Houston residents, Brooke and Shahin, had previously visited Costa Rica twice and knew Costa Rica was the perfect fit for their wedding. The couple had traveled around the mid-Pacific region and mountainous La Fortuna but wanted to hold their wedding in a new location. They wanted to invite their family and friends to not only celebrate their wedding but enjoy a fun vacation in a sunny, beach destination, so they decided that the Guanacaste Province was a great fit.
The couple selected Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica for their wedding venue. One of the great things about holding a wedding in Guanacaste is that the Liberia International Airport is located close by, making travel easy on your guests. In fact, the Papagayo Peninsula is just 40 minutes from the airport.
Brooke’s style is romantic all the way, soft colors, draping fabric, gold details. Shahin’s style is more modern, so we incorporated that by using ghost chairs for the ceremony and details such as the geometric cake stand.
We went with a clean design consisting of soft, elegant flowers in white (roses and tulips), tropical greenery, some gold accents, minimal touches of soft pink with King Proteas, and small touches of Navy.
For Brooke and Shahin’s cake, we asked Karina of Cakeology to blend romantic and modern with the color palette of the wedding. She created the sketch you see in the wedding photos below.
The beautiful Sofreh Aghd was a worldwide collaboration and included designers and products from London, US, and Costa Rica. We worked with Niusha of NE Design Studio for special items like the sugar cone, wheat bunch, bread roses, nut clusters, sugar ball clusters, eggs, golden fruits, paisley, rock candy flowers, and espand flowers. We sourced the remainder between the US and Costa Rica.
The ceremony music was inspired by the bride’s taste in music. Brooke takes cello lessons in her hometown of Houston, so she knew she wanted a cello for the ceremony. We were so excited to offer a white grand piano for this and immediately had visions of cascading flowers on the piano. The trio that played the ceremony music consisted of a violin, cello, and piano; They were terrific and the perfect fit for the ceremony!
Wedding Playlist :
Family seating – Marry Me, Train
Wedding Party Processional – A Thousand Years, Christina Perri
Bride Entrance – Perfect, Ed Sheeran
Recessional from Ceremony – All you Need is Love, Beatles
The ceremony took place on the Event Lawn and the reception in the open-air pavilion. The reception ended with a sparkler exit on the way down to the beach to enjoy fireworks. This was followed by a late night pizza and drinks after-party at the Añejo bar at the Four Seasons.
To end the night on a thoughtful note, guests were surprised with late night cookies & milk waiting for them when they returned to their rooms!
We decided we wanted to do a destination wedding and get married in Costa Rica, one of our favorite places. At first, I tried to start planning on my own, and was able to get a decent amount done (venue booked, dress found, photographer and videographer) on my own. I soon came to realize that there is A LOT that goes into planning a wedding, especially when you live in another Country (we live in Texas) and your Spanish is sub-par to say the least.
I found Meghan and the Mil Besos Team after doing tons of research on planners. I loved how they had experience both here in the States as well as in Costa Rica. The Team was wonderful from the moment I first interacted with them! I remember wanting to hug Meghan the first time I spoke with her. I felt like she was my guardian angel sent to help take all of the stressors away that planning the biggest day of your life can bring upon you.
They thought of EVERYTHING! So many things I would never have even thought of. All I had to do was outline my vision, and they went to work making it happen. We did floral trials, food tastings, shipped fake flowers in from China, made our own napkin rings, and so many other small details that one would think a planner would never help with. They truly love what they do and take pride in making this day your most special and memorable day.
The planning is one thing, but the execution is another. The day of the wedding the team made sure every step of the way was covered. Everyone in my Wedding Party knew where to go, when to be there and what to do. It was like they were a team of Wedding Ninjas just knocking things out left and right. I had the most stress free wedding experience I can imagine and it really is all thanks to the Mil Besos Team.
It isn't just one person that you work with. You work with a designer, a florist expert, a planning expert, etc. They use an application to make communications easy and are always available, no matter what time of day or night. Do yourself a favor and hire this Team. You will not regret it. It was the best decision I made throughout my whole planning process.
Thank you Mil Besos! You truly are amazing at what you do and we cannot thank you enough for making our day one we will never forget.
Luxury Four Seasons Wedding in Costa Rica Vendors:
Wedding Coordination & Design: Meghan, Cata, Sol & Kristina, Mil Besos
Venue: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, Peninsula Papagayo
Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort & Exclusive Resorts
Photographer: Mustard Seed Photography
Videographer: Sculpting With Time
Rentals: Costa Mesa & D’Gala & Los Primos
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Cristoforis
Reception Music: DJ Mason
Photo Booth: Magic Mirror
Bespoke Decorations: N.E. Design Studio
Hair & Makeup: Sunkissed-Madeup
Invitation & Print Materials: Minted.com
Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias Atelier
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridal Jewelry: David Yurman
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Groom Custom Suit: Saks Fifth Avenue
Groom Accessories: Brackish Bow Tie
Groomsmen Attire: Suitsupply