EVOKE: The new 2017 collection by Canteiro you don’t want to miss

Photo Credit: DreamArt Photography, Canteiro Weddings

The presentation of EVOKE, allowed the top destination planners, vendors and venues to come together and enjoy a little taste of what the future holds for 2017 in terms of wedding design. Comprised by 5 collections, Evoke is the perfect name for this compilation, each collection is based on a key element or emotion and all of the ingredients that conform the design are perfectly assembled to deliver that emotion.

The live preview of EVOKE was presented at the splendid Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort last August 24th, 2016.

Photo Credit: DreamArt Photography, Canteiro Weddings

Canteiro Weddings is the dedicated branch for Weddings from Planner1 Events.With more than 9 years of event design expertise, and a vast portfolio, the founder of this company, Gabi Lavor, has proven that passion, innovation, hard work and commitment are key elements to create a high quality product.

Photo Credit: DreamArt Photography, Canteiro Weddings

The company has grown exponentially in the past years and counts the best resorts in Cancun and Riviera Maya amongst their clients, that is why the design team from Canteiro Weddings decided to put together an event that would create a precedent for the industry in the destination.

Photo Credit: DreamArt Photography, Canteiro Weddings


From a delicate and sophisticated ultra romantic gazebo in the middle of the jungle to a completely modern and cutting edge minimalistic ceremony by the beach, Canteiro Weddings is proving once again that these event design professionals in Riviera Maya are on top of the game with the biggest wedding trends for 2017.

Watch the wonderful video that will leave you awed:

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Photo Credit: DreamArt Photography, Canteiro Weddings

The event itself was so well planned and executed that expectations were of course exceeded, one wow moment after the other, the best team of vendors presented the art, technology and design that will lead the trends for weddings in 2017.

Photo Credit: DreamArt Photography, Canteiro Weddings

Thank you to all the professional team at Canteiro Weddings for bringing the inspiration into our everyday lives and occupations.

Upcoming posts in our blog will explore each collection into depth.

Until then,

Happy Wedding Planning

– Kristina




Set the tone with a welcome drink

Photo Credit: Kristina G.

If anything says welcome in a warm Caribbean beach wedding is a beautiful looking welcome drink to set up the tone for the evening.

Pamper your guests after the ceremony with an original signature drink that is fresh and appealing, make it unique by using your wedding colors in combination with fruits and local ingredients.

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Give it a twist by serving it in a different type of glass that would add up to the wedding concept, this way you will set the tone for a unique event that your guests will remember by, the little details can make a big difference.

Ask your Catering manager to work with you and come up with original ideas for flavours, colors and presentation, then give your drink the attention by adding little highlights to the décor.

Here are some tips to consider whilst creating your signature drink:


-Think about making it soft enough for all your guests to refresh, hard drinks are more soothing when paired with dinner or later in the evening

-Get inspired ny your wedding colors and theme to incorporate a personal element that your guests will identify as unique, for instance if you love a vintage style and are creating a vintage atmosphere serve a drink that will evoke that time period

-Work with what you have on location, if you are having a destination wedding in a Caribbean beach think of exotic fruits, flavors and tropical plants for décor

-Think about your favorite drink and adapt it for your wedding, if everyone knows you love beer, ask your venue or wedding planner to serve a special beer with personalized bottle tags

-Get an original flavour from the place, don’t be afraid to try something new and exciting that is still elegant and friendly

Happy Wedding Planning!

-Kristina G.



Warm winter weddings in the beaches of Mexico


Winter is coming and we are happy because of the fresh breeze we recieve while we still have our lovely sun to warm us up!

Some facts about getting married in Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum during the winter:

1. Sun sets at 5 pm local time so make sure to plan your times accordingly

2. Average temperature during the day is about 20-23 ºC and normally it’s breezy.

3. Night time can get cooler so if you are having the reception outdoors advice your guests to bring a light sweater or a pashmina.

All year round is a great time to celebrate your wedding in the mexican caribbean, so our most importanta advice is:

Get out and enjoy the warm winter!!


Cancun Bridal Show 2013

Each year hotels and wedding planners along with vendors get together for their annual bridal show.

This year we had the privilege to collaborate with Grupo Intermar and design their stand for the event.

Our inspiration was brought by the victorian era and the vintage old hollywood feel.

We designed a victorian  booth with a vintage feel inspired by the biggest trends of the year.

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Some of the finest vendors in cancun got together, colleagues that we have the pleasure to work with and recommend.

One of our favorite booths was the display for Giraud Catering, a delightful dessert table offering artistically displayed sweets and hors d’oeuvres. Congratulations to Aline 😀

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It was our pleasure to create new business alliances and to show couples in Cancun, the great options they have access to when they decide to get married in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera.

From Collin Cowie wedding collections at Palace Resorts, to a Rock and Roll wedding in Hard Rock or a stunning mexican wedding in Xcaret.

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The night ended with a catwalk from local bridal designers and the presentation of two bands that gave a wonderful and amusing performance for everyone.

There were gifts and sweepstakes that included free wedding services and free hotel nights for couples.

Special thanks to our host, Fiesta Americana Coral Beach for allowing us to give the Bridal Show Cancun 2013 a remarkable touch of elegance and sophistication.

You can view a full list of participants at http://www.bridalshowcancun.com

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Indy & Frank’s wedding

September was a busy month for weddings in Cancun, between the Bridal Show and the local wedding season, we were very glad to have a full workload for a couple of months.

I am very happy to share a few images and tips form Indy and Frank’s wedding.

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This lovely couple met and found love at first sight, ever since they started dating they have been together building a wonderful and playful family. They were legally married 10 years ago with many odds to face.

Now that their son is part of their lives, they decided to celebrate the holy matrimony in the Catholic Tradition bringing their union to a new sense of love, blessing and prosperity.

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It was a very intimate wedding full of people that know their story and that truly share their love and appreciation for the couple.

The color palette featured chocolate, coral and Ivory, the bride’s bouquet was made of carnations i different tones of pink and coral and ornamented with crystals.

ramo claveles copiaThe reception was held at a private Beach Club in Cancun and in spite of a very heavy rain, the wedding celebration went on full of life, fun and love.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of a video telling the story of the couple as told by their closest friends and family.

They also shared a funny Harlem Shake dance with their bridal party surprising everyone in the middle of their first dance.

Congratulations for Indy and Frank, and thank you for letting us be a part of this celebration and for sharing with us this new stage in your lives!


Private Beach House Wedding Playa del Secreto


This beautiful wedding was celebrated in a private home in Playa del Secreto, near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. In a wonderful day of preparations, the bride and bridal party enjoyed their brunch while getting their hair and make up done beautifully in the room we had set up for them.

Meanwhile the Rabbi baked the bread that the couple would share at their wedding table and with all of their guests.

Later on, the groom and the rest of the bridal party arrived for preparations.

With three floors and the entire property at their disposal, the wedding started with a cocktail serving hors d’ouvres and drinks in the terrace overlooking the ocean and was then followed by a beautiful ceremony in the beach, and an abundant family style dinner.



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Pictures: Kristina Guerrero Organic Weddings// Venue: Playa del Secreto// Wedding Coordinator: Ultimate Mexico Weddings// Catering: Festiv Catering// Video: Cancun Wedding Video.



Cancún es un destino destacado no sólo por ser un lugar ideal para vacacionar sino también por ser un destino de convenciones y congresos, tomando en cuenta que la ciudad ofrece una amplia gama de servicios que van desde el hospedaje hasta la organización e interpretación simultánea para el evento, es fácil entender por qué en los últimos años Cancún se ha ganado un puesto privilegiado en el desarrollo de convenciones y congresos a nivel internacional.

Sin embargo para llevar a cabo un evento, es necesaria una gran labor de coordinación y puede no resultar una tarea fácil.

Es crucial contar con un equipo de profesionales que se encarguen de que todo el evento se desenvuelva a la perfección y que se encarguen prestar atención a cada detalle.

Para lograrlo, nuestra recomendación es dar un vistazo a Festiv Catering.

Ésta compañía ubicada en Cancún ha demostrado que es capaz de llevar a cabo eventos de la más alta calidad que se enfocan en las necesidades específicas de cada momento, más que un servicio, ellos brindan una experiencia completa y causan una gran satisfacción a sus invitados.

Desde el primer contacto, sabes que estás tratando con profesionales, hacen visitas de inspección para las locaciones, establecen una relación de persona a persona, escuchan tus necesidades y dan seguimiento específico a lo que requieres pero lo que hace que se distingan del resto y que valga la pena contratar sus servicios es su actitud responsable, adaptable y comprometida, antes, durante y después del evento y por supuesto que sus precios son adaptables a todos los presupuestos.


Desde los colores y la disposición del lugar, los olores, la increíble locación y la atmósfera, Festiv Catering ofrece a sus invitados una experiencia auténtica para conocer a México y de lo que México se trata.

La primera sorpresa inicia envolviendo todos tus sentidos, a medida que bajas del auto se puede escuchar la música de mariachi en espera de recibirte, abres los ojos y observas la inmensa belleza de la Hacienda la Esperanza postrada frente a ti, comienzas a caminar siguiendo la música con una mezcla de emoción y expectativa, de inmediato  te encuentras inmerso en un mundo en el que las sonrisas y la amabilidad te reciben, un grupo de meseros te ofrece deliciosas bebidas, cocteles, margaritas, cerveza mexicana de clase mundial, agua y todo tipo de bebidas para refrescarte y aligerar el viaje.

Con cada paso que das descubres un nuevo elemento en la Hacienda, campos abiertos, una alberca iluminada por la luz de las velas, fuentes, salas para descansar, esculturas y obras de arte alrededor de todos los patios y jardines,  la bella arquitectura colonial mexicana y la suculenta combinación de violín, trompeta, bajo, guitarra y voces que vibran con las más coloridas melodías te atraen, los trajes brillantes y la gran expresión de México que simboliza el mariachi, hace imposible dejar pasar la oportunidad de una fotografía con ellos. Su gran actitud y maravillosa música hacen de la experiencia la bienvenida perfecta que marca la pauta para lo que promete ser una noche memorable.

Los espacios abiertos alrededor, el gran edificio colonial lleno de vida y color, el paisaje caribeño; toda una experiencia que te hace sentir como si hubieras entrado en un lugar donde el corazón de México vive y palpita.

Al llegar a la sala de bienvenida, la mirada permanece cautiva con tanto que admirar alrededor,  el entorno moderno y agradable invita a descansar y relajarse, una vez instalados, los primeros canapés comienzan a llegar: Mini brochetas de res marinadas con aceite de romero y ajo fresco, perla  de  quesos marinados con maní dorado  montado sobre un pan  de ajonjolí, champiñones rellenos con un mousse de  camarones con aroma de hinojo, chimichangas rellenas de carne y queso Oaxaca con hojas tiernas de hoja santa, empanadas de queso Oaxaca con hojas de epazote, entre otros manjares de la alta cocina mexicana.

A medida que la noche avanza, también lo hace la cocina dirigida por el Chef Ejecutivo Alejandro Ortiz, la atención al detalle, el gran cuidado y conciencia en la preparación y presentación de los platillos, rinde frutos al momento de la cena, en la que todos los asistentes disfrutan de una cena única de clase mundial.

Para iniciar, el chef Ortiz le permite a sus invitados disfrutar de una crema de chile poblano rostizado con aroma de aceite de albahaca servida con crocante de pan con ajo c y queso panela de rancho, para continuar, refresca el paladar con una ensalada de palmitos y pimientos de colores rostizados servidos sobre una cama de hojas de lechugas aderezada con vinagreta de fresas frescas de Guanajuato y un toque de balsámica al tomillo.

Para el plato fuerte, el equipo de Festiv Catering sorprende a todos sus asistentes con un platillo diseñado artísticamente, la sincronía de los meseros despliega una línea de platos fuertes elegantemente presentados, consistentes de pechuga de pollo rellena con flores frescas de calabaza, queso Oaxaca y jamón serrano servida sobre una cama de verduras de la huerta a la campirana salteadas a la mantequilla de orégano y papa nieve con queso parmesano y decorada con una franja de plátano cristalizada y romero.

Para coronar la impresionante experiencia culinaria, el Chef Ortiz manda a su equipo para que le sirvan a los invitados un mousse de mango y maracuyá servido en una canasta de tulipán almendrado y salsa de zarzamoras frescas con hojas de menta.

Con todo lo anterior, resulta poco decir que los invitados estaban encantados con la cena ofrecida y que ofrecieron sus felicitaciones al Chef y al equipo por un trabajo creativo y de calidad que no es común obtener en eventos.

Después de la cena, la pista de baile se encontraba lista para amenizar la noche y entretener a los invitados con una variada selección musical, desde un poco de samba hasta los éxitos de la escena de clubes más actuales y en todo momento los invitados recibieron un gran servicio y atención a sus necesidades.

A medida que avanzaba la noche, después de una agradable velada, los invitados regresaron a sus hoteles a descansar.

En general fue un evento de gran clase, el servicio, la coordinación y logística, el menú, la música y ambientación, el mobiliario, la locación, todo funcionó a la perfección.

El equipo que Festiv Catering reúne bajo la dirección de Arnoldo Morán y Alejandro Ortiz, ofrece un producto final que se distingue de cualquier otro en el mercado de servicios de  catering y eventos disponible en Cancún y la Riviera Maya.

Festiv Catering es sinónimo de profesionalismo, creatividad, responsabilidad y conciencia social en una compañía. Desde la selección y origen de su materia prima, ellos dan la oportunidad a productores locales y artesanales de llevar un beneficio a su comunidad al comprar sus ingredientes y realzan la identidad de la gastronomía mexicana al incorporar elementos regionales con innovadoras y modernas tendencias culinarias. Ellos proveen el mejor servicio y actitud antes, durante y después del evento, en todo momento demuestran su dominio del área y su experiencia mientras que se adaptan a las necesidades específicas de sus clientes.

Es por ello que se han ganado un lugar privilegiado entre sus clientes e invitados a quienes han demostrado una y otra vez, por qué son la mejor opción en su ramo.

por: Kristina Guerrero

Más sobre Festiv Catering en www.festivcatering.com, encuéntralos en Facebook 

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A true taste of Mexico: Festiv Catering


Cancun is an outstanding destination not only for vacation but also for conventions & congresses, with a wide variety of services ranging from accomodation to organization and  interpreters, it’s easy to see why in recent years it has gained a leading position as a congress and company oriented destination.

But holding a congress wether it would be the annual training for the corporation or a seminar, is not an easy task.

You need to set up a team with the pros to make your event smooth and to have highly qualified people that will take care of everything.

Our personal recommendation is to take a look at Festiv Catering.

This company is based in Cancun, and has shown to carry out outsanding performances that focus on the particular needs of your event.

From the first contact you know you are dealing with professinals, they carry out site inspections for the venues and locations, establish a personal contact and do a great follow up on your needs, but what really makes them different and worthwhile is they are fair and responsible throughout the whole event, from the planning until the last detail and their prices are very feasible for all budgets.


From the colors, to the set up, the smells, the outstanding venue, the service and the atmosphere, Festiv Catering offers his guests a true experience of what Mexico is all about.

The first surprise begins with what greets your senses, as you come down from the car you can hear mariachi music already playing upon arrival, you open up your eyes and look at the immense beauty of Hacienda la Esperanza in front of you, as you start to walk in, there’s a mixture of awe and excitement, you are immediately drawn into another world where a crew of waiters are smiling and offering you refreshing cocktails, margaritas, cold mexican world class beer, water and every sort of beverage to lighten your journey.


With every step you take you discover a new element, the suculent combination of violin, trumpet, bass, guitar and voices that vibrate with such colorful melodies attract you, then you look at their bright outfits and it’s impossible to let the opportunity of a picture with maricahis pass you by. Their great attitude and wonderful music make the perfect greeting and set the tone for what promises to be a memorable evening.

The open spaces around you, the big colonial building full of life and color, the caribbean landscape, the whole experience makes you feel as though you have entered a place where the heart of Mexico lives and beats with sofistication.

As you get to the welcome lounge and keep looking around at the venue, the nice modern setting invites you to chill out and relax, you get comfortable and the first canapés start to arrive: Mini beef skewers marinated with rosemary oil and fresh garlic, pearls of golden cheese marinated with roasted peanut mounted on a sesame seed bun, stuffed mushrooms with a fennel flavored shrimp mousse, Chimichangas filled with meat and Oaxaca Cheese with a touch of the local herb “hierba santa” amongst other mexican high class delicacies.

As the evening moves on, so does the kitchen managed by Executive Chef Alejandro Ortiz, the attention to detail, extreme care and conciousness in the preparation and presentation of the courses, shows when everyone is enjoying a unique world class dinner.

To start off, Chef Ortiz allows you to indulge with a roasted poblano chile cream flavored with basil oil served with crispy garlic bread, and panela cheese, he then refreshes you and sets the tone for the main course with a hearts of palm salad and roasted colored peppers served on a bed of lettuce leaves garnished with a strawberry vinaigrette made out of fresh strawberries from central Mexico and a touch of balsamic thyme.

For the main course, the Festiv Catering team surprises everyone with an artistically designed dish, the sinchrony of the waiters deploys a line of well presented main courses featuring chicken breast stuffed with fresh pumpkin flowers, Oaxaca cheese and prosciutto, served on a bed of vegetables from the garden to the campirana sauteed with butter and oregano in campiran fashion, laying besides parmesan snow potato and decorated with a fried bannana strip and rosemary.

To crown the amazing culinary experience Chef Ortiz sends his team to serve their guests with a mango and passion fruit mousse served in an almond tulip basket (custom crafted/ baked) covered in a sauce of fresh raspberries and mint leaves.

It’s an understatement to say that guests were absolutely pleased with the menu and that they congratulated the chef and the team for such a creative job.

After dinner, the dance floor was heating up and ready to entretain all of the guests with the best grooves, a little bit of samba and latin rythms that led up to the latest club huts of the moment, and all the time guests were well attended and taken care of.

As the evening passed and everyone enjoyed themselves, the time came for guests to get back to their hotels and rest.

Overall it was a high class quality event, the service, the coordination and logistics, menu, music and ambientation, the set up, the venue, everything worked out perfectly.

The team that Festiv Catering puts together under the direction of Arnoldo Moran and Alejandro Ortiz offers a final product that sets istelf apart from any other catering and event services available in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera.

Festiv Catering equals professionalism, creativity, responsibility and above all a concious company. They buy from local producers to help them develop and give back into their communities, they enhance the value of the traditional mexican and mayan elements of the area blending them with sophisticated new culinary tendencies, they provide the best service and attitude before, during and after the event. They prove their expertise in their field and adapt to your specific needs.

That’s why this company has quickly earned the esteem of its clients and guests, to whon they have proven again and again, why it is they are the top company to hire.

by: Kristina Guerrero

for more on Festiv Catering visit: www.festivcatering.com or find them on Facebook

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Take a deep look into your special occasion

I always look at the news and find myself surrounded with a bunch of information to tell about how hard the world is and what to worry about next; yet as I observe life, I find people in love, people celebrating important things in life like family, spirituality, friendship, art, creativity…and for me those are the news worth writing about, good news are all around us and they’re more important and make a bigger difference than what is normally featured in traditional media.

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As a freelance journalist and photographer I attend events with a unique perspective, I’m not just there to take pictures but to understand and reproduce the occasion.

I pay attention to detail and take an authentic interest in the story that is developing around me, I want to help you get your message through so you can share it in the best way possible.


Tere and Jon they met because they were meant to

This is the story of Jon and Tere, he is an “aussie” who fell for a mexican woman, they lived in worlds apart, miles and miles away from each other and they met because they had to.

“And then I met this mexican girl  he said while reading his vows that he knew when it all changed for him “and then I met this beautiful mexican girl and I learned what a beautiful person she is, and I knew she was the one” said Jon while reading his vows looking sincerely into Tere’s eyes, she was glancing back, trying not to cry. They married in Akumal, a very small and secluded beachside town near Tulum, Quintana Roo in beautiful Mexico. With the turqouise ocean in the background and white sand beaches at their feet, they held a wonderful wedding on a sunset in April, 2012.

Tere, the Bride fixing the last details of her wedding while getting her hair done, minutes away from the ceremony, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx, 2012

Tere, the Beautiful Bride getting ready. Akumal, Q.Roo. Mx. 2012

Tere, the Bride during her make up session, smiling while her bridesmaids mention Jon minutes away from joining her life with him, Akumal, Q.Roo. Mx, 2012

Tere and Jon, stealing another “you may kiss the bride” after the ceremony, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx, 2012

A kiss that will last forever, Tere and Jon as husband and wife, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx

The couple kissing while they are being filmed by Oscar Video, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx

Tere staring at her husband and having fun while Jon poses for the photographer, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx

The couple kissing with an impressive sunset and pink sky above, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx

Tere walking towards his husband while shooting their video, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx

The detail on the bride’s dress shining at sunset while the professional videographer shoots a scene on the background, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx

The couple walking towards the reception after their photo shoot, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx

Details on the bride’s veil and earrings, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx

The Bride’s entrance, Akumal, Q.Roo, Mx

Jon, grasping for air trying to explain what Tere means to him, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

The best men and bridesmaids posing with the couple, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

The guys messing around for the picture, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

The Girls, getting ready for their picture, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

Moments before the ceremony, spreading the joy, Akumal. QRoo, Mx

The Girls giving away kisses for the camera, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

Elia Rodriguez, Tere’s bridesmaid, the joy of the party and the artistic soul, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

Floating on the sand, one of the bridesmaids runs to catch the first kiss picture, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

The beautiful ladies posing with the groom’s brother, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

The ladies helping each other secure their dresses and wings, Akumal, QRoo,Mx

The authentic smile and hapiness of a friend at her girl’s wedding, Akumal, QRoo,Mx

A wedding guest, lingering under the sun, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

The shining new tattoo on the bridesmaid back, she’s got wings of her own, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

Behind the scenes of the wedding video “Getting Ready”, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

The Fairy Bridesmaids, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

The Girls Fairy tale in opposite color, Akumal, QRoo. Mx

Fairy Bridesmaids in neon blue, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

The Bride getting her hair styled while the fairy bridesmaids pose for a picture at Jon and Tere’s wedding, Akumal, QRoo, Mx

by: Kristina Guerrero