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” »

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” »

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” »

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” »

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” »

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” »

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” »

Colorful Wedding at Zephyr Palace

colorful ceremony at Zephyr Palace with bride and groomWhat was important to Cameron and Matt was a beautiful location, tropical, dancing and spending time with close friends and family.  Since their previous visit to Costa Rica the location was an easy choice.  They had already visited Villa Caletas and loved the view, location and Zephyr Palace. Continue reading “Colorful Wedding at Zephyr Palace” »

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

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.

Personalize Your Wedding With Help From Family and Friends

I’m often asked how a couple can make their wedding special and incorporate the help and personality of their guests and family. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt knocked this concept out of the park. The wedding was very laid back and focused on their family. Angela Jolie’s Versace wedding gown had a traditional fitted bodice and full skirt.angelia-weddng-dress What made this look stand out was her children’s art work hand-sewn into the veil. Talk about setting a trend. I can see this veil being passed down to her daughters. I envision many brides embracing this look for 2015. Their wedding cake was designed and made by their children. angelina-wedding-cakeThe “naked wedding cake” will also be a trend for this upcoming year. It’s a cake without icing.

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Different Types of Wedding Cakes

Other than the bridal bouquet, choosing the wedding cake is one of the most popular traditions. History shows us that wheat, grains, seeds and nuts are universal symbols of fertility. The ancient Greeks served sesame seed pies. Small wheat cakes where sharing at Roman weddings and wheat biscuits were broken over the bride’s head at Anglo-Saxon weddings.

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Tropical Beach Sea Shell Wedding Cake

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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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