Kristen + Casey

Cala Luna Wedding

Costa Rica was always on the to-do list of destinations for this adventurous couple. Kristen said “We’ve always been drawn to Costa Rica. We wanted to go somewhere where we could surf, go zip lining, and have a more eventful type of celebration.” However, believe it or not, this dreamy Cala Luna wedding was not what they originally planned.

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When imagining their perfect wedding this couple hadn’t always pictured an intimate family wedding. Kristen said “We went back and forth quite a bit on what type of wedding we wanted to have. Casey really wanted to elope so we started to plan that. Then two months before the wedding, we started missing our families while abroad and quickly realized how important it was for us to have our family there too." She contacted us and we immediately made all of the changes.
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The guest list now jumped up to 12. We invited the parents, siblings and grandparents then planned everything for them - from transportation to accommodation and every meal in between. This made it such an easy decision and took all the stress away.
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Celebrating with the people they love in the destination of their dreams, the happy couple is thrilled with the overall decision of not having a traditional wedding. Everything from the price to the stress levels is a lot lower when planning a destination wedding Kristen says, “I’d make the same decision a million more times.”
walking into the forest from the ocean
The Cala Luna is an awesome wedding venue located on a secluded slice of pristine beach called Playa Langosta, just a few steps from the Pacific Ocean known for some of the most spectacular sunsets.
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Kristen and Casey had a wonderful Langosta beach ceremony, and even though mother nature didn’t cooperate adding a slight rain shower, this wonderful couple continued through the ceremony and photo shoot with the Costa Rican “pura vida” attitude before heading back to the celebrations!
rings on succulents beach
sunset on the rocks in costa rica

Kristen shared some advice for other brides planning their perfect destination wedding. “Listen to people, but remember that trying to please everyone will drive you to the brink of insanity. In the end, I know that I would have gone crazy trying to plan a big wedding we didn’t want in order to please everyone around us,” she says. “Overall, though, have FUN with it. Don’t begin your marriage in a financial hole you created to make other people happy. I strongly suggest using a wedding planner for a destination wedding if you’ve never visited the location before. Meghan really gets all of the credit for the planning. We didn’t have to worry about a thing.”

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My husband and I used Mil Besos to plan our small wedding and honeymoon. We changed our plans drastically at least three times (from a larger wedding to an elopement and then back to a small wedding with only a month to spare). And although I know that it was so much extra work for Meghan at times, she made things seamless and perfect. My husband and I had never even been to Costa Rica before so rest assured we had questions about absolutely everything. Meghan was absolutely wonderful.

Catalina, the designer that worked with Meghan during the planning process, was also wonderful. She had a great eye. Together, they really went above and beyond to execute what we had imagined. The driftwood arch we had imagined, for example, turned out to be exactly what we had described wanting, even though we didn't have a real picture to go off of. The ceremony in Tamarindo was absolutely beautiful and was exactly what we had imagined. The details were perfect and even though a thunderstorm erupted right before the ceremony and everything had to be moved, they all handled it with such grace and patience. They made me feel so calm and like I honestly had to do nothing at all.

I would recommend them 10 out of 10 times and then over and over again.

Cala Luna Wedding Vendors

Featured on: Destination I Do
Planner: Mil Besos + Our Costa Rica Wedding
Reception Site: Cala Luna
Hair & Makeup: Famous Points Beauty
Gown Designer: Katie May
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Hugo Boss
Videographer: Nel Llanos