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.


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!!!