Our journey of Love and Adventure in Riviera Maya was a celebration of our 1st Leap Year Wedding Anniversary. Along with a group of 40 of our family and friends, we celebrated the only way we know how, in style!
Our journey included a Mayan Ceremony vow renewal with a Mayan shaman. The ceremony took place at the beautiful Alux Restaurant located in a beautiful natural cavern right in the heart of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Surrounded by family and friends we received a traditional blessing from the Shaman.
But our leap year wedding anniversary was not just about us. We also helped our friend Preston celebrate his 30th birthday with a private party at Indigo Beach Club. It was a magical and intimate affair with waves lapping up onto the beach in front of us. This a great spot, day or night as they serve up fresh Nikkei sushi and ceviche.
No trip to Playa del Carmen would be complete without a trip to see the beachside ruins of Tulum. We lost count of the close encounters we had with the local population of iguanas. The only way to describe their home amongst the ruins is “Breathtaking”.
The final day of our leap year wedding anniversary celebration saw many in our group head out fishing with local fishing guides. I got to ride along with Captain Gilbert Vela and his wife Teri and friends Kathrine and Philip. The girls ended up showing the guys how to fish and reeled in the days catch. Afterward we head back over to Indigo Beach and the chef transformed our Grouper and Amberjack into scrumptious dishes that we shared with our group.
Of course no trip to Mexico is complete without listening to the sounds of a Mariachi band playing for you on a rooftop deck. The group we hired met us at our hotel and played for our group as they walked down the famous Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen. The crowd reactions were the highlight of the walk. The group played us all the way to the Palms at Playa hotel and rooftop lounge. Once we arrived they continued to entertain the group as we partied under the setting sun.
Of course none of these beautiful memories would be so well preserved had it not been for our dear friend Tiffany Freischlag – Timeless by Tiffany Photography. Thank you Tiffany for all that you do and for your beautiful images.
Special thank yous also go out to everyone who helped make this trip so special and so much fun!
Hotel Las Golondrinas Playa del Carmen
The Palm at Playa
Indigo Beach Restaurant
Salvador Quiroz and Paula Adriana
Captain Gilbert Vela