What if you wanted to have an epic beach wedding, stay in luxurious accommodations, and be surrounded by the beauty of the rainforest? Then, you should look no further than Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort in Costa Rica.
That’s what Trisha and Cary did and their wedding could not have been more perfect.
Let’s take a look at this awesome couple.
Trisha and Cary are living proof that two worlds can collide slowly. Love isn’t always a whirlwind that comes through and sweeps you off your feet. Sometimes it’s a small flame that grows in the dark until it becomes stronger and more deeply passionate.
This radiant couple has known each other for 10 years. They finally began dating 5 years ago and now here they are, all dressed up and ready to say ‘I do’.
They had been to Costa Rica a couple years ago and absolutely loved their visit. After working with Susan La Reau the fabulous wedding planner and visiting Arenas del Mar, they knew this would be the perfect place to start their new adventure together.
Arenas del Mar
What is there to love about Arenas del Mar as a wedding venue? Quite a lot, in fact. The resort is tucked in to the rainforest right on the Pacific coast. It boasts its own private beach where guests can kick back and enjoy the sun, sand, and the waves without the crowds that are often found on the main beach.
You can choose to dine right on the beach at their beachside restaurant. They even offer private, romantic dinners so you can enjoy the sound of the surf while you dine with your sweetie. Of course, if you prefer something a bit more formal, you can enjoy a meal in their oceanview restaurant.
Regardless of which option you choose, it will be a delectable and relaxing dining experience.
You can also relax with your sweetie by or in one of the two delightful pools at Arenas del Mar. Plus, the accommodations are top notch. Enjoy sweeping ocean and rainforest views. Some rooms even come with their own private Jacuzzi! You’d be hard-pressed to find a more luxurious or relaxing place to spend your wedding and honeymoon.
The Wedding Details
My good friend Joseph Nance flew out from Guatemala to help me photograph this wedding. Besides helping me capture all these candid moments, he did an amazing job shooting all these details that made this wedding so unique. If you plan on getting married in Guatemala definitely check him out!
To make their wedding even more memorable, Trisha and Cary had several special wedding details including beautiful agate stones with the names of their guests inscribed on them.
The written word was also an important element of their wedding. Not only did they have a special little wedding vow book, but also Trisha’s gift to Cary was a touching, handwritten book of all the reasons why she loves him. They also had their beautifully designed invitations on display.
For getting ready, the bridesmaids all had lovely, embroidered robes for before they donned their dresses. Plus, each wore a turquoise necklace.
I suppose that all brides love their dresses and accessories but Trisha was especially in love with her dress, tiara, and veil and wanted good photos to remember them by. So we had fun playing with her veil and getting some creative shots.
And check out her epic bouquet of flowers. Can anything be more lovely than that cascade of purple orchids?
During the ceremony, the couple opted for a sand ceremony, representing their two lives becoming one.
At the reception, you can see the fun they had with their huge, wedding cake shaped piñata! For this part, Trisha donned her traditional Vietnamese dress. This was more comfortable for dancing, whacking at that piñata, and all around enjoying herself.
Your Epic Wedding
As you can see Trisha and Cary had quite the spectacular wedding! If you’re dreaming of a similar destination wedding on the beach, be sure to check out Arenas del Mar.
The amazing wedding planner, Susan La Reau, makes everything a breeze for her wedding couples. You simply tell her what you what and she makes magic happen! And, of course, I’m happy to be there to capture all the memorable little moments of your special day.
For more information about great places to get married in Costa Rica, check out my guide here!
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Event Planning & Design: Susan La Reau Events
Second Photographer: Josephy Nance
Venue: Arenas Del Mar
Video: my friend the great Jonathan Yonkers
Rentals: Costa Mesa