A Beach Elopement at Ylang Ylang – Montezuma Costa Rica 2014

This couple chose the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma for their intimate elopement. The elopement ceremony took place on the secluded beach in front of the resort. There were some big waves crashing in, giving a dramatic backdrop for some stunning photos..

This wedding was organized by the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort  in Montezuma, Costa Rica.
Wedding Officiator: Ana Castro

Intimate Beach Elopement – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica 2014

This intimate beach elopement ceremony took place on the Tulemar Beach in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The bride and groom were staying in the Buena Vista Villas, my wife and I met them at their villa before going down to the beach. The afternoon was absolutely perfect, the weather the ceremony and the sunset could not have been better. My wife, Katharine, conducted the ceremony, (as the couple had been legally married in the US, she was able to be a non-legal officiate). After the ceremony we took a few aerial photos and then got some portraits using various backdrops. The bride was particularly keen to get in the water for some “Trash the Dress” photos. As the sun went down I surprised them with a wish lantern, it was such a special moment, my wife and I both felt moved just watching them…an amazing couple, best of luck!

Location: Buena Vista Villas
Hair: Monica Mosapor
Officiate: Katharine Evans
Photography: John Williamson

Family Wedding at Villa Caletas, Costa Rica May 2014

A lovely wedding to join two families together. The ceremony took place on a private terrace as Villa Caletas. A wooden arch decorated with pink and white flowers and the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. Randy from Celebrations Costa Rica planned this beautiful wedding, even a spot of rain could not dampen the beautiful day.

Wedding Planner – Randy from Celebrations Costa Rica

Location – Villa Caletas

2014 has been a great wedding season in Costa Rica, I am still catching up on my blogging!

John

Wedding Photo Shoot at Villa Caletas, Costa Rica May 2014

A beautiful wedding photo shoot at Villa Caletas Costa Rica. I love the black and whites by the pool. The day was a bit overcast, but the cloudy sky gave a great back drop. The beach photos remind me of a 1950’s movie…and the shoes….just Wow!

Location – Villa Caletas

I am watching the Costa Rica game in the World Cup as I am writing this, go Ticos!!

John

Wedding in Dominical – Costa Rica – May 2014

This couple love to surf, so they decided to come down to Dominical, Costa Rica for a surfing vacation and to get married. The ceremony took place with the bride and groom stood on some volcanic rocks by the Pacific Ocean’s edge. We got some great beach photos and I love the sequence with the wish lanterns…gorgeous! I even got a couple of photos of the couple with their surf boards in their VW Camper Van…then the party kicked off at Roca Verde, a great night!

Last weekend I did a follow up shoot with the bride and groom, I got them in the surf and even paddle boarding in their wedding gear…photos to come!

Wedding in Tamarindo Guanacaste – Costa Rica April 2014

This beautiful wedding took place at the Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort in Guanacaste, it’s a great location as it s right on one of Costa Rica’s gorgeous beaches.  One of my favorite images is the photo of the proud father of the bride looks on as his daughter gets married, a lovely moment. We got the most incredible unearthly light right before sunset, just when we were taking photos on the beach, then back to one of the Diria’s restaurants for the reception dinner and dancing. This superb wedding was organized by Donna from Pura Vida Weddings, they specialize in weddings in the Guanacaste region.

Wedding Planner: Donna from Pura Vida Weddings

Location: Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Have a fantastic weekend!
John

Romantic Beach Wedding – Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica April 2014

How do I describe this beach wedding? ” Fun and romantic with a twist of vintage chique”…sounds about right! This fun-loving couple chose Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio’s famous beach for their wedding day; the aisle was decorated with whimsical bunches of soft pink roses. After the ceremony we took some photos on the beach, even climbed some trees and let off a beautiful wish lantern. Then the wedding party returned to their rental home, Casa Las Brisas; for a wonderful dinner on the roof top terrace….a perfect day!

This wedding was organized by wonderful Chelsea from Oasis Weddings in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Chelsea is also one of Costa Rica’s finest cake bakers and made their spectacular wedding cake.

Location: Manuel Antonio Beach and Casa Las Brisas a gorgeous vacation rental by Escape Villas

Happy Cinco de Mayo!
John

Wedding at Los Sueños Resort – Costa Rica – March 2014

This wedding couple love fishing, so what better to have their wedding but at a marina in Costa Rica. The Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Herradura is on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and has great sportfishing! Apart from the bride and groom the star of the show was their bulldog “Chancho” looking very suave in his bow-tie. The wedding took place on the lawn of the Los Sueños resort and then there was a reception dinner, dancing to a fantastic music group, a fabulously fun photo booth and to top it off fireworks. Did I mention the bride and groom like fishing? …check out the cake topper!

 

Beach Wedding and Trash the Dress – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica March 2014

A fun-loving couple wanted some unique photos for their wedding day…so how about a helicopter drone and some underwater photos?!
This gorgeous wedding was planned by Costa Verde and the ceremony was held at Playitas Beach. Playitas is the quieter end of the Manuel Antonio beach with great views looking towards the Manuel Antonio National Park. After an intimate ceremony we got some great photos on the beach and climbing in caves. I got the wedding couple to climb to the top of the big rock (seen on the first photo) and got some amazing aerial photos using my helicopter drone. Later, the wedding party went to El Avion one of Costa Verde’s restaurants for the reception dinner. The next day I met the newly married couple and we did a Trash the Dress session at the Costa Verde Pool…what fun!


This wedding was organized by Isabel,  Hotel Costa Verde’s Wedding Planner in  Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Hasta Pronto!
John

Wedding at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Montezuma Costa Rica March 2014

This colorful and fun wedding took place at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma last month. The wedding took place under a wooden arch on the beach in front of YlangYlang. After the ceremony we took photos on the beach and then the wedding party returned to YlangYlang for the reception. After a wonderful dinner, the bride and groom had their first dance, I LOVE the passion captured in these photos. Then onto the beach for a bonfire and fireworks…what an amazing night!


This wedding was organized by the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort  in Montezuma, Costa Rica.

Hasta Pronto!
John

Wedding at Villa Caletas, Costa Rica February 2014

This couple decided to plan their own wedding in Costa Rica,  a daunting task some might think. They chose Villa Caletas, a beautiful resort nestled on Costa Rica Pacific Coast to stay, and brought a lot of the details from home. The bride wore a gorgeous backless dress and the bridesmaids all wore shades of pinks and corals. The ceremony took place in Villa Caleta’s private amphitheater, and then the guests had a reception dinner and dancing in the main hotel. I love the place-name seahorse idea…the bride and groom gave me a couple to bring back for my daughter…she loves them too!


Wedding Planner -Larissa from Weddings Costa Rica

Location- Villa Caletas

Have a marvelous weekend
John

Surprise Beach Wedding – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica February 2014

February is the month for romance! We’ve had the fabulously romantic sailboat engagement and now a surprise wedding!
When my good friend called me, telling me that her cousin wanted to surprise her boyfriend with a wedding, I thought..this is going to be FUN!
The couple were engaged but had just not got round to tying the knot, so this was a great relaxed way to it do it. To entice the unsuspecting groom the Tulemar Beach in Manuel Antonio we made up a story about my friend needing some photos done. And when they arrived at the beach there was an officiant and flowers…the fiancee was over joyed and it was a lovely simply beach ceremony….ahh vive la romance!


Have a wonderful weekend!

John

Beach Wedding at “The Bali House” – Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica – Jan 2014

This beautiful beach wedding took place at sunset of Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio’s main beach. The wedding party were all staying at the stunning Casa Akira, often know as “The Bali House”. Casa Akira is one of the very few beach front rental properties in Manuel Antonio, there is a short trail from the house to the beach through beautiful jungle gardens. This means the wedding party could “step out” on the gorgeous Manuel Antonio beach, but still have privacy. Such a beautiful day, gorgeous colors and lovely people.

I have included several photographs of the lighting of the paper lanterns, as I love these images! They captured such a wonderful moment!


Location: Casa Akira (The Bali House) Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Feliz Dia de Amor y Amistad!
John

Wedding at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Montezuma Costa Rica January 2014

This whimsical romantic wedding took place at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort last weekend. The bride and her two sisters looked stunning with flowers woven into in their long tresses.  The wedding took place under a wooden arch in Ylang Ylang’s beautiful gardens right next to the beach. The whole vibe of the wedding reminded me of Shakespeare’s a “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, specially when we started playing with the star projector (see second to last image). The last photo I took walking back along the beach from Ylang Ylang to the village in Montezuma. Looking out to the water, I saw the phosphorescence dancing in the waves. I magical end to a magically romantic wedding, all is missing is Puck on a surfboard!


This wedding was organized by the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort  in Montezuma, Costa Rica.

Hasta Pronto!
John

Wedding at Villa Caletas, Costa Rica January 2014

A Pacific Ocean sunset was the romantic backdrop for this wedding in Villa Caletas’ stunning amphitheater. The amphitheatre was decorated with purple rose petals that complimented the bridesmaids dresses. The wedding party then had a wonderful meal the tables decorated in purples, I love the sand dollar details on the place cards and seats. Such and fun event and another perfectly planned wedding by Weddings Costa Rica.


Wedding Planner –Weddings Costa Rica

Location- Villa Caletas

Manuel Antonio Wedding – Costa Rica December 2013

A surprise tropical rain shower during this outside ceremony did not dampen this wedding party! The ceremony began on the  ocean-view terrace of Villa Celaje, a luxury vacation home in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. About half way through the ceremony the heavens opened and we had to run for cover! The house has a large entertaining room with a deck overlooking the ocean, perfect for the rest of the wedding ceremony. Later the reception dinner and dancing took place at the house. The couple had really wanted some epic sunset photos, so the following day I took them to the Manuel Antonio beach and there was an incredible sunset! So they got to have a fabulous wedding AND have great relaxed sunset beach photos ….perfect!


It’s been a couple of crazy weeks over the holidays, just catching up with my blogging. Lots more photos to come!

Wedding at Villa Caletas, Costa Rica November 2013

A pink and white rose petal aisle overlooking the Pacific Ocean was the romantic scene for this wedding. Villa Caletas is a small luxury resort perched high on Costa Rica’s rocky coastline. A mariachi band played vibrant music to the bride and groom.  The wedding party then had a wonderful meal the tables decorated in reds, pink and silver. The wedding party then had fireworks and a latin american carnival comparsa group to finish the night. Such and joyful event and another perfectly orchestrated wedding by Weddings Costa Rica.


Wedding Planner -Larissa at Weddings Costa Rica

Location- Villa Caletas

Wedding at Copa de Arbol, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica November 2013

A wedding in the Osa Peninsula? A couple hours drive, followed by an hour boat ride along a jungle rivers and into Drakes Bay, sounds like an adventure, but that is only the beginning!
This wedding couple visited the Copa de Arbol Hotel on vacation and decided that this was where they had to get married surrounded by their closest friends and family. The Copa de Arbol Hotel is new luxury resort in an area renowned as the most untouched on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.  The hotel is not accessible by car, only a short boat ride from Drakes Bay or an hours hike along a coastal jungle trail.
At the end of the night,  I had beautiful moonlit hike back along the trail to my accommodation in Drakes Bay…it’s all part of the job of being a Photographer is Costa Rica, and going that extra mile….literally!


Location- Copa de Arbol, Caletas, Nr. Drakes Bay, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Hope you enjoy these photos I love the light in the beach portraits, just magical. I will be posting photos soon from another night hike I did with a local entomologist in Drake Bay.

Beach Elopement – Montezuma Costa Rica November 2013

Montezuma is a laid back artsy little town on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. A perfect location for this couple from Canada! This elopement wedding took place on the beach, there was a little sprinkle during the ceremony, but that did not stop us…it’s lucky too!


This wedding was organized by the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma. The Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica is wonderful place for a destination wedding. Montezuma itself is a small colorful artist-filled town and it’s just a short walk along the beach to Ylang Ylang’s secluded bungalows set in lush tropical gardens.

John

Wedding at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Montezuma Costa Rica November 2013

This French Canadian couple got married on the beach in front of the beautiful Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica. The wedding was conducted in both French and English. The bride wore red and she looked stunning and I love how the red pops out against the darkening sky. The group returned to the hotel for a fun reception party and then had a bonfire on the beach. Check out the last photo of the couple next to bonfire, I managed to capture a lightening bolt over the ocean for an epic wedding photo!