Independence day in Costa Rica

Independence Day in Costa Rica

September 15th is Independence Day here in Costa Rica, and it happens to be one of my favorite events all year. Everyone in town gets dressed up in the national colors or even in the traditional clothing, and heads downtown for the big parades. The evening before, on the 14th, the local children parade around town with Faroles. Faroles are home made lanterns made in the shape of something representative of Costa Rica. It could be an ox cart, a fishing boat, anything as long as it is something that represents national pride. On the 15th, all the schools and other organizations parade downtown, with the children finally showing off the routines they have been practicing for months at school. This normally consists of a marching band or a type of dance. The cheerful mood is contagious, and I always try to walk around and get good photos to give away to the parents of the kids who have worked so hard preparing. It’s always fun to walk in and out of the parades, trying to find interesting colors and moments.

Faroles in Costa Rica.

Faroles or lanterns to celebrate national pride.

Independence Day in Costa Rica
Independence Day in Costa Rica
Independence day parade in Costa Rica
Independence day in Costa Rica
Parade during independence day in Costa Rica
Parade during independence day in Costa Rica
Independence Day in Costa Rica

To see more photos of faroles from Independence Day a few years ago click Faroles.

  • Jill Tabone - September 19, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Beautiful pictures I attended this event while in CR. You’ve captured the spirit of the day beautifully. ReplyCancel

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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Bride at Sugar Beach Costa Rica
Costa Rica Wedding Photography
Wedding photography in Costa Rica
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Wedding at Sugar Beach
Sugar Beach Wedding
Throwing rice at wedding
Sugar Beach Wedding Photographer
Destination wedding in Costa Rica
Rings shot at wedding
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Wedding at Sugar Beach Costa Rica
Sunset in Costa Rica
Costa Rica Sunset
Tamarindo Wedding Photographer

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.

Bride and groom walking to ceremony in Costa Rica.
Wedding on beach in Costa Rica.
Wedding ceremony at Arenas del Mar.
Bride at her wedding in Costa Rica.
Destination wedding in Costa Rica.
Portraits on beach in Costa Rica.
Bride in the rain at wedding in Costa Rica.
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.

Wedding dress in rainforest
Bride getting ready.
Wedding ceremony at waterfall in Costa Rica
Wedding in Rainforest in Costa Rica
Wedding photos at waterfall in Costa Rica.
Bride in wedding dress at Waterfall.
Groom at wedding at waterfall.
Bride and groom on infinity pool.
Trash the Dress session in Costa Rica.
Wedding photos in Manuel Antonio
Rocks in Manuel Antonio.
Kiss on beach in Costa Rica.

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Wedding couple in Costa Rica.
Trash the dress session at beach.
Costa Rica Trash the Dress.
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