Melinda & Adam’s beautiful highlight video from their intimate elopement wedding in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica.
Thank you Jonathan Yonkers for the wonderful video!
Planning & Design Meghan Cox, Our Costa Rica Wedding
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 early 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.
Nell & Brian’s gorgeous day featured on Love + Wander blog!
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!
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.
Brides & Grooms – Jack’s books are a great gift to get your guests excited for their upcoming travels for your wedding!
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:
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?
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
Meghan’s earrings were stunning, I am sure you’ve noticed them in other photos already but here’s a well deserved close-up:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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!