Linda and Michael decided on the ivory-sand beaches of Playa Conchal for their sweet little wedding in Costa Rica. The bride worked with Jaime from Tropical Occasions to create a perfect palette for a beachside destination wedding combining simple wooden elements as well as handmade seaglass-themed menus. A simple burlap runner lined the locally-made wooden tables that were decorated with seashells, lanterns, and handmade wooden boxes of colorful flowers including mums, roses, and succulents. Guests enjoyed a fabulous poolside dinner under the delicate twinkle lights and danced the night away with their closest friends and family.
Noyes and Brandon opted for the beautiful beaches of Santa Teresa for their seaside elopement in Costa Rica. In order to share the day with friends and family, the couple hired Jennifer Harter to document their intimate ceremony on the beach. Read below for photographer Jennifer's insider advice on why an elopement might just be perfect for you.
From photographer, Jennifer Harter:
Some people don’t dream about a big dream wedding. Some couples are more reserved, quiet and happy having a wedding with just the two of them. I prefer elopements too, and as a photographer they are my favorite. There is something very special about a couple running away somewhere beautiful to get hitched with no one else around. Elopements are romantic, relaxed, and stress-free. They about remembering exactly the things you should have on your mind - a union between two hearts. As a photographer I am crazy about elopements because each couple is able to enjoy each other, be present in the moment, and feel no rush during the day. And if you are worried about excluding friends and family, find yourself the perfect local photographer to document the day with stunning photos to share. If you are trying to decide if eloping is right for you just remember to do what feels the most comfortable to you, even if that means a tiny wedding with just you two.
Photography: Jennifer Harter
Venue: Maison Marazul
Jessica and Ashton wanted to exchange their vows in complete privacy, so they walked north to the end of Playa Grande where there is a beautiful rock formation. They stood underneath a handmade dream catcher made by Jessica's father as they said their I do's. The two fathers held up the dream catcher and all of the guests surrounded the couple for the ceremony. It was a touching display of unity and love, as the guests were all a critical part of this bond that the couple shared with one another.
Jonathan of Costa Vida Photography says this is a great example of why you should not be afraid to travel off the beaten path on your wedding day. It is easy to get married on a popular beach near everything, but then you risk not only having multiple beach-goers in the background of your photos, but also the overall disturbance of people moving, talking, and walking around your ceremony. Jessica and Ashton were able to experience a purely private ceremony away from the distraction of everything else, which made for the perfect destination wedding.
Photography: Costa Vida Photography
Location: Playa Grande, Guanacaste