We dream in color. We dream of perfectly designed and coordinated weddings and events. We dream of integrating the ocean, the mountains, the people, the colors of Costa Rica and making them a part of your special celebration. We dream of beautiful set ups and amazing parties. We dream of happy couples and loving friends and family, all enjoying an amazing day. Smiling couples make our day. We love what we do.
We make our dreams come true by making your dreams come true.
And then it is love that is bringing us to Italy. Real life love, love for food, love for wine, love for stunning venues...We are so excited to offer our wedding design and coordination services for Italy destination weddings starting in 2016!
Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, I moved to Guanacaste in 2001. While working at a small hotel in 2002, I noticed that guests at the hotel were starting to inquire about holding weddings there (something that had until then been pretty rare). In that, I saw the opportunity to do something that I enjoyed (planning and organizing events) that also served as a very rewarding creative outlet. I started out doing small weddings (so many elopements!!!!) at the hotel and then moved on and started my own wedding and event planning business in the Papagayo Peninsula area. Destination weddings in Costa Rica started becoming more and more popular, so the little planning studio now has branched out into all areas of Costa Rica, southern Nicaragua, and soon, to Italy.
If you ask me (or my friends) to describe myself, I would have to admit that I am a hyperactive, detail oriented, laid back control freak (yeah, sounds weird, but it is the truth). My personal mission is to create unique and spectacular events & weddings, custom designing everything from small elopements to huge corporate events with the same passion and dedication I give to everything in my life. I am an avid DIY fiend, and if you allow me to, I will certainly personally custom create something (big or small) for your wedding day.
I love food and fun and parties, and I love to see people having a good time. But what I love the most, is to be moved by love. Even after all these years, I still cry at weddings (and more so when I see the wedding videos). And I absolutely love the ocean… But it now turns out I have a crazy love for all things Italian (first and foremost, my husband!).
To add to the fun, I have a B.A. in Acting from Cal State Fullerton and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (both have proven very useful in the business at one point or another). I am fluent in Spanish, English and French and my Italian.. Besides San Jose and Guanacaste (in Costa Rica), I have lived in France and California.
An amazing architect with a Master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture (and a kick-butt yoga and gyrotonics instructor), Michelle (who happens to be Barbara’s younger sister) is our team's other lead planner. She is also the girl in charge of handling the technical design aspects of our Costa Rica weddings and events. Whether creating perfectly proportioned floor plans or deciding on just the right tent to fit a particular venue (and all the intricate aspects related to lighting an event), Michelle is the one with the technical design know how. Beautifully creative and focused on producing green events (she is LEED accredited), she always has the most awesome ideas on how to make your wedding more enviornmetally friendly.
Better know as Miguel (Michele is Michael – or Miguel – in Italian) Our assistant, driver, handyman, bartender/waiter, all over mr-do-it all. We sometimes do need a guy to do the heavy lifting! He will hang light strings, move chairs, and always carry the weirdest but most useful items in his "emergency bag", and is always eager to lend a hand.
The Assistant Chicas
We like to be in charge of all our weddings, so you will always have Barbara or Michelle (or often,, both) on-site on your wedding day, handling all the details.. Sometimes, we do need extra help, and we have a fantastic team of planners at Four Nineteen Weddings. Natasha, Andrea, and Mariana are some of the lovely ladies that make our jobs so much better and we love them!