Crystal and Kyle contacted us with 2 goals - to have a seamless stress-free wedding week with their guest list while saying I do with an unbelievable view. They didn't want to worry about a thing after they stepped foot on to paradise besides being together with their loved ones. They originally had a venue and everything picked out in Charleston but because the pandemic changed things, they decided to do a small intimate destination wedding instead! They had never visited before but fell in love with Costa Rica after seeing incredible weddings featured on Instagram. We wanted to create something beautiful, memorable, and something a little unique for this genuine couple and their family after such a stressful year.
We set up everything for them. When they arrived they were greeted with private transport from the airport to Las Catalinas. A big priority for the bride and groom was really beautiful accommodation. They wanted this wedding trip to also feel like a honeymoon for them and a relaxing getaway for their guests. They really wanted to focus on time with family and making sure everyone had the time of their lives. They invited their parents and grandmother from Virginia and South Carolina. We organized accommodation for everyone so that they each had privacy on their vacations too. The top things they wanted were beach access, a nice view of the ocean from the room, and a private pool for themselves. They also wanted the property to have a restaurant and bar on-site so they could relax and not venture far for a quick drink or bite to eat. We knew that Las Catalinas was the perfect destination for them.
The bride started the morning with a light workout and some yoga. The groom slept in a bit before getting ready in his oceanview villa room. We loved that this couple focused on the details of their attire. From the brides, bright colorful earrings to the groom's fleur de lis cufflinks everything had a story. Our favorite accessory was the custom feather bowtie that was handmade in Charleston with upcycled feathers that matched so well with Kyle's navy suit. Crystal carried a simple tropical bouquet. She loved flowers but didn't want anything over the top so we stuck with local blossoms like roses, lisianthus, carnations, mums, and anthurium.
The vibe for this wedding ceremony was really delicate and natural with whimsical accents. We loved when the bride said, "Imagine Venice meets the tropics" as the vibe for her wedding. We wanted to really emphasize the view of the mountains and ocean from a vista above the sand. The entry to the helipad was a long walking bridge that the florist wrapped in greenery. The beautiful tropical trees hung overhead shading her from the sun before she stepped out to the light. She carried her white and ivory bridal bouquet with oft notes of blush. Crystal really loved the idea of a ribbon and we agree! It looked so elegant in the breeze on the helipad. As she approached her handsome groom she really began to soak in the breathtaking views all around. Crystal and Kyle said their vows in front of a free-standing wood cross with wispy florals and mixed petals on each side of the aisle. After saying their vows, they shared their first dance on the helipad as the sun was starting to set before heading back for dinner.
Helipad Wedding Playlist
Songs while getting ready
The Blessing by Elevation Worship and Kari Jobe
You Hold It All Together by Maverick City Music and UPPERROOM
King of Kings by Hillsong Worship
Graves Into Gardens by Brandon Lake
Living Hope by Bethel Music and Bethany Wohrle
Banks by Needtobreathe
Kyle Seating the Moms Song: Can't Help Falling in Love by Haley Reinhart
Bride Entrance Song: Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel, Orchestre de Chambre +49
Recessional Song: Amen by Micah Tyler
First Dance Song: I Will Always Be Yours by Ben Rector
For the intimate family dinner, everyone headed to a private open-air space in the restaurant. The beautiful whitewashed table was surrounded by wooden chairs with white cushions. On top of the terracotta-toned table runner were wooden boxes filled with local tropical flowers, dried elements, and tapered candles to add an elegant touch. The mood was set with hanging rattan lamps and warm-colored cafe strand lights. The guests sat down to their place setting each that had a boho placemat, a wood charger, neutral napkins, a blue goblet, and gold flatware.
Helipad Wedding Menu
Fish Ceviche, Beef & Potato Gallos, Chayote & Corn Gallos, Patacones with Guacamole and Beans
Caprese Salad, Seared Tuna Tartare, and root chips
Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Seared Shrimp in light garlic butter with potatoes au gratin, Blackened Mahi Mahi with basil and lime butter
Banana and Mango Foster
Two-tier cake with strawberries and cream and tangy lime and coconut
Just before dessert, everyone gathered around to watch a homemade video of their love story. Everyone laughed and giggled at some of the momeries that brought them this far. After cutting into the wedding cake, everyone danced to just a few songs before calling it an early night. The rest fo the wedding week was filled with adventures around paradise and time well spent together. Happily ever after.
I have no words. It was perfect. More than we could have ever imagined and everyone has been so sweet. Hospitality is just above and beyond. Jamie - wow just wow! Cata - tottally nailed it! Thank you. You and your team are one of a kind.
Helipad Wedding Vendors
Photographer: Jared Ladia Weddings
Florist: Los Primos
Lighting: Los Primos
Makeup and Hair: Paula Benosa Oviedo
Cake: Carmen Geneau