Tropical Beach Wedding at Esterillos – Costa Rica 2016

This lovely young couple are from right here in Costa Rica, they chose the beautiful beach at Esterillos Este for their wedding celebrations. The Hotel Alma del Pacifico is perfect for weddings, as the hotel and gardens lead straight onto the Pacific Beach. The Alma del Pacifico is full of bright tropical colors, which is a wonderful backdrop for photos.
The wedding took place in the gardens and the reception party continued late into the night, ending with a beach bonfire.
Felicidades Ingrid and Roberto!

Pacific Coast Wedding in Costa Rica – Villa Caletas 2015

Villa Caletas’ amphitheater on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is one of the most stunning and romantic places to get married. The amphitheater is set high on a steep hill overlooking the ocean, the hotel itself is beautiful with lots of terraces and garden.
The ceremony took place just before sunset and the light was perfect. After the ceremony the reception dinner took place in one of the hotels banquet rooms, the tables decorated with colorful flowers and pictures of the bride and groom. The wedding party and guests were all staying at the hotel, making everything thing so easy and enjoyable. Such and fun event and another great wedding by the team at Villa Caletas

Beautiful Church Wedding in San Joaquín de Flores Costa Rica – 2014

This lovely couple got married in San Joaquín de Flores, a beautiful little pueblo near Heredia in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose. The bride got ready at her parents house, just minutes from the church.  The church in San Joaquin is just gorgeous,  it was built about 1880. Interestingly, the church was built from rock carried from Cartago by ox cart, 87 km away!

I will cover the amazing reception in another blog post.

John

Wedding at Costa Verde – Manuel Antonio – Costa Rica 2014

This destination wedding took place at the Costa Verde Hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The Costa Verde has three pools, and the pool where the wedding took place has a rock star has a view of the Pacific Ocean and the Manuel Antonio National Park. The ceremony took place  under a white  tent with a beautiful rose and crystal arch.

After the ceremony we went to the beach and got some fun group shots on the rocks. We even borrowed some surf boards to get a few surfy photos as the bride and groom are really LOVE surfing. The wedding party later headed to El Avion; Costa Verde’s Airplane Restaurant: for a reception party. We took some great photos in front of the plane and had lots of fun with sparklers…all I can say is – what a PURA VIDA Wedding!

Wedding Planner : Weddings Costa Rica
Locations: Ceremony – Hotel Costa Verde, Manuel Antonio
Beach Photo Session – Playa Espadilla, (Manuel Antonio Beach)
Reception – El Avion at Costa Verde
Wedding Cake – Chelsea from Mariposa Catering

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

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

Engagement Photography Manuel Antonio Costa Rica January 2014

This recently engaged couple came to Costa Rica to vacation, and also wanted to get some photos to celebrate their engagement. Manuel Antonio is full of beautiful areas of beach and jungle. We first visited Playitas Beach at the north end of Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio’s famous beach. Later, we headed back to their hotel, The Parador and got a few more stunning photos. We climbed trees, rocks, got wet, it was a fun shoot! Congratulations and Buena Suerte for your wedding!

 

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 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.

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!