Fantastic Wedding at Casa Fantastica – Costa Rica 2014

What a wonderful wedding, it reminded be of something out of the movies! The wedding party and ceremony took place at Casa Fantastica, located in one of Costa Rica’s top vacation destinations, Manuel Antonio. This luxury rental villa has 8 bedrooms and a huge outdoor living space perfect for wedding ceremonies. 

The wedding had a fresh green theme, wedding site and reception area were decorated in green, white and black with the palest pink roses. Even the  bride and groom’s shoes were green.

The bride and groom were a really fun couple, and lots of their friends and family came to celebrate. After the beautiful ocean view ceremony the group had cocktails and then a wonderful dinner at the house prepared by private chefs.  The wedding party then went to the Manuel Antonio Beach for a bonfire party with fire dancers… a spectacular end to a FANTASTIC Day!


Wedding Planning : Chelsea Brandau from Oasis Weddings in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Location: Casa Fantastica, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, a rental vacation home – contact Escape Villas for bookings

Have a great weekend…I hope you will all be cheering for Costa Rica on Saturday in the Wold Cup!


Manuel Antonio Beach Wedding – Costa Rica May 2014

I was recently asked to photograph an intimate beach wedding for a lovely couple, they chose Costa Rica because they could have a great vacation with their families too. The day had been looking a little rainy  in the morning – May is the start of the rainy season in Costa Rica – so I was praying to the sun gods! But we had no rain and a dramatic sky for some great photos – got to be a lucky start for the couple. I love the arbor made of palm fronds and Heliconia – so tropical!

Wedding Planner : Chelsea from Oasis Weddings in Manuel Antonio.

Location: Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Have a great week

Trash the Dress – Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica July 2012

This bride and groom decided they wanted something a little different for their wedding photographs. The day after their beautiful hill-top wedding in Manuel Antonio we headed to the beach for a “Trash the Dress” photo session. We got some dramatic photographs against the volcanic rock and fun, romantic shots in the sand, then to the water! We got some gorgeous photographs in the waves, before a big swell came in, look at the 3rd ocean photo! We then returned to their Villa and took some stunning underwater photos, I love the one of the bride floating with the orchids…

The wedding ceremony took place  at La Reserva in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; look at my previous Blog post “Sunset Wedding” to see the photos.

Engagement Photography Manuel Antonio Costa Rica July 2012

So when a couple tells you they want their engagement photos in the style  of a Tim Burton movie what do you do??

You go for it!

We had the perfect afternoon with dark and stormy rain clouds to give a haunted atmosphere to Manuel Antonio Beach. Unfortunately is was a little too atmospheric and after about 45 minutes Costa Rica showed her true rainy season colors and washed us out. The next afternoon we finished the shoot in more clement weather and got some amazing photos. It’s fun to experiment and do something a little different!

These next 2 photos are identical, The first on is with flash and second without flash and a long shutter speed, amazing how much light is picked up…particularly with a nearly full-moon as we had on this night. I love the grainy-ness of the 2nd photo.

Happy 4th of July! I’m off to shoot a wedding, have a Hot Dog for me!