Who we are

Barbara Broutin

Owner, Designer + Principal Planner

Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica (my father is Costa Rican and my mom is Mexican),  I have worked as a wedding and event designer and planner for over a decade.   I would say I am a prosecco loving,  detail oriented, laid back control freak. I have a serious obsession with indoor plants and surfing, am currently fixated with Instagram stories, and love to dream up new travel adventures . Of course I love parties... but what I really love the most is having the opportunity to show our clients what Pura Vida really means and how they can share it with their friends and family! I love events that are modern and stylish, couples that appreciate the subtleties of breathtaking design and want more than just a pretty destination wedding. I love couples that appreciate that special level of service and style that only we can offer. 

 I have a B.A. in Acting from Cal State Fullerton (for real) as well as a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (and I am currently starting a degree in Interior Design), and would love to tell you how I ended up doing this work that I love.  I have  lived in the United States and France (and spend a lot of time every year in Italy), so I really understand where our clients are coming from. I speak three and a half languages (can also tell you more about that when we chat) so I can guarantee nothing will get lost in translation.

My work has been featured, among others, on Style Me Pretty, Carats & Cake, Ruffled Blog, Maharani Weddings, Jet Fete Blog, Destination I Do, Gardenia de Agosto, Belle & Chic Stylish Mediterranean Weddings, The Knot and Revista Ego.

In 2019 I decided to pursue my passion for education and helping others bring their lives and businesses to new heights by launching Elevate Workshop.


Michelle Broutin  

Designer + Planner    

Kristin Harper

Event Manager

Natasha Nanne

Event Manager

Andrea Le Franc

Event Manager + Travel Specialist