Posted by: lazybride | January 31, 2016

Zika Virus and Costa Rica

Unless you’ve been cut-off from all forms of communication, you’ve likely been bombarded with the media reports on on the Zika virus in Central and South America. The Center for Disease Control has issued travel advisories for affected areas, which does not include Costa Rica. At this time, there are NO CASES OF ZIKA CONTRACTED WITHIN COSTA RICA. We have two cases of it and both were contracted outside of the country, in Columbia and Honduras.  The Costa Rican government has already fumigated the area around the victims’ homes to prevent mosquitos from possibly biting him and spreading the disease. They are being proactive and diligent, monitoring all passengers entering Costa Rica for signs of infection. 

There are cases of Zika in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Arkansas, Texas, and Massachusettes – currently, the USA has more cases of it than Costa Rica.  The World Health Organization says by this summer, it will have spread all over the Americas, including the USA, except in Canada and Chile. 

What is Zika?

* It is a virus transmitted through bites from the same kind of mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, that can spread other tropical diseases, like dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. It is not known to spread from person to person. The only areas in the Americas without this mosquito are Canada and Chile. There are no vaccines for it at present time.

* 80% of people infected show no symptoms. Those who do experience mild, flu-like symptoms, with  fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes, which last no more than a week. Symptoms typically occur about two to seven days after the mosquito bites. If affected, the WHO recommends rest, liquids and acetaminophen for fever and pain.

* The virus is gone from the bloodstream within five to seven days There is no evidence to suggest it would lie dormant and pop up again. If you get it, you likely won’t know, will have mild symptoms and then will be immunized for life.

* Deaths and hospitalizations caused by the Zika virus are rare. Fetuses and newborns are particularly at risk, though. The disease is suspected of causing two serious complications: neurological problems and birth defects in babies born to infected women. But while there appears to be a connection with Zika, researchers have not definitively confirmed a causal link.

* It’s spreading in many different countries where people are in close quarters, lots of mosquitoes are more present, and where there is a lack of screens on windows, air conditioning in buildings and insect repellent (which are not the conditions found throughout Costa Rica)

In short, the Zika virus will likely have NO effect on those whom may contract it.  The biggest concern is with pregnant women and the possibility of the baby contracting microcephaly.  CDC says that “knowledge of the link between Zika and these outcomes is evolving.” Until more is known, it recommends “special precautions for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.”

What About Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a tropical country however, we do not have the same issues with mosquitos found in other countries, such as Brazil where it is epidemic, for a few reasons:

a) Costa Rica has the highest population of birds and bats in the Western Hemisphere, which keep the bug population in check – bats eat between 600 – 1000 mosquitos an hour.

I’ve honestly had way more problems with mosquitos in Canada than I’ve ever had in Costa Rica. Because we have low urban populations compared to other countries, there are more bats all over the country. And the beach areas are not densely built so Mother Nature keeps the bugs in check. 

b) the areas of Brazil with the highest concentration of Zika are cities with standing water, which proliferate during the wet, hot summer. Costa Rica does not have similar urban conditions as Brazil nor as the other countries with high Zika rates.

c) Costa Rica spends over $6 million USD a year fumigating the country, which is the size as West Virginia. Because dengue is present, the Health Department  is very diligent with fumigation, on-going educational campaigns as well as door to door inspections to minimize standing water/breeding grounds. Thanks to this diligence, Costa Rica’s dengue infection rate is quite low. 

d) Costa Rica has been focused on iradicating Aedes aegypti mosquito (which transmits dengue and Zika) for years already. This is one reason why surrounding countries have Zika but Costa Rica has not yet a case of infection caused in-country. 

e) hotels and resorts spray their grounds on a regular basis to keep the mosquitos away.

f) repellent is very effective when applied regularly

How to Prevent Contracting Zika

* wear insect repellant. Apply it AFTER you’ve applied sunscreen

* stay in a location with air conditioning or screens on the windows

You can also go one step further and wear clothing that contains permethrin, which is a synthetic insecticide that started showing up in consumer products in 2003. These products have been tested by the EPA and determined to be effective at deterring pests, and safe for children and women who are pregnant or nursing.

If anything, Costa Rica is better equipped to deal with mosquitos than many states and countries, as we have on-going anti-dengue campaigns to keep the mosquito population down. 

Costa Rica is working hard to keep Zika out of the country and non-pregnant visitors taking regular precautions against insects should have no issues. 

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Amanda and Chris were referred to us by a friend of theirs who was a former bride of ours and we were absolutely thrilled to work with such a warm and wonderful couple. Extra awesome points for being fellow Canadians ;)  A fantastic couple like this had a fantastic wedding at the aptly named, Casa Fantastica. As you can see from the fab photos by fellow Canucks A Brit & A Blonde, fun and fabulousness ensued.

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Destination weddings usually have a sense of playfulness and their invites set the fun tone perfectly.

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Programs printed on paper bags did double-duty, holding rose petals for tossing at the end of the ceremony.

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Amanda wanted an organic beach feel so we used objects that one might find washed ashore to decorate the aisle with. Antique bottles, coconuts, shells and driftwood created a unique atmosphere for the ceremony under a canopy of palm trees.

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All the pretty maids in a row, wearing dresses in varying tones of pink and coral. Their full bouquets featured hydrangeas, roses and Peruvian lillies.

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Husband and wife got their groove on, dancing down the aisle in a shower of rose petals.

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With a wedding in Manuel Antonio, you might have some furry little party crashers like this Titi Monkey. Sorry, Curious George, your names isn’t on the seating blackboard!

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The reception was held at Casa Fantastica, where we created a romantic, vintage look with white Paris chairs, sand coloured linens and colourful flowers under a canopy of twinkle lights.

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Driftwood, succulents and bottles in blue created a rustic look. .

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Amanda and Chris love to cycle so their guest book poster and custom cake topper reflected their passion to pedal.

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A shabby chic table housed a sweet bar, anchored by a lit- love sign.

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Dancing by the pool, under the stars made for an unforgettable party.

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Felicidades, Amanda and Chris! May all your days together be fantastica!

Posted by: lazybride | August 31, 2015

Real Weddings – Vanessa & Karim at Manuel Antonio

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Ah, l’amour! Vanessa and Karim traveled all the way from France to celebrate their love on the beaches of Manuel Antonio, along with family and friends from across Europe. It was a week of fun, sun and pura vida.

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The intimate group stayed in a couple of villas, Vista Azul and Dolce Vita,  next to each other, each with incredible views like this. Paradise found!

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Sand, surf and some much needed shade under swaying palm trees set the scene for the ceremony.

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Vanessa and Karim’s daughter was cute as a button in her flowergirl dress. So adorable!

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Using a palette of white, turquoise and tones of blue, we dressed the chairs with paper cones filled with rose petals.

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Incorporating a sand ceremony, we used turquoise sand as well as sand from Manuel Antonio beach.

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Paper fans (turquoise, of course!) kept guests cool in the tropical heat.

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Live music adds a special touch to any event.

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That moment when words just aren’t enough…

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Ou la, la, was the reception ever chic, with white sequined overlays, silver mercury candles, mirrored boxes filled with white peonies, roses, lisianthus, orchids and hydrangeas. Turquoise pillar candles and napkins added just a touch of colour.

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Silver stones had each guest’s name handwritten on them.

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While Louis chairs added Old World charm/modern elegance to the table.

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Lush, fluffy florals juxtapose beautifully against the mirrored boxes, creating a romantic look that was very contemporary.

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And what about that sunset? Incroyable!

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Merci beaucoup to our good friends A Brit & A Blonde for capturing the day and felicitationes to Vanessa and Karim!!

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Renae and Nick come down from the Great White North to celebrate their wedding at Casa Las Brisas in Manuel Antonio. It was an event filled with love and laughter and loads of fun style. Huge props to El Velo Photography for capturing all the loveliness.

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Love her bouquet of freesia, eucalyptus, orchids and roses! Great textures.

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Gorgeous dress!

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Using a palette of mint, yellow, grey and old gold, we wove in touches of burlap and lace to give a rustic feel. These bridesmaids bouquets have a cheery collection of lisianthus, freesia and eucalyptus.

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The terrace at Casa Las Brisas has a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding rainforest. A driftwood altar featured a touch of freesias, roses and eucalyptus, the aisle outlined by yellow rose petals and colourful parasols kept guests shaded from the bright tropical sun.

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A single phalaenopsis orchid with a touch of rosemary and a mum for a boutonniere.

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Such fun bridesmaids dresses, perfect for the heat. And that blue just pops against the yellow flowers.

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Ahh, Manuel Antonio beach. Such a picturesque setting for wedding portraits.

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Nick looking dapper.

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Renae looking so lovely.

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During the cocktail hour and photo session, we switched out the terrace from ceremony to dinner setting. Light grey linens were paired with light blue napkins wrapped with a lace ring. White lanterns, mason jars and Chiavari chairs added a vintage touch while freesias, roses and lisianthus in bright yellows added a charge of colour. Strings of Christmas lights overhead and coloured uplighting around the terrace’s perimeter created a magical glow.

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Mmm, cake! A lace wrapped two-layer cake, with touches of succulents, lisianthus, orchids and mums sat atop a sparkly gold glitter cake stand as the piece de resistance.

Felicidades to Renae and Nick – many happy, fun-filled years together and mil gracias for allowing us to be a part of your celebration!!

Posted by: lazybride | August 18, 2015

Real Wedding – Tanya & Albert at Arenal

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Tanya and Albert are a couple that smiles easily and often and their joy is infectious. Even a heavy downpour during their wedding ceremony couldn’t dampen their happiness!

They chose one of the most magical hotels in the Arenal Volcano area, The Springs, which pampered them and their guests with great food and exceptional service. Massive gracias to FunkyTown Photography for the gorgeous photos!

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The night before the wedding, guests enjoyed a celebration full of colour and music that had them salsa-ing a storm up!

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Ending the party with a bang (literally!), everyone went to bed with visions of fireworks dancing in their heads. Tomorrow was going to be epic!

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Their save the dates looked like luggage tags while the talented team at Monumental Designs.

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Customized stamps of the couple and their favourite animal, the sloth, made each invitation extra unique.

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Despite the pouring rain and the raging river, the ceremony set up was cheerful and bright. The rose petal aisle in a curvy design popped against the deep green of the lawn.

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Colouful flowers like roses, orchids and lisianthus in deep purples, reds, green and white brightened the grey day.

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Cones of rose petals were adorned with their initials.

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Smiles all around for the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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Handpainted seating cards hang from an orchid “tree”.

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Table arrangements featured hydreangeas and orchids, candles and deluxe overlays.

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Strings of lights and uplighting transformed the rancho into a magical setting.

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Live music always hits the right note.

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Tanya is a paediatrician so it’s no surprise that she wanted the children to be VIPs at the wedding. Their table was laden with candy centerpieces, toys, games and colouring books.

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The groom’s cake was topped with bride and groom sloths. Cutest cake ever!

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Dancers and drummers and dancing – oh my! Everyone was shaking a tail feather with the comparse group, taking the fun level up to 11.

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It was truly a magical day and one where every detail was carefully thought out to ensure each guest was treated like royalty. Tanya and Albert are truly a king and queen of hospitality. Wishing you every joy now and forever!

Posted by: lazybride | August 16, 2015

Real Wedding- Vanessa and Leomir, Villa Caletas

Zephyr Palace

Vanessa and Leomir married at Zephyr Palace and held the reception at the Mirardor Terrace of Villa Caletas. The location was jaw-dropping, as was the couple. Although it was a small wedding,  with only 14 people in total, the fun, love and joy was enough to fill a venue three times the size. Great things come in small packages, as they say.

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Look at those views!

Ceremony Site

Dramatic draping on the pillars, echoed on the chairs and full arrangements of flowers at the aisle entrance created an elegant, classic setting.

Fans and Flowers

Handwoven fans from a local indigenous women’s cooperative kept guests cool while helping impoverished artisans create a better life for themselves and their families.

Ceremony Decor

Everything about this ceremony was chic, classically elegant and lush.

Setting the Mood

Nothing like live music for a ceremony!

Bride and Groom

Mr. and Mrs.

Vanessa looked like a fairy-tale princess with her prince.

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Floating Lanterns

The pool terrace at Zephyr Palace is one of the most magical spots anywhere for a wedding. Although Vanessa and Leomir were able to release sky lanterns, the practice is no longer allowed by the Ministry of the Environment as the surrounding forest is a fire hazard.

Reception

Wow, wow, wow. Luxe overlays, dramatic lighting and incredible florals created a reception space that took your breath away.

Flowers

Candles and vases were wrapped in gold ribboning adorned with rhinestoned brooches for luxurious look.

Table Setting

Customized menus featured a gold ribbon with a ‘diamond’ atop a gold hob-nailed base plate.

Celebration

Even their custom champagne glasses were elegant to the max.

Reception Decor

Chairs were dressed with a chiffon sash and a rhinestone band. The bride and groom’s chairs had the added touch of rose floral balls, repurposed from the ceremony chairs.

Flower Arrangement

How stunning was this centerpiece? Roses, hydrangeas, orchids, lisianthus and crystals combined to created a magnificent display of floral beauty.

The Cake

The wedding cake mirrored the circular designs of the exquisite overlays.

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Amazingly, the roses on the cake were handmade out of sugar.

Gift Frame Each guests received a gold and rhinestone frame to remember the day by.Chair Decoration

Place Setting

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Decor and Lighting

Bride and GroomFelicidades to Vanessa and Leomir on a wedding that proved intimate can still be incredibly luxurious. Many thanks to Funkytown for the incredible photos.

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bride and groom on the beach, bride and groom at sunset, beach wedding, costa rica wedding, weddings costa rica Imagine the wedding of a professional baseball player and a producer for Oprah. Amazing, right? Well, daydream no more as here is the gorgeousness that was Bo and Neha’s celebration of love and laughter. Enjoy! Tropical flower arrangement, garden party, weddings costa rica   A rehearsal dinner on the the lawn of the Los Suenos Marriott kicked off the festivities. We went for bright, tropical colours and flowers in bamboo vases.outdoor rehersal dinner, garden party, yellow table decor, weddings costa rica   orange and purple table decor, tropical flower arrangement, elegant rehersal dinner, weddings costa rica   Dinner was held under an open-aired tent, as we were in December and transitioning from Rainy to Dry season. Luck was with us as the day and night was perfectly gorgeous.Tropical flower decor, table number, tropical wedding, tropical flowers, weddings costa rica   summer party, tropical party, tropical rehersal dinner, yellow table decor, weddings costa rica   Kalire, bridal bouquet and kalire, white orchid bouquet, weddings costa rica   Neha’s bouquet of white hydrangeas, orchids and lisianthus was so romantic and soft, providing a neutral palette for her stunning red and gold jewels.costa rica wedding invitation, wedding invitation, destination wedding, weddings costa rica   Letterpressed invitations are always an elegant touch. And I love how the yellow pops against the grey!Sari wedding dress, tropical wedding, indian wedding dress, weddings costa rica   Indian bride, ruby headpiece, bride getting make up, headpiece jewelry   Neha was truly a princess on her wedding day – how beautiful!wedding sari, sari, beaded sari, sari with jewels, weddings costa rica   Zepher Palace, tropical wedding, ocean view wedding, wedding by the pool, weddings costa rica   Zephryr Palace’s stunning poolside terrace was the setting for the ceremony. The bright yellow rose petals added a pop of colour against the grey sky. A little rain fell but nothing could dampen anyone’s spirits!wedding program, wedding program fan, weddings costa rica   Weddings in the tropics are hot, so having fans for guests is always a great idea. Making them play double-duty as a uber-helpful program is pure genius.Mango mojito, wedding refreshments, weddings costa rica   Neha and Bo tagged their wedding as BoHa  so we played on the theme by having the signature cocktail be a Boho Mojo.indian wedding, bride and groom, wedding vows, groom with lei, weddings costa rica   The wedding ceremony was a fusion of Eastern and Western wedding traditions. Zepher Palace, wedding couple, tropical wedding, costa rica wedding, weddings costa rica   The entrance-way at Zephyr Palace is a majestic spot for photos. Luckily, the rains stopped for cocktail and photo hour!Zepher Palace, ceiling painting, ceiling art, elegant wedding reception, weddings costa rica   Light grey linen tablecloths provided a neutral backdrop for the bright yellow napkins and florals in white, orange and yellow. Zepher Palace, white and yellow table decor, giant tube vase with roses, weddings costa rica   yellow and white table decor, festive table, stemware, weddings costa rica   Wedding menu, yellow napkin, yellow and white table decor, weddings costa rica   Red and white orchids, white and yellow table decor, elegant table decor, weddings costa rica   bride and groom chairs, Zepher Palace, weddings costa rica   Seating Cards, seating cards on world map, international wedding, weddings costa rica       Keeping with the global travellers theme, the seating cards were small luggage tags tacked on a reproduction of a 16th Century map.bindi bar, weddings costa rica   Bindi are the little jewels Indian ladies attach onto their foreheads. Our Bindi Bar was a huge hit with guests who got their Bollywood on.picture arrangement, pictures of relatives, retro wedding decor, international wedding decor, weddings costa rica   Photos of relatives, some dearly departed, were placed at the guest book table as a way to include and honour them.postcard holder, wedding postcards, weddings costa rica Guests wrote their best wishes on reproductions of old Costa Rican postcards, another aspect of the traveller theme woven into the wedding. fireworks   Fireworks! Everyone was amazed by the pyrotechnics.bride and groom kissing, bride and groom retro, hand carved wooden door, weddings costa ricaWhat a couple, what a celebration – a home run for sure! Felicidades to Neha and Bo for many more wonderful travels and celebrations to come.

Many thanks to A Brit & A Blonde for the photos!

beach wedding, newlyweds, bride and groom sunset, costa rica weddingWhere do I even begin with this crazy, unique, FUN wedding? Jacqui is a dancer in a blacklight theatre company that performs the world over. Peter is a production genius and sound guru who criss-crosses the US of A working on huge productions. Not surprisingly, their wedding celebration was completely extraordinary and one of a kind. The folks over at Rock ‘n Roll Bride agreed and featured this incomparable wedding on their blog.Wedding bouquet, bridesmaid dresses, wedding dress, alternative wedding dress, white rose and hydrangea bouquetI remember when Jacqui posted the fabric for the wedding clothes from Mood (yes, the fabric fantasyland we’ve swooned over on Project Runway). I literally squealed. The final products were stunning! costa rica wedding, wedding receptionDiscovery House, right on the beach of Manuel Antonio, is chockfull of artistic touches, making it the perfect setting. wedding preparations, bride getting hair done, bride hairdresserEven with tin foil hair curlers, Jacqui is gorgeous. Seriously. alternative wedding, bride, wedding dress, alternative wedding dressHow incredible are those golden paint tattoos? Jacqui created those for her and the entire wedding crew. Wedding passport, destination wedding, wedding necklaceThe wedding invitations resembled passports and old Costa Rican colon coins were refashioned into a necklace so each guest would have a wearable momento. costa rica beach, tropical beach, beach weddingManuel Antonio’s palm-fringed beach. groom and groomsmen, tropical wedding, alternative weddingPeter and his groomsmen cutting a suave figure in linen and khaki. floating candle, wedding programs, beach wedding, ceremony site, wedding arch, tropical weddingSimplicity and natural was the look for the ceremony, with bamboo chairs, green coconuts and palm leaves lining the aisle and a driftwood arch with fabric and a touch of greenery with flowers. mimosa bar, tropical wedding, costa rica wedding, wedding refreshmentsMmmmmimosa bar! A great way to welcome guests, keep them cool and get the party started in an elegant way. tropical wedding, wedding arch, beach weding wedding canope, ceremony canope wedding ceremony, beach wedding, wedding glow sticks, fun weddingAt the end of the ceremony, Jacqui and Peter planted neon glos sticks into the sand and then invited their guests to do the same, creating an installation piece with over 1000 glow sticks. wedding glow sticks, fied of glow sticks, fun wedding, beach weddingThe darker the lighting became, the more incredible the glow stick ‘field’ looked! wedding couple, wedding beach walk, beach wedding, costa rica wedding white rose and hydrangea bouquet, wedding bouquet, bride on the beach, beach weddingLove her bouquet of roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus! beach wedding, costa rica wedding, wedding couple, newlyweds     sunset, costa rica sunset, beach wedding, bride sunset They even had an incredible sunset. What a perfect day it was! wedding reception, field of glow sticks, tropical wedding     Glow furniture, wedding reception glow furnitureWe augmented the LED field with lounge furniture that was also LED. The entire beach area was a canvas of artistic and unexpected lighting.Neon fields, glow furniture, glow sticks, beach wedding       glow furniture, beach wedding glow furniture       bride dancing with friends, wedding celebration, wedding reception, tropical wedding     And what a party it was! Everyone danced, sang and had the night of their lives.bride, bouquet toss, wedding reception  Even an unconventional bride still opts for tradition – the bouquet toss was undoubtedly one of the most creative one I’ve seen and Jacqui’s friend did an incredible job leading it. bride and groom neon field, wedding neon field       Love this amazing shot the photographer Peach Plum Pear set up!neon wedding reception, neon field wedding, beach weddingJacqui and Peter’s celebration was truly all aglow. Felicidades and wishing you many years of illuminated love together!

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