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Beach Party! How to Rock a Beach Wedding Reception

The bride and groom on the beach at Arenas del Mar

What’s better than getting married on the beach? How about having the reception on the beach as well – late night beach party style!

Come along as we take a look at Megan and Anthony’s fairy tale wedding and beach reception. Who knows? You might even find some fantastic ideas for your own beach wedding reception!

The bride looking out the window before the ceremony and beach wedding reception

The Dream Destination

Costa Rica first came on the radar for Megan in 2004 when she visited with her high school rotary club. They came to donate and deliver wheelchairs to schools and families in small towns throughout Costa Rica. 

She left the country enamored with the people, the culture, the pace of life, and, of course, the rainforest. Ever since she came she’d wanted to return and mentioned that she wanted to take Anthony to visit several times throughout their relationship. They decided to visit and see if there might be a venue possibility for their wedding.

It was love at first sight when they arrived at the lobby of Arenas del Mar. Without even seeing the beach or the rest of the hotel, they knew this was the perfect spot for them.

The bride and her girls

Stunning smiles!

The Beach Ceremony

Arenas del Mar has a lovely, private beach for its guests. This is an amazing spot for weddings and and such a joy to photograph there.

Megan and Anthony added their own unique touch by having a circular arbor of greenery. This perfectly framed the pair during their lovely ceremony. 

The bride's dress hanging in their circular ceremony arbor

Check out this cool arbor they had!

Laughter together before the ceremony

The Beach Wedding Reception

A beach reception feels like a late night beach party, but you need to know how to dress it up.  And Karen the wedding planner definitely knew how to dress it up  their beach reception. The wooden tables and chairs set the stage and the quaint dessert cart was a nice touch. What really decked out the party, however, was the tent covered in hundreds of tiny little lights. They added a special glow to the reception that was simply stunning. 

What do you think? Check out the photos and comment below. Feel free to steal some of their beach wedding reception ideas for your own special day as well. 

Getting ready for that beach party!

The girls tearing up a little at seeing the brideThe bride's father sees her all dressed up

The groom getting ready for his ceremony and beach wedding reception

That is one happy groom!

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The bride entering with her dad

Here comes the bride!

The groom seeing the bride come down the aisle

Look at that smile! It’s safe to say that he’s excited!

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The moment before the big kiss

Going in for the kiss!

Hooray the deed is done!

Huzzah!

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The bride and groom on the beach before the beach wedding reception

Running from the waves!

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A shot of the top of the cake with plenty of bokeh blur behind it

The cake!

The beach wedding reception setup

Dancing at the beach wedding reception

Check out that canopy of lights!

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Vendors:

Decor and Design – Aimee, Tropical Occasions
Rentals –  Arenas del Mar
Flowers –   Stylos y Flores
DJ – DJ Guana

Your Beach Wedding Reception in Costa Rica

What’s not to love about getting married in Costa Rica? The sun, the sand, your love at your side, not to mention the monkey, toucans, and sloths! There is so much to see and do you’ll have a hard time simply narrowing it down. For the special day itself, a beach wedding reception like Megan and Anthony’s is only one of many things you can do to enjoy your time here.

Looking for more inspiration or ideas? Don’t hesitate to check out this delightful elopement that I shot at Arenas del Mar as well.

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