On the 18th of April, Mik 'n Drik Photography got a chance to be a part of a beautiful Mayan Wedding Ceremony.
It was a great and new experience for us, mainly because this event was a Double Mayan Wedding of brother and sister that took place in a beautiful Cozumel island, Barracuda beach club. The wedding was a beautiful evening ceremony with approximately 160 guests.
We had a local gentleman by the name of Eduardo that conducted the ritual. In the Mayan culture we call this the Shaman.
He has been doing these ceremonies for many years on the island. He is a joy of light and made our work a lot easier than usual. Weddings can be stressful for a photographer and videographer. But the environment Eduardo set was a blissful and joyful one.
During a Mayan Wedding Ceremony, We present the Bride & Groom to the Four Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, and Air).
Eduardo explains that they will give to the Couple’s Soul, Energy of Harmony and Success in Marriage.
The Four Elements are so important to us as we have them inside our bodies.
Each Element is located in one Cardinal Direction:
Fire, East, is our Spirit;
Air, North is our Breath;
Water, West, is our Blood;
Earth, South, is our Body.
We also have the Heart of the Sky, or Hunab Ku (center of the Galaxy) and Mother Earth (different from element Earth itself).
During the ceremony Eduardo will ask permission to the Elements and all these Energies before we start the Ceremony, as they were here before us and for our tradition they are alive and they listen to everything is said and done from human beings.
Therefore, we actually “open” directions, that means asking all these elements to be present and focusing all their energy to the center, where Bride & Groom will be and to connect Energy and Happiness of Nature for their path.
During the ceremony at the altar, we offer to Nature and the Elements, what is most important to us:
Corn Beans, Cacao Beans, Flowers, Fruits; everything that our Mother Earth gives us without asking anything in return.
We will talk about Spiritual Aspects of a Marriage and Bride & Groom will at the End offer to the Water Element (Ocean or Cenote) Seeds and Flower Petals that represents the Union of their Waters through Alchemy.
Why? Petals represent secret language of Love.
We always suggest having a personalized Healing and Aura Cleansing with our Shaman the day before the Wedding.
Aura is the Energy Field that we have around our Body, where bad thoughts from other people can be stuck.
Our Healing consists as well in reconnecting nervous system correctly and to activate happiness in the couple.
This is so important because these are Spiritual Basis that Bride & Groom will need for all their Life together, that according to Mayans.
This will be reflected until the Nine Heavens; that’s why Love and Mayan Weddings are a great experience; witnesses are not just humans, but are all alive beings that surround Bride & Groom in that very moment.
Wedding are based not only on Words but on Feelings; they will experience a real glance, a real caress, blessed by Mayan Gods and Mother Earth.
Here are some photos from this beautiful ceremony.
We hope you enjoyed a bit of new knowledge about Mayan traditions.
We loved every moment of it and hope to do more Mayan Weddings in the future.
Please follow Eduardo on this journey in keeping the Mayan culture alive.