Ashley + Greg

Gulf de Papagayo Elopement

Ashley and Greg had always shared a passion for travel, adventure, and the great outdoors. They got engaged in 2011 and selected a venue for their November 2012 wedding. Then Greg was assigned a 9-month deployment so they quickly decided to run away together for a secret elopement to Costa Rica.

ceremony planners to elope in Costa Rica

They decided on the Gulf de Papagayo for their elopement because of the stunning views and the complete privacy offered here. The bride wore a beautiful boho crown with simple accents. She excitedly twirled down to the beach to meet her handsome hubby.

couple kissing ceremony elope CR
walking on the rocky shore

The bride explained her planning story by saying "Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. I met mine and he did just that. A short two weeks after Greg asked me to marry him we found our dream venue in Pala California at The Condor's Nest Ranch. We talked about what our dream venue would look like and couldn't believe it when we discovered we had been living only a 30-minute drive to what would soon be our very own. Living on Cloud 9 from engagement bliss and an unwelcoming deployment heading near we couldn't fathom the thought of waiting an entire year to tie the knot. So to us, it made perfect sense to hop on a plane to Costa Rica to seal the deal. Together we got online and booked what was supposed to be a SECRET elopement to Costa Rica. We planned to share our news with our loved ones on November 3rd 2012 at our Condor's Nest Ranch wedding. That lasted nearly a day! We were exploding with happiness and in no way able to keep a secret so big and so special."

venue closeup on wild florals
close up on the brides boho gown and wild flower bouquet
sunset photos of couple in love

As the night started to take over the day, it started to sprinkle. Ashley grabbed Greg's hand and headed straight out to dance in the rain. These turned out to be some magical photos that really capture this couple's carefree love and personalities.

eloped and danicing in the rain

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