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Destination Wedding Bejuco Costa RicaP I NI M A G EDestination Wedding Bejuco Costa Rica

I love wedding at Bejuco.  As it is a long, undeveloped beach, it feels like such a remote stretch of coastline.  This creates the perfect backdrop for an intimate destination wedding.

Pre-ceremony portraits were fun with the help of some creative  groomsmen, beautiful bridal party, and a furry friend. Wintson asked for a photo with his groomsmen featuring glasses of whisky, shades, and some bright flamingo printed swim wear. Once the guys were fully dressed and they returned to the same spot we were photo bombed by a beach dog who even smiled for the camera. Back in the bride’s room, I captured the time she spent with her friends before the wedding and snapped a few photos of her before and after slipping into her dress. The first look with Jenna’s father was especially touching.

It was obvious to everyone present that this wedding was special by the way that Jenna and Winston looked at each other walking down the aisle. Their ceremony was filled with laughing and crying, emotions were high. It was an incredible thing to see how much love for each other these two had. When it was all over, Jenna and Winston danced their way down the aisle. After a few congratulations were said, we headed down the beach for the portrait session.

No destination wedding in Bejuco Costa Rica is complete without a portrait session after the ceremony. Playa Bejuco is an ideal place for photographs with endless sand and ocean in the background. We were also lucky the wind was up that day and we got some great images of Jenna’s dress blowing in the breeze.  As the sun went down, Jenna took a sip from Winston’s flask she had gifted him before the ceremony and we were visited one last time by our furry friend before heading inside for the night.

Later, at the reception, the two were introduced to their wedding party. The couple’s first dance was very sweet with the majority of the guests tearing up. After the toasts everyone started dancing. At one point the power went out, but that didn’t stop the party of course!  Everyone was happy to celebrate the night with candlelight.

 

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Wedding Planner-Costa Rica Paradise Wedding

Flower arrangements- Costa Brava Weddings

Venue- Delfin Beachfront Resort 

DJ-Wedding DJ Costa Rica

Second shooter- Joseph Nance

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Destination Wedding Photography at Riu Palace

Couples like Dawn and Brian make destination wedding photography at Riu Palace a total blast. We had a such a great time capturing the memories they made with friends and family who traveled from far and wide to see these two get married on a beautiful beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

While Dawn was getting ready in the couple’s suite, Brian spent time with some of his best friends in the sports bar having a beer and writing out his vows. It was evident that these two had great supportive friends who came with them on their journey to have a destination wedding. After Dawn and Brian finished getting ready with their wedding parties it was time for the first look.

We decided to have Dawn and Brian’s first look inside of one of the bars for one obvious reason: color! The entire bar was painted in bright magenta with mirrors and complimenting patterns covering the walls. We used the colors and mirrors to our advantage when capturing the couple’s first look. In destination wedding photography in Costa Rica, there are so many photographs of couples out in nature on beaches, under palm trees, surrounded by mountains. Those photos would come later, but it was nice to change up the first look with the color provided by this funky bar.

The ceremony was held down the curated walkways of Riu Palace on the beach. With the mountains and ocean behind them, Dawn and Brian tied the knot with a kiss in front of their family and friends.

During the portrait session on the beach we captured the couple naturally interacting as the sun dipped over the mountains behind them. Then we headed to the reception hall at Riu to capture Dawn and Brian dance the night was with their friends.

 

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List of Vendors:

Venue—Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

Second Shooter—Joseph Nance

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Destination Wedding at Gaia Hotel

Stephanie and Mike’s destination wedding at Gaia Hotel Manuel Antonio was something out of a dream. Located at the 5 star luxury boutique hotel in the costal forests of Manuel Antonio, this destination wedding was the perfect location. These two were absolutely in love with one another, filling their wedding day with magic.

Once Stephanie and Mike were done getting ready in their suites at the Gaia Hotel, we headed to the beach for the ceremony. Stephanie and Mike married under the palms next to the ocean with their loving parents, family, and friends as witnesses. It was extremely touching.

After the ceremony had concluded and we had taken family and guest photos, my second shooter, Joseph, and I took Stephanie and Mike north along the beach for a private portrait session. We had an incredible sunset that day with brilliant oranges in the sky. I had my second shooter set up the flashes and snapped a few shots of them just as the sun was dipping behind the mountains into the ocean.

Back at the Gaia Hotel, Stephanie and Mike danced the night away with so many friends and family who had made this incredible journey with them. There was plenty of good music and smiles to go around. Before the night was over, I took Stephanie and Mike to the roof of the Gaia to get some shots of them dancing under the stars. It was incredibly dark. But, I used the light available to capture this intimate moment that Stephanie and Mike were sharing together. It was just Stephanie, Mike, and the stars dancing on a rooftop in the jungle overlooking the ocean. The perfect way to end their destination wedding at Gaia Hotel Manuel Antonio.

 

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List of Vendors—

Venue: Gaia Hotel & Reserve Manuel Antonio

Music: Carlos Monge

Coordinator: Sandy K. Schmidt

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Photos from Guatemala

Guatemala has been one of the countries I’ve wanted to visit for probably 10 years now.  I had heard so much about the culture and landscape and knew it was a place I wanted to experience and photograph.  Last month, I finally decided to stop making excuses about being to busy and just go and do something for myself.  Best decision in a long time.  The landscapes are indeed amazing, and the culture is so pronounced and unique.  It seems anywhere I went I could have spent weeks shooting and never want to leave.

In Lake Atitlan people still live in a very traditional way.  Cooking with ceramic pots, and preparing hot chocolate with special stirring utensils made from coffee roots.

Unexpectedly, I also met some local wedding photographers there and I hope to start shooting destination weddings in Guatemala real soon.  I’m so grateful I was able to make the trip and walk around this amazing place.  Can’t wait to make my way back to do some more exploring.

Below are some of my photos from the week I was there.

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The view from volcano Pacaya is of other volcanos.

Photos from GuatemalaP I NI M A G E

I love meeting and shooting people when I travel.  Well, that’s almost my whole reason for traveling. These are some school kids, and a family arriving early to get a good spot for the parade.

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The famous Arco de Santa Catalina in Antigua.

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I got to visit a small ceramic factory where everything is still hand made.

ceramic before glazing in GuatemalaP I NI M A G E

Lake atitlanP I NI M A G E

My boat captain running on the dock.

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Girl fishing with just a line near San Antonio Palopo.

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Boy fishing on Lake Atitlan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Woman washes clothes by the lake shore as man paddles by in canoe.

Man farming on lake atitlanP I NI M A G E

Man harvesting seeds by the lake.

Indigenous man in GuatemalaP I NI M A G E

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Antigua is full of these old picturesque walls.

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Playa Uvita Wedding Bride and GroomP I NI M A G E

Playa Uvita Wedding

Getting to shoot a Playa Uvita wedding is something special. Located a few miles south of Dominical, Uvita has become an ideal destination for visitors to Costa Rica due to the Marino Ballena National Park. Uvita offers beautiful white sand beaches that are often less crowded than other beaches on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, and is a great place to snorkel and dive.

We made the short drive down the day of the wedding from Manuel Antonio to Uvita. I shot Amy slipping into her dress at a villa in Ojochal south of Uvita while my second shooter, Joseph, stayed with Jesse at their condominium. We reconvened that afternoon at the beach just before the ceremony.

Amy and Jesse had an intimate wedding in Playa Uvita for family and close friends in front of their condominium, Elan at Ballena Beach. They decided to have their ceremony and reception outdoors. Their friends and family witnessed the ceremony on the sparsely populated Playa Uvita, which made it easier for my second shooter and I to get a good variety of shots. Just before the sun went down, Amy and Jesse said their self-written vows to each other and tied the knot with a kiss in front of everyone who had made the journey with them to Costa Rica.

For the reception, they enjoyed a dinner prepared by a local chef underneath the stars. With only a few lamps for light, we had the challenge of getting well lit photos as the family enjoyed Amy and Jesse’s first dance. The rest of the night was filled with music by a local jazz duet, Blue Note Del Sur.

This Playa Uvita wedding was both intimate and touching. Seeing friends and family come together to witness Amy and Jesse’s destination wedding in Costa Rica was a truly endearing experience.

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List of Vendors—

Venue: Elan at Ballena Beach

Music: Blue Note Del Sur

 

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