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.┬áIt 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 July 1st - Photographs by A Brit & A Blonde


Wowsers – it has been a very, very, very long time since we had a chance to put up a blog post. We have been extremely busy bees since January capturing some really epic and amazing destination weddings in Costa Rica. We have so many fun ones to share – so stay tuned in the coming weeks for more sunny Costa Rica weddings. And also for many radtastic Canadian weddings now that our summer season has kicked into full gear.

Brittany and Bill currently live in NYC and met a couple of years ago while in a line up for a shindig in the Hamptons. Pretty incredible. They chose to say their I do’s in beautiful Playa Langosta, Costa Rica – since Bill’s brother owns a fantastic beachfront villa – Casa Los Olivos– and how can you not want your ceremony in such an idyllic spot. With around 40 of their nearest and dearest, the ceremony took place on the beach and then cocktails and reception and dancing fun steps away back at the villa.

The couple got primped and prepped at the nearby boutique hotel, Cala Luna, and we did their first look amongst the lovely green hedges between the villas. Maruja of Lat 10 Weddings & Events helped Brittany and Bill with wedding planning and decor/rentals were courtesy of Eventos Artensanos – who did a top notch job of bringing the couple’s vision to life. Pure beachy bohemian laid back perfection.

That night was also perhaps the most unbelievable sunset ever. And we have seen our share of sunsets over the years living in Costa Rica – that I do sorta consider myself a bit of sunset snob. This one however blew me away. It is wild to think that we were all there to witness its sheer sunsetty awesomeness thanks to a line up in the Hamptons a couple of years ago. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Mad props Hampton line up – hats off to you, you did good. Very good.

ThompsonIgnacia: So beautiful