Brittany and Chris are getting married in Costa Rica in 2019. It isn't often that I get to photograph my wedding couples before their wedding day. It was such a pleasure to meet and photograph them. They were staying at Villas Alturas, a mountain top wildlife sanctuary with views overlooking the "whale's tail" in Uvita, Costa Rica.
Camille and Chrisie brought their family and very best friends to share a week together in Dominical, Costa Rica. During that week the two married one another while overlooking the blue pacific waters. It was an intimate and laid back affair, just like Camille and Chrisie wanted it to be.
Chrisie and Camille wanted to include a few items into their celebration that represented gay pride, but they didn't want it to overtake the ceremony and the meaning of what the two were doing that day. So, before the wedding, the entire group took some fun photos surrounding the gay pride theme.
Afterwards Camille and Chrisie both made their preparations for the wedding ceremony. The weather couldn't make up its mind that day. One moment it was raining, the next it wasn't and then again 5 minutes later it was. But the weather didn't damper the spirit of anyone, which was really amazing to see.
In another area of the house Camille was getting ready with her sisters and friends.
The ceremony was held on a small platform overlooking the ocean. Luckily the rain held off for the ceremony, which was simply beautiful. The guests waded into the pool to create an intimate and supportive setting.
After the ceremony the entire group jumped into a few different cars and headed down to the beach for photos. We went to Dominicalito, one of my favorite beaches in the area. The waves were tremendous and came crashing in and splashing up against the rocks. A few times my heart dropped as I thought, oh no, this wave is going to wash the newlyweds away. But luckily the water just shot up and made for magical photos.
The session ended with their feet up and beers in their hands. I don't think it could have been a more perfect day for these two.
Photography: Yours Truly
Sandy and Rommel jetted down from Atlanta to Costa Rica to have the party of a lifetime. About 70 of their nearest and dearest joined them to celebrate the couple tying the knot. The wedding took place at Casa Amarillo, a beautiful villa located along the Pacific Coast and overlooking Dominical Beach.
Sandy and her bridesmaids were getting ready in one of the rooms at the Villa. I started with them, Sandy and Rommel's sweet daughter was also joining in on the festivities.
At some point while Sandy was getting ready I met up with Rommel on the other side of the house to get a few getting ready photos of him.
Sandy and Rommel decided to do a first look, to get many of the photos taken before the ceremony so that they could have more time to spend with their friends and family after the wedding.
The ceremony was held on a terrace just outside the main building. Sandy looked on from her room as guests made their way in. If you haven't caught on by now Sandy and Rommel like to have a good time and know how to party. I was expecting a lighthearted ceremony full of jokes, but was pleasantly surprised and heard one of the most heartfelt and touching ceremonies ever. I wish I remembered what their friend said about marriage because it really was just perfect.
After the ceremony the guests were invited to cocktail hour, and the cocktail hour lasted all night. Instead of doing a traditional dinner Sandy and Rommel had passed h'orderves all night long. Pictured below are just a few from the night. I loved the idea because people could walk around and talk and everyone got to taste a big variety of food,
We caught the sunset from the pool for a few more portraits, but quickly returned to the party.
Sandy and Rommel did not have your ordinary wedding cake. They kicked it up a notch and had a tequila shot tower instead, complete with monogrammed name topper and all.
As if the tequila shot wedding cake was not enough, Sandy surprised Rommel with a cigar roller!
Sandy spent a good portion of her evening with us, the staff and vendors from the wedding. It was so sweet of her to insist that we all took a photo together. I hardly ever get to be in any photos.
No surprise that this party ended in the pool, in fact I believe guests were instructed to bring their swimsuits.
Dan and Robin chose a beautiful little hotel right on the beach to get married at. They were joined by a group of their closest friends and family. With smaller weddings I always assume there won't be too much dancing taking place, I especially assumed this with Robin and Dan's wedding since the reception took place during the afternoon rather than the evening. But to my surprise everyone was out on the dance floor immediately following the first dance. It was so great to see everyone just wanting to celebrate the marriage between these two amazing people.
The entire wedding day took place at the Costa Paraiso hotel. The bride and groom each got ready in their respective rooms, the ceremony was held on a grassy area that overlooks the ocean, and the reception was held in a private area of the hotels restaurant. It was very convenient as everything was so close by.
The ceremony was held on a grassy clifftop right by the waters edge. It was held during the hottest part of the day, but luckily most of the ceremony was in the shade.
The ceremony was full of many different Jewish traditions, including my all time favorite the breaking of the glass.
Robin looked so beautiful, and she was all smiles the entire day. Every single photo that I took of her was stunning!
We kept Robin and Dan's portrait session short and sweet (they were ready to start celebrating with their friends and family). We took a short walk through the hotel property and down to the rocky beach.
An intimate reception was held in a private area of the hotel's restaurant.
Some fun games were played throughout the night, which was a nice change from the ordinary.
I am not sure what it is, but I think that people who like bunny rabbits are drawn to me. Rabin is the second bride of mine, in the past few months that has a fascination with rabbits. And both brides somehow tied bunny rabbits into their wedding. Robin did so with the adorable bunny rabbit cake topper.
Ricardo and Priscila married one another on the beautiful beaches of Domincal, Costa Rica. The specific beach they married on is called "Rocas de Amancio", translating to the rocks of Amancio. As you can imagine the beach had amazing volcanic rock mounds, protruding from the white sand.
The theme of shells and the sea flowed flawlessly through the ceremony to the reception.
I stole the groom away for a minute to get a few shots of him under the shade of some palm trees.
Ricardo and Priscila had their ceremony just before sunset, surrounded by only their closest friends and family. The groom proudly walked his wife to be down the aisle with huge smiles on both of their faces. The bride's hair was beautifully adorned with fuchsia orchids, the only fuchsia/pink accent of the wedding.
Immediately following the ceremony a cocktail, known as "brindis" in Costa Rica, was served on the beach.
Everyone headed to the reception except for the newlyweds who stayed behind with me for a sunset photo shoot. Since they didn't have a bridal party we were able to spend a good amount of time focusing on gorgeous shots of just the two of them.
The reception was held at El Parcela restaurant, a quaint seaside spot that worked perfectly with their theme.
The night was completed with a perfectly squiggled sea themed wedding cake; topped with a custom made marzipan version of the newlyweds.
Hi Everyone! My name is Madison aka Madi and I am a photographer who LOVES weddings!