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Costa Rica Wedding from Ale Sura Photo + Weddings Costa Rica

When you spend your days traveling the world, it only makes sense that you would land on the lovely paradise of Costa Rica as your wedding locale, an insanely beautiful country that makes for the prettiest of Big Days.  Especially when you are these two stunning sweethearts, who, with the help of Weddings Costa Rica, filled every last second with special details highlighting their globetrotting status, like gorgeous lanterns from India and dazzling crystals from Hong Kong.  Thank goodness Ale Sura Photo captured every moment, because this is a gallery you just can’t miss.  Join me there for more.

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From Ale Sura PhotoJennifer and Rodolfo’s wedding was a celebration of two cultures coming together in a huge celebration on the shores of Costa Rica. Talk about worldly! The couple are true globetrotters, exploring new countries whenever they can. As an international MBA student, Jen has studied in many exotic locales all over the world, and during her travels, she picked up a number of great additions to her wedding, such as the star lanterns from India and real crystal strands and sky lanterns from the markets in Hong Kong. But the piece de resistance had to be her custom-made cheongsam, created for her by the seamstress who has sewn clothing for her family since Jen’s childhood. Those funky tablecloths were a find at Anthropologie, and all the little airplanes that were seating cards and dance floor decor were painstakingly made by the bride and groom. The adorable cake topper was made by Jen’s brother and captured the joie de vivre of this outgoing couple. Family from Puerto Rico flew in for the fun and what fun! A crazy photo booth, thoughtful welcome bags, dancing galore and a high-energy comparse (carnival dancers and drummers) made this one wedding no one is sure to forget (or top!).

Wedding Photography: Ale Sura Photo / Wedding Venue: Hotel Sugar Beach in Playa Pan de Azucar, Guanacaste, Costa Rica / Wedding Coordination: Larissa Banting of Weddings Costa Rica / Floral Design: Florestieria Cristal / Wedding Cake: Sweet Constructions / Guitar Trio: Jorge Jaen Trio / DJ: DJ Levento / Rentals: Eventos Boadicea / Lawyer: Ana Castro / Hair: Xinia Chacon

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Costa Rica Wedding from Comfort Studio

Fair warning: this next wedding will leave you with an insane desire to jump on the next airplane to Costa Rica. We’re seriously loving the laid back, nature vibe this bride and groom created. Think intimate dinner by candlelight, surrounded by their closest friends and family. It really doesn’t get any better. Comfort Studio captured all the magical moments and you can see more right here. 

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From the Bride… Robert and I have been together for a long time, and when we started to plan our wedding, we had three main goals: keep it small, bring our families together, and find a great destination. Our friends and family would be traveling from all ends of the world to attend, and location was sooo important to us. We love to travel, and Costa Rica was on our hot list to visit, so we figured why not make it our wedding destination?! One highlight was Villa Paraiso, the villa we rented for our immediate family to stay in and also our reception location. Waking up every morning to the breathtaking views of Tamarindo’s bay was worth the bumpy ride up a steep, dirty hill. The villa turned out to be the central meeting location for the week, and our friends and family came by to swim in the pool, enjoy a cocktail and relax around the open-air villa. Knowing how beautiful our reception site would be, we wanted our ceremony to be off-site and chose a small private farm with old, twisty trees and horses.Many couples travel to Costa Rica to get married on the beach, and we wanted to be different. Also, we wanted our guest to have a “local” Costa Rican experience. We chose a late afternoon ceremony so we could arrive back to the villa together and enjoy a beautiful sunset over hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and Brazilian music.  Robert and I loved looking around to see our friends and family dancing, dipping their feet in the pool, taking photos and making new friends.

As much as we love to travel, we also love to experience food, so we approached our reception as though we were throwing a dinner party at our home. Our wedding was meant to be small and intimate, thus we wanted everyone to be together to share the experience, moments and emotions of this day. We decided to create one long table setting with candlelight. Robert and I sat on opposite ends of the table so we could look across at one another, smile and watch everyone having the best time of their lives. We have the wonderful Julie Comfort to thanks for capturing the details and special moments of our day.

Our wedding was a success, and as our friends and family packed up for their journey back home, everyone asked, “When we can we do this again?!” As important as our wedding was for us, it was also important to bring everyone together and kick back in Costa Rica! 

Wedding Photography: Comfort Studio / Reception: Villa Paraiso in Tamarindo, Costa Rica / Event Planning: Four Winds Weddings & Events /  Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Save-the-Dates + Place Cards: Designed + Assembled by the Bride & Groom / Menus: Designed, Printed + Assembled by the Bride & Groom / Rentals: Eventos Artesanos /  Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry: Family Heirlooms / Bride’s Shoes: Banana Republic + Custom Embellishments by the Bride / Engagement Ring: Designed by the Bride & Groom, Using the Bride’s Grandmother’s Stone / Groom’s Suit: Custom by Winston Co. in Hong Kong

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Costa Rica Wedding from Tropical Occasions

Is there anything more romantic than a beachy destination wedding?  I mean, jetting off to paradise with your nearest and dearest, saying “I Do” seaside and frolicking in the sand post-nuptials can be pretty darn magical, don’t you agree?  Especially when that destination is the ever-amazing Costa Rica and that wedding is one planned and styled to absolute perfection by Tropical Occasions… that’s a romance-fest to the extreme.  Andi Hatch Photography captured every last moment between these lovebirds and it’s a day that is seriously brimming with pretty.  See even more in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Josh and I met almost 10 years ago in Boulder, Colorado, where we both attended college. We quickly became close friends and almost two years later, and after many platonic sleepovers, we officially transitioned from best friends to boyfriend and girlfriend. Over the years, travel and adventure have become a hallmark of our relationship. Our first trip together was to Costa Rica during our junior year in college. During this trip, we fell in love with the people and the “Pura Vida” lifestyle they embrace. Years later, when Josh wanted to propose, he appropriately decided to do it on a trip to Bocas Del Toro, Panama. For all these reasons, when we had to make the decision on where to get married, nothing conventional felt right. After much debate, we somehow convinced our amazingly supportive parents that the most appropriate place for us to be wed was the small town of Santa Teresa, on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.

Aside from the pristine beaches in Santa Teresa, one of the many reasons that we loved the idea of having our wedding there was that it would force the adventurer out of each of our guests. Most would end up taking one or more international flights, then a tiny puddle jumper followed by a one hour bumpy car ride along dirt roads to attend our wedding (and this was the easiest travel option available). Somehow we convinced 100 of our closest friends and family members to make the trek, and in retrospect, I think all would tell you that it was well worth the journey. At first, we didn’t really think how difficult it could be to coordinate vendors for a wedding in such a sleepy little town, but fortunately, through a series of coincidences, we stumbled upon Aimee and Anahi of Tropical Occasions and Santa Teresa Beach Weddings. By the end of the wedding I felt like they, along with Andi Hatch, our extraordinary photographer, who we managed to recruit all the way from my hometown of San Francisco, were part of our family. I always had a vision of what my dream wedding would look like but I never thought it would, or even could, be executed with such perfection. Aimee and Anahi literally transformed the space into my dream wedding – all of which required rentals, lighting, sound equipment and a range of other items to be transported from every corner of Costa Rica. Now that I more fully understand the complexity of what Tropical Occasions is able to pull off, I am literally left in awe of how they manage to do what they do and I am confident that they could both maintain a successful career in tactical operations.

The wedding was set on a large, densely forested, beachfront property with two homes. Guests entered the ceremony through Casa Java (a 200-year-old home imported piece by piece from Indonesia), the house where Josh’s family was staying. Just next door was Casa Capitan, the villa where my family lived and the eventual site of the wedding reception. When the time came, guests walked out to the beach from Casa Java, and we had a stunning sunset ceremony followed immediately by cocktails on the beach. After cocktails, instead of walking back up the path that they came down to get to the ceremony, guests began to walk up the sprawling sand walkway to Casa Capitan. Here we dined at two long tables under the stars — it was absolutely breathtaking. Once we finished dinner, guests made their way up to the pool area at the main house for dancing and dessert. This way, we kept guests moving and discovering new spaces at every turn (this was Aimee and Anahi’s idea). For dancing, we had an expat band out of Tamarindo. They played until 11 when we surprised guests with an incredible fireworks show on the beach – guests then returned to the pool deck at Casa Capitan for a DJ dance party that went late into the night.  By the end, the dance floor was swamped, and some ended up in the pool to cool off. We ended the night by inviting guests down for a bonfire on the beach with a little touch of back home – marshmallow s’mores! Throughout all of this, Andi moved seamlessly through the crowd, capturing every moment without anyone noticing.

Wedding Photography: Andi Hatch Photography / Wedding Venue: Casa Capitan in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica / Event Design + Planning: Tropical Occasions / Floral Design: Stylos & Flores / Catering: Ono Cuisine / Lighting Design: Cabo Luna Event Rentals / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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