Jessica was getting her hair done while chatting and laughing with Brandon.
This sweet couple from Tennessee decided to elope on the sandy shores of Costa Rica. Brandon and Jessica were a complete joy to photograph. They were so easy going and easy to talk to, and their love for one another was very apparent.
Jessica was getting her hair done while chatting and laughing with Brandon.
For the ceremony we all headed to the secluded beach at Arenas del Mar hotel. Jessica and Brandon picked a beautiful spot near the rocky end of the beach.
Jessica and Brandon's first kiss was straight out of a storybook. He threw off his hat and took Jessica passionately into his arms.
Franki and Jeremy had an ongoing joke that their wedding day was also their funeral. They both enjoy wearing the color back and decided to take the joke to the next level by wearing all black to the wedding. Not only did they have a great sense of humor about it all, but Franki also looked absolutely stunning in her black dress and veil.
The wedding was held at Dreams las Mareas, an all inclusive resort situated on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.
Jeremy was getting ready with his mother. It was such a sweet moment when his mom came out to help him adjust his tie, it was clear that is was a joyous day for her.
Franki was also getting ready with her mom at the resort salon. She was full of smiles and eager to see her husband to be at their first look.
A beautiful ceremony space was set on the edge of the beach. Jeremy and Franki's intimate group of family and friends awaited them.
A magical reception was set on the seaside terrace. The reception space had beautiful views of the lingering sunset.
Ellie and Phil have a beautiful motto that they live by, "La vida es simple, la gente se complica". The meaning of this quote is that life is simple, people make it complicated. It is inspiring to think about, as it really is true. And a true reminder to try and not be the person that complicates life. The couple incorporated this motto of theirs into their wedding day decor.
The day started with beautiful Ellie getting ready. She was bubbly and excited that her big day had finally arrived. She wore a gorgeous two piece dress, with a full ballgown skirt. It looked so romantic on the beach. Ellie had her mother and bridesmaids getting ready with her.
The ceremony was held on the grassy knoll at Costa Verde Hotel. A tropical arch awaited the couple and their guests.
We arrived to the beach just as the sun was hitting the horizon. There was just enough time and light to capture some stunning portraits of the happy newlyweds.
The reception was held at El Lagarto Restaurant, a unique steakhouse where they grill the dinners over hot coals. Greenery lined the tables and twinkle lights added a special touch to the atmosphere. Ellie and Phil performed an intricate tango as their first dance which wowed all of their guests.
Andrea, being from Costa Rica, and Gilbert, being from Mexico, had an action packed celebration full of cultural traditions from both of their origin countries. This sweet couple chose Villa Caletas as their venue, a beautiful and unique venue situated on a cliff with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean.
The day started with Andrea getting ready with her bridesmaids and closest female friends and family. She was calm yet joyful and looked so beautiful.
While the girls finished up the final touches of hair and makeup we headed over to Gilbert who was getting ready with his groomsmen. He was very easy going and also didn't seem to have any sense of nervousness.
By the time we were back with Andrea the celebrations were in full swing. Champagne popping and lots of giggles were what we were welcomed back to. Andrea put on her lace dress and prepared herself for a first touch with Gilbert.
The wedding was held at the local Catholic church in Herradura. A full Catholic sermon was given, marrying Andrea and Gilbert in he process.
After family photos at the church we made our way back to Villa Caletas for the portrait session. I love all the different areas that the hotel has for photos, they are all so beautiful. Andrea and Gilbert were naturals in front of the camera and it really shows in their photos.
The reception was held in the Rancho at Villa Caletas, a huge thatch roof gazebo. Beautiful tropical flowers overflowed from every corner of the reception, it was a truly stunning setup. Andrea and Gilbert made their entrance just as the sun began to set.
A mariachi band surprised the guests and serenaded the couple. Gilberto was given the sombrero and invited to sing along, which made the crowd go wild.
Just before we left for the evening the bride's mother surprised the newlyweds with some fireworks. This was not the end of the celebrating though, as the dancing continued on into the evening along with performances by a Costa Rican comparsa group. The evening was full of love and surprises, it will surely be a night to remember.
Chase and Antonio traveled to Costa Rica from Washington, D.C. Family and friends joined them from all over the United States to celebrate the love that these two have for each other. Chase and Antonio really wanted to spend time with their love ones as much as possible on the wedding day, so they hosted a pre-ceremony cocktail hour which they both attended.
The wedding and reception was held at Costa Verde Hotel. Chase and Antonio got ready together in a room just a few steps from the ceremony location.
The ceremony was held on the helipad at Costa Verde with beautiful views of the Manuel Antonio National Park on one side, and ocean on the others. A tropical arch awaited the couple.
After the ceremony guests continued with cocktail hour while we took photos around the hotel grounds. Costa Verde has beautiful jungle pathways that make for great portrait locations. Chase and Antonio wanted to jump into the pool, they did it all of a sudden without telling any of their guests. It was such a fun way to start the celebration! After jumping into the pool they changed into some more casual clothes and we finished the portrait session with sunset photos.
Chase and Antonio arrived to a warm welcome at their reception. The dinner and dancing was held at El Avion, a restaurant with an old airplane build into it. The fun really began once the dance floor was opened as Grandma stole the show by dancing with all of Chase and Antonio's friends. The dancing continued throughout the evening and the happiness and love that everyone had for Chase and Antonio was very apparent.
Vickie and Darrick were so easy going and fun to work with. They were here to have a good time and to marry one another. It was that simple. They pretty much allowed me to pick the spot on the beach for the ceremony, which I was so happy about. We used the shadow of a large volcanic rock for even lighting, and had the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park as the backdrop.
The whole ceremony these two were in contact. Whether it be an arm around the other, holding hands, or their first kiss as husband and wife, these two were inseparable. Their love was apparent and came through in their beautiful photos.
Photography: Madison Baltodano Photography
Officiant: Marcelo Galli
Francesca and Jacob eloped with one another in a jungle paradise. Francesca wore a nontraditional wedding dress, with a floral pattern and flowing train. The colors of the dress really popped against the green background of the tropics. Jacob sported a custom made navy suit paired with a purple tie.
Jacob was down to earth and enjoyed going with the flow. He wrote beautiful personal vows for his future wife, and made her laugh and cry all at the same time. Francesca was very excited. She was so sweet and excited that when she saw Jacob for the first time, and during their vows, she would do this sweet little excited jump. It was as if she couldn't contain her love and excitement for the man standing in front of her.
Jacob and Francesca opted to do a first look with one another. They also wanted to share their personal vows with each other outside of the actual ceremony, so we took a moment to do that before taking some portraits around the property.
A beautiful geometric arch was setup on the front lawn with a piece of drift wood perfectly placed in the center. Francesca and Jacob walked in together with beaming smiles on their faces the whole way down the aisle.
Francesca and Jacob walked off as newlyweds and went straight into their first dance, but this was no ordinary first dance....the couple learned a beautiful choreographed dance full of lifts and turns.
Just after the sun set we made our way up the mountain to a restaurant with a beautiful view of the ocean. A romantic table set for two awaited the newlyweds.
I first met Brittany and Chris while they were here on a trip, scouting out venues for their wedding. We decided to take advantage of them being here and took some beautiful engagement photos. From the very first moment we met, I knew their wedding would be perfect. They are such a laid back couple and so full of joy, there was nothing that could make their day any less than perfect.
Chris and some friends were getting ready in one of the casitas at Costa Verde, just a short walk from the ceremony area. He wore a navy blue suit with brown accents. Brittany gifted him a beautiful wooden watch, which went perfectly with the Costa Rica vibe.
Brittany was getting ready in the Penthouse with her mother. She looked absolutely stunning with a classic curly updo and a sheath beaded dress.
On our way to the ceremony we were able to pop into the reception area and get some beautiful detail shots of the setup. Pineapples were a bit of a theme for Brittany and Chris's wedding, and miniature pineapples were found in florals, they were so cute.
The ceremony was set on the grassy knoll at Costa Verde. Surrounded by jungle yet with a view of the ocean, the grassy knoll works perfectly for intimate weddings. Chris and Brittany released bright blue Morpho butterflies at the end of their ceremony, it was a beautiful way to begin the celebration of this new chapter in their lives.
After some family photos at the ceremony space the bride and groom made their way to the Manuel Antonio Beach, just in time for sunset. It was low tide and the volcanic rocks were exposed and accessible, making for some beautiful shots.
Words cannot describe the love that bubbles out of this lovely couple. They are like two little puppies together, and it was such a joy to watch as their love and happiness is contagious. Sara and Matt brought family and friends to Costa Rica to celebrate this contagious love of theirs. They held their wedding at Riu Guanacaste, an all inclusive resort on the Pacific coast.
Matt and his brother were getting ready together. They had some fun and thought out details. I especially loved Matt's music socks which represent the importance of music in both his and Sara's lives.
The ceremony was held on the beach under a beautiful arch. A nice breeze blew through, keeping guests cool. Both Matt and Sara exchanged really beautiful vows, I was really impressed with what was written and expressed.
After sunset a dinner was held in the Steakhouse restaurant. Once dessert was finished everyone moved over to the reception area for speeches, dancing and cake cutting.
Siobhan and Jason married each other on the sandy shores of Manuel Antonio Beach. It was just the two of them, which is really all that is needed when love is involved. Siobhan wore an amazing dress, with multiple tulle layers. She looked gorgeous in it and it looked so romantic against the beach backdrop.
Hi Everyone! My name is Madison aka Madi and I am a photographer who LOVES weddings!