Cheers from the deep jungles of the Osa Peninsula! Jinger and Calvin are an intrepid couple who wanted to celebrate their wedding off the beaten path…waaaaay off the path! Having hiked through Corcovado National Park on prior trip, they decided to share the untouched beauty of Southern Costa Rica with 50 of their nearest and dearest. The crew from New York City found themselves completely off the grid (no power or phone lines, only solar power) in one of the most heart-stoppingly gorgeous places on Earth. Crashing Pacific Ocean butting up against thick, lush jungle. A romance novel come to life.
The lovely and intimate Blue Osa Yoga Resort and Retreat was home to the festivities and what warm, gracious hosts they were! Amazing food, lovely location and fabulous staff. If you’re looking for a getaway in the heart of Nature, this is the place!
Kicking things off was the rehearsal dinner, which had a vintage vibe to it. As there is no AC at Blue Osa, we had to be creative with our decor and therefore, we opted for no flowers. Jute runners, mismatched floral napkins and mason jars wrapped in lace with floating candles created inviting and homey tables. Mason jars with coloured paper straws and kraft paper tags with Salud! welcomed each guest to their seat.
Two over-sized blackboards served as the seating list.
Fun fact: Jinger and Calvin are both mathematicians as are many of their friends. Rather than use simple numbers as a table number, they opted for mathematical equations. And not just any ole equation. Oh no. Our creative couple carefully chose each equation to match the personalities of each particular table. You can only guess at the ensuing hijinx from the Chaos table!
Full disclosure from me – math was the bane of my high school existence. Subsequently, I have absolutely no clue what any of these equations are and looking at them causes me to hyperventilate a bit. I am in awe of the genius of Calvin, Jinger and their crew with well-defined left-hemispheres.
What’s more fun that a tub full of Costa Rican beer? Actually, I can’t think of anything. An ice-cold Libertas craft-brew has to be tasted. Heavenly!
Big shout out to the crazily talented dynamic duo A Brit & A Blonde for the fab fotos. Stay tuned for the fabulous wedding photos to follow!
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Great, I said. When is it?
In four weeks.
Silence on my end of the line. Yup. Four weeks to plan a mehndi ceremony for 120 people. Being someone who never backs down from a challenge, I said OK. And away we went…
The original plan had the entire to-do at a villa the family had rented. However, upon check in on Sunday, they decided to move locations, leaving me only a few days to find a spot in the Brasilito/Flamingo/Conchal area that could fit 120 people, a horse, fireworks, had electricity/water/bathrooms and was close-by Mar y Sol Restaurant in Flamingo and that the family approved of. Thanks to the help of the always awesome Jean-Luc Taulere, chef extraordinaire at Pangas and Mar y Sol, we set up on his beach volleyball court in front of his Coco Loco Beach Bar in Flamingo Beach. PERFECT!!
We went with a sunny and tropical colour palette, full of sunshiny yellow, fabulous fuchsia and awesome orange with touches of gold.
Chains of mums were strung to create a curtain behind the staging where the couple would receive their guests and wishes for a sweet marriage.
The bride’s family provided everyone at the ceremony with traditional garb from Bangladesh, even the horse handler!
Asiatic lillies added a punch of colour to the cocktail tables set up on the beach.
No detail is too small – here, we adorned the light-up bar with the couple’s initials.
Roses, orchids, Birds of Paradise, mums all combine to create a dramatic floral display.
The groom and his men await the arrival of his bride-to-be.
Here comes the bride, resplendent in traditional finery!!
Guests place henna on the couple’s faces, wishing them happiness together.
Even the cake was a cultural experience, featuring decor reminiscent of traditional mehndi art.
What better way to finish a colourful and exuberant mehndi celebration that with fabulous fireworks?!
As challenges go, this was one of the biggest we’ve had due to the tight-timelines, locations and large number of people. However, we are pleased to report it was a massive success all around and the client – well, he had an ear-to-ear grin the entire night. Mission complete!
Huge thanks to Comfort Studio for the fab photos!!