Hotel Costa Verde set the scene for this couple and their 30 guests. Monkeys, a BBQ dinner and custom piñatas helped to create an unforgettable event.
Favourite part: During the intimate and emotional ceremony, monkeys came out of the trees just as Kelly began walking down the aisle! Also, the Costa Rican BBQ dinner was amazing.
Unique ideas: Instead of a cake cutting, Kelly and Andrew did piñatas! They had bride and groom stuffed with mini liquor bottles and candy. Needless to say, the guests were very happy to participate.
Toughest part to plan: Kelly says it was whether to wear her hair up or down! “It seems so small, but I agonized about it! My hair is my favourite physical feature about myself – but with the heat and humidity I decided to go for a more classic updo. Beach waves, or even my regular curls, were no match for the Costa Rican afternoon sun!”
Destination wedding advice: The bride has a few tips. First, get a wedding planner – it really eliminates stress. Second, hire a great photographer (it will be worth every penny). And lastly, “Sprinkle in some wow-factor. For us it was the piñatas, sangria bar and taco bar.”
Overall experience: “The number of guests, the different culture and all the personal touches of doing it ‘off the resort’ made it the best day. We are so happy!”
Photography: Sara Monika Photo
Originally published in Destination Wedding magazine, Fall/Winter 2018.