Friday Blooms

Kristen's beautiful bouquet.
Planning & Design: Meghan Cox & Cata Ulloa, Mil Besos
Bouquet: Martha, Floristeria Occasiones
Photo: Diego, Stories Photography   Costa Rica Wedding Bouquet / Design: Mil Besos / Photo: Stories Photography

{Real Wedding} Amanda & Shay

Catching up on a backlog of events that we would love to share with you!

Amanda & Shay are a perfect example that timing is everything. They had met while working together at a restaurant, dated for a few years and spent a few years apart before reconnecting.  And as Amanda put it, "now here we are!" Sometimes life brings us back to that perfect person, that might have arrived a bit too earlier the first time around.

Together with their closest family and friends, Amanda & Shay exchanged vows on the Tulemar Beach while enjoying their stay at Buena Vista Villas. They filled the time surrounding their wedding with adventures and exploration, and plenty of monkey spottings!

Many thanks to El Velo Photography for capturing the day in both photo & video. Coordination & design Meghan Cox, Our Costa Rica Wedding. Delicious cake from Mariposa Pastry. Stylos y Flores created the beautiful flowers, and Costa Mesa provided rentals.

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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!!

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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

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

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 IMG_1426

Behind the Scenes: Table setup in Costa Rica

Just a shot of a gorgeous table during set up to brighten your day!  Still to go: place cards and straightening the succulents. After that - showtime! Thank you to Artflower for the beautiful flowers and Renee at Renascent Photography for the beautiful shots!
Costa Rica Wedding Details. Photo: Renascent Photography

Costa Rica Wedding Details. Photo: Renascent Photography

 

Real Wedding – Tatiana & Patrick – Waterfall Ceremony

Tatiana & Patrick were married at the base of a beautiful tropical waterfall, deep in the rainforest of Costa Rica. This couple was focused on the experience and immediately drawn to a destination wedding in Costa Rica.  They worked with Meghan in making this an unforgettable day. When you are in a location as pretty as this, it is hard to believe it can adequately be captured on film but Toh Gouttenoire was up to the challenge.  We love the results and we are happy to say Love + Wander agrees as they have featured this waterfall ceremony in their blog.  Love + Wander's focus is to "live an inspired life" ... wouldn't you agree that being married in Costa Rica is doing just that?  
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Love+Wander Costa Rica Wedding

Real Wedding – Paul & Belen – Manuel Antonio

Traveling from Switzerland and Scotland, Paul and Belen were looking for a luxurious elopement ceremony in Costa Rica. They enjoyed the simple sophistication of Arenal Nayara with stunning views of the Arenal Volcano, the cozy cloud forest mountain lodge El Establo, and the beautiful 5 Star Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio. It was during their stay at Arenas del Mar that Paul and Belen exchanged vows on the beach. I love Paul's kilt and socks, along with Belen's classic look. The white phalaenopsis orchids were in keeping with the earthy tones that were captured in the photos... the white, brown, green, and blue/gray of the sky and water. There are many reasons Arenas del Mar makes for a great wedding site for a wedding in Costa Rica but one I love for elopements is that they will prepare an intimate dinner for two in a location of your choosing - in your suite, on the beach, or in their oceanside restaurant. What a sweet way to celebrate your marriage! Congratulations Paul and Belen! And thank you Kevin Heslin for the lovely photos of this Costa Rica Wedding! I am particularly smitten with the photo of Paul & Belen sitting on the rocks. Manuel Antonio Elopement Photos

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.

 
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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.  
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Bahia Encantada

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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!  
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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.  
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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.  
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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...  
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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.  
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Tropical Arrangements

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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:  
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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!  
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"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.  
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Dinner

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.  
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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!!  
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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!