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Jodi and Ross had a beautiful day, with beautiful weather and a party that was one for the books. No wonder these two had lots to smile about!

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Their invitation set was stylishly simple and clean, setting the tone for the overall look that had just a hint of a vintage feel.

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We were incredibly blessed to have peonies for Jodi’s bouquet. Big, full, smellicious pink peonies. And orchids galore!

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The Discovery Beach House offers so many spots full of photographic eye candy.

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Excellent beach wedding #102  – beer coozies!

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How gorgeous is the beading on Jodi’s dress?

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And how gorgeous is Jodi in it! Love this shot.

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The sand at the back of the house is soft and off-white, the kind your toes can’t wait to dig into. This fun shoe valet needed little prompting to get folks to kick off their shoes.

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Cocktail hour featured two specialty cocktails – a Ross Refresher and a Beach Bubbly…

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Live music is always a nice touch.

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Cocktail tables were laid with tablecloths of fluttering organza circles, topped with arrangements of green hydrangeas, pink roses and Stars of Bethlehem.beach wedding, tropical wedding, wedding canopy, wedding ceremony, altar, discovery beach house manuel antonio, weddings costa rica

Under a canopy of trees, the wedding setting was a dreamy combination of tulle, orchids, roses and hydrangeas.

 

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All together now, a 5,6,7,8…

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Jodi helping Ross do a Groucho Marx imitation.

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Table numbers looked like delicate handpainted works of art, tucked into seashells painted gold.

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Si Como No’s event terrace features a breathtaking view of the ocean against a backdrop of lush foliage. A little bit of uplighting added some drama.

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Sometimes, simplicity is best.

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Posted by: lazybride | February 20, 2015

Real Wedding – Sheri & Sean at Tulemar, Manuel Antonio

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The colour palette of cheery lavender, pinks and purples brightened up the grey day.

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Sheri had a million-watt smile, a rockin’ arm tattoo and a dreamy floral crown.

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Love these cheery bouquets with lisianthus, orchids, roses, freesia (smells divine!) and eucalyptus.

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Jen’s dress was all lace, which matched perfectly with the vintage yet modern vibe she wanted for the wedding.

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Our fun programs did doubleduty as fans.

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Local musicians provided the perfect soundtrack for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.

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Dining under the stars at sandwashed wooden tables, adorned with Italian lace runners, lanterns and blue Mason jars filled with bright flowers.

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Due to the wind, we used electric candles and grouped the vases together so they wouldn’t blow over.

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Handpainted signs for the seats of honour.

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Wooden boxes filled with flowers not only added a vintage/rustic touch but they were wind proof.

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Festival lighting (naked light bulbs) gave a romantic glow while LED lights added some dramatic atmosphere.

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The bride’s sisters embarrassed Jen by reading the email she’d sent to her sister just before her first date with Brendan. An epic win by the sisters and kudos to Jen for being such a good sport.

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Felicidades and a massive gracias for Katherine Stinnett for the wonderful photos!

 

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floating lantern, lantern in sky, Reserva Conchal Beach Club, Weddings Costa RicaAfter much fun, dining, dancing and singing, guests gathered to release wish lanterns into the night sky, sending their very best intentions for a long and happy marriage to Jenna and Este. Felicidades! Huge thanks to guru.foto for the fabulous photos.

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Stacy opted for simple elegance, with long-stemmed white cala lilles taking center stage in the florals. The green and white colour scheme was complimented by tones of mahogany. River stones served as seating cards, adding a natural touch that elegantly simple yet chic.

The couple was married under a chuppah featuring a lace tablecloth that held a special place in the family’s hearts. At the beginning of the ceremony, Ari’s father explained the significance of it – Ari’s grandfather had been hidden from the Nazi’s during WWII by a kind family. Decades later, Ari’s father met with the brave family and one of the ladies, who had been a young girl at the time, gave him this tablecloth she’d made. The selfless act of that family the 1940’s ensured that Ari was here with the rest of his family, in 2014, to celebrate.

And what a celebration it was! Ari is a chef so guests dined on a meal that was a true feast of fresh, local ingredients before heading down to the ballroom to get their groove on.

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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

A Brit & A Blonde - Bouquet

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.

2 Silver Jimmy Choos

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!

Will

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.

cones with crest

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.

Art Deco wedding ceremony

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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Art Deco table settingArt Deco charger

Art Deco wedding Zephyr Palace

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.

 

Gold bananas

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!

Villa Caletas beach

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.

Cosat Rica carnival dancerCosta Rica carnivalCosta Rica carnivalCarnival in Costa RicaCarnival in Costa RicaCarnival in Costa RicaBet you wished you were there, right? Too much fun! Stay tuned for photos of the gorgeous main event.

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

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