So here we go after showing all the shootings from my time in México it is time to talk about my happy place itself as well. We first came to Tulum in 2014 when we spent our honeymoon here. And I decided to come back soon. Is three years later soon enough? Anyway I will need to go back even sooner now, since this really is my happy place. Tulum is a feeling. I’ve never felt so strong, blessed but also airy at a place being that beautiful like Tulum. It is very easy to feel good between all those beautiful places there, but it is not about the fancy restaurants or pampering massages. It is the Tulum lifestyle I adore. But let’s start with my travel guide to tell you more about what we enjoyed.
First of all whenever I say Tulum, I don’t mean Tulum City. Tulum City is about 4 km away from Tulum Beach, where the beach hotels are located. Tulum City is a typical mexican city which offers some cute local stores, supermarkets and the real traditional restaurants and cafes. You have to pass by Tulum City to go further to the beach. You will pass the Mayan Ruins and turn right and here we go. The jungle road starts and is marked in kilometers. So you don’t say hotel/restaurant xy is at street number z, you always tell the kilometer where something is located. Our hotel Nest Tulum was located at km 8.2 so very far at the end of the road. There were only 2 more hotels left until the real jungle aka the Siam Kaan National Park started. We drove all the way down with our rental car (totally safe during both times in Yucatan, so don’t worry at all) and it took us about 30 minutes since there are so many bumpers on the road as well as cyclists and people walking along the road. So the easy going immediately starts there.
All hotels, small shops and restaurants can be found either on the beach side of the road or on the jungle side. There are no large hotels (ours had 9 rooms which I totally loved) no giant stores or anything else which will make you feel like being at a touristy place. Nonetheless this place was made for tourists (especially american tourist, since they only have to fly some hours to get there) and being mean you could call Tulum an artificial bubble which wouldn’t be fair from my point of view. The Tulum style attracts all those fashion loving people from all over the world but so do other places as well and at least Tulum feels real. Tulum must have changed throughout the years and what we heard it must have been even more natural and laid back 20 years ago. But there is still no electricity all over on every day, often times wifi is so bad you’ll rather switch it off (which I loved) and eco chic is not only a word to attract clients, but a part of Tulum life. So I pretty much loved it anyway and it doesn’t feel like Cancun or Playa del Carmen at all which I strongly dislike.
Below I list all the restaurants we loved during our stay and which I can totally recommend:
Restaurare – vegan only, but trust me, everyone will love it there! The mayan curry is unbelievable good.
Pasha – a cute small restaurant with an owner from Greece who makes yummy salads, even more yummy homemade falafels and the best hummus I ate
Raw Love – yummiest smoothies and all vegan and raw in midst of a cute garden which is very close to the beach. Their chocolate cake makes me wanna go back immediately.
Nest Tulum – we loved eating at our hotel because it was so delicious and lying on your beach bed and getting lunch served is just vacation bliss. Try the quinoa salad and their juices
Be Tulum – we stayed here during our honeymoon and still love this place. They do have two restaurants now, we loved the one closer to the beach on the upper deck. The vegan pasta were to die for.
So about 90% of the restaurants and places are outside even without any roofs and directly at the beach or opposite to it which makes it ultra comfortable and even more fantastic. For me the worst part of being back home in Switzerland is that life is so much reduced to your own apartment due to the weather.
Being outside is the best thing ever and we nearly spent our complete day outside here in México which felt so incredibly liberating to me.
Whenever staying in Tulum make sure your hotel rents/gives you bikes. It’s the most easiest to cycle along the jungle road and go to restaurants and all places. They don’t recommend it during night, but we always did it (together) and felt absolutely safe. Just take a flashlight with you, since it will get really dark after sunset and you won’t see where you’re going to.
Many hotels and beach bars offer massages but for me Yaan Spa is t h e place to go for a massage. It was my second time there and this year they even got named one of the eight best spas in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, so I am not the only one who loves them obviously. Their prices are high (compared to Switzerland not, but for anyone living anywhere else) but it’s worth every single mexican peso. When you enter their spa instant relaxation will set in. You are able to use their pools and wellness treatments included to your massage before or after it and I felt like so relaxed afterwards. I had the Aztec Chakra Massage and enjoyed the best 90 minutes break in this fancy spa. Must go from my point of view!
During our first time in Tulum we went to several cenotes, but not this time. The hubby went on a snorkeling trip and tried three new ones and loved them. I didn’t like cenotes as much as I thought I would, since the water is really cold, there are fishes all around you who will even nibble your feet and I don’t like snorkeling, so thats why I stayed at the beach. But the hubby says Grand Cenote, Casa Cenote and the Temple of Doom is worth visiting.
So this is it for now. Go ahead and ask all the questions I have missed answering.
Or just go and enjoy the pics. Don’t judge me for a huge Fernweh alarm afterwards.
I feel it, too.
Just in case the title of this post made you instantly sing a song, you’re probably as much into hip hop and r&b of the 90ies like I was and still am. Anyway, today it is not about singing songs but about the thing I do for living. About taking pictures.
Funny thing about me: most of the time I don’t like being photographed myself.
Or lets say it this way-it depends by whom and how it is done. I totally feel awkward the moment someone stands in front of me, saying something like now smile, oh not not this way, this is not nice, do something else. Phew. The pictures always turn out let’s say-not particularly beneficial for me.
Ever since this was NOT the way I wanted to take pictures of other people.
But many clients think every photographer is doing it the same way, its time to tell you how we do it during a shoot, a wedding or somewhere else we meet.
So first of all, I talk a lot with you. Like really a lot. So just in case you don’t like talking (with me) it would be more difficult. Maybe I would dance for you and make you laugh even more hereby 😉
I want to get to know you and what makes you happy, which kind of music you listen to, where you travel to and what matters most for you. Oh and in between I’m taking pictures.
I won’t make you pose like in those bad movies or somewhere you have seen people posing and what you’re now relating to photography. If you want some fake poses lying on a your wedding car or hugging a tree (I mean why would one?!) I am not the right person for you. I don’t say these poses are wrong or people who take them, but it is just not me. And my pics turn out best whenever I do what I love. I love you walking next to each other, talking, telling each other little words of love, enjoying your time together, laugh about old memories and just be YOU.
Pictures should always reflect the person in the way we see and know her, not in the way I make her pose like.
I mean of course I „direct“ my couples in a certain way when I tell them please go over here, do this or that but it is not because I want a special picture to be taken, but to see how they do the thing they do next to each other. It’s always the in between moments that I try to catch. The most rawest and pure moments of your love. Whenever you feel comfortable and just you in front of my lens, my mission is complete. By taking pictures I want to convey how beautiful and worthy each human is so they can see it and so that others can experience it too. This is why I chose photography.
Are you in for a shoot with me?
pic made by my beloved instagram hubby who totally hates being one <3
Congratulations-you are engaged!
Most likely the very first thought of a woman will be: what am I going to wear? As a former bride I know what I am talking about. I know what it feels like to search for your dress. I mean seriously. You may have clear visions about how it should look like. Or at least how it shouldn’t. And I would have wished that someone have told me back then, that it is absolutely fine to stick to my own vision.
When I started looking for a dress I was desperate. I could not find anything which came close to my vision. I did not find stores which did not look like a corny, very old fashioned, totally glittering dress hell. Don’t get me wrong, there are brides who love those satin strapless dresses but it just wasn’t me. And I ended up with something I like, but didn’t fully adore. Since I thought there was no other choice available.
As I know better today, I just want to cheer you up if you are in the middle of looking out for your dress. There are stores which offer more than that what you used to see. Your dress can also be found online. YES. Don’t be scared to try it. There are some great online possibilities, too. (Go check out Grace Loves Lace or Needleandthread)
These are my 3 holy tips for the search of your dress:
1.take your time!
You do not need to rush. You’ll find your dress. If you hurry you might get confused, so follow advice number 2 and search your way through the stores and online. You will feel it if you see YOUR dress.
2. get a clear vision!
Write down the fabrics you like, the colour (there are even blush wedding dresses which look oh so gorgeous, too) and the cuts you like. The more you know what you like, the easier you’ll find it.
3. take photos of you in your dress!
I know there are stores where it is not aloud to take any photos-but this says it all. You will have a photographer by your side on your whole wedding day and assumingly it will be the day where many other people will take pictures of you as well. Sometimes a dress feels nice, but it does not fit you from behind or another angle. I guess you are taking pictures of some of your daily clothes too before you buy them, so it is needless to say that you do the same with the wedding dress. And another even more important thought: most accessoires are bought after deciding on the dress. And since you do not take the dress at home directly it is necessary to have pictures to check on again.
And why not asking your husband-to-be for his advice? I mean he is probably the one who is the closest to you and you are preferably dressing up as well for him. So go and show him what you like. I promise he will still be in love when he sees you for the first time on your day. No matter if he has seen the dress before. It is as easy as that.
The magic will do it.
Recently I had the urge to take pictures for myself. I wanted to create pictures which would make me happy and fulfill my heart. I had the idea of an urban yet feminine bride who said yes. YES to life, YES to her love and YES to her dreams. These pictures were taken directly from my heart and I hope you just like them as much as I do.
model : Maya
dress : Little Black Dress
hair & make up : Miracle Beauty
flowers : Urs Bergmann Floristik
card : Navucko via Gloomstore
location : Folium
LOVE TO LOVE. Claudia & Chris, a Zurich city wedding which could not have been more fun! Such a relaxed and authentic couple who enjoyed their wedding day to the fullest. Having a first look in their final wedding outfits on the most pittoresque bridge of Zurich. Claudia wore a dream made of tulle and was the most fashionable bride I have ever seen. Who doesn’t want to kiss a bride with those beautiful red lips? And look at their son-oh what a happy day we had in early August. A huge thank you to you guys Claudia and Chris, I really loved spending this special day by your side!
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