Erica + Jesse

Elopement in La Fortuna

This couple traveled from Washington, USA for this 12-day elopement adventure. They stayed in some of the most beautiful parts Costa Rica - Arenal Nayara in La Fortuna, El Establo in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio.

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We made sure everything was stress-free and arranged in advance for them. We planned all of the transportation and activities to fit their schedule. Activities included whitewater rafting, zip-lining, hot springs in Tabacon, exploring Monteverde Cloud Forest, and a romantic catamaran cruise.
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Both the bride and groom got ready in the same room at Arenal Nayara. Erica still managed to keep her dress a secret from Jesse and shuffled him out of the room a few minutes before putting on her dress. Erica slipped into her wedding gown and surprised Jesse at their First Look.
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This ceremony was an abandoned chapel in a secluded mountaintop location that overlooked Arenal Volcano, lagoon, a scenic valley, the mountains, and even beautiful lake views. This ceremony space was such a unique location for an elopement.
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The rustic stone structure was a skeleton of what it once was, and it made for beautiful photos and had perfect lighting.
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The evening of their elopement, they enjoyed relaxing in the hot springs and a romantic dinner with wedding cake at the Tabacon hot springs. The Tabacon Hot Springs are easily one of the most well-known and well-loved hot springs attractions in all of Costa Rica. These are the only free-flowing springs by the volcano, there are no pumps or manmade additions in parts of the springs. There are other spaces that have manmade springs. This is also a great attraction because they have a series of connected pools to soak in where thermal water flows freely from one pool to the next.
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A few days after the ceremony, they had a fun honeymoon photoshoot on the beach in Manuel Antonio with their photographer. They loved having photos in two unique settings and to have those tropical beach photos even when their wedding was in the rainforest. It was the perfect ending to their 12-day elopement adventure in Costa Rica.
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Elopement in La Fortuna Vendors

Location: La Fortuna
Planner: Mil Besos (via our sister company Our Costa Rica Wedding)
Venue: Nayara Hotel
Officiant: Einar Villavicencio
Flowers: Mil Besos