Costa Rica Weddings / Sam & Eugene at Pangas Beach Club

So happy to share this beautiful wedding at one of our favorite wedding venues!!!! Samantha & Eugene fell in love with the tree at Pangas, so it was only logical that it serve as the backdrop for their ceremony (and later in the evening, for their amazing dessert spread). 

Lovely little details were the focus of this wedding. The macrame for the seating display was made by the bride and finished off with a great local driftwood find (I am lucky enough to live in a beach where there is lots and lots of driftwood and if you are patient enough, you will find amazing stuff!). Names were hand written on awesome seed paper, and guests could take them and plant them!

One of my favorite details were the vodka carafes... As Eugene is Russian, it was important to them to honor their tradition and vodka filled carafes were set on each table.  The couple created custom tags that we tied around the carafes with multicolor string, adding special touches to the tables.

The general idea was to keep the decor with a boho feel, adding a pop of reds and oranges to a muted palette.  We worked with my favorite materials, wood,  glass, natural fibers, to give the space the perfect vibe, for an evening filled with fun, dancing and a most amazing dessert table!!!

{photo} White Diamond {venue} Pangas Beach Club {floral} Stylos & Flores {rentals} Eventos Artesanos {cake & desserts} Victoria Zoch {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca Music {DJ} Mason Dunn {hair} Bridal Services Costa Rica {makeup} Maravilla Makeup

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