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 and Beach Engagement Photography in Costa Rica – August 2017

This adventurous couple; on a surfing vacation in Costa Rica; wanted to get some memorable engagement and save the date photos. I met them up at their hotel in Dominical and we drove to a beautiful little rainforest waterfall I know nearby. Approximately 30% of Costa Rica’s land is protected in nature reserves. There are many hidden gems close to where I live…perfect to get some amazing jungle and waterfall portraits. We then headed back to Dominical  for some gorgeous beach photos. We even did a sand the date in the sand for their wedding next year. Best of luck amigos!

Congratulations to you both…and who knows might see you back in Costa Rica for your wedding!

John

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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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Rainforest and Waterfall Wedding – Rio Celeste – Costa Rica May 2014

This adventurous couple love waterfalls, jungle and anything off the beaten track. They contacted me with their hearts set on hiking into the Tenorio Volcano National Park and getting married by the Rio Celeste waterfall. My first thought was AWESOME! My second thought was WHAT!? That’s Crazy! Well anybody that knows me, also knows that I am up for an adventure… Rio Celeste means “Light Blue River”, and the water is literally turquoise, some say it is due to a chemical reaction between sulphur and calcium carbonate in the rocks, other say due to magic. The wedding party were staying at the beautiful Nayara  near Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano. From there we drove to the Tenorio Volcano National Park and met a local guide. The hike down to the Rio Celeste is about an hour through beautiful rainforest, we stopped along the way doing parts of the ceremony on route and ending with the exchange of rings at the main river and waterfall. After the wedding and adventure at Rio Celeste we returned to the fantastic Nayara Hotel for the reception dinner. The dinner was held at Nayara’s Latin Fusion Bar, a funky colorful restaurant which complimented the tropical colors of the table decorations and flowers. After dinner the party started with a local music group and dancing. What a spectacular day, so glad that we did it, here’s to the bride and groom, you are awesome!!

Locations: Rio Celeste in the Tenorio Volcano National Park  and Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens in Arenal, Costa Rica.

Rainforest and Beach Wedding Photo Shoot – Costa Rica April 2014

This amazing couple love beaches, waterfall and the rainforest. After considering a BIG wedding back at home, their love for adventure and nature won out. They packed their bags and came to Costa Rica for an amazing adventure and a unique wedding photo shoot..

We started the day at Rainmaker and got some wonderful photos in the lush green jungle. In the afternoon with headed to Manuel Antonio Beach and were blessed with an incredible rainy season sunset. ….I love these photos and I absolutely loved this photo shoot, I hope you enjoy them!

Locations: Rainmaker and Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Have an amazing weekend!
John

Rainforest Wedding Photography – Rainmaker Costa Rica 2013

This newly married couple tied the knot back at home and decided to bring their wedding gear on honeymoon to Costa Rica get some unique jungle wedding photos. We headed to the rainforest reserve of Rainmaker to get some fantastic photographs of the bride and groom in jungle waterfalls and on Rainmaker’s hanging bridges….love and nature entwined!


Location – Rainmaker, a rainforest reserve located just north of Quepos (between Parrita and Paquita) on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica

A Rainforest Vow Renewal – Rainmaker Costa Rica August 2012

This adventurous couple wanted to celebrate their marriage in the heart of the Costa Rican Rainforest. The couple had done a civil service in the US, but wanted to their wedding memories to be a little more personal and romantic! We conducted the vow renewal ceremony at Rainmaker, just a short drive from Manuel Antonio. This spot by the river is about a 20 minute hike into Rainmaker along rainforest trails. After a change out of hiking gear into wedding attire my soon to be wife, Katharine, conducted the vow renewal. The glorious back drop of the Costa Rican rainforest combined with a wonderfully happy couple made taking photographs easy! Congratulations to you both!


The following photographs are a few of the hike in and a few fun ones that we took on the hike out…I hope you enjoy them!

 

It’s my own wedding next week…so over and out for now!

John

Here comes summer…

Many people seem to think that Costa Rica is all about endless sunshine, playing on the beach and romping through the sun-dappled rainforest. Well, I am pleased to say that is mainly true, BUT in Costa Rica, we do have a “Green Season” too.

So what is this “Green Season”?? A typical day has beautiful sunny mornings and then in the afternoon, like clockwork  the clouds gather and there is rain……hard, tropical rain for an hour or two, sometimes more sometimes less, but one thing is for sure there is nearly always rain.

I personally quite like the rainy season. Firstly, the rain is warm! In the rainy season the rainforest is much lusher and filled with fabulous waterfalls, there are beautiful sunsets created by the clouds and there are fewer people!


From a photographers point of view it is the quiet season, fewer people means less weddings and less portraits. But it gives us a breath of fresh air to rejuvenate us for the crazy, high season that is just starting.
Amongst nature photography and house repairs, this green season I have been able to spend lots of time with my family and wonderful new baby daughter. We are however looking forward to the high season…someone has to pay for all those diapers!