Romantic celebration with a view / Jessica & Peter in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

{photo} Catherine Ann Photography {video} Viviana Vieto {ceremony venue} Casa Bali Tamarindo {reception venue} Pangas Beach Club {rentals} Eventos Artesanos & Oceano Rentals {floral} Stylos & Flores {DJ} Mason Dunn {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {cake & desserts} Victoria Zoch

A beautiful ceremony overlooking Tamarindo and Playa Grande can only end with a great party! Jess & Peter exchanged wedding vows in one of the most stunning locations (with one of the most amazing views) in Tamarindo, at the gorgeous Casa Bali. After the ceremony (and thanks to a bit of rain, as hard to believe as it may be from being the amazing sky in the photos!), guests headed to eat, drink and dance in front of the ocean, at Pangas Beach Club.

Jessica wanted to go with an elegant, colorful vibe, mixing wood and classic florals with bit of gold and geometric pieces for a more modern edge. We combined the existing furniture at the venue (which is pretty fantastic) with natural fiber linens and white-washed chairs to create a mix and match feel that was more chic than boho. A clear tent (to protect us from the August rain) was set up with string lights underneath, giving a soft glow to the evening.

After a great Costa Rican inspired dinner, DJ Mason Dunn made sure everyone stayed on the dance floor! Just like a great party should be!!!

Tropical minimalism in Peninsula Papagayo / Brooke & Blane at Andaz Papagayo

{photo} Sylvia Guardia Photography {venue} Andaz Papagayo {floral} Artflower {rentals} D’Gala Event Rentals {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {cake} Victoria Zoch {DJ} Mason Dunn {gown} Rivini from I Do Bridal Couture {bridesmaids} Vera Wang {hair) Rachel Eggie {makeup} Melanie Dangle {groom & groomsmen} Moss London from ASOS {calligraphy} Amanda Eidson

Andaz Papagayo is one of our favorite venues in Costa Rica, so we literally jump with joy every time we get to do a wedding there! The ceremonies in their lobby/lounge area, have such an architectural touch, you don’t really need much more to make it spectacular. But when you get a stunning couple , stylish guests and a beautiful day…. happy dance all over again!!!!

What I personally loved the most about Brooke’s inspiration was her desire to incorporate a light blue into the florals.. Being in Costa Rica and trying always to use as much locally grown flowers as possible, light blue is just not an easy color to come by… Except in hydrangeas. If you know anything about hydrangeas, they really DO NOT like hot weather…. Thankfully, Brooke also had a preference to have her reception in an air conditioner space, so problem solved!!!! Artflower created wonderful, minimalist tropical pies with lush greenery and white orchids.. with pops of perfect light blue hydrangeas. I must admit the results were better than I expected (and my expectations are generally high!)

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds had an impromptu photo session on the property’s purple VW Combi (another of my favorite things), which was just as fun as they are! Needless to say, this fun crowd partied the night away!