Whitney and Andrew may look like models in a wedding magazine but I assure you, they are a real life bride and groom, a gorgeous couple dressed to the nines in the magical setting of Punto de Vista and Manuel Antonio beach. And that stunning sunset? 100% natural. Amazingly, they are from the beautiful island of Bermuda yet they chose our little Paradise of Costa Rica for their wedding celebration. And from all accounts, their Bermudian friends and family fell head over heels with the land of Pura Vida. Whitney created her own bouquet out of silk flowers and rhinestone pins. Lovely! How breathtaking is this portrait of Whitney? We held the ceremony on the top floor of Punto de Vista, which offers jaw-dropping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. White with pops of red were the colour scheme. The couple made these hilarious programs about being a guest at a wedding. Too funny!! We created a waterfall of lights outlined with soft fabric for the ceremony altar. Cylinders with red petals and floating candles decorated the altar area. Ladies, be sure you have a great manicure for those ring shots. Love how Whitney had silver sparkles on her ring finger nails. Twilight fans will recognize the quote as Edward’s toast to his bride, Bella, in the movie. Whitney is a huge Twilight fan and had A Thousand Years as the theme song for the wedding – her bridal party record their own version for the walk down the aisle! To create the ethereal, romantic feel of the Twilight wedding, we placed lace overlays atop grey silk shantung tablecloths. Floating candles and votives framed a pillar candle sitting in a ring of airy baby’s breath. Strings of Christmas lights created a magical feel for the dinner. Although we’d used the same area for the ceremony, the lighting and addition of dinner tables totally transformed the deck. As each guest had ordered a different main course, we had a specific seating plan to facilitate the dinner service. Rather than a typical tent card for guest seating, we created a band with the guest’s name backed by lace. Practical and pretty! Whitney and Andrew’s first dance to A Thousand Years. Felicidades Whitney and Andrew! We wish you a thousand years of happiness. Huge thanks to Funkytown Photography for the creative and beautiful photos.
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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! 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. 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. 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. Letterpressed invitations are always an elegant touch. And I love how the yellow pops against the grey! Neha was truly a princess on her wedding day – how beautiful! 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! 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. Neha and Bo tagged their wedding as BoHa so we played on the theme by having the signature cocktail be a Boho Mojo. The wedding ceremony was a fusion of Eastern and Western wedding traditions. The entrance-way at Zephyr Palace is a majestic spot for photos. Luckily, the rains stopped for cocktail and photo hour! Light grey linen tablecloths provided a neutral backdrop for the bright yellow napkins and florals in white, orange and yellow. Keeping with the global travellers theme, the seating cards were small luggage tags tacked on a reproduction of a 16th Century map. 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. Photos of relatives, some dearly departed, were placed at the guest book table as a way to include and honour them. Guests wrote their best wishes on reproductions of old Costa Rican postcards, another aspect of the traveller theme woven into the wedding. Fireworks! Everyone was amazed by the pyrotechnics.What 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!
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Where 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.I 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! Discovery House, right on the beach of Manuel Antonio, is chockfull of artistic touches, making it the perfect setting. Even with tin foil hair curlers, Jacqui is gorgeous. Seriously. How incredible are those golden paint tattoos? Jacqui created those for her and the entire wedding crew. The wedding invitations resembled passports and old Costa Rican colon coins were refashioned into a necklace so each guest would have a wearable momento. Manuel Antonio’s palm-fringed beach. Peter and his groomsmen cutting a suave figure in linen and khaki. Simplicity 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. Mmmmmimosa bar! A great way to welcome guests, keep them cool and get the party started in an elegant way. At 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. The darker the lighting became, the more incredible the glow stick ‘field’ looked! Love her bouquet of roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus! They even had an incredible sunset. What a perfect day it was! We augmented the LED field with lounge furniture that was also LED. The entire beach area was a canvas of artistic and unexpected lighting. And what a party it was! Everyone danced, sang and had the night of their lives. 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. Love this amazing shot the photographer Peach Plum Pear set up!Jacqui and Peter’s celebration was truly all aglow. Felicidades and wishing you many years of illuminated love together!
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Amiee and Adam are the epitome of a sunny couple. Their joy radiates off of them like the sun, shining a bright light of love over everyone and everything in their sphere. Even a rainy afternoon couldn’t dampen the spirit of their wedding celebration at Los Altos in Manuel Antonio!
Adam’s boutonniere feature white dendrobium and yellow cymbidium orchids.
Bright yellow fans, a banana leaf cone filled with rose petals and a stylish program sat atop bamboo chairs at the ceremony.
Originally, the ceremony was to be on the deck overlooking the ocean and rainforest but Mother Nature decided to bless the festivities with some rain so we moved things under the tent. Cylinders filled with limes and branches of yellow orchids with orange rose petals on the ground brought a great punch of colour against the grey skies.
Water bars area always a great idea in the tropics. This one featured citrus water in one chuck and starfruit in the other.
Music by a classical quartet created a wildly romantic setting.
Just after the ceremony, the rains stopped and we were able to get some great portraits in the gardens.
Who says seating has to be relegated to little cards? We used an antique mirror instead!
Carnivale dancers and drummers got everyone up and dancing. What a party!
Felicidades to Amiee and Adam on your bright, cheery wedding. So much fun and so full of wonderful, loving people. Massive gracias to the ace team of A Brit & A Blonde for capturing all the goodness.
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!
Their invitation set was stylishly simple and clean, setting the tone for the overall look that had just a hint of a vintage feel.
We were incredibly blessed to have peonies for Jodi’s bouquet. Big, full, smellicious pink peonies. And orchids galore!
The Discovery Beach House offers so many spots full of photographic eye candy.
Excellent beach wedding idea #102 – beer coozies!
How gorgeous is the beading on Jodi’s dress?
And how gorgeous is Jodi in it! Love this shot.
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.
Cocktail hour featured two specialty cocktails – a Ross Refresher and a Beach Bubbly…
Live music is always a nice touch.
Under a canopy of trees, the wedding setting was a dreamy combination of tulle, orchids, roses and hydrangeas.
All together now, a 5,6,7,8…
Jodi helping Ross do a Groucho Marx imitation.
Table numbers looked like delicate handpainted works of art, tucked into seashells painted gold.
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.
Sometimes, simplicity is best.
Congratulations Jodi and Ross! What a fun and incredibly beautiful day it was! A gazillion thanks to Katherine Stinnett for the yummy photos!
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Meet Sheri and Sean, one seriously stylish couple from Alberta (my old home!). They had one of the funnest weddings ever and didn’t let a little rain spoil a thing. I mean, look at this photo with those clouds! You don’t get that dramatic shot with a sunny day.
The colour palette of cheery lavender, pinks and purples brightened up the grey day.
Personalized hangers always make for a great dress shot.
Sheri had a million-watt smile, a rockin’ arm tattoo and a dreamy floral crown.
The entire afternoon leading up to the ceremony was rainy and grey, meaning we had to go to Plan B (the tent). Nevertheless, the wooden canopy with vines, soft chiffon, a jute runner and cheer pink petals was simple and chic.
If the ceremony was minimalistic, the reception was the opposite, featuring a lush table of antique silver pieces filled with lisianthus, roses and agapantos, Moroccan lanterns, candles and colourful ribbons strung overhead.
Love these cheery bouquets with lisianthus, orchids, roses, freesia (smells divine!) and eucalyptus.
Felicidades to Sheri and Sean! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! Huge thanks to photographer Madison Baltodano
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Tasha and Curtis are from Alberta, Canada (my old stomping grounds) so it’s no wonder we got on like a prairie house on fire. Tasha is a ball of unbridled energy and wanted her wedding day to be just like her – bright and cheery. Her bouquet of orchids and Peruvian lillies fit the bill perfectly.
Jen’s dress was all lace, which matched perfectly with the vintage yet modern vibe she wanted for the wedding.
A driftwood canopy overlooking the sea was the romantic setting. January is marked by the blowing Papagayo winds that whip Guanacaste, especially the area of Las Palapas at Hacienda Pinilla. With this in mind, our florist create floral bouquets that wouldn’t be blown away.
Our fun programs did doubleduty as fans.
Local musicians provided the perfect soundtrack for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.
Dining under the stars at sandwashed wooden tables, adorned with Italian lace runners, lanterns and blue Mason jars filled with bright flowers.
Due to the wind, we used electric candles and grouped the vases together so they wouldn’t blow over.
Handpainted signs for the seats of honour.
Wooden boxes filled with flowers not only added a vintage/rustic touch but they were wind proof.
Festival lighting (naked light bulbs) gave a romantic glow while LED lights added some dramatic atmosphere.
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.
Las Palapas is such a picturesque site for a celebration and everyone at the wedding had an amazing time. I’ve never heard Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody played at a wedding before and judging by the enthusiastic singing and dancing to it on the dance floor, it should become a wedding standard. Jen and Brendan, you truly set the bar high for wedding parties!
Felicidades and a massive gracias for Katherine Stinnett for the wonderful photos!
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Jenna and Esteban both have million-watt smiles and they certainly had lots to smile about on their wedding day! A picture-perfect day on the gorgeous beach of Playa Conchal, surrounded by 70 family and friends. Great food, fab music and a whole lot of dancing. I think everyone’s cheeks were a bit sore the following day from all the smiling.
Winds are still fairly strong in the Guanacaste area in February, so we kept the florals low to prevent them from being blown over. Airplants were an unexpected touch, adding some wonderful textures and shapes.
After 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.
Huge thanks to A Brit & A Blonde for the fab photos and mazel tov to Ari and Stacy! Wishing you every happiness always.
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