This adventurous couple wanted to celebrate their marriage surrounded by nature. They loved Costa Rica and coming here for their elopement seemed like the perfect choice. After looking at several areas, they choose to have their ceremony at the Waterfall Villas, just outside Dominical. This small hotel is a hidden gem, and has a beautiful waterfall surrounded by rainforest. Marcelo Galli conducted the ceremony next to the waterfall; the bride and groom even had their feet in the water! Such bliss….
After the ceremony we went to the nearby beach and took some gorgeous sunny photos. A beautiful adventure!
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Locations: Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio Rainmaker
Love this tropical beach wedding!
The bride and groom both wore white; a stunning contrast the colorful tropical flowers. The wedding party and guests were all staying at the Buena Vista Villas in the heart of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The sunset ceremony took place at the private Tulemar Beach, within the grounds. After the ceremony the wedding party enjoyed cocktails and appetizers on the beach, under the beautifully lit trees. The party then went back to the villa for a the wedding celebration, love the mini gift bottles of the tequila. The reception on the balcony was beautifully decorated with colorful flowers and candles.
A wonderful wedding!
Wedding Planning : Tropical Occasions
Location: Buena Vista Villas, Manuel Antoino, Costa Rica
Photographer: John Williamson Photography
It’s not as hard as it sounds….
This great couple from Canada contacted me at the end of last year, with an inquiry that they wanted to elope in Costa Rica. They had a few ideas; including photos on the beach, sunset and some with nature. Plus, they wanted a legal ceremony. So we emailed back and forth, got to know each other a little bit; and came up with a plan.
The bride and groom were staying in Dominical on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, I live 45 minutes north in Manuel Antonio, and know the area well. We decided on a mix of beach and rain forest for the wedding, doing the wedding in the morning at a waterfall and then meeting for sunset on the beach for some romantic photos. I put them in touch with Marcelo Galli, a wedding officiate; Marcelo and I often work together on weddings and he is an excellent officiate. Marcelo helped them choose the style of ceremony they wanted, after the wedding he gets the official documents authenticated and sent to Canada, or anywhere in the world.
We all met at 7am at the entrance to Nauyaca Falls, we had arranged to be driven up near to the falls so we only had a short hike in to the waterfall. Marcelo conducted the ceremony right next to the waterfall pool. The sunlight was just coming over the edge of the falls, and catching the mist created by the water…breath taking! We finished up at about 9:30am, and I arranged to meet them at the beach that afternoon.
We were in luck a gorgeous sunset and combined with a low tide, left beautiful reflective pools on the sand on the beach. We got some absolutely wonderful photograph, I think we captured what they were hoping for and more!
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This adventurous couple wanted to celebrate their marriage surrounded by nature. They loved Costa Rica and coming here for their elopement seemed like the perfect choice. After looking at several areas, they choose Nauyaca Falls. Nauyaca is a stunning set of waterfall nestled the Costa Rican rainforest just north of Dominical, Costa Rica. Nauyaca is a privately owned reserve and can only be accessed by foot or horseback. This couple got special permission to get brought close to the falls in 4×4, and from our drop off point we hiked in. We got to the falls early and the light was beautiful filtering through the spray from the cascading waterfalls. The ceremony was conducted at the base of the lower falls, after the ceremony we took some romantic photographs before the newlyweds jumped into the waterfall pool! The natural beauty of Nauyaca combined with a wonderfully happy couple made taking photographs easy! Congratulations to you both!
Love this wedding! This couple from England love all and everything about Mexico and Day of the Dead, so they brought just that to Costa Rica for their wedding! Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, where family and friends gather together to remember loved ones who have died, and help them in their spiritual journey. It also has a big following internationally for it’s colorful art!
The wedding party were staying at a villa in Tulemar, in the heart of Manuel Antonio. The ceremony took place on Tulemar’s secluded beach, the aisle decorated with colorful flowers. The group stayed on the beach to enjoy music, drinks and the sunset, and later returned their villa for a “Dia de Muertos” reception dinner. The villa’s terrace was spectacularly decorated with twinkling lights and colorful Mexican paper flags, the table adorned with Day of the Dead skull place cards, flowers, candles and personal bottles of Patron tequila. Tropical Occasions created and planned this unique wedding with the bride and groom, it was just perfect!
Playa Espadilla in Manuel Antonio is a gorgeous beach for a wedding, a beautiful bay with the majestic backdrop of the Manuel Antonio National Park. This bride and groom choose the Discovery Beach House which is located just steps away from the beach. Randy Gritz from Celebrations Costa Rica created an elegant yet casual event which fitted the wedding couple perfectly. I met the bride at the beach house, surrounded by their children in a happy state of excitement over the wedding. We walked through the garden to the beach where the ceremony took place on the sand strewn with rose petals. After a moving ceremony we watched the sun dip in to the Pacific Ocean, and then the guests returned to the house for a wonderful dinner prepared by Desiree‘s Catering. This family’s happiness and love flowed through the day, I hope I have captured some of that sparkle in these photos.
This beautiful wedding took place at the Flamingo Beach Resort, in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The resort is located directly on the beach surrounded by tropical rainforest. I met the bride and her family and friends in her room for some candid getting-ready photos. I quickly got a few photos of the groom before going to the beach for the ceremony. The ceremony took place on the beach in front of the Pacific Ocean. After the ceremony we took some romantic sunset couple portraits and got some fun pictures too. The wedding party then headed back to the resort for the reception dinner and celebrations. A beautiful day!
This couple came to Costa Rica with their children for a tropical beach wedding. I met the bride and her gorgeous flower girl daughters at her room, and we took some bridal pictures, first look and family photographs. We then headed to the beautiful Esterillos Beach for the wedding. The beach ceremony took place under a wooden arch in front of the Pacific Ocean. After the ceremony we took photographs on the beach before returning to the Hotel Doce Lunas for the wedding reception. I love the photo of the kids waiting for cake!
The bride is from Poland, the groom is from New Zealand, they live in Australia – Where are you going to get married? Costa Rica, of course!
Their wedding ceremony took place of the beautiful beach of Playa Ventanas on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The bride and her father arrived by horseback to a tropical arch made of palm fronds and Heliconia, where family and friends were gathered for the relaxed beach wedding. After the ceremony, refreshing pipas were served to the guests. A pipa is a young coconut that has plenty of rehydrating coconut juice inside. The groom’s daughter played guitar and sang, and the guests enjoyed the music and the sunset. The wedding party then went to a fabulous nearby villa in Dominical for the reception dinner and party.
This fun couple chose to get married in Costa Rica surrounded by their closest friends and family. The whole wedding party were staying at Hotel Doce Lunas, a charming hotel in Jaco surrounded by 5 acres of lush gardens. I met the couple at the hotel, where we got a few pre-wedding photographs. I love the photographs of the bride; her white dress contrasting against the bright colors of her tattoos, her flowers and the jungle. For the Beach ceremony the wedding party went to Esterillos, a short drive away. After a moving ceremony in front of the Pacific Ocean, we took some fun group photographs and bride and groom portraits. This is where I said goodbye to the wedding group, as then returned to the hotel for the reception dinner and party.