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La Mariposa Destination Wedding

Ali and Ari decided Costa Rica was the perfect destination for their wedding. The venue they chose provided excellent views for their ceremony and a nice location to get a wide variety of photos. This La Mariposa destination wedding was filled with lots of love from beginning to end. Check out the photos below to see the incredible location for this destination wedding!

Pre-ceremony, the groom and groomsmen dressed in a room with spectacular ocean views. They laughed and joked and kept a very light hearted and positive vibe. Meanwhile, the bride and her mother admired her beautiful wedding dress on a balcony overlooking Manuel Antonio beach. Ali looked stunning in her robe and even took the time to help the flower girls get ready. That morning she enjoyed a slow and relaxing time with her friends. These types of mornings are very typical of destinations weddings in Costa Rica. She sipped champagne with her closest friends and lounged in custom robes until it was time to slip into her incredible dress.

Once Ali slipped into her dress we snapped a few quick photos on the balcony before heading down the stairs to the reception site. Ali’s entrance was wonderful. All eyes were on her and her beautiful dress, were on her as she was escorted down the aisle. One of the most distinctive parts about a La Mariposa Destination weddings is the large Almendro tree next to the infinity pool. It provides a nice shade for the wedding party and a beautiful backdrop in wedding photos. The ceremony was a blend of wedding traditions from Ari’s Jewish background and Ali’s Spanish background. This combination made the ceremony one of a kind. There were incredible moments of beauty, passion, and pure love.

After the first kiss, the two exited and shared hugs and tears with their closest friends. Afterwards, we headed to a nearby beach access point to snap a few quick photos in the sand before heading back to the hotel for the couple’s portrait shoot. We headed downstairs to the reception are once we had gotten some great photos and Ali and Ari had time to relax.

At the reception the couple shared their first dance as guests took photos and videos of the newly wed couple. Then, after a sweet first dance, Ali had a much more energetic dance with her father as he spun her around in the air. The party had officially started. Afterwards, there was a break in the action for heartfelt speeches and an excellent dinner, before a return to the party. The night was filled with laughter, good music, and lots of dancing. All guests participated in the dancing, old and young. The patio over looking the ocean was alive with energy.

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Venue: La Mariposa Hotel

Second Shooter: Joseph Nance

Wedding Coordinator: Joselyn Rojas

 

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Costa Rica Destination Wedding at Costa Verde

Destination beach weddings at Costa Verde Manuel Antonio are some of my favorite to shoot. And, this destination wedding featured a special guest at the reception! Jesus and Mariana chose to have their wedding at Costa Verde in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The couple’s personality out shined everyone else around them. The two were fun, personable, and easy going—the perfect clients for a destination wedding.

The ceremony of this destination wedding was very touching and light hearted. Mariana read a letter she had written the day she new she was going to marry Jesus many years prior to their engagement. There was hardly a dry eye. Still, Jesus kept everyone laughing with his side comments to the officiant during the ceremony. This Costa Rica destination wedding at Costa Verde was truly one of a kind!

After the ceremony the two cut loose with family and friends as the party started. The space was decorated with DJ lights, ocean views, and Jesus’ favorite iguana statue that he had jokingly asked the wedding coordinator to make a part of the wedding cake. Speeches were made by some of the couple’s closest friends and even the youngest wedding guests stayed up late for the party.

The day of the wedding there was no time to get portraits after the ceremony due to delays and the rain. Luckily, Jesus and Mariana had booked a day after session, leaving us plenty of time to take photos the next day. The two chose a more casual look for their session to stay cool and enjoy the morning stroll on the beach together. The weather was much better the morning after the wedding, allowing to get quality photos of them on the beach. I had a lot of fun photographing this fun and energetic couple at this Costa Rica Destination Wedding at Costa Verde.

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The Iguana cake as requested by the groom!

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Venue: Hotel Costa Verde

Coordinator: Isabel Vargas

Second Shooter: Joseph Nance Photography

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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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Every time I look at this dog smiling with the guys it makes me happy.

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Vendors:

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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