Costa Rica is quickly becoming one of my favorite destination wedding locations... and with insanely gorgeous affairs like this one captured by the oh-so-fabulous A Brit & A Blonde filling my computer screen, it's downright impossible not to head over heels in love with this Central America wonderland. Yes, the gorgeous inspiration is pouring from every nook and cranny of this stunning affair... and so are the breathtaking views. Plus, with moment after moment of sweet, sweet details, the pretty will literally fill your entire afternoon... and more. Click here for all of the lovely.
From A Brit & A Blonde... Chelsey and Dylan are probably the raddest and most chilled out couple we have ever worked with. Dylan is a musician and Chelsey is a yoga instructor and they live in LA. They have been together for over a decade, gotta love that. Neither of them had ever been to Costa Rica but they are adventurous types and wanted something different. So they chose amazing Manuel Antonio for their big day.
The whole vibe was a hippie love bird type feeling. Which goes perfectly with their relaxed style and Costa Rica as the back drop. Their day started off chillaxing in the beyond awesome villa that they rented in Manuel Antonio: Casa de Las Brisas. And then the girls headed over to Si Como No Resort Spa & Wildlife Refuge to get all beautified and this is where the ceremony and reception would take place as well.
Si Como No is such an amazing venue – their view and grounds are out of this world. Plus they are extremely eco-conscious and have received a 5 Green Leaves rating for their sustainability efforts – the highest you can get. So we love ‘em even more for that! Did I mention they also have a butterfly garden right across the street that you just have to see to believe how magical it is? Totally Alice in Wonderland. So of course we had to take them there for some fab photos.
Since Dylan is a musician – music was an important part of their wedding – obvs! His best man is in the band Hoobastank. As a sort of nickname Dylan is also known as Bob – as in Bob Dylan – when I saw the sign her friends created that said Congrats Chelsey and Bob – I had to ask who the heck is Bob? Chelsey’s sister is an opera singer and blew us all away with her incredible voice during the ceremony. The ceremony music was all Beatles based – fab touch. As Chelsey walked down the aisle their friend Tim, who also happens to be a Grammy award winner for a song he co-wrote with Jason Mraz (ridic right!) played “Stand by Me” on the guitar. And there was a full on dance-off that would put the walk-off scene in Zoolander to shame.
Chelsey's bridesmaids knew that the whole vibe was hippie chic and found the really unique yellow flowy cute bridesmaid dresses and then Chelsey found super cool earrings and feather necklace and cool ring bauble to top off the look. Her details were super cute but did not break the bank at all. Her shoes which were super cute were less then $40. Crazy. Her fun hair accessory was from Target! Who knew! The guys also had great style, topped off with the customary Vans.
Chelsey and Dylan have a great sense of humor - so for the seating cards with LoveBirds, instead of just writing each person's name - they wrote the nicknames they have for them. Which was really cute especially because they have hilarious nicknames for everybody. But it really gave it that personal touch and the guests loved it. They had the lovebirds on their wedding program and on top of the cake as well.
Since their 2 babies (their dogs) were not able to make the journey down to Costa Rica - Chelsey made 2 little love birds out of origami which she put in her weddings dress (that's right her dress had pockets, gotta love that!). That way even though they were not there with them, they were represented still which was super sweet.
Wedding Photography: A Brit & A Blonde / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jen's Pirate Booty / Bridesmaid Shoes: Jessica Simpson / Bridesmaid Feather Earrings, Necklaces + Rings: Sam Moon / Wedding Dress: David's Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Make Me Chic / Hair Accessory: Target / Groom's Suit + Shoes: Macy's / Groomsmen Outfits: Milanoo / Groomsmen Shoes: Vans / Bird Seat Cards: Timeless Paper / Wedding Program: Wedding Paper Divas / Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue: Si Como No Resort / Accommodations: Casa de Las Brisas