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 

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