Lilli & Morgan’s Wedding at Zephyr Palace


view from above sunset at zephyr palaceLilly and Morgan met in high school in Costa Rica.  They dated through college and made their home in Canada. Their guests came from all over the world to celebrate their wedding at Zephyr Palace. Continue reading “Lilli & Morgan’s Wedding at Zephyr Palace” »

Mandy & Tom’s Wedding at Zephyr Palace

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Zephyr Palace was the backdrop for Mandy & Tom’s wedding.  We met last year when they came here for a tasting and to check out the venue. Mandy had a clear vision and it was a pleasure to work with her to bring this wedding to life.  Since they rented out all the rooms at Zephyr Palace the after party by the pool went on into the wee hours of the night.  Their friends and family really knew how to enjoy a  wedding celebration. The decor featured blues, corals, and white.   Let’s take a peek at their wedding. Continue reading “Mandy & Tom’s Wedding at Zephyr Palace” »

Hippy wedding the second time around

maria-elliott-couple ceremony chuppahWhen planning a second marriage priorities are usually different from the first time around.  Often the ceremony includes a blended family.   This wedding was no different and Fabrizio was included in the planning.  Continue reading “Hippy wedding the second time around” »

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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Summer and Chris – Wedding at Villa Caletas

ampatheater ceremonyThe Amphitheatre at Villa Caletas was the backdrop for Summer and Chris to tie the knot.  It’s an amazing place to get married with an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean.  Continue reading “Summer and Chris – Wedding at Villa Caletas” »

Michelle and Chris – Wedding at Zephyr Palace

zephyr ceremonyMichelle and Chris were all about having a great wedding celebration. The backdrop was Zephyr Palace at Villa Caletas. The day was sunny and the ceremony took place in front of the infinity pool with an incredible view of the ocean. Continue reading “Michelle and Chris – Wedding at Zephyr Palace” »

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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Donations to Costa Rican Non-Profits in Lieu of Wedding Favors

Giving with a purpose to support the local community

Non-profits that put up monkey bridges

Non-profits that put up monkey bridges in Manuel Antonio

I’m often asked about what should we give our guests as a favor to remember our wedding. I have a list that usually includes things like Costa Rican coffee, personalized mugs with a tropical animal as the handle and sarongs for the beach. These are great gifts but I want to focus on another trend by donating something meaningful to the community. A card is left at each guest’s place setting letting them know that in lieu of favors a donation to the community has been made.

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Costa Rica Wedding Ceremony & Reception with Unexpected Surprises

Stan and Lisa are into the arts wanted a wedding with a twist around each corner. Unexpected surprises brought a smiles to everyone’s face. Guests were shown to their seats by a mime.

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Getting Married in the Caribbean – Cayman or Costa Rica?

When most people think about getting married in the Caribbean area, they think of Saint Lucia, Antigua, The Grenadines or the Cayman Islands.  But, did you know that Costa Rica is on the CaribbeanOcean, that is on one side at least, and the Pacific Ocean is on the other?

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Caribbean Driftwood Wedding Arch

Wedding planner Aviva Samuels says, “I find that brides and grooms who choose a Caribbean destination wedding are more focused on the environment than on the remaining details.  Couples want a place that’s easy to travel to and have fun. It’s a time for celebration. It shouldn’t be stressful.”  Continue reading “Getting Married in the Caribbean – Cayman or Costa Rica?” »

Guanacaste, Costa Rica Beach Wedding in the Green Season

“Since we met the day before our wedding I did not think about any details and just focused on relaxing and enjoying the moment. Then, when we got to the reception, we were so pleased that we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Everything was beautiful and you really paid attention to my requests for various details. We left Guanacaste feeling like we just had the most amazing wedding EVER. Thank you, Randy!”

Ellie and Ed had their wedding in Guanacaste. Located in the northern part of Costa Rica it is one of the driest areas of the country. This wedding day was perfect during our “green season” and the weather cooperated.

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Let’s do something a little bit different!

Would you like your wedding to be a little bit different? I imagine you do, if you are thinking about getting married in Costa Rica, you must be just a little adventurous!

Your wedding can be as classical or as different as you would like to make it. Think about different ways to use decorations that will make your wedding unique. Using local products is also an interesting way to bring some of the local art and culture into your wedding.

A wonderful way to make things a little bit different is with signs. Signs have become quite popular in the last year or so. but what you write on them is unique to you! They also make great photos. Look at this adorable flower girl, using the sign to introduce the bride to her Uncle.

Destination Weddings in Costa Rica
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Seating cards using a signature cocktail

Here’s a tip for combining your signature cocktail with a seating card.  Using various liquors and/or food coloring your can make the signature cocktail match your wedding decor.  Attach your seating card with table assignment to the bottom of the glass. If you have non drinkers use a different color type or a flower to differentiate the glass.  Bottoms Up!