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Matt Adcock

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#1908292 The new Paradisus Playa del Carmen (La Perla and La Esmeralda)

Posted by Matt Adcock on 10 December 2015 - 01:19 PM

HI Jerrad, thanks for contacting the studio, I spoke w/ Erika today and seems everything is all firmed up, booked and moving forward ;) We are excited to have you as a client and glad we could work out that yes, we confirm NO Vendor Fee for us, for the meantime.  We have worked out many commercial projects and are offering this no vendor fee + incentives for certain qualifying clients. 


I remembered reading that Del Sol Photo was an approved vendor for Paradisus (possibly on this forum).  At that point I started looking for reviews of Outdoor Photo (Juan Navarro Photo) and Del Sol Photo and came across http://www.bridebox....raphers-cancun/ from January 2015.  This article prompted me to look really look into Del Sol which ultimately gave us the feeling that they would be our preferred choice if available.  A quick email and a rather quick response from Del Sol sealed the deal (and ensured that there wasn't a vendor fee).  


If you are interested in our quotes, please feel free to let me know and I'll send a PM.  We have a rather small wedding but their original quote which matched or Wedding Day Story "package was similar in pricing although slightly higher.  We modified the package to better fit our wedding ceremony which actually ended up saving us $200.  Plus, they give you a list of their available photographers, which you can then lookup their bios for a more personalized experience assuming you have a preference.  Overall, I really like the prompt replies and service that Del Sol has provided so far.

Personal and actually knowing what you are going to get is KEY... Also, we are a boutique studio and only take a limited # of events per photographer per year, this keeps our creative juices flowing....  The Paradisus though, is one of the most EPIC locations to photograph in.... we can make fine art in their BATHROOMS, the decor and design is so well thought out.  LOVE that place. 




That would be awesome - can you please PM Me the packages and prices?

Thank you so much!


@Ao1070 Good luck investigating, please let us know if we can help or if you have any questions :)  BTW, everything we know about Paradisus weddings: http://delsolphotogr...adisus-resorts/

#1905638 The new Paradisus Playa del Carmen (La Perla and La Esmeralda)

Posted by Matt Adcock on 29 September 2015 - 04:55 PM

ON THE TOPIC of vendor fees for Paradisus (Which for any vendor, is 1000$ USD wowsa). We would like to announce at this time, the 1000 USD Vendor Fee does NOT apply for del Sol Photography when you contact us first, ask about our packages the hotel is providing our clients.  It works like a referral relationship.

We have been doing some commercial work for the hotel and have negotiated to NOT have a VENDOR FEE.  

Anyway, I figured this information would be worthwhile to mention.  ON top of NO Vendor FEE,  we have the chance to offer brides incentives that can not be found on the internet coupling a photographer + the resort booking...  check the del Sol Photography + Paradisus Incentives out: 


#1905445 Del Sol Visiting Dominican Republic Jan 2015

Posted by Matt Adcock on 25 September 2015 - 11:45 AM

We are stoked to go to a new country and actually try some of underwater photography in the local areas of the region.  We will be shooting a wedding and Trash the dress on Jan 15 and 16.... hopefully staying until February.  

First, I would love to ask if anyone has ever done anything crazy like take an adventure out of the hotel and explored the local cenotes they have. We have heard of their sinkholes are similar to the ones in Mexico (Yucatan).

And, any volunteers to go with us?  Looking to possibly spend 2-3 weeks there, exploring and since we speak spanish, we want to be tour guides. Mostly just looking for people to share experiences and knowledge on the subject.    

Anyone ever visited Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park ?

#1905444 The new Paradisus Playa del Carmen (La Perla and La Esmeralda)

Posted by Matt Adcock on 25 September 2015 - 11:39 AM

@Matt Adcock We actually got everything straightened out!  After the initial shock of what happened and the effect it would have on our wedding, the resort and its team were extremely helpful, understood the stress associated with the change and we were able to move forward past this issue and get back to planning our special day.  The Romance Department came through and we were very pleased with and thankful for the attention they gave to resolving this issue.  Our wedding will now be the next day on April 17th which hopefully won't impact too many of our guests.  We are both just extremely happy to put that all behind us and can honestly say that we have been impressed with the manner in which the resort and the Romance Department handled this matter.  (BTW...the smaller venue they mentioned was the gazebo).  

@NG1515 OH YEAY.    That is good news.   Yeah, at first it did sound kind of heavy but happy to hear they tweaked the situation and there was a plan B that works for the group.  

I shot the first wedding ever at paradisus in that Gazebo.  All the venue spots there have their own charm but equally are different.   Good to hear things came together in the end... grass is greener ;)

#1898893 Our Dw: Dreams Riviera Cancun 17 Apr 2015

Posted by Matt Adcock on 19 June 2015 - 06:48 AM

Hi, everyone!!!


We received more photos from Del Sol Photography yesterday  :D  :D  :D

WOW! We LOVE hope they captured our day! This was the best investment we made on our wedding day!!!

HUGE THANK YOU to everyone at Del Sol, from our photographers to Ael with communication to the people behind the scenes!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE you guys!!!!!

Your welcome :) There was a team of more than 5 artists who individually worked on each image, not to mention the communications and response time we try to offer, so thank you for your patience in the delivery and for trusting our creative vision senorita.  We love your images :)  

FUN idea BTW, first look w/out seeing each other and swapping a note...  

Just to clarify, are you both each other's "My Pookie" or Tricia are you the only my pookie around :) Haha.  Too cute.

LOVE this reflection too, wowsa. 

Cheers and thank you again for the nice words :) 

#1898703 Our Dw: Dreams Riviera Cancun 17 Apr 2015

Posted by Matt Adcock on 16 June 2015 - 01:41 PM

Hola Tricia :)  Thank you for posting these and for the kind words :)  AND the patience.  Post coming soon, we are writing it as we speak and getting ready to deliver.  


#1896595 Playa Del Carmen Resorts

Posted by Matt Adcock on 19 May 2015 - 08:36 AM

I need help with suggestions on resorts in playa del carmen area. After Azul Fives dropped the ball with my fiance and I ....we are now back to square 1 on attempting to select a resort ( 4 months now ugh) any suggestions would be great. I just want to have a few options to pass over to my TA and just ask for rates versus the back and forth.


Thank you!!!!


Hi @racht33 

There are so many fantastic options for beach weddings in the Riviera Maya, full range of prices, styles and tastes. Here are some suggestions for resorts in the area.


Now Resorts weddings are extremely popular, their coordinators are top notch and we have enjoyed many events at both the Now Jade and Now Sapphire, both close to Puerto Morelos. 




Paradisus Resorts weddingsare definitely near the top of our list, stunning venue and great staff, totally chic.




Grand Velas resort weddings are super luxurious, love this venue for great architecture, phenomenal beach and delicious food.




Dreams Resorts weddings are awesome, they really know how to take care of their brides. The gazebo at Dreams Riviera Cancun is totally unique and the chapel at Dreams Tulum is a great option if you are looking for a religious ceremony.




We were excited to get to visit the new Hyatt Playa del Carmen recently while it was under construction, they will be opening soon and it looks like it will be a fab wedding venue right on the beach.




The Riu resorts in Playa del Carmenhave great wedding options, their coordinators really know their stuff and we love the location.




Hope that provides some inspiration, good luck with the hunt for a venue and keep us posted! 

#1896022 Secrets Maroma Brides

Posted by Matt Adcock on 12 May 2015 - 10:12 AM

The sargasso is a big topic this year, no real explanation as to why it is so heavy. It's not just the Riviera Maya either, apparently a lot of the Caribbean has been affected. While it may not be pretty, it is beneficial to the beaches and ocean, it carries nutrients, seeds, etc that in the long run will make for better beaches. The best part of the sargassum is that it provides protection for sea turtles, the little babies leaving the beach will take cover in the seaweed and be safe from birds and other predators. Here is a good article on sargasso.... http://www.destinati...-the-caribbean/


Now, happy photos of weddings at Secrets Maroma!





















#1895378 Dreams Riviera Cancun 2015 Brides

Posted by Matt Adcock on 05 May 2015 - 07:19 AM

Morning, for any of our brides who have already gotten married at Dreams, any recommendations for activities outside of the resort?


Hi @Sheaka !

There are so many things to do in the Riviera Maya, it really all depends on your taste and that of your guests and if you wish to all stick together or just offer your guests a day to explore. Happy to make some recommendations:


1. Day cruise/catamaran - Lots of tour companies offer half day or full day sailing trips, great way to have a private escape with your guests.




2. Trips to archaeological sites - This will likely be an all day adventure, Chichen Itza and Coba for sure, though you can do the Tulum site in a half day.




3. Eco parks like Xcaret offer a taste of Mexico culture, the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya and adventurous activities.




4. Horseback riding on the beach at Blue Venado beach club is a great group activity, they also have ATV tours.




5. Shopping trip to Playa del Carmen! Stroll along the famous 5th Avenue people watching and shopping for souvenirs.




Just a few ideas, hope that helps!

#1895276 Cutest Kids At Weddings - Happy Children's Day!

Posted by Matt Adcock on 04 May 2015 - 06:55 AM

Thanks amigos, so glad you like, kids really are such fun to photograph!


@ samwillow It is a gorgeous dress, unfortunately I don't have the information on designer or store for you. Perhaps a dress maker would be able to create something similar!

#1894947 Cutest Kids At Weddings - Happy Children's Day!

Posted by Matt Adcock on 30 April 2015 - 07:43 AM

Today is "Dia del NiƱo" in Mexico, "Children's Day", celebrating kids and all their awesome antics and energy. We know that each bride is different, some of you are eager to have the little ones share in your wedding day, others prefer the more adult experience. We LOVE seeing what kids will do at weddings, always unpredictable! We put together a look at the "Cutest Kids at Weddings" with some of our favourite shots of tykes enjoying destination weddings in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.


Sooo, kids at weddings, yay or nay for you?











#1892911 New Venue Opening Soon, Hyatt Playa Del Carmen

Posted by Matt Adcock on 13 April 2015 - 06:58 AM

Wow! It's a beautiful resort! The rooms are just a tiny bit ultra modern for my taste but the colours are gorgeous! Couldn't find anything about AI though, but even so, using points for a flight is doable.

The hotel is not All Inclusive. 
One of the things that did stand out during our site visit was that the management is interested in creating very custom and unique experiences and plans to work with each bride.  Focus is on "Experience" and not necessarily a packaged in the box deal.  Seems they are very flexible and have a lot to offer each couple.  

From what I have seen in Playa del Carmen after 7 years of living here, NO HOTEL offers this view: 

I mean that most properties are actually so close to another one that you see other parts of playa where in this property and the way its been designed you certainly feel like nobody else is around you... Its one of those experiences you must live I think.    

#1892652 New Venue Opening Soon, Hyatt Playa Del Carmen

Posted by Matt Adcock on 10 April 2015 - 07:15 AM

Hola Senores y senoritas...  Matt here, yesterday I was doing some droning around in Playa. 


We've been following closely the construction of the new Hyatt Playa del Carmen, set to open June 1, thought we would share some photos and FAQS (see the link to our blog post) about the new venue! Looks like this is going to be a luxurious wedding venue, family friendly, great beach, wedding gazebo and steps to the famous 5th Avenue of Playa del Carmen. Can't wait to share more!


Has anyone booked their upcoming wedding here yet? 








#1892323 Ocean Turquesa & Coral Brides?

Posted by Matt Adcock on 08 April 2015 - 08:11 AM

Hello Ocean Coral and Turquesa wedding planners! Congratulations to you all, a lovely choice of venue for a destination wedding. The resort has a "homey" feel to it, we love the colorful architecture set amidst the palm trees and rustic palapas. Great place for a beach ceremony and a terrace reception.




















Happy planning, please let us know if we can assist with anything!

#1890061 Entertaining Guest Outside Of Resort.

Posted by Matt Adcock on 19 March 2015 - 10:42 AM

Chichen Itza is a grand excursion, but it is an all day event so some of your guests may not be up for it. The Tulum archaeological site is closer and can be done in half a day, a good idea for those whose guests may want to return early to the resort. 


Xelha and other ecoparks are fantastic, but most likely your group would not stay together. If "bonding" and sharing the experience are important, you might look at private tours of some of the smaller cenote parks where you can keep the clan together, Aktunchen and Hidden Worlds come to mind. Xoximilco is a fun night experience, "trajineras" are specialized boats that do a canal circuit, guests are served authentic Mexican dishes, there is live music, games on board and lots of tequila. Your resort may be able to offer a private group tour on a catamaran or snorkeling excursion, always worth asking your coordinator for guidance too as so many hotels have in house tours that may end up being more economical.


If your guests have a mixed bunch of tastes, sometimes you may offer a couple of options, ie, golf outing for some, archaeological site for others, snorkeling trip for the rest. I do like the idea of doing something as a group though, makes the experience something special. There are SO many options that it can be tough to decide, I would measure your group's interests (and your own of course, it should reflect your taste!) and narrow down the list.


Have fun planning!!