Real Wedding – Zephyr Palace & Rancho Caletas

Did you know that Villa Caletas has a few magical spots for weddings on the grounds? Today, we’re featuring the first wedding at their Rancho, which is an open-aired thatched-roof space that can easily accommodate 250 people. It’s located between Zephyr Palace and the main section of the hotel (near the ampitheater) and features the same breathtaking views.

As this wedding was in November, we had the tenting over the terrace in case it rained (being in a rainforest area, we can expect rain mid-April to December).  The view is still stunning! We enhanced the look with lush florals.

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White rose petals in an intricate design were the finishing touch.

 

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Roses, orchids, freesia and lisianthus created a romantic, dreamy look. So pretty!

 

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After the ceremony at the Terrace, guests were whisked over to the Rancho. Although the space is very large, we used fabric and lighting to make it feel a bit cozier.

 

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How romantic is the sweetheart table? Branches create an arch filled with lights and lanterns hanging from strings of orchids.

 

Tables featured beaded deluxe overlays that sparkled in the candlelight. Mercury vases were paired with candle holders and vases with touches of bling for an uber-luxe look.

 

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A mirrored -runner on the head table reflected all the various lights for an even dreamier look.

 

Sliver chargers had grey napkins wrapped with a wine-coloured ribbon, topped off with a single orchid bud for an elegant look. Floral vases were wrapped in fabric of the wedding colors to bring an unexpected touch to the tables.

 

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How flower-licious is this head table? So colouful and elegant!

 

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There were a number of kids at the wedding so we had a special table just for them, filled with a ton of different sweets aka Sugar High Central.

 

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How majestic is this cake? Silver with scroll work, with punches of color from the purple orchids scattered in the table. Unfortunately, we had a grey, rainy day so the incredible view of the ocean was obscured in this photo but a little rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, as the partied the night away.

Huge thanks to John Williamson for the photos.

 

 

Real Wedding – Lindsay & Michael, Zephyr Palace

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Talk about a stunning wedding! Lindsay and Michael married at the incomparable Zephyr Palace just outside of Jaco beach. How gorgeous is this bouquet of lisianthus, roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus?

 

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE the back of Lindsay’s dress! And that photo of her with a flower girl? Totally adorbs!

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Zephyr Palace is filled with antiques, such as this handcrafted chair that is a perfect backdrop for the bride’s bouquet and robe.

And that view of the Pacific Ocean? Almost as breathtaking as Lindsay.

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Is there a dreamier spot than this to marry at? The sky and ocean melding into one behind the infinity pool, giving the impression you’re floating. We dressed out the terrace with flowing white chiffon, pink roses, white orchids, hydrangeas and eucalyptus.

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Aisle chairs were dressed with perfectly pink balls of roses. They’re so perfect that they almost don’t look real!

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Cuteness factor was cranked up to 11 when their daughter rode into the wedding in a decorated wagon. Too cute!!

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I love these ring boxes! So cute and functional!

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Instead of typical seating cards, we attached names and table numbers to these blinged-out paper straws.

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Pink white and silver were the colors of the day. Against a white flocked tablecloth, we placed silver chargers, a pink napkin and a silver menu.

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The table featured large balls of roses, lisianthus, hydrangeas and eucalytpus surrounded by smaller arrangements of the same flowers and candles. Strings of Christmas tree lights and uplighting in the hallway created a magical setting.

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How delicious does this cake look? Edible sugar beading around the base of each layer with real flowers cascading downwards, topped with a custom-made cake topper (with all the bling!). Gorgeous!

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If there’s a more beautiful spot for a sunset, I haven’t found it! Congratulations again to Lindsay and Michael! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your celebration. Massive thanks to Jennifer Alyse Weddings for the fabulous photos!

8 Tips to Save Money on Your Flight

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Having a destination wedding means you’ll be buying airline tickets so why not spend as little as possible for those tickets to fly? We’ve put together our top 8 tips on saving big bucks on your trip.

#1 Be flexible with the airline. If you MUST fly the Friendly Skies to get points, you could miss out on a bargain with another carrier. Saving money is not about brand loyalty.

#2 – be an outlier. Be the traveler who is willing to fly when no one else wants to. That means the crack of dawn, the middle of the night, at lunch or dinner. Hungry, tired and cranky gets the lowest ticket price.

#3- opt for flying on a Tuesday (the cheapest day of the week to fly), Wednesday or Saturday. Avoid Fridays and Sundays as they are the most expensive travel days. Even if you have to fly a Friday or Sunday on one leg, try for one of the cheaper days the other leg as you’ll still save.

#4 – set your buying clock for 3 PM on a Tuesday. By this time, the cheapest airfares for the week have been released and all the carriers have price-matched.

#5 – it’s all in the timing. Book too early or too late and you could end up paying more. You want the timing to be juuuuuust right. For domestic flights in the US, that’s between 3 months and 30 days from your departure date. For international, you’re looking at 5.5 months to 90 days. If you’re traveling during the peak months of June, July, August or the December holidays, book 60 days in advance.

#6 – look for flights out of larger hubs, as they are cheaper than flying out of smaller airports.

#7 – look for layovers. Direct flights are more convenient but multiple stops can save you up to 50%.

BONUS SNEAKY TIP- when looking for a flight, do it as single passengers. Thanks to a weird and little known algorithm of the travel Powers That Be, multiple tickets sold in a single transaction must all be at the same price point. Say you find one ticket at $100 and the rest are $200. If you book two, you’ll pay $400. But if you book with two separate transactions, purchasing one at a time, you’ll pay $300.

And there you have it! Follow these tips and save some greenbacks (which always come in handy for your wedding or honeymoon). What tips do you have for making the most of your travel budget?

Real Wedding – Heather & Steven, Punto de Vista

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Recipe for a successful wedding…

Take one stunning location (ie Manuel Antonio beach).

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Add one couple who LOVE each other and having fun together.

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Include a healthy dash of friends and family…

Spice to taste…

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Add a dash of sweetness..

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A dash of loveliness…

A sprinkle of humour…

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And voila! A perfect day of love, laughter and happily ever after! Huge props to El Velo Photography for the great photos and Villa Punto de Vista for providing such a spectacular venue!

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Real Wedding – Alex & Kevin at Zephyr Palace

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Villa Caletas, Zephyr Palace, Weddings Costa Rica, Wedding arch, altar, ocean view wedding, ceremony site, destination weddingThe terrace at Zephyr is so stunning, it doesn’t need much to make it even more spectacular. Here, we incorporated clear chairs, white rose petals and draping topped with white florals against the jaw-dropping view.

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Real Wedding – Camille & Emmanuel at Punto de Vista, Manuel Antonio

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An adorable couple crazy in love at a jaw-dropping villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the middle of the rainforest? Nope, it’s not the elevator pitch for an epic romantic movie but the real-life wedding of Camille and Emmanuel. And we have the photos to prove it from the wildly talented Jonathan Yonkers.

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How adorable is this customized wooden hanger? Brides, be sure to have a nice hanger for your dress as you need something strong yet pretty for photos. Etsy has oodles of great and affordable options!

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bride and groom dancing, wedding dance, wedding reception, weddings costa ricaFelicidades to Camille and Emmanuel! Huge thanks to Chelsea and crew for such a fantastic wedding and here’s wishing many happy years to the bride and groom!

 

 

Wedding Destinations for Dreamy Photo Ops

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*Today I’d like to welcome Sarah Caulfield from Nixplay for a guest post on gorgeous settings for beautiful weddings. 

Getting married is a big deal – something to remember for a lifetime. Naturally, you’ll want the occasion of your wedding to be memorable, not just so it sticks in your mind, but so you can bring back fantastic photos to share with people who weren’t able to be there, or to keep so everyone can see how beautiful the occasion was in every way. You can display your memorable pictures in a beautiful photo album, or if you’re more on the tech-savvy side, a digital picture frame. Regardless, these pictures are some of the most precious mementos you’ll have. And some places are just better than thers when it comes to picturesque wedding venues.

Of course, there are the standard places to go, like Hawaii, or the still-risque and almost shockingly vibrant Las Vegas, but there are many, many other places you can get married where the photos taken can inspire deep feelings for years to come. Some of them are hidden treasures you may not have ever considered otherwise.

Sea Island, Georgia, USA

Imagine the clear blue waters of the Caribbean, expansive private beaches, beautiful resorts with golf, horseback riding, boating, spas, and so much more – without ever going to the Caribbean. This is Sea Island, in the state of Georgia. If you head to the Caribbean, you’ll have to deal with tourists. Here, you can have a perfect beach wedding, without a tourist in sight, since the only people on the island are visitors to the two resorts placed there.

Park City, Utah, USA

What about an Alpine winter wedding, no travel to the Alps required? Ski season in Park City, Utah provides a beautiful snowy landscape not only great for a picturesque wedding, but for skiing. Once a mining town, it’s now the site of a number of glamourous resorts, easily the equal of what you’d find if you went to Europe. If skiing isn’t your thing, summer is a wonderful time to come, with plenty of outdoor activities to occupy you and your guests both before and after the nuptials.

Florida Keys, USA

If hot environs don’t bother you and your wedding party, a Florida Keys summer wedding can a great venue. With more than 100 miles of islands from which to choose, it’s almost impossible to not find one to your liking. These islands are an absolute paradise when it comes to wildlife and natural surroundings, which can provide you with many amazing photographic opportunities. If you really want to go for the unusual and exotic, look into an underwater ceremony in Key Largo – just remember to invest in underwater cameras!

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Spectacular fall foliage is not just found in New England. Get married on Mackinac Island in Michigan for a unique experience. A National Historical Landmark, Mackinac Island has a distinctly 19th century vibe. In fact, you’ll have to travel on the island by horse and buggy, or bike, because there isn’t a car to be found on the entire island. With venues ranging from the Victorian era to colonial forts, you can have a wedding transported backward in time to an earlier era. The northern locale can make weather tricky, so it’s best to plan your trip in October to catch the changing colors of autumn.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Leaving the U.S. behind, there are few countries as full of great wedding venues as Italy. While places like Rome or the Tuscan region will always have its share of visitors, there are some (slightly) less traveled places, like the Amalfi Coast that will give you the Italian wedding experience with somewhat less of the bustle. Being located in Italy, you can be sure you’ll have superb catering at your wedding. As for photo opportunities, the cliff-side vistas of the Mediterranean are truly spectacular.

Loire Valley, France

While Paris is lovely, it’s not the only place in France to get married. One place you might put into your list of considerations is the Loire Valley, about two hours from the City of Lights. Though popular in mid to late summer, visitors to the region outside that time frame can enjoy a memorable wedding experience without contending with large crowds. Centuries-old castles and villages are just a few of the places and memories you can capture if you choose the Loire Valley to celebrate your union.

Costa Rica

If you’re looking to have your wedding in late winter or early spring, Costa Rica may be the perfect place for you. It offers two coasts – the Caribbean and the Pacific, either one of them the perfect balance of tropical wildness and modern amenities. Naturally, it’s perfect for beach weddings, on one of the pristine stretches of white sand, but if you venture into the nation’s interior, there are mountaintops, lush rain forest reserves, and other places of natural beauty for those who want to get married close to nature in its purest form.

Australia

This is, of course, more than a place for venues. It’s a whole continent, which means you have almost unlimited options to explore for the picture perfect wedding. For those who like to stay close to city comforts, Australia offers spectacular skyscapes and architecture in many of its cities around its coasts. Those looking for more natural settings can turn to the starkly beautiful Outback, or to the teeming colors and wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef. Australia’s truly unique ecology can offer some truly unique photo opportunities for your wedding.

For information on ways to take memorable wedding photographs to fill your photo album and digital picture frame check out this blog post from Nixplay.com.

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Laura O’Donnell writes smart content on behalf of the digital picture frame experts at Nixplay. As an avid writer and learner, she loves to use her skills for engaging others in important topics in creative and effective ways. When she is not working, she loves meeting new people, traveling, and bringing her Pinterest dreams to life. Find her on LinkedIn.