To kick off this Guanacaste wedding weekend with some solo time together, this active couple took a surf lesson. They surfed in Tamarindo, which is known as one of the best places to learn in the world. The next day they hosted a catamaran cruise. All of their guests met at a beachfront restaurant for drinks before catching sail on the water. They cruised back in at sunset. This was the perfect way to spend time with their loved ones before the big I do.
On the day before the wedding, 11 boys headed to Reserva Conchal for tee time golf while the girls soaked in the sun at the pool. They all rejoined that afternoon at a Langosta beachfront restaurant for the welcome dinner. The rehearsal dinner menu was so delish. The starters included goat cheese salad with cucumber, mango, brioche crouton, arugula, lettuce, and herbs. Ceviche with ell pepper, lime juice, onion, coriander, and freshly caught sea bass. Then moving on to the main courses of tenderloin bordelaise or tuna fresco. Then if anyone had room left for sweets guests could choose from an apple crepe, vanilla ice cream, or a coco dream cake.
For one last surprise for their guests, fire spinners arrived and put on a spectacular performance. They used fire staff, fire poi, and fire fans! Did you know that there are fire spinners along the beach in Tamarindo, most nights in the high season? There is so much fire talent in this area.
The morning of the wedding was spent in a stunning villa with a panoramic view of the ocean, named Casa Ilios. This hilltop villa has many terraces, a pool, and a BBQ to enjoy. The living room has vaulted ceilings with floor to ceiling glass windows that let in all the Costa Rica sunshine.
The guys woke up and took quick dips in the pool before getting ready in the pool house. They drank beer and whiskey while snacking on the fresh natural food catering of salads, wraps, and fruit.
The girls got ready in the top floor master with a corner view that would make your jaw drop. The ladies sipped mimosas while getting glam with their beauty experts.
After the bride slipped on her boho gown she was ready for her first looks with dad. He was so giddy to see his little girl. He walked into the sea view room was floored at how flawless she was. The groom waited patiently at the stairs to turn up and see his beautiful bride looking down at him. These two were a stylish pair. He rocked a unique green suit that we absolutely adored. All the girls were gathered below looking up at the sweet moment.
All of the 56 guests started slowly arriving for their accommodation at the resort hotel just up the road, the Diria, from the venue. They were welcomed with coco locos, which are always a hit. A live band was playing to welcome them and really set the mood for the event.
The wedding party loaded up the self-proclaimed party buses to head down the hill to the beachfront wedding venue where every beautiful detail was awaiting them. The ceremony was decorated in tropical greenery, white flowers, white ginger, white lilies, pampas grass, and small pops of blush protea. The aisle was lined with palm leaves and the alter was made from tree stumps and geometric accents, pillar candles, and lanterns. Everyone took their seats and took their custom wooden wedding fans with their welcome drinks and waited for the bride.
The flower girl had a great time as she threw the petals down the aisle for the bride and her father. The bride carried her bouquet which had lily, white anthurium, white orchid, and roses. She looked so excited to meet her handsome groom at the end of the aisle.
After the big I do, sealed with a kiss, they headed to the beachfront cocktail hour. Freshly prepared apps like fried local organic goat cheese with mango chutney, grilled octopus, parrotfish ceviche, smoked fish dip, fried plantains, pineapple chili glazed wings, and mixed seafood were passed around. The sun started to slowly slip into the water as everyone admired the colors change.
They headed up from the shore to find their names on their seats. The bride had custom laser cut name place cards so everyone had a cute souvenir. Each table was dressed with long garland, green mangoes, green and brown coconuts, and tropical flowers. Brass candle holders, gold rim chargers, and black chairs really brought in a modern touch.
The dinner menu was absolutely perfect from the starter salad to the black Angus beef tenderloin and the grilled tuna with jumbo shrimp. Touching speeches were made about the couple's love story and the real fun began!
The first dance was on the custom installed dance floor with fireworks all around them. This really kicked everything up a notch. Everyone joined on the dance floor and the party never stopped. There was a photo booth and props next to a sweets table with mini chocolate churros, cajetas de coco and banana cake. The wedding went perfectly from start to finish.
Guanacaste Wedding Weekend Playlist
Processional Song: “And I Love her” by Passenger
Entrance Song: "Follow the Sun" by Xavier Rudd
Recessional Song: "Could you be love" by Bob Marley
First Dance: "Loving you baby" by Charles Bradley
Father-Daughter Dance Song: "Summer Wind" by Frank Sinatra