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 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!


This wedding was organized by the beautiful Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma.

Wedding at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Montezuma Costa Rica February 2013

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 back to Ylang Ylang’s secluded bungalows set in lush tropical gardens.
An added bonus is that for me to get to Montezuma from Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific coast I need to take a speed boat…Awesome!!
The wedding took place in the grounds of the beautiful Ylang Ylang Beach Resort followed by fun photos on the beach and a then the guest returned for an amazing dinner at the Resort.


This wedding was organized by the beautiful Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma.

A Persian Wedding at Villa Caletas Costa Rica January 2013

This beautiful Persian wedding was a marvelous to photograph with the bright colors of the flowers and dresses against the stunning backdrop of the of the ocean.  The family set up a traditional Sofreye Aghd or Wedding Spread, this includes pastries, herbs, salt, candles, mirrors and a blessed bread, which was specially baked with calligraphy written on it. Another Persian tradition, a bright blue shawl which is held over the bride and grooms heads during the ceremony. The wedding ceremony took place at sunset on Villa Caleta’s incredible private amphitheater. The wedding party then moved to the spectacular  Zephyr Palace, Villa Caletas wedding reception venue for dinner and dancing.

A couple of days after the wedding the bride and groom came to Manuel Antonio for a sunset couple photo shoot, where we got some beautiful romantic photos.


Wedding Planner – Villa Caletas Wedding Planners
Location- Villa Caletas

 

Wedding at Villa Caletas Costa Rica December 2012

Villa Caletas  is spectacular venue for a sunset wedding on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, the views and the ambiance are hard to beat. This beautiful wedding was organized by the amazing team at Weddings Costa Rica , their attention to detail and creativity once again made a perfect intimate wedding ceremony and celebration. The wedding ceremony took place at sunset on Villa Caleta’s private terrace and the wedding reception dinner was also at the hotel.


Wedding Planner – Weddings Costa Rica

Location-Villa Caletas

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

Wedding at Manuel Antonio Beach Costa Rica April 2012

Another beautiful beach wedding in April. This was a fun wedding to shoot and there was beautiful light on this sunny afternoon. The wedding ceremony took place on the Manuel Antonio beach in front of the Hotel Karahe with views of the Manuel Antonio National Park in the background. The wedding party were staying at Casa Fantastica, one of Manuel Antonio’s stunning rental properties available through Escape Villas.

This wedding was organized by Erin from Oasis Weddings.

Wedding at Villa Caletas Costa Rica April 2012

This April wedding ceremony took place  at Villa Caletas; a spectacular venue for a wedding on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific. As it looked like it might rain, the wedding ceremony took place on a covered terrace in the hotel, the rain held off so we could go down to the hotel’s ocean front amphitheater, Zephyr Palace for some dramatic photos at sunset.


This wedding was organized by Larissa at Weddings Costa Rica.

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.

Wedding in the Osa Peninsular Costa Rica January 2012

What luck, a wedding to photograph in such a beautiful and wild part of Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula! This wedding took place on the beach in front of the Iguana Lodge, in Puerto Jimenez followed by a beach reception with a fabulous bonfire.


This wedding took place at the Iguana Lodge in Puerto Jimenez, which is on the Osa Peninsular on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Puerto Jimenez is close to the Corcovado National Park, which is one of Costa Rica’s most untouched areas and therefore has an abundance of wildlife.

Wedding at Hotel Parador Manuel Antonio Costa Rica January 2012

My first wedding of 2012 and what an amazing wedding! This destination wedding was at Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica The Parador is a fantastic backdrop for your wedding photos, as the Hotel has beautiful grounds and amazing views of the Manuel Antonio National Park. This was a small sunset wedding set in the grounds of the Hotel with a wedding dinner in the hotel afterwards.


This wedding was organized by Parador’s own wedding planner, Silvia Hernandez.