There is a special smile that we reserve for the destination wedding. It’s a little more relaxed, a little more happy, and with weddings like this one in Costa Rica from Four Nineteen Weddings and Artflower, can you blame us? Stories Wedding Photography has seriously taken the edge of this particular Tuesday and I’d be willing to bet you’ll be joining more than a few SMPers in the gallery today!
From Four Nineteen Weddings… Tracy & Jeff’s decision to get married in Costa Rica seemed logical when they decided to have a destination wedding, as Jeff’s family has businesses in Costa Rica. They wanted to have all their family and close friends join them for a super fun wedding weekend which culminated with their wedding at the gorgeous Playa Prieta Beach Club in Peninsula Papagayo.
I must say I loved this wedding! Tracy was super relaxed and allowed me and the awesome florists at Artflower to take over the design of the wedding provided we did two things: use purple flowers and go with a simple design that showcased the natural beauty of the venue, which is, quite possibly, one of the most beautiful beachfront venues in Costa Rica.
Even though the date they chose was at the end of the rainy season, and we could have had some rain, the weather was absolutely fantastic, and the beachfront ceremony under the trees was perfect, with the trees providing shade for the guests and an unparalleled view of the secluded Playa Prieta. They wanted a bit of decoration at the altar, and in her inspiration boards I saw a lot of capiz shell curtains, so we went a simple bamboo arch with fabric and flowers, and added some capiz shell strings. Mason jars with purple and green flowers were placed on the aisle chairs for a bit of extra decor without going over the top. Cocktails followed, and guests mingled in the beach club’s cocktail bar and enjoyed the beach and the sunset (along with some delicious appetizers!). The reception was held by the pool, and we used the venue’s natural wood top tables which added to the uncluttered feel that Tracy & Jeff wanted. The centrepieces, a mix of flowers and succulents in natural wood boxes, had some green added in to compliment the venue’s place setting. Tracy was in charge of the cutest DIY elements, my favourite being the seating chart, which were seashells hand printed with the guests seating assignments, which we then placed on a bed of hydrangeas. She also made the table numbers (numbers painted on burlap) and printed the menus herself.
Another thing that was a must for this fun couple: they wanted guest to dance the night away. After dinner was done, the band came back with lots of latin music, and everyone was on the dance floor until it was time to head back to the hotel!
Photography: Stories Wedding Photography | Floral Design: Artflower | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Victoria Zoch | Ceremony Venue: Playa Prieta Beach Club At Peninsula Papagayo | Reception Venue: Playa Prieta Beach Club At Peninsula Papagayo | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Ceremony & Reception Music: Los Mojitos Band | Ceremony Officiant: Marcelo Galli | Planning: Barbara Of Four Nineteen Weddings | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother