Costa Rica Weddings / Kate & Dane at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

I have to admit, my happiness levels shoot through the roof every time we get to have a wedding at Andaz!!! Not only do I love the property as a whole but our clients love the gorgeous rooms and the wonderful service too. A win-win situation if you ask me!!!

The wedding ceremony was held in the super architectural lounge (which, besides being perfect for really cool photos, served a dual purpose of protecting us from the rain - unfortunately, weather was not really cooperative that day).  Like I have said many times, when you have a beautiful setting, it is important to add details that enhance it, and we actually worked with a simple thin gold Chuppah structure wth fabric and deep dark green and white floral accent detailing. Kate's dress (and Kate herself) is a stunner, and we did not want to take away from that as well.

Because of the rain, we had to move the reception into the ballroom (which, as far as ballrooms go, is actually quite nice - and this comes from someone who does not like ballrooms, at all), instead of hosting the dinner outside... I must admit, as much as I love outdoor receptions, there is a lot to be said about air conditioning in the tropics!!! In the end, it was a great thing, since guests were able to dance and dance in a nicely air conditioned room!

For the reception design, we focused on big greenery focal pieces with white floral detailing, combined with natural wood and gold & brass accents. A combination of wood tables and tables with tablecloths, worked nicely with a combination of wood and hammered brass charger plates. The paper suite had blue detailing in it, so in order to incorporate a little bit extra blue into the overall design, we came about one of my favorite things in this wedding: the fabulous ombre geode wedding cake by Victoria Zoch! 

{photo} Costa Vida Photography {venue} Andaz Papagayo {floral} Artflower {rentals} Costa Mesa Event Rentals {cake} Victoria Zoch {DJ} DJ Teemor {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {hair} Bridal Services Costa Rica {makeup} Maravilla Makeup {paper goods} Minted

Costa Rica Weddings / Karol & Roberto at Hacienda Pinilla

I am a fan of color. When a client loves color too, I think that is a match made in Heaven. I was so happy to get to collaborate with Karol and Roberto who wanted their wedding to be vibrant and fun. It is also a good idea to go with bright colors when your wedding is in Guanacaste in the dry season... it is beautiful, but it is dry, and having a fun, colorful palette for your celebration creates a wonderful contrast between the sky, the gold colored wild grass and the ocean. 

{photo} Viviana Vieto {floral} Stylos & Flores {rentals & lighting} Oceano Rentals {cake & macarons} Victoria Zoch {desserts} Cintas con Sabor {venue} Hacienda Pinilla

Costa Rica Weddings / Lindsey & David at Hacienda Pinilla

When your family has a vacation home in Costa Rica, choosing your wedding destination becomes a given. For Lindsey and Dave, Hacienda Pinilla was the logical choice, a beautiful place where they had spent amazing holidays and they wanted to share with their friends and family as they said "I do". 

A beautiful beachfront ceremony followed by a great party at the Avellanas Beach Club was definitely the way to go (with a little photo session in the middle of a field, with some cows in the background, that could not be more "Guanacaste").  Lindsey wanted the floral to have a lot of greenery with accents in hues of purple, and the florist created some beautiful table runners on the tables, which were a combination of wood and natural fiber linens, a nod to the natural beauty of the venue. Really, when you get to work in amazing locations, simplicity is key. Destination is  a lot about showcasing the place that you decided to get married in, and taking advantage of the natural beauty when designing is something that we always consider for our clients.

Dave loves sweets, so they made sure to get a wonderful dessert bar, with the focus being a marble cake with the cutest topper (Lindsey and Dave are huge Jack Johnson fans), and treats were had (including locally roasted coffee from Tamarindo Coffee Roasters, in custom packaging with the wedding logo, which were handed out as favors) before the night ended with a bang (of fireworks).

{photo} Costa Vida Photography {second shooter} Samba to the Sea {floral} Artflower {rentals} Costa Mesa Event Rentals {cake & desserts} Victoria Zoch {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca Music {DJ} DJ Teemor {coffee favors} Tamarindo Coffee Roasters {venue} Hacienda Pinilla (Palapas & Beach Club) {getting ready location} JW Marriott {fireworks} FAISA

Destination Wedding Advice / How do I pick a wedding planner?

I am so excited about our new column, Destination Wedding Advice!! The idea is to reach out to multiple event and wedding professionals to help us help couples looking for advice on important topics relevant to their wedding planning process.

Our first topic is an important one, especially for couples planning a destination wedding... How do I pick a wedding planner (please do note the topic is not "Do I need a wedding planner?" because believe me, if you are dreaming of a destination wedding, you most certainly do!). As a professional planner and designer who actually had a destination wedding of her own, I can vouch for that. While I personally did all of the design for my wedding and quite a bit of the planning, the support of a local planning team, familiar with my wedding location, was invaluable. 

So you have decided to have a destination wedding.... you go on a quick google search for "wedding planners" in your chosen location... and oh my goodness, all these options come up!!!  You browse through a few websites and Instagram profiles and start to get a bit overwhelmed at all the info, and have no clue as to who you should go with (or why).

Here are a few things that I recommend you consider before making a decision!

- You will be working closely with your planner for quite some time, in one of the most important (and emotional) days of your life, so it is important that you feel comfortable with them. More than comfortable, it is important for you to feel like your planner is someone you can really talk to and can trust. Make sure to interview all planners in person (or on the phone or Skype, if you are doing a destination wedding) and see beyond their sales pitch. Are they interested in you and your vision or are they just interested in selling their services? 

- Check out their work. Visit their websites, blogs and social media. This will give you a very good idea of their style, the type of wedding they do, the places and vendors they work with the most. If you want  ballroom wedding and one of the planners you like has only pictures of outdoor weddings, it is likely that they won't be as experienced with ballroom weddings (or like me, won't do ballroom weddings at all - I just don't like them!) and may not be the best fit. If you are looking for a more relaxed, boho style, a planner that specializes in classic, structured weddings, will probably no be right for you.

- Make sure that their process is compatible with your expectations. Do you expect to communicate with your planner on a daily basis? Do you expect to receive email responses within 48 hours? Do you prefer to have followup calls every week to keep track of progress? Do you expect your planner to take control of everything and tell you what to do? Make sure you identify YOUR communication and progress expectations before talking to a planner, in order to ask the right questions to find out if their process is compatible with your expectations. For example, I try to be very thorough with our clients from the get go, explaining our process (which is detailed and measurable) and clearing any doubts and questions they may have.

- Be clear about financials. Make sure the planners you interview are able to work with your budget. I am personally very clear when a client inquires about our services. If their budget is consistent with the weddings we take on, I will let them know. If it is not, I will refer them to someone else who can better help them achieve what they are looking for. I think it is important to honor a client's budget and make sure that, as a planner, you can deliver what the client wants in the budget they have (as long as their expectations are realistic). 

- With that said, be realistic with your overall expectations. I have encountered many couples that want a $50K wedding on a $10K budget. No one can help you achieve that, and you can interview planners forever and get nowhere.

- Ask the planners you are interviewing to be specific about their fees. Your planner should be able to explain their fee structure in detail.  Ask them how they price their services (is it a flat fee, is a percentage, is it a mix of both?). Do they receive vendor commissions and are they upfront about them? Do they work with only certain vendors? Transparency is key in a relationship with a wedding planner, remember they are helping you manage the budget of one of the most expensive parties you will ever throw, and you want to make sure your money is being put to its best use. 

- Make sure that the planner you choose can give you the level of attention you are looking for. For example, a planner that does 50 weddings a year may charge less, but has less time to dedicate to each client and each event than someone who only does 15 weddings in a year. 

- Make sure you check out references and reviews. A great planner will have happy clients that are more than willing to recommend them to other couples. Ask for direct references or check out review sites such as WeddingWire to get a sense of how a particular planner has helped their clients. 

- Ask your prospective planners details on how they manage events. Do they have a separate planning / design / event management team? Is the lead planner and designer on site on the day of the wedding? How long does the planning team stay on site? What does the event management team oversee on  the day of the wedding? If something unexpected happens, what is their protocol? If possible ask them to tell you a story of something that did not go as planned at a wedding and how they resolved it (every good planner has to have quite a few of these stories!).  While it is unlikely that something undesired will happen on your wedding day, it is important to know how your planner would react if something were to happen!

These are just some of the things I think are important for a newly engaged couple to consider when they are looking for wedding planner. Hopefully they will help make the selection process easier for you and you will end up with your ideal planner!




Italy Weddings / Molly & Graham at Masseria Don Luigi

I love Puglia. So every time I get to go there for a client wedding, my heart sings. I actually met Molly & Graham at Graham's cousins wedding in Tuscany (which we planned). When I met them, little did I know that 15 months later, we would all be back in Italy, to celebrate their wedding.

Pretty set on having their wedding in Italy, they took me up on my recommendation and we went to Puglia on a scouting trip a few months later... Needless to say, they loved it and I can perfectly understand why. The authentic Italian feel, the beautiful locations, the gorgeous ocean, the weather, the people.... THE FOOD!!!!!! After visiting quite a few locations in three days, they decided that Masseria Don Luigi was the perfect spot for their wedding.

Little did we know that our original plans for 50 guests would end up growing a bit.... OK, quite a bit, and this beautiful couple ended up having almost 100 friends and family join them in Italy to celebrate their wedding!!!  While the September weather was not as warm as we expected it to be (not a bad thing after having been in Puglia for a horrible heat wave only a couple of months before), it was still wonderful and beautiful (and the fire pit on the night of the wedding certainly helped!!)

The festivities kicked off with a great welcome dinner at the Coccaro Beach cClub, with wonderful food and delicious wine in true Italian style But the wedding itself was truly amazing.

With a ceremony set in a secular olive grove, next to a 500+ year old olive tree, guests enjoyed themselves while Molly & Graham said their vows and became Mr & Mrs.  After the ceremony, a fabulous Italian style aperitivo, with, among other things, a seafood station and a live cheese maker, offered a variety of food for every taste. Tess & The Yellow Cabbies, a wonderful Tuscany based band, played while guests enjoyed the food.

The newlyweds had their first dance as husband  & wife in the olive grove, under the string lights, before everyone headed into the reception space. Using long wood tables and whitewashed chairs, we were looking for a very clean, light, southern Italian feel. Our florist created beautiful multi piece centerpieces with candles on the two long tables, and each place setting was finished off with a custom menu and a small olive branch, a nod to the location and to the Molly's Italian heritage. After speeches and a wonderful sit down dinner, guest enjoyed the cutting of the cake (which was suspended in a "cake swing", Masseria Don Luigi's signature cake "table") followed by a wonderful (and exaggeratedly diverse) dessert display.

After everyone ate to their hearts content.... Tess and The Yellow Cabbies began playing again and everyone truly danced the night away (while taking some time off in the fire pit to relax and recharge)!

{photo} Marco Odorino Photography {venue} Masseria Don Luigi (hair and makeup} Jessica Berulier {getting ready venue} Borgo Egnazia {floral} Amsicora Fiori {catering} Il Fagiano {bar service} Joe Bar Catering {live music}  Tess & The Yellow Cabbies {bridal gown} Mikaela by Paloma Blanca { bride's shoes} Stuart Weitzman


Costa Rica Weddings / Lindsay & Chris at Zephyr Palace

You probably saw a few photos of Lindsay & Chris' rehearsal dinner at Los Sueños here, so you know their wedding was quite the gorgeous affair! Lindsay is not only gorgeous, but with a background in floral and event design, she was a dream client with fabulous taste.. and who does not LOVE that???

In contrast to the tropical chic vibe for the rehearsal dinner, Lindsay & Chris' wedding was full on classic glamour. An oversize orchid and rose bouquet for the bride, gorgeous white floral pieces with acrylic pedestals and LOTS of candles made the sunset ceremony (with one of the most amazing views in Costa Rica) one that I know everyone will remember forever. After a fun cocktail hour, guests went in for the reception... which was specifically designed to be classically gorgeous but filled with laid-back, old-fashioned fun. The newlyweds wanted the reception to be all about the party, so they treated their guests to a not so formal buffet dinner in order to get them on their feet and dancing from the beginning of the night. The purple and blue lighting the bride chose really set the party vibe they wanted.... and the confetti cannons.... well, need I say more????

{photo & video} Jonathan Yonkers {floral} Stylos & Flores {rentals} D'Gala Event Rentals {venue} Zephyr Palace  {cake} Sugar Couture {DJ} Mason Dunn {compasa} Comparsa Imperio del Sabor {fireworks} FAISA

Event Design / Tropical Chic Rehearsal Dinner Decor

We love it when our clients incorporate something about Costa Rica in their wedding. And what could be more Costa Rica than lush greenery on your tables? Lindsay & Chris' rehearsal dinner was a stylish tropical affair, a couple with a keen eye for beautiful details (such as the laser cut names for the place settings and the lovely round menus) and the results were definitely lovely!

{photo} Jonathan Yonkers {floral} Stylos & Flores {rentals} D'Gala Event Rentals {venue} Los Sueños

Costa Rica Weddings / David & George at Villa Punto de Vista

Sometimes, coincidences in life turn out to be the most amazing thing.  Around mid 2016, I got a call from Ericka, the fabulous photographer from Les Amis Photos that did our wedding photos in Italy (and who is now also a dear friend!) to tell me that she had been hired to shoot a wedding in Costa Rica... we started making plans for their visit, as we would love to meet with them when they were here.... A few weeks later, I got a request from a couple interested in us becoming their planners.... A few conversations and a quote later, we realized that they were Ericka's clients (and they didn't know that Les Amis had shot our wedding!!!). Serendipity at its greatest!!!!!

David & George (who I am also now happy to call my friends) were so amazing to work with!!!! And their wedding was one of the most emotional ones I have seen. They were surrounded by family and friends, all enjoying the wonderful trip to Costa Rica to the max, and just so evidently thrilled by the commitment made by David and George. The ceremony, officiated by one of their dear friends, really did not leave one dry eye in the house (well, on the beach technically).

The reception followed at the wonderful Villa Punto de Vista, where guests enjoyed cocktails followed by dinner on the rooftop. Two long tables with gorgeous greenery and floral runners were just perfect; simple but beautiful. 

After dinner, guests headed downstairs for THE dance party of all times (including a surprise presentation by George and two of their best friends that literally brought the house down & some wonderful singing by one of the best men!). I honestly think this was one of the most fun parties I have witnessed. But more importantly, it was an opportunity to witness a couple so much in love, and surrounded by many people that were just overjoyed at their coming together... LOVE IS LOVE!!!!!!!

{photo and video} Les Amis Photo {venue} Villa Punto de Vista {floral} Stylos & Flores {rentals} Costa Mesa Event Rentals {hair and makeup} Monica Mosapor {catering} Desiree Brassert {DJ} DJ Guana - Zach Schmidt {cake} Mariposa Pastry {desserts} Sabores de La Chilena 

Featured Weddings / Sarah & Javier at Casa Los Olivos, Playa Grande

It is always a treat to have one of our clients' weddings featured on one of our favorite wedding blogs. So when we heard that Sarah & Javier's romantic, boho beachfront wedding in Playa Grande was going to be featured on Ruffled Blog, we were over the moon! 

Gorgeous Sarah came to Costa Rica from Germany and found her true love...  They decided to make it official in a great beachfront celebration at Casa Los Olivos in Playa Grande, joined by their friends and family from Germany and Costa Rica. 

Sarah was one of those brides that has a very clear idea of what she wants, so making her wedding vision a reality was pretty seamless and straightforward. We opted to combine the loose bohemian look, with a bit of rustic materials, and add a bit of glam with rose gold and gold accents (the hunt for the perfect rose gold spray paint was quite a bit of fun!). The couple had friends and family collaborate with different things in the wedding (his cousin DJ'ed while another of their friends made the cake and desserts).

One of everyone's favorite things about this wedding was the lovely bridesmaids' first look (you can read all about it on the feature!). A different, fun little twist to a great day, that made it all the more memorable!!

{photo} White Diamond Photography {officiant} Ana Castro Calzada {catering} Catering Costa {floral} Stylos & Flores {hair} Bridal Services Costa Rica {makeup} Maravilla Makeup {rentals} Oceano Rentals

Do check out more photos by clicking on the link to the feature below!!!

Costa Rica Weddings / Audrey & Dominic at La Casona, Santa Teresa

Hands down, if you ask me what my favorite beach town in Costa Rica is, I have to say it is Santa Teresa. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous hotels, stunning villas, and so many restaurants with delicious food!!! Needless to say, we are thrilled every time we get to help clients plan their wedding there.

Working with Audrey and Dominic was such a great experience. Their intimate wedding at La Casona (awesome beach front property, perfectly decorated and appointed, do check it out!!!!) was one great thing after another. A gorgeous couple (with the most adorable baby boy), loving friends and family, a stunning setting, a perfect sunset (with no rain, even though dark clouds loomed at some point in the horizon), and a deep, dark hues (I LOVE COLOR!!!!)  in the floral decor... We incorporated vintage blue hmong cotton batik runners and hammered coppered chargers that the Audrey brought over from LA... they just happened to be the perfect finishing touch for one of my favorite table designs in recent memory....  And the food... just spectacular.

I think the photos speak for themselves, so please check them out (and wait for our next post with Audrey & Dominic's fabulous wedding video!!!)

{photography} Costa Vida Photography {film} Rustic Red Studio {venue} La Casona {officiant} Marcelo Galli {floral} Stylos & Flores {rentals} Costa Mesa Event Rentals {catering} Ono Cuisine {bar} Bartender Costa Rica {hair and makeup} Paula Benosa {DJ} Luz Lopez {cake} Carmen Geneau @ Karma Cakes 

Italy Weddings / Barbara & Michele at Masseria Torre Ruggeri, Puglia

So today is the two year anniversary of our wedding.... and I realized I never did put it up on our blog!!!! Celebrating our anniversary and the fact that we are once again in beautiful Puglia for the wedding of lovely clients, I want to share the images of this very special day, that also became the day we realized we could travel far and wide, fly away with our dreams, and make them a reality. This was the day that Four Nineteen Weddings officially began its operations in one of the most stunning countries in the world.... Italy!!!!!

You can read a bit more about my wedding on Ruffled Blog, by clicking on the button below!

{photo} Les Amis Photo {video} Les Amis Photo {officiant} Victoria Boukhanets {venue} Masseria Torre Ruggeri {bridal gown} Catherine Deane  {bride's shoes} Jimmy Choo {groom's attire} j.crew {floral} Il Profumo dei Fiori {live music} Carmen Scorrano {DJ}Sergio Cacciatore {coordination} LeccEventi {styling & design} Four Nineteen Weddings {hair} Meleesa Luna from Meleesa The Salon  {makeup} Carolina Castro {save the dates} HolaLola

Costa Rica Weddings / Renée & Carlos at Reserva Conchal

Renée and Carlos' Costa Rica destination wedding at Reserva Conchal definitely had a laid back and relaxed feel, which felt very appropriate for the lovely group of family and friends. The intimate celebration started with a touching ceremony (officiated by the groom's uncle) in the Beach Club Garden at Reserva Conchal (perfect spot to avoid the weekend crowds at Playa Conchal... particularly in the summer months!). The newlyweds were still able to get their fee on the sand for some stunning beach photos, so having the ceremony in the more private garden was a great solution.

Cocktails were held poolside at the Reserva Conchal Beach Club, followed by a lovely dinner and dancing under the stars. The imperial table, set up in the club terrace, was decorated with beautiful potted orchids, soft colors, geometric details and soft lights, a simple and modern look just like the beautiful bride. We added some more natural materials such as linen and rattan charger plates, to give the look a bit of a more natural contrast, reminiscent of a Costa Rica beach celebration. The results were definitely lovely!

{photography} Dani Alda Photography {venue} Reserva Conchal Beach Club {floral} Stylos & Flores {linens} D'Gala Events  {rentals} Caste Events {live music} Ricardo Fonseca {DJ} Mason Dunn {hair} Bridal Services Costa Rica {makeup} Maravilla Makeup {cake} Victoria Zoch

Costa Rica Weddings / Irina & Jeremy at El Chante

I am personally a huge fan of the tropical contemporary style that is so perfectly reflected in Balinese architecture. When Irina & Jeremy chose El Chante as their wedding venue, I was so excited to be able to work in a perfectly designed and appointed rental villa, creating their perfect wedding day.

We had originally planned a beach wedding, but when Irina & Jeremy arrived in Tamarindo and saw the villa for the first time, they found a perfect garden gazebo spot for their intimate ceremony... It was the perfect choice as it was not your usual beach wedding site. Due to the space, we had to go non traditional with only one line of seats with somewhat of a side aisle. 

Wanting to take advantage of the lovely common areas (and the stunning view of Tamarindo, Playa Grande and the Tamarindo estuary), we opted to host the cocktail hour up in the living space of the villa, so guests could enjoy the views of the sunset (we were super lucky with the weather that day!) 

For dinner, which was set up poolside, we opted for natural materials (wood tables, wood chairs, rattan, natural linen runners) and added a pop of color with the flowers. Sting lights hanging above the table gave the evening the perfect touch.... It was just the right combination of tropical and romantic and elegant that the bride and groom wanted!

{photography} Sylvia Guardia {venue} El Chante {officiant} Marcelo Galli {rentals & floral} Eventos Artesanos {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {DJ} Stephen Denton {cake} Victoria Zoch {catering} Catering Costa {bar service} Bartender CR

Featured Weddings / Steph & Mike at Reserva Conchal

We love to work with stylish brides. And when we get a beautiful, stylish bride who is on half of a super fun couple... well, I would say we hit the jackpot! For Steph and Mike's wedding, we also had the chance to work with the awesome Wesley and Emma from W&E Photography who shot the most awesome photos of the big day! To top it off, the wedding was featured in one of our favorite blogs ever!!!! Here are some images (but do click on the link to check out the feature on Ruffled Blog) Oh yes... and the Monsteras (can't help it, I am a house plant geek).

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