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Getting Married in a Villa by the Sea in Costa Rica

 

Couple on the beach, getting married in Costa Rica

Is there anything more romantic than getting married in a villa by the sea?

I mean who doesn’t dream of packing their bags, flying off to a tropical place with all their favorite people, and pledging to love their best friend for life in front of a stunning backdrop?

This is precisely the reason why so many people come to Costa Rica each year for a destination wedding. Full-blown, domestic weddings are hectic, take months to plan, fly by in a flurry, and end up stressing out the bride and groom to the max.

Why not make getting married a vacation instead by having a destination wedding?

That’s exactly what Danielle and Matt decided to do, and it was so worth it.

Getting ready in a room with an epic view in the villa Punto de Vista

Finding True Love

Danielle hails from the humble Hoosier State — Indiana. She moved to Boston for her career as a cancer surgeon.  The fact that she is a cancer surgeon made a huge impression on me.  

My father is a cancer survivor – and we all know he was able to go through it because he had such a great surgeon.  I am so thankful there are people out there like Danielle that devote their lives to helping people at this most critical time patient’s lives.  

But little did Danielle know that in Boston, Massachusetts she would find more than just a successful career. She would also find the love of her life, Matt.

But she went back to Indiana and both of them were focused on getting their careers going.  So they let their love ripen and age for 10 years before finally decided they wanted to make things official and do life together. They’ll be going back to live in Boston after the wedding.

Getting ready in a room with an epic view in the villa Punto de Vista

Check out that epic view for getting ready

Punto de Vista

For their wedding Danielle and Matt decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and rent a villa by the sea in dazzling Costa Rica. Punto de Vista is a private house overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Manuel Antonio.

The 12,000 square foot villa nestled into 2.5 acres of jungle has 10 Suites that can comfortably accommodate 30 guests. The modern architecture is stunning and only pales in comparison to the breathtaking view of the Costa Rican jungle and the Pacific Ocean.

The Villa itself offers several breathtaking backdrops perfect for the ceremony part of getting married. Alternatively, couples can hold the ceremony on the beach and say their “I do’s” to the music of the crashing waves.

For their ceremony, Danielle and Matt opted for the highest spot in the villa that offered a gorgeous view of both the ocean and jungle. We took advantage of the fact that we were so close to the ocean by heading down to the beach to do portraits.

A bridesmaid with her babyThe bride laughing with a bridesmaid before the ceremonyThe groom before the ceremonyFlower girl on a corner of one of Punto de Vista's terraces with an epic viewThe bride before the ceremonyThe bride before the ceremony

The epic view from Punto de Vista

The view from the ceremony spot

A bridesmaid with the flower girlThe flower girl comes down the aisle

The adorable little ring bearer comes down the aisle

Here comes the adorable ring-bearer!

The bride comes down the aisleThe bride and groom during the ceremony

Matt's dad as the officiant

Matt’s father performed the ceremony

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Getting married in Costa Rica means epic bridal portraits!

The Reception

Matt and Danielle’s reception was like something out of a fairy tale. As night fell, a terrace in Punto de Vista was prepared for the party. Strings of little lights hung from the ceiling and candles decorated clear tables and chairs.

White, long-stemmed calla lilies graced the tables along with balls of white hydrangeas and delicate white orchids. They couldn’t have asked for a more lovely reception.

Then it was party time on the first floor.  As you can see from the photos, all the guests tore up the dance floor until late in the night.

A reception from a fairy-tale

A reception from a fairy-tale

The bride and groom's first danceThe bride and groom's first danceToasting the bride and groomCrowd reactions to the speechesCrowd reactions to the speechesCrowd reactions to the speechesCrowd reactions to the speechesDancing with the momsDancing with momDancing with momDancing with dad and momGetting married in a private villa means dancing the night awayGetting married in a private villa means dancing the night awayGetting married in a private villa means dancing the night awayGetting married in a private villa means dancing the night awayGetting married in a private villa means dancing the night awayGetting married in a private villa means dancing the night awayGetting married in a private villa means dancing the night awayGetting married in a private villa means epic pictures by the pool

Getting Married in Costa Rica

Have you ever dreamed of getting married by the sea in beautiful Costa Rica? It isn’t an impossible dream. Nor is it crazy expensive. Many couples I’ve worked with have actually said that it turned out cheaper to have their wedding in Costa Rica — and they wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.

Looking for more inspiration? Feel free to check out this other wedding that I shot at Punto de Vista.

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