Sarah and Erik married one another in a small, very intimate ceremony. But the small attendance didn't make the celebration any less special, in fact, if anything, it made it more. Sarah and Erik said, "I do" while overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the terrace of a unique balinese style villa “The Tree House”, nestled in the forest of Manuel Antonio. Their ceremony was everything they imagined and more, the perfect start to beginning their lives together as husband and wife.
Stephany and Eric brought a small group of family and friends to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. There they married one another, and joined as a family with their two children. The celebration was held at Villa Pelicano, a large luxury villa with plenty of space for entertaining and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.
Upon arriving I met Stephany, who was finishing up her hair and makeup. I noticed right away her beautiful smile, and how easy going she was. Sprinkles of rain were beginning to fall she finished getting ready as quickly as possible to start the ceremony before the storm made it to us.
The ceremony took place in the lawn of the villa. Luckily the rain drops that had started just before Stephany walked down the aisle quickly dissipated and the ceremony was able to continue outside as planned.
After being blessed by mother nature with a beautiful sunset Stephany and Eric made their way into the reception. Tropical flowers lined the rectangle tables while lights twinkled overhead.
Nicole and Brandon rented two beach front villas in Manuel Antonio, The Discovery Beach House and The Beach House, to host their families for a week long celebration of love. Every detail of the day was carefully planned by Nicole, making each moment beautiful and meaningful. The couple both have extended family from Costa Rica so it made perfect sense for them to marry one another there.
Nicole was getting ready at the Discovery Beach House with her mother and sister. She was cool, calm and collected, and was brave enough to let me take her dress out into the jungle for photos. Her and Brandon had been together already for 8 years, so she had not a doubt in her mind that he was the right man for her.
Brandon and Nicole did a first look before the ceremony in order to take their family photos ahead of time. They used the front entrance of the house which worked well for the first look.
The ceremony was held on the beach, under the shade and privacy of the palm and almond trees. A beautiful arch was decorated with tropical flowers, and hand fans awaited the guests at their seats. The white faced monkeys passed through just before the ceremony started.
Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the beach while Nicole and Brandon took their newlywed portraits. It was a bit overcast so there was no sunset, but the misty water created a magical backdrop for photos.
The reception was held just off of the sand from the beach. Large tropical leaves were used for a seating chart, while the long rectangular tables also featured greenery, flowers and gold accents.
Photography: Madison Baltodano Photography
Venue: Discovery Beach House
Wedding Planner: www.oasisweddings.co.cr/Oasis Destination Weddings
Hair and Makeup: Mademoiselle Salon
Catering: Chef Desiree
Second Photographer: Kevin Heslin
Cake: Mariposa Pastry
Florist: Costa Brava Florist
Rentals: Eventos Boadicea
Lighting: Ambiance Event Lighting
DJ: DJ Spynfo
Officiant: Brandon King
Jen and Jamie were not going to let rainy weather dampen their wedding day spirits. They made the most of the sprinkles, taking photos in the droplets and then under an umbrella once it got a littler heavier. A bride and groom that can go out in the rain in probably the most formal clothes they will ever wear says a lot about who they are, their personality and outlook on life. It was such an honor to work with this fun and down to earth couple.
The day started with Jen getting ready with her bridesmaids at Costa Verde Hotel. They were all so sweet, and kept on laughing about trying to be candid when the camera was pointed their way.
Nearby Jamie and his groomsmen were all getting ready as well. The little ring bearer, Kellen, stole the show, like kids normally do.
The ceremony was set on the heli-pad with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio National Park. I cannot stress enough how much of a difference it makes in the photos having a clear tent instead of a white tent. The light can shine right through and the photos look so much better. Luckily Jen and Jamie had a clear tent.
The rain held off just long enough for the processional to walk in, and then it sprinkled its good luck on the couple.
After family photos under the tent the rain lightened up a bit and we made our way down to the beach for portraits. I am so glad that Jen and Jamie were up for the adventure!
The reception was held on the private second floor of El Avion restaurant. The couple was greeted enthusiastically by their friends and family and immediately took to the floor for their first dance as husband and wife.
Emily and JP brought family and friends to the tropical area of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. They were there to celebrate all week together, including fun tours and beach days, all climaxing with the marriage between these two love birds. The couple stayed at Villa Pelicano, a large luxuary villa that is great for entertaining. The wedding ceremony was held their on the lawn, and the reception on the terrace. It was perfect for this down to earth couple who just liked to have fun.
The say started with Emily getting ready. She was so sweet and eager to marry JP, the man of her dreams. Her dress was a beautiful all lace gown that she had purchase on a whim while vacationing with JP in Rome. He also purchased his handsome navy suit in Rome as well. A stunning sapphire ring served as Emily's something blue.
On the other side of the villa JP was getting ready with his groomsmen. The couple wrote letters to each other to read before seeing each other at their first look.
Emily and JP did a first look out in the garden area in front of the villa. We took a few portraits there and then had the bridal party join for a few more fun photos.
JP escorted his lovely wife to be down the aisle, just after the two grown flower boys sprinkled it with petals. I loved how this couple kept things lighthearted the entire day. And even though they had some fun things throughout the ceremony, the ceremony wording itself was very beautiful and meaningful.
After taking their first selfie as Mr. and Mrs. we headed down to the beach for a few more portraits. It was high tide at the beach which left us with only a small space to work with, but it was still beautiful.
The reception was bright and tropical, beautiful handmade table runners added a special touch to the decor.
Emily and JP started the party off with a bang, dancing a salsa dance with each other as their first dance. Speeches and dinner followed.
Shaunessy and Alec traveled with a close group of family and friends to marry one another in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. They wanted the event to be easy going and fun, just like the two of them. The group all stayed near to one another in rental houses all in the Manuel Antonio Estates Property, allowing frequent pool parties and get togethers to happen throughout the week.
The day started with Alec and his friends making some pre-ceremony celebratory toasts. Alec chose to honor his Scottish heritage by wearing a formal kilt, complete with a traditional dagger which is called a sgian-dubh.
Shaunessy was getting ready with her mom, her sister and a few of her friends. She didn't need to do much to look absolutely stunning, as her natural beauty shone right through.
The ceremony was held in the garden area of the Manuel Antonio Estates Spa. Shaunessy and Alec asked for the guests to form a big circle around the couple as they exchanges their vows to one another.
Alec and Shaunessy really wanted to spend as much time enjoying their wedding day as they possibly could. In light of that they had decided to go to the beach the evening before their wedding, to take portraits so that they wouldn't have to leave the wedding for photos. It worked out really well as the wedding day was just relaxed as could be.
We took just a few portraits on the wedding day as well, for good measure.
A large empty room upstairs from the spa was transformed into a beautiful tropical reception.
The newlyweds were warmly welcomed into the party, and everyone feasted on a potluck meal lovingly prepared by the whole group. Many toasts were made in honor of Shaunessy and Alec, and it was no surprise the number of nice things that people had to say about these two.
Matt and Jen chose to marry one another in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country, and the couple took advantage of that and had their ceremony at the beach. Matt, Jen and their guests all stayed at Hotel Costa Verde, a unique hotel which features planes and trains as part of their hotel rooms and buildings.
Jen and her bridesmaids were getting ready in one of the hotel rooms. She looked stunning with her golden curls cascading over her shoulders.
Matt and his groomsmen were getting ready nearby in one of the airplane rooms.
A beautiful wedding arch was setup in the shade of the wild almond trees down at the beach. The couple opted to have a clear tent in case of rain. Clear tents are perfect for ceremonies as they still let in all of the natural light and still allow for natures beauty to be seen.
After the ceremony Matt and Jen did a butterfly release, where they released beautiful blue morpho butterflies back into nature.
The reception was setup at the Avion restaurant in Manuel Antonio. Tables were identified by marine animals instead of numbers, and sweet blue accents were found throughout the decor.
Matt and Jen entered the reception and took to the dance floor for a surprise Salsa routine they had practiced. This was not just any old Salsa dance, I am talking dancing with the stars level of dancing, it was very entertaining and impressive!
Autumn and Trent married one another in Arenal, Costa Rica, a beautiful volcano town with a cooler climate and stunning views and waterfalls. They wanted to take full advantage of the diversity of Costa Rica, and opted to trash the dress in Manuel Antonio later during their honeymoon, so that they could also have beach photos. We did a portrait session which ended with trashing the dress in the ocean.
Trent was a trooper! He was not feeling well at all that morning, but he did his best to make it through the photo shoot as it was their last day in Costa Rica and their last chance to get the beach photos they longed for. We took it easy during the session, and tried to focus more on Autumn to keep Trent feeling as good as possible.
Photography: Madison Baltodano Photography
Location: Manuel Antonio Beach
Wedding Planner: Blue Butterfly Costa Rica
It was an overcast day and we knew the rain was coming, we just didn't know when. Luckily when mother nature decided to pour down her life force upon us, we were all already under cover at the Tulemar Restaurant for dinner. Anja and Matthias traveled all the way from Germany with both of their sets of parents to secretly marry one another on the beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio. Not only was their marriage a secret, but so was their engagement. They had kept it a secret from their friends for over a year, and had scheduled for a note to go out to everyone the day after their marriage in Costa Rica. The couple had been together already for many years, so it is no surprise they are committing their lives to one another, but it surely was a surprise for all their friends to suddenly find out. Such a unique and romantic idea.
I started the day with both Anja and Matthias who were getting ready separately in the villa they had rented for the week. Anja was sweet and quite, she looked beautiful in her simple white wedding gown.
Matthias got ready as well, his outfit was the perfect mix of casual and dress for a beach wedding.
The ceremony was held on Manuel Antonio Beach. Giant tropical leaves and drift wood created an aisle for Anja and her father to walk down.
After the ceremony the newlyweds were congratulated by their parents, and proceeded with a cocktail hour by the sea. While the family enjoyed their drinks, Anja and Matthias took to the beach for portraits.
A very romantic candlelit dinner was set for 6 at Tulemar Restaurant. A relaxing dinner proceeded with great conversations and sweet gifts.
Jenn and Steve chose Tulemar Resort as their venue for their elopement. A romantic arch was setup for just the two of them, on the edge of the palm lined beach. It was nothing short of blissful.
They were both getting ready in their villa, and we did our best to not have them see one another until the first look outside in the jungle pathway.
Down at the beach the ceremony was set in a very secluded spot. The ceremony was sweet and simple.
Ya think Jenn was excited? Between the giddy photo above of Steve putting the ring on her finger, and the pure adrenaline photo below of being pronounced husband and wife, I think it is a safe to say that this couple was utterly thrilled to be marrying one another.
After the ceremony we started the photo session in some of the green areas and jungle pathways of the resort. And then stepped onto the beach for the sunset.
Hi Everyone! My name is Madison aka Madi and I am a photographer who LOVES weddings!