I am so excited to be able to share wedding photos from Rachel & Adam’s destination wedding at the Royalton Riviera hotel in Cancun, Mexico. When we were arranging the trip, the website photos showed an impressive looking venue. However, as cliched as it sounds, they did not do this location justice at all!
The hotel is about 30 minutes south of the airport and unsurprisingly set right next to the beach. Now I’ve been on all-inclusive holidays before but there’s all-inclusive. And there’s Royalton all-inclusive! The food and drink were amazing. Everything you could possibly think of. The staff always friendly and welcoming. You could even order room service to be delivered at 6am! Which we did a couple of times since we had some days out planned.
Rachel & Adam had booked me to be their wedding photographer and my wife as their wedding videographer. For destination weddings, this actually makes a lot of sense since as husband & wife we obviously work well together and we can share a room, to keep costs down. We can also pool our luggage allowances to get our equipment on the plane.
We arrived at the Royalton Riviera early Sunday morning but the wedding itself was not until Thursday. So we had plenty of time to enjoy the hotel amenities, the beach and explore this amazing part of Mexico! There is so much to do here that we would have loved to have stayed for another week! My favourite memories were swimming in the cenotes and we will always cherish the time we spent at Xel-Há. The most incredible natural water park ever!
Back to the wedding! The original plan was to have a wedding at the wooden chapel in the hotel grounds. Sadly due to emergency maintenance, this was not possible. However, the staff were brilliant and offered Rachel & Adam a free upgrade so instead they could have the wedding ceremony at the Sky Terrace instead. Overlooking the sea!
One of the best things about destination weddings is the sun. You’re almost guaranteed it! And having the wedding in February there was no need to worry about how to get the best winter photographs. The weather in Cancun was very warm by UK standards (around 30 celcius) but not ridiculously hot. The sunny weather and lack of clouds, also means most days we were treated to spectacular sunsets! Daiga & I spent a couple of evenings scoping out the best spots for sunset photographs, since the sun does set really fast. We knew that we had to have a plan in place to make sure we did not miss this important time of the day!