Sugar Beach Wedding Photography

Sugar Beach Wedding Photographer

Mike is a Costa Rican who now lives in Spain with Vanesa, so it was even extra special that they came back to Costa Rica to have their wedding. I was also excited to head up to Sugar Beach Hotel, as it had been eight months since I had shot a wedding there, and it is such a great place to photograph. We were all worried that it was going to rain, so the ceremony was held under a covered area, which let in some great directional lighting. It didn’t rain in the end, and we had a beautiful sunset with barely anyone else on the beach.

I got to work with the excellent Maria Roldan who was the Costa Rica Wedding Planner.

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Arenas del Mar Wedding Photography

Arenas del Mar Wedding Photography

Eileen and Justin had a beautiful wedding ceremony with just the two of them, at the private beach at Arenas del Mar last month.  We started the day with a few photos of Eileen getting ready in the room before the ceremony.  I was then able to run down to the beach and get a few shots of Justin waiting on the beach.   It turned out to be a bright sunny day, and we were able to get a spot on the beach far away from all the other guests, which added to the intimacy.  It was an emotional ceremony as Eileen and Justin said their hand written vows to each other.  Afterwards they shared such a moment of happiness when they took a moment to look at their legal certificate.  It was great; I’ve never seen such a reaction.

As it was high tide, we couldn’t get on some of the rocks, but we had enough time to walk along the beach and get some interesting photos in the almond trees.  As we were finishing up, the rains came in to cool down the afternoon.

The wedding planner for this gorgeous wedding was the awesome Meghan from Our Costa Rica Wedding.

Bride before wedding in Arenas del Mar
Light on wedding dress.
Groom before wedding

Bride walking to Ceremony in Arenas del Mar.
Groom crying when he sees his bride.
Groom smiling during wedding ceremony.
Beach wedding at Areas del Mar, Manuel Antonio.
Bride and Groom excited to see their wedding certificate.
Wedding portraits at Arenas del Mar.
Bride hugging groom on beach in Costa Rica.
Bride walking on beach in Arenas del Mar.
Bride and groom walking on beach after wedding ceremony.

  • Madi Baltodano - July 27, 2014 - 4:10 am

    Beautiful as always! ReplyCancel

  • Eileen Clark - July 27, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    Thank you so much Kevin! It was such an awesome day. We had so much fun and the pictures turned out beautiful. Can’t wait to get the hard copies in a frame :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Antonucci - July 30, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    AWESOME pictures you guys! Congrats again!

  • Jo Sova - July 30, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    I saw all the pictures Myra. How beautiful and what a splendid day. the picture with the tear on Justin’s cheek was the best.ReplyCancel

Arenas del Mar Destination Wedding

Arenas del Mar Destination Wedding

Last month I was lucky to have the chance to photography Courtney and Peter’s wedding at the beautiful Arenas del Mar Hotel and Reserve, in Manuel Antonio. Courtney and Peter decided to come to Costa Rica alone and have an intimate wedding on the beach. It was a tender ceremony, and I liked how the two of them decided to walk together to the beach, as it was different from the traditional groom waiting on the beach as the bride makes her walk. We had clouds rolling in during the ceremony and knew that there would be a chance of rain, but Courtney and Peter had the best attitude and were up for anything. When the rain finally did arrive, they were in the groove totally enjoying each other, and we were able to capture some unique photos. The wedding planner for this flawless ceremony was the great Sylvia Paradise.

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Wedding in the rain in Costa Rica.

  • Courtney - July 27, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    Kevin – Pete and I can’t thank you enough for capturing the real “us” on our wedding day! Our entire experience in working with you felt so relaxed yet so professional – from the communication leading up to the day, to meeting with us beforehand to get a sense of what we wanted, to the day itself, you know how to make your clients feel special. You were also able to help two introverts feel completely at ease and natural; you brought out the best in us (rain, heat and all) and all of our incredible photos reflect that. We hope to see you again on our next visit to Costa Rica!

    All the best, and many thanks,
    Courtney & PeteReplyCancel

Wedding at Nauyaca Waterfalls, Costa Rica

Wedding at Nauyaca Waterfalls

Nauyaca Waterfalls is considered one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Costa Rica, which is why my friends Sarah and Todd knew it would be the perfect place to have their wedding ceremony. This was not an easy feat, as we had to travel by horse for 45 minutes through hilly terrain to get to the waterfall. This meant that after a long horse ride, Sarah would have to get ready in the middle of the rainforest. But Sarah and Todd are troopers, and fully enjoyed the experience of getting married in such a magical and unique place. Because of the trek, it was just a 12 of us for the ceremony, which added to the intimacy of the setting. We came ready for rain, but it turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny day, and made for some great light on the mist coming from the falls.

After the ceremony we went to the Makanda Hotel for the reception with a larger group of friends. After a little sprinkling in the afternoon, there was an incredible sunset over the Pacific Ocean. As the waterfall was frighteningly slippery we were very limited to the kinds of photos we could take, that is to say, absolutely no moving around. So we decided to have a day after session the following morning at Playitas beach in Manuel Antonio. Again, Sarah and Todd were awesome, and were enthusiastic about climbing up the big rocks in Playitas so we could get some unique photos, looking out over the beach and forest.

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Bride and groom on infinity pool.
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Rocks in Manuel Antonio.
Kiss on beach in Costa Rica.

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punto de vista wedding photographer in costa rica

Punto de Vista Wedding Photographer

I was fortunate to be able to photograph Fern and Blake’s (I know, such cool names) wedding at Punto de Vista a few weeks ago. Fern’s sister Brook had helped plan the wedding from Australia, and it was she who had contracted me as the photographer as a wedding present for her sister. So it wasn’t until the day before the actual wedding that we were all able to finally meet. As we are in rainy season, it was raining the afternoon that I stopped by the Villa. It was really coming down hard as the three of us went to go check out where in Playitas beach would be a good spot for the ceremony the next day. Obviously, we were hoping that it kept raining all through the night so that the next morning would be sunny. Luckily, that is exactly how it worked out, and we got blue skies for the whole wedding day.

Punto de Vista Villas is a gorgeous place for family and friends to come together for a wedding. It is big and spacious with a lot of natural light. The added bonus is that you get a Polaris buggy to use as the wedding vehicle, which made for an exciting ride and great Photo Op as Fern and her father where raced down through the jungle to the ceremony on the beach. It was an intimate ceremony with one of Fern and Blake’s friends playing the guitar and totally adding to the beach vibe. After the ceremony, we were able to have a little portrait session on the beach, before heading up to the Villa for just a few more photos of all the friends and family who were able to make it for this special day.

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Blake playing the guitar while his sister sings along.

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The bride and her father racing down to the ceremony on the Polaris.

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  • Paul Shearer (Father of the Bride) - July 7, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    Dear Kevin, I wanted to thank you for the work you have done so far on my daughter’s wedding photographs. Already you have captured the emotions of the day so well that both my wife and I have teared up while viewing the slide show. I appreciated the time you spent with me discussing how the story can be told better with the right prime lens. I have already put into practice some of your suggestions to good affect. I love your story telling through images. You definitely have a special talent through the lens. Many thanks – PaulReplyCancel

  • Brook and Robyn - September 10, 2014 - 12:31 am

    Kevin, Robyn and I also teared up looking through these photos of my beautiful sister and husband. Not only are they beautiful shots but they really capture the moments on the day with true emotion, honesty and warmth. I am SO glad I found you! Thank you so much for giving Fern and Blake something so special that we will all cherish forever.
    On a side note, I just want to acknowledge that you are also a really nice guy!! So professional and generous with your time, input and integrity for your work.
    Thank you so much.
    Brook and Robyn.ReplyCancel

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