Playa Langosta Elopement

Addi & Steve traveled from Michigan to be married in an intimate ceremony in Costa Rica, with the goal of focusing on each other, their love and commitment, and avoiding a big stressful day.

In chatting with Meghan, they zoomed in on Tamarindo as the right destination, allowing them to fit in surf lessons and plenty of beach time, while they relaxed in the days leading up to their wedding ceremony.

With a ceremony in May comes the risk of showers, but the benefit of more privacy on the beach. Addi & Steve lucked out in both departments, with having clear skies and a secluded beach.

One thing that our coordinator Sol and photographer Adri noticed right away was how at ease Addi and Steve were, how relaxed and comfortable with each other, and so completely in love!

Addi certainly was a gorgeous bride with a non-tradional color for her dress, some bling in her earrings, and a gorgeous bouquet.  We hope you enjoy a glimpse of their day below.

Congrats Addi & Steve!!

Wedding Ceremony Elopement Tamarindo Costa Rica

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Wedding Ceremony Elopement Tamarindo Costa Rica

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Wedding Ceremony Elopement Tamarindo Costa Rica

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Wedding Ceremony Elopement Tamarindo Costa Rica

Wedding Ceremony Elopement Tamarindo Costa Rica

Wedding Ceremony Elopement Tamarindo Costa Rica

Wedding Ceremony Elopement Tamarindo Costa Rica

Buena Vista Luxury Villas Wedding

Reminiscing today about a gorgeous wedding earlier this year, at Buena Vista Luxury Villas in Manuel Antonio. Danielle & Jonah’s guests enjoyed an intimate dinner with an acoustic trio for entertainment and ocean waves hitting the beach just steps away.

Intimate Beach Wedding, Designed by Meghan Cox

Happy Earth Day

Earth Day

Many thanks to Toh Gouttenoire for this gorgeous photo from LeeAnne & Jason’s hot air balloon wedding ceremony.

OCRW featured on Love + Wander Blog

Nell & Brian’s gorgeous day featured on Love + Wander blog!


Love + Wander features Our Costa Rica Wedding

Love + Wander features Our Costa Rica Wedding

Behind the Scenes

You Guys!  We have something a bit different that we are excited to share with you today.

Have you ever wondered exactly what it is that we do on your wedding day?

Check out this video to follow our lead planner, Meghan Cox, Behind the Scenes during one of our favorite 2014 events.

Many thanks to an amazing bride & groom, Nell & Brian, as well as to the amazing vendors that made the day come together so perfectly: Renascent Photography, El Velo Photography & Video, Artflower, Laura Ulloa, Joshua Wilson, Langosta Beach Club, Victoria Zoch, and of course our fab day-of support team at Our Costa Rica Wedding!


Monday Musings – Where Tapirs & Jaguars Once Roamed

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Last Monday, I shared a favorite recipe that my family loves equally whether in Costa Rica and the U.S.  It just works well in a hot climate or in cold weather.

This week I want to share something else that works well in both hot or cold weather – a great book!  Whether lounging in a hammock or curled up in front of a fire, you can’t beat a cozy read.

And what better topic than Costa Rica?  Especially when it’s for a good cause.

So for you fellow bookworms, I want to share that Jack Ewing (of Hacienda Barú and Monkeys are Made of Chocolate) has a great new book hitting the shelves soon – Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed: Ever-Evolving Costa Rica.  Like Jack’s other projects, the proceeds will benefit Costa Rica, specifically the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor project.

You can pre-order the book here on Amazon, or learn more about Jack and contribute to their crowd-funding page here.

Brides & Grooms – Jack’s books are a great gift to get your guests excited for their upcoming travels for your wedding!


Jack Ewing

Flower Friday – Bouquet Inspiration


Save the Americans

The Costa Rica Tourism Board’s ad campaign for 2015-2016 is “Save the American’s” and the video created for this is hilarious.  We have shared this on Facebook previously but wanted to share again today since we’ve been receiving so many phone calls from you freezing Americans 😛  Bad weather in the States means our phones start ringing so it must be pretty chilly up there this week!  No worries, you’ll be in Costa Rica soon and for now, enjoy this clip:


Tonya & Josh

Tonya & Josh were married at a beautiful waterfall in La Fortuna.  They had a few friends that joined them on this adventure, and one even served as their Officiant for a very personal ceremony.  Great friends, a beautiful setting, sweet vows… well, you’d be smiling as much as they are in these pics!

Tonya wanted vibrant colors that would pop from the green background, so her bouquet was done with bright pinks, yellows, and oranges. She and her girlfriends even rocked hot pink shoes!

The last photo is a personal favorite. The waterfall involves a bit of a walk and we suggest brides rock sneakers on the way and change shoes at the base of the waterfall.  The texture of the walkway, the shoes, the tattoo, the dress… this photo completely captures the attitude of this off-the-beaten-path bride!

Bride Elopment photos

Elopement photos


Top 10 Tuesday – Wedding Favors

Let’s talk wedding favors.

You want the kind of favor that says, ‘we appreciate you coming to celebrate our big day and want to give you this little something to show our gratitude,’ but at the same time, you don’t want the favor left behind or to end up in the trash.

Feeling a little stumped? We have several ideas that can get you thinking so you can nail that perfect guest favor.


Mini Bottles: We love the mini bottle guest favors! So easy to add a touch of personalization with a cute straw, ribbon, or even a customized label. When picking this favor, consider who your guests are. Are they the type to enjoy a bottle of champagne, or would mints and soda pop fit them better?


Pampering Items: You can never go wrong with sending your guest home with items they’ll actually use on a day-to-day basis. Some of our favorites include lip balm, oils, soap, lotions, and body sprays. When picking one of these items, consider a clever little line to attach with it, ‘The perfect Blend,’ or even, ‘Our love is the balm!’ Who doesn’t love a good cheesy, but adorable line?


Local Touch: This is a great place to bring your destination into your event. The most popular items we see for this are coffee beans, hot sauce, and honey. Coffee beans tied up in cute bags, with a custom or DIY tag or stamp (etsy rocks for this!) with – what else? – another adorable line! “The Perfect Blend”.  I like that this favor really does get used and enjoyed. I often hear back from guests that they made this their “special Sunday coffee” for a couple weeks after the wedding – along with a request to know how to have more sent to the States!


Sweet Treats: Local bakeries can provide something sweet. A midnight snack for guests to enjoy once back in their rooms. Cake pops, chocolate truffles, etc.. Or if you or your family have a special recipe this is an area you can DIY for a personal touch. Mini bags of s’more ingredients to continue the party if you have a location that allows a bonfire. “S’more Love” anyone?


Seeds: Seed packets that guests can plant when they get home is a great way for them to keep an ongoing memento from your wedding getaway memories. It also contributes if you have an eco-theme, and is in keeping with Costa Rica’s eco-focus.


Household Items: Custom made candles are sure to be a favorite. Try a tropical scent such as coconut or mango. Coasters are another great choice. A bride that had a lot of bamboo elements in her wedding included bamboo coasters in her guests welcome bags. Great way to keep her style consistent across the board, and sure to make your guests smile with memories every time they are used at home.


Fans: This is a great option that is multi-purpose. First, it’s functional to cool guests down during the ceremony. Second, it adds to your ceremony decor and emphasizes color palette or style of event. And third, of course as a favor for guests to keep.


Customized Beer Coozies: This is an easy way to bring in a fun element for a laid back party vibe. Initials, names, dates, or “Pura Vida” and using your wedding colors can make this a customized this item easily.


Add a Spark: Fun light-hearted favor. Sparklers, custom matchbooks.


And of course, for the guests who love to keep the celebration going:

Two words: Hangover Kit. When you have a wedding group who enjoys a good after party, hangover kits might have your guest thanking you for days to come. Locating the nearest store for Tylenol is not ideal when you have a hangover in a foreign country.   While planning your kit consider these items: Tylenol/Advil, Vitamin C, Water, Mints, Wipes, Chap Stick, Band-Aids, and even a door hanger that keeps housekeeping from knocking too early!