Real Wedding – Meghan & Tom – Jaco Beach

It was a complete joy to be part of Meghan & Tom's wedding celebrations. They truly are a couple that embodies how effortless love can be.

Meghan & Tom had been guests at another of OCRW's weddings and gave us a call as soon as they became engaged. To us, it's the ultimate compliment to be hired AFTER they've seen what we can do!

The super talented Jeremie Barlow captured this event beautifully. So beautifully that Destination Weddings & Honeymoons decided to include this event in this month's Beach focused issue.

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Costa Rica

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

Meghan & Toms' friends and family were right on board with taking over Jaco for this wedding weekend, filled with surfing, ziplining, and plenty of Imperial while lounging poolside at the oceanfront condo property, Bahia Encantada.  
Bahia Encantada, Jaco, Costa Rica

Bahia Encantada

Imperial Costa Rica Wedding

Imperial and Patron

We had an absolutely gorgeous day for set-up.  The guys enjoyed the pool while the girls drank mimosas and got beautiful! Meghan is a hair stylist as are some of her closest friends, so a couple of the bridesmaids took care of the ladies styling for the day. They even found time to give me a lesson on the sock-bun which held my hair nicely throughout the day and night, and I still use that trick frequently! Thanks ladies!  
Wedding Day Preparation Costa Rica Wedding

Wedding Day Preparation

The color scheme was green, pink, and soft brown brought together with bamboo effects in the canopy, runner on the table, chairs and bar (Meghan even put bamboo coasters in the welcome bags!) and the wedding party's attire. Love the guys shirts in this wedding! Meghan did a great job pairing the brighter pink on the girls with the softer hue on the guys.  
Wedding Canopy Jaco Costa Rica Wedding

Wedding Canopy

Wedding Canopy Jaco Costa Rica Wedding

Wedding Canopy

Beach Wedding Photos Jaco Costa Rica

Bridal Party in Pink

Beach Wedding Photos Jaco Costa Rica

Groomsmen & Bride

Signature drinks of Sangria and Mojitos emphasized the color palette, as did green cocktail tables with under-lighting that lit up as the sky darkened.  
Beach Cocktails Costa Rica Wedding

Cocktail Hour

The couple stole off for a few quiet moments while guests enjoyed cocktails & hors d'ouevres. There are way too many gorgeous images from this bit of time that we couldn't decide which to share but here are a couple...  
Beach Wedding Jaco Costa Rica Wedding

Bride and Groom

Beach Wedding Jaco Costa Rica Wedding

Bride and Groom

Flowers consisted of plenty of native plants to Costa Rica, ginger, hydrangea, dendrobium orchids, and beautiful phalaenopsis orchids. The bride's bouquet was white and pale green hydrangea with white phalaenopsis orchids.  
Tropical Flowers Costa Rica Wedding

Tropical Arrangements

Bridal Bouquet Costa Rica Wedding

Bridal Bouquet

Meghan's earrings were stunning, I am sure you've noticed them in other photos already but here's a well deserved close-up:  
Beach Wedding Jewelry Costa Rica Wedding

Bride's Earrings

The guys wore starfish as their boutonniere's, a token from the bride's sister's wedding.  Placecards were made by the bride's mother, and included the starfish as well.  
Starfish Details Tropical Wedding Costa Rica

Starfish Details

In lieu of a traditional guestbook, guests were asked to sign a board made of native Costa Rican wood crafted by a local artisan and engraved with their wedding date.  This piece now hangs in the couples home.  As March can be a windy time of year on the Pacific Coast (though we lucked out with gorgeously calm weather) this couple elected to frame their menus instead of using paper menus at each place setting. They then re-used those frames for their wedding photos in their home and also in gifting photos to family. Nice touch!  
Wedding Details Costa Rica Wedding

"Guestbook" & Menu

Dinner was privately catered and served Family Style to encourage interaction and in keeping with the couples laid-back style. One long table accommodated all of the guests and resulted in a dramatic effect with globe lanterns hanging above.  
Dinner Costa Rica Wedding


The cake was a two tier vanilla cake with strawberry filling, and decorated with green dendrobium orchids. Though fondant holds up better in Costa Rica's tropical climate, Tom & Meghan preferred buttercream frosting which was easily arranged by keeping the cake in cool storage until closer to when the cake would be cut.  
Tropical Wedding Cake Costa Rica Wedding

Wedding Cake with Orchids

We could dedicate an entire post to the party that ensued. Multiple bottle dances occurred and I'm not sure there was a guy left with his shirt on by the end of the night! We couldn't be happier for this couple and are so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of their day. Congratulations you two!!  
Bride and Groom Costa Rica Wedding

Tom & Meghan

Many thanks to Jeremie Barlow for the lovely photos, Cristina Coronas at ArtFlower for the gorgeous flowers, Chelsea Brandau for the delicious cake, Los Mojitos for the sweet ceremony music ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was beautifully done!), and Joshua Wilson for keeping the party going!  

Real Wedding – Marjean & Dave – Manuel Antonio

Traveling from Salt Lake City, Marjean and Dave were looking to experience Costa Rica to its fullest and planned their time accordingly. With two weeks to explore Costa Rica these adventure-seekers filled their days with whitewater rafting, horseback riding, snorkeling, kayaking, and guided tours near Arenal Volcano and through the Cloud Forest in Monteverde.  With a very full wish-list in hand, we're glad to say they also fit in some time to relax, with an evening at the Tabacon Hot Springs and of course sunny days lounging on the beach in Manuel Antonio. Towards the end of their getaway, Marjean & Dave were married on the private beach at Tulemar Reserve while enjoying their stay at Buena Vista Luxury Villas. Wedding photographer, Kevin Heslin, was able to capture the couple’s sweet and personal elopement ceremony thanks to fantastic weather and one beautiful couple. One of the best parts about these two is their spontaneity as Marjean called us around a month prior to their travel dates.  There's a lot to be said for being able to start packing as soon as you finish your planning! Congratulations you two! Marjean & David Manuel Antonio Elopement, Costa Rica Photographer – Kevin Heslin  

Pirate Ship Adventure

Bill & Kellie treated their guests to a Pirate Ship cruise today. That's right - a Pirate Ship. It's a 1700's replica, hand crafted in Teak by local artisans. This adventure, a sailboat, or a Catamaran Cruise are a great option for a first day or last day excursion for the entire group to enjoy! It is a nice way to bring all ages together, as throughout the trip they may have enjoyed different adventures depending on their capabilities and preferences.


Pirate Ship Adventure in Costa Rica

Jennifer & Francois

What a beautiful weekend to be married! Congratulations Jennifer & Francois!   Jennifer and Francois Costa Rica Beach Wedding

Large Gathering in Playa Hermosa

Get ready to enjoy this beautiful beach wedding in Playa Hermosa. The focus of this event was COLOR: purple, pink, green, yellow, orange! The bride & groom were joined by family & friends, a mix of guests from the U.S. and Costa Rica. And of course the cute flower girls & ring bearer ever! Ceremony, cocktails & hors d'oeuvres on the beach were followed by dinner in an open air restaurant beautifully decked out in orchids, roses, ginger, anthurium, lillies, tropical leaves, and tons of candles! Dancing was enjoyed in the open air bar before the evening ended with a bonfire on the beach and the bride making s'mores for her guests in her wedding gown! This group enjoyed a 5 day getaway with ziplining, beach time, horseback riding, snorkeling, and of course- monkeys! Check out photos by Jeremie Barlow here!

Intimate Ceremony with Family & Friends, at La Finisterra in Playa Hermosa

Enjoyed crystal clear skies for an intimate morning ceremony with family & friends at La Finisterra in Playa Hermosa. Congratulations Chris & Leah!

Intimate Family Wedding in Playa Hermosa

What a great family! We so enjoyed working with them in creating their Costa Rica Adventure Wedding Getaway. Anne and David each had 2 daughters and this getaway brought their family together as one. The girls were involved in the planning process, picking their dresses and orange flowers. And Anne create an amazing necklace, a work of art really, out of family heirlooms. They enjoyed an adventure with Whitewater Rafting, Canopy Zipline, Snorkeling, and of course, a Wedding Ceremony on the beach of Playa Hermosa. Thanks to Bruno Dubreil for the photos!

Costa Rica Sunset Wedding

Looking forward to an intimate sunset wedding tomorrow on the beautiful beach of Playa Hermosa! Beautiful Sunset in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio Elopement

I love when a groom contacts us to plan a wedding getaway, it's just the sweetest thing in the world to hear a guy take such care with the plans to make his future wife feel special. Recently Daniel did just that and swept his bride-to-be Jessica off for an exotic getaway through Costa Rica. 10 days filled with adventure, relaxation, and of course - romance! This could traveled from Arenal Volcano to Manuel Antonio where they were married in Buena Vista & Tulemar's private beach at sunset.After Sunset Couple