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Monte Mar Villa Wedding Costa Rica

I love when a weddings totally reflects a couple’s love and personality.

Alexandra and Pete wanted their love for animals to be a part of their wedding.  So instead of gifts, they asked their guests to make a donation to the the local animal shelter in town called PAWS. If you’ve ever been to Manuel Antonio you’ll see that we have a problem with stray dogs and cats who have a tough life on the streets.  The PAWS volunteers selflessly provide at home living solutions to to these animals.  When they find these strays, they provide spay and neutering as well as spay and neutering  programs to lower income pet owners.  This really helps encourage responsible pet ownership in the local community.  Then they go the extra step to find nice homes for these stray dogs and cats with the help of foster homes until they can find a permanent guardian.  I love seeing the animals up for adoption at our local farmers market every week.  There are several dogs in particular that I know from my neighborhood, that they were able to find homes for, and it makes me so happy knowing these dogs that would run up to meet me when I walked down the street, now have safe homes and loving guardians and don’t have to look for shelter when it rains.  In addition to these donations, Pete and Alexandra spent part of their honeymoon volunteering with the organization.

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The PAWS Family

A fun detail was the wedding cake topper with three little dogs, including a German Shepherd, with as sign that read “we do too!”

The Wedding Day

The day started out with Alexandra and Pete getting ready to say “I do” forever at Monte Mar Villa in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica. We were able to get some great photos of Alexandra getting ready with her girls in the Villa, while my second shooter Joseph spent some time with the guys.  Afterwards, the beach ceremony down the mountain from the villa was just incredible!

The weather held out after the ceremony and we were able to get an group portrait on the beach. When it came time for Alexandra and Pete’s portrait session the two were all smiles for the photos.  At the wedding reception at Monte Mar Villa Costa Rica, Joseph had time to capture the elegant details with the evening light.  The great thing about weddings at Monte Mar Villas in Costa Rica is that the dinner and dancing takes place in the mountains under the stars.

The day after the wedding Pete, Alexandra, Joseph, and I went to the public park Naomi to get some photos of the amazing couple. Nahomi is one of my favorite places in Quepos.  It is a public park named after an Indian princess.  According to local legend she used to have a house there where there is a natural waterfall in the rainy season.  Nahomi park has gorgeous views of the coast and the best sunsets in Quepos.  We used the rocks by the ocean to get some great shots then we headed to El Salto for some shots in the rain forest.   Finally, we ended the session down at the local beach Playitas so Alexandra and Pete could get in the water.

This is when a German Shepherd decided to run into frame and say hi, which fit so perfectly with the theme of the wedding. Definitely, the perfect end to their destination wedding. bride and dress in monte marP I NI M A G Echildren on the beach in Costa RicaP I NI M A G Egolden light portrait of the brideP I NI M A G EManuel Antonio beach ceremonyP I NI M A G Egroom looking into brideP I NI M A G Eportrait of the brideP I NI M A G Ecouple walking down aisle after the "I doP I NI M A G Elarge family portrait on Manuel Antonio beachP I NI M A G Ebride and groom smilingP I NI M A G Ebride and groom walking on the beachP I NI M A G EMonte Mar Villa Wedding Costa RicaP I NI M A G E

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The perfect cake topper for Alexandra and Pete!

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Wedding guests just chilling during the reception.

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Dance party under the stars.

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Day After Session at Nahomi Park.

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This was the moment when one of the local dogs came to thank Alexandra and Pete for all their help.

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Perfect end to a perfect wedding.

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Second Shooter: Joseph Nance

Wedding Coordinator: Larissa Banting

Venue: Monte Mar

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La Mariposa Destination Wedding Manuel Antonio Costa RicaP I NI M A G E

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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Vendors:

Venue: La Mariposa Hotel

Second Shooter: Joseph Nance

Wedding Coordinator: Joselyn Rojas

To learn more about having your destination wedding at La Mariposa Hotel and see more photos of this amazing hotel please check out my wedding venue info page: Hotel Mariposa Wedding Costa Rica

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Costa Rica Destination Wedding at Costa VerdeP I NI M A G E

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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Vendors:

Venue: Hotel Costa Verde

Coordinator: Isabel Vargas

Second Shooter: Joseph Nance Photography

To learn more about having your destination wedding at Costa Verde Hotel and see more photos of this amazing hotel please check out my wedding venue info page: Costa Verde Costa Rica Wedding Planning

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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 

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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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Venue—Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

Second Shooter—Joseph Nance

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