I LOVE traveling to warm, tropical locations for elopements. Tulum is one of my favorite tropical intimate wedding destinations that’s tourist-friendly and easily accessible for couples living in the U.S. and Canada. There’s something about Mexico’s Caribbean Coastline that’s romantic and rejuvenating—situated between the Caribbean coastline and the lush jungle of Tulum, a luxurious and peaceful boutique hotel called Casa Violeta. It’s the PERFECT adventure elopement location and accommodation wrapped in one. I met Layla and Daniel at this retreat in Mexico and was blown away by their chemistry and beauty. If you need inspiration for a tropical beach Sunrise ceremony, wait until you see Layla and Daniel’s special day below!
Casa Violeta is a unique hotel and wedding venue nestled on the shores of the warm Caribbean Sea. The accommodation offers 16 different cabanas, all designed with local artistry, leisure, and the hotel’s tropical surroundings in mind. Along with an oceanside restaurant that serves flavorful, organic dishes, the hotel offers nourishing wellness amenities such as spa services and yoga classes. Lastly, Casa Violeta has reserved spaces intentionally designed to bring you and your partner’s tropical elopement dreams to life. There are a few ceremony and reception location options, including the hotel’s beach, restaurant, or jungle garden.
To kick off Layla and Daniel’s elopement day, we met at Casa Violeta in the early morning before their Sunrise ceremony. Lucky for Layla and Daniel, they live just outside of Tulum, so this adventure was very much a stay-cation elopement celebration for the couple. I couldn’t help but smile excitedly once I got to know them. I was drawn to their warm, welcoming presence and natural connection! It was refreshing to meet up with a couple local to an area I was photographing. Their calm, casual demeanor and familiarity with Tulum elevated the elopement experience.
If I could use one word to describe Layla and Daniel, it would be soulmates. Layla and Daniel celebrated their vows with a Sunrise ceremony on the beach. While the early morning hours on the coast of the Caribbean Sea brought a slight, salty breeze, it made for expressive, vibey photos. Their neutral, flowy wedding attire filtered the glowy ocean Sunrise and worked harmoniously with the beach’s windy conditions. While Daniel wore an off-white wide-brim hat, the mist of the ocean, paired with the warm wind, tousled and texturized Layla’s hair, giving her the most perfect beach waves. After their vows, the couple playfully strolled through the surf, twirled in the sand, and roamed the grounds of Casa Violeta. It was a complete vibe.
Overall, Layla and Danaiel’s ceremony was such a memorable experience. Layal and Daniel were unbelievably beautiful to photograph and speak to. As you can see from the photos, this entire Sunrise intimate wedding ceremony was like a movie; romantic, dreamy, and playful. The grounds around Casa Violate make this accommodation and venue a tropical oasis, ideal for adventurous couples like Layla and Daniel, who value tranquility and connection.
Casa Violeta is a beautiful 2-hour drive from Cancun International Airport. You and your partner will cruise along a 125 km stretch of the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula before reaching the charming town of Tulum and Casa Violeta.
While private transfer and bus are great transportation options for traveling to Tulum, Casa Violeta is most easily accessed via rental car. Familiar agencies such as Enterprise and Hertz are on location at Cancun International Airport.
Casa Violeta is a very popular accommodation for celebrations and vacations. If you want to plan your adventure elopement or intimate wedding at this boutique hotel and venue, you’ll need to inquire and book arrangements well in advance. We recommend at least one year out. To ensure a more intimate, private ceremony experience, plan your elopement during Tulum’s more pleasant, off-season months, such as May or September.
If you can, avoid planning a Summer ceremony in Tulum. With an average high of 90°F (32°C), Tulum in June/July/August is very hot and humid. If Summer is the only time that works for your elopement plans, try arranging your ceremony timeline with your photographer around Sunrise or Sunset, when temperatures are coolest.
Tulum beaches are known for their beautiful sandy shores and crystal-clear waters, so plan a relaxing beach day with your partner! Casa Violeta offers umbrellas and lounge chairs for guests. Nearby beaches offer activities such as snorkeling and diving.
Tulum has become one of Mexico’s most popular tourism hubs recently. Rich in culture, local cuisine, and unique experiences, you and your partner won’t miss out on a day exploring one of the town’s many eateries, historical sites, or beaches.
If you’re ready to celebrate your love with an elopement or intimate wedding at Casa Violeta like Daniel and Layla, I’m here to help bring your desert getaway dreams to life! As your photographer, I’ll help make your ceremony as stress-free as possible. I assist couples with location scouting, permits, timelines, and more! You can check out my photography packages here, and tell me all about your vision for your special day by filling out my contact form!
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