May the 4th Elopement – Makanda Manuel Antonio Costa Rica 2017

I just love this couple! When they asked me if I was available on the 4th of May, I did wonder if they were Star Wars fans and they were! (Yes, I know it’s August! Just been too busy to blog :)
They stayed at the beautiful Hotel Makanda in the heart of Manuel Antonio, I met them at the hotel and we did some artistic photos on the grounds of the hotel. Makanda has recently been completely remodeled into a fabulous boutique hotel, it’s just exquisite. I think the bride and groom in black looks great against the stone wall background.
We headed down to the north end of Playa Espadilla for the wedding ceremony on the beach.

It was a  perfect intimate ceremony….and I just love the photos!


Want to elope in Costa Rica? and get married by a jungle waterfall?

It’s not as hard as it sounds….
This great couple from Canada contacted me at the end of last year, with an inquiry that they wanted to elope in Costa Rica. They had a few ideas; including photos on the beach, sunset and some with nature. Plus, they wanted a legal ceremony. So we emailed back and forth, got to know each other a little bit; and came up with a plan.
The bride and groom were staying in Dominical on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, I live 45 minutes north in Manuel Antonio, and know the area well. We decided on a mix of beach and rain forest for the wedding, doing the wedding in the morning at a waterfall and then meeting for sunset on the beach for some romantic photos. I put them in touch with Marcelo Galli, a wedding officiate; Marcelo and I often work together on weddings and he is an excellent officiate. Marcelo helped them choose the style of ceremony they wanted, after the wedding he gets the official documents authenticated and sent to Canada, or anywhere in the world.
We all met at 7am at the entrance to Nauyaca Falls, we had arranged to be driven up near to the falls so we only had a short hike in to the waterfall. Marcelo conducted the ceremony right next to the waterfall pool. The sunlight was just coming over the edge of the falls, and catching the mist created by the water…breath taking! We finished up at about 9:30am, and I arranged to meet them at the beach that afternoon.
We were in luck a gorgeous sunset and combined with a low tide, left beautiful reflective pools on the sand on the beach. We got some absolutely wonderful photograph, I think we captured what they were hoping for and more!
For a gallery of my adventure weddings visit my website.

Nauyaca Waterfall Wedding – Costa Rica December 2016

This adventurous couple wanted to celebrate their marriage surrounded by nature. They loved Costa Rica and coming here for their elopement seemed like the perfect choice. After looking at several areas, they choose Nauyaca Falls. Nauyaca is a stunning set of waterfall nestled the Costa Rican rainforest just north of Dominical, Costa Rica. Nauyaca is a privately owned reserve and can only be accessed by foot or horseback. This couple got special permission to get brought close to the falls in 4×4, and from our drop off point we hiked in. We got to the falls early and the light was beautiful filtering through the spray from the cascading waterfalls. The ceremony was conducted at the base of the lower falls, after the ceremony we took some romantic photographs before the newlyweds jumped into the waterfall pool! The natural beauty of Nauyaca combined with a wonderfully happy couple made taking photographs easy! Congratulations to you both!

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!

Day of the Dead Wedding – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica 2016

Love this wedding! This couple from England love all and everything about Mexico and Day of the Dead, so they brought just that to Costa Rica for their wedding! Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, where family and friends gather together to remember loved ones who have died, and help them in their spiritual journey. It also has a big following internationally for it’s colorful art!
The wedding party were staying at a villa in Tulemar, in the heart of Manuel Antonio. The ceremony took place on Tulemar’s secluded beach, the aisle decorated with colorful flowers.  The group stayed on the beach to enjoy music, drinks and the sunset, and later returned their villa for a “Dia de Muertos” reception dinner. The villa’s terrace was spectacularly decorated with twinkling lights and colorful Mexican paper flags, the table adorned with Day of the Dead skull place cards, flowers, candles and personal bottles of Patron tequila.
Tropical Occasions created and planned this unique wedding with the bride and groom, it was just perfect!


Tropical Beach Wedding at Mareas Villas – Uvita Costa Rica

This couple escaped the concrete jungle in New York to come to Costa Rica for their tropical  wedding. They chose to celebrate their nuptials with family and friends at the beautiful Mareas Villas near Uvita.
Mareas is a great location for a destination wedding in Costa Rica; 5 star luxury, close to the beach, yet secluded in acres of virgin rainforest.
I met with the bride and her bridesmaids before the wedding to capture some of that nervous excitement of getting ready for the big day. Later, I met with the groom and groomsmen who were relaxing and getting ready at another villa in Mareas. We then headed to the beach for the wedding ceremony. After the ceremony we were blessed with the most amazing sunset. We took some beautiful couples portrait and also some fun photos with family and friends.
The wedding party returned to Mareas Villas for the wedding reception, catered by the in-house chefs and staff. A wonderful wedding in paradise!

Elopement at Hotel Parador – Manuel Antonio Costa Rica – Dec 2015

This couple decided to leave the winter and have their elopement wedding in the sunshine in Costa Rica! The bride and groom were staying at the beautiful Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio. I met the couple in their room at the hotel as they were finishing getting ready, they then traveled by golf cart to the secluded ceremony site. The ceremony took place under an arch decorated with colorful tropical flowers. After the ceremony we went to the close by Playa Espadilla beach to watch the sunset and get some romantic couples portraits. This intimate elopement was organized by Alfonso, El Parador’s Wedding and Events Planner.

Wedding at Flamingo Beach Resort Guanacaste Costa Rica 2015

This beautiful wedding took place at the Flamingo Beach Resort, in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The resort is located directly on the beach surrounded by tropical rainforest. I met the bride and her family and friends in her room for some candid getting-ready photos. I quickly got a few photos of the groom before going to the beach for the ceremony. The ceremony took place on the beach in front of the Pacific Ocean. After the ceremony we took some romantic sunset couple portraits and got some fun pictures too. The wedding party then headed back to the resort for the reception dinner and celebrations. A beautiful day!

Beach Wedding at RUI Guanacaste Costa Rica 2015

This beautiful wedding took place on the white sand beach in front of the stunning Hotel RUI in Costa Rica. The bride got ready in her suite with family and friends, and then the father of the bride walked her to the beach were the ceremony took place. After a moving ceremony, the bride and groom were toasted with champagne. We headed to the garden to take a few group photos and the heavens opened with a tropical downpour. Luckily the rain was short-lived and we could return to the beach for some magical photographs. We were blessed with an epic rainy season sunset!

Tropical Beach Wedding at Playa Langosta Costa Rica 2015

When this fun-loving couple visited Costa Rica last year they fell in love with their beachfront hotel and decided to get married there!
The Sueño del Mar is a boutique bed and breakfast and their gardens lead directly onto the white sands of Playa Langosta. The wedding ceremony took place on the beach, with the arch and aisle looking towards the Pacific Ocean. After the ceremony we watched the sunset over the ocean. The wedding group then headed to Restaurant El Pescador in Tamarindo for an amazing reception party, with dinner, live music and fire dancers. A wonderfully tropical and fun beach wedding planned by Morgan at Native’s Way