At the southern-most tip of Costa Rica's Pacific coast lies the remote Osa Peninsula. Heather and Michael held their wedding amidst the lush jungle, next to a stream at the Bosque del Cabo Nature Lodge. This area, with it's closeness to the wild, yet speckled with world class eco-lodges is one of photographer Richard May's favorite wedding destinations, and of course he was thrilled to be a part of their adventurous day.
Here's their story of how they came to Osa Peninsula from Richard:
Richard: You guys are pretty well travelled and I remember that getting married in Africa was at the top of your list. But family is important, so you searched for somewhere close to home. How did you come by Costa Rica and what drew you to Osa?
Michael: I served two years with the US Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa. Heather visited me there and we fell in love with the Mandina Lodge near the Gambian coast. A year later when we were planning our wedding, we realized it would be difficult for many family members to attend. We had to decide between having close family attend versus having our dream wedding location.
Heather: Having our immediate family at our wedding was our top priority, so we started looking for an alternative location. I searched exhaustively for a place that met our criteria: stunning natural scenery, eco-focus, wildlife, tropical climate, small resort with a family feel, zipline, near the water, adventurous activities, reasonably priced, and respectful of local traditions and culture. The Osa peninsula and specifically Bosque del Cabo was the only place that even came close to matching all of the criteria! As soon as I saw the video of Jennifer and Seth's wedding on the Bosque website I immediately recognized both the best and highest quality wedding I'd ever seen, and the perfect place for ours.
Richard: Did you face any particular difficulties when planning your wedding?
Heather and Michael: Our biggest challenge was balancing our adventurous nature versus not dragging our families too far outside their comfort zones. Ultimately, we had the best of both worlds. Although it was difficult trying to communicate the vision for our wedding to our families initially, every family member and friend that attended our wedding had a positive life-changing experience! From the youngest (four) to the oldest (seventy), there was something for everyone and everybody had a great time.
Richard: What was the high point of the trip?
Heather and Michael: All of the pieces of the puzzle came together like clockwork, and every little thing turned out better than we planned. ... Kim and Phil (owners at Bosque del Cobo Lodge) put bags and bags of sawdust down on the paths (rainy season = muddy paths), we were covered with falling flower petals at the end of our ceremony, I zip-lined down to the ceremony in my enormous wedding dress WITH my dad, SAFELY, the flower girl (our niece) was super brave on the zip line and our wedding day was the only day in the two weeks we were there that it didn't rain. Our day was romantic, adventurous and sentimental, and we had a great time!