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


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?


Love+Wander Costa Rica Wedding
Love+Wander Costa Rica Wedding

Christmas Gifts for your Guests

Recently one of our brides contacted me with a brilliant idea.  She wanted to arrange for resort gift cards for their guests, to be used as Christmas presents, for guests use at their resorts during the wedding getaway next year.

I love this idea and wanted to share with it all of you other brides-to-be!  What a great way to solve the question of what gift to give while also getting your guests excited about their trip to Costa Rica!

While loving on the resort gift card idea, it prompted me to think about other great Christmas gifts that could be given to your guests over the holidays. Items such as coffee or chocolate covered coffee beans to give them a taste of Costa Rica… useful travel items such as passport covers, luggage tags, or sarongs for the beach… less obvious items like jewelry perfect for an exotic locale…

I ended up creating a board to gather these ideas. Check out the Pinterest Gift Board here for some initial thoughts. Be sure to follow the board as I’m sure there will be many more to come!

Holiday Gifts for your Destination Wedding Guests
Holiday Gifts for your Destination Wedding Guests

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 – 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


Ideas for Wedding Photography

Looking for some creative shots for your wedding photos? Check out this slideshow on The Knot for a guide to 50 must-have shots for your event. Some couples elect to just let the photographer “do their thing” while others give a very specific list of desired must-have photos. We definitely recommend finding a photographer you “click” with (no pun intended) and allowing them creative freedom (they will appreciate that!), but browsing shots and poses is a good way to give your wedding planner and photographer an idea of what types of shots suit your style. These will be hanging on your walls for years to come afterall, so it’s important they make you smile!

Costa Rica Wedding Party
Man of Honor and Bridesmaids, Wedding Party in Costa Rica


We love receiving notes from couples after events!

This Thank You note from a recent bride greeted me in my inbox this morning. What a wonderful way to start the day! Had to share:

We wanted to thank you for all the hard work and time you put into making our wedding such a special and unforgettable event for my Husband and I and all of our guests.  As we think of our wedding day and the time we spent with you, what we feel is that our wedding surpassed all our wildest hopes and dreams.  We could not have asked for a more prefect event.  In sending this email too you and thinking of the trip, tears come to our eyes. We truly could not have asked for anything more.  We were pulled aside by each one of our guests and whispered to about how much this was a life changing event for each of them.  Words cannot express adequately our thanks and appreciation.  From the beautiful rainforest setting, gorgeous rooms, delicious food, professional wedding planning assistance, and expert staff; in my opinion there is no better place in the world to visit and celebrate a new beginning.

Thank you again so very much with all our heart.

Pura Vida
Ashley and Arthur

Welcome your Guests to Costa Rica

Welcome bags are a great way to greet your guests! We dropped off bags yesterday in the Arenal Volcano area – locally made bags decorated by a local artist, filled with local products: chocolates, candies, coffee, platanos, and helpful items: water, wine, maps, and schedules of events with common phrases, travel tips, and restaurant recommendations. A couple of our favorite treats include Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans or Chocolate Covered Guayaba Fruit – so addicting!


Welcome Bags Chocolate Guayaba