The Hope Chest Tradition



I think we have all grown up hearing about the Hope Chest but how many of us in these days have participated in the tradition?  It came from Europe to the United States in the 18th Century.  It is based on the idea of a woman’s goal of being one day married.  Also called a “dowry box”, it follows the idea that a woman brings with her value to the union.

A Hope Chest can be used in one of two ways.  It can be created by a mother for her daughter at a young age or a girl can begin one and add to it until she completes it.  It can also be used as an heirloom to be added to and passed down from generation to generation.


A Hope Chest is a box that can be as large as a trunk that is at the end of a bed.  It is often made of Cedar because it repels bugs and fungus and gives its contents a nice smell.  Hope Chests are for collecting items that you will need when you move away from home when you get married.  The tradition started with the “hope” of a small girl or her mother to get married.  In previous times, it was important that a girl get married young.  The chest was a place to collect and protect the items you would need when you left the house.


Typical items you would find in a “hope chest” would be your “trousseau” which could be linens, possibly china, towels, quilts, and sometimes photos of the family.  These could be given to the young girls as gifts or collected over time by the girl herself.  Once she was married, the chest would travel to her new home and would be a comfort to her as she made the adjustment.


The actual chest could vary.  Often it was made of cedar, as mentioned before, but could also be made of Oak. The chest could be a plain variety with just the grain of the wood as decoration. Many were fully decorated with carvings that could be customized with something that was important to the bride-to-be. Sometimes they could be painted to add color and a personal touch.Traditions are born in the hope of all women for their envisioned wedding day.


Traditions are born in the hope of all women for their envisioned wedding day. How can they be used today in destination weddings to the Riviera Maya? Although today this tradition has died in many cultures there is still some much emotion in creating a virtual hope chest before the wedding, such as buying the things you will need for not only the wedding but for your new life as a married woman.


A well-known tradition that has survived these days are the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”, which is also portable and can easily be brought to your wedding here in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, or Tulum.  Another tradition is to bring the photos of the relatives who cannot be there, whether they are deceased or cannot make the trip to your destination wedding in the Mexican Caribbean.

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Make me a part of your tradition and memory of your whimsical wedding adventure by allowing me and my team create the fantasy from your childhood through bridal hair and makeup.  The photos from your day will be a tradition and memory in your family forevermore.

-Doranna De Bortoli & Team



Pre-Wedding T.I.G.H.T.E.N. ~ Getting Your Best Body for Your Big Day

As soon as the high from saying “yes” wears off, often the nerves arrive about how you will look in that wedding gown you have always dreamed about. Unless we are a marathon runner (and maybe even if we are), we are often concerned about the shape our body is in, especially for a big event. and what is a bigger event than our WEDDING! And a destination wedding in the Riviera Maya means you will be showing some skin and may want a tighter fitting dress.  This system will help you meet your goal to look your best on your big day!

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We have come up with a system that follows the acronym T.I.G.H.T.E.N. The first step is to start RIGHT NOW!  Don’t wait and think you have a long time because you set a date 18 months from now.  They will fly by! Start now.  You can be gentle with yourself by starting now and go slow and easy.  Getting fit doesn’t mean 3 hours a day at the gym.  Consistency is the key.

Let’s begin.


Tone. Toning can be easy and no you do not have to go to the gym.  If the gym will motivate you, go for it.  But if the extra expense doesn’t fit into your wedding budget or if you cringe at trying to find the time to go to the gym, then you can find everything you want at home to do this.

Extra weights are great if you have them but you can also find weights all over your home.  Full detergent bottles, vegetable cans, etc. can work as well.  If you have hand weights or work out bands, all the better but do not feel you have to go invest money to do this.  You can also tone with resistance training with your own weight.  That way you can exercise no matter where you are.


It is easy to find workout routines nowadays online.  You can find short ones too anywhere from 2 minutes to an hour.  Vary your workouts from yoga to interval workouts.  The key is to never get bored.

Invigorate. Pampering yourself is part of getting the best body.  Treat yourself once a week to a massage or an invigorating tub soak.  Add herbs to your foods or oils to your teas to give them an extra spark, as well as, zaz to their flavor.  Get excited about life and your 5 senses. Enjoy each moment of the planning process.  You won’t be a bride-to-be forever!


Get moving. This sounds like going to the gym and getting in a step class but it doesn’t have to be.  Get up out of bed 20 minutes early and take a walk.  Walking can also be a calming meditation and a great way to get ideas.  Do squats while you are brushing your teeth. Jump up and down while cooking that pasta. Even small changes like parking at a far away parking space will help you get moving and raise your metabolism and energy level.

Hydrate. This is the most important for your health and nerves.  Drinking water will help you feel good, glow and stay healthy.  If you aren’t a great water drinker, trick yourself until you are.  Add lemon to hot water in the morning to get a cleansing effect from the night and to boost your metabolism.  Make fresh waters by adding cucumber, strawberry, lemon, mint to your water.  Buy a beautiful glass drinking bottle to take with you that you love and keep it filled up at all times.  You can even buy essential oils (Please be sure they are safe to consume. Not all brands or kinds are.) to keep in your purse to add to your water.  In these days you can even buy portable packs of powdered supplements or teas to take with you.


Teas are a great way to keep hydrated too, whether hot or cold.  Fruit waters a lighter than juices but still are packed with nutrients.  And, of course, juices will be a good choice, especially in the morning if you are on the go.

Tan. This needs to be done responsibly.  If you are the one everyone admires because you walk out in the sun and start to turn a beautiful olive tone, this will be easy for you.  But if you are of Nordic descent you may opt for self-tanning booths or products.  The key to this step is just to get a healthy glow.  Everyone looks a bit slimmer too with a tan.   WARNING: this is not the step to do the week before your wedding!  (Especially if you are having a destination wedding in Mexico, such as Cancun or Playa del Carmen, you are there to get married not get the tan of your life.) Do not rush this.  You do not want to walk down the aisle and people wonder who the lobster is getting married.  Nor do you want to be a peeling mess.  A little goes a long way.  And no matter your melanin level, always use sunscreen!

Eat healthy.  Again, this doesn’t have to be a sudden life shifting change or you will hate it!  Try adding some snacks to your car or purse and snack throughout the day to keep your blood sugar even and keep you from binging at meals.  Nuts and dried fruits are a great way to munch during the day and get nutrients and good fats.  Try adding a salad to meals instead of replacing meals with it.  You will get the nutrients and fill up a bit but won’t deprive yourself of a yummy meal. If you do not have time for a meal, rather than skipping it can you grab a smoothie somewhere or make it and take it with you? Simple easy steps will make this a fun journey.


Nourish yourself. This is more about mind and spirit rather than body.  You are hydrating and eating healthy now.  Focus also on your emotional and mental well-being.  Yoga is a great way to get fit as well as connect with your body.  Tune in and ask your body what it needs.  If you are quiet enough, it will tell you. Meditation doesn’t have to be 20-30 minutes of quiet time because honestly where are we going to find that? Take 5 minute breaks from the computer to practice and focus on your breathing and posture. Too long? Take a 2 minute break.  Deep breath or chant mantras in the car at stop lights (if you are alone that is).  Stretch.  There is not enough value placed on stretching! It feels so good and connects you to your body releasing lactic acid and endorphins.  Again, simple small steps and the tortoise wins the race.

Keys to remember are:

°Try to get going right out of bed in the morning before the day robs you of time.

°Journal about your progress.

°Be gentle with yourself. If you miss a day or binge on ice cream, just begin again now.  There is always a new now. It’s right now!

°Have a cheat day or two! You deserve it.

°Do not compare yourself to others.  Map your progress against yourself.

You may not see the changes right away but starting early and being consistent will create changes.  Take photos from the beginning because soft slight changes add up but you may not notice them each day.  Take a photo in the same clothes and in the same position with the same background and check it every month You will be surprised at the results. Now you have no worries to have that dreamed of destination wedding in the Riviera Maya (maybe Tulum or Akumal).  You are going to look your best and might even want to wear a bikini down the aisle!


Now you have no worries to have that dreamed of destination wedding in the Riviera Maya.  You are going to look your best and might even want to wear a bikini down the aisle!

Now, remember that a healthy regime and body are reflected in glowing skin and shiny hair.  It will be an honor for me to work with you and your ladies for hair and makeup on your wedding day.  It will be the cherry on the top of being pampered for the big day.  I can transform your wedding day into a whimsical adventure!

-Doranna De Bortoli & Team



2017 Wedding Trends Part 5: Bridal Hair

I am so excited about this last part of our series.  This is my passion and I hope you can feel it through this last part on hairstyles for 2017!  I live and breathe for my job and love to transform what may have been a big day into a whimsical one!  I love to add my magic to the day with a special touch to the bride, bridesmaids and other guests in the wedding party.  Every event is special and I take a little more joy into my heart with every wedding.  I am joyous for this upcoming year!


This upcoming year is going to be full of elegance but relaxed elegance.  Hair tends to be a bit more versatile for the bride since it is her day and she can choose the way she wants to look and feel.  Fashion dictates the dress and makeup but most hairstyles can go for each upcoming year.


The biggest hair trend for 2017 is a relaxed and natural flow.  This can be achieved with an updo or with a down do.  Mostly, hair will not be super formal and styled with lots of product.  When having a ceremony in a beachy environment like the Riviera Maya or Playa del Carmen, some product will be needed but it is important to know how much to establish a natural look without non-movement.  The type of product is also important.  This only come to well-studied and experienced master stylists who have been in the tropical climate for much time.


Let’s begin….




Curls and waves always make a girl feel more feminine!  This is a great style for breezier days.  Most brides have an idea of what they want on their wedding day, but remember that the weather can dictate what is best for you.  Outdoor destination weddings on the beach, such as in Cancun, can be beautiful but unpredictable so it is a good idea to be flexible on your big day.  Updo curls are a great way to look elegant but also have your hair styled in a way that won´t cover your face for photos on “more than breezy” days. (Wink!) Many brides select this style to have a neck free from hair in the tropical environment of destination weddings in Tulum or Akumal.




This is the straight hair’s answer to the updo.  If you have sleek, non-curly hair, this is the answer for you.  This is a clean and fresh look where I will work with a product that will keep hair in place without making it look stiff.  You can do it super clean by up doing all of the strands or by leaving a few tendrils hanging to give it some movement in the natural sea breeze.  It’s up to you!





These are a little more beachy and looser. If you want a more laid back feel and look this is perfect!  It is classy but free and sassy at the same time.  The styles are not pulled back so tight and can have pieces that flow, if you please.




So if you have those sexy long locks, this is the way to rock them!  I just have a few suggestions.  If you are having a day wedding on the beach, I would recommend a partial updo on the sides.  During the day there is a salty breeze plus humidity plus sweat and if your sides are down the strands could get matted to your face and this is not magical at all!  You can still have your hair cascading down your back with the sides pulled back which will actually accent your facial features.  Just remember, down and long will be hotter here in the tropical climate with this style.  Another important tip I have for you is the use of clip-in extensions.  These will allow you to have extra volume in a humid environment while also helping your natural hair hold the style, such as waves or curls. (Be sure if you would like to do this, that you order your extensions to match your hair in time to bring them with you for your trial or wedding.)


If your wedding is inside, day or night, you can go full on down and long.  Evening weddings or indoor ones are cooler and you will be more comfortable with this style.  Being inside also protects you from the salty breezes which tend to frizz the hair and blow it around.





You can’t have all the fun as the bride!  Share it with your girls and mums and those precious flower girls!  I need to make a note here: No matter how many are in your party, I WILL BE THE ONE ATTENDING YOU, the bride! If your party is 5 or more, I will need to bring in some of my team but I will always be the one who attends the bride.  This will never change.  This is very important to me that the bride is never surprised on her day with a change of master stylist.


Now that that is cleared up!  The girls need to have a fun pampering time and the joy of looking fantastic and glowing on your day!  If it is a smaller party, then I will attend all of the girls and mums.  If the party is larger, then I bring my master stylist team members.  No matter what, I pride myself on everyone looking their very best on this very important day!


Any of the above styles work well with a flower accent or floral wreath embedded in the style. Flowers give it that beachy natural-in-nature feel that comes with the environment in the Mexican Caribbean. Jeweled accents or silk headbands work well, too, if you want a more formal look or for at night.


Remember, too, ladies that you can change your styles.  If you have a beach wedding and have an indoor reception it is a wonderful and fun idea to go from an updo to long and flowy or the reverse.  I can stay with you for touchups or for a full change.  That is what I am here for!

I cannot wait to work with you and your ladies´ hairstyles for your special day for your Riviera Maya wedding!

-Doranna De Bortoli & Team

2017 Wedding Trends Part 4: Bridal Makeup

The makeup trends for 2017 range from minimal to romantic to bold to daring. Any personality a bride has will be able to find a look they will feel comfortable walking down the aisle with on their big day for their Cancun wedding.

Fresh Pink, the Minimalist Glow


From lipstick to cheeks to shadow, a soft, neutral pink can be harmonizing to every bride.  Pinks can come with cool or warm undertones to compliment your look.  We all can sport pink as it is a part of our healthy glow!  Use this look with a dewy or matte finish. When we are happy or embarrassed blood flows the surface of our skin giving away our innermost essence which can be very romantic, innocent, or downright sexy! Now you can control that on your wedding day with makeup!  Rock that monochromatic look for your big day on the beaches of Playa del Carmen!


Smokey Eyes, Get Dramatic


Contouring around the eyes with a gray, blue, burgundy color will give you a smokey eye.  This look enhances your eyes and makes them pop.  The key to this is a matte finish to your face and neutral cheeks and lips.  For a full on dramatic look you can use a strong lip but we feel that is too strong for a bride but could be perfect for a reception look at night.

Pearlized Eyes, Iridescent Skin, Get the Glow

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Glowing skin, lightly flushed cheeks and fresh-bitten lips dominate the look of innocence. Being demure and youthful looking is a great way to walk down the aisle. What bride doesn’t want to look innocent on her wedding day? (At least until the honeymoon!  😉


 Bold brows


Made famous by the likes Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Brooke Shields, this look works well if you HAVE bold brows.  If you have thin brows do NOT try to recreate this look!  However, if you have bold brows, start growing those babies now!  Let them fill in for your big day and celebrate the natural frames to your face!  This look goes best with glossy lips and a natural theme.  Consider matte brown for your eye shadow and liner.

False Eyelashes, Bedroom Eyes


False Eyelashes are a great way to make you look glamorous. Keep the rest of your makeup natural to make your eyes the center of attention.

False eyelashes are included with my makeup services.

Here are some tips to remember for your big day:

Tip: The key is to having great skin the day of your wedding is to make sure your skin is clean, exfoliated and well moisturized the weeks leading up to the ceremony.  Baking soda is a cheap and natural way to exfoliate your skin, easily done in the shower.  Great skin is the result of eating well and great skin care over time.  My team and I will take care of any flaws on the day with airbrush, or traditional makeup.  You will feel like a flawless porcelain doll when we finish!

Tip: Prepare lips with a sugar scrub to remove any dead skin once a week in the weeks leading up to your big day.  If you want a plumping effect, you can mix a (and just one!) drop of cinnamon oil into your nightly lip balm and daily lip gloss.  Not advised for sensitive skin.

I cannot wait to work with you and your ladies´makeup for your special day for your Riviera Maya wedding!  Be sure to ask for custom packages that include hair and makeup services for 4 or more in your bridal group!

-Doranna De Bortoli & Team



2017 Wedding Trends Part 3: Gowns

Spring/Summer 2017

The trend for 2017 is a bit more on the sexy side.  Deep plunging necklines are an excellent accessory to your Caribbean destination wedding look.  The styles for the spring are a bit more daring but work well for your Playa del Carmen wedding.  These skin-baring designs are great for beach weddings and allow for the bride to be more comfortable but still elegant in the tropical climate.

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Off the shoulder looks will let your sun-kissed shoulders shimmer down the aisle.  The style ranges from simple to more ornate.  Smooth satin keeps it elegant while texture and lace can add some attitude.  Lengths vary with some starting out shorter in the front and lengthening in the back.  Bows are big and plentiful for your spring look.  And if you want to play with faint color, pastel accents can accompany you down to meet your groom, as well.

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Fall/Winter 2017

Fall and winter designs are bold, as well, but with textures, feathers, and tiers.  Off the shoulder still floods this season but with fitted sleeves.  Skirts will range from fitted to ruffles which will accent the sea waves for your Riviera Maya wedding.  Some of this season’s details reflect Mexico and my home!  Ruffles, fringe, and embroidery have their roots in the Flamenco style.  These are perfect for your Mexican Caribbean event where you can even dance to an authentic Mariachi band!


Materials used will be more frothy, again like the ocean’s waves, like tulle.  The tiered skirts will flow well in the gentle Caribbean breezes.  Beading will reflect the sunlight or moonlight on the beach for an outdoor wedding.  Even Mod fashion lengths, “Twiggy Style”, will be acceptable for the fall fashion, which, too, are perfect for your tropical ceremony.

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No matter what season or design you decide on, a Riviera Maya Mexican destination wedding is perfect.  The same reasons I fell in love with the area and adopted it as my home could be the reasons why you decide to have your ceremony here.  Built in natural backdrops of blue skies and turquoise waters and well as sea breezes and  a symphony of waves to gently transport you into your new happy whimsical fairytale.

Contact me and my team for your very special hair and makeup looks to go with that perfect dress!

Doranna De Bortoli & Team


2017 Wedding Trends Part 2: Trending Invitations

Invitations are exciting and very important because they are what sets your big day into motion.  The theme hints to guests what the ambiance of the event will be.  Most brides want their invitations to be elegant but unique.  We looked to the experts at Elegant Wedding Invites for their take on next year’s trends for inviting your guest list.


This year is back to nature and natural designs.  Plant-based themes with leaves and branches will accent invitations.  These are great to announce outdoor weddings!  For your destination wedding in the Riviera Maya, use palms type plant impressions.


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Bringing back softness and romance, watercolor invitations will give that feeling of “aw”.  These you can do yourself if you have the creative gene.  Invitations such as these set the pace for a creative and unique wedding.  For a Mexican Caribbean wedding, watercolor captures the essence of the beach and sunrises.

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This not-so-new style can also be done by brides who are more creative and would like to put their own energy into their planning.  Calligraphy styles can be combined with the other trends for invitations.  There are so many styles, you may choose to pick one for use in a combination with one of the other themes.


For those couples having a rustic themed wedding, using wooden tags, lace band and burlap to tie up your cards will be the first choice.  For a Riviera Maya beach wedding, you could choose to use coconut accents or fibers from a palm tree; shells are also a beautiful touch.

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Invitations are like the first look for your wedding so be sure to pick something that sets the tone for your theme.  It is important that it is dramatic but stylish and lays the foundation for your theme on your big day.  Remember to choose a great destination wedding, such as Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya and contact me, Doranna, for hair and make up to make your big day a whimsical adventure!

Thank you to for their insights into 2017 invitations.

2017 Wedding Trends Part 1: Seasonal Wedding Colors

This is the first part in a four part series on 2017 Wedding Trends.

Wedding Trends 2017: Colors

We are right on the precipice of 2017 and it is going to be a busy year for weddings!  This is why we have decided to do a series on what to expect for the upcoming trends.  The first in our series will be the colors for each season.  Before you can choose anything else, you need the date.  You can not choose invitations, dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, etc without knowing the season in which you will get married.  Choosing the wedding colors will set the tone for all of your other decisions, such as, flowers, bouquet, bridemaids’ dresses and accents to your bridal updo.  Choosing your colors is a first and important step.

Let’s begin.


Even though winter begins in 2016, it starts 2017 out on a classic entrance.  Winter has pulled into top place for the most popular season edging out Spring and Summer.  This season is all about muted and elegant colors.  Themes range from varying hues in the same color such as a mixture of greens like seafoam, olive, moss, etc or combining complementing colors such as gray, purple, and blue.  Cooler colors dominate this season and blend together like a monochrome veil but with an elegance that makes it a whimsical dream.  Silvers remind you of a cold, overcast day waiting for snow.  Blues and soft greens the blurred colors of nature under a sprinkling of snow.

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Spring is a time of new beginnings and is perfect for a wedding!  Spring colors are often muted pastels commemorating the gentle beginnings of life.  This year’s Spring colors gently blend together which will allow you to combine whatever combination you wish.

Spring color palettes for this year include aqua and cream; and pale lavender, pink and green.

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Summer is the time when everything gets more vibrant and intense.  But this year’s Summer colors are a bit more muted.  Colors that are popular for 2017 are combinations , such as French Blue, blush and gold; sage, blush and Rose; and a more vibrant selection would be coral, teal and peach.


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FALL 2017

Fall is a time when the temperature drops and everything gets more “crispy”.  The colors for weddings do too!  Colors change from bright to deeper elegant classic colors.  Wedding colors for next fall pull towards oranges, wines and deeper greens such as pine greens.

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Whatever season you decide to get married in, we congratulate you!  Please consider a destination wedding in Cancun or the Riviera Maya.  I would love to attend you and your ladies to convert your big day into a whimsical one!

Look for our next blog in this series about picking your invitations for your 2017 wedding!

We want to thank The Know, Wedding Pins, and Tree Hut Co. for their images.

Doranna De Bortoli & Team

Tips Before Your Hair and Makeup Session on Your Big Day

page1_pic1The big day has arrived.  It’s been months or maybe even a year or more in the planning.  Piece by piece it has fallen together all for this one epic day!  Your appearance and “wow factor” as you walk down that aisle and everyone sees you for the first time is probably a main focus for you now.  Here are some simple tips to make your hair styling session flow that much easier for you, your party and your stylist.



The few weeks before your arrival, it is always a good idea to a trim, as well as, a moisturizing treatment.  This will assure you to have shiny locks for your Big Day. If you have not already discussed what style you want, bring a photo.  All of this may have occurred earlier in the process.  Many stylists, such as Doranna, have galleries on their sites so you can peruse their previous satisfied brides’ styles to get an idea of what you want for your day.  Maybe you already knew and had sent photos along the process and she will have them in your file.  But if this has not happened it is always good to bring a photo because that is clearer than explaining in the last moment.  This is also a good idea for your makeup.


It is important to arrive to your appointment with hair ready to go. This will all depend on your wedding festivities schedule.  It is best to wash your hair the night before if you do not have a party or rehearsal dinner.  If your dinner is inside, it is ok to leave your hair unwashed for the next day’s service.  If your dinner or party is outside on the beach, however, you will want to wash it that night or early in the morning. It is important not to have any styling products or leave in conditioners in your hair.  Any oils or gels or mousses can create problems for the stylist or delays.  No one wants to experience those on their wedding day. Also arrive to your styling location with dry hair.  This will also make the appointment flow smoother and allow your stylist to do his/her magic effortlessly.

For makeup there are a few things you can do in the week or weeks prior to arriving to your destination.  One is to get a deep cleansing facial seven to ten days prior to leaving to  your location.  This will allow you to arrive with more luminous skin but with no redness.   Another key is a few weeks before and especially when you arrive to the Riviera Maya that you use a sun block with a high SPF factor.  The sun here is stronger and you do not want to have a burn or redness for your wedding day.  And on the day just arrive with freshly cleansed skin.


Another key to a smooth pre-wedding styling session is to make sure your bridesmaids, party, and mothers, anyone who maybe partaking in styling services, also know the above tips.  The more people who come readily prepared the better.  This avoids pre-ceremony delays and allows for a more relaxed pre-wedding environment.

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Be sure to check out Doranna’s gallery here

Coconuts and Palm Trees!

Doranna & Team <3

Airbrush vs. Traditional Makeup: The Ultimate Controversy

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There are much confusion and many myths about airbrush makeup versus traditional makeup application.  We hope to clear up some of this and give you the facts so that you can make an educated decision on whether you want to incorporate airbrush into your wedding day look or go the traditional route.

Airbrushing is a newer technique that became popular for its unique application with an airbrush gun.  This seems easier and with a uniform layer many believe it gives the look of a flawless complexion.  The product used in airbrushing is very thin and comes out as a fine spray almost like pixels covering the surface of the face.  The truth is that it is a very thin layer of makeup and that it will accent your complexion, but not cover up flaws.  This saying, if you have flawless skin, the result will be glowing flawless skin.  However, if you have not-so-flawless skin, those imperfections will still be there.  A trusted airbrush artist can compensate for that by layering airbrush makeup for a heavier coverage.  It is important the experience here of the makeup artist on how to correctly use this technique.

This look was created with traditional foundation.

For those with imperfections, another way to use airbrush is to top off traditional makeup.  Traditional makeup being applied by a professional with a brush or sponge can create a flawless look even if that is not your natural appearance.  Traditional base is thicker and can have different consistencies from pancake to liquid to gel to cream to powder as well as lots of formulas and coverages from tint to full.  With this kind of versatility, traditional makeup can be used in any situation, any time and can add to its variety by application method from fingers, to brush to sponge.  The technique can add or subtract from the coverage needed.  A talented artist can work the product to achieve a flawless look almost like sculpting. Then, if you wish, you can apply a layer of airbrush to top it off, but it may not be necessary.  This is up to you.

Traditional makeup.

Many are under the idea that airbrush is waterproof.  It doesn’t matter if the makeup comes out of an airbrush for it to be waterproof.  It is the formula make up that makes a makeup waterproof.  There are formulas that can be used in the airbrush machine and there are also sealants that can be used to seal the makeup and give a waterproof layer.  But just because it comes out of an airbrush machine does not mean it’s automatically waterproof so if that is what you desire be sure to ask.  In fact, airbrush makeup sets well but cannot get wet through tears etc.  If it gets wet it will streak and the only way to fix it is to start from scratch.  Touch ups with airbrush makeup can be difficult.

Airbrush alone is best used on someone with near perfect skin or in a circumstance where touchups can be done every so often such as on a modeling or movie set.  Rarely in a wedding setting will you have a makeup artist on stand-by every time you need a touchup.  So it’s necessary to be sure you have the effect you want with a long lasting product or with a sealer to prolong the look you want especially in the Caribbean climate such as Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya.  It is all about the artist.  Some artists can give you that airbrush look with traditional makeup and that is easier to touchup throughout the day.  And there are artists that are available your entire big day so that they are available for you for any touchup you may need.  Traditional makeup can be more forgiving and more flexible to use and get different looks where airbrush is the same uniform look.  Again, it’s really up to you.

An airbrush look.

A word of caution: many people get airbrush makeup confused with the airbrush technique of Photoshop.  There is a big difference!  Where airbrush makeup is a thin veil of base applied to the skin and the airbrush technique is what magazine editors use to eliminate flaws from models in photos.  Be sure you aren’t caught in the myth that airbrush makeup makes you flawless.

The perfect use of airbrush with traditional style makeup application.

It’s been more the marketing of airbrush that has made it seem like a superior product to traditional makeup.  Both styles have their place and can easily work together, as well.  But now that you have the facts you can decide which is best for you.  In most cases it will be a combination of both.  Just remember the most important part is the experience and talent of the makeup artist whether it’s airbrush or traditional makeup or both.

So when it comes down to it, the marketing doesn’t determine what is best for you on one of the most important days of your life.  It is what works best for you and what will make you feel amazing and whimsical on your Big Day.  With either technique, it is most important the experience of the makeup artist. The best way to find out is to do a trial with both before your wedding.  Check out Doranna’s custom packages that you can factor a trial in so that you can be confident before your ceremony.

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Mexican Flowers for Your Dream Destination Wedding in the Riviera Maya

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Tropical Wedding Flower Baskets by Del Sol Photography

One of the first things, after the dress of course, that appears in a young girl’s mind when thinking of her wedding day is FLOWERS!  Flowers create the atmosphere of the fantasy of love no matter where your wedding will be.  When you have a destination wedding, you are at an advantage, if it’s a tropical paradise that is.  Tropical climates are the birthplace of the most exotic flowers that most brides spend an arm and a leg to have imported to their hometown wedding.  When you have a destination wedding, those beauties are right there for the picking, well almost.

Caitlin Guariglia and Michael Burns wedding at Le Reve Resort and Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Coordinating bouquets tie together the wedding party. Photo Credit: Del Sol Photography

When you choose to say the big “I Do!” in the Mexican Caribbean, you might want to pick color to dominate.  Mexico has a tradition of bright colors from the color of their houses to the flowers that grow wild in their jungles.  Color can set the tone for your Big Day whether you want it understated and romantic or bold and dramatic.

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If you decide to get married in Playa del Carmen, the cost will be significantly lower since you won’t have to import them.  You can now splurge on those exotic orchids that now are growing in someone’s back yard.

Types of Tropical Flowers for Destination Weddings

Here is a list of flowers that you may consider when your wedding will be held in the Mayan Riviera:


These beauties grow wild in the high jungle canopy here in the Riviera Maya.  They have their own subtle but alluring fragrance.

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The Dahila has an interesting Mexican history.  According to Wikipedia: “The dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico in 1963. The tubers were grown as a food crop by the Aztecs, but this use largely died out after the Spanish Conquest. Attempts to introduce the tubers as a food crop in Europe were unsuccessful.

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Once you smell this flower’s fragrance, you won’t need perfume.  Use Gardenias in your hairpiece and be sure to put your groom under your spell.

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Gardenia’s sweet smelling cousin, Jasmine, is a great flower to choose for your wedding decor.  Imagine the light goddess fragrance floating along the ocean breeze calming and inviting your guests to be a part of your whismical adventure.

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Hibiscus lines the streets of Mexico in the gardens of neighborhoods.  These come in bright and light colors depending on if you want a dramatic or romantic look to your wedding.

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Bird of Paradise

These tropical flowers come alive to take flight at your ceremony.  Perfect for bouquets, centerpieces even mini ones for boutonnieres, these will as a spark of “wow” to your big event.

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Lillies (including Cala Lillies)

A classic for weddings, often lillies are ordered from faraway for hometown weddings.  Now you can get them at a local price while marrying in your tropical destination such as Playa del Carmen or Akumal.

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Calla Lillies are renown for their trumpet shape and create a soft, romantic feel to centerpieces and bouquets.

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These colorful buds explode with a variety of birghtness.  They are abundant along the streets of Mexico.  These work well as cake decorations too because they are edible!

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Carnations a a classic for hometown weddings but also add the allure to tropical weddings.  These can come in simple colors or multicolor flowers.

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A classic for Christmas now goes South to perk up your tropical destination wedding.  Whether you pick classic or strong colors these flowers add to the drama of the atmosphere.

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Known, as the Southern Belle flower in North America, Magnolias smell heavenly and are unique in their own charm.

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Always a classic that represents love and romance, the rose is always a classic choice that comes in lots of colors and is always a welcome original for any event.

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Tulips are easily recognized by their time-honored shape and allure for the first signs of Spring.  But here in the Mexican Caribbean, they are available all year round.

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Flowers are used for so many things on your Big Day.  Even if you are getting married in a beautiful setting such as a beach in Tulum, you will want to accent with flowers.  The arch, the decorations, the chairs and of course the centerpieces will require your choice of a combination of flowers.

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Flowers not only add color to the day but emotion too! Photo Credit: Del Sol Photography
Caitlin Guariglia and Michael Burns wedding at Le Reve Resort and Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Elegant Updo by Doranna with Tropical Flowers

And don’t forget the people.  You must decorate the people too!  Grooms will sport flowers in their boutonniers. Brides will want the bouquet of their dreams to stand out with the most beautiful and stunning of flowers.  And the bridesmaids may, along with their bride and maybe the mums, opt for flowers in their hairstyles.

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Doranna also works with a wonderful floral crown designer to custom make wedding wreaths for the flower girls or the wedding party.

Beautiful mixed bouquet Photo Credit: Fine Art Studio

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(Check out the “Portfolio” section of  to see how Doranna uses flowers in her hairstyles.)


Dorannas’s use of flowers for a romantic wreath look.


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