I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a long weekend wedding at Playa Azul Tulum. There were 45 guests making the trip from Colorado, and our group had the whole complex of cabanas, restaurant and beach facilities of Playa Azul to ourselves for 4 glorious days of tours, beach rest, catching up and celebrating marriage.
I was the first one of the group to arrive in my rental car and I met Morgan, the wedding coordinator for Playa Azul. Morgan gave me some background information on Playa Azul weddings.
Morgan told me that Playa Azul can accommodate all sizes of wedding parties – she has some smaller, more intimate wedding parties, but it’s nice when a wedding party has enough people to have the whole place to themselves.
“Playa Azul becomes like a luxurious Robinson Crusoe ‘village’,” Morgan told me. “The guests can gather at the restaurant, at the beach bar or on the beach, or they can retreat to their own secluded palapas.”
In the restaurant the band was setting up for the ‘Fiesta de Bienvenida’ – the Welcome Party, and from the kitchen I could hear the tinkling of ice and clatter of appetizer platters being prepared. I love that sound!
Jessica, or ‘YeYe’ was coordinating the waiters and the bartenders for the group which was arriving soon.
I was so happy to see the mother-of-the-bride, my friend Susanne, and after I met the bride and the rest of the guests, I knew I would thoroughly enjoy this group for the weekend.
Playa Azul’s concierge, Toño arrived. He was ready to ensure that everyone received their room keys quickly, and that they were all fully orientated to the paradise that had arrived at.
With all the planning complete, the bride and groom seemed to be totally relaxed as it was time to trust Morgan and YeYe to look after their guests and wedding plans.
The Welcome Party was a success and most of the guests retired early, to get rest for the party weekend ahead.
Friday morning we were greeted with a delicious breakfast spread.
Susanne and I decided to loll about on the beach all day, but the younger folks decided on a day of eco-touring; jungle ziplines, and cenote swimming that Tono arranged with a local tour company.
On Friday night the wedding party had a rehearsal dinner while other guests did their own things – some went into Tulum to try out some local restaurants and clubs.
Saturday and the bridal party enjoyed a spa morning in a local esthetic salon, and were treated to a morning of manicures, mayan massages, pedicures and hair styling.
At sunset the wedding ceremony began on the beach, with a gorgeous arch of flowers, candles and flower petals backdropped with a beautiful sunset sky, and turquoise sea.
The pastor had a beautiful sermon about love and marriage and the tone was very solemn and the tears began to flow!
A local Mayan shaman performed some of the copal incense traditions from Mayan weddings and the smell was wonderful mixed with the flower fragrance.
The bride and groom were joined in holy matrimony and Susanne joined the wedding party for photos on the beach. A videographer was filming everything.
The beach bar was open and the pre-party began! Waiters served Mexican hors d’euvres of guacamole, seafood ceviche and antipastos and drinks of sangria, red and white wine.
After a short time the wedding party joined us and we strolled to the upper terrace to enjoy the wedding dinner overlooking the beach….
What can I say about the food – It was a fabulous meal with a Mexican flare that Hannah had selected.
We started with a tortilla soup, and wound our way through surf-and-turf – tender filet mignon steak and locally caught lobster bathed in a lightly spiced sauce.
Strawberries decorated a beautiful tiered ‘Tres Leches’ – Three Milks – wedding cake made by a local cake maker.
The toasts and roasts were carried out with shots of tequila, and soon we were in need of dancing, so we returned to the beach where a DJ had a dance area with a colorful lights show and large speakers set up.
We danced until 2 am. I didn’t know I still had it in me.
Sunday we arose to another gorgeous spread of brunch items.
Shortly after, the vans arrived to bring guests and the newlyweds to the airport. I bid a tearful goodbye to Susanne and my new friends…
What a perfectly unique way to have a wedding!
If anyone would like more information about a Tulum wedding, please contact Morgan through the home page on the Playa Azul website.