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Costa Rica Wedding at Villas Hermosas by A Brit & A Blonde

When you’re from Canada and you love the beach, it makes total sense to head down to Costa Rica when it comes time to say your I Do’s. And that’s exactly what this couple did. The bride rocked a beyond gorgeous Claire Pettibone dress and added loads of vintage charm to her big day. A Brit & A Blonde joined them and snapped up tons of pretty images and there’s way more right here in the full gallery.

From A Brit & A BlondeJacqueline and Chuck are from a small town in Ontario and said their I do’s on the beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Their day was truly gorgeous. Jacqueline is a classic beauty and has a love of all things vintage. Pride & Prejudice is Jacqueline’s fave movie — she brought that essence to the look and feel of her big day. From her beyond-beautiful Claire Pettibone dress to candelabras and picture perfect flowers and parasols — the day brims with amazing inspiration for vintage-loving brides.

Wedding Photography: A Brit & A Blonde / Reception Venue: Villas Hermosas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica / Event Planning: Liquid Weddings / Catering: Soma Chefs / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone “Cloissonne”

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Costa Rica Inspiration Shoot by Jublilee Events + Carla Ten Eyck

If you’ve been dreaming about what a beach wedding in Costa Rica may look like, you’re certainly in for a treat this morning! Thanks to Carla Ten Eyck Photography who captured the gorgeous work of this fab dream team that included Datura: A Modern Garden, Jubilee Events, Metal Mermaid Press and The White Dress by the Shore we get to bask in all the beauty that is this colorful and oh-so-beautiful day at the beach. Click here for even more!

Don’t miss out on this gorgeous film by Vintage Cinema:

From Candice Coppola of Jubilee EventsOur inspiration for this shoot was bright, bold colors and the traditional Costa Rican oxcart wheel (as mentioned by Tony below). We wanted to do something fun and different on the gorgeous beaches of Costa Rica and brought in wooden elements, bold colors, sparkling jewels and a big ball gown. I think that often, couples feel like they need to think of their destination beach wedding as something either tropical or nautical. Our shoot proves that you can indeed get married on the beach with an entirely different vibe in a beautiful, big dress! Some of my favorite elements are the bright paper, the gorgeous bouquets of local flowers with metal threads intertwined, and the simply gorgeous Anne Barge gown!

From Tony Palmieri of Datura: A Modern Garden I just love the inspiration for this shoot: the traditional Costa Rican oxcart wheel with its bright colors and complex patterns. The complexity of the paper designed for the tablescape dictated a simplistic approach to the floral element, so using a native branch and a few suspended bubble vases, I created a mobile-inspired centerpiece using a few anthurium blooms. The bouquets are comprised of all native flowers harvested from the area around the beach and given a bit of sparkle with some metallic floss. For me, this shoot is the epitome of the Costa Rican concept of “pura vida” with its relaxed feel and whimsical touches.

From Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore When selecting the fashion for the beach shoot, it was all about fluidity and color! We selected lightweight, airy wedding gowns that blew in the beach breeze. The vibrant colors in the bridesmaids’ dresses and jewels were inspired by the Costa Rican oxcart, a symbol of Tico tradition, and all of the glorious colors in the flowers, ocean and landscape.

From Josh Bryant of Metal Mermaid Press At Metal Mermaid, we are always trying so see what new territory exists in the art of fine paper. We were extremely excited to break out of the box and work with such an exciting palette and shapes inspired by Costa Rican oxcarts. We created a suite of paper combining bright giclée printing and formal letterpress elements. Inspired by the creative folks at Jubilee, we pushed the paper envelope and created hanging paper escort card mobiles. It was such a breath of fresh air!

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography / Photo Shoot Location: Los Suenos Resort in Costa Rica / Event Design + Planning: Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events / Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden / Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore / Cinematography: Vintage Cinema / Invitations: Metal Mermaid Press / Furniture + Event Rentals: Eventos Boadicea / Linens: Resource One Inc. / Wedding Dress with Ball Gown: Anne Barge / Wedding Dress with Layered Ruffles: Amy Kuschel / Beauty: DD Nickel / Bridal Earrings: Haute Bride + Maria Elena / Feather Headpiece: Couture for The White Dress by the Shore / Colorful Earrings with Yellow Dress: DK Designs for The White Dress by the Shore / Headband: Maria Elena

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Costa Rica Wedding at Beija Flor Resort by Paul Vincent

Planes, trains and automobiles didn’t stop this next couple from reaching their adventurous, yet romantic wedding by Paul Vincent. Between fun activities of morning yoga sessions, ocean fishing, horseback riding and a hilltop groom’s dinner, this beautiful couple shared an earth ceremony at the Beija Flor Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica that they, along with their guests, will remember forever {and I think I will too!}. Keep the adventure going and click here for more!

 

From Paul VincentJen is from Minneapolis and Ezequiel is from Argentina. They wanted their families to meet each other on new ground, so they decided to meet in the middle and get married in Costa Rica! Also, the wedding gave them a great excuse to plan an amazing adventure — and adventure they did! Just getting to the small coastal town of Mal Pais requires a plane, bus, ferry and taxi ride. Most guests spent the week before or after traveling throughout Costa Rica and Central America. Among these adventurers was the groom’s best man, who despite having never been outside Argentina stayed afterwards for another two weeks! It’s safe to say that friends and family will never forget the experience of Jen and Ezequiel’s wedding.

The wedding was hosted at Beija Flor Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica. The resort staff filled the role of wedding planners, organizing and hosting the wedding and reception. The plan was to have the ceremony poolside but sticking with their adventurous natures, Ezequiel and Jen rolled with the punches as the staff surprised them with a last-minute location change to a mountain top overlooking the ocean. Yes — it was as beautiful as you are picturing in your head right now! To get to the new location, Range Rovers had to be hired to ferry all the guests up the steep, primitive roads. Not only did the resort provide a one-of-a-kind ceremony, they went above and beyond for the reception, arranging everything from the gift basket favors and flowers to floating arrangements and table decor.

The details were really never ending. The photos highlight it more than any words can describe, but the short list includes: Costa Rican treats and gift baskets, morning yoga sessions, ocean fishing, horseback riding on the beach, a hilltop groom’s dinner, beautiful flower arrangements and bouquets, chalk board seating charts, and an earth ceremony. The earth ceremony was unique and moving, as instead of a lighting a unity candle the couple combined soil from Argentina and Minnesota to symbolize their union!

Wedding Photography: Paul Vincent / Wedding Venue, Planning + Accommodations: Beija Flor Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica / Wedding Dress: J.Crew “Taryn” / Bride’s Shoes: Forever 21 / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew

Bahia Del Sol Wedding by A Brit and A Blonde

As if Bahia Del Sol Hotel wasn’t eye candy enough, this bride went all out DIY and it is to DIE! That lovely lady in that Sara Seven dress below made everything- from the favor bags, to the table runner, to the napkins, to the menus, to the ribbons wands, to the cake topper nod to the softball team where she met her groom – the list is as endless as the beauty it all created on their big day. See all the homemade candy colored cuteness in A Brit and a Blonde’s fabulous photos in the full gallery!

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From the photographer… Kathleen is a truly talented DIY bride – for her wonderfully lovely and sunny destination wedding in Costa Rica she created a ton of the design elements herself: she hand painted the super cute cake toppers (which are of her and Tom as an homage to the softball team the Zingerballs which is where they met), she handprinted the Gracias favour bags with a lino relief cut and her mom hand sewed each one, she made the table runner, the napkins (each was a different fun print!), the bunting banners, the menus, the ribbons on the ceremony and reception chairs and the ribbon wands or “celebration sticks” as Kathleen likes to call them. Just to name a few! She chose yellow as the main color- since it is a bright and happy colour. The bridesmaids all chose their own pretty yellow dress and the groomsmen looked dapper with their suspenders. Such a fun detail were the sandals that the bride and bridesmaids wore – they are made by Sseko and can be tied in many different ways. The sandals are handmade by women in Uganda, Africa – empowering them to further their education in order to change the world. They are an amazing company and the sandals are darling! Since one of Kathleen’s bridesmaids could not make it and neither could her grandmother – she included a pin from each of them on her bouquet – so they still would be with her on her big day. Tom & Kathleen are from Toronto, Canada. Although Kathleen and Tom’s wedding was done on a budget – the DIY details gave it a personal touch that money just can’t buy!

Wedding Photography: A Brit and a Blonde / Wedding Venue: Bahia Del Sol Hotel in Costa Rica / Floral Design: Floristeria Cristal / Wedding Dress: Sara Seven / Cake Designer: Sweet Constructions / Equipment Rentals: Eventos Bodicea / Bride’s Shoes: Sseko Design / Pre-ceremony location: Flamingo Beach Resort / Wedding Planning: Weddings Costa Rica

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Costa Rica Wedding at Reserva Conchal by Comfort Studio

I’m having a moment. Rarely am I rendered speechless but this wedding has done the trick! We simply must give a big round of applause to Comfort Studio who has captured the picturesque setting of this wedding to a “T.”  I adore how the couple used lace to dress their reception tables and opted for simple touches of rose petals in the sand for the ceremony. Looking at this destination not only make me want to visit Costa Rica stat, but I want this couple to take me there.  Let the waves take you over to the gallery for more along with the film of the day by Jonathan Yonkers below. Enjoy!

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From Aimee Monihan of Tropical Occasions Katie, a dermatologist, and Will, a professional poker player and wrestling coach, met at university and had an instant connection. Since they were both athletes and very committed to their sports (she a swimmer and he a wrestler) they instantly had their athleticism in common. As their friendship blossomed into a romance, they began to share the passion of surfing. They soon had a yearly surfing trip they took together to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, where they could both unwind from their busy lifestyles and just be with one another in a place they both loved, doing a sport that had brought them closer together. When Will made matters official and asked Katie for her hand in marriage, it was a very easy conversation about where to host the wedding. They decided on Costa Rica, the place where they celebrated their relationship and where they always felt the most relaxed and happy.

When Katie set out to find professional help, she decided on Tropical Occasions. One phone call with owner Aimee Monihan affirmed she would be able to create the perfect wedding experience for her and Will while incorporating their love of surfing and Costa Rica. Katie chose the beautiful venue of Reserva Conchal and their private beach club to host the big day. She loved that the fun and hip town of Tamarindo was close by, so she and Will could share with all their friends the things they loved to do while visiting their each year. The design and plans developed with a crisp palette of white and navy blue with accents of pale pink and yellow. The ceremony took place on the beach with the beautiful waves crashing behind the altar. After the ceremony, tropical cocktails were served as guests watched the sun set into the Pacific and the surfers in the group admired the nice long left in front of them. The reception was a mix of country club chic with an elegant table dressed in lace overlays and romantic flowers with whimsical touches. The reception included sunglasses for all guests, as well as a cigar bar, and the night ended with an amazing fireworks show.

Wedding Photography: Katherine Stinnett of Comfort Studio / Wedding Venue: Reserva Conchal in Guanacaste, Costa Rica / Event Design + Planning: Tropical Occasions / Floral Design: Stylos & Flores / Wedding Cinematography: Jonathan Yonkers / Wedding Cake: Victoria Zoch / Lighting: Calidad a Tiempo / Furniture Rentals: Costa Mesa / DJ: Costa Rica Wedding DJ / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair + Makeup: Diego Alfarro / Rehearsal Dinner Location: Mar y Sol Restaurante

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As you head off into your weekend we just had to introduce you to our newest SMP Destination advertiser - Blue Petyl Bouquets.  This totally unique and awesome company brings a whole new level of gorgeous to your wedding bouquet.  Their creations are show-stopping beauties and keepsakes that you’ll be able to cherish forever!  Make sure you spend some time on their website and check out their giveaway below!

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