Tropical minimalism in Peninsula Papagayo / Brooke & Blane at Andaz Papagayo

{photo} Sylvia Guardia Photography {venue} Andaz Papagayo {floral} Artflower {rentals} D’Gala Event Rentals {ceremony music} Ricardo Fonseca {cake} Victoria Zoch {DJ} Mason Dunn {gown} Rivini from I Do Bridal Couture {bridesmaids} Vera Wang {hair) Rachel Eggie {makeup} Melanie Dangle {groom & groomsmen} Moss London from ASOS {calligraphy} Amanda Eidson

Andaz Papagayo is one of our favorite venues in Costa Rica, so we literally jump with joy every time we get to do a wedding there! The ceremonies in their lobby/lounge area, have such an architectural touch, you don’t really need much more to make it spectacular. But when you get a stunning couple , stylish guests and a beautiful day…. happy dance all over again!!!!

What I personally loved the most about Brooke’s inspiration was her desire to incorporate a light blue into the florals.. Being in Costa Rica and trying always to use as much locally grown flowers as possible, light blue is just not an easy color to come by… Except in hydrangeas. If you know anything about hydrangeas, they really DO NOT like hot weather…. Thankfully, Brooke also had a preference to have her reception in an air conditioner space, so problem solved!!!! Artflower created wonderful, minimalist tropical pies with lush greenery and white orchids.. with pops of perfect light blue hydrangeas. I must admit the results were better than I expected (and my expectations are generally high!)

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds had an impromptu photo session on the property’s purple VW Combi (another of my favorite things), which was just as fun as they are! Needless to say, this fun crowd partied the night away!

Seaside celebration in Costa Rica / Molly & Derek at Las Catalinas

{photo} Sylvia Guardia {venue} Casa Brewer at Las Catalinas {floral} Artflower {rentals} Eventos Artesanos & Oceano Rentals {cake} Victoria Zoch {music} Ricardo Fonseca {officiant} Ana Castro-Calzada {stationery} Minted

We started off the season with a small but wonderful wedding. Molly & Derek reached out to me when they had already decided on their venue. They fell in love with the beautiful Casa Brewer at Las Catalinas, and well, who wouldn’t? We had planned a dinner party there earlier in the year (and it was also the location of my bachelorette weekend), and was thrilled to finally get to do a wedding there.

Molly and Derek wanted their guests to have a great Costa Rica experiences, so we helped them plan a casual cookout on the night of their arrival as well as their rehearsal dinner, which took place at the place wit what is possibly the coolest vibe and the most amazing views in the area, Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas

Inspired by the colonial/mediterranean architecture of Las Catalinas and Casa Brewer (sorry, can’t really decide which describes it best), and the bride’s preference for clean and light decor, we opted for neutrals and whites all through the design, incorporating the surrounding greenery into it as much as possible. Tables were set up in the courtyard at Casa Brewer (for photos only, as unfortunately, we had a bit of rain that made us move into our covered space (a must in the Costa Rica rainy season, as rain can come out of the blue at any time) for the actual dinner. The rains did end, so dancing under the stars was in order.

The ceremony site was located on a terrace overlooking the ocean, and surrounded by trees, the sea and 30 of their nearest and dearest, Molly & Derek said I DO in one of the most beautiful places on earth.