Wedding at Costa Verde – Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica – October 2015

A stunning wedding over looking the Pacific Ocean in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The wedding and celebrations were held at the Hotel Costa Verde, which is nestled on a jungle-covered hill close to Manuel Antonio National Park. Their slogan is “still more monkeys than people”,  and as you can imagine they are well known for natural beauty and wildlife! The Costa Verde is an ideal location for destination weddings planned by their excellent in-house wedding coordinator, Isabel Vargas.
I met the bride at her hotel room in Costa Verde; surrounded by her friends and family helping her to get ready for her big day. We got a lovely sequence of wedding dress photos and I love the toast photos on the balcony- particularly the one with her sisters and her little niece the floor girl peering through the champagne flutes.
I then did a quick stop at the groom’s room for a few photos before the ceremony was due to begin. The ceremony took place in the garden’s of the hotel, overlooking the ocean. October is at the end of the rainy season so there was  the chance of an afternoon shower, but we had a wonderful day. After the ceremony and group photographs the wedding party headed to El Avion (The Airplane); one of Costa Verde’s restaurants for the wedding reception. A beautiful day…enjoy the photos!

Location : Costa Verde
Wedding Planning : Isabel Vargas – Costa Verde Weddings
Wedding Officiant : Noel Campos

Manuel Antonio Beach Wedding Costa Rica April 2015

This Bride and Groom chose their 10 year anniversary of dating for their wedding day, what a romantic couple! (I am secretly envious of this lucky groom, he has fewer dates to remember!)
The families were staying at Jungle Creek, in Manuel Antonio. The bride and her sisters had fun getting ready here, before heading down to Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio’s famous beach for the ceremony. The wedding took place under the almond and palm trees with the Manuel Antonio National Park as a backdrop. After the ceremony we were blessed to have gorgeous sunset for our beach photo shoot. Later the whole wedding party went to the Costa Verde Hotel for the reception dinner. A gorgeous day!

 

Locations: Jungle Creek, Playa Espadilla, Costa Verde
Wedding Planning and Cake – Chelsea Brandau of Oasis Weddings
Wedding Officiant – Ana Castro
Hair and Makeup – Hair by Monica

Wedding at Discovery Beach House Manuel Antonio Costa Rica 2015

Manuel Antonio’s Discovery Beach House was the perfect setting for this vibrant beach wedding. The brides family stayed in the Beach house and the Grooms family rented the lovely Monkey House, right next door.
The wedding ceremony took place under the almond trees looking out on to the Playa Espadilla; Manuel Antonio’s famous beach. The aisle was decorated with petals and the bride and groom stood in a petal heart. After the ceremony, the guests had cocktail and appetizer hour on the beach, many kicking off their shoes to paddle in the warm ocean. A friend of mine was riding on the beach on here beautiful white horse, she kindly offered that we could take some photos with her horse. We got some fun shots, bride was a complete animal lover and was thrilled!
After sunset, the wedding party moved to the deck of the discovery beach house for the reception party, where candles were twinkling and the tables were beautifully decorated in pale green with tropical flowers. The guests enjoyed a delicious wedding dinner and the dances and speeches reflected the couple’s sense of fun!

Location- Discovery Beach House
Wedding Planning – Oasis Weddings
Catering – Jimmy T’s
Hair and Makeup – Hair by Monica

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!

John

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

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
John

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

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

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 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 Wedding – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica August 2013

This intimate beach wedding took place on Playa Espadilla, in Manuel Antonio, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. The wedding party consisted of the bride and groom and their two daughters who were flower girls. The weather at this time a year is a guessing game, but today it was on our side and the rain held off until after the ceremony. I love the bright yellow against the grey and blues of the ocean and clouds..enjoy!