Get ready to smile. Like cheeks hurting, teeth-flashing, ear-to-ear grin, because this cheer inducing Costa Rica celebration is as sweet + happy as they come! With a ceremony in a coconut grove and a reception held at the ever gorgeous Casa Batik, this yellow + grey fête gave photographers A Brit & A Blonde about a million opportunities for the breathtaking images they’re known for! Top it all off with a bride rocking head to toe BHLDN and I promise you’ll be grinning all the way to the gallery!
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From A Brit & A Blonde… Hilary and Kevin met in 2006 while both working for Neiman Marcus in Texas. Kevin was head of jewelry, and Hilary was head of lingerie. The sunny colour scheme for their big day was yellow and gray. The ceremony was held on the beach in a coconut grove. A handmade driftwood arch featured a yellow garland of sunflowers and gerberas (the yellow flowers in season). Guests were served during cocktail hour from a natural driftwood bar — local coconuts and Costarican rum make a nice refreshing drink for such hot weather. All the signs were hand painted on driftwood too. The reception was held at Casa Batik, and the garden of one of the houses was used for the dining area. The lighting was natural , and recycled jars were hung in the trees and bushes around the garden to create a magical ambience. The centerpiece was three white wooden boxes in different sizes with only yellow flowers (gerberas, sunflowers and billy buttons), which were placed on gray and yellow runners that overlapped each other. Simple yet so perfect. At the back of the garden there was a table for kids. In the center there were yellow flower pots full of crayons, glitter, glue and stickers — lots of arts and crafts for them to have fun with. The seating chart consisted of an old wooden ladder with the place cards attached with jute rope and clothespins. The lounge was cleared for the dance floor and featured Chinese lanterns in yellow and white. The table in the lounge was used to place the guest book and camera for guests to sign. The beyond-uber-cute flower girls wore J.Crew Crewcuts dresses. The program that doubled as a fan was designed by a friend of the couple. And Hilary’s dad’s company is the one that created those great customized beer koozies in yellow and gray. Hilary looked super gorge, and her whole outfit was found at BHLDN: dress, jewelry and shoes!
Wedding Photography: A Brit & A Blonde / Reception: Batik Costa Rica in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica / Event Design: Malpais Green Weddings / Floral Design: Floristeria Crystal / Officiant: Terri Zacanti / Catering: Soma Chef Services / Favors: Houston Advance / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: Chie Mihara via BHLDN / Bride’s Jewelry: BHLDN / Flower Girls’ Dresses: J.Crew Crewcuts / Groom’s Attire: Q Custom Clothier
Picture this. A glorious Costa Rica setting, a breathtaking barefoot ceremony and an amazing First Dance in the sand. Sounds romantic, no? Well, prepare yourselves, SMPers, because that’s just the beginning of the lovely coming to us straight from this gorgeous Manuel Antonio soiree. I’m talking an adorable Mr. and Mrs., a lovely chiffon gown and the fab stylings of Supreme Weddings – all wrapped up in ah.mazing images captured by Amanda Megan Miller Photography. Elegant, intimate and downright dreamy – the perfect destination day. See it all here.
From Amanda Megan Miller Photography… Jamie and Kevin’s destination wedding in Costa Rica was such a magical occasion. From their Manuel Antonio beach ceremony to a barefoot first dance in the sand and the beautiful lanterns they sent off into the night sky at the end of their wedding, everything was so special and so very them. With 30 of their closest family and friends by their sides, Jamie and Kevin were married under a gorgeous canopy of white tulle, right on the beach. The invitations stated it was a barefoot wedding, and that it was! With their toes in the sand, a cool breeze blowing and the waves softly crashing on the sand, Jamie and Kevin promised to love each other forever. Before being pronounced as husband and wife, they invited all of their guests up to partake in a special ritual of putting a scoop of pretty, colored glass into a vase, that would be later made into a beautiful, hand blown-vase to remind them of all the love and support in their lives. Guests threw flower petals in celebration as they walked down the aisle. After a champagne toast, they made their way to the water’s edge as Dave Matthews’ “You and Me” began to play. A first dance on the beach, with the water gently lapping at their feet. It couldn’t possibly have been any more beautiful or touching!
Following their first dance on the beach, everyone headed back to La Mariposa for the reception. Guests watched the gorgeous sunset during cocktail hour before heading to the large table for dinner. (The staff had created a large square of the tables so all the guests could face each other and talk over dinner. And that they did, regaling stories of Jamie and Kevin and reminiscing.) After dinner, Jamie and Kevin treated their guests to music by a local Costa Rican band and dancing by some local dancers! Everyone got in on the fun and you could tell this was a night that none of their guests would ever forget! Finally, to cap off their magical wedding, Jamie and Kevin sent off illuminated sky lanterns into the night! Holding onto them together until they were ready to go up in the sky, their faces glowing by the light of the lantern, they were so blissfully and completely happy. Each married to their best friend, surrounded by all their favorite people in one of the most beautiful places in the world, creating once-in-a-lifetime moments! And this was just the beginning!
Wedding Photography: Amanda Megan Miller Photography / Ceremony: Manuel Antonio Beach in Costa Rica / Reception: La Mariposa Hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica / Event Design + Planning: Supreme Weddings / Wedding Invitations: J.O. Design / Wedding Dress: Unknown Designer
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 Blonde… Jacqueline 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”