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Casual Costa Rica Wedding at Villa Marrakech

A casual beach fete in Costa Rica, surrounded by lush greens and white sands might just be the epitome of a dream destination wedding. With Villa Marrakech as the Moroccan-inspired backdrop, beachy white blooms by Tropical Occasions and image upon pretty image from Margaux Photography, there’s a whole gallery full of relaxed romance right here!


From the Bride and Groom… Jared and I reside in Newport, Rhode Island with our 11 month old daughter, Emelia and our dog, Lucas. We LOVE living at the beach, going for hikes, drinking coffee, lazy Sunday mornings and cozying up with a good book. We are also lovers of travel and often retreat from our seaside sanctuary in New England for extended periods. It was during our first trip to Playa Langosta, Costa Rica when we fell madly and deeply in love with both the country and one another. Playa Langosta has since held a very special place in our hearts.

We had hoped to find a Moroccan inspired villa to host our wedding at as this would best express our own personal style. Upon discovering Villa Marrakech we were beyond thrilled – it was the perfect location! Our wedding was very intimate with just our closest family and friends in attendance. This allowed for a wonderfully relaxed and romantic atmosphere.

We began the morning with a group yoga class at Villa Marrakech. This was the perfect way to start our big day! Later, our guests joined us on the beach for our unique Buddhist inspired ceremony just before sunset. Our ceremony was very special to the two of us as it included a number of Buddhist prayers, a hand-washing ritual, our exchange of personal vows, exchange of rings (Jared’s ring was designed and made by his dad!), etc.

Following an amazing dinner, we enjoyed a spectacular show put on by a group of fire dancers. The night ended with the bride, groom and all guests jumping in the pool – wedding gown and all!

Photography: Margaux Gamble | Cinematography: Matt Agan | Wedding Planner: Tropical Occasions | Floral Design: Tropical Occasions | Wedding Dress: Andria Bird Bride | Cake: Victoria Zoch | Stationery: Peace Love Design | Jewelry: JoJo Loves You | Catering: Catering Costa | Hair And Makeup: Victoria Moreno | DJ: Cabo Luna Event Rentals | Favors: Cafe Tico | Luxury Venue: Villa Marrakech | Rentals: Cabo Luna Event Rentals | Rentals: Costa Mesa | Veil/hairpiece: Andria Bird Bride

Costa Rica Wedding from Slayleigh James Photography + The Special Day

I am completely determined to talk one of my lovely friends into a week-long wedding adventure after spending a little time with this Costa Rica wedding snapped up by Slayleigh James and planned to perfection by The Special Day (complete with stunning florals from Elena Damy Designs). Can you imagine day after day of pure fun with your nearest and dearest? It sounds like the best idea ever, and after taking a peek at these pics, I’m pretty sure it was. See them all here.

And don’t miss their ah-mazing film from the ridiculously talented folks at Elysium Productions


From The Special DayKei & Yusuke being world travelers and adventurers themselves, it was important to them to have a wedding where their family and friends could come together to enjoy a new culture & country together. But the priority was having a location that offered a little bit of everything  for those with the more adventurous spirit several activities to choose from, to those that just wanted to relax at the beach. With guests that lived on both coasts of the U.S., as well as from Japan, Costa Rica was a nice central point being approximately 6 hours from either the West or East Coasts, and being on Central Standard Time, there wasn’t too much of a time adjustment, or jet lag. Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific side of Costa Rica offered all the various activities and characteristics that Kei and Yusuke were looking for  from surfing, scuba diving, white water rafting, hiking, the beach, wildlife, and logistically not hard to get to, plus being one of the premier destinations in Costa Rica. It was an intimate group of about 40 guests, and we planned a multi-day itinerary of events and group activities so that guests could experience Manuel Antonio & Costa Rica at its best. Late November was just tapering off from the rainy season or green season, but before heading into their peak season. We handled all the planning and organization of each activity & event, the logistics, and provided detailed information via the wedding website, the invitations, and email communication regarding what to expect, the packing list, as well as arranged airport shuttle transportation to/from San Jose Airport down to Manuel Antonio for all guests, which the bride and groom hosted. Even for the casual lunches or dinners, we made the recommendations, handled the reservations, as well as the transportation. This was just a short list, as with all destination weddings we plan, we take care of every detail  we become the travel guide, the concierge, the tripadvisor guide, the consultant, the planner, the logistics coordinator, the translator  sometimes the baby sitter, the driver, the wardrobe stylist, the chef, the bartender, the sommelier, as well as having the positive encouraging attitude to hold a hand and jump in the water together! While there were many group lunches & dinners that we organized for the wedding week, we share here several of the different events and activities pre and post wedding day of Kei & Yusukes Costa Rica Destination Wedding:

Day 1 – Family & Friends started arriving on Thanksgiving Day. Instead of having traditional Thanksgiving style dinner with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, and fixings, we had one of the best local restaurants in Quepos/Manuel Antonio  La Esquina del Sabor cater the dinner, serving tipico Costa Rican cuisine and freshly made tropical juices.

Day 2 – After breakfast at the hotel we took the group for a morning hike to Manuel Antonio National Park, a must see in the area, in which you will see wildlife, flora & fauna, and amazing views of the ocean from various lookout points. Then you can enjoy and swim in the warm ocean, with a picnic along the beautiful beach. Along the hike, we saw sloths, white faced monkeys, a raccoon, lots of iguanas, and a crocodile! After the hike, in the afternoon for the more adventurous spirits, the guests went zip lining through the jungles.. exhilarating to fly atop and through the trees.

Day 3 – Wedding day! Kei & Yusuke didnt want a beach wedding, but a location with an ocean view would be perfect. Villa Vigia  a private estate overlooking Manuel Antonio and the Pacific, set the stage & backdrop for Kei & Yusukes Costa Rica destination wedding day. An intimate wedding ceremony & reception for 40 of their closest family and friends was exactly what the bride and groom had in mind. Appetizers during the cocktail hour included 1. Costa Rican ceviche with coconut milk, ginger and bananas, 2. Patacones (fried green plantain) with refried black beans, 3. French live pate and onion jelly on baguette, 4. Carribean patties (Costa Rican spicy empanaditas) and 5. Trout tartare with berry caper on avocado toast. Wine for the evening was provided by Vino d Vino, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carmenere, Malbec, and Merlot from Cumbres Andinas, Chile. With a plethora of tropical fruits, we had a juice bar to serve passion fruit, pineapple and mango juices, as well as fresh mint lemonade. The bamboo straws are made locally in Costa Rica. Salad: Fresh Hearts of Palm & Pineapple Salad, with Grilled Macadamia. The evenings menu included: Appetizer: Shrimp Tempura with Mango and Avocado Salsa, Entrees: Seabass in a Passion Fruit & Miso Sauce with Braised BokChoy, Beef Tenderloin with Guava and Red Wine Sauce

We ended the night with dancing and even had a salsa instructor to come in and teach guests how to salsa dance!

Day 4 – The day after the wedding, instead of a post-wedding brunch, we started the day a little later (knowing the guests would have a lot of fun the night before at the wedding). Kayaking through the mangroves was a nice and relaxed activity. Heres a description of the activity: Paddle through the smooth inland waterways of the Damas Island Estuary, one of the most unusual types of vegetation on the planet, and learn the importance of this delicate ecosystem. Mangroves thrive where the salt waters of the ocean meet the fresh waters of tropical rivers creating a periodically submerged forest of interlacing aerial roots. Your guide will show you the wealth of animal and bird life that lives in this unique habitat, such as mangrove wrens, swallows and an abundance of shore birds. On the banks of the estuary, youll see the main protagonists of the mangrove ecosystem; the Sally light foot crab, as well as boa constrictors tangled in the aerial roots, silky ant eaters and monkeys in the upper branches and crocodiles slipping in and out of the water. After a relaxing day paddling in the estuary, we headed back to the condos at Los Altos Resort and enjoyed time by the pool and watching the sunset which is one of the amazing scenes because the sky just lights up like fire

Day 5 – One of the activities the bride & groom had on their must do list was white water rafting, which I was happy to oblige with being a white water enthusiast myself. Near Manuel Antonio the Rio Savegre is only about a 50 minute drive  one of the cleanest rivers in the country, with fun class 3 rapids. We took the adventure group for a fun day on the river, with a hike to the waterfalls. The drive to the river is scenic and beautiful as well. Rafting is a great team building & bonding exercise and definitely fun to do as a pre or post wedding activity. You dont need any experience or need to swim to be able to go white water rafting!

Day 6 – A great way to end the week of fun, adventure, and a lifetime of memories on a sunset cruise around Manuel Antonio (this cruise is also a great welcome event if timing appropriate)

Photography: Slayleigh James, Alex Hill | Floral Design: Elena Damy Designs | Planning: The Special Day | Venue: Villa Vigia | Invitations & Stationary: Cherish Paperie | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Catering: Citrus Catering | Wine: Vino d Vino | Cake: Mariposa Bakery | Officiant: Jim Mears | DJ + Lighting: DJ Estif of Costa Rica Wedding DJ & Cabo Luna | Rentals: Costa Mesa | Hair + Makeup: Rachel, Costa Rica Hair & Makeup by Monica

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Costa Rica Wedding from A Brit & A Blonde and Four Winds Weddings & Events

You know why I love A Brit & A Blonde?  Well, other than the fact that they are two of the sweetest photogs you will ever meet?  They are crazy talented.  In a way that kind of takes your breath away.  So, when this glorious Costa Rica wedding made its way into my inbox, it was akin to Christmas morning. Because this is a gift that not only features drop-dead gorgeous imagery, but a seriously stunning duo and the beyond beautiful stylings from Four Winds Weddings & Events.  See every last amazing moment in the full gallery.


From A Brit & A Blonde… Crystal and Daniel really wanted a simple and understated event with vintage details. They chose to marry on the beach in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica and host their reception at a nearby mountaintop villa. For the ceremony they featured locally made teak benches. The aisle was lined with driftwood posts and green beach glass salvaged bottles tied with twine. They used bunches of star of Bethlehem for the post vases with a look that was fresh, but muted, as to not distract from the natural beauty of the stunning coastline. For her bridal bouquet, they used blown white roses, star of Bethlehem and mini kumquat fruit for an accent of color. Gotta love that. So fun!

Crystal and Dan live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. And have the cutest baby named Beckett who was by mommy’s side for most of the ceremony as the guest of honour. Included in Crytal’s bridal bouquet was the perfect charm “I love you to the moon and back” – which is a quote from the much loved children’s book Goodnight Moon that Crystal has read to Beckett since the first day he was born. The mustaches that they had on hand for a group shot (and also seen on their save the date and for some fun shots of the two of them) have a personal backstory. It was a “Mustache Party” that actually got Crystal and Dan together back in 2009. Crystal and 3 of her girlfriends found themselves “mustache-less” and had to rectify the situation. Crystal came up with the idea that they could draw a mustache on their fingers – she went into the bar to ask the bartender if he had a sharpie she could use. That bartender was Dan!

The reception decor was designed to compliment the feel of the ceremony. Lovely blue satin napkins, jute burlap and a collection of green beach glass mason jars and bottles that acted as vases. A ceiling of warm cafe lighting and crackle glass candle votives were used at the head table to provide soft lighting for dining. Guests indulged in a three tiered chocolate ganache cake and danced under the stars.

Wedding Photography: A Brit & A Blonde | Event + Floral Designer: Four Winds Weddings & Events | Reception Venue: Villa Paraiso | Wedding Dress: Caroline DeVillo Couture Bridal | DJ: XDJ Costa Rica | Rentals: Eventos Artesanos  | Shoes: Dolce Vita | Groom’s Attire: J. Crew | Catering: Tropical Gourmet

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