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Costa Rica Wedding from Ale Sura Photo + Costa Rica Destination Weddings

When people ask me for advice on planning their big day, I always say – hire people you absolutely love, trust and admire and you won’t have to worry about a thing. This couple researched away until they could do just that, and came out with a team of talents including Ale Sura PhotoCosta Rica Destination Weddings and Art Flower that made their dream destination wedding a reality. It’s too gorgeous to miss, so join me in getting lost in all the lovely – right here.

From the Bride…Our wedding theme revolved around the colors Coffee, Wood and Green Apple. These are all colors that reminded us of this great country, and joining together on the sand, under an open sky. We were very, very, very picky about our service providers – with the actual attitude of a company mattering just as much as the aesthetics of the event. Relatively simple meetings would turn into 5-hour conversations with companies like Arte Flor (the best Floral company in Costa Rica!). We didn’t want cheesy, overly melo-dramatic wedding photos, so we went with the coolest photographer who basically told us “just let me do what I do and you’ll like the result”. Cool. Sold. We chose a club DJ to do the music at our ceremony. And so on it went. From the smallest detail to big decisions like table settings, we went out of our way to choose something that reflected how unique – and overly picky – we both are.

Despite all this though, we realized that the most important thing for us was that our wedding was FUN. We set up a stand for people to get pipas (think coconuts), a photo booth for silly pictures, a fun lounge for the older attendees, burlap bags of lavender for people to throw half at us as we walked down the aisle and keep half for their baggage. We made everyone a jar of homemade Guava jam. The music started as soon as Mike walked down the aisle and didn’t stop until late at night. At around 10 o’clock we had a Costa Rican specialty – the Carnivale – where costumed dancers, drummers and trumpet players play Rumba music in the midst of the crowd. It got everyone out of their seats, and for the first time ever saw our mothers dancing like they were teenagers.

The weather was perfect. Sunny skies and a light breeze greeted guests throughout the day. Right as the Pastor began to speak the clouds opened to reveal a gorgeous sunset. Some guests even gasped. If we could give any advice to couples looking to get married, it’d be to handle as much yourself as you’re comfortable with, and then trust the people you hire. After all, you know better than anyone what your special day will look like, so fret the details but then as it gets close to the wedding day, relax. It’ll all go awesome. Also, don’t listen to anyone who cares more about selling you stuff than about the love you two share.

Finally, just know that it really is all worth it. As we lay in bed the morning after, slightly hungover but happy as can be, we smiled and said to each other “we did it.” We had gone through all the trials and tribulations a couple could go through: distance, difference of cultures, work issues, illnesses, money problems and still managed to have the perfect Wedding. Moving outside to the balcony we sat on our deck chairs and closed our eyes, the sound of the waves crashing against the beach in our ears. With a lot of work and a lot of help, we did it. 

Wedding Photography: Ale Sura Photo / Wedding Venue: Langosta Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica / Event Coordinator: Maria Eugenia Roldán from Costa Rica Destination Weddings / Floral Design: Art Flower / Cake +  Pastries: Victoria Zoch / DJ: Marcelo Matos / Wedding Dress: Kitty Chen Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s Attire: Island Importers / Groom’s Shoes: Kenneth Cole

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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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