A Beach Elopement at Ylang Ylang – Montezuma Costa Rica 2014

This couple chose the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma for their intimate elopement. The elopement ceremony took place on the secluded beach in front of the resort. There were some big waves crashing in, giving a dramatic backdrop for some stunning photos..

This wedding was organized by the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort  in Montezuma, Costa Rica.
Wedding Officiator: Ana Castro

Wedding in Dominical – Costa Rica – May 2014

This couple love to surf, so they decided to come down to Dominical, Costa Rica for a surfing vacation and to get married. The ceremony took place with the bride and groom stood on some volcanic rocks by the Pacific Ocean’s edge. We got some great beach photos and I love the sequence with the wish lanterns…gorgeous! I even got a couple of photos of the couple with their surf boards in their VW Camper Van…then the party kicked off at Roca Verde, a great night!

Last weekend I did a follow up shoot with the bride and groom, I got them in the surf and even paddle boarding in their wedding gear…photos to come!

Romantic Beach Wedding – Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica April 2014

How do I describe this beach wedding? ” Fun and romantic with a twist of vintage chique”…sounds about right! This fun-loving couple chose Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio’s famous beach for their wedding day; the aisle was decorated with whimsical bunches of soft pink roses. After the ceremony we took some photos on the beach, even climbed some trees and let off a beautiful wish lantern. Then the wedding party returned to their rental home, Casa Las Brisas; for a wonderful dinner on the roof top terrace….a perfect day!

This wedding was organized by wonderful Chelsea from Oasis Weddings in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Chelsea is also one of Costa Rica’s finest cake bakers and made their spectacular wedding cake.

Location: Manuel Antonio Beach and Casa Las Brisas a gorgeous vacation rental by Escape Villas

Happy Cinco de Mayo!
John

Wedding at Los Sueños Resort – Costa Rica – March 2014

This wedding couple love fishing, so what better to have their wedding but at a marina in Costa Rica. The Los Sueños Resort and Marina in Herradura is on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and has great sportfishing! Apart from the bride and groom the star of the show was their bulldog “Chancho” looking very suave in his bow-tie. The wedding took place on the lawn of the Los Sueños resort and then there was a reception dinner, dancing to a fantastic music group, a fabulously fun photo booth and to top it off fireworks. Did I mention the bride and groom like fishing? …check out the cake topper!

 

Beach Wedding and Trash the Dress – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica March 2014

A fun-loving couple wanted some unique photos for their wedding day…so how about a helicopter drone and some underwater photos?!
This gorgeous wedding was planned by Costa Verde and the ceremony was held at Playitas Beach. Playitas is the quieter end of the Manuel Antonio beach with great views looking towards the Manuel Antonio National Park. After an intimate ceremony we got some great photos on the beach and climbing in caves. I got the wedding couple to climb to the top of the big rock (seen on the first photo) and got some amazing aerial photos using my helicopter drone. Later, the wedding party went to El Avion one of Costa Verde’s restaurants for the reception dinner. The next day I met the newly married couple and we did a Trash the Dress session at the Costa Verde Pool…what fun!


This wedding was organized by Isabel,  Hotel Costa Verde’s Wedding Planner in  Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Hasta Pronto!
John

Wedding at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Montezuma Costa Rica March 2014

This colorful and fun wedding took place at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma last month. The wedding took place under a wooden arch on the beach in front of YlangYlang. After the ceremony we took photos on the beach and then the wedding party returned to YlangYlang for the reception. After a wonderful dinner, the bride and groom had their first dance, I LOVE the passion captured in these photos. Then onto the beach for a bonfire and fireworks…what an amazing night!


This wedding was organized by the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort  in Montezuma, Costa Rica.

Hasta Pronto!
John

Wedding at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort Montezuma Costa Rica January 2014

This whimsical romantic wedding took place at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort last weekend. The bride and her two sisters looked stunning with flowers woven into in their long tresses.  The wedding took place under a wooden arch in Ylang Ylang’s beautiful gardens right next to the beach. The whole vibe of the wedding reminded me of Shakespeare’s a “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, specially when we started playing with the star projector (see second to last image). The last photo I took walking back along the beach from Ylang Ylang to the village in Montezuma. Looking out to the water, I saw the phosphorescence dancing in the waves. I magical end to a magically romantic wedding, all is missing is Puck on a surfboard!


This wedding was organized by the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort  in Montezuma, Costa Rica.

Hasta Pronto!
John

Beach Elopement – Montezuma Costa Rica November 2013

Montezuma is a laid back artsy little town on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. A perfect location for this couple from Canada! This elopement wedding took place on the beach, there was a little sprinkle during the ceremony, but that did not stop us…it’s lucky too!


This wedding was organized by the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma. 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 to Ylang Ylang’s secluded bungalows set in lush tropical gardens.

John

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.

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!

This beautiful wedding was planned by Oasis Weddings in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. It’s been a busy season and I have lots of blogging to catch up on….

Have a great weekend and Pura vida!
John

Sunset Beach Wedding – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica July 2013

This was such a fun and vibrant wedding and a joy to photograph. This young couple tied the knot in front of 50 friends and family on Playa Espadilla in the heart of Manuel Antonio. The bride and groom walked down a rose petal aisle and said their vows on the sand under the almond trees on the beach. Most of the wedding party left their shoes at the shoe valet to walk barefoot on the beach. After some beach fun and family, group and bride and groom photographs the wedding party went up to the Hotel Karahe to for the reception dinner, followed by dancing and a beach lantern release.

This fun and delightful wedding was planned Randy from Celebrations Costa Rica and held at the Hotel Karahe in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Exciting news is that I am currently building a new Wedding Photography Website, so please bear with me and check back to my website in a week or so. To see more of my work and latest happening in Costa Rica and the wedding world visit my Facebook Page.

John

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 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

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.

Sunset Wedding – La Reserva Manuel Antonio Costa Rica July 2012

A wonderful July wedding set on a Ocean-View hill-top in Manuel Antonio. This wedding was held at Casa Paraiso, one of La Reserva’s fantastic rental homes. The wedding had a wonderful relaxed feel with all the family staying at Casa Paraiso. The ceremony took place just a short walk away down the aisle, under a canopy strung with fresh orchids. The weather was perfect for the ceremony and on queue dramatic clouds gathered for some stunning sunset shots. The Wedding party returned to Casa Paraiso for cocktails and the reception dinner.


This beautiful wedding was planned by The Special Events Department at La Reserva in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and catered by Ernesto Saavedra from Tamarindo Spice, Manuel Antonio.

My next Blog post will be the amazing Trash the Dress Photo Session that we did the day after the wedding..Awesome!

Wedding Photography: Reception Decorations

Mostly wedding photographs are of people who are celebrating their day, but other beautiful photographs may not contain people at all. These are not photographs that will go onto your wall, but remember to take photographs of the Decor, they will bring great memories in years to come.


These are a few examples of decor from weddings that I have photographed in Costa Rica. I just take the pictures the wedding planners do all the decoration! To see more of my photography work please go to my wedding website www.weddingphotoscostarica.com  I just updated my website with new photos of the 2012 wedding season in Costa Rica..enjoy!

Wedding Photography: Remember the details

I love all aspects of wedding photography, but one of my favorites are the little details. So much thought and energy have gone into planning and preparing for this special day. From choosing flowers, dresses and shoes, to the manicure or curl of your hair. A wedding photographer’s job is to capture all aspects so that you will be able to treasure them all forever.