Intimate celebration in Costa Rica / Anna & Matthew at Westin Reserva Conchal

I have a special place in my heart for intimate destination weddings. I find that sharing your wedding with your nearest and dearest, and getting to spend a weekend (or sometimes more) with them in a beautiful location, exploring, celebrating, and just having fun, will be one of your most cherished memories in life (I know this from personal experience!). Anna & Matthew’s Costa Rica wedding at the Westin in Reserva Conchal was no exception!

Despite the August date, the weather gods were on our side, and Anna & Matthew were able to have their ceremony in one of my favorite ceremony spots, under a matapalo tree overlooking the ocean through lush, tropical foliage. With a simple setting incorporating wood and white floral with loose greenery, we let nature (and our stunning bride and groom) take center stage.

We wanted the wedding design to be simple and beautiful, with romantic florals and gold accents. With the addition of beautiful Guanacaste wood tables from Eventos Artesanos, we brought a bit of the outside natural feel into the dining space, and finished off with beautiful calligraphy placards on hand painted paper. My main goal is to bring our clients’ vision to life, serving almost as a translator navigating from a visual inspiration to what can be accomplished at a destination location where availability tends to be a bit more limited than what our clients are used to… Seeing an event come to fruition is such an exciting process!!

{photo} Viviana Vieto {venue} Westin Reserva Conchal {floral} Stylos & Flores {hair and makeup} Nadia Cambronero {rentals} Eventos Artesanos {guitarist} Ricardo Fonseca {DJ} DJ Teemor {cake} Victoria Zoch

Bougainvilleas in the garden / Erica & Rudi private estate wedding in San Jose

Private estate weddings are some of my favorites. The uniqueness of each location, and incorporating it into the overall wedding design, is one of the things I love the most. I am a firm believer in allowing the existing surroundings be a part of the wedding style (this is the reason why I hate ballrooms), and am always up for the challenge of turning a private house into the perfect wedding venue.

For Erica & Rudi’s wedding (one of the few non-destination weddings we do every year) we were inspired by the combination of the lush “city gardens” and the classical feel of the estate. Following the Catholic wedding, guests arrived at Casa Pinar and walked up the tree lined driveway and into a prefectly curated garden, where they were able to enjoy gin & tonics, cotton candy (the best ever little station by Punffi Cotton Candy) and live music by local dynamic duo Chillax. Seating for dinner was inside the house, which was kept closed off to guests until dinner time, hoping to surprise them with the beautiful setup inside the classical style rooms. Sectioned off in four main rooms, the idea was to keep the ambience intimate.

The seated dinner was capped off with a fabulous dessert table by Brûlée Gourmet , which was set up in the garden against a backdrop of stunning bougainvillea (one of my favorite blooms).

Following dinner, guests gathered in the outdoor tent space for dancing to the crazy beats of Los Ajenos, one of Costa Rica’s best known bands, who sure do know how to put on a show. The bride’s sister surprised the newlyweds with a circus style carnival by Silbawak which had guests dancing like crazy to the very end!

OUR PARTNERS

{photo} White Diamond Photography {floral} Lavanda Diseño Floral {rentals} Costa Mesa Event Rentals & Elegante Frenesi {tents/flooring} Aditec Eventos Especiales {DJ} DJ Vega {Bar Service} Mixology Cocteleria

Chic beachfront wedding in Costa Rica / Becky and Sam at Pangas Beach Club

We love clients who have impeccable style and a real appreciation for the destination they have picked. We definitely hit the jackpot with Becky and Sam! I mean, a stylish and good looking couple that loves Costa Rica, a stunning beachfront venue, a light blue dress and Valentino Rockstuds? 

We went for a combination of laid back style (courtesy of our wonderful venue) and understated elegance with greenery and white floral (you know I love color, but greenery and white done right is also at the top of my list!), with lush runners on wood tables, glass encased tapers on brass cylinders and a great greenery floor arrangement for the ceremony, to highlight the amazing matapalo tree that served as their backdrop.

To top it off, Becky& Sam were blessed with a wonderful sunset and a great rain fee afternoon that allowed them to dine under the stars (instead of under a tent), and that is always a great thing!

CREDITS {venue} Pangas Beach Club {photo} Dani Alda {floral} Stylos & Flores {rentals} Eventos Artesanos & D'Gala Event Rentals {tents} Cloud 7 {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {DJ} Mason Dunn {cake & desserts} Victoria Zoch

A stylish wedding in Puglia / Yasi & Ali at Masseria Muntibianchi

Combine a masseria in the south of Italy, a gorgeous and stylish couple, a non -traditional Persian ceremony setup, perfect musical taste and good old Apulian hospitality... and what you get is pure perfection.  With a small but amazing team of vendors, Yasi & Ali's minimalist chic wedding was brought to life at a great location near Otranto.

{photo} Erin & Gabri {venue} Masseria Muntibianchi {floral} Flower Addicted

Italy Weddings / Nicola & Matt at Masseria Torre Ruggieri

I have had Puglia on my mind lately.... Starting to plan a new wedding there is one of my happy places. And it was not the exception when I first met Nicola & Matt for site inspections. I was so thrilled when they decided Masseria Torre Ruggeri was the right place for them (that place, as you may know, has a special place in my heart).

The beauty of a perfect location is that its own beauty is enough to drive the design of the event. The colors of Puglia: the light colored buildings, the muted green of olive groves and the blue sky and sea are enough to inspire the uninspired. 

This location has a beautiful citrus grove where Nicola & Matt chose to have their wedding ceremony. An existing backdrop (a structure that possibly was meant for staying in the shade on hot days - I am actually guessing here so if you know the reason for it, let me know!) decorated with locally made urns and neutral flowers was all the space needed.

And what can I say about a long dinner table in the middle of an olive grove?  String lights, candles, traditional masseria style chairs with straw seats and miniature locally produced olive oil doubling as place cards (and takeaway favors).  As much as I love color, sometimes, simple minimalism is just right.

{venue} Masseria Torre Ruggeri {photo} Les Amis Photo {floral} Amsicora Fiori {catering} Eventi D'Elite {lighting/sound} Gio Service {DJ} Sergio Cacciatore {hair&makeup} Viviana Veglia