California Weddings / Meleesa & Maria in Paso Robles

So, we don't normally do weddings in the US, but Meleesa & Maria's unique Paso Robles celebration was an exception. It just so happens Meleesa is one of my dearest and closest friends... so helping her and Maria with their wedding was something that I really, really, really wanted to do!

After much searching, the girls decided on a perfect venue, Maria's uncle Joe's house in Paso Robles. Set in the outskirts of the town, amid vineyards and rolling hills (that remind me so much of Tuscany), and with a fabulous tree that was the perfects spot for their romantic and heartfelt vow exchange.

One of my favorite things about this wedding was the fact that so many people pitched in to help make the big day a reality (and of course, I did love the thrift store hunt for unique pieces - all the wine glasses and candlestick holders were collected on several trips to various thrift and vintage shops located all over the California coast), from hand dyed napkins, to building of props, to awesome hand sewn table runners and a magnificent dessert table, friends and family all gave their time and talents to create a truly spectacular event that was a clear reflection of Meleesa and Maria. 

This is a wedding we loved on so many different levels and I am so happy to get to share it with you!

{photo} Nicole Leever Photography {catering} Savory Roads Catering {rentals} Central Coast Tent and Party {floral} Muse Floral by Sannon Elver 

 

 

Costa Rica Weddings / Georgina & Jordan at Tamarindo Diria

These year, we are loving deep hues and bright blooms, and we had a blast designing Georgina and Jordan's wedding!! The bride had a general idea of what she wanted, but she was always open to suggestions, and we all just loved the end result!

For this wedding filled with family and close friends in Playa Tamarindo, we decided on going with loose bohemian florals but adding a bit of glam by incorporating gold accents), which were perfectly executed by Artflower. Taking the unusually rainy weather into consideration, the ceremony took place under a tent in the beachfront garden at Tamarindo Diria, and was followed by cocktails on their beachfront Matapalo terrace... which were interrupted by some rather heavy rain. But as good things come to all who wait, the rain stopped a few minutes later, and the sunset was just stunning (we are loving the  photo with the palm trees taken at sunset - do check it out!!).

Dinner and dancing followed in the Mixcoa terrace, with guests seated under string lights and hanging orbs with candles, which brought out the sparkle of the sequined runners. We finished the table with geometric details, gold chargers, custom made lavender hand dyed napkins and menus with a simple, clean design.

The star of the night was the fabulous cake (and dessert table). The flowers on it are actually gum paste (not real!!!) but not one guest could believe it until they touched them!!!

{photography} Sylvia Guardia {venue} Tamarindo Diria {floral} Artflower {rentals} Oceano Rentals {officiant} Einar Villavicencio {cake + desserts} Victoria Zoch {hair} Marisol Santana {DJ} Luz Lopez

 

 

Sneak Peek / Kasia & Brian at Pacifico Beach Club

A lovely couple, purple hues and a stunning afternoon in Playas del Coco....  Beautiful images by Sylvia Guardia, flowers by Artflower, cake by Victoria Zoch, and the beautiful beachfront venue that is Pacifico Beach Club...

Costa Rica Weddings / Jessi & Troy at Casa Fantastica, Manuel Antonio

One of my favorite views in all of Manuel Antonio is the one from Casa Fantastica.... As you walk in, it is simply breathtaking! It is certainly one of the coolest venues in town, which is why I was thrilled when Jessi & Troy picked it for their wedding. 

Since they wanted a beach wedding, we had the ceremony take place at Karahe, under the trees. With the wedding being in the middle of November, we knew that rain was a  possibility.... but we got really lucky and were able to have the ceremony without using the tent, which was exactly what Jessi & Troy wanted! A classic and romantic setup under the trees, with a string trio in the background, and a stunning sunset to close it of.... it was just what we had all envisioned!

After the ceremony and beachfront cocktails, the guests were shuttled back to Casa Fantastica for dinner and dancing. We set up long tables for the guests, named after places special to the bride and groom's hearts, decorated with beautiful white and blush florals with just the right touch of gold accent for a little bling!

The cake and dessert table were a hit, particularly the Beauty and the Beast topper that the couple brought (they LOVE that love story!). Food was fantastic, the bar was rolling all night.... and when it got time to get the party started, not one guests stayed in their seats!!! A beautiful night with love, friends, family, great food, and dancing...  what more could you ask for??

{photo} Jonathan Yonkers {video} Jonathan Yonkers {ceremony venue} Karahe {reception venue} Casa Fantastica {floral} Stylos & Flores {rentals} Costa Mesa Event Rentals {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {DJ} Mason Dunn {catering} Desiree Brassert {bar} Bartender Costa Rica {cake & desserts} Mariposa Pastry {hair and makeup} Costa Rica Hair {styling & design} Barbara Broutin {planning} Four Nineteen Weddings

Italy Weddings / Kim & Ed at Masseria Torre Ruggeri

There is nothing like returning to a place that has a special place in your heart! When Kim and Ed hired us to help them plan their wedding at Masseria Torre Ruggeri, almost a year since I had my own wedding there... I was so excited!!!! Not only because I got married there,  but for many other reasons, Torre Ruggeri is one of the most perfect spots for an outdoor wedding. A beautiful ancient fortified building, surrounded by olive groves and gardens and with a center courtyard that looks like it was taken from a movie.... it is really one of those places that does not need a lot adde to it to be the perfect location to get married in.

Kim & Ed, London based, had their family and closest friends travel with them to Puglia to celebrate their marriage. The ceremony in the citrus garden included a fun singalong with their guests and was officiated by one of their closest friends, who did a fantastic job.  After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails in the courtyard, while the newlyweds went off for their photo session (which you can see, resulted in some pretty fabulous images!!!). Dinner was held in the olive grove, which was lit up for the occasion. Kim and Ed wanted the general design to have an  bit of Italian flair, so we opted to create living centerpieces using potted herbs which added a great scent to the night.  After a delicious dinner, guests went on the dance floor and danced till the wee hours of the night (or morning..) 

{photo} Valentina Oprandi {venue} Masseria Torre Ruggeri {catering} TriedE20 {floral} Four Nineteen Weddings and Rollo Fiori {DJ} Sergio Cacciatore {lighting} Gio Service {live music} Atmosfera Blu  {bar} Joe Bar {planning & design) Four Nineteen Weddings

 

 

Sneak Peek / Marisa & Josh at Reserva Conchal

{photo} Daniel Lopez Perez {video} Jonathan Yonkers {venue} Reserva Conchal Beach Club {floral} Stylos & Flores {rentals} Oceano Rentals {cake & desserts} Victoria Zoch {DJ} DJ Stephen Denton {ceremony tent} Eventos Artesanos

Sneak Peek / Paula & Tuto at Reserva Conchal Beach Club

We are starting a new weeky post called the Sneak Peek... in it, we will give you a little glimpse into one of our weddings that will be going up on the blog in more detail soon!

{photo credits} Sylvia Guardia {floral} Artflower {cake} Victoria Zoch {venue} Reserva Conchal

Costa Rica Weddings / Meaghan & Neema at Villa Manzu

When a wedding venue is possibly the most spectacular private villa in Costa Rica.... you know you are in for a treat!!! Meghan and Neema got married at the wonderful Villa Manzu in Peninsula Papagayo..... and their wedding (despite the tropical rainstorm) was truly a wonderful affair!

Starting with the wonderful setting filled with intricate details and unexpected details, a wonderful view, a fun crowd and beautiful decorations (and throw in the best food and drink, ever!!!)... From the start of the planning we new this would be one stunning affair. Add  a dashing couple to the mix and magic is made!!!

Enjoy the wonderful images shot by Jon at Costa Vida Photo!!!

{photography} Costa Vida Photography {venue} Villa Manzu {florist} Artflower {rentals} Costa Mesa Event Rentals {hair} Bridal Services Costa Rica {makeup} Maravilla Makeup {lighting} Oceano Rentals {tents} Toldo Mas {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {DJ} DJ Teemor at Xclusive Wedding DJs {cake} Victoria Zoch

Costa Rica Weddings / Jaime & Rey at Pangas Beach Club

If I must say so, I find the tree at Pangas to be one of the most absolutely gorgeous ceremony backdrops around. The ocean, the estuary, the tree... Add a sweet couple, so much in love, friends, family and a lot of dancing, and you have one super fun wedding!!!  Jaime & Rey's wedding was one of those weddings that feels like a huge party even though it is actually a very intimate group. This is a great thing to have happen at a wedding, in my opinion!!!

For the design, Jaime wanted it to be slightly rustic without looking straight out of a barn. It was decided that nothing but the tree was needed for the ceremony (and that is one smart decision made!). For the reception, we used Pangas great wood slab tables and chairs, and added an assortment of colorful flowers in various vases, some succulents, a little bit of lace and pops of gold... the result? Exactly what we wanted!!!! 

Once again, thank you to all the wonderful vendors that make all our weddings possible!

{photo} Adri Mendez {venue & catering} Pangas Beach Club {officiant} Ana Castro-Calzada {florist} Floristeria Cristal {live music} Ricardo Fonseca {DJ} Mason Dunn {cake} Victoria Zoch {hair and makeup} Marisol Santana {transportation} Tamarindo Transfers & Tours {additional rentals} Oceano Rentals {planning & design} Four Nineteen Weddings

 

 

Italy Weddings / Crystal & Adam at Relais La Costa, Monteriggioni

Sometimes, you arrive at a place that is so stunning that you can't find the words to describe it. The first time I saw Relais La Costa.... I was speechless. A beautiful old villa located in the hills of Monteriggioni, this wonderful boutique hotel and wedding venue was just the perfect spot to celebrate Crystal & Adam's intimate Tuscany wedding. However, one of the most wonderful parts was the tiny chapel with beautifully preserved frescoes from the 1300s, where the Catholic ceremony was held.  Add to that wonderful musicians and rendition of Ave Maria that did not leave one dry eye in the house.... and I can guarantee it was something out of this world!

With stunning views and wonderful architecture (and art), truth is, the church and venue needed very little extra to make it magical, and we were able to supplement the beauty in just the right places. Crystal and Adam chose a more traditional palette of whites and soft pink and coral hues, and  Sofia at Il Profumo dei Fiori created, as always, wonderful designs. The bride arrived at the ceremony in a champagne colored vintage Bentley, and after the ceremony, the newlyweds went out for a short drive in the Tuscan countryside.

Back at La Costa, guests enjoyed a spectacular aperitivo, with wonderful food and drink, while they enjoyed the view. When Adam & Crystal returned, they surprised the guests with bagpiper (to honor the groom's grandfather's memory), something that turned out to be one of the highlights of the afternoon! 

After dinner (yet another example of wonderful Tuscan cooking), guests enjoyed a dessert table and lots of dancing (into the wee hours of the morning)!  It was truly a fun weekend for all that attended, with additional activities planned to keep guests entertained (dinner in the fortified town of Monteriggioni, wine tasting at a local Cantina producing excellent wine....)!

{photography} Facibeni Fotografia {floral} Il Profumo dei Fiori {reception venue} Relais La Costa Dimora Storica {ceremony venue} Pieve di San Lorenzo at Colle Ciupi {music} BKatch Music & Events {hair and makeup} Adrienne Aeroboe {vintage car rental} Drive In Style {planning and design} Four Nineteen Weddings

Featured Weddings / Styled shoot with Audra Wrisley Photography at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

We are beyond thrilled and completely honored to have this fabulous Costa Rica styled wedding shoot featured on the launch of Latin America's first fine art wedding blog, Gardenia de Agosto!! 

With gorgeous florals by Artflower, a stunning dress by Elky Suarez, a Victoria Zoch cake, hair and makeup by Vicky Alfaro, hand painted plates by Adelfa Ilustracion and a stunning setting at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, this has been one of my favorite "work" days so far!

And of course, add the stunning images shot by Audra Wrisley Photography... and well, I must say I think it really does deserve the love!

Costa Rica Weddings / Moni + Macho, La Luna Playa Pelada

This wedding is one that is close to my heart. I have known the bride, Monica, for a long, long time, and Macho, the groom, for quite some time as well (though not as much). It is always an (extra) honor and a source of (extra) joy to help someone I know plan their wedding. 

From the get go, Moni and Macho, who love the ocean, surfing, and the outdoors, knew their wedding had to be at the beach. They picked one of the coolest beachfront spots in Guanacaste, La Luna in Playa Pelada, near Nosara... and nature blessed them with one of the most stunning afternoons (and kept the rain at bay, at least for most of the night) I have recent memory of.

True to their style, they wanted their wedding to be super casual, laid back and fun, and they wanted the overall feel and design to reflect that. We opted to take advantage of the venues existing furniture, an eclectic rustic mix with just the right beachy feel, and added mix n' match bottles and jars filled with flowers. The couple spent time cutting up bottles of various colors and sizes to use on the tables, and we made good use of them in the floral pieces and as cande holders.... Throw a bit of lace here and custom made triangular dream catchers there.... and the whole place felt perfect for this celebration.

Moni & Macho are blessed with awesome friends who participated in their wedding... from two friends who officiated, to another friend who did the actual legal wedding, to family and friends who did beautiful readings and speeches, and talented musical friends who played music during the ceremony and cocktail hour, the whole day was filled with well deserved love.

After feasting on great mediterranean style food (La Luna's specialty), everyone danced the night away.... and not even a mid-night downpour was able to stop the party!

{photo} White Diamond Photography {video} Jonathan Yonkers {florals} Stylos & Flores {venue} La Luna {makeup} Carolina Castro {bridal crown} De Polvo y Viento {DJ} Kika Arguello {water} Rain Forest Water {planning and design} Four Nineteen Weddings

Costa Rica Weddings / Lindsey & John at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

Sometimes, when it comes to a wedding, all the pieces just click together into place. Take a stunning bride (with a great eye for wedding design), a dashing groom, a spectacular location,  an awesome photographer, delicious food, great music....... and you have a fantastic Costa Rica wedding day.  

{photo} Costa Vida Photography {venue} Andaz Peninsula Papagayo {floral} Artflower {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {reception music} DJ Stephen Denton {makeup} Tricia Espinoza at Maravilla Makeup {hair} Nick Brown {planning} Barbara Broutin at Four Nineteen Weddings

Costa Rica Styled Shoot / Brandi Smyth + 419 Weddings + Eventos Artesanos at Las Catalinas

Another thing we love is the opportunity to collaborate with other talented wedding artists. A few months ago, I received an email from the wonderfully talented Brandi Smyth, asking if we would be interested in collaborating on a styled shoot. She was planning a vacation in Costa Rica,  and wanted to take advantage of the trip and do a shoot. I immediately said yes and went about enlisting the help of Kirsten and Jon at Eventos Artesanos, Vicky at Costa Rica Bridal Services, Tricia at Maravilla Weddings, Victoria Zoch, and our great two models Fran and Brian. Of course, we needed a perfect beach venue and I didn't have to look very much before finding it at Las Catalinas! Brandi brought a lovely dove grey dress from The Dress Theory, lovely calligraphy place setting from All Things Lovely Paper Co and hand dyed silk ribbon from Silk and Willow. A dream come true.The seaside grey inspiration was shot in film and resulted in a lovely shoot that was featured on the always stunning Wedding Sparrow.

Costa Rica Weddings / Helen & Alex at Westin Playa Conchal

One of the things I love the most about being a wedding planner is that I truly get to have a lot of fun at work. Sometimes, I have so much fun with wedding planning that I think there has to be a catch! But guess what, there isn't!!!! Alex and Helen's wedding was one of those that we loved when all the planning turned into a reality because it was just as we had wanted it to be!

 The ceremony took place in a lovely spot above the golf course at the Westin Playa Conchal, which was just what the couple had envisioned (they wanted an ocean view, but not a beach wedding). Luckily for everyone, the wedding was just the right size for the spot which is nestled under a lovely tree (and has just the right ocean view). 

After the ceremony, guests were shuttled to the Reserva Conchal Beach Club for cocktails. Bride and Groom went off to do their portrait session and were greeted by the guest with a sparkler tunnel before entering the reception. 

We loved working on the design for this wedding, which was a mix of rustic elegance and bright florals, perfectly elaborated by Eventos Artesanos. A great group of fun (and dance) loving people, the night ended with lots of dancing and of course, lots of love!

{photo} Costa Vida Photography {floral} Eventos Artesanos {venue} Westin Playa Conchal {rentals} Oceano Rentals {hair} Costa Rica Bridal Services {makeup} Maravilla Makeup {ceremony & cocktail music} Ricardo Fonseca {DJ} DJ Teemor {cake + sweets} Victoria Zoch {planning + design} Four Nineteen Weddings

Costa Rica Weddings / Noelle & Will at Reserva Conchal Beach Club

I think there is a reason for everything that happens in our lives. I had just hired our wonderful wedding photographer a few months back when she reached out to me and told me she was thinking of coming to Costa Rica, and asked if I would be interested in doing a shoot together... At that time, Noelle & Will were looking a for a photographer.... and Les Amis Photo was just the right style they were looking for. So that is how a lovely Italian photographer came to shoot a wedding for US clients in Costa Rica. Things always happen for a reason (and you will get the chance to see more of Les Amis' FABULOUS work here in the near future)!!!

We had such a great time helping Noelle and Will plan their wedding. The ceremony was officiated by Will's brother, and it was truly one of those tear-jerker but also quite funny ceremonies that guest will remember forever.  A truly lovely couple (Noelle is a stunner, and quite stylish too.. we all just LOVED her electric blue shoes), their wedding was just the right amount of rustic simplicity with a classical touch, incorporating whites and pinks with a little pop of darker hues here and there to just catch the eye in the perfect way.

I am sharing a few of the lovely photos but we are happy to have had this wedding featured on Aisle Planner and Brides Without Borders (click on the buttons below to check out the features).

{photo} Les Amis Photo {floral}  Artflower {venue} Reserva Conchal {rentals} Oceano Rentals {ceremony & cocktail music} Ricardo Fonseca {hair} Costa Rica Bridal Services {makeup} Maravilla Weddings {cake} Victoria Zoch {planning and design} Four Nineteen Weddings

Costa Rica Weddings / Grace & Stephen at El Mangroove

And to start of the week, here is another lovely El Mangroove wedding! Grace and Stephen were well into their planning process when they decided to enlist our help. They had already secured some fabulous vendors such as Jonathan Yonkers and Artflower, and I was more than happy to help them make their dream day a reality!

Grace and Stephen were quite the fun  couple with a love for gummy bears (their "table numbers" were giant light up gummy bears) and dancing (their first dance was quite a feat!). They wanted their wedding to be lots of fun (and it certainly was) and have a classical elegance with a funky edge (enter light up gummy bears!!).... And I would say they nailed it!

{photo and video} Jonathan Yonkers {venue} El Mangroove {flowers} Artflower {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {DJ} Stephen Denton {rentals} Oceano Rentals {cake & cupcakes} Victoria Zoch {hair) Bridal Services Costa Rica {makeup} Maravilla Makeup {planning} Four Nineteen Weddings

 

Costa Rica Weddings / Hae Soo & Fredrik at El Mangroove

So this post is of a much more recent wedding than out latest posts. Hess & Fredrik got married last April at El Mangroove, and their intimate wedding, surrounded by family, was a fabulous day. Hae Soo's family is originally from Korea and Fredrik from Sweden, and they wedding was a mix of both heritages that could not have been better. Their day started off with a more traditional wedding ceremony, and after photos and cocktails were done, all guests participated in a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, which was a gorgeous color filled traditional treat for all there. Hae Soo and Fredrik donned traditional attire and proceeded to honor their parents and elders, as well as their siblings, in the paebaek (or korean wedding bowing ceremony).

Following the paebaek, all guests went out to the lovely Matiss at El Mangroove, an oceanfront palapa, which was set up with Guanacaste wood tables and lovely driftwood and floral table runners. As is traditional in Sweden, speeches were given through most of the dinner (along with a couple of fun games surrounding the newlyweds) and at the end of dinner, the Bride and Groom were surprised by all their guests with a perfectly coordinated flash mob. 

I am so in love with the gorgeous couple portraits.... I just have to say the love between Hae Soo and Frederik just shines right through the images. I love the love!!!!

{photo} Madison Baltodano Photography {video} Jonathan Yonkers {venue} El Mangroove {rentals} Eventos Artesanos / Oceano Rentals / Cabo Luna {floral} Artflower {officiant} Marcelo Galli {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca  {planning] Four Nineteen Weddings

Real Costa Rica Weddings / Janet & Pablo at Reserva Conchal Beach Club

I love coincidences. When I first started communicating with Janet, she told us that she was marrying a tico that had been living in the US for a while.  When she told us his name... it just so happened he was one of my dear high school friends (who I hadn't seen since, well, high school I guess!). She of course, didn't know this, so it was actually a treat to not only plan a wedding for someone I knew, but also to get to see so many people I hadn't seen in a while at the wedding!

We truly enjoyed working with Janet & Pablo on the design of their wedding. Janet was set on a large torch ginger bouquet, which was lovely (even though we had to trim it down, as it was quite heavy) which is a rare request. We setup a long table for all 160 guests, and instead of decorating it with flowers, we placed 160 glass cylinders and pillar candles of varying height through the table, which, with the parallel string lights, made the whole setting just glow! A greenery filled ceremony, with lush greens lining the aisle, and perfect weather, just made the beginning of this wonderful night perfect.

{photo} Stories Wedding Photography {video} Jonathan Yonkers {floral} Artflower {venue} Reserva Conchal Beach Club {rentals} Costa Mesa {hair and makeup} Bridal Services CR {cake/desserts} Victoria Zoch {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {band} Erick Leon y La Jungla {fire dancers} Silbawak {planning & design} Four Nineteen Weddings

Real Weddings / Larissa & KC at Villa Manzu

By far one of the most amazing villas in Costa Rica, there is no better place than Villa Manzu for an intimate wedding. Larissa & KC were clients one can only wish for (and wishes do come true), who gave us a bit of direction and trusted us entirely to create and produce all the details for their rehearsal dinner and wedding day at the villa.  Seeing so much love in one place, a beautiful family with lovely and fun children (and, because it has taken me so long to post this stunning wedding, I am so happy to know that a new Kronbaby in son the way!!!!!!), set in a stunning venue with FABULOUS florals by Artflower... well, this is what makes us love what we do even more!!!

{venue} Villa Manzu Costa Rica {photo and video} Jonathan Yonkers {floral} Artflower {rentals} Costa Mesa Event Rentals {celebrant} Pastor Allen Cudahy {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {reception music} DJ Luz Lopez {hair and makeup}  Victoria Alfaro {cake and dessert table}  Victoria Zoch {planning & design} Four Nineteen Weddings