Wedding at the Parador

Russell came to Costa Rica to write a book.  Soon after he met Alejandra and her son Xander.  As they say, things were just meant to be and sometimes what you least expect comes into your life.  This marriage of two cultures brought a family, home, business and journey to a new future.   Continue reading “Wedding at the Parador” »

Beach Wedding at Casa Tortuga in Playa Langosta

Brandy and David had their wedding celebration at Casa Tortuga in Langosta Beach.  This venue was perfect for a wedding celebration since is located on a private beach.   Continue reading “Beach Wedding at Casa Tortuga in Playa Langosta” »

Vow Renewal on the Beach at Tulemar

Julie and Dan met in college and waited 10 years before getting married in Costa Rica.  They called me to see if I could re-create their original tropical wedding on the beach.  This time their 3 children, Julie’s sister and a friend were the witnesses.   Continue reading “Vow Renewal on the Beach at Tulemar” »

Villa Pelicano is the Perfect Backdrop for a Wedding in Manuel Antonio

Villa Pelicano in Manuel Antonio was the perfect setting for Ingrid & Sean’s wedding.  The day was perfect and the sunset was spectacular.  Ingrid and Sean met at work and opted for a tropical wedding in Manuel Antonio.  Their entire family came and spent the week at Villa Pelicano.  Continue reading “Villa Pelicano is the Perfect Backdrop for a Wedding in Manuel Antonio” »

Scottish Wedding at Pangas Beach Club Tamardindo

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Ashley and Adam wanted a rustic beach wedding that spoke to being in Costa Rica.  Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo was the perfect location.  It was private, on the beach, fabulous food and a great crowd of friends and family to support the new couple.  It turned out to be a fun party with the focus on music to get everyone up and dancing.  Guests came from all over the world to be part of this celebration. Continue reading “Scottish Wedding at Pangas Beach Club Tamardindo” »

Vegan Wedding At Longosta Beach


bridal couple playa langostaAnna and Nate met while coaching gymnastics.  The proposal happened at the Grand Canyon.  It made sense for this active couple to have their wedding on the beach at Playa Langosta.  They wanted their friends and family to experience Costa Rica with a fun, unique, unforgettable and original wedding. Continue reading “Vegan Wedding At Longosta Beach” »

Beach Wedding at Discovery Beach House in Manuel Antonio

on beach manuel antonioManuel Antonio boasts one of  the most beautiful national parks in Costa Rica.  The white sand beaches lends itself to be the perfect spot for a wedding.  Continue reading “Beach Wedding at Discovery Beach House in Manuel Antonio” »

Choosing the right flowers to express your feelings..part 2

Once in awhile,
Right in the middle of an ordinary life,
Love gives us a fairy tale.
~ Anonymous ~
flower girlsMy last post focused on tropical flowers.  This time I want to look at other types of colorful decor for your wedding.   Continue reading “Choosing the right flowers to express your feelings..part 2” »

Choosing the right flowers to express your feelings…part 1

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
 ~ Voltaire ~ 

tropcial flowers on the beach

It is believed that the flower language began in Turkey during the seventeenth century. Romantic lovers began using floral exchanges to convey emotional messages. Costa Rica offers an array of flowers that can express your feelings on your wedding day.  Let’s look at  flowers that are grown here and are usually available year round.  Tropical flowers are hearty and will stand up to the heat of Costa Rica on your wedding day.  They are exotic and come in an array of bright colors.  Continue reading “Choosing the right flowers to express your feelings…part 1” »

Mescal Inspired Wedding Day

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A simple wedding on the beach turning out to be an all day- all night celebration.  Nick and Beatrice chose the beautiful beach in Manuel Antonio for their wedding.  Everything started early in the morning.
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Elopement at the Grand Papagayo Occidental Resort

Angie and Kevin had been dating long distance from the Texas to Canada.  They tied the knot at the Grand Papagayo Resort. Their ceremony overlooked the large arc-shaped Culebra Bay.  The world-class beaches in Northern Guanacaste are spectacular.  The resort is adults only and all-inclusive.  Close to the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and right on the ocean makes this a perfect location for a wedding. The day was romantic and full of charm.

wedding canapy over looking the ocean in Guanacaste Costa Rica

wedding canopy over looking the ocean in Guanacaste Costa Rica

John Williamson provided the wonderful photos.  wedding rings in shellcouple on Costa Rican Beach reflectionpurple, lilac and white bouquetsweetheart cakeDCIM104GOPRO

Millenial Weddings Dare to Be Different

costa-rica-wedding-tamarindo8721 (3)I’ve noticed many changes in what the bride and groom envision for their wedding  over the past 9 years.  Ann Taylor nailed many of changes in her article in the Huffington Post.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-naylor/trending-7-key-traits-fou_b_5976102.html?utm_hp_ref=destination-weddings. Continue reading “Millenial Weddings Dare to Be Different” »

Christine & Sky’s wedding at Casa Oceano Tango Mar

Imagine staying in a villa steps from the beach in Costa Rica. Casa Oceano a beautiful home with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean was the background for Christine & Sky’s wedding. Having a wedding during green season can be tricky but they were blessed with a sunny day, pristine beach and surrounded by family and friends.canopy ivory and coral hydrangeas and rosesChristine and Sky decided after fourteen years of being together to tie the knot . Christine was finishing up her dissertation for her PhD. She had lots of ideas and twists to make this day special for her guests and family. Sky was the point person working with the planner to incorporate everything into the time line. They opted for a noon wedding with the festivities lasting into the evening. Flower decor incorporated ivory and coral using primarily hydrangeas, roses and orchids.bouquet ivory and coral  Guests were also treated to bags of coffee and wine stoppers. Besides traditional vows there was also a sand ceremony.perfect blendsand ceremony 1 Lunch was served on the patio followed by cutting the sea shell inspired cake and then a scavenger hunt. seashell cakescavenger huntThere was a break to relax and go for a swim. A local marimba band provided music for the cocktail hour. After some dancing everyone adjourned for a lobster and fish dinner. There were toasts, laughter and more dancing. Another surprise was a duo of fire dancers. The couple got into the act and showed they could spin with fire. fire dancer 2fire dancer brideWish lanterns were brought out for the guests to send skyward and the event ended with a bonfire on the beach. couple on beach with rocks Thanks to El Velo and Vicky Longland for the great photos.

Wedding Marriott Los Sueños Resort, Costa Rica – Fiorella & Jason

The couple met at a Tae Kwon Do class when they were in elementary school. Years later while vacationing in Bimini Jason proposed getting down on one knee. It wasn’t surprising to hear that they wanted a romantic, intimate and fun wedding in Costa Rica.

Fiorella an event planner knew exactly what she wanted. As designers we both knew everything was in the details. A nautical theme with a color palate of navy and yellow added to the richness of this wedding.

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A clear tent with a yellow rose petal aisle along with a canopy featuring yellow lilies framed the ceremony which took place on the lawn in front of the ocean.

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Having your wedding at the Four Seasons Resort in Costa Rica

Driving into the resort you’ll pass through a palm lined manicured drive bringing you through the golf course and finally the reception area of the resort.  It is a beautiful drive via a windy road forcing you to take your time and enjoy the scenery.  The Four Seasons is all about comfort, great service and finding ways to pamper their guests – a wonderful beach wedding destination.

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Survey Shows Brides Prefer the Beach – Costa Rica Wedding Destinations

costa-rica-wedding-tamarindo-beachBrides prefer the beach?  Yes!
The beaches in Costa Rica are beautiful and not as crowded as beaches in the US and Mexico.  I love it when I can find a secluded beach for a ceremony.  Guests are often surprised see monkeys and iguanas that watch the ceremony from the top of the trees   There is nothing like a reception right in front of the ocean.  Some of my favorite sites for beach weddings are Manuel Antonio, Playa Hermosa, Playa Portrero, Flamingo, and the Caribbean.

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Beach Wedding

February 17, 2014
After 12 years and two kids together Burgess got down on bended knee and asked Rachelle to marry him! Their family was taking a two week vacation in Manuel Antonio and this was the perfect opportunity for their wedding on the beach.

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