Did you know that Karisma resorts is now an "industry Insiders" here on BDW?...go to
I've been trying to get a clear answer on this outside vendor thing (esp regarding photographers) for awhile...My TA (GI specialist) can't answer it...the policy sounds strict but I keep seeing that people find ways around it. Elizabeth Medina shot a wedding there in May, yet she can't tell me how that happened!? Maybe she was booked before the policy?
Are you clear on it? The photographer CAN be from Mexico but not the Cancun area? Hmmm...photography is one of my main priorities and this policy might be the one reason I choose NOT to book Azul Sensatori or Azul Beach (I have a $200 deposit holding a date). Flying a photographer (a GOOD one) seems expensive. And then they tack on a $500 outside vendor fee?!
We have Elizabeth Medina booked for our May 2011 wedding. If you are seriously interested in her, PM. We received an option that beats the $500 / 3 day requirement and once we priced that out, it was cheaper to hire her than to fly the other US photogs that we loved in to Mexico.