May the 4th Elopement – Makanda Manuel Antonio Costa Rica 2017

I just love this couple! When they asked me if I was available on the 4th of May, I did wonder if they were Star Wars fans and they were! (Yes, I know it’s August! Just been too busy to blog :)
They stayed at the beautiful Hotel Makanda in the heart of Manuel Antonio, I met them at the hotel and we did some artistic photos on the grounds of the hotel. Makanda has recently been completely remodeled into a fabulous boutique hotel, it’s just exquisite. I think the bride and groom in black looks great against the stone wall background.
We headed down to the north end of Playa Espadilla for the wedding ceremony on the beach.

It was a  perfect intimate ceremony….and I just love the photos!


Want to elope in Costa Rica? and get married by a jungle waterfall?

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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Nauyaca Waterfall Wedding – Costa Rica December 2016

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!

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

Elopement at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Montezuma Costa Rica 2016

The Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma is a wonderful, tropical location for a beach wedding in Costa Rica. The hotel is situated right on the beautiful beach Montezuma Beach. The bride and groom chose to elope and this has got to be the most romantic elopement! The ceremony was organized by the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and took place in their tropical gardens steps from the beach. There was a full moon on the day of the wedding and we got some beautiful photographs with the moon. The couple then had dinner on the beach under the full moon, a perfect ending to the most perfect day.

Elopement at Hotel Parador – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica – Dec 2015

This couple decided to leave the winter and have their elopement wedding in the sunshine in Costa Rica! The bride and groom were staying at the beautiful Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio. I met the couple in their room at the hotel as they were finishing getting ready, they then traveled by golf cart to the secluded ceremony site. The ceremony took place under an arch decorated with colorful tropical flowers. After the ceremony we went to the close by Playa Espadilla beach to watch the sunset and get some romantic couples portraits. This intimate elopement was organized by Alfonso, El Parador’s Wedding and Events Planner.

Elopement at La Paz Waterfall Gardens – Costa Rica – 2015

This young, fun couple wanted an adventurous elopement somewhere beautiful and tropical. The La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Peace Lodge certainly is that, a hotel and private nature reserve in the foothills of Poas Volcano. La Paz has lots of attractions, including rainforest trails, five waterfalls, and lots of Costa Rica’s amazing wildlife (mainly rescue animals).
The location of the wedding was just stunning, surrounded by rainforest with a beautiful waterfall and river below. Marcelo Galli gave a moving ceremony, and then the couple went down to the base of the waterfall for a quiet moment together. We walked back through the jungle trails to the lodge, where they cut their wedding cake.
We went in the hummingbird garden and had an amazing time. The staff put a couple of hummingbird nectar feeders into the bride’s bouquet,the hummingbirds darted in and out and around the bouquet, a magical moment! We next met a couple of very friendly and cheeky toucans, they were hilarious!
A wonderful wedding at La Paz filled with adventure and laughter!

Flamingo Beach Elopement Costa Rica 2015

This lovely couple chose a beach elopement for their wedding. They were staying at the Flamingo Beach Resort which is located right on the beautiful Flamingo Bay in Northern Guanacaste. The intimate ceremony took place on the resort’s beach overlooking the bay, with only the bride’s parent’s as witnesses. After a moving ceremony by Marcello Galli, we took some gorgeous photographs on the beach with reflections in tide pools with the gorgeous light. I particularly like the after-dark photos with the lit palm trees.


Elopement Wedding – Gulf of Papagayo Costa Rica – December 2014

This gorgeous wedding took place at the beautiful in Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The hotel is located just above it’s own private beach “Playa Culebra”. The intimate ceremony took place on the resort’s sweeping lawn overlooking the bay, the bride and groom stood under a white arbor decorated with tropical flowers matching the brides bouquet. After the ceremony we headed to the beach, the bay has a mix of sand, shell and volcanic rock, perfect for some interesting photos! We got some unique images with reflections in tide pools and the gorgeous light, I even took some aerial photos with my drone. This beautiful wedding was planned by Randy from Celebrations Costa Rica.

“Sunshine after the Rain” – A Beach Elopement – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica 2014

The sky looked decidedly grey when I picked up this lovely bride and groom and drove them to the beach for their elopement. But even a light sprinkling of rain during their wedding ceremony could not dampen their spirits! After the ceremony we stayed on the beach to get some portraits and sun started to play it’s magic with the clouds as it only can in rainy season. We got the most magnificent photos…so you see, rain on your wedding day IS lucky!

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

Elopement Wedding at Hermosa Beach Costa Rica 2014

Elopement weddings are becoming more and more popular in Costa Rica…just a quiet beach with the sound of the waves and your loved one. This young couple chose to elope at Playa Hermosa last month. Marcelo Galli conducted the ceremony in the gardens of the Back Yard Hotel and then we went to the beach for some photos. Not long after we started our photo session the heavens opened and with had a torrential tropical downpour. It certainly didn’t dampen this bride and groom’s spirits!