The Best Wedding Photos of 2013 & Tropical Costa Rican Wedding Photos

Photography has to be one of the most important choices when putting together your wedding budget.  Hiring a professional photographer can make all the difference between ho-hum and spectacular wedding photos that will stand up to time.  We’re all taking photos with our phones and tablets but they just don’t measure up to professional photo. There is so much to consider including the lighting, composition and point of view. Consider the professional that had the idea and took the photo below.

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Of course, when using your iPhone / iPad to take photos, be sure to follow proper photo etiquette, especially when it pertains to the ceremony itself.

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Costa Rica Wedding Ceremony & Reception with Unexpected Surprises

Stan and Lisa are into the arts wanted a wedding with a twist around each corner. Unexpected surprises brought a smiles to everyone’s face. Guests were shown to their seats by a mime.

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Choose Costa Rica for your Destination Wedding

Times have changed and so has the etiquette surrounding a wedding. In the United States 16 percent of marriages taking place in are destination weddings. Many couples say weather is a key factor in selecting their venue. Let’s look at the top destination wedding locations.
1. Las Vegas (125,000)
2. Hawaii (20,000)
3. U.S. Virgin Islands (5,100)
4. Jamaica (5,000)
5. Bahamas (4,000)
6. Mexico and Florida
7. COSTA RICA

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Manuel Antonio Weddings on the Beach in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has been recognized as the top destination for weddings in Latin America in The Knot Market Intelligence: 2012 Destination Weddings Study, capturing 36 percent of the vote for first place. The Wall Street Journal reports that “The Costa Rica brand” is exciting, adventurous, tropical and sexy. North American and European couples see this tropical paradise as a romantic, adventurous wedding destination, where getting married at the foot of a volcano, beneath the palms of a white sand beach, or in the heart of the rainforest, are perfect backdrops for starting a new life together.

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Wedding ceremony on the Manuel Antonio Beach in Costa Rica

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Waterfall Elopement Wedding in Costa Rica

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Getting married at a waterfall is an incredible experience. Is is the perfect background for your wedding. The sheer force of the water and the crisp air create an energy that pairs with saying your wedding vows. Surrounded by nature there are often unexpected guests like monkeys, toucans and maybe a beautiful blue morpho butterfly. The ceremony ends and there is a sense of peace. The sound of cascade overwhelms everything and you’ll find your focus on each other. It’s a ideal way to start a marriage.
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Guanacaste, Costa Rica Beach Wedding in the Green Season

“Since we met the day before our wedding I did not think about any details and just focused on relaxing and enjoying the moment. Then, when we got to the reception, we were so pleased that we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Everything was beautiful and you really paid attention to my requests for various details. We left Guanacaste feeling like we just had the most amazing wedding EVER. Thank you, Randy!”

Ellie and Ed had their wedding in Guanacaste. Located in the northern part of Costa Rica it is one of the driest areas of the country. This wedding day was perfect during our “green season” and the weather cooperated.

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Costa Rica – Tips on The Right Wedding Destination

I ran into an interesting wedding article the other day. While most articles talk about many different locations to go to, their advantages and disadvantages,, this one talked about wedding planning tips to help you with your destination decision – no matter where it was that you decided to go. In reading it, I thought how nicely Costa Rica fit into some of their advice and cautions.

The article starts out:
Here are the top tips for a destination wedding:
1. Pick the perfect spot
The location of your wedding determines not only the mood (rustic, sophisticated, beachy), but also the travel, time and budget required to pull it off. You want your guests to walk away from your wedding weekend saying, “That was so them!” Your wedding elements – not just location, but also activities and overall vibe – should say something about your personal style and your passions. Did he propose on vacation in Paris? Then why not host a swank wedding in the City of Lights? Are you foodies? Think about gathering your crew in a place like Tuscany or California wine country. Or if you love outdoor adventures, consider Costa Rica, where guests can zipline through the treetops before the rehearsal dinner.
Read the complete wedding tip article here.

It was interesting to me as a wedding coordinator, that out of all the places in the world to get married, Costa Rica was mentioned by the author! I feel the same way.

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Beach Wedding

Wedding on the beach and reception under the full moon!
One of my favorite locations for a wedding is Manuel Antonio!
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It is the home of one of the most beautiful national parks in the country. Alexis and Johnny are frequent visitors to Costa Rica.
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Beachfront Wedding at Casa Oceano Villa in Costa Rica

Michelle and Dennis had an intimate beachfront ceremony sourrounded by their close family and friends on the deck of Casa Oceano in Tango Mar. They had been to the house on numerous occasions and decided it was the perfect spot for their wedding.

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Wedding Catamaran Cruise – Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Amanda and William were looking for a something a little different for their wedding. Family and friends joined them on a catamaran cruising off the beautiful coast of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.  The ceremony was held on the Catamaran’s spacious deck which was decorated with blue silk and white orchids.

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How about a Beach Elopement in Costa Rica?

Your idea for your wedding was “Beautiful, Intimate and Simple”?
A wedding..SIMPLE! I can hear you chuckling…..well it really can simple and unforgettable with a beach elopement in Costa Rica.

You can pick from one of the hundreds of beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and use that as a stunning backdrop. On the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica the sun normally set over the water, you really can’t beat that for your wedding photographs.

Other than that it can be as simple as you want it to make.
Elopement at Langosta Beach
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