Destination Weddings, Wedding Photoshoots

April 20, 2011

Destination Inspirations Event Recap: Costa Rica

{ suitcase & shoe painting from anthro; costa rica rain forest, vintage travel posters,  pretty girl in a bed of colorful flowers, and vintage camera from we ? it; paper suite from martha stewart weddings; red and white striped shirt with skirt from anthro }

Our final destination took us to the beautiful country of Costa Rica– and we were inspired by the natural lush rain forest and fun, vibrant patterns. Costa Rica is an amazing country to have your destination wedding– rich in culture, nature, and the good life, Costa Rica has become one of my favorite places in the world. The air is clean, the water clear and the rain forests dense with colorful vegetation. Having been to Costa Rica twice last year, I was really inspired by the surrounding nature and Anthropologie’s newest catalog. Don’t they go hand-in-hand? The 70’s vibe is so stylin’ right now and I just love mixing patterns. I feel like sometimes people get nervous mixing patterns, and while you need to do it well in order for it to work, the end result has a major style impact! The best piece of advice in mixing patterns is to make sure one element is cohesive— color. If you can match tonality of color your patterns can range in whatever style and design you choose!

Now, onto Costa Rica!

{ photography by carla ten eyck }

Our inspiration board came to life with colorful patterns, lots of layers, vibrant foliage and floral design, and a nod to the Costa Rican coffee bean. The White Dress by the shore featured a beautiful tiered Amy Kuschel gown with a flattering silhouette, perfect for getting married on the beach or in the rain forest! Beth Chapman paired it with a dramatic layered green and gold necklace, designed by Kelley Marks for The White Dress.

Our square tablescape donned colorful patterned green linen from La Tavola Linen along with a blue tuscany runner. We used saffron napkins, folded at each place setting and topped with our coffee bean favor. Each burlap sack was wrapped in wooden rings with the guests name on them, created by Paloma’s Nest. It was one of my favorite details of the day! We chose a mother-of-pearl styled Velencia charger from Party Rental, simple toupe stoneware, and wooden handled flatware.

Datura: A Modern Garden created a dense bed of richly colored fruit– mango, papaya, kiwi and pineapple– with a sculptural centerpiece using green foliage, orchids and other vibrant accents. I absolutely love it! Having been with Tony to Costa Rica twice, this centerpiece is a true representation of what you could have for your tablescape. The beauty is these items are abundant, so inexpensive, and can be literally picked from the side of the road!

Coral Pheasant created a dynamic paper story, complete with rich floral patterns and a boxed invitation. The wedding program was hand sewn at the binding. Our friend and amazing colleague love*jenna created this beautiful leaf menu for us for an amazing shoot we did in Costa Rica– and it was the perfect compliment to our tablescape! Planning a wedding in Costa Rica? Look no further than Stay in Costa Rica— a company specializing in high end luxury homes available for rent on Los Suenos resort for your next event.

A HUGE thank you to all of our sponsors and amazing vendors who put together the most amazing event!

Credit Reel

Location & Fashion: The White Dress by the shore
Event Design & Planning: Jubilee Events
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden
Catering: Emily’s Catering
Confections Display & Desserts: Lovely Lollies
Tent: Sperry Tent
Paper Story: Coral Pheasant Stationery
Menswear: Valentino Tailors
Honeymoon: Stay in Costa Rica
Salsa Dancing: Alisa’s House of Salsa
Rentals: Party Rental, Ltd
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema
Beauty: DD Nickel Beauty

  1. Great photos all around! Loved the whole album :)

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