Whitney and Andrew may look like models in a wedding magazine but I assure you, they are a real life bride and groom, a gorgeous couple dressed to the nines in the magical setting of Punto de Vista and Manuel Antonio beach. And that stunning sunset? 100% natural. Amazingly, they are from the beautiful island of Bermuda yet they chose our little Paradise of Costa Rica for their wedding celebration. And from all accounts, their Bermudian friends and family fell head over heels with the land of Pura Vida. Whitney created her own bouquet out of silk flowers and rhinestone pins. Lovely! How breathtaking is this portrait of Whitney? We held the ceremony on the top floor of Punto de Vista, which offers jaw-dropping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. White with pops of red were the colour scheme. The couple made these hilarious programs about being a guest at a wedding. Too funny!! We created a waterfall of lights outlined with soft fabric for the ceremony altar. Cylinders with red petals and floating candles decorated the altar area. Ladies, be sure you have a great manicure for those ring shots. Love how Whitney had silver sparkles on her ring finger nails. Twilight fans will recognize the quote as Edward’s toast to his bride, Bella, in the movie. Whitney is a huge Twilight fan and had A Thousand Years as the theme song for the wedding – her bridal party record their own version for the walk down the aisle! To create the ethereal, romantic feel of the Twilight wedding, we placed lace overlays atop grey silk shantung tablecloths. Floating candles and votives framed a pillar candle sitting in a ring of airy baby’s breath. Strings of Christmas lights created a magical feel for the dinner. Although we’d used the same area for the ceremony, the lighting and addition of dinner tables totally transformed the deck. As each guest had ordered a different main course, we had a specific seating plan to facilitate the dinner service. Rather than a typical tent card for guest seating, we created a band with the guest’s name backed by lace. Practical and pretty! Whitney and Andrew’s first dance to A Thousand Years. Felicidades Whitney and Andrew! We wish you a thousand years of happiness. Huge thanks to Funkytown Photography for the creative and beautiful photos.
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Imagine the wedding of a professional baseball player and a producer for Oprah. Amazing, right? Well, daydream no more as here is the gorgeousness that was Bo and Neha’s celebration of love and laughter. Enjoy! A rehearsal dinner on the the lawn of the Los Suenos Marriott kicked off the festivities. We went for bright, tropical colours and flowers in bamboo vases. Dinner was held under an open-aired tent, as we were in December and transitioning from Rainy to Dry season. Luck was with us as the day and night was perfectly gorgeous. Neha’s bouquet of white hydrangeas, orchids and lisianthus was so romantic and soft, providing a neutral palette for her stunning red and gold jewels. Letterpressed invitations are always an elegant touch. And I love how the yellow pops against the grey! Neha was truly a princess on her wedding day – how beautiful! Zephryr Palace’s stunning poolside terrace was the setting for the ceremony. The bright yellow rose petals added a pop of colour against the grey sky. A little rain fell but nothing could dampen anyone’s spirits! Weddings in the tropics are hot, so having fans for guests is always a great idea. Making them play double-duty as a uber-helpful program is pure genius. Neha and Bo tagged their wedding as BoHa so we played on the theme by having the signature cocktail be a Boho Mojo. The wedding ceremony was a fusion of Eastern and Western wedding traditions. The entrance-way at Zephyr Palace is a majestic spot for photos. Luckily, the rains stopped for cocktail and photo hour! Light grey linen tablecloths provided a neutral backdrop for the bright yellow napkins and florals in white, orange and yellow. Keeping with the global travellers theme, the seating cards were small luggage tags tacked on a reproduction of a 16th Century map. Bindi are the little jewels Indian ladies attach onto their foreheads. Our Bindi Bar was a huge hit with guests who got their Bollywood on. Photos of relatives, some dearly departed, were placed at the guest book table as a way to include and honour them. Guests wrote their best wishes on reproductions of old Costa Rican postcards, another aspect of the traveller theme woven into the wedding. Fireworks! Everyone was amazed by the pyrotechnics.What a couple, what a celebration – a home run for sure! Felicidades to Neha and Bo for many more wonderful travels and celebrations to come.
Many thanks to A Brit & A Blonde for the photos!