Their journey began a few days earlier as the couple arrived, immersing themselves in the pre-wedding calm before the whirlwind of festivities. It was the perfect opportunity for intimate moments and, in this case, coordinating the bride's makeup and hair trials. Our team ensured everything was set for an epic adventure for this sweet blended family.
The bride, a vision of boho naturalistic beauty, wore an updo adorned with real flowers, a dainty lace top, and a vintage hot pink skirt. The groom rocked a fedora and a custom-made olive linen suit inscribed with Pura Vida and his nickname, embracing the couple's unique personalities.
Pangas Beach Club provided unmatched views, with the ceremony beneath their famous mangrove tree offering the perfect shade overlooking where the ocean meets the lush jungle. Guests settled on natural wood benches as the bride, hand in hand with her son, walked down the sandy aisle to meet her groom.
Their weddings’ floral design took center stage, featuring a lively medley of carnations, shampoo ginger, birds of paradise, and orchids, accompanied by lush greenery like ferns, monstera leaves, and palms. The palette showcased warm tones of peach, orange, and pink, creating a visually stunning display. The altar was adorned with pots of terracotta and brown shades bursting with floral arrangements.
Ceremony starts: Aaj Sajeya by Goldie Sohel
Ceremony ends: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
Couple's first dance: Then by Brad Paisley
Mother + son song: I’ll Be There by Jackson 5
Last song of the night: Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
Vows were exchanged, and a heartwarming "ring-warming" ceremony ensued. Following the ceremony, a quick beachfront photoshoot captured the vibrancy of the union while guests enjoyed happy hour.
Our nimble team transformed the ceremony space into a reception adorned with simple elegance – neutral colors, gold accents, and pops of turquoise. The long buffet-style seating showcased a stunning dinnerscape, complete with tall tapered candles, glass votives, and fresh greenery garlands. As the sun set, cafe lights and wicker lanterns illuminated the evening, creating a dreamy ambiance while a live band serenaded the intimate gathering.
Wedding Day Menu
Hors d’oeuvres: Enyucado, patacones with guacamole, and mini corn tortillas with sautéed vegetables and local cheese
Appetizer: House salad mixed greens with tomato, heart of palm, onion, and avocado, served on a crispy tortilla with balsamic vinaigrette and tropical goat cheese salad
Main course: Grilled beef tenderloin with a yucca croquette, smoked salmon lasagna layered with a heart of palm, fresh herbs, and white sauce, grilled fresh yellowfin tuna w/ jumbo shrimp, and grilled Mahi Mahi with jumbo shrimp
Dessert: Chocolate cake and Mango crumble
The celebration continued post-wedding as Amber and Derek invited all guests to join them on a catamaran sunset cruise, an extra touch of magic. Each guest took home the gift of local Costa Rican coffee, a token of appreciation from the newlyweds. Here's to a lifetime of love and adventures for Amber + Derek!