Real Wedding – Neda & Stan at Punto de Vista, Manuel Antonio

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Cross-cultural weddings are always so memorable and Neda and Stan’s definitely was one of a kind, with a Persian &  Jewish ceremony overlooking the rainforest. Neda is a wedding planner in LA so needless to say, her own wedding had loads of style.

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Love the invitation set with the gold foil.

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Neda opted for long curls, which showed off her luscious locks.

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Seriously, this is the best idea ever! Nike running shoes that are platforms! The ultimate comfy shoe that works under a wedding dress. Brilliant.

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Transparent Chanel chairs gave an airy feel to the ceremony. A garland of eucalyptus and flowers outline the jacuzzi where the sofreh was set up.

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Close up of the elegant yet modern sofreh.

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Cool refreshments and Persian sweets awaited guests as they arrived at the ceremony.

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Beautiful shot of Neda!

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Calas, lisianthus, roses, orchids and a touch of eucalyptus created a soft, romantic bouquet with some added bling.

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Stan sported a boutonniere of orchids and eucalyptus on a dove-grey suit.

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Live music always adds a special element to the ceremony.

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So happy together!

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During the cocktail hour, we turned the 5th floor where the ceremony had been into the dining space, complete with hanging flower beds!

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Ivory sequined tablecloths added a modern yet elegant touch to the tables.

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A gilded cake sat atop a glass pedestal cake base and a white sequined tablecloth.

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How adorable are these custom dessert forks, with their wedding date? Perfect for sharing their first piece of cake.

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Although we did see some rain during the ceremony, the sky created a dramatic backdrop for their first-look session.

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Put a flower in it! Nothing says a tropical cocktail hour like a Coco Loco in a fresh pipa.

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Custom-made Persian delights were sent all the way from New York .

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Mmmm, champers…

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Imperial tables, decked out in ivory sequined tablecloths,  garlands of eucalyptus, candles and mercury vases of romantic flowers sat under hanging beds of roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus and orchids with crystals and hanging candles. Wow!

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Gold Bride and Groom signs adorned the chairs at the sweetheart table and matched the table numbers and cake topper.

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Love is sweet!

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Real Weddings – Yvonne & David at LOS SUEÑOS, MARRIOTT


A little bit of rain didn’t dampen Yvonne and David’s spirits or their colorful wedding celebration at Los Suenos Marriott near Jaco! El Velo Photography captured all the bright fun for us to enjoy here.

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Orange roses created a bright contrast to the bridesmaids’ cobalt blue dresses.

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Yvonne’s dress was perfect for a tropical beach wedding with it’s deep-V back and flowing skirt.

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One beautiful and happy bride!

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Due to the rain, the ceremony was held on the Sandia terrace overlooking the pool and gardens which still made for a beautiful setting.

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Working with a white canvas of Chiavari chairs and linens, we brought in hits of orange through the napkins and flowers for an understated tropical vibe.

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Seashell name-card holders gave a nod to the beach location.

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Seashells were found on the frames with the table numbers as well as scattered on the table arrangements.

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The architecture at the Marriott offers up many unique locations for photo sessions.

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Round mirrors were a base on which cylinders with clear stones and submerge orchids and calas with floating candles were set. The mirrors reflected the water and candle light, imbuing the room with even more soft lighting.

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LED panels were set around the rooms to uplight the walls, creating a more intimate, romantic feel to the room. The new Carara room at the Marriott has a wall of windows and features wood and natural stone throughout as well as lower ceilings than it’s other ballrooms, making it a warm space .

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Cannot say enough about including uplighting to any space, as it really adds a totally different dimension.

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Bright orchids, roses and lilies brighten up any day.


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Orange roses continue in the decor, this time as a bed of petals for the floating candle.

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A seashell-covered cake base held a cake with blue ribbons and decorated with orange roses and white lisianthus.


wedding dance, bride and groom dancingFelicidades to Yvonne and David! Wishing you many happy years in Club Wed!

Real Wedding – Lia & Reza at Reserva Conchal Beach Club

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Marriage is a blending of not only the couple but their families and cultures and some of the most lovely ceremonies are those incorporating various traditions. Lia and Reza’s wedding did just this, weaving the groom’s Persian heritage with touches of the bride’s Chinese background. The result was absolutely one-of-a-kind and magical.

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The Westin at Playa Conchal hosted the guests in grand style.

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Lia is absolutely stunning in a floral wreath.

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Using a palette of purples, lavender, white and greens, we created a lush setting with a vintage feel. Mason jars houses cheerful bouquets of lisianthus, orchids and greenery as aisle markers.

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Although the day before had been sunny and hot, the rains started at noon on the wedding day and didn’t let up. Being August, we’d planned for the possibility of the wet stuff and moved the ceremony to the covered restaurant area at the Reserva Conchal Beach Club where the reception was to be held.

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Persian ceremonies feature blocks of sugar being rubbed over the couple’s heads to wish them a life of sweetness together.

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A family bible of the brides alongside a Quaran of the groom’s family, family photos and traditional wedding items all decorated the sofreh.

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Purples and greens popped against the lavender of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

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The happy couple enjoys a moment at the sofreh.

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Tags with the couple’s initials prettied up the signature cocktails.

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Imperial tables were set with gorgeous Italian lace runners, a beautiful fabric find the bride had made at her work in the fashion industry.

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Silver julep cups mixed with mercury vases to create a romantic look.

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Succulents added texture and a contrasting shade of green to the table.

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Lines of twinkle lights festooned with crystals bookended chandeliers suspended over the tables.

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Blackboards are an environmentally-friendly alternative to paper seating cards.

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Ribbon with lace added an elegant touch to the napkins.

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View More: Conchal  Beach Club all lit up for the celebration. Such an incredible setting!

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Simple white cake with a bouquet of flowers atop an antique glass cake stand.

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A day after-shoot with fun in the pool? Yes please!

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Playa Conchal is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country and is a stunning backdrop for any photo session.

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Big thanks to Comfort Studio for all the incredible photos and felicidades to Lia and Reza!

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Zika Virus and Costa Rica


Zika is still making the news, now that Rainy Season has hit the tropics and summer is underway in North America. Overall, the rate of infection in Central America is DECREASING, indicating that government steps to combat the mosquito have been effective. Here in Costa Rica, we’ve experienced an intense start to the Rainy Season this May and June after the longest drought in 70 years. Subsequently, there has been an uptick in cases, bringing the total to 107, of which 14 were contracted abroad. The cases are concentrated in the areas of Nicoya (Guanacaste), Garabito and Parrita (Puntarenas) and Alajuelita (San Jose). The government has stepped up its program of fumigating, educational campaigns and collecting refuse that could collect standing water (i.e. old tires). The cases have been in concentrated areas and the majority of the country has not been affected.

Although the US has not recorded a locally-transmitted case yet, 935 cases have been recorded throughout most of the country, as per this map and another 2026 (including locally-transmitted) in US territories.

Zika in USA map

The most comprehensive study to-date on the known locations of the species combined with information on environmental conditions across the globe shows a less appropriate habitat in Costa Rica than much of the U.S. for the Ae. Albopictus species mosquito. Looking at this map, Costa Rica has less mosquito habitat than the Eastern half of the USA.

Zika Mosquito map

Approximately 60% of the US population lives in an environment where Zika transmission can take place. Another study of where the  Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been found over the past 11 years includes California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, DC and even New Hampshire.

This past week, a bill to allocate $1.1 billion towards funding anti-Zika health measures did not pass Congress, causing concern as many areas with the highest risk, such as Alabama, do not have funds to effectively combat the Zika threat. With the onset of summer and mosquito season,there is a high probability for an outbreak in the USA.

Although I am not a medical professional, looking at the research and data, it would seem that there is a potential risk of contracting Zika in various areas of the USA, perhaps equal to or mores0 than in most of Costa Rica.

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. 

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. 

Consult your health professional and check out the CDCWHOBBC in order to make an informed decision on your travel plans.

Real Weddings – Amanda & Chris at Casa Fantastica, Manuel Antonio

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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!

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!!

Real Wedding – Renae & Nick at Casas de Las Brisas, Manuel Antonio

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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!!

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!

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.

Villa Caletas

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.

Bride and Groom

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.


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


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.


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.

Wedding Cake

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


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.