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PASSIONATE DESIGNERS OF THE ORIGINAL BRIDE

trash the dress with Arturo Ayala - Get lost in the Mexican forest

Merida for your wedding

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Acapulco Riviera Maya

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06 EDITOR’S LETTER 08 STAFF 10 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 14 DESTINATION Get married in the White City of Merida

28 TRASH THE DRESS In the Mexican forest with Arturo Ayala p.100 Fall & Winter Collection 2014

39 MAGICAL VENUES Beautiful Rosario Estate in Queretaro

47 HONEYMOON The hidden beaches of Costa Alegre

57 DECO Whispers of the White Color

68 WEDDING LOOK Inspiring Fall/Winter 2014 collections

75 BRIDAL BEAUTY The Secrets of Olive Oil and Coffee


p. 97 Vibrants colors

p. 97 White colors

81 TRENDS In search of a perfect detail

p. 97 In the mexican forest

85 FASHION Breathtaking designs of Lorena Nu単ez

99 REAL WEDDING Arabian Night under the sky of Acapulco

108 OUR STORY Mexican & Paraguayan in Riviera Maya

118 SPECIAL REPORT Arcano, fascinating brother -sister duet

130 INTERVIEW Meet Spanish bridal designers, YolanCris

139 WEDDING PLANNER POLICE 144 S.O.S NEW BRIDE How to work out, together p.100 The best secrets for your skin

147 DIRECTORY Look around! Choose what works for you


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designer: Alberto RodrĂ­guez


ALINA HEREDIA

BRENDA OSORIO

sales director

graphic director

CATY GÓMEZ

director

BEATRIZ IRACHETA

RAMINTA LILAITE

art director

communications

JORDANA GALICIA

senior editor

NANCY TÉLIZ

graphic designer

DANY MARROQUIN

sales

mexicoweddingmagazine.com COVER PHOTOGRAPHY : CATY GÓMEZ WEDDINGS (catygomez.com) CONTACT: ventas@mexicoweddingmagazine.com Year 1, No. 4, February - April 2014, it’s a quarterly magazine, edited by Caty Gomez Weddings, street Hilario Malpica No. 32 Int. 1, Col. Costa Azul, Acapulco, Gro, C.P.39850, Tel (744) 484-3662, www.catygomez.com, informes@catygomez.com. Responsible editor: Catalina Gomez Cabrera. Exclusive use rights reserved with the process of ISSN. The rights were granted by the National Institute of Author’s Rights. The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publication’s editor. Total or partial reproduction of photographs, illustrations and texts published in the magazine is prohibited without prior authorization of National Institute of Author’s Rights.


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acknowledgements ARTURO AYALA, Potographer and Owner of Arturo Ayala Photography ELIZABETH MEDINA, Director of Elizabeth Medina Photography LORENA NUÑEZ, Designer and Owner of Lorena Nuñez LUIS NOGUER, Director Keiser Mexico MIGUEL MARIN, Photography Director of Fotógrafo Boda PEDRO RUIZ, Representative of Arcano SILVIA GÓMEZ, SMM & Marketing Department of YolanCris ANIELA MENDIBURU, Photographer and Owner of Aniela Photography PATRICIA LOYO, Communications of Suma Cruz FERNANDA BURR, Communications of Finca del Rosario


contact: mywedding@maiakaab.com


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PHOTOGRAPHY: ANIELA FOTOGRAFÍA DE BODAS


white wedding IN THE WHITE CITY

of merida

Travel to the fascinating city of the Maya, Spanish tradition & Caribbean ambiance Hello seekers of glamour of the times past, romance and tradition! We will take you on a special journey through Merida, a Mexican city unlike any other. The capital of Yucatan, Merida is a breathtaking colonial town that differs from the rest of the country. Due to its geographical isolation and strong Mayan presence, the citizens of this city consider themselves to be Yucatecans above all.

Merida is also called the “White City.” Wherever you go, you will find impressive colonial white stone buildings and majestic mansions. Founded in 1542 by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo, Merida was built on top of the Maya City of T’ho. In 1800s Yucatan had separated from Mexico and at one point Merida was a hub of Maya rebellion.


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Monumento a la Patria In the same century Merida experienced a period of prosperity as the world’s leader in henequén (sisal) production. Today it’s a cosmopolitan city where different periods of history and cultures blend into a harmonious, vibrant mix of colors, flavors and traditions.


What a joy it is going to be to plan your wedding in this city of stunning colonial architecture and well-preserved tradition, mixed with the Caribbean atmosphere and Mayan influence. Imagine a trip to the past and a taste of the Mayan heritage that will make you want to leave the monotonous daily life and have a completely different and original wedding. You and your guests will be able to experience some days full of romance and will enjoy the warm spirit and hospitality of the meridenses. At the same time, you might be surprised to find a city that is able to satisfy the most sophisticated and extravagant palates.

LET US TAKE YOU THROUGH MERIDA’S BEST VENUES, HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS. WE WILL ALSO SHARE THE BEST-KEPT WEDDING TRADITIONS OF THIS ENCHANTING PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE MOST ORIGINAL,

PHOTOGRAPHY: ANIELA FOTOGRAFÍA DE BODAS

Fun Wedding.


HACIENDA MISNÉ Open its impressive

HACIENDA TEKIK DE REGIL Thanks

oak gates, and get transported into an oasis

to the masterfully restored buildings that

of peace and relaxation.

look almost like they did centuries ago, in

HACIENDA SANTA ROSA DE LIMA This hacienda impresses with a combination of colonial and modern architecture and a

their original state, this hacienda is perfect for romantic weddings. It also features a church and vast main garden.

botanical garden.

HACIENDA TEYA A romantic hacienda, it

HACIENDA SOTUTA DE PEÓN Located

features various halls and gardens so you

in the heart of the former henequén (sisal) plantation area, this hacienda is in love with tradition and is perfect if you want to be in touch with nature. Your guests will arrive to their rooms in a carriage pulled by a donkey and will be surrounded by cenotes, tropical

can choose what works for you. LA QUINTA MONTES MOLINA Travel to the past at this impressive hacienda, where you will be able to choose one of its majestic patios for a dream wedding.

gardens and tranquility. The hacienda also

HACIENDA

features a wedding chapel.

in the 18th century, this hacienda blends

HACIENDA TEMOZÓN It features unusual, beautiful surroundings and a unique natural environment of a tropical rainforest. On

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Constructed

historic, traditional and modern elements. Get immersed in its magic environment and live your dream to the fullest.

the exterior, there is carefully manicured vegetation & spectacular pools, surrounded by stone paths. HACIENDA CHICHI SUÁREZ This place is characterized by class, style and elegance. It’s an oasis of history and colonial architecture. HACIENDA DZIBIKAK Combine the beauty and atmosphere of a historic hacienda with the comfort of modern facilities – it’s all that you need for a perfect wedding day. HACIENDA SAN DIEGO TIXCACAL It blends some essential ingredients – perfect location, breathtaking views and all the comforts you will need. HACIENDA STO. DOMINGO HUNXECTAMAN Imagine you wedding on a vast terrace with spectacular views to bridges and gardens.

PHOTOGRAPHY: ANIELA FOTOGRAFÍA DE BODAS

Cochinita Pibil

VENUES


SPECIAL WEDDING TRADITIONS YUCATAN CUISINE AT YOUR WEDDING Try to plan a menu, where your guests can try the specialties of Yucatan cuisine: PANUCHOS (a refried tortilla stuffed with black beans, topped with cabbage, turkey, tomato, pickled red onion, avocado and pickled jalapeno pepper), SALBUTES (crisp little handheld turkey tostadas topped with avocado, pickled onions, and cabbage), LIME SOUP (chicken, onion, vegetables, lime juice), COCHINITA PIBIL (slow roasted pork dish) and many other options. SPECIAL DESERT: CARRITO DE MARQUESITAS Your guests will surely appreciate this original desert, very representative of Merida. Very thin crepes are rolled into a tube, and filled with cheese. You can also add any other fillings: marmalade, Nutella, caramel or condensed milk.

Dress code

It’s a tradition that men wear linen guayaberas (light lose fitting shirts) and hats, a typical Yucatan attire.


HOTELS FOR GUESTS THE VILLA MÉRIDA A cozy luxury hotel, located in a former majestic mansion. MANSIÓN MÉRIDA If you are looking for tranquility, you will find it here. Centrally located in the historic center of the town, the hotel allows you to enjoy the city and gives you your own private oasis. CASA AZUL French-style estate, converted into a boutique hotel, decorated with antique details. Ideal for privacy and tranquility. HOTEL PRESIDENTE INTERCONTINENTAL a blend of colonial elegance and modern comfort. ROSAS & XOCOLATE Cozy boutique-style ambiance, luxurious surroundings, excellent service and perfect location. CASA LECANDA Antique house that was transformed into a quiet, exclusive small boutique hotel, with excellent services and beautiful patios and gardens.


WHAT TO DO? PLAZA GRANDE. Downtown Mérida is different from most Mexican cities – it’s more relaxed and more light. Most buildings are finished in stucco and painted in light colors; wild tropical gardens are everywhere. Squares are built around large trees that are left to grow tall. The plaza park is always full of movement, people and action. CATEDRAL DE SAN ILDEFONSO, built on the site of a former Maya temple, is Merida’s main cathedral, which was completed in 1598. The massive crucifix behind the altar is Cristo de la Unidad (Christ of Unity), a symbol of reconciliation between those of Spanish and Maya heritage. Next door to the Cathedral is the Bishop's Palace, now converted into the city's contemporary art museum, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán. The 17 exhibition rooms display work by contemporary artists, mostly from the Yucatán. The best known are Fernando García Ponce and Fernando Castro Pacheco. PASEO MONTEJO. Walk along this mansion-lined avenue reminiscent of Paris’s Champs Elysées or take a bike. In the late 19th century, Mérida's henequén-rich upper class built this grand boulevard and lined it with mansions. Today this is the fashionable part of town, with many restaurants, trendy nightclubs, and expensive hotels. If you want to feel like a real meridense, stop along the way for a sombrero and a guayabera shirt. PALACIO CANTÓN is a spectacular neo-classic style building that hosts Anthropology Museum. The museum covers the great Maya cities of Mayapán, Uxmal, Chichén Itzá and Ek’ Balam. GRAN MUSEO DEL MUNDO MAYA. The museum showcases hundreds of artifacts ranging from stone sculptures and jewelry to ceramics and is divided into six sections: ancient Maya, modern Maya, culture and nature, art and science, society, and world view. MERCADO MUNICIPAL LUCAS DE GÁLVEZ is Mérida’s main colorful, loud market, selling everything Maya and Mexican. The surrounding streets are all part of the large market district.

Paseo de Montejo


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GASTRONOMY

Merida’s cuisine is different from the rest of Mexico. It is a delicious blend of Mayan and Spanish influences from the colonial period with European and Arab touches, brought here by immigrants. It’s characterized by the use of some special ingredients, such as habanero chili, purple onions and green orange juice mixed with annatto seed paste and spices. These ingredients add a spicy and tangy flavor and vibrant colors to your dishes. It’s a must to try panuchos, salbutes, sopa de lima, cochinita pibil, queso relleno or mucbil pollo. Typical drinks include Agua de Chaya (a drink from local Chaya leaves) and Xtabentún (anise liqueur from this region made from anise seed and fermented honey).

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WHERE TO EAT? LA CHAYA MAYA / REGIONAL CUISINE EK CHUAH / FUSION CUISINE Located at the state-of-the-art hotel Rosas & Xocolate,

fare like relleno negro (black turkey stew) or cochinita

the restaurant is named after the Mayan god of

pibil (slow-cooked pork).

travelers and cacao. Relax in the romantic and elegant

BOLOGNA / HOMEMADE ITALIAN COOKING

atmosphere and enjoy a creative fusion cuisine.

You can dine alfresco or inside at this restored old

LA TRADICIÓN / YUCATECAN CUISINE

mansion close to Paseo Montejo. Order a wood-oven

Try a real Yucatecan restaurant popular among locals.

pizza or other Italian specialties

It’s also one of the most formal places that serves the

LA TRATTO / ITALIAN CUISINE

region’s cuisine, but casual attire will still work.

Subdued and tasteful South Beach-styled trattoria bar

EL PRÍNCIPE TUTUL-XIU / TRADITIONAL

and restaurant

YUCATECAN CUISINE Traditional regional food

LA RECOVA / ARGENTINE STEAKHOUSE

served in a rustic atmosphere. The food is prepared

Choose terrace, dining room or bar area. Enjoy a

as it would be in a typical village kitchen.

formal and elegant ambiance and great food

LOS ALMENDROS / TRADITIONAL YUCATE-

TROTTERS / MEAT AND FISH

CAN CUISINE The food is produced by local people

“Steak tapas vino” says the logo of this elegant

from Mayan villages and served in a colonial high-

restaurant, set in a mansion that features dramatic

ceiling dining room. It’s one of the Merida’s classics.

space, an outdoor terrace and modern menu, complete

HACIENDA TEYA / TRADITIONAL YUCATECAN

with an extensive wine list

CUISINE A traditional restaurant, located in a lavish

LA PIGUA / CAMPECHE-STYLE SEAFOOD AND

ex-henequén hacienda. Enjoy delicious dishes from

FISH

the region, prepared artistically by Yucatecan chefs.

Enjoy fresh Gulf of Mexico seafood – oysters, caviar,

NÉCTAR / MODERN CUISINE

lobster, shrimp, fresh fish…

Gourmet cuisine served in a modern restaurant. The menu features an extensive list of h’ors d’oeuvres,

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La Chaya Maya will be your introduction to classic local

CHAYA MAYA RESTAURANT

followed by meat, fish and pasta dishes.

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EL CIELO If you’re looking for a place to see and be seen, check out El Cielo, the popular terrace lounge bar/disco. The bar is in a completely open air. In the summer, the club transports itself to the port of Chicxulub, only half an hour away from Merida. ENVY Located in the center, this place is especially popular with students for its relaxed atmosphere and pop music.


CHICHÉN ITZÁ The most famous of Yucatán’s Maya sites, Chichén Itzá reveals the mysteries of the Maya astronomical calendar with its “time temples.” At the vernal and autumnal equinoxes (March 20 to 21 and September 21 to 22), the morning and afternoon sun produces an illusion of the serpent ascending or descending El Castillo,

Progreso Beach

OUTSIDE OF THE CITY

the main pyramid. 122.5 km from Mérida IZAMAL Escape to Izamal, a magic Mayan town, which in ancient times was a center for the worship of the supreme Maya god, Itzamná, and the sun god, KinichKakmó. The current houses are built around ancient temples. The Spanish chose Izamal as the site for an impressive Franciscan monastery, which stands in the center of the town. Izamal is also known as La Ciudad Amarilla (The Yellow City) for the traditional yellow buildings. 67 km from Mérida CELESTÚN Visit Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestún, a wildlife sanctuary abounding in waterfowl, with flamingos as the main attraction. Take a boat tour among the mangroves; enjoy its quiet, wild beaches. 92 km from Mérida. CUZAMÁ Three kilometers of the town of Cuzamá, accessed from the small village of Chunkanan, are the Cenotes de Cuzamá, three amazing limestone sinkholes accessed by horse-drawn railcart through an old henequén hacienda. 50 km de Mérida PROGRESO BEACH Merida citizens like to escape to this nearby beach town with emerald green waters. Most restaurants serve local seafood on malecon, a seaside promenade. 36 km from Mérida UXMAL is a large Mayan city with some fascinating structures

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impressive

ornamentation. The site is set in the hilly Puuc region, unusual in the flat Yucatan. Its buildings are typical of the Puuc style, with smooth low walls. It was an important metropolitan and religious center in the 7th and 10th centuries AD. 78 km from Mérida

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Chichen Itza LOCATION BY AIR: Travel to Mexico City from

any part of the world and take a direct flight to MĂŠrida (2 hours). Take a direct flight from Houston, USA. BY CAR: There is a direct highway con-

necting Merida from Cancun. Travel time is about 5 hours.


Breathtaking photo shoots and how to have one‌

arturo ayala PHOTOGRAPHY: ARTURO AYALA


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location

In this edition of our Trash the Dr ess section, we will take you to a beau tiful forest just outside of Mexico City.

It’s called Parque Ejidal San Nico

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Totolapan and it functions as the

lungs of the big city with its 2,30

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mountains and cliffs, and covered

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The couple confides that Arturo, their photograph trying to give them the best advice so that they s

photo shoot Our couple chose to do their Trash the Dress session in this location precisely because they were fascinated by the majestic landscape. They got married in October of 2013, at a hotel in Mexico City, and since their wedding took place in a closed, dark place, they decided to make a complete change and have a photo shoot in a place that’s full of natural light. They were looking for a contrast… and that’s what the Park gave them. The photo session was astonishing. There were a few bites of cold, because the shoot took place in October, but the couple claims it was all worth it. They loved the work of their photographer, Arturo Ayala, and the way he managed to freeze each moment. They tell us the session took place from 3 to 7 PM and they had to walk for about one hour to reach that perfect place for amazing photos.

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her, is passionate about his work, with a weak spot for the brides – he is constantly shine in his photos and become a natural part of his unique images.


trash the dress Generally, the photographer also chooses the places for each photo shoot. But this time, the bride was very creative and fun ideas were bounced back and forth between her and the photographer.

Arturo remembers this session also with good feelings. “We clicked with the couple from the beginning and I enjoyed every moment. They were like a dream couple for any photographer – very relaxed, in love and cooperative.”


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Queretaro, Mexico

For an elegant wedding surrounded by gardens and vineyards.

BY JORDANA GALICIA AGUILAR


Gardens This time, take a journey with us outside of Queretaro, to the municipality of El Marques, where you will find the unique, astonishing estate, Finca El Rosario. This beautiful house from 19th century is surrounded by gardens, hundred-year old trees, vineyards and inspiring nature, and the best news for you is that it specializes in weddings. Enter inside, and you will see that each corner is lovingly adorned, emitting exclusivity and elegance. You will be surrounded by fragrant gardens, perfectly manicured and harmoniously decorated. The gardens and the patio of the estate could be ideal for an enchanting wedding, and the veranda with vineyard views could be perfect for a civil ceremony. To make it even better for Catholic ceremonies, Finca el Rosario also has a charming chapel that would make all your planning much easier, since you would be able to celebrate your wedding and have a ceremony at the same place, without having to move yourselves and your guests from one place to another.

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Buildings of the hacienda

Finca del Rosario, we have noticed, likes to think ahead about your needs when planning your wedding. So they offer two rooms for the couple during the event, bathrooms for the guests, a roof for the banquet, separate bathrooms for servers and parking. You will also be able to choose if you want them to organize the whole event for you from A to Z or just need a partial assistance. You can rent only the space or you can get one of the special packages that include all that you might need for the big day, including music, accessories for dancing, as well as documentation and fees for a religious and civil ceremony (restrictions apply). So what else would make you want to say YES to Finca el Rosario? Imagine vast spaces, beautiful views‌ walk through its paradisiac gardens and choose the color of the flowers that would be ideal for your photo shoot. You can rent the whole estate as well, so that you and your guests pass a few beautiful days after the wedding is over, surrounded by comfort, beauty and quality every step of the way.

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What else would make you want to say YES to Finca el Rosario?


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Veranda with views to the gardens


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Queretaro, Mexico

ELIZABETH MEDINA PHOTOGRAPHY


PASSIONATE DESIGNERS OF THE ORIGINAL BRIDE

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a d i r e M for your wedding

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you will find: GET MARRIED ON THE SANDY BEACHES OF TULUM HONEYMOON IN CHIAPAS


THE HIDDEN BEACHES OF COSTA ALEGRE

GET LOST AMONG BAYS, CLIFFS AND PINK SUNSETS


COSTA ALEGRE Costalegre is sometimes called the “Beautiful Coast” or “Mexican Riviera,” and it’s one of the best-kept romantic secrets of Mexico, where you will find yourself in a paradise of remote beaches and nature. It’s a destination that managed to conserve itself in its most pure form throughout years, and is still a haven of privacy, luxury and peace. Fall in love with its landscapes, enjoy its magic, run on the relaxed and romantic beaches, and surrender in the embrace of nature. Costalegre is on the road from Careyes to Punta Dorada that passes by the coastlines of Bahía de Navidad, Bahía de Tenacatita, Costa Careyes, Majahuas and Cabo Corrientes. You will find yourself exploring many different beaches, capes and bays of all sizes, and will be carried away by the views of cliffs in front of the sea, exclusive eco-hotels and golf fields surrounded by tropical vegetation. Each bay or beach is almost next to the other one, separated only by large rock formations, cliffs and few uninhabited terrains, so you can move from one to another one in minutes, mostly by using boats or taxi (pangas). The area has been known as “The Virgin Coast” of Mexico for long time, and it’s no surprise that it has become a favorite of honeymooners seeking romance without sacrificing comfort.

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The area has been known as THE VIRGIN COAST


SEDUCE YOUR STOMACH Costalegre’s gastronomy will be love at first sight when you see the variety of fresh, mouthwatering dishes that are unique and seasoned to delight your palate. Seafood lovers will certainly be the first ones to feel in heaven. Traditional Mexican dishes, especially fish and seafood, are prepared daily with the freshest ingredients. Many hotels cultivate onsite the fruits and vegetables they use for their guests’ consumption, so you can enjoy the local gastronomy in a totally natural environment, surrounded by palm trees and a luscious view of the ocean.


WHERE TO EAT? YELAPA OASIS Yelapa / Food: Mexican, Seafood, Bar, Wine Bar PASSION FLOWER GARDENS Yelapa / Food: Eclectic, International, Bar LOCO LOCO Barra de Navidad / Food: Italian ANGELINA’S GARDENS Yelapa / Food: Grill, Seafood, Healthy, Bar BESAME MUCHO Barra de Navidad / Food: Modern Sea Master / Seafood At night and during high season it transforms into one of the best discos AMBAR DEL MAR Barra de Navidad / One of the best European cuisines RESTAURANTE ISADORA’S: Barra de Navidad / Seafood / Ideal for a romantic dinner with views to the lagoon MAR Y TIERRA Barra de Navidad / Romantic atmosphere TACOS Y MAS! Yelapa / Food: American, Mexican, Seafood, International CAFÉ DE FLORES La Manzanilla / Food: Continental


WHAT TO DO? The main attractions of Costalegre are its natural beauty, local food, fresh drinks, entertainment and certainly the relaxation. Put yourself in touch with nature by taking one of local tours that will take you around the stunning Pacific coastline. The best place for snorkeling is “El Acuario” in Playa Mora, on top of a hill. If you prefer direct contact with terrestrial life, rent a local taxi, “panga,” and take a guided tour around the mangroves, take in the nature and animal watching. Melaque is a coastal town, located on another famous point of Bahia de Navidad, in front of Barra de Navidad. It’s surrounded by impressive rocks and golden beaches. Here you will be able to enjoy typical regional cuisine in one of the restaurants, located along the coast. Enjoy the typical tuba (palm tree drink) during one the magnificent sunsets.

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WHAT TO DO? BARRA DE NAVIDAD It’s a famous bay with a wide beach that is still almost virgin. Here you can practice diving, surfing, snorkeling and sports fishing. Don’t forget to take a walk on the boardwalk. You will appreciate Isla Navidad and beautiful sunsets that paint the sky with pink colors. You can also enjoy the sunset from the neighboring town of Melaque, only 5km away. TENACATITA It’s one of the favorites for the lovers of diving, with many hidden treasures. El Novillo, Las Ánimas y Las Iglesias are all characterized by the colorful and varied aquatic life. It’s perfect to escape the noise and the crowds. It’s a unique place where in the winter you will be able to observe sunrise and sunset on the sea. Here you will also find luxury hotels. CAREYES Perfect for relaxation. Here the restaurants open their doors right on the beach. You can practice fishing, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, golf and water sports. CHAMELAS It’s a unique bay in Mexico that has eleven islands in the interior, full of animal life and vegetation. The best island to visit is called La Pajarera, where you can find many species of birds. MAJAHUAS It’s a bay with very little tourist infrastructure, but with extensive virgin beaches, ideal for camping. It’s also the home to the biggest population of turtles in Jalisco state. There are no big restaurants, but you will be able to enjoy local places on the beach with palm roofs that serve delicious seafood.


WHERE TO GO OUT? JARRO One of the best nightclubs in Barra de Navidad PIPER AND LOVER’S If you like blues, this is your place. You can enjoy the smooth sounds of the music while enjoying one of the best discos in the area. TERRA BAR CAPRI Dance till you drop and enjoy a nice cocktail, right on the sea. It’s also one of the best places to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

WHERE TO STAY?

EL TAMARINDO BEACH & GOLF RESORT

HOTELITO DESCONOCIDO

In the middle of a dazzling landscape that combines the

A jewel that has been lost in paradise. This hotel

turquoise of the ocean, the mountains and exuberant

manages to combine the feeling of isolation with luxury.

tropical vegetation. It was designed especially for those

There is no electricity. To preserve the romance, the

who want to stay in the embrace of the nature, but with

place is lit with torches and candles.

all luxuries and comfort.

COSTA CAREYES

BOCA DE IGUANAS

Elegant, with beautiful villas and breathtaking views.

It’s a new paradisiac place, right in front of the ocean with

ALAMANDAS A hidden refuge and one of the most exclusive beach hotels in the world PUNTA SERENA Hidden paradise for adults Tranquility and exclusivity surround you from the first steps. It’s located in the bay of Tenacatita, with a beautiful view of the ocean

its colorful sunsets, majestic landscapes and blue sky.


HOW TO GET THERE?

Dreamtime Images, Nathan Welton Elizabeth Lloyd

PHOTO GRAPHY

Douglas Peebles Photography

BY AIR AND LAND Costalegre is between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta, so you have two options: FROM MANZANILLO Travel to Mexico City from any part of the world and take a direct flight to Manzanillo (ZLO)

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OR TAKE A DIRECT FLIGHT FROM: Calgary / Houston / Los Angeles / Phoenix From Manzanillo you can drive or hire a private transportation – it’s 120 Km FROM PUERTO VALLARTA If you prefer, you can travel to Mexico City from any part of the world and take a direct flight to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) OR YOU CAN TAKE A DIRECT FLIGHT FROM: Houston / Dallas / Phoenix Los Angeles / San Francisco Toronto You can arrive to Costalegre by your private plane from Puerto Vallarta and land in Chamela. Another option is to rent a car or hire private transport – it’s 165.2 km (2 h 30 min) BY SEA: Cruise ships from different parts of the world go to Vallarta. You can also arrive in your yacht.


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THE WHITE AT A WEDDING


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white is

a perfectionist color. Everything touched by it gets colored with modernism and purely chic vibe.


Wedding decor in white tones means combining very rich textures with glamorous elements. It’s common to find many glass beads, high table centerpieces with exuberant flowers and dim table illumination. It sounds very romantic when then a bride and a groom say their vows and everything around is white – her dress, his suit, invitations, table centerpieces and deserts. Considering that white is the color of peace, it also has a relaxing effect. It is the color that unites all the colors, is a synonym of purity, cleanliness and radiance. Because of this, it’s a tone that never goes out of fashion and is always perfect for the special day.


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Be Original Art needs one very special ingredient originality. We can copy decor designs that we saw and liked, and we will probably achieve a good result, but we will not have created anything new. Logically, our search has to be based on an adequate balance of all the elements. At the same time, it’s very important to create something new and distinctive, something that nobody has ever seen before.


Be a risk taker If you like taking risks, don’t stop yourself. You can choose a daring blend; just always use delicacy and finesse.

Mix art & decor Use mirrors, a combination of colors and geometrical elements. This will allow you to reach a different dimension. Whatever you do, always do it with perfection in mind.


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Choose right illumination It’s an element that allows being creative, that adds vitality and ambiance. The choice here depends if your vision is classic or modern. Very important: avoid under-illumination. Better use pointed and indirect lights that will help emphasize relevant zones and will hide the ones that are not so interesting. This way, an eye will only find suggested elements.


Blend sensibly Sometimes people say: “You can blend anything, you will call it eclectic, and here it is, done!” But it’s not so easy. You have to have a dialogue with your ambience and achieve a contrast in your decor.

deco


Find the balance Find good illumination and look for balance to create a symphony of art everywhere. Express your personality and challenge all trends.

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INSPIRATION FROM AROUND THE WORLD WE SELECTED SOME INSPIRING DESIGNERS AND THEIR COLLECTIONS OF FALL/WINTER 2014

INES DI SANTO In her second season creating both her Luxe and Couture Collections, Ines Di Santo is able to design for two very different brides. With her Luxe Collection she calls to a younger, edgier woman, while the Couture Collection remains loyal to the designer’s signature dramatic silhouettes and elegant glamour. Both collections evoke a joie de vivre that is intrinsic to much of the designer’s work. This season’s youthful Luxe Collection has a streamlined, pared down feel for the minimalist bride. In stark contrast, the Ines Di Santo’s Couture Collection takes flight into a dreamy, sensual, otherworldly realm with a feminine palette. Known for her signature mermaid styles, it seems only fitting that the collection might be partly influenced by the legendary city of Atlantis. It was the underwater world that inspired the airy silhouettes that seem to float along with sublime lightness. Di Santo’s embellishment treatments explore Art Deco beading and architectural mohair adding texture and dimension. Mohair is woven in to create an all-over lattice effect, juxtaposed with ultra-feminine Guipure lace, for a fabulously fresh approach to innovative detailing. Color is important introducing a lavender hue in addition to cameo pink, blush and champagne. With gowns that allow a bride to feel as if she’s in a dream, as every bride should, Ines Di Santo’s latest couture statement is a dazzling tribute to the feminine form.


PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF INES DI SANTO

INES DI SANTO Luxe & Couture Bridal Collections


VAL STEFANI & MOONLIGHT BRIDAL Val Stefani and Moonlight Bridal recently debuted their stunning Spring 2014 collections. The sister duo work collaboratively from start to finish on each gown, sharing and implementing creative ideas. A fierce feminine aesthetic is the inspiration behind every gown, with each one accented by delicate beading, hand rolled rosettes, cascading ruffles, and lace. The Spring 2014 collection was inspired by Walter De Maria’s “The 2000 Sculpture.” The way in which the sculpture hugged the ground captivated the designer duo and led to the creation of a collection with form fitting silhouettes, highlighting the

PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF VAL STEFANI & MOONLIGHT BRIDAL

female figure.

The Spring 2014 collection was inspired by Walter De Maria’s “The 2000 Sculpture.”


SARAH JANKS launched her Fall 2014 collection at New York International Bridal Market. The Forget Me Not collection, inspired by the flower for which it is named, utilizes delicate laces, beading, and floral appliquĂŠs to effortlessly portray femininity and poise. The delicate juxtaposition of materials creates a collection with a sophisticated yet whimsical aesthetic. Sarah Janks, known for her beautiful body-hugging silhouettes, continues to impress this season with the romantic Forget Me Not collection.

PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF SARAH JANKS

South African designer Sarah Janks recently


SARAH JANKS �She radiates femininity. She balances her sensuality with a sense of propriety.�


GEMY MAALOUF Gemy Maalouf, born in Beirut, reached the fashion world’s center stage when she became one of the first Lebanese designers to show at the Salon du “Prêt a Porter” in Paris. Inspired by modern day brides, Gemy Maalouf fuses classical feminine silhouettes with trendy and cutting edge designs. The gowns range in materials and styles, each one accented with

PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF GEMY MAALOUF

gorgeous appliqués and trimmings.


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BY LORENA RAMIREZ

Here and also in our next edition we talk with Lorena Ramirez, the editor of ActidudFEM, who refers to herself as a woman who likes to laugh, loves beauty and has order in her own mess. Little life pleasures for Lorena consist of a good cup of coffee, a book that makes her cry or a movie that makes her laugh. Here is her first article that reveals some simple, well-kept beauty secrets.


THE SECRETS OF OLIVE OIL & COFFEE One day we wake up, look at the mirror – and all of a sudden, surprise! We cannot recognize the person staring at us in the reflection. It’s the result of accumulating stress day after day, lack of our well-deserved beauty sleep and bad nutrition… Before starting to panic, we need to remember that the solution is hidden in our own house. Yes, girls! It’s exactly as you’ve read it.

NATURAL PRODUCTS CAN DO WONDERS FOR YOUR SKIN OF YOUR ENTIRE BODY.

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Olive Oil will moisturize your skin naturally and gently. The vitamins found in it (A, D, K, E) help fix the damage made by sun.

Caffeine has properties that tonify skin and lessens the appearance of “orange peel” look. And the consistency of ground coffee helps to gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it much more luminous and smooth.

This time, let’s talk about your body – arms, legs, stomach… Wouldn’t it be nice to have your skin as smooth as a baby’s, especially while preparing to show it off at your wedding? There is nothing as good and rewarding as pampering ourselves with some natural treatments before the big day, while relaxing in the comfort of our home. So say good-bye to tired skin, and say hello to smooth, moist and tonified body. Follow this simple recipe, and you will have three treatments in one: exfoliation, moisturizing and anti-celulitis treatment.


Mix these ingredients in a small bowl: 6 TABLESPOONS OF GROUND COFFEE 3 TABLESPOONS OF OLIVE OIL 1. After the ingredients are mixed together, take the mixture with you to the shower and put it all over your skin in circular motions. 2. Apply it on your legs, buttocks, lower back, arms and stomach. 3. Massage it in for two minutes, and then rinse it off. Take the usual shower or bath.

I SUGGEST THAT YOU DO THIS TREATMENT NO MORE THAN TWICE PER WEEK TO AVOID SKIN IRRITIATION. LET YOUR BEAUTY SHINE!


PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF SARAH JANKS

Dream… Imagine… Find perfect detail & color tone


PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF VAL STEFANI


FROM THE NEWEST COLLECTIONS OF INES DI SANTO, VAL STEFANI & MOONLIGHT AND SARAH JANKS.

PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF INES DI SANTO


MEXICO IS IN FASHION LORENA NÚÑEZ, A MEXICAN DESIGNER, HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE ROAD OF CREATIVITY AND BEAUTY FOR THIRTY YEARS, AND HER DESIGNS GRAB ATTENTION OF WOMEN SEEKING ELEGANCE AND PERSONALIZED ATTENTION. BY JORDANA / PHOTOGRAPHY: LORENA NÚÑEZ


Each one of her collections tells a romantic and sensual story through soft fabrics, jewelry and lace.


She is now celebrating twelve years since her brand was launched, and fifteen years of designing for private clients. A year ago, Lorena launched a new line, High Fashion Evening Wear. Mexican by birth, the designer has always looked for ways to promote her country. Currently Lorena is on the way to conquer the world. She’s been invited to present her designs in Atlantic City, Rome, Hong Kong and Paris.


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SPRING

2014


BY JORDANA GALICIA AGUILAR

LOVELY TOUCHES This season, flowers are going on our heads in a shape of crowns.

Suma Cruz from Spain, whose flower arrangements are currently sought by all IT girls, creates designs that breathe the air of drama, that move away from conventionalism and get lost in search of equilibrated, passionate universe.

In hot weather, combine your styles with bright colors.


crowns

are chic and stylish, as they are natural and fresh. Brides, bridesmaids and guests - everybody can use this romantic accessory.

Check out some of their best flower arrangements for your head!

DARE TO WEAR A CROWN AND FEEL LIKE A QUEEN!

In the winter use earth tones and metallic-colored flowers.


THE MAGIC OF

A THOUSAND

& ONE NIGHTS

UNDER THE SKIES

OF ACAPULCO PHOTOGRAPHY: MARCO ALAR


REAL WEDDINGt

Natasha&Alber


The vows were exchanged at sunset in a Catholic ceremony below a millennial tree in front of the sea, surrounded by the sounds of classical music.

The Meeting Natasha and Albert live and work in New York City, and that’s where they had their magical encounter. She was an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) and he was a police officer working on a separate investigation with one of Natasha’s best friends, who was also at ADA. She had just gotten back to her office after a very rough day of arguing in court, when her friend stopped by her office with Albert. Natasha says she literally tripped all over her files as he approached to introduce himself. “That was it,” she says. “There was an instant connection. The rest is history.”


The Wedding The couple invited everyone to their magical

everybody speechless. A path of torches

home, Villa Arabesque, for 5 days of fun in

took you under thousands of lamps that

the glorious weather of Acapulco. They say

lit the whole ceremony, and the altar was

there were just too many funny experiences

filled with marine touches (fish net, starfish,

– that’s what happens when you put great

shells, corals...).

friends together for a few days. Everybody

The bride’s dress was designed by Reem

just lost sense of time and the laughter

Acra and her elegant bouquet was made

never stopped. Natasha says she will never

of white orchids. The groom was wearing a

forget how all the groomsmen rubbed her

white linen suit, while the bridesmaids were

feet and calves after hours of dancing.

adorned in different tones of coral. The

The vows were exchanged at sunset in

dress code for everyone was Beach Formal.

a Catholic ceremony below a millennial

The emotions before walking down the

tree in front of the sea, surrounded by the

aisle and when saying the vows were the

sounds of classical music. The décor left

strongest, admits the bride.

REAL WEDDING

Natasha&Albert


Then the 200 guests enjoyed the reception at Villa Arabesque, which is the true Arabian Nights experience by the sea - glamorous, opulent and exotic. It has some of the most beautiful views - hills, inlets and bays - of Acapulco. Nine elegant Guest Suites were each painstakingly designed and decorated in different themes. The Villa’s roof garden was featured in James Bond’s movie “License to Kill,” where he landed his helicopter. The wedding menu featured cold soup of chile poblano served in a coconut, an appetizer of coconut shrimp wrapped in banana leaves with slightly spicy mango salsa, Nashi Chay fish chipotle-style with caramelized onions, vegetable julienne and saffron risotto, and desert bar. The groom said he never liked fish before he tried the one at his wedding – it was another love at first sight!

Nine elegant Guest Suites were each painstakingly designed and decorated in different themes.


The drinks were typically Mexican as well – aguas frescas (beverages made from fresh juices or extracts), such as Horchata (milky sweet rice drink) and Jamaica (cold hibiscus tea); margarita with flavors of lemon, tamarind, mango and chamoy (savory Mexican sauce made from pickled fruit); tequilas served in special tequila glasses made of vegetables; and an open bar of all other drinks. For the traditional late night menu, chilaquiles verdes (strips of fried corn tortillas simmered in green salsa, garnished with cilantro, red onion and cheese) with refried beans were served.

REAL WEDDING

Natasha&Albert


Decoration For the main decoration theme, natural style was used with sea elements. The color theme was different tones of light coffee, combined with white, coral and green, the colors of orchids that were the principal detail of the wedding.The guests were completely seduced – from the overflow of orchids throughout the villa to the dance floor, which was a giant hand-painted replica of the wedding invitation – to the fireworks during the first dance to the song of “At Last” by Etta James. Everybody found the whole experience truly magical. Old friends of the couple made new friends and it felt like everyone became one big family, so it’s no surprise that the party went on all night and was only over at 10 AM the next morning.

REAL WEDDING

Natasha&Albert

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ADVICE OF THE NEWLYWEDS FOR YOU If you are planning a destination wedding, plan some fun activities with your closest guests in the days leading up to the wedding. By the time your wedding day arrives, everyone will know each other and share the experience on a whole other level. Oh, and relax! This is meant to be fun! Having an amazing wedding planner like we did can only help!


the riviera maya

BY ELIZABETH MEDINA/ PHOTOGRAPHY: PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISANS


details

PHOTOGRAPHY Elizabeth Medina Photography

PHOTOGRAPHERS Elizabeth and Lindsey Medina

LIGHTING & AUDIO Psav

FLOWERS Vanessa Jaimes

FURNITURE & LINENS Gama Manteles

MUSIC Banda Balance

VENUE & CATERING Banyan Tree Mayakoba, The Riviera Maya, Mexico

WEDDING PLANNER Claudia González of “Solen Bodas”

HAPPY NEWLYWEDS Melanie and David


The wedding took place at one of the most elegant hotels in the Riviera Maya, Banyan Tree Mayakoba. The ceremony was held outside, under the starry night sky. Mariachi and tequila were the special Mexican touches. The soft light of the sunset was chosen for the photo shoot to get the best result. Wedding planning/style inspiration: A traditional Jewish wedding filled with cultural details representing the bride and groom’s Paraguayan and Mexican decent. We began with a photo shoot at Melanie’s beachfront villa and continued on to photograph the “first look,” where we where able to capture David’s expression as he saw Melanie in her beautiful white dress for the first time! The amount of time we had for bride and groom pictures was very tight, the sun was starting to set and we where in a rush to get to the Ketubah signing (Jewish prenuptial agreement). The time crunch was a challenge, but with two photographers, three cameras and plenty of destination wedding experience we were able to squeeze in an hour-long session into 20 minutes, resulting in a beautiful and varied group of photographs.

A traditional Jewish wedding filled with cultural details representing the bride and groom’s Paraguayan and Mexican decent.


MELANIE & DAVID


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The signing of the Ketubah was held in the wine cellar - “La Cava” - at the Banyantree. After the signing, guests proceeded to the rooftop terrace, where the ceremony would take place under a Huppah (a canopy under which the couple stands). The ceremony was a delight to photograph - its traditional elements, emotional moments and burnt orange color decor. After the ceremony, the guests were escorted to an elegant cocktail area, where live music was playing and appetizers were being served as guests mingled. The bride and groom arrived with a cheerful mariachi band. The guests were then guided from the cocktail area through a candle lit, treelined wooden path, all the way to the surprise reception area at MK Blue, where the energetic Hora, the Jewish wedding dance, immediately started. The beach side reception was decorated with a “clean-beach-elegant” style that accentuated the “rustic-chic” feel of the venue. The couple chose white tulips, roses, candles and white linens to decorate the tables. For lighting they chose a cool blue that gave a sophisticated feel to the evening. With all the exciting activities taking place and the beautiful decorations, I don’t believe we put our cameras down for even a second!


Since Melanie is from Paraguay and David is from Mexico, they decided to include many cultural aspects in the wedding to represent their hometowns. Elements such as the mariachi band, a candy bar with Mexican treats, tequila bottles at each of the tables with engraved shot glasses for each of the guests, Paraguayan soccer shirts and a pi単ata at the end of the night were all the aspects that gave the night a very cultural feel and also made for extraordinary photo opportunities.


MELANIE & DAVID

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FLY WITH THE MAGIC SOUNDS OF ARCANO, THE TALENTED SISTER-BROTHER DUET

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MEET ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED AND ORIGINAL YOUNG MEXICAN PERFORMERS BY JORDANA GALICIA AGUILAR

Erika del Real and her brother Vick form the duet ARCANO that can turn any wedding into a spectacle of invigorating magic. They used to be a part of the orchestra of Nayarit, also performing in major concerts, including one at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. They were first noticed by the international audience on YouTube, where their videos amassed a small fan following. Their most recognized composition is an instrumental rendition of I’ll Fly With You. Their talent, originality, dedication and love for their music have made ARCANO a musical spectacle of the highest level in Mexico.

We invite you to meet the brother and sister duet!


You started your musical studies at 5 years old. Why so early? We lived in a house where we were surrounded by art, and our love for music was natural. Our passion took a clear direction when we started studying piano and then started playing in a symphonic orchestra - Erika on violin, and Vick on viola.

How did you decide to form a band? We actually never planned it. First, we started to play songs together at family gatherings and school concerts, and eventually we recorded some discs. Little by little, people started inviting us to play at their events, and before we realized it, we were a true duet.

Why did you decide to focus on instrumental music? We studied classic music, and we wanted to combine the classic and the modern. We love electronic music and we enjoy creating our own songs, without forgetting about the great classical maestros. Our whole concept is about instrumental music, because it creates intensity and relaxation at the same time.

What does ARCANO mean? ARCANO has many meanings, but they all are connected to mystery. It’s something secret.

What was the most important moment in your careers? It was the moment when we decided to leave our home and to go around, visiting different cities, already as ARCANO. We were used to always be at home, but we got a contract and decided to take the first step. We had already recorded two disks, but we were still very young to travel alone.


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What does it mean to you to be so young and already have 15 disks released? We feel deep satisfaction, because for us it was something natural. When you do what you like and you do it from your heart, people receive it the same way. We don’t see it as work, even though it’s great responsibility.

The media describes you as a band with an innovative concept. What is that concept? We are constantly updating our music, creating fresh sounds and slowly breaking the traditional concept of a violin. What we do is a combination of electronic music, pop, rock and so on. We make violin the main voice of each song and accompany it with different music sounds that normally no one is used to hearing next to violin.

What are your biggest musical achievements? Public acceptance is the most important for us – you can be very good in music and you could have studied for many years, but if people do not love you, you will not achieve anything. Another huge thing for us is being a duet that is free to play the music that we create ourselves.

What are your plans for 2014? We will have a series of concerts in different cities, playing music created by us. We started this project last year and we are in the middle of it now. These concerts have a cast of about 60 people. We have mariachi, chamber orchestra, classic ballet, modern music performers, folkloric performers and so on…


report WE ARE CONSTANTLY UPDATING OUR MUSIC, CREATING FRESH SOUNDS AND SLOWLY BREAKING THE TRADITIONAL CONCEPT OF A VIOLIN.


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PART TWO

it takes two

What if...

you don’t fit into your dress?

GET SLIM TOGETHER!

HOW TO CREATE A FUN WORKOUT TOGETHER On a day of your wedding you want to shine, like never before. In a previous part of this article we talked about the importance of a diet to reach this goal, but another determining factor is certainly the exercise. But which workout routine should you follow?


To reach the goal of a perfect physical condition on your big day, it’s essential to be in a perfect cardiovascular and muscular shape. So let’s get to planning exercise that offers us both the cardiovascular as muscular strength.

CARDIO: SPIN BABY, SPIN

MEASURE THE HEART RATE

For cardio, one of the best activities is KEISER When you start spinning classes, use the spinning classes. It’s a fast and fun way to pulsimeter and control your heart rate to know burn calories. By taking a group class with an if intensity is not getting too much for you. instructor and music, you will be in a motivating, Ask your trainer what are the levels of training energetic environment. You can do it for as suitable for you two or use the limits marked by many days per week as you want, the more your pulsimeters. Be very strict here and don’t the better. And you can do spinning together go over the marked limits. If you want to reach for added fun.

your goals, you have to train constantly and with an intensity that is suitable for you.

WORK YOUR MUSCLES On the other hand, there’s muscular training. Find a gym that has classes of Body Pump or something similar. These kinds of classes support good muscular health and offer a balanced exercise, but most importantly, the same way as spinning, these are group classes that are guided with music, which makes them fun and motivational.

PERSONAL TRAINER Another option is to look for your personal trainer that would plan the exercise routine for the two of you. However, this will cost you more and maybe even will not be as fun as group classes..


AS YOU WILL BE GETTING MORE AND MORE IN SHAPE, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO INCREASE THE FREQUENCY AND INTENSITY OF YOUR WORKOUTS, DEPENDING ON

it takes two

YOUR MOTIVATION AND FREE TIME AVAILABLE.

FREQUENCY

LET RESULTS SURPRISE YOU

Whichever option you choose, exercise will

If you and your partner follow this plan, you

give you a better physical condition and will

will not only lose the extra pounds, but your

bring you closer to your goal: to shine on your

general physical condition will increase. Rest

wedding day. Now you also have to choose

assured that you will start enjoying your new

the right frequency, so check your weekly

habits and you will look better than you have

calendar and leave spaces for your training

ever dreamed. Apart from reaching the desired

schedule. It’s recommended that you train 5

look, you will improve your health. You and your

days per week, interchanging cardiovascular

partner will turn into healthy sportsmen with

and muscular exercise. It looks like a lot,

enviable figures.

but if you organize your schedule well and train at your level, you will enjoy it. A good

REALIZE THAT THIS IS THE BEST

example would be to do cardio on Mondays,

INVESTMENT THAT YOU CAN MAKE

Wednesdays and Fridays and muscle classes

IN YOUR LIVES – TO INVEST IN YOUR

– on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

HEALTH AND IN THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE.


w e i v r e t in

Z

IA GÓME

BY SILV

PHOT

HY BY OGRAP

YOLAN

CRIS


s i r C n a l YoArt Between Seams


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO WORK TOGETHER, AS SISTERS? We are very different, even if are only one year apart. But when you grow up with someone, you end up sharing many character traits. Together, we have lived through a lot, and our communication is now almost telepathic. At the same time, we are two different personalities in charge of different areas – Yolanda is the Creative and Artistic Director, and Cristina takes care of Management. We work in tandem. HOW WOULD YOU EACH DESCRIBE EACH OTHER? Yolanda: I guess that by being an older sister, I always have this protective feeling. But above all, Cristina is someone I fully trust. It’s a person who is just always there for me… Cristina: How funny, I also have a protective feeling towards Yolanda (both laugh). What matters most to me, is the special connection that we feel while working. For example, our last year’s romantic collection, Heavenly Sisters, was dedicated to the foundation of our brand, which is the harmony and connection between us. DID YOUR CHILDHOOD INFLUENCE YOUR DESIGNS? We grew up surrounded by wedding dresses! Since we were little we already knew about quality of fabrics, about which cut complements which kind of figure, needs of a bride according to the current fashion tendencies and so on. We started designing wedding dresses in our mother’s bridal boutique. Now we are the youngest designers in Barcelona’s Bridal Week, but already with 20 years of experience! Our designs are fresh and youthful, and many brides identify with them.

SO HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE DESIGNS OF YOLANCRIS? Original, high quality in fabrics and design. The fabrics are also organic and feel very comfortable. Exclusive and unique, modern and different. Our brides exude confidence and style - they are independent women, feminine, in love with fashion.


w e i v r e int

Z

IA GÓME

BY SILV

YOU HAVE A SPECIAL PARTY LINE THAT HAS TURNED MANY HEADS IN SHOW BUSINESS… We enjoy playing with the world of all possible colors, since we are so used to just white! Here we could risk, innovate and create even more, and we think that in show business, the quality of a fabric is valued as much as the comfort of a good cut. In Mexico, you can find our Party line Coco Dress in Mexico City and in Monterrey. BUT YOU ALSO DESIGN ACCESSORIES? An accessory is this final touch that gives your dress its whole sense and style. We realized that our imagined perfect accessories for each dress did not exist in the market, so we started creating shoes, veils, hats, belts and bags. When you start, you can’t finish!

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SO WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST TO A BRIDE CHOOSING HER ACCESSORIES? A bride should have a clear idea about how she wants to shine on her big day. If they have always dreamed about a veil, they should focus on incorporating it into the look. Our recommendation is to be daring and to have fun trying different accessory styles. Many times a bride realizes she shines with a simple headdress, even though she had never imagined it.


HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER WEDDING GOWN DESIGNERS? We are considered to be modern or “transgressive” designers, who have never followed any traditional guidelines. We have always been escaping from an image of a typical or obsolete bride.

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- When you feel 100% comfortable in the dress you are trying, you know it’s the one WHAT KIND OF A WEDDING WOULD BE IDEAL FOR ONE OF YOUR DRESSES? We love weddings in gardens. They have a romantic touch, perfect for French chantillís, tulle and silk. But also beach weddings fascinate us because of their freshness and natural ambience. For beach weddings our brides choose such fabrics as cotton crochets in ivory tones to match the texture of sand and beach landscape. WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE TO A BRIDE CHOOSING HER DRESS? When you feel 100% comfortable in the dress you are trying, you know it’s the one. When you find it, you will shine in your fitting room. And you will know. So don’t settle for less.


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When we talk about the day of our wedding, usually it means thinking about a thousand and one things that , we will never be able to finish. It’s normal that you, as a bride, think that , know what to do and even you don’t where to start. Believe me, planning a wedding can be very easy if you consider the most important details so that everything happens as you have always dreamt.

DANIELA MARROQUIN.


This time, I would like to talk to you about the nutrition. We all know that each of us is preoccupied with it and it can cause internal conflict. No matter if we are already skinny or not, food is always an important topic.

e r o f e b your g n i d wed

DON’T

Abuse foods that are high in sodium, such as popcorn, peanuts, pistachios, etc. - this will make you retain fluid and cause bloating.

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DO Choose foods low in salt, such as fresh or dry fruit that will make you feel light and look fabulous. Even if you don’t believe me, try it! You will see that if you avoid foods that make you retain liquids one week before your wedding, you will weigh a few pounds less on the big day!


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S.O.S

FIGHT THE

BIKINI LINES:

GET NATURALLY TANNED SKIN FOR YOUR WEDDING

The big day is approaching. You are making a mental list and you have almost everything ready. You decide to take a relaxing bath and look yourself over in a big mirror. And here they are..snow white, ugly bikini lines from your bathing suit, the marks of a good time you had on your last vacation, but now staring at you in the mirror like the worst enemies of your beautiful wedding dress. It might seem that it’s an insignificant detail, but these lines jeopardize the harmony of your image as an elegant bride.You know you have to get rid of them.


DON’T WORRY Before taking any decision, discover all the tanning options available that will help you eliminate the inconvenient cleavage marks. Determine how much time you have before your wedding day. Some tanning options might take a few weeks.

SUNTAN BED

NATURAL PROFESSIONAL SPRAY TAN

Is one of the easiest options, but you will need time

The result is smooth and controlled, but you should try

on your hands, as you will have to wait at least a

to find very specialized services, because there is a risk

week in between sessions. The tanning process is

of getting stains. Most importantly, look for a correct

controlled and gradual, and you will get an optimal

skin tone, because if it’s not natural for you, you might

result according to your own tanning tastes (darker

end up with an orange skin tone. Depending on how

or lighter). In the end you will have a completely

absorbent your body is, each process last between 5 to

natural skin tone, but BE CAREFUL! Don’t overdue

10 sessions. Have in mind that the duration of this tan

it, as abuse of suntan beds can lead to premature

is not very long, and when it starts to fade, there might

aging and skin damage.

be spots in the places that absorbed the most color.

CREAMS OR SPRAY BRONZERS This is the easiest option. But even though they are easy to apply, there is a risk of stains if they are not applied correctly. The result is not always smooth and the tonality is not so easy to control. The worst is the duration. The color fades away very quickly, and it can stain your clothes.


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WHAT? Unique, private events space WHERE? Tulum - Riviera Maya, Mexico HOW? Combining natural environment with luxury to create magic events WHY? To create magic events in complete privacy CONTACT: info@maiakaab.com m ai ak aab. c o m

venue

WHAT? A space for celebrations, weddings especially WHERE? Queretaro, Mexico HOW? With all our means: beautiful garden, patio and chapel WHY? To make clients happy by adjusting to their needs CONTACT: banquetes@fincaelrosario.mx fi n cael rosari o.com.mx


music WHAT? Innovative instrumental music duet of brother and sister WHERE? From Puerto Vallarta, available in Mexico HOW? Erika on violin, Vick on keyboard, creating innovative concept called Arcano WHY? We want to create something different, innovative, elegant and inspiring CONTACT: info@arcano.mx a rc a n o. mx

wedding guide WHAT? Qualified advice and inspiration about everything related to a wedding in Mexico WHERE? Mexico weddings for couples from all the world HOW? By providing information about destinations, venues, providers and more WHY? For a headache-free, fun Mexico wedding CONTACT: info@brides-advisor.com b r i d e s - ad v i s o r.c o m

lifestyle WHAT? The world’s best motorcar WHERE? Showrooms worldwide HOW? Exclusive confidential purchase programs for newlyweds & resorts WHY? Because motorcar perfection has never been so easy to obtain before CONTACT: 855-969-2878 - motorcarperfection@gmail.com r o l l s - r o yce. co m

djs & lighting WHAT? Audio & DJ professionals WHERE? Acapulco, Riviera Maya - Mexico HOW? Creating entertaining events with non-stop fun and music WHY? We believe in our innovative audio concepts that help create unforgettable beach weddings CONTACT: info@bliss.mx bliss.mx


luxury goods ! !

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gift registry

WHAT? Online gift registry WHERE? Mexico and 17 other countries HOW? You register, publish your gifts and inform your guests WHY? So you that can have disposable cash in your account that you can use as you choose CONTACT: (0155)9157 1162 zan kyou . c om

home decor WHAT? Contemporary crystal lighting WHERE? Munich, Germany HOW? Taking traditional crystal crystal shapes shapes and and turning turningthem theminto into art that that are are jewelry jewelry for for the theceiling celling unexpected works of art WHY? To take away the traditional connotation of a “crystal chandelier” and create something light, floating and completely captivating CONTACT: info@windfall-usa.com wiwww. n df a lwi l -unsa .com dfa ll- usa .co m

custom invitations

WHAT? Premium custom invitation company WHERE? With offices in New York, New Jersey, Miami and coming soon to Los Angeles HOW? By delivering the finest quality for custom invitations CONTACT: 800 289 6507 a l p i n ecreat i v eg r o up.com


photography WHAT? Photographic Artisan WHERE? Mexico HOW? Relaxed, natural and expressive WHY? Because each wedding is unique and it is our great honor to tell the story completely and in its absolute best light. CONTACT: info@elizabethmedina.com e l i za bet h medin a .co m

photography

WHAT? Professional wedding and events photographer WHERE? Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA and globally HOW? By following his responisibility with vision and honesty WHY? To use his talent to meet the needs of others CONTACT: foto@arturoayala.com a r tu r o ayal a. c o m

photography

WHAT? Professional photography for weddings and events WHERE? Merida, Yucatan - Mexico HOW? The love for what we do is reflected in each image CONTACT: aniela.fotografia@hotmail.com an i e l af o to g r a fi a .c o m

photography WHAT? Video and photo production for weddings WHERE? Acapulco, Rivera Maya HOW? We put special attention to detail so you can enjoy the day of your wedding many years after WHY? We understand it’s hard to feel comfortable in front of the camera -that’s why we focus on creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere CONTACT: pieter@artinimage.com ar ti n i m ag e . co m


fashion

WHAT? Headdresses WHERE? Spain HOW? We try to give each woman the embodiment of their dreams WHY? We love making dreams come true CONTACT: Suma Cruz @ Facebook su m a cru z. co m

fashion WHAT? Modern craft in haute-couture for bridal gowns and evening wear made in Barcelona WHERE? Barcelona HOW? Handmade and tailor-made wedding dresses and evening gowns WHY? We feel pasion for fashion and bride’s world CONTACT: info@yolancris.com yol a n cri s. c om


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MEXICO WEDDING MAGAZINE spring 2014