Michele + Ben

Michele + Ben's beach wedding in Playa Barrigona was an exquisite blend of elegance and whimsy, making for a day that was as unique as it was beautiful.

bride getting ready - orchid - sister

Their celebration took place in the beautiful setting of Samara, charming beach town located on the western coast of Costa Rica.

groom getting ready with the parents in hacienda barrigona

Michele stunned everyone in a non-traditional steel gray dress with a lace overlay, while Ben looked effortlessly stylish in a soft green suit.

first look groom and bride hacienda barrigona

The ceremony took place on a secluded stretch of beach, framed by towering trees and overlooking the vast ocean, creating a natural wonder that left everyone in awe.

beach ceremony details - flowers - fans - tropical

The sandy aisle led to two symmetrical pillars adorned with lush floral arrangements, featuring Costa Rica's native blooms like shampoo ginger, orchids, and lobster claws.

Wedding Playlist

Ceremony starts with: Rêve by Françoise Hardy
Ceremony ends with: Beginnings by Chicago
Couple's first dance: Cherry-coloured Funk by Cocteau Twins
Father + daughter dance: The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley
Mother + son dance: Only You by The Platters
Cake-cutting song: Seasons by Future Islands
Last song of the night: Forever Young by Alphaville

wedding ceremony details in arenal - groom - bride

As the waves gently crashed in the background, Michele + Ben exchanged vows surrounded by their loved ones, creating a magical and intimate atmosphere.

beach photoshoot - groom - bride - love - couple

Post-ceremony, we whisked the newlyweds away for a beachfront photo shoot, capturing the excitement and joy of their special day. The reception at La Hacienda was a seamless transition into an evening of celebration.

hacienda barrigona reception details - settle table

The three-tiered wedding cake, decorated with fresh flowers, was a showstopper, and the tablescapes were beautifully arranged with floating candles and bud vases filled with bright white and yellow blooms accented with greenery.

Wedding Day Menu

Hors d’oeuvres: Gallos and shrimp skewers
Appetizers: Sopa negra with chicharrones, fresh fish ceviche, patacones with guacamole, refried beans, and jalapenos
Main course: Arroz con mariscos rice with seafood, skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, grilled fish al ajillo and heart of palm pasta with mushroom
Dessert:  Coconut custard

reception party groom and bride having fun

From start to finish, Michele + Ben's wedding was a perfect reflection of their vibrant personalities and love for each other, with every detail thoughtfully planned to create an unforgettable experience.