I had the pleasure of meeting Vincent van den Berg last month, founder of PIXAN Photography. I was not only struck by his incredible talent, but his interesting story and kind personality as well. Located in idyllic Playa del Carmen, Mexico, PIXAN offers full service photography + video services in the Riviera Maya and beyond. Not only does PIXAN offer up a host of unique location ideas for destination wedding photography sessions, but Vincent and his team have in-depth insider knowledge to ensure the photography side of your event is a smooth and flawless process.
The upmarket design of the print products PIXAN creates for their clients is ridiculously swoon worthy. The coffee table books are true pieces of art. Order two because you won’t be able to put it down for years to follow and as every person who enters your home picks it up to devour each page, you’ll want to know another copy is safe on a high shelf somewhere.
With peak wedding planning season in full-swing, I reached out to Vincent to find out more about his story + company. Here’s what he had to say:
01// Having travelled all over the world, how did you decide on the Riviera Maya?
A variety of reasons really, but the major contributing factors were: Family, geographic location demand and opportunities. My wife Georgina is from Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, so when we 1st came to Mexico we chose to live in charming Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco as it was close to her family, but soon I found myself traveling to Riviera Maya for weddings and events at least once or twice every month. It was clear that Riviera Maya was the place to be for business and opportunities. Shortly after my son was born we decided to see what it was like to live in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya. We immediately fell in love with the place, soon making many new friends with other young families living in Playa but hailing from many different parts of the world. Since then we have not looked back and adore living at the Caribbean beach. With Cancun’s super connected international airport less then 1 hour away we seem to continually have friends and family visiting us which is amazing. We feel incredibly blessed and fortunate to be so lucky.
02// What does the Riviera Maya offer destination brides that other locations might not?
The mystic of the pre-Hispanic Mayan culture, archeological sites, pristine Caribbean beaches, Cenotes, world-class entertainment, inspiring wedding venues and leading vendors.
03// What is the most unique photo request a wedding couple has ever asked you?
One specific request does not spring to mind, however Underwater Cenote ‘Rinse the Dress” sessions and Riviera Maya photo shoot adventures are unique to the destination and have real WOW value.
04// Most hotels in Riviera Maya offer fabulous wedding locations, but what is your favorite off-property location for a destination wedding?
Wow, it’s hard to single out one favorite off property location because there are so many outstanding locations. It also depends on the size of wedding.
For weddings with 200+ guests my favorite wedding venue is the world-class eco-park, Xcaret. This tropical paradise has 2 chapels multiple jaw dropping reception venues that will WOW anyone.
For weddings with 60 + guests my favorite venue would be Playa Secreto Jewel. This incredible outside beach venue has arguably the most charming beach side chapel in the Riviera Maya and maybe the Caribbean.
For weddings with less then 60 guests. The quaint little chapel on 5th Avenue right in the heart of Playa del Carmen with a reception trendy beach club Carnival Royal.
With a focus on destination weddings, PIXAN will also capture your family vacation, honeymoon, or engagement photo session. For more information on their offerings, check out PIXAN’s Wedding Photography Welcome Guide and their Riviera Maya Photo Shoot Adventure Guide or contact them directly here.
We are excited to work together with any bride seeking a Destination Wedding in Mexico. If you’d like more information on travel costs for your destination wedding plans, please SAY HI and introduce yourself to my team of destination wedding travel consultants. We look forward to hearing from you!