A little time ago we found ourselves back in paradise– which is located in Costa Rica– in case you didn’t know. Our friends at Stay in Costa Rica asked us to come back down and do some more creative work and we jumped at the chance. Costa Rica has to be one of my favorite places on earth. It’s tropical, exotic, friendly, laid-back, and beautiful. The setting for what we’ve dubbed our colorful beach photoshoot was on a remote beach only accessible by a questionable wooden bridge, where we hand carted all our belongings (including a spare roll of toilet paper– just in case). This day will go down as one of my favorite days in life. It was full of laughs, beautiful scenery, good friends, and lots of impromptu pretty. Everywhere you look in Costa Rica there is something beautiful; fossilized rocks, ornate trees with dangling fruit, bright flowers and picturesque coastlines. This photoshoot had the makings of everything above and more.
For this photoshoot we were inspired by the colorful Costa Rican oxcart and Josh from Metal Mermaid Press put his spin on the intricate design. With a plethora of bright, neon colors, big ball skirts mixed with flowey dresses, sparkle and gathered flowers from where ever Tony could find them– here’s what we came up with with gorgeous images by Carla Ten Eyck Photography.
A huge thank you to Style Me Pretty for featuring our photoshoot. More to come from this gorgeous destination from our incredible horse farm shoot in an amazing glossy wedding magazine in September!
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Photo Shoot Location: Los Suenos Resort in Costa Rica Event Design + Planning: Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events
Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden
Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore
Cinematography: Vintage Cinema
Invitations: Metal Mermaid Press
Furniture + Event Rentals: Eventos Boadicea
Linens: Resource One Inc.
Wedding Dress with Ball Gown: Anne Barge / Wedding Dress with Layered Ruffles: Amy Kuschel
Beauty: DD Nickel
Bridal Earrings: Haute Bride + Maria Elena
Feather Headpiece: Couture for The White Dress by the Shore
Colorful Earrings with Yellow Dress: DK Designs for The White Dress by the Shore
Headband: Maria Elena
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Costa Rica for Mandi and Dan’s amazing destination wedding! We adore Los Suenos Resort– and we especially love these amazing luxury homes from Stay in Costa Rica (a property management company that represents these gorgeous homes!). Mandi and Dan had an incredible wedding at one of these multi-million dollar beauts overlooking the bay– and it all started because of this amazing editorial fashion shoot we did one year prior! We have so many amazing images from this trip to share with you– but first up is our fashion shoot at Puesta Del Sol, Villa Artiv, and the beautiful Casa Marlin.
Our inspiration for this fashion shoot came from the luxury properties available at Stay in Costa Rica. Beth Chapman, stylist and owner of The White Dress by the shore wanted to create a luxurious, dramatic and romantic look for brides having a destination wedding. The natural landscape of Costa Rica and Los Suenos resort provided us with the majority of the flowers used in the bouquets, designed by Datura: A Modern Garden. Our fashion shoot mixes both a tropical feel and a modern, sophisticated and decadent direction.
The gowns and accessories were shot in the most amazing locations– from the multi-million dollar spanish influenced home of Puesta Del Sol with breathtaking views of the rainforest and three different pays that surround Los Suenos Resort to the modern and swanky digs at Villa Artiv with it’s vintage Louis Vuitton trunk and Pucci chair. All three of these luxurious properties are available for not only accommodations, but also for amazing wedding receptions and ceremonies!
A special shout out to my girl, Carla Ten Eyck, who is by far filled with the most talent I have ever seen. I am not even sure how she is able to make everything and everyone so beautiful, but by God, she does it every time!!!
Thank you to our friends at Junebug Weddings for featuring our fashion shoot– go check out the post here!
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Locations: Properties from Stay in Costa Rica – Puesta Del Sol, Casa Marlin, Villa Artiv
Creative Direction, Candice Dowling Coppola of Jubilee Events
Fashion Direction / Styling: Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore
Floral Design: Tony Palmieri of Datura: A Modern Garden
Beauty: DD Nickel
Cinematography: Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema
Wedding dresses by: Anne Barge, Amy Kuschel and Augusta Jones from The White Dress by the shore
Jewelry: Tejani and Aquinnah from The White Dress by the shore
Costa Rica has quickly become one of the top locations in the world for a destination wedding. The beautiful and tropical atmosphere mixed with the friendly, laid back culture is the perfect recipe for a week long holiday to celebrate with family and friends. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Costa Rica now for a third time in less than two years and it is, hands down, one of the most unique, beautiful and amazing places I’ve ever been!
Los Suenos Resort and Marina is a 1,100-acre master planned destination resort community and encompasses a private 600-acre rainforest reserve; a 201-room five star Marriott hotel; over 500 luxury residences, including single-family homes, lots, condominiums and lavish villas; a full service 200-slip international marina; an exclusive Beach Club for residents; an 18-hole championship golf course, and much more. We’ve partnered with Stay in Costa Rica, a luxury property management company on the resort, to plan and design destination weddings at their properties. They have dozens of amazing, multi-million dollar homes and villas that overlook the rain forest and bay. Stay in Costa Rica offers unique and luxurious accommodations for your guests and an experience of having your wedding in the most unique setting! The Marina offers a ton of activities and experiences– from sailing, fishing, to shopping and unique dining. The spa at the Marriott Resort within Los Suenos is world class and renowned. I can’t gush enough about how beautiful and amazing this place is!
We have to wish a heartfelt congratulations today to Mandi and Dan, who are to be wed on the beach this afternoon amongst 50 of their closest family and friends. At sunset, we’ll have cocktails on top of the mountain overlooking the rainforest and bay during sunset. An authentic Costa Rica dinner is being prepared by our incredible chef, Jose. We can’t wait to get the day started. Congratulations Mandi and Dan! Pura Vida!!!! XO