the area. […]

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Beach Wedding at Now Sapphire – Alayna and John

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ― Charles Dickens What makes a wedding day special is when we see the true emotions shining through. Sometimes it’s tears, sometimes it’s a soft touch or look. For Alayna and John it was a day punctuated with full on laughs, the […]