AN ANDAZ PAPAGAYO PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING

Written by Jessica - Posted April 13th - Photographs by A Brit & A Blonde

The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo resort in beautiful Costa Rica is stunning – there is no doubt. They have thought of everything, including providing each guest with fun lil’ flip flops and a vacation hat. Who doesn’t heart a good vacation hat. The grounds are wonderful whether you want to hang by the pool, chill by the beach or sip margaritas at the bar with their very own mixologists. Now if you decide to get married and invite all your best people to this marvellous spot – then my friend, it is next level fab.

Kierre & Brian live in DC and they have some friends and family that really know how to throw down and have a party. The dance party that ensued post reception was non-stop. The ties came off and may or may not have become head gear to keep the sweat at bay for many of the guys and the bridesmaids hiked up their dresses and tied them in a knot to move like Jagger. Music by DJ Mason Dunn was truly top notch.

Barbara Broutin of FourNineteen Weddings once again did a superbly magnificent job of the decor. Everything came together like a Pinterest pipe dream. FourNineteen’s destination wedding planning is hands down first rate. The florals by Artflower were the perfect accent to the Papagayo backdrop.

In spite of the rain – the plan B option of having the ceremony take place in the stunning architecturally sublime lobby was kinda the best. What a space for your I do’s. LOVE. I wish all venues plan B options were this spectacular.

Andaz Papagayo has a super cute purple VW camper van – which I spotted when we were doing the location scout. I asked if it could please, please, please with the cheeriest of cherries on top be around during the wedding and ideally parked in this exact spot. The staff gave me the thumbs up and then they went above and beyond and decorated it too. Again the best!

I think it is pretty clear that I am gushing about the Andaz Papagayo – it was our first wedding at the resort and cannot wait to be back again soon. Until then, I’ll wear my vacation hat and dream of it.

A GREEN WEDDING IN A CLOUD FOREST AT VILLA BLANCA

Written by Jessica - Posted February 27th - Photographs by A Brit & A Blonde

Vale & Jorge are proof that young love is really sweet. The adoring couple just graduated from University and could not wait to tie the knot. Their backdrop was magnificent: a cloud forest! Many couples assume that if they have a destination wedding in Costa Rica that the only option is barefoot in the sand “I do’s”. Not the case my fellow amigas and amigos. Costa Rica has so many incredible options including the small, off the beaten path town of San Ramon which is up high in the mountains. So high in fact that you are literally amongst the clouds. It is really incredible and something to be seen.

And for eco-conscious brides and grooms – Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve makes the perfect green destination wedding venue. An amazing eco conscious hotel surrounded by Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve. The hotel has retained Five Green Leaves by the CST – a ranking very few hotel properties in Costa Rica can boast. They have amazing self guided walking trails (complete with pretty rad wooden walking sticks) and a dairy ranch on the property – did I not say this place was eco-fabulous!

Vale & Jorge’s moving ceremony took place at the on-premise chapel which has an amazing ceiling comprised of 840 hand painted ceramic tiles. Truly a wonder! Our lovely bride, Vale is a designer and she actually designed her own stunning wedding dress and all the paper design pieces too. Which she had printed on environmentally friendly banana paper.

And a kinda hilarious lil’ anecdote – we sat at a table with some of Vale & Jorge’s family who only spoke Spanish and although we are slowly learning we are no Spanish linguists yet. We were engaging in friendly chit chat and someone asked “A Brit” how old he is (in spanish of course) and he very happily answered back with much conviction “quinientos” – which is 500! Amazeballs.

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Naren: Lovely pictures! Great photography :)

Vale: Looking at the pictures is almost like going back to our wedding day :) No one could have captured it like you did, mil gracias amigos!