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Costa Rica’s Natural Beauty Meant Magic for This Intimate Destination Wedding

Perennial Weddings‘ design for this beautiful destination wedding focused on highlighting Costa Rica’s natural beauty. For the ceremony, that meant putting large garland on the Matopalo tree. For the reception, that meant natural wood tables with minimalist florals in shades of ivory, peach and green. See how it all came together, courtesy of Sylvia Guardia, in The Vault!

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From Perennial WeddingsUnder the shade of a huge Matapalo tree, 46 friends and family members gathered for the wedding of Devon and Alex. Not rain, snow or flight delays could keep this group away from this destination wedding. Married on March 19, 2016 at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. They wanted to keep it sweet and simple; from design, to dinner, to the flow of the day (and week).

The design elements were simple and focused on the Matopalo tree and the large Guanacaste wood tables at the beach club. Devon wanted “rustic elegance” to run throughout the design. To keep it light we used soft colors, with lots of foliage, and hints of gold. Because we wanted the tree to be a focal point, we hung a large garland on the tree and used this as their backdrop for the ceremony. For the reception we wanted the natural wood tables to stand out, so the design we came up with was lace runners, gradients of white, green foliage in varying shades and gold mini pineapples. The “vases” were little ice cream dishes, which I spray painted white. Devon even mentioned one of her favorite moments to be “…after we sat down for down dinner. The sun had just set. I looked around at the beautiful perfectly set tables, all lit up by dozens of little votives, highlighting the smiling faces of our loved ones. It was a perfect vision that I will cherish forever.”

My favorite detail of the entire design were the place settings…how perfectly imperfect (or “rustically elegant”) they were. A grey napkin wrapped in twine, a leaf with guests’ names written in gold, and a piece of foliage or a flower tucked in. I think this summed up the wedding and the couple. In the couples quirks and silliness, they were lovely alone, but perfect together.

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Photography: Sylvia Guardia | Floral Design: Colette's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Watters | Hair + Makeup: Diego Alfaro | DJ: Music 4 You Events | Band: Fabio Avelino dos Santos | Venue: Pangas | Event Styling, Coordination + Design: Perennial Weddings | Rentals: Eventos Artesanos

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Whimsical + Glam Honduras Destination Wedding with a Major Wow Factor

We share a lot of pretty weddings every day here at Style Me Pretty (I mean, have you seen our Pinterest?), but there’s something about this destination wedding in Honduras that really shines, and it’s not the Bride’s sparkly shoes. It’s the lush landscape, the sweet couple, the precious youngest members of the bridal party and the fact that family and friends pitched in to make it all possible. Thanks to Lauren Fair Photography and The Orchid, we can appreciate it all in The Vault!

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From Lauren Fair PhotographyIn December, we had the privilege of traveling to Tela, Honduras for Maria + AJ’s epic destination wedding. Their family and friends gathered from every corner of the globe to come celebrate their love at the beautiful Indura Resort for a weekend of festivities! Maria + AJ are some of the most intelligent, kind-hearted and genuine people we have gotten to know – Maria is a doctor and AJ soon will be also, and their personalities perfectly fit that role as they took such amazing care of all of their guests! They surprised everyone with so many personal touches incorporating all of their loves – from a multi-course delicious meal (to share their love of good food), a surprise Italian opera singer (as a nod to Maria’s Italian grandfather), a ridiculous Honduran dance troupe to come in at the end of dinner and dance every guest over to the party room, and so many more personalized elements! The entire party danced until 3:30 a.m. and it was nothing short of amazing. Oh, and can we talk about Maria’s stunning Jenny Packham dress and Ajlan’s sharp black tux?! So fun to see a little bit of glamour for a destination wedding! The reception room was draped in long trailing greens + shades of white and covered with wooden boards full of delicious appetizers, and every single guest was blown away by the attention to detail! Their wedding reminded us for the hundredth time why we LOVE being a part of destination weddings so much – we left with such a sense of community, new cultural appreciation, and beautiful photos filled with so much love.

From The Bride…Our wedding weekend was everything we could have hoped for and more. While we were planning, AJ and I knew that we would have people from more than 10 countries coming to Honduras and we wanted it to be special and fun for everyone. We also wanted the wedding to be a reflection of who we are as a couple and for people from both sides to get to know us better. We therefore chose each detail carefully and highlighted our favorite things to do together- namely to cook, travel, and EAT! So from making AJ’s famous granola for our welcome bags, to naming our tables after our favorite restaurants, serving our food family style in a different room from the dance floor, to picking every single food to reflect places we had traveled to together, it was our best dinner party yet. The dance party that followed was pretty amazing as well.

My mom baked cookies and biscotti, my brother and his girlfriend making all the signs, my other brother and a few relatives made some of the food for dinner, and my dad picked all the wines- it was truly a huge labor of love and we are so grateful. We had the most amazing team of vendors, and Lauren and Tim managed to capture everything perfectly. We were able to enjoy every moment with our family and friends, and most importantly loved every minute with each other. We had the best time and wish we could live it all over again!!

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Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: The Orchid | Event Planning: Agendas Y Eventos | Floral Design: Musa Flores Y Eventos | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Etsy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Angelo's Restaurant, Bride's Brother + Isaac Arbanil | Catering: Indura Resort, Tela, Honduras | Band: Johnny Be Good | Venue: Indura Resort, Tela, Honduras | Cake + Desserts: Pan Y Mas | Wood, Paper, Canvas + LOVE Signage: MegaImagen Honduras

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Pretty Plates + A Two-Piece Dress Make This Tropical Shoot A Must-See

Can I register for these plates by Adelfa, pretty, pretty please? I’m obsessed! But while the tableware may have initially drawn me in, this dress, Meant To Be Calligraphy flourishes, and all the beauty created by FourNineteen Weddings is what has kept me in this Vault gallery for the past severals hours (no joke!). So, thank you Audra Wrisley for capturing it all and making this Tuesday a whole lot better – we owe ya’!

From Audra Wrisley… Inspired by the local flora and fauna in Costa Rica, this wedding inspiration shoot was set at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, which provided a perfect backdrop for our modern and organic shoot. The resort is located in one of Costa Rica’s most alluring areas; nestled on the Culebra Bay in the northern province of Guanacaste.

Complementing the modern and eco-friendly design of the venue, the talented Barbara Broutin from FourNineteen Weddings opted to use sea glass toned colors and geometric lines for the florals and design aesthetic. Elky Suarez custom designed an incredible two-piece, lace and silk bridal gown in soft ivory and blush, which was the perfect focal point for the shoot. The designers at Artflower opted for exotic orchids to decorate the tablescape and ceremony site, and created a flawless cascading bouquet for our model. The hand-painted plates by Adelfa were also custom created for the occasion, inspired by the shapes and colors native to the Guanacaste area.

We soaked up the last few minutes of daylight on the resort’s deserted beach in one of Costa Rica’s infamous sunsets.

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Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Floral Design: Artflower | Wedding Dress: Elky Suarez | Cake: Victoria Zoch | Hair + Makeup: Victoria Moreno | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Venue: Andaz Peninsula Papagayo | Custom Plates: Ooh La Lollipop | Event Design + Coordination: FourNineteen Weddings | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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