Colorful Villa Wedding in Costa Rica

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Jill and Adam opted for a destination wedding high in the hills in a private villa in beautiful Costa Rica.  Jill shared with us the story of how a destination wedding ended up being just the right fit for them.

People often say that wedding planning was one of the most stressful times of their lives, I however do not feel that way. After we got engaged, Adam and I looked at venues locally, but nothing had the luxurious and romantic feel that I wanted to surround myself with on my wedding day. One night, Adam suggested a destination wedding, at first I scoffed at him, but I quickly got on board as it is so “us”. So instead of having a big, boring cookie cutter wedding, we turned it into a trip of a lifetime not only for us, but also for our family and friends.

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I had always wanted to go to Costa Rica, the culture, activities and overall vibe of the country seemed like it would be the perfect match for Adam’s and I adventurous side. Some quick Googleing led me to Villa Punto de Vista. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this house and the staff. The owner David, is attentive and has built a magical place that I will always remember.

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Once we booked the venue everything else fell into place. Some more Googleing led to me the most incredible wedding planner Tropical Occasions. Together Aimee and Karen make the perfect team. Karen’s no nonsense approach makes planning easy, she is the person you want to have by your side on the big day because you will not have to worry about anything.  She has every detail covered and is always three steps ahead of you. She is responsive, kind and truly one of the best in the business. Aimee is creative and brilliant and has this way of taking what you imagine in your head and making it come out even better. She instantly understood what I wanted and was able to make it happen and stay on budget! My wedding was truly more than I could have ever expected, every detail was perfect.

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Once the couple enlisted the expert guidance, planning and design from Costa Rica’s longest running destination wedding planners, Tropical Occasions, owner Aimee Monihan began the design process.

Jill was so amazing to work with. When we initially spoke about the look of her wedding she used words like “happy, natural, fun & colorful. She also made it clear she wanted it to feel like a wedding taking place where it was taking place. Costa Rica, in the jungle at a gorgeous Ultra Modern Luxury estate.  So as the designer for my company I was smiling ear to ear. First I was just happy to not have to design another rose gold and blush wedding and I had been wanting to do something just like she described at this house.  So we dove into a color palette of the colors of the Costa Rican sunset. Vibrant and deep Fuchsia, Orange, Yellow and red’s.

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We introduced elements like beautiful exposed Costa Rican grown teak wood tables. Matched with Modern Ghost Chairs with a bright colorful tangerine orange cushions (Design tip! – you need these in tropics cause you will literally stick and sweat like crazy in a ghost chair). We found a fun yet modern runner to match the seat cushions and blend beautifully with the colors of the floral.

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The altar was natural and kept it classic with covering the already existing structure and we had a great leaf garland to again bring in all the green jungle surrounding the setting.  We love to re use as much as we can with our designs from ceremony into the reception- BIG DESIGN TIP- re use, re purpose your floral from ceremony in your tables. We do this all the time, allows our clients to save $, us to feel better about being sustainable in our designs and above all your look is automatically cohesive!

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The flowers were by far my favorite part to plan and Jill let me have carte blanche as far as what they would look like. I used lots of fun textures, deep to bright colors and fun details here and there. The mix included Floral in the sunset palate using Mokara, phalenopsis and dendrobium orchids, Roses, Coxcomb, Orange and yellow Gloriosa’s,  sweet pea, Snap dragons, Tulips & Lisanthus. We also added in texture with Succulents, Artichokes, air plants and a mix if green leaves from Tropical, to coffee, to citrus, to echo a bit of the foliage growing all around the setting in Costa Rica. Flowers were put into different sized Teak wood boxes to compliment the tables. We as well with all our events feel that like the Bachelor there is no such thing as too many candles… so we added lots of candles from votives, to floating and as well LED flickering in glass hurricanes. Design tip #2 for the tropics.  Use as much LED as you can. Every says they want open flame… but when you use an abundance of candles and its already 80 degrees… its like a campfire next to you in a already hot climate!)

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The design in the end was a complete reflection of our clients. I did not realize that when Jill described her perfect wedding the words she used were a reflection of who she and her husband are. FUN, Beautiful, Natural, Happy and colorful to their beautiful shining souls. Planning and designing this event for them was our great honor. They were the types of clients that remind us that we are so blessed to do what we do and meet and help great people like them!!

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From the bride: For anyone who is thinking of a destination wedding, do it, it will be so much more than you ever expected. Thank you Aimee, Karen, Natalie, Madi, David, and all of the others who helped make this the most beautiful wedding, I cannot thank you enough.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Madison Baltodano Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Villa Punto de Vista, Manuel Antonio, CR, Wedding Planner: Tropical Occasions, Event Designer: Aimee Monihan, Tropical Occasions, Wedding Coordinator: Karen Ogden, Tropical Occasions, Hair/Makeup: Jasmine Rodriguez, Florist: Stylos y Flores, Caterer: Citrus, Officiant: Marcelo Galli, DJ: DJ Doug Gomez, Dress: Allure Couture C261, Sposabella Bridal, Feasterville, PA, Veil: ABusyMother/Etsy, Bride’s Shoes:  Shoes of Prey, Garters: Millieicaro, Groom’s Suit:  Tommy Hilfiger, Macy’s, Grooms Men Ties: The Tie Bar, Groom’s Cufflinks: BackZeroDesign/Etsy, Groom’s Men Attire: Tommy Hilfiger, Macy’s, Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell, Nordstrom, Bride’s Rings: Ritani, Groom’s Ring: Handmade by bride, Ring Bearer Box: LittleWeeShop/Etsy, Bridal Party Robes: Silkandmore/Etsy, Chair Back Sings: ZCreateDesigns/Etsy, Table Runners: Carousel Designs, Invites: Winsome Blooms, Wedding Paper Divas, Wedding Welcome Bags: White Apple Threads/Etsy, Costa Rica Map Guest Sign: Embie Designs/Etsy, Cake Topper: Better Off Wed/Etsy, Bridal Dress Hanger: WhiskeynWeddingBells/Etsy, Mr & Mrs. Champagne Flutes: SweetWaterWorkshop/Etsy

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A Romantically Pink Wedding in Corfu, Greece

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Michele and Sebastian said I do on the beautiful island of Corfu, Greece in a picture-perfect and romantically pink destination wedding. The couple’s wedding planner, Anna from Rosmarin Weddings and Events gave us some insights into their gorgeous big day and how they selected this spot from around the world.

When Michele and Sebastian started to think about their wedding their first and ultimate decision was to have it somewhere abroad, next to the sea, where could come all their close friends and relatives to share this day with them. There is one more reason for that because basically couple lives in Paris but originally Michele is from Lebanon and Sebastian from Poland so there were not so many days in their life when their families collected together.

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Michele and Sebastian were considering a Catholic ceremony and from the beginning their choice was directed to amazing Santorini or Mykonos. But there were not any opportunities to have a Catholic ceremony there. This is how Corfu became one and only in final most right choice for the couple. Corfu Island is very famous about it’s history and heritage and stay a bit apart about culture, architecture from other Greek islands which we’ve used to see. And the reason of that was big influence of Italy, which is close to the island. There are a lot of Catholic churches and for the wedding was chosen Cathedral church of Saint James and Christopher in the historical center of Corfu town.

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Michele knew from the beginning that event styling should be very elegant with touches of chic. That’s why she chose pink and gold as main wedding colors. Reception dinner took place at the beachside restaurant – Piedra del Mar with perfect collaboration of Venetian Well restaurant who provided really elegant and gourmet catering.

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Gorgeous wedding cake was made by Cake Boutique and really exceeded couple’s expectations. 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elias Kordelakos

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planning + Styling: Rosmarin Weddings and Events, Reception Venue: Piedra del Mar, Catering: Venetian Well restaurant, Cake: Cake Boutique, Bridal Hair + Makeup: “Nicoletta” salon

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Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Puerto Rico

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Gabi and Gabe tied the knot at their destination wedding in Rio Grande Puerto Rico.  The bride was from the area originally and they knew once they returned, that was it!  Gabi shared a bit about their wedding and how the weekend came to be.

My husband and I both wanted a destination wedding and I am from Puerto Rico. We decided to go and look at venues one weekend and once I stepped foot here, I knew it was the place. The scenery is spectacular and the ambiance magical. 

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The decor was just to compliment what the venue already going for itself, a rustic feel with luscious gardens. The venue had tons of my favorite bugambilia bushes, market lighting/Christmas lights and romantic amber lighting. So I settled on various shades of pink and gold with exposed farm tables with delicate lace runners. 

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My favorite moments from the day (aside from marrying the man of my dreams!) was enjoying the sorbet from a local vendor I grew up enjoying and dancing the night away with our loved ones. 

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Advice for destination wedding couples: BE PATIENT, everything runs on island time. Have a planner on the island/country who knows all vendors that you cannot find on google/wedding wire/the knot, and they alleviate so much stress.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Rudy+Marta Photography

Wedding Vendors: Dress Designer: Alegria’s Brides, Makeup Artist: Color Touch by Ana, DJ: DJ Fabian Kroselj, Specialty Foods: Helados Caribe, Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm, Event Venue: La Hacienda Siesta Alegre, Dress Store: Missguided, Event Planner: MR Party & Events, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: My Grooms Room, Musicians: Sal Pa’ Fuera Batucada, Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Sartori Amici, Cake Designer: Vanessa Caro

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Glam Wedding Style Photos from Jamaica

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Today’s destination wedding inspiration shoot is brought to us by Manuela Stefan Photography, who knew she found something special when she landed upon this Jamaica wedding location.  She shared with us a bit about the inspiration and design of this “could be” wedding day.

Borghinvilla is a spectacular wedding venue with an exquisite blend of the most desirable details in one place: two acres of lush tropical gardens, cliffs, a sand beach and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.

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In contrast to the natural elements, the ceremony and reception decor chosen included luxurious items such as hanging chandeliers, crystals, soft white and blush roses and candle light. The turquoise sea view acted as the most incredible backdrop.

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Wedding Photo Shoot Vendor Team: Photographer:  Manuela Stefan Photography, Design and Decor: Borghinvilla Designs, Event Venue: Borghinvilla Wedding Venue, Event Planner: Jennifer Borgh Events, Bakery: Joy of Food, Dress Designer: Mori Lee by Madelaine Gardener

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Fiesta Wedding Event Ideas: Rosewood Mayakoba Pre-Wedding Party

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If you’re entertaining the idea of a destination wedding in Mexico, then this story is for you!  On a recent trip to one of my favorite properties in the world, Rosewood Mayakoba, I got to experience a Mexican fiesta rivaled by no other!  The colors, the cocktails, the food carts around the garden, the live mariachi music and the churros, oh the fresh churros!!  This dinner was to-die-for!  And the decor was perfection.  For colorful wedding inspiration, consider a fiesta outdoors among the stars like this one at the famed Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Whether you opt for the idea to be used as a rehearsal dinner or the big day, your guests will love the cultural experience you give them and the celebration that is sure to follow when arriving at a place as decked out as this!

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Events & Weddings in Cancun are credited with these fantastic bars and event accessories that really make a destination wedding in Mexico FUN!  How about a tequila and mezcal tasting during your cocktail hour?  Learn about the local flavors while you delight on the taste!

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Our dinner was under the stars and twinkle lights and was filled with vibrant orchids and flags overhead. Incredibly talented (and equally as kind), local floral designer Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design set the stage for this evening with her beautiful bright pops of color and details throughout.  One of my favorite things about a wedding in Riviera Maya are all the amazing professional talents in the region.  If you wed in Riviera Maya, you will not be disappointed by the beauty your team can create (like this!).

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As guests went from station to station, trying fresh tortillas and churros too, mariachis serenaded us with oodles of fanfare.

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Will you throw a fiesta at your destination wedding in Mexico?  After attending one as fun as this, we sure hope so!

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Photography: Dave Noonan – C10 Studios, Location + Catering: Rosewood Mayakoba, Floral Design: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design, Furniture, Rentals + Bars: Events & Weddings

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