Written by Jessica - Posted July 6th - Photographs by A Brit & A Blonde

Sometimes a wedding leaves me completely speechless, awestruck and wonderstruck – the best kind of strucks really. There was just so much loveliness and pure unadulterated awesomeness that you are left without words just all the feels.

This was the first time we had been to the quite new El Mangroove boutique hotel in Papagayo, Costa Rica. Valerie & Jeremy are from Oklahoma and chose this lil’ slice of paradise for their big day. It was and is stunning and a total treat for us as photographers. We could have happily shot there all the live long day and then some. Besides the incredible backdrop it offers – it is located right on the beach (always rad) and is only 20 mins away from Liberia airport – which makes it double rad to the power of the best thing ever. You see in Costa Rica – the roads are not always the easiest to navigate, so to be sipping a pina colada beachside less than 30 mins after you’ve picked up your suitcases is nothing short of ah-mazing.

The wedding ceremony took place on the beach and Valerie’s brother acted as the officiant – which always gives it that extra something. The reception was in the garden area complete with magically twinkly lights that looked spectacular after the sun had set. Barbara Broutin of FourNineteen Weddings did a truly magnificent job of creating such a gorgeous day for the couple and their guests.

Valerie & Jeremy shall we make a date to see you back at El Mangroove for your 1 year anniversary or perhaps let’s all just meet back there right now – our bags are packed and ready to go!


ThompsonIgnacia: So beautiful!

Barbara Broutin: Absolutely stunning-spectacular!!!! What fantastic fantastic work. Love you guys!

Christina Craft: Ooooh.... Just saw this blog post and had to say how awesome it all looks as a collection. What a gorgeous wedding and an amazing couple! x

ken martin: I was at the wedding and it was an amazing week full of love joy and happiness. El Mangrove was beautiful and the staff made the whole week there very special. I love El Mangrove and want to come back!!!


Written by Jessica - Posted June 30th - Photographs by A Brit & A Blonde

Jason & I were the oldest people at Howie & Mary’s wedding. There were no parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles twice removed. It was “just the kids”, as my mother would say. All the way from NYC to have the time of their lives with their bestest of friends. Before you have visions of Lord of the Flies: The Wedding Edition – these “kids” were on their best behaviour…they may have all ended up in the pool at the end of the night but it was the pools fault, looking all refreshing and inviting and stuff.

It was the first time we had shot a wedding in the Papagayo area of Costa Rica. It is a quieter, more secluded area that has some new resorts springing up. The grounds at the Hilton Papagayo are pretty extensive – no shortage of lovely loveliness for us to shoot. We could have shot their couples portraits all day long, but thought as the oldest people there, we had a responsibility to at least get them to the ceremony on time. The wedding planners did a top notch lovely job with the ceremony setup on the beach. Picture perfect and just what Howie & Mary wanted. The cocktails and reception took place around the pool of the Resort’s spa. A destination wedding at its best.

Three cheers you crazy kids. May you always have a pool nearby and friends to jump in it with you.

Torsten Hochzeitsfotograf: What great idea for the small group photo!! i like your work! Love from germany, Torsten