I had a ballroom wedding…a big, beautiful, Boston, ballroom wedding. And it was honestly the most magical day of my life, one that I would never change even a single detail. And yet, if there is one style of wedding that I am always a little jealous of, it’s a perfect seaside affair. A casual, totally laid back beach wedding with a pretty, flowy dress and a perfect flower tucked neatly into a messy, messy bun. There is just something so romantic about the style, something blissfully happy and carefree. So when we opened up this beach inspired shoot from Candice of Jubilee Events, Beth of The White Dress by the Shore, the cute girls at Posh Paperie and the fabulous Carla Ten Eyck (among other fabulous vendors), I kind of squeeled with glee. And I’m pretty sure you will too.

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Before our actual shoot happened and was in motion I tried very hard not to have any preconceived ideas as to what I wanted to do or not do. I wanted to wait and see where we ended up- be it the rainforest or the black sand beaches of Playa Hermosa and let my surroundings inspire how I would photograph Michelle and Alejandro. Lucky for me these two were such naturals in front of my camera and so in love – for the most part I let that dictate a lot of the feel that I was going for in my images- and let the story line come naturally. We had a variety of weather that day – and I used it all to help set the tone but really and truly it was Michelle and Alejandro’s clear, obvious love that came through- whether we were shooting in the sun or the bone drenching rain!

My favorite image is from what we all thought would be the end of our shoot for the day- the skies had opened up and everyone scurried about packing the vans, stowing the musicians and instruments- and Michelle and Alejandro had already fled to the top of the beach to leave. I stopped them and, well since they were already soaking wet? I just had them enjoy being with each other, all wet and in fancy clothes! Michelle’s makeup held up PERFECTLY- and everything just jumps out of the frame at you- their skin tones, the drops of water all over them, the way Alejandro’s white linen shirt just clings to him… it’s all natural, real and completely romantic! –From Carla Ten Eyck, photographer

So much of the landscape in Costa Rica is dense and lush with saturated tropical colors and thick, waxy flowers — this beach was the antithesis of that – breezy and simplistic. i knew the florals needed to be a reflection of that. Most exciting to me was having the opportunity to work with new flowers — many that i’d seen only in photographs, still more that i couldn’t even identify! I chose to create bouquets that moved in the wind – a cascade for our bride and a fan bouquet for her maid. The inspiration for the floral jewelry came from the turquoise stones offset with shades of orange and yellow croton foliage and green shampoo ginger. Local fruits became the focus of the florals for our tablescape – melons and oranges simply accented with braided palm fronds. Fan palm provided just the right touch for the chair backs and gorgeous yellow and green flax foliage (clipped from the back yard of our posh accommodations!) accented the large driftwood pieces used to mark our ceremony. My favorite part of this shoot, as always, was the collaboration between the incredible group of artists and visionaries. — From Tony Palmieri of Datura: A Modern Garden

We absolutely loved being a part of this innovative & inspiring shoot – with such an amazingly talented group of people.  Candice is really the one who came up with the inspiration board & colors that she wanted to incorporate. We took her initial storyboard and ran with it! We came up with a fun and funky pattern to use on several of the pieces– and designed an adorable “postcard style” save the date. The mustard yellow and moss green were a perfect combination for all of the paper goods – and the mix of a funky script with a block font made for a clean but fun look. To incorporate the “beachy” aspect, we pulled in shells filled with moss for the placecards to rest in. This was one of our  favorite shoots ever to be a part of! Thanks to the amazing team who made it come to life. — From Elizabeth Seaton of Posh Paperie

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography / Event Design & Planning: Jubilee Events / Model Styling & Accessories: The White Dress by the Shore / Flowers: Datura: A Modern Garden / Cinematography: Buzz Media / Beauty: DD Nickel / Ceremony + Reception Location: Los Suenos Resort, Costa Rica / Furniture & Rentals: Eventos Boadicea / Invitations: Posh Paperie / Shoes: Zappos / Linens: Gala Cloths / Ring Bowl & Ribbon: Paloma’s Nest / Calligraphy: Primele / Jewelry: Ben-Amun / Paper Flower Garlands: Kate’s Paperie

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