Posted by: lazybride | August 14, 2014

Travel Requirements to Costa Rica

Although Costa Rica is a pretty easy country to travel to, there are still requirements and some restrictions. Be sure you and your guests doublecheck what you need at least 4 months before your trip so you’re not being turned away at the airport (it happens on a regular basis).

PASSPORT

Visitors from the USA, Canada, European Union, Japan and a number of other countries do not need a visa – a complete list of countries and their visa requirements can be found here. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entrance (ie if you enter Costa Rica on January 1, 2015, your passport cannot expire prior to July 1, 2015).

You must also have either a return ticket or a ticket to travel onwards to another country.

VACCINES

Vaccines are not required to enter Costa Rica except for people whom have traveled via the Sub-Saharan Africa or South America. Below is the info from the Costa Rican Embassy website:

If you will be traveling to Costa Rica from South America and/or sub-Saharan Africa, you will need the YELLOW FEVER VACCINE. The countries considered at risk are: AngolaBeninBurkina Faso,CameroonDemocratic Republic of CongoGabonGambiaGhanaGuinea, LiberiaNigeria,Sierra LeoneSudanBoliviaBrazilColombiaEcuadorPeruGuyana and Venezuela.

You can travel to Costa Rica ten days after the shot.

Any individual traveling to Costa Rica that has been in transit, whether in airports, sea ports, or land borders, in the following countries, will require a vaccination: BoliviaBrazilColombiaEcuadorPeru  and Venezuela

Exceptions:

  • People who have been in countries considered at risk, but who have remained at least six days in a non-risk country before entering Costa Rican territory and who haven’t developed the yellow fever.
  • People with contraindications for the vaccination against yellow fever who carry a valid medical opinion supported by the health authority in the country from where they are from.
  • Children under 9 months old, people with severe allergy to eggs, immunosuppression and thymic disease present or in their medical history.
  • There must be a medical assessment of the pros and cons of vaccination on people with the following conditions: over 60 years of age, pregnancy, lactation, family history of adverse events associated with vaccination against yellow fever, hypersensitivity to gelatin and asymptomatic HIV infection, with laboratory verification of adequate immune system function.

If you or your guests have any questions, please contact the Costa Rican consulate in your jurisdiction. Better to be safe than sorry!

Posted by: lazybride | August 1, 2014

Real Wedding – Morgan & Will at Zephyr Palace

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Where to even begin with all this loveliness? First, there is the bride herself, who is one of the sweetest gals on the planet. And one of the most beautiful as well. And talented – check out her jewellery page on Etsy! So no surprise that she wanted a wedding with oodles of style. Our inspiration was the Beverly Hills Hotel meets The Great Gatsby meets the Jungle. And, if I do say so myself, I think we nailed it.

First off were the incredible invitations that set the tone. Ceci New York really outdid themselves, and that’s saying a lot!

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I love how Ceci created this custom crest using Morgan and Will’s inverted initials, surrounded by palm leaves and monkeys.

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Check out the silver Jimmy Choos – swoon! Well, a girl’s gotta have choices ;)

Morgan bride Morgan is absolutely stunning in her beaded Les Habitudes dress!

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Will looking smart in his linen suit. One stylish couple!

Bridesmaids in blush

One stylish wedding party! Love the maids in blush! And those flowergirls are adorable.

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The blush and gold colour scheme was used for the ceremony seating chairs, which we reused for the dinner. Cones for rose petals featured the wedding crest.Zephyr Palace Art Deco

The ceremony set up was stunning on the deck of Zephyr Palace.

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The large silver vases gave just the right Art Deco touch while the assortment of orchids, lisianthus, hydrandes, lillies and roses were appropriate for a party with Daisy herself.

Pink fan program

It was a hot day – a REALLY hot day. Morgan and Will had fans that doubled as programs at each seat to help guests keep their cool.

Wedding with parasolsDid I mention how sunny it was? We’d thoughtfully included colourful parasols for folks to keep themselves shady. And they look nice in photos so bonus!

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Morgan personally watercolored every seating card by hand, creating a lovely, soft palette against the plethora of flowers on the seating card table.

The tables featured custom-made blush tablecloths, mirrors, silver pieces, artwork from the invitations and loads and loads of gorgeous flowers, such as lisianthus, hydrangeas, roses, gladiolas and, of course, orchids!

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The effect, with the silver candleabres with towering palm leaves, was fit for the Great Gatsby himself.

Gold cake

The gold cake was as delicious as it looked.

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And the style continued on in an Art Deco-inspired lounge, complete with a speakeasy!

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With fab DJ Chris Carter spinning the tunes, the dance floor was packed.  Great style, great people, great music – only one word for this wedding – GREAT!!

Huge props to A Brit & A Blonde for capturing all the amazing details of the festivities.

 

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Rehearsal dinners are one of my favourite events to plan, even though they can be a bit tricky. They require a fine balance of fun but not too much ‘wow’ to overshadow the wedding. They shouldn’t mirror the wedding but shouldn’t feel like a completely foreign event to the wedding weekend. They need to have pacing but enough relaxed time for people to mix and mingle, since this is often the first opportunity folks have to meet each other. So, in short, they are a juggling act.

This rehearsal party at Villa Caletas beach, will go down in the annals as one of my all time favourites. Seriously stylish and one fabulous fiesta. We headed down to Villa Caletas’ beach, which is one of the best-kept secrets in Costa Rica. Snuggled in a bay at the bottom of the rainforest, it’s a breathtaking spot that is incredibly private. The road down is hair-raising (the sign at the top states 4X4 ONLY PAST THIS POINT) but totally worth the 10-minute trip down the steep dirt road. Look at that beach!

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Villa Caletas beachVilla Caletas beachVilla Caletas beachGuests enjoyed cocktails seaside as they watched the sun set before moving into the thatched-roof palapa for a Costa Rican dinner.

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Morgan, our gorgeous bride, was inspired by the colours of The Beverly Hills Hotel and wanted to have a “Great Gatsby Meets the Jungle’ feel to the wedding weekend. We went with a pink and green palette with antique gold for punch. The bamboo chairs give a grounding, natural touch, fitting in with the rainforest surroundings.

Pink, green, gold tropical rehearsal dinnerWe added a bit of whimsy to the table decor, painting bunches of bananas gold. Green coconuts, pink ginger and dark green Tiger Paw leaves rounded out the tropical yet elegant look. Wooden table numbers in 3-D were painted gold to match.

Gold bananas, coconuts, palm leavesGold Banana Table DecorThe inspiration for the decor came from Ceci New York’s bespoke invitation set she’d created for the wedding, featuring a Coat of Arms with monkeys and palm trees with touches Art Deco elements. Stunning!!

Elegant Tropical Seating Card

Escort cards had a rustic touch, as they were tacked onto jute rope using wooden clothes pegs. Simple, fun and keeping the vibe relaxed.

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The highlight of the night was undoubtedly, the comparse (carnival). Now, I have no idea how or why this Brazillian tradition has embedded itself so deeply into Costa Rican culture but hey, it’s bright, it’s loud and it’s crazier than a rainforest of monkeys. More feather headpieces than a Las Vegas review and higher energy than a case of Red Bull, these dancers and drummers had the crowd shaking their hips like hula dancers cranked up to 11. If you’re having your wedding in Costa Rica, seriously consider having a comparse as they are truly a show-stopping addition.

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Massive thanks to the oh-so-talented dynamic duo of A Brit & A Blonde for capturing all the festivities of this shindig.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: lazybride | February 14, 2014

Real Bouquet – Peonies, Orchids, Dusty Miller

Sometimes, just sometimes, we get real lucky during the months of December to February and we find some peonies here in Costa Rica. One of our weddings lucked out and we had gorgeous blooms for this bouquet. Lisianthus and open roses would also work to give a feathery, soft look if peonies weren’t available.

Happy Valentines’s Dayall!

Peony bouquet

Posted by: lazybride | December 31, 2013

Real Wedding Video – Zephyr Palace, Neha & Bo

The hugely talented Keith Anderson of Wedding Day Cinema flew in from chilly Chicago to shoot Neha and Bo’s wedding weekend and all we can say is wow! It was an epic wedding for sure – 90 guests from all over the USA, a fun rehearsal dinner at the Marriott Los Suenos and a gorgeous wedding at Zephyr Palace bringing together Hindu and Christian traditions for one unforgettable experience. These two have been a couple for a number of years and their love was so evident, touching everyone in attendance.

Many many happy years to you both!!
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Posted by: lazybride | November 4, 2013

Real Wedding- Sarah and Forest, Sugar Beach

Sarah and ForestWhat happens when you take two incredibly talented and creative people, surround them with 80 of their nearest and dearest on a deserted beach laden with objets d’art to recreate the look of a wedding using items from a trade ship run aground? This bit of loveliness….

Sarah is an actress on Broadway and screen and Forest is a carpenter (the type who can build the entire house himself).  They chose the secluded Sugar Beach for their wedding celebrations, which was a huge hit with all their guests, since they were far from the maddening crowds during the crazy Christmas/New Year’s holiday week.

The Bouquet Sarah’s bouquet featured white dendrobium orchids, yellow mokara orchids, succulents, yellow freesia and roses in yellow, orange and white.

Table DecorWe wanted to create a unique environment, transporting guests to an ambiance rather than a typical wedding setting. Using our ship theme, we used a plethora of items one might find on a merchant ship, sailing back from the Far Orient. Tables had reproductions of old maps as a centrepiece on which we layered antique silver pieces, beaded votive holders from India, Cuban cigar boxes and Morrocan lanterns. Flowers included a mix of freesia, roses, orchids and eucalyptus. Each table was named after a ship that reflected Sarah and Forest’s zest for life, adorned with the sailing ship from their invitations.

Table DecorationsAntique medicine bottles, found at a New York City flea market, were filled with sand to add a whimsical vintage touch.

Message in a Bottle Seating Cards

Escort cards were a thank you message in a bottle with each guest’s name and table assignment hand calligraphied.

Sand in a bottle

Lace Place SettingChargers were paper doilies on which we handstamped the couples’ names, date and their anchor logo. A craft paper tag with Buen Provecho (Good Appetite in Spanish) added a fun touch to the table setting.

Reception Area

Beautiful Flower Arrangements

Bride's SeatThe Bride and Groom’s chairs were adorned with handpainted wooden signs, again with their anchor logo, and bundles of sweet-smelling freesias.

Floral Arrangements

Hanging ParasolsDancing was on the outdoor patio, under a ceiling of twinkle lights and colourful Chinese parasols.

Ceremony DecorTableau of found objects was featured at the beginning of the ceremony aisle, featuring items like antique suitcases, Indian sari silk, a wooden ampersand, an old globe and parasols to shade the guests.

Dance, Eats Wooden directional signs added a fun touch.

The Programs

Programs, featuring the anchor logo, did double-duty as fans to help folks keep their cool in the tropical heat.

Ceremony SiteAn aisle of leaves, edged with colourful rose petals, was laid before the driftwood chuppah crafted by the groom, the talented carpenter, and even the podium was made from driftwood.

MusiciansLocal musicians serenaded the crowd with Latin music, bringing an authentic Tico touch to the ceremony.

I Do'sBeautiful ceremony in a gorgeous setting!

Party LightingThe dancefloor was packed all night – these folks PARTIED!!!!

The CakeDelicate sugar anemones added the perfect touch to the cake.

Flower Shot

Vintage Decor

Boutonniere

Wish LanternsWish lanterns were lit and released just after sunset, the optimal time to get great photos of this lovely tradition.

Mr. and Mrs.Felicidades to Sarah and Forest! What a magical wedding it was!! And what a creative blast it was to dream and plan all the details with you – wish we could do it all again ;)

Massive thanks to Comfort Studio for shooting on behalf of A Brit & A Blonde!

Posted by: lazybride | September 18, 2013

Real Wedding- Jen and Dan, Zephyr Palace

0029Nothing says tropical wedding like cheery colours of purple, fuchsia, yellow and orange, all of which were in abundance at Jen and Dan’s sunkissed wedding at Zephyr Palace!

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DSC_3889Love how the yellow lillies, orange roses and touch of pink roses pop against the bridesmaids’ fuchsia dresses!

DSC_5923Check out Jen’s gorgeous bouquet, chockfull of light pink roses, vanda orchids in purple and yellow, yellow lillies and a touch of purple mums.

SONY DSCClear Chiavari chairs were adorned with orange roses and lillies, orange fans while the aisle was outlined in orange rose petals for a pop of colour.

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SONY DSCColourfual boutonniere of yellow and purple orchids.

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0001Zephyr Palace’s terrace was tented, since November is still transitioning from the Rainy to Dry season and we didn’t want to take any chances! Still an incredible location for a ceremony with a stunning view!

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SONY DSCJen and Dan love to travel so they wove this theme into their table names and seating cards, which featured a huge world map and photos of them on their worldwide adventures.

SONY DSCTables were dressed with sheer gold organze overlays, glass chargers with custom round menus underneath and napkins with a touch of bling.

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SONY DSCAdding uplighting with LEDs around the room makes a huge difference in the ambiance.

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SONY DSCFelicidades to Jen and Dan! Many years of happiness to you both! Huge thanks to El Velo for the great photos.

Posted by: lazybride | September 10, 2013

Real Wedding- Shawn Marie and Thomas, Puerto Viejo

Bride and GroomWelcome to September, which heralds the height of the Rainy Season for the Pacific Coast here in Costa Rica. However, over on the Caribbean side, it’s summer. Gotta love this little country full of sunshine somewhere! Intrepid couple Shawn Marie and Thomas wanted the lush greenery and laid back vibe Puerto Viejo is famous for. We headed to the Shawandha Lodge in Playa Chiquita, where a thatched roof palapa played home to the vibrant wedding reception.

RefreshmentsA sweet vintage feel for the festivities saw lots of antique doilies Shawn Marie collected mixed with with driftwood and succulents.

Ceremony DecorShawn Marie was the Queen of Etsy – seriously, this girl can give workshops! Check out these crocheted rocks made by a woman here in Costa Rica. Queen of Etsy, I tell you!

BouquetA sweet bouquet of hydrangeas, phaeleonopsis orchids, succulents and vines.

AltarThe wedding canopy featured trees, orchids, hydrangeas and a rosette topper. Thomas is a landscape designer so trees played a central role in all of the decor. And of course, it wouldn’t be a beach in Costa Rica without a stray zaquate hanging out!

Flower GirlsAdorable flowers girls in eyelet lace.

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An upcycled book held the vows (another Etsy score!).

Orchid DecorDetail of the table decor, which had lace runners, hydrangeas, floating orchids, driftwood and succulents.

Drinks

Floating OrchidsHandpainted names on a wooden board on a lace runner.

Bride and GroomLovely little detail – paper doilies with Bride and Groom hand calligraphied – another Etsy find.

Tropical Table CardsChargers (base plates) were slices of wood topped with a doily-backed menu topped with a crocheted stone with guest’s name hand written on a leaf.

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Table Decor

Reception decor

Wedding CakeTalk about a cake! We created a special stand housing glass cylinders 3 feet tall filled with branches and orchids, lit by LEDs on which sat the cake (driven in all the way from San Jose!) on a bed of orchids. Spectacular!!

Menu

Detail of table decor

Tablescape

CandlesWe converted a concrete alcove into a display of floating candles, creating a warm glow to the room.

Shawn Marie and Thomas Lowe's Wedding at Playa Cocles, reception at the Hotel Shawanda, Puerto Viejo, Costa RicaAnd how cute is this baby sloth?? Shawn Marie and Thomas took all their guests to the Jaguar Rescue Center up the road in Playa Chiquita (highly recommended!!) and then gave a donation to help them in their quest to rehabilitate injured wild animals. We were extremely lucky to have a baby sloth from the center come to the wedding for a short visit (please note that due to the new laws in Costa Rica, wild animals are no longer allowed to be housed in zoos or privately nor used for display purposes).

Felicidades to Shawn Marie and Thomas! Many years of happiness to you both! Thanks to Dan Power for the lovely photos!

Posted by: lazybride | August 27, 2013

Real Wedding- Adeela and Tim, Cala Luna

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-111Adeela and Tim had a dreamy wedding at the equally dreamy Cala Luna in Playa Langosta. It was a celebration of love and culture, as Adeela’s Pakistani roots were a touchstone throughout this fun weekend.

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-4How adorable are these invitations, mimicking an old Costa Rican passport and antique plane boarding pass?!

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-15All the pretty bridesmaids in a row, wearing traditional outfits in the soft, pastel wedding colours.

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-30Khakis and white dress shirts made for some sharp dressed groomsmen!

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Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-48Our colour palette was inspired by seaglass, linen and soft pastels. Paris chairs in white were paired with a light grey linen tablecloth.

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-49Napkins in light blue and pink gave a pop of colour.  Glass chargers with seaglass finished off the look

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-56Travel was the overarcing theme for the wedding and the seating card table featured antique suitcases, an old globe, post cards instead of a guest book and seating cards the looked like old-time luggage tags.

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-59The florals were submerged white dendrobium orchids with floating candles and glass vases with a mix of white orchids, roses and lisianthus to create a soft, ethereal feel.

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-65The windswept point of Playa Langosta was the ceremony location, decorated with a driftwood canopy strung with chains of white orchids and flanked by branches with orchids

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-67Colourful parasols kept guests cool under the hot, tropical sun.

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-73The happy bride escorted by her parents.

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Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-136In keeping with the travel theme, tables were named after meaningful locations for the couple and seating cards featured antique map backgrounds.

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-144Candlelight makes everything so beautiful!

Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-145When creating your wedding environment, don’t forget the power of lighting.

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Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-149Strings of lanterns and professional uplighting create a magical poolside setting for dinner and dancing.

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Adeela and Tim - A Brit and A Blonde-161How magical!! Congratulations again to Adeela and Tim – many years of happiness to you both! Muchas gracias to the wunderduo of A Brit & A Blonde for their fine work behind the lens as always.

Posted by: lazybride | August 23, 2013

Real Wedding- Lindsay and Sammy, Hacienda Pinilla

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Lindsay and Sammy are two of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet and made the trek to Hacienda Pinilla with 120 friends and relatives from Texas. They made every guest warm and welcome in the land of Pura Vida, where Sammy has been coming on yearly surfing trips for over a decade. This beauty of a wedding was featured on the blog Every Last Detail and we hope you enjoy all the details as much as we did putting them all together!

Invititation

Reception SiteDinner set up on the lawn. This area of Guanacaste sees the famous Papagayo winds every December through to February and this part of Hacienda Pinilla is one of the hardest hit so decor had to be ‘wind proofed’.

The Bouquet Succulents, calas and dendrboium orchids created a colourful bouquet.

Boutonniere Orange cymbidium orchid boutonniere added a nice colour pop against the groom’s linen suit.

Table ArrangementsVases held calas, lillies, hydrangeas and orchids. Due to the windy conditions of this area in December, florals were all low and candles battery operated (outdoor wedding tip!).

Reception DecorRound tables were set on the lawn, under a ceiling of twinkle lights and lanterns. Tables donned sheer organza overlays in either sky blue or light green while coral napkins provided a punch of color.

Table Decor

Lounge

An elegant lounge area was set up between the two thatched roof palapas, which house the buffet area and the dance area. Here, guests could relax while enjoying a cigar from the cigar roller and sipping on rare rum, tequila or scotch from the Special Tasting Bar.

Lounge

CalasTable numbers were in frames with wine corks, a nod to the couple’s love of vino.

Programs and Fans

All in the DetailThe MusiciansLocal Latin guitar trio added a true Tico touch to the ceremony and cocktail hour.

Tropical FlowersThe ceremony was on one of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica with a driftwood pergola decorated with hydrangeas, calas, Peruvian lillies and orchids.

Orange and White PetalsCutest flower girl and ring bearer ever!

The CeremonyBig wedding, big wedding party. Love how the girl’s bright dresses reflect off of the beach.

Tropical AltarThe couple exchanged their vows under a driftwood canopy on one of Costa Rica’s prettiest beaches against the stunning sunset.

Beautiful Sunset

Wedding CakeThe three layer cake was flown in from San Jose, filled with nummy Tootsie Roll flavor and rum filling.

CigarThe cigar roller was a huge hit. Tobacco grown here in Costa Rica is from Cuban seeds, making a perfectly-rolled cigar a highly enjoyed post-dinner treat.

Soft Dinner Lighting

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And did these people know how to party! The dance floor was packed to the sounds of DJ Sky and guests revelled in dressing up with fake mustaches, donning crazy glasses and lots of decorative beads.

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Love the custom beer coozies!

Bride and GroomFelicidades Lindsay and Sammy! Wonderful couple, wonderful wedding and one heck of a great party! Pura Vida!

Massive thanks to A Brit & A Blonde for their fabbo photos!

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