Sunset Beach Wedding – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica – January 2018

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

Day of the Dead Wedding – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica 2016

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!

 

Rainforest Elopement – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica 2015

This adventurous couple love getting off the beaten path, and decided to get married in the rainforest of Costa Rica. They had a dream of getting married by a waterfall, and after bouncing around few ideas we decided on the private rainforest reserve of Rainmaker. I met the bride and groom at their hotel, The Mansion Inn, were Monica was just finishing the bride’s hair and makeup. We took a few photos with the spectacular view from the Mansion, then a quick stop at the beach to get just a few photos there, before heading into the rainforest. The ceremony took place be a beautiful waterfall and we got fantastic photographs of the bride and groom on Rainmaker’s hanging bridges, surrounded by nature. A memorable adventure for a wonderful couple…

Wedding Officiate: Rodrigo Campos
Hair and Makeup by Monica

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Quepos Billfish Cup – Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica – February 2015

My latest photo project has been covering the Quepos Billfish Cup, at Marina Pez Vela in Quepos. The tournament is a three-day billfish team event, and a big one, as it’s a qualifying event for the Offshore World Championship, which is taking place here in Quepos in April.
There were 13 boats taking part, made up of fishing teams from the area, fishing primarily for  Billfish (Sailfish or Blue, Black, or Striped Marlin). There was also a category for meat fish (Dorado, Wahoo or Yellow fin Tuna) to get the biggest fish. There was great excitement and anticipation as the boats left the dock on the first day, there was amazing fishing, just look at the results board. On the second day of fishing I got to out on the Billfish with the team from Premium Marine Propellers. What a great day, the energy on the boat was electric, and I was lucky to see 23 sailfish brought in! I was pleased to see with how much respect the fish get treated. The tournament is played to IGFA Rules (International Game Fishing Association) which stipulates good fish practices like not bringing the billfish onto the boat which adds stress.
There were lots of activities on land too, for fishers and the local community. The final awards party was a great night with lots of prizes, music, and belly dancers!! Thanks for letting me join in the fun!

Honeymoon Photography on a Costa Rican Beach 2014

One of the most important things about being a great photographer is being able to make you clients feel comfortable and enjoy the photography session.
This couple really wanted some great photographs to celebrate their wedding, so coming to Costa Rica on honeymoon they contacted me to do a Honeymoon Photography Session. Initially, like many clients, they felt a little uncomfortable, I know how they feel when I have the lens turned on me! But working with them, varying the location, suggesting poses and having fun, they soon relaxed and actually started to enjoy themselves! We initially started with a  morning session, but later in the day when I saw it was going to be an amazing sunset, I called them and they were keen to come back for more! I think we got some amazing photos!

Location: Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica

Sunset Beach Wedding – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica November 2014

It was a real pleasure to be part of Jenna and Scott’s intimate Wedding.  The wedding party were staying at a rental villa in Tulemar Gardens and the ceremony took place on the Tulemar’s beach.  The group stayed on the beach to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, music, drinks and the sunset, and later returned their villa for a reception dinner. The private beach and secluded houses and villas that adorn this beautiful tropical property make Tulemar a premier setting for weddings.  As always, Tropical Occasions did a masterful job organizing the details, arrangements and timings allowing everyone to relax and enjoy the excitement and beauty of the day.

The vibrant landscape and changing colors of this sunset created a beautiful canvas and the opportunity for me to intertwine Scott and Jenna into that changing light.  It is a pleasure to see a couple bask in their happiness and be in an area that matches that moment. That combination gives us a great recipe for meaning and insight into their portraits.

Villa Kiskadee was the perfect place to have their reception dinner which was privately catered by a great team from Desiree’s in-house catering.  Bubbles and laughter abound as they enjoyed the oceans breeze, sounds of the rainforest and light of the moon during their evening.  There is something special about having a small group of friends and family together in celebration of such a momentous union of souls.  The gathering of friends and family during this celebration had an infectious energy that reminded me how fortunate that I am able to capture that sparkle for them to cherish and share.  Can you tell I enjoy what I do?!

Wedding Planning: Tropical Occasions
Location: Tulemar Beach and Villa Kiskadee
Catering: Desiree’s In-House Catering

Sunset Beach Wedding – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica July 2013

This was such a fun and vibrant wedding and a joy to photograph. This young couple tied the knot in front of 50 friends and family on Playa Espadilla in the heart of Manuel Antonio. The bride and groom walked down a rose petal aisle and said their vows on the sand under the almond trees on the beach. Most of the wedding party left their shoes at the shoe valet to walk barefoot on the beach. After some beach fun and family, group and bride and groom photographs the wedding party went up to the Hotel Karahe to for the reception dinner, followed by dancing and a beach lantern release.

This fun and delightful wedding was planned Randy from Celebrations Costa Rica and held at the Hotel Karahe in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

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Wedding at Hotel Gaia Manuel Antonio Costa Rica February 2012

Another beautiful beach wedding in February. This elopement wedding ceremony took place on the Manuel Antonio beach with a gorgeous sunset. As it was just the couple we spent some time getting interesting photographs using the light, volcanic rocks, and even a monkey came to join the fun. I particularly like the photographs with the boat, these boats ferry people back and forth from the Manuel Antonio National Park, the captain kindly lent us his boat for a few minutes.


This wedding was organized by the Hotel Gaia in Manuel Antonio.