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Elegant Beach Wedding in Costa Rica

Destination weddings are in a league of their own. I mean, it doesn’t get better than a little vacation with your nearest and dearest while you say I do. And when you are doing just that on the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica with Stories Wedding Photography snapping up every gorgeous moment planned by Four Nineteen Weddings, that’s when we enter a whole new level of dreamy. Get lost in all the lovely here.

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From Stories Wedding PhotographyMike and Stevie decided to get married in Costa Rica. They wanted their wedding and time with family and friends to be a tropical adventure. The bride and groom wished to take them someplace the majority of them had never been, and now, they all have a special connection to Costa Rica. In addition, Mike and Stevie wanted their wedding to be natural and environmentally conscious; Costa Rica has really embraced this ideology.

Everyone who has met Stevie knows she loves to dance. She is always taking dance classes and performing. Traditional Japanese dance, Latin dance, belly dance, Gatos and Bollywood. The result flows anytime there is music. The bride worked on a cross-cultural dance that she had made up. Stevie was not going to miss this chance to perform! She had to convince Mike to dance with her and he did a wonderful job! The dance was choreographed and rehearsed by her good friend, Jesus. The hardest part was keeping all their practicing a secret because the bride and groom wanted to surprise everyone at the wedding reception. The result was wonderful and fun, they were VERY surprised! Costa Rica`s vibe was perfect for it!

Stevie saw a video on Yahoo from a wedding where a GoPro was placed on a bottle of liquor. She showed it to her family and everyone loved the idea, especially her brother who took this project on. He, of course, wanted to “one up” the Yahoo video and instead of one GoPro on one bottle, The Gauntlet was born consisting of GoPros on a bottle of Grey Goose, Makers Mark, Goldschlager, Jameson, and Patron. The wedding guests drank from all five bottles in a row, it was a big hit. The Papagayo Peninsula where we had the wedding was the perfect setting for this!

Mike and Stevie wanted the color scheme to reflect moss, reclaimed wood and stones. They wanted to honor the environment and compliment the natural beauty of the Papagayo Peninsula. A lot of the pictures reflect that. The bride and groom, as well as their guests enjoyed the beach at sundown immensely; they thought it was amazing; some of the most beautiful sunset shows you will ever come across are in Costa Rica. Moreover, everyone had wonderful vacation with forty of their closest friends and family. Together, they went zip lining, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, ate and drank a lot, and had a 3-on-3 basketball tournament/rehearsal dinner. Mike and Stevie were surrounded by love for six days at a beautiful resort, in a beautiful, peaceful country.

The bride and groom wanted to add that planning a wedding from Los Angeles in Costa Rica seemed challenging. But with the tremendous help of Barbara at Four Nineteen Weddings, the amazing logistical support from the Four Seasons Resort, and skilled vendors, Sergio Pucci Photography and Sunflower Bella, everything went so smoothly that the only worry Mike and Stevie had on the wedding day was to have fun. It was their best day ever!

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Reformation | Event Planning: Four Nineteen Weddings | Floral Design: Art flower | Hair & Makeup: Sunflower Bella Hair and Makeup | Photography: Stories Wedding Photography | Rentals: Eventos Artesanos | Resort: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica | Wedding Dress: Marisa

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Romantic Wedding at the Land of Eternal Spring

Overflowing with fresh Expressions Artes Florales , this garden affair has officially put Guatemala on my bucket list. The chic factor exponentially increases with a firework ending and the Bride’s calligraphy skills, and with Saguzo Eventos on hand every detail was flawless. Joe Simon Wedding Films and Megan Robinson shared their favorite moments from this dreamy destination ceremony, right here.

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From Megan Robinson… I have been looking forward to sharing this wedding ever since I was fortunate enough to document it. Of course traveling for, and telling the story of a destination wedding is always a dream come true, but this one is very dear to me. “The Land of Eternal Spring” is even more beautiful than it sounds with it’s colors, textures, foliage, music, culture, people, and landscapes being so dynamic and enchanting. Guatemala happens to be my mother’s native country, so when Amy and Jorge contacted me about documenting their wedding in a place that is home to so many people I love, I was overwhelmed with excitement.

One of the most unique details of this wedding was that the Bride, Amy, is a calligrapher, Letter Love Studio, and she custom designed her invites, envelopes, cake topper, the menu, gift tags, etc. Seeing how much heart was put into this event, even down to the details Amy created made this one of the most memorable days I have been fortunate enough to document.

From the Bride… If there’s one thing Jorge and I love to do together it’s travel. After getting engaged in Thailand (where my dad is from) on a family trip, we thought it only fitting to get married in Guatemala ­ where Jorge’s parents are from and where he lived as a child. We felt it would be extremely meaningful to honor our backgrounds as our families came together as one, and Antigua was a no ­brainer. I fell in love with photos of the cascading bougainvilleas, lush green volcanoes, and colorful worn facades of this little colonial town that Jorge had treasured as a kid. When we visited in February to do the bulk of the planning with Gladys Santizo of Saguzo Eventos the “Land of Eternal Spring” really stole my heart and I couldn’t wait to experience it with our closest friends and family.

Our wedding day couldn’t have been more surreal. I felt so beautiful slipping into my custom Tatyana Merenyuk silk chiffon and vintage lace gown, and Jorge looked so incredibly handsome in a way I will always remember. We always knew that we wanted to get married in a venue that would stand the test of time. Somewhere significant we could visit time and time again and take our family to many years later… and the 18th century ruins of Las Capuchinas and 16th century church of San Jose El Viejo fit the bill perfectly.

The garden of Las Capuchinas was overflowing with fresh flowers and the sound of latin guitar and violin music filled the ceremony air as we exchanged our hand written vows. After the kiss, all of our guests piled into an army of little tuk tuks which took them to San Jose for the reception, bouncing in one long line along the cobblestone streets. It was one of the most fun and memorable moments for our guests and really set the tone for a laughter-­filled reception.

I had a very specific vision for our reception décor, and seeing that come to life really took our breath away. One of the hardest parts of having a destination wedding was that I couldn’t make as many décor items as I wanted to, but I designed and calligraphed every piece I could conceivably bring to Guatemala! From the invitations I collaborated on with uber-talented

Yao Cheng Design, to the welcome bags, programs, menus, escort cards, cake topper, etc. It was so incredible to see all of the little details come together and us and our guests had an extraordinary time. To cap off the evening, Jorge surprised everyone (myself included) with a fireworks display and it was the perfect crescendo to an unforgettable day. The best thing we did (besides get married of course!) was to hire our dream team ­ Megan Robinson and Joe Simon Wedding Films to document our special day. To be in the hands of such wonderful and talented professionals let us truly relax and enjoy ourselves. We were ecstatic to see how they captured our wedding day and their photos and film help us relive it over and over. We could not have asked for more!

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress | Bride’s Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Ceremony Venue: Convento De Las Capuchinas | Event Planning: Saguzo Eventos | Floral Design: Expressions Artes Florales | Groomsmen’s Attire: J. Hilburn | Groom’s Attire: D.Jones Clothiers | Invitation + Calligraphy: Letter Love Studio | Invitation Watercolor: Yao Cheng Design | Photography: Megan Robinson | Reception Venue: San Jose El Viejo | Videography: Joe Simon Wedding Films | Wedding Cake: Pasteleria La Cenicienta

Citrus-Infused Guatemala Wedding

Captured by Stacy Able, this Guatemala wedding is chock-full of color and whimsy, with pretty little details everywhere you look (read: citrus chandeliers!) The day was planned by I Do, Guatemala who pulled off the Bride’s vision by ending the evening with late-night tacos and a paper lantern send-off. And as for the gallery? Well, it’s a total must.

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From The Bride…As soon as we got engaged, I knew exactly where I wanted to have our wedding. We had visited Lake Atitlan in Guatemala the prior year and I had fallen head over heels for the land. I’ve always had an affinity for anything tropical, especially banana leaves, bright florals, and all things citrus. The thought of having a wedding with a blue lake and volcano back drop, amongst giant palms, green foliage, and every bright flower imaginable just seemed dreamy to me.

The gardens and grounds of Hotel Atitlan were perfect – they even had butterflies, parrots, and peacocks roaming around. Our wedding was a destination for all 50 of our guests, half coming from the US and half coming from Europe, and we wanted to show them all the special parts of Lake Atitlan that we fell in love with. The more I experienced Guatemala throughout our trips, the more I admired their details and local native craftsmanship. I had fun creating the welcome bags for our guests and was excited at the thought that this would be their first impression and glimpse of Guatemala and the wedding weekend. On one of our planning trips we visited the town of Santa Catarina Palopó and picked a beautiful selection of hand woven, brightly patterned textiles made by the local women. Back home, my mom cut and sewed these textiles into tote bags with handles. We filled the bags with some of our favorite products of Guatemala – locally made bottles of spicy green hot sauce, a bag of Guatemalan coffee beans, and a bottle of the countries Ron Zacapa rum – in addition to a “Just in Case” emergency kit and some snacks and treats.

Our wedding day scene was filled with overwhelming plants and flowers everywhere you looked, cobblestone paths leading to each tucked away area for the ceremony and reception, Spanish style architecture in the background, and a picturesque view of the lake and volcanoes. My love for oranges and citrus worked perfectly in this setting and created a consistent theme throughout the wedding day decor. During the ceremony we offered chilled bottles of orange and lemon San Pellegrino drinks with pink striped straws. A simple floral arch of pink and white flowers and green leaves framed the view of the lake while guests looked on. For our reception dinner, we planned it at sundown so our guests could enjoy the sunset; they sat at one long rustic wood table along the lake.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always envisioned a single long table for my wedding dinner as I always wanted it to feel more like a large and cheerful dinner party then anything else. White linen table runners ran down the center of the tables with white chiavari chairs lining either side. Different shades of pink roses, white lisianthus and green hydrangeas filled glass vases and bottles with lit candles placed in between. The details were important to me, even down to the salt and pepper dishes. I like simple and clean but still soft and pretty.

As I mentioned before, I also love anything citrus and I think this setting called for citrus all day long! Each place setting had a clean, crisp folded white napkin with printed menu cards tucked inside. As a name place card, we set vibrant, large oranges with green leafy stems at each seat – and nametags tied on with twine. My favorite and most anticipated of the details were the citrus chandeliers hanging over the table. Multiple circular chandeliers made of oranges and leafy greens with candles hung from long vines within the tent. These were the focal point of the tables, the feature that helped create a certain tropical-naturally beautiful-whimsical vibe to the setting; a setting which I wanted to be less formal and more pretty and fun.

With my husband being European, an after dinner espresso was a must and this was one of his few requests. We asked the owner from our favorite local café, a young and cool South Korean coffee lover, to set up an espresso and coffee bar, which was not only satisfying and delicious but entertaining too! Guests drank hand-dripped coffee out of brightly colored mini ceramic mugs that fit in with the décor perfectly.

We also had a French hipster DJ named Olivier keeping the music and dancing going throughout the night. It was a worldly and eclectic group of not only guests but vendors as well! We ended the night with a firework show that left an excited and awe-inspiring feeling for all who experienced it. Late night, we chowed down on what we’ve collectively agreed were “the best tacos ever” and sent off large paper lanterns into the night sky over the lake. This was the sign off to a beautiful and adventurous weekend in Guatemala for all our guests and us. Carlo and I felt so happy and fulfilled with our closest family and friends surrounding us in this beautiful place. It was simply perfect.

Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Coffee Station: Cafe Loco | Grooms Attire: Dries Van Noten | Grooms Shoes: Paul Smith | Headpiece: Untamed Petals | Invitation Suite: Lucky Penny Paperie | Photography: Stacy Able Photography | Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham | Wedding Gown Shop: Panache Bridals | Wedding Planner: Diana | Wedding Venue: Hotel Atitlan

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DIY Destination Wedding in Antigua, Guatemala at Las Capuchinas Templo

This wedding is pure magic. And I don’t say that lightly. Intimate and elegant, the images from Julie Comfort paint the picture of a wedding that played out like a dream. With the romantic Las Capuchinas Templo setting the scene and one seriously gorgeous couple tying the knot, this gallery is a destination dream come true. See even more here.

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From The Bride…My husband and I live to travel, taking every spare moment to explore and see a new place or part of the world. (He more than I, I must admit as his country count is over 90!) I had fallen in love with Guatemala and its raw beauty when I taught there a few years back and introduced its splendor and charm to Rishi just before we were engaged. (BTW, he popped the question on stage at the end of a concert of my absolute favorite singer in the world…Anthony Hamilton …a surprise is an understatement and it was a dream to say the least!) If I were asked to describe Antigua in one word, it would be “Magical”…

When we were trying to decide where to get married, we pondered the simplicity of a small wedding in our home city, thought about cruises or all-inclusive type destination weddings, but nothing seemed to stick or excite us. It was not until Rishi simply suggested, “Why not Guatemala?”…and that was it. We immediately jumped on the idea that night without even putting much thought into it (well, 5 minutes worth) we sent an email out to our closest friends and family that night which sealed the deal. Rishi’s family lives in Trinidad and mine in Toronto…both families don’t travel often. It was important to us that we provide everyone with an “adventure” where friends and family would have time to grow true relationships and see a place they would not have otherwise.

I found the most gorgeous group of houses (6 in total…which we called “Melrose” because they surrounded a pool just like the show) which we rented for a week to accommodate our guests and family. It was cost friendly, allowed everyone to be close, and provided the perfect “get to know you” atmosphere. Each room was stocked with a welcome bag filled with goodies and necessities like a hangover kit (with emergency meds, earplugs, and an eye mask), snacks, sweets, personalized lip balm, water and more.

The days before the wedding were filled with events for guests to choose to participate in (or not). We had a meet and greet day filled with a hop-on/hop-off tour of the city, followed by a night around the pool with catered traditional Guatemala food, music, and drinks. After the rehearsal dinner we had a salsa night out with salsa lessons, music, drinks and fun.
The day of the wedding was just the icing on the cake to the whole week we got to enjoy with the closest people in our lives.

Our venues (being built over 300 years ago) matched our theme…magical. We loved the simplicity of both venues. I would not have called myself crafty before the wedding, but I kicked up my inner craftiness and became a DIY guru. I made (and discovered I loved making) a ton of personlized paper products and decor and we brought literally suitcases full of DIY to add to the decor.

The ceremony was held at San Jose el Viejo; a smaller, more intimate ruin, followed by a cocktail hour with our signature “Flirtini” drink and apps. The sound of thunder and heavy rain added a warm feel to this already magical venue. As part of the ceremony, we held a “Sand and Soil” ceremony. Rishi used sand from Trinidad where he grew up and I used soil from the backyard of my childhood home in Toronto. We exchanged personalized vows and our wedding bands made from aircraft titanium (adding a special meaning because of our travels) and sealed the deal with a smooch.

Shuttles whisked guests off to the reception held in the temple of Las Capuchinas where we had a Cuban band, Ignacio (he’s the grandson of one of the original members of the Buena Vista Social Club) playing for their entrance. By that point, everyone was relaxed, happy, ready to celebrate and enjoy a few drinks made by our flare bartenders. A delicious meal, followed by mini desserts, a candy station and s’mores were there to satisfy everyone’s sweet spot. The atmosphere was fun and full of joy and having guests come from all over (Canada, US, Trinidad, Guatemala, and as far as Scotland and Nigeria!) made for the best night and week of our lives.

Accomodations: Philippa Myers | Antigua Accommodations: Philippa Myers | Birdcage Veil: Melinda Rose Designs | Birdie Logo/Wedding Stamp: Paper Sushi | Bride's Dress: Pronovias | Catering: Camino Real Antigua | Ceremony Location: San Jose El Viejo | Ceremony Programs: HandStampOlogy | Cinematography: Jonathan Yonkers | Engagement Ring: Tacori | Event Design/Floral: Mario Ayala-Escencia | Event Design/Florals: Mario Ayala | Father of the Bride gift-Personalized Handkerchief: Inspired Stitches | Favors/Paper Product/DIY Decor: Handstampology | Hair flower worn at reception: Rainwater Studios | Hair/Makeup: Melissa Wood | Photography: Julie Comfort | Reception Location: Las Capuchinas Templo | Videographer: Jonathan Yonkers | Wedding Bands: Jon Pollack | Wedding Cake: Cake Company

Colorful Costa Rica Beach Elopement

This adorable duo is out to prove that a wedding for two can be every bit as stylish as a full-blown soiree. They traveled to the beaches of Costa Rica with Chloe Murdoch in tow, and the result is one of the coolest tropical elopements we’ve ever come across. Pretty lovers unite in the gallery right here.

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From Chloe Murdoch Photography… The Bride Erika and Groom Giedrius (both from Lithuania) eloped to Costa Rica and wanted to have a wedding that really reflected the style of weddings they had seen on many of SMP’s posts!

Erika wanted to have her wedding and photos feel “natural, cozy, artistic, bohemian and a little bit vintage” and I really worked with her to make that a reality. My husband and I helped her do everything from floral design, and prop coordination to the officiant and selection of venue location. It was really a one stop deal for them and was truly a blessing to be a part of making their elopement dreams a reality.

Floral Design: Stylos Y Flores | Photography: Chloe Murdoch Photography | Shoes: H&M | Venue: Tulemar Bungalows & Villas | Wedding Dress: Toma Accessories | Wedding Dress: Toma Accessories