Real Wedding- Lindsay and Sammy, Hacienda Pinilla

Bride and Groom

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!


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


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.


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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