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

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