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Love Blooms in Costa Rica

Pre wedding portrait session on the beach where love blooms

The pre-wedding photo session from the day before.

Not everyone’s love story is the same. Some are long, some short. Some are simple, and some epic. And sometimes love blooms slowly, beautifully, when the time is just right.

That’s how it was for Bree and Aaron. Their relationship traveled a winding path that began as platonic friends helping each other with their love lives. Eventually, as best friends they fell in love with each other.

Pre wedding portrait session on the beach where love blooms

Love Blooms in Costa Rica

Costa Rica holds an incredibly special place in the hearts of this couple. They came to visit last year and fell in love with the country and its warm-hearted people. Both of them love the outdoors and the ocean, which Costa Rica’s beach towns offer plenty of both! 

But something even more special happened while they were here. During their trip, Aaron decided that he wanted to take the next step with their relationship and propose to Bree. Aaron popped the question while they were at a concert for one of their favorite bands- Thievery Corporation (so we know they have good taste).   Bree called it one of the most magical nights of her life!  Love blooms in magical places like this!

Pre wedding portrait session on the beach where love blooms

A Costa Rican Wedding

Since Costa Rica had so inspired them, it seemed only fitting to have their nuptials in this delightful country. 

Working with Kristina Ulrich of Perennial Weddings they began to plan their wedding at the lovely Costa Rican Resort, Costa Verde. With her help, their wedding was a stunning affair.

They had a pre-wedding portrait session with me the day before, which turned out to be a serendipitous because it rained a bit on the day of the wedding.

Because of the rain, they opted to have the ceremony in the Event Center at Costa Verde. The walls are all open so the fresh green jungle made a lovely backdrop. Afterward, we were able to slip down to the beach between raindrops and capture some amazing photos with one of Costa Rica’s epic rainy season sunsets. The colors were stunning!

A great big thanks to my second shooter, John Williamson, who helped me get some of the awesome images we shot for this amazing couple.

Pre wedding portrait session on the beach where love blooms

Pre wedding portrait session on the beach where love blooms

Pre wedding portrait session on the beach where love bloomsPre wedding portrait session on the beach where love blooms

Pre wedding portrait session on the beach where love blooms

A furry friend showed up during our shoot!

Pre wedding portrait session on the beach where love bloomsPre wedding portrait session on the beach where love blooms

The stormy coast of Costa Rica is still lovely

The stormy coast of Costa Rica is still lovely

Costa Verde’s 727

If it looks a bit like Bree and her girls are getting ready in an airplane. That’s because they are!

Costa Verde’s claim to fame is a renovated Boeing 727 from 1965. The interior has been turned into a luxurious two bedroom suite. In place of wings, there are decks where you can step out and enjoy the canopy of the rainforest. The nose of the plane pokes out of the rainforest and offers an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean. Just imagine settling in at sunset with your sweetie and a tropical cocktail for your own personal show.

As far as epic, unforgettable places to stay go, this is one of the most awesome.

The bride getting ready for her special day!The bride getting ready for her special day!The bride getting ready for her special day!

The bride and her crew in the cockpit of Costa Verde's plane!

The bride and her crew in the cockpit of Costa Verde’s plane!

The bride and her crew getting readyThe bride and her crew with Costa Verde's plane.Loves blooms like the lovely flowers in the bride's handsThe groom before the ceremonyThe groom enjoying a smoke with his crew

Shots from the ceremony

Look at those smiles!

Expressions of some of the attendees during the ceremony

Everyone can feel the love!

The kiss and the groom doing his happy dance!Bridal portraits on the beach in between the raindropsBridal portraits on the beach in between the raindropsBridal portraits on the beach in between the raindrops

Love blooms as the bride and groom dance togetherLove blooms as the bride and groom dance together

Joy and laughter (and a couple tears) during the speeches

With the help of my second shooter, John Williamson, we were able to capture a beautiful range of emotions during the reception.

Joy and laughter during the speechesLove blooms as they have fun at the receptionLove blooms as they have fun at the receptionLove blooms as they have fun at the receptionLove blooms as they have fun at the receptionLove blooms as they have fun at the receptionA beautiful end to a beautiful day!

Your Costa Rican Wedding

Wherever your love blooms, Costa Rica is a gorgeous place to make the vows that will change your life forever. Do you dream of an epic, exotic location to tie the knot? There’s no better spot than on the peaceful shores of the Pacific Ocean where monkeys play in the rainforest.

To learn more about the epic wedding locations in Costa Rica be sure to check out this post!

Vendors:

Wedding Planner:  Perennial Weddings

DJ:                             Ciro Briceno

Rentals:                    Los Primos

 

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