Jon and Deb from the UK are a quiet and simple couple. They wanted a quiet and simple ceremony, the lavish nature was their decoration and their love for each other was all the ambiance needed. The location was Concepción de San Isidro de Heredia, if you search for the nearest hotel, you might find there are not too many around that area, I was pleasently surprised to see these two wanting to experience a non touristy place and still appreciate costarican culture and people, in the middle of nowhere fancy. They rented a room/apartment in a corgeous property with an amazing view, but enough of describing. Check out the photos!
Jenny and John chose Villa Pelícano because it’s design is one of the most authentic to costarican traditional architecture and details. They really wanted to experience our real culture and see the country as it really is, and oh boy, they did, especially when it comes to rainy tropical rainforest. The awesome part about it is that their Costa Rica rainy wedding seemed more like an adventure than a hassle (at least for them and the guests, Chelsea Brandau from Oasis Wedding, the coordinator may not say the same!) Check out the glory of our country and the gorgeous sometimes not so appreciated wet season.
This was probably one of the most challenging weddings I’ve shot in a few weeks but probably one of the most romantic. Rainy season makes things a lot more complicated but it also brings a blessed atmosphere. I was delighted to see that the Brandy and Anthony didn’t stop their plans to get married at the beach and had all the umbrellas ready for the guests, it made it so special and different! Brandy and Anthony have 3 kids and they were a huge part of their union celebration, hanging out with them during the getting ready made it triple fun and crazy! I was honored to photograph not only these two people but also their whole family who lived up to their Georgian culture and their love for one another.
Moraya’s family owns the amazing Ylang Ylang hotel, if you choose this spectacular location to get married, chances are this lovely couple will be the ones in charge of your wedding. I felt incredibly honored to be chosen by them to shoot their wedding after all, they know quiet a few of wedding vendors and photographers.
The ceremony at the beach was so beautiful not only because of the gorgeous scenery but also for the love you could feel among the guests and specially between this couple. There is no describing to Moraya’s face when Emma walked down the isle and one could tell the immense feel of peace and assurance that the couple had as they took one of the biggest steps of their lives.
Lawyer/officiant: Ana Castro
Party Music: DJ Luz
Flowers: Rodrigo Vazquez
Its been years since I met Fer Juaristi for the first time through the internet. Anyone that knows Fer can tell what an amazing photographer he is but more than that what a cool simple guy he is, so aside from his photographic knowledge one can learn a lot from him as person as well. Getting to second shoot for him and have time to hang out in real life was absolutely wonderful indeed. We had 3 days of awesomeness since it was a Sikh Wedding filled with different details, not wha I’m used to, and it allowed me to shoot without the pressure and responsibility that the main photographer usually has. Also not being able to direct the couple during the portraits was somewhat challenging but fun! Paul and Bavhneet where such a sweet couple, they made experience even better. Good times.
I had to add many photos of this absolutely gorgeous location. It was so much fun to shoot this wedding in such a fun hotel, by the way, with amazing food! I highly recommend it, it has became one of my favorite wedding spots. One of the awesome things about it is that you have to take a 4×4 truck (for about just 5 minutes) to get to the hotel, through the beach that is. This makes the beach front of the hotel, more intimate than most places. This means, no one walking around the beach but the wedding guests. That kind of intimacy also brings a special feel to the whole event. Specially with such a cool, laid back couple as Lindsay and Rene. Their two little boys where a delight and it was so much fun to watch them do the little misfits do all kinds of stuff like sticking their finger on the cake and taking a little pee right next to the couple’s table. I can’t wait to go back and do more weddings in this awesome place with more awesome people!
This gorgeous couple deserved no less than a feature on the Destination Style Me Pretty blog! Here is the full post
I was looking forward to this wedding so much since it took place in a gorgeous place where after all this years I still hadn’t worked at yet, Hacienda Pinilla. Pinilla is very close to Tamarindo Beach, it’s location in Guanacaste and it’s huge. Most of it is preserved land. The kind of nature it has tends to be dry, specially on summertime, but it’s still gorgeous, the combination of trees, greenery and some light/dark browns makes this location different from what I’m used to.
I was also so exited to work with wedding designers Aimee Monihan and Anahí Contreras from Tropical Occasions, one of my absolute favorite wedding coordinators. Their amazing creative staff (you’ll se the decor at the end of this post) attention to detail, careful organization and coordination with me several days before the wedding proofed them to be not only amazing girls but extraordinary at what they do, if you are planning to do your wedding in Costa Rica, make sure to check them out!
Aside from this, the couple was simply stunning, Sianny and I met a while back since she is also Costa Rican, but lives in the US. And we had a great time talking about her plans and vision for her wedding. Greg (from the US) and her made such a romantic combination involving some good sense of humor and some latin flavor. They where an amazing couple for me, not only because I really like them, but because they where very intentional in dedicating time for the wedding photos.
They saw each other about an hour an a half before the wedding so we could drive around the Hacienda to shoot in the best places. At the end of this time, we all met with the wedding party and did family photos and bridal party. After that the ceremony and cocktail hour and a bit more time for more portraits (yes!) and later on a super fun party with incredible lighting, and aspect that is crucial for amazing wedding photos that is often forgotten.
Well, but enough about words, here are a few photos for your visual enjoyment.