Kristen and Rodney flew down from chilly Calgary to have a relaxed, beachside wedding at the Tamarindo Diria. To make the wedding uber personal, we wove in elements of their favourite hobbies. Actually, scratch that – these two are SERIOUS about what they do as their pastimes – Kristen has been ranked #2 in the USA for mountain biking and Rodney is climbing all the world’s tallest mountains. Serious stuff. Hence, we brought in cute red bicycles that served as water and beer coolers while the letterpressed menus featured a mountain logo and each table was named after one of the five peaks next on Rodney’s climbing list. Gracias to John Williamson for the photos!
Our colour scheme was bride red with pops of orange, as showcased in the bridal bouquet of red carnations, red gerber daisies, orange lillies, orange Peruvian lillies and white cala lillies.
A detail shot of the handpainted Bride sign with colouful mini-bouquets decorating.
The garden at the Tamarindo Diria was the perfect setting for this relaxed affair. The wedding canopy was a T-shape, with green bamboo poles topped with gauzy white fabric. Bamboo chairs with colourful fans sat under the expanse of the almond trees, in front of the crashing waves. Heavenly!
Amongst the 40+ guests were five children. We love making younger guests feel extra special at weddings so we created play pots for each child, complete with their names handstamped. Each pot was filled with age-appropriate toys, some fun dress up items (who can resist a princess crown?), colouring pages and handmade papier mache stick figures of Costa Rican folk legends, such as the ‘duende’ (elf) featured in this photo. Huge hit with the kids and parents alike.
Kristen and Rodney had a few surprises for the older guests as well – a trio of fire dancers entranced the crowd with their lithe movements and death-defying fire play (don’t try this at home!).
The reception was at the thatched-roof Naxacola restaurant at the Diria, a cozy space overlooking the massive pool. We went for a colour-block look of red tones – red Chiaveri chairs, red runners, red napkins, red ink on the menus, red flowers and red glass votives. Paper lanterns and fairy lights strung overhead created an intimate atmosphere, along with the walls of votive candles (so romantic). The outdoor lounge we created was a favourite spot for guests to relax under the starry sky.
Huge congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs, we wish you every joy! What a blast it was working with you, Kristen – if you ever give up mountain biking, consider a career in comedy!
Archives for April 2013
Traveling to Costa Rica just got easier as United Airlines began direct service on April 13, 2013 to San Jose from Chicago and Washington, in addition to flights from New York and Houston. Good news all around!
I loved this welcome dinner we created last May at the stunning White House in Santa Teresa. We wanted a refined, rustic feel and riffed on the wedding celebration colors of green, yellow and blue (we kept the blue for the rehearsal dinner and brought in all the colors on the wedding day).
We started with a lovely wooden table, added a jute table runner and then layered on chargers painted with chalkboard paint (complete with Buen Provecho! and chalk for guests to create their own mini-masterpieces). Cheery yellow napkins and a craft paper tag tied with twine rounded out the table setting.
Our florist used green and yellow glass vases filled with various orchids and other flowers in yellow and green and votive candles wrapped in leaves. Mahogany Chiaveri chairs with shot green pads complete the look. Huge props to Harper Point for the lovely photos!
It warms the cockles of our hearts when our wedding peers speak highly of us. Thrilling and humbling at the same time. I found this blog post from our friends over at Costa Verde Hotel and wanted to share as it’s not every day one receives such lovely compliments.
Weddings Costa Rica is one of our favorite and mostly highly regarded wedding planners here in Costa Rica. We are always in awe of the incredible events that they create. We’re also proud of them for their community efforts – both environmental and humanitarian. They actually recycle every candle from every wedding! But, on a more serious note…
Recently on their blog they tackled an extremely important issue that all should take notice of. We’re sharing it here in an effort to spread awareness about the severity of child marriage. Our wish is for all children to grow up in their own time and one day have the wedding of their dreams – for love.
Read the full article about ending child marriage here on Weddings Costa Rica.
Thank you for your kind words and for spreading the word about child marriage. Hopefully, this practice will be history soon.