Waterfall Engagement Adventure – Costa Rica Dec 2017

Arek, first contacted me earlier last year with an amazing plan to surprise his girlfriend Steph with an adventurous proposal. Arak wanted to propose in the middle of the Costa Rica rainforest at the base of a giant waterfall; and he wanted me to capture the moment forever! I was in!

The area was the pristine Diamante Falls reserve, about 20km inland from Dominical on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. We embarked on an overnight trip with Pacific Journeys. Coincidentally, the guide was an old friend of mine, Diego; whom I worked with 15+ years ago when I was a photographer for Costa Rica Outward Bound. They did an amazing job, we just needed a sense of adventure and to carry our personal packs for the overnight trip, and all my camera gear…and my drone!

We he about 1 1/2 hours uphill through beautiful rainforest shrouded with mist to the base camp. The camp is in crevasse next to a set of 3 waterfalls. It is quite luxurious for what technically is an open air cave. There is a bar, fire pit, a kitchen and dining area, showers, comfortable beds, and an incomparable view.

After lunch, we headed to the falls to do some rappelling. Arek went first; and when Steph rappelled down, Arek met her at the base down on bended knee in proposal. With a stomach full of butterflies and even more from the proposal she barely could utter a sound, just pure happiness and surprise but her answer was clear..Yes!!

The night in the cave was incredible; our light was from candles and a campfire. The sound of the waterfall lulled us to sleep. The following morning we explored some more, discovering beautiful waterfalls and swim holes.

What a fabulous adventure, thank you Arek and Steph for letting me be part of it….one I think none of us will forget!

I have been updating my website with more of my adventure wedding photography, check it out at www.weddingphotoscostarica.com

Pura Vida,

John

 

Waterfall Wedding at La Paz Waterfall Gardens – Costa Rica – Nov 2016

Love waterfalls? Nature? and want to get married in Costa Rica?
This couple does! They chose the La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Peace Lodge for their elopement in Costa Rica, a hotel and private nature reserve in the foothills of Poas Volcano. La Paz has five huge waterfalls along rainforest trails, plus lots of Costa Rica’s amazing tropical plants and wildlife.
The location of the wedding could not have been more stunning!
Marcelo Galli gave a beautiful ceremony on the private platform decorated with tropical flowers; surrounded by lush rainforest with a waterfall and river below. After the ceremony we took our time walking through the jungle trails, stopping at waterfalls along the way. At the lodge, the couple cut their scrumptious wedding cake and then we went to visit the very friendly and cheeky toucans. All the toucans are rescue birds and can no longer live in the wild, at feeding time they will hop right on your arm!
A wonderful wedding at La Paz filled with waterfalls and love!

Wedding Planning – Amanda at La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Peace Lodge
Wedding Officiant – Marcelo Galli

Tropical Beach Wedding at Esterillos – Costa Rica 2016

This lovely young couple are from right here in Costa Rica, they chose the beautiful beach at Esterillos Este for their wedding celebrations. The Hotel Alma del Pacifico is perfect for weddings, as the hotel and gardens lead straight onto the Pacific Beach. The Alma del Pacifico is full of bright tropical colors, which is a wonderful backdrop for photos.
The wedding took place in the gardens and the reception party continued late into the night, ending with a beach bonfire.
Felicidades Ingrid and Roberto!

Beach and Villa Wedding – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica February 2016

This fun-loving bride and groom came to Costa Rica for a tropical beach wedding. I had met the bride and groom at the end of last year when they came to Manuel Antonio on a planning visit with their wedding coordinator, Laura from Liquid Weddings. It’s fantastic for me to actually meet and get to know the bride and groom before the wedding – with destination weddings, it’s not always possible! I often Skype with brides and grooms before the wedding, it’s a great way to find out what people are like and what they want from their wedding photographs. Plus they can get to know me and be more comfortable for the big day.
Back to the wedding! …the wedding party were staying at the beautiful Montemar Estates in Manuel Antonio, 3 villas nestled on a mountain top over looking the jungle and Pacific Ocean.  I first went to Montemar to meet with the Bride and then Groom to capture some of that nervous fun and excitement before the wedding.
Then wedding ceremony took place at Playitas Beach about 10 minutes from the house, at the north end of the famous Manuel Antonio beach. After the ceremony we took some fun photos on the beach, and then some great light hit for some romantic couples portraits.
The wedding party then returned to Montemar Estates for cocktails, the reception dinner and then a DJ and dancing. I think the night-time party shots are great!

Wedding Planning – Liquid Weddings
Villa and Reception Loacation- Montemar Estate – Manuel Antonio
Ceremony Location – Playitas Beach – Manuel Antonio
Hair and Makeup – Monica – Hair by Monica

 

Tropical Beach Wedding at Mareas Villas – Uvita Costa Rica

This couple escaped the concrete jungle in New York to come to Costa Rica for their tropical  wedding. They chose to celebrate their nuptials with family and friends at the beautiful Mareas Villas near Uvita.
Mareas is a great location for a destination wedding in Costa Rica; 5 star luxury, close to the beach, yet secluded in acres of virgin rainforest.
I met with the bride and her bridesmaids before the wedding to capture some of that nervous excitement of getting ready for the big day. Later, I met with the groom and groomsmen who were relaxing and getting ready at another villa in Mareas. We then headed to the beach for the wedding ceremony. After the ceremony we were blessed with the most amazing sunset. We took some beautiful couples portrait and also some fun photos with family and friends.
The wedding party returned to Mareas Villas for the wedding reception, catered by the in-house chefs and staff. A wonderful wedding in paradise!