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Playaweddings | Wedding Documentaries | Photography, Cinematic HD Video, Super 8 Film

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(Rated 5 stars with 34 reviews)
Rated #2 of 17 Videographer Reviews on BDW

We are documentarians at heart. In the spirit of that tradition, we aim to capture the poetry of your wedding day while still staying true to reality, always taking care to capture inspired photographs, gorgeous video in native HD, and excellent natural sound, all using professional television-grade Canon 5D Mark ii cameras. This is our 7th season making wedding documentaries on the most beautiful beaches in the world!

Blessings and Bienvenidos!!!
Rachel and Paul :)

Paul shoots every video with the very best in cameras, lenses and audio gear! Each video package includes a cinematic edit as well as full event coverage delivered on a chaptered Blu-Ray disc. Everything is captured in High Definition, at 24 frames per second, which gives your footage the film-like quality you've come to expect from professional HD productions on TV and in theaters. (The dramatic television series House and feature films such as Coraline were shot with the same cameras we use!) Also included is an online version of your cinematic edit to share with family and friends!

Rachel's photography is all about finding poetry in reality. She is proud to be an award-winning photographer, and loves bringing the beautiful spirit of your wedding day to light! With every photo package you will receive a DVD containing all your photos in both print-quality and web-ready formats, as well as an online slideshow to share with family and friends. We offer all of these files free from copyright restrictions, meaning that they are yours to copy, make prints from, and share, forever. We use professional-quality Canon cameras and equipment!

This option gives you EVERYTHING in our above photography and videography packages, and at a better price than they would be separately. Shooting photo+video gives us the opportunity to use your photos in the video mix, making for a truly dynamic fusion edit! Both Paul and Rachel will be there on your wedding day to make sure we get the best possible coverage.

Give your video the vintage touch by adding Super 8 coverage on real film to any video package. We know just what and when to shoot to maximize every second of film shot. Every Super 8 Add-On includes a standalone reel on video of all Super 8 footage, Super 8 highlights mixed into your wedding day edit, and delivery of the film reel itself for your archives. There's nothing like real film!

We have been shooting weddings in the US and Mexico for 8 years and still LOVE LOVE LOVE what we do. We are based in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and the Riviera Maya, Mexico, but will travel to other locations in Mexico and the US.

Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Playaweddings
Check out the latest and greatest on our blog at http://playaweddings.blogspot.com/ !

Member Reviews


By sjhunefeld, · 0 Comments

Pros: Easy to work with, beautifully captured photos/video!
Cons: NONE!
If you're looking for photos and videos to drool over for the rest of your life, look no further. After a lot of research to find the perfect wedding photographer/videographer for my destination wedding in Cancun, I chose Playa Weddings to capture my day. What a team! I have only received my express slideshow of the day thus far, but it did not disappoint. I cried tears of happiness while looking through the photos because they truly captured moments that told the story of the day. I was able to

By queso123, · 0 Comments

If you are looking for fun and playful wedding pics, Rachel and Paul are a dream to work with! They make you feel at ease in front of the camera and are extremely flexible to your style and needs. Their professionalism and attention to detail truly captured all the love on our special day. All of our photos and video were stunning. Highly recommend!

By Agirolomo, · 0 Comments

Pros: Good communication, great photographs, fun to work with
Cons: None!
What a wonderful experience we had using Rachel and Paul as the photographers for our beach wedding.  Both Rachel and Paul were very efficient in getting all the best shots in a timely manner so that we were able to spend time with our guests. They beautifully captured the true essence of our fabulous beach wedding.  The photos turned out amazing and Rachel and Paul made the experience really enjoyable! I highly recommend PlayaWeddings to capture your big day!

By allisonmiller, · 0 Comments

Pros: Beautiful photography and videography. Experienced team. Good communicators. Wonderful people.
Cons: None!
If amazing photography/videography is important to you, look no further than Playa Weddings. As you probably already figured out, Rachel and Paul do STUNNING work. I looked through their portfolio and thought "if our wedding photographs can look like that, I'll pay anything."    Rachel and Paul, are passionate, artistic, and professional. We are kind of awkward people to photograph, but they made us feel at ease and we had so much fun taking pictures. June is monsoon season in the Riviera Maya

By PinkyGee, · 0 Comments

Pros: Reliable, artistic, attention to detail
Cons: None
I was hesitant to have non Indian photographers on our big day. The Sikh ceremony is intricate, and requires a lot of attention. We got married at the Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya and Playa Weddings did not disappoint. From the ceremony, to reception, to a trash the saree photoshoot, I now have over 1000 pictures that truly captured our day. Artistic with the perfect combo of obligatory portraits for the family, I would not hesitate to recommend Rachel for all your wedding photo needs.
Pros: Absolutely breathtaking!!
Cons: NONE!!
What can I say about Rachel and Paul (and Freddie, and Stephanie, and the WHOLE ENTIRE TEAM) that has not been said before? From the moment I found Playa Weddings through a Google search, I knew their style was just what I wanted for our wedding day. Paul’s videos brought me to tears, no matter how many times I watched. Rachel’s photos are beautiful, relaxed and natural, with just the right amount of artistry. The moment I reached out to them, Stephanie, the office administrator, was AMAZING. I

By airsusie, · 0 Comments

Pros: great highlight reel
Cons: none
we debated whether to even get a videographer, but many of our friends who had not hired one told us that was a big regret because the day goes by so quickly and video can obviously capture certain things that photography can't. we checked out several videographers and when we saw the highlight clips by playaweddings, we really liked them. thankfully, they did not disappoint with our own clip. it was awesome! they set the background music to our first dance song and it was perfect. the quality o

By dmc, · 0 Comments

Pros: absolutely beautiful footage of our wedding day!
Cons: none whatsoever!
We got married on August 28th at Azul Sensatori and hired Rachel and Paul to do the Express Videography package and we also decided to add on the Super 8 footage (so worth it!!!). We received our highlight video only two weeks after our wedding and it blew our minds! In just a few minutes, they managed to capture our entire wedding, the feel of the entire day and it literally made my entire family cry. The added on super 8 footage made it feel so nostalgic and it just made it incredibly beautifu

By JaimieKokrak, · 0 Comments

Pros: friendly, talented, AMAZING PRODUCT!
Cons: none!
Rachel was absolutely fantastic. Both my husband and I consider ourselves a bit awkward in pictures generally and Rachel just went right to work with us. She told us how to stand, where to stand, and used her creative vision to make us feel really comfortable in front of the camera. I was STUNNED when she provided the photos. STUNNED! I can honestly say that Rachel captured our day perfectly. Our photos are perfect.    We also loved our highlight video from Paul...it really showed the spirit o
Pros: True professionals, talented
Cons: None at all!
Hiring Rachel, Paul and their team to be our videographer and photographer for my wedding at Grand Sunset Princess was (and is still) the best decision we've ever made! My husband and I are pretty camera shy, we don't like to be in front of the camera very often, but working with Rachel, Paul and their team - they made us feel very comfortable every step of the way. My husband and I had a blast working with the PlayaWeddings team.    At first, it was scary picking a photographer that we had ne

By stan123, · 0 Comments

We hired Playaweddings to document our wedding at Paradisus last year.  I never met Rachel and Paul until the day of our wedding but I was confident that they would be able to capture all the best moments of our wedding. And Let me tell you - I had an absolute blast working with Rachel.  Her and her team (including assistants) were so fun to work with.  This is the only company in Playa del Carmen that offers everything... photography, videography, and photo booth.... at a great value! I would d

By shineon7, · 0 Comments

Pros: Amazing candids. They captured beauty without anyone noticing it!
Cons: I wish we had booked more time!!
We were married on November 2013 at Azul Beach, Riviera Maya. Rachel, Paul and the rest of their group showed up on time and got straight to work.  They listened to everything we asked them to do. We didn't want a lot of "posed" pictures so they spent more time getting candid photos of everyone there, and they all came out amazing.  They weren't in the way and at times we barely knew they were there! The highlight video was so perfect and captured all the important moments of our wedding day. Th

By MrsJustin, · 0 Comments

Pros: Customer service, professionalism, creativity, artistic ability, flexibility
Cons: Absolutely nothing!
We got married on December 16th, 2013 at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya and the first thing I did when booking our wedding package with the resort was immediately search for a video/photo crew to cover our special day. We purchased a combo wedding videography/photography package from PW and as a surprise for my husband, I threw in a boudoir session for the morning of the wedding! The crew itself is amazing - Rachel, Paul and their team are all super professionals and pros. They also worked great

By Heidi823, · 0 Comments

Pros: Everything!!!!! The quality, price, friendliness and amazing memories
Cons: Nothing
My husband and I recently got married at the Gran Porto Real in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  We almost went with the resort photographers but they just didn't have that "spark" we were looking for.  I researched a ton of Playa del Carmen photographers and came across Playaweddings. Their photos were perfect and they seemed to capture everything we wanted.      They were extremely easy to work with and their payment system was a breeze.  They showed up on time and were ridiculously friendly and li

By mrsbursey, · 0 Comments

Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
My husband and I got married at Mahekal Beach Resort  in December 2012. The resort had a photographer that they recommended, but I was a little underwhelmed and knew that wedding photos were one of the most important details. So I started my Google search to find the perfect photographer in Playa del Carmen. That's when I found Playaweddings. An hour later, my husband walked into the room and found me sobbing while watching videos of complete strangers' weddings. And for the record, I'm not a cr
Pros: talented, professional, fun, energetic, creative, punctual
There is no way that my husband and I could possibly express our experience with playaweddings, except to say what an ABSOLUTE blast we had with Rachel  Paul, and Rodrigo during our wedding week! From our rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and trash the dress, this company was there for every moment, capturing images that i know will be nothing short of spectacular. If you are looking for a talented, creative, professional, fun, and HARD-WORKING photography/videography team, look no further
Pros: professional, artistic, on time, great communication
Cons: NADA
I heard recently on the radio that 80% of people are unhappy with their wedding photos — I was SHOCKED yet so relieved to be part of that 20% who LOVES their wedding photos!!!!   In picking a destination wedding I was care free about the details - I didn't care too much about what kind of flowers I had or what people wore. The ONE thing I was extremely adamant about was the photography. I searched every site out there and came back to Playa Weddings and it was HANDS DOWN the best decision
Pros: great communication, professional, everything was perfect!
Cons: Nothing!
My daughter got married at Azul Beach on May 28, 2011.  Other than picking Azul Beach as her wedding destination, the best wedding decision that we made was picking Paul from Playa Weddings to video her wedding day!  My daughter was having a wedding party in Denver and Paul put together overnight a quick highlight video for her to show at her party.  It was amazing!  Paul videotapes in Blue Ray HD and the quality is so wonderful.  He captured those special moments that only a video can capture. 

By MeaghanMamye, · 0 Comments

Pros: Beautiful Pictures
Cons: None
Sometimes the thought of a destination wedding can create insecurities of the unknown. I felt the same way, not knowing how everything would go, and if I would be satisfied. I put my trust in Rachel to help us capture our wedding day and her pictures went above and beyond every expectation I ever had. She provides the professional aspect of a wedding with your down south wedding. I was always concerned that when I got married down south that my pictures would be sacrificed due to the location, b
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By Linds and Brian, · 0 Comments

Pros: lovely professional photos, great communication and service
My Husband and I chose Playa Weddings to photograph our wedding held in May 2010 and would definitely recommend them!   This couple was beyond professional and personable. They were with us the whole day and we could not have been happier about the results. Destination weddings can be a bit stressful because there are so many unknowns, however we promise that if you chose Playa Weddings you will not be disappointed. They were excellent about communicating throughout and a joy to work with

By beachykeen, · 0 Comments

Pros: beautiful photos, easy communication, great value
We used Rachel and Paul for our wedding photography on Oct. 8 2010.  We coudn't be happier with our decision to use them from start to finish.  They were so easy to communicate with from day one and made our experience fantastic!  They really captured the best moments from our day and they felt more like friends than photographers.  The photos are beyond gorgeous and we will cherish them forever.  We've gotten so many compliments on them!  Booking Playa Weddings was by far the BEST decision we m

By christie_danielle, · 0 Comments

I had Rachel as my photographer for my wedding in November 2009 at Dreams Tulum and I just have to say what amazing work she does.  Her photography was by far the best thing I spent my money on for my wedding.  The day goes by so quickly, and really when all is said and done, your pictures are the memories you will have to look back on for the rest of your life and I can honestly say I chose the best photographer to trust with such an arduous task.   Everyone who has seen our wedding photo

By JmbLucky, · 0 Comments

Pros: Very professional, fun, creative, amazing
Cons: nothing
I loved Rachel!! The pictures we took were absolutely amazing. We have them framed all over our house. We hardly even noticed they were there. I highly recommend them.

By efitz, · 0 Comments

I was very nervous about finding a good photographer and videographer in another country for the most important day of my life but my concerns quickly subsided when I met Rachel and Paul from Playa Weddings. They were extremely professional and great to work with. I absolutely loved my pictures and video from our wedding. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is getting married in the Riviera Maya!

By Blair, · 0 Comments

Pros: Creative, professional, good communication, vintage Super8 film is lovely, love having digital photos on file, helped us work out detailed timeline
Cons: Wish we had booked more hours!
We were married in January 2010 in downtown Playa del Carmen (at La Capilla on 5th Ave). Hiring PlayaWeddings to do our photography and videography was a great decision. Planning a destination wedding in Playa from Minnesota was difficult at times, like communicating with vendors and ironing out all the details from afar. But Paul and Rachel were easy to communicate with, always responding quickly and in depth about concerns and questions we had. They made us feel that our day was important to t
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