* Joyce and Steve in Costa Rica


photographers: Emilie and J
venue: Costa Verde Manuel Antonio
event coordination/design: Larissa Banting Weddings Costa Rica
flowers: Floresteria Cristal
rentals: Eventos Boadicea
band: Fuzzy Rojas
cupcakes: Robin's Kitchen
lighting: Eventos Chano
hair/make-up: Spa Uno
gown: Martina Liana at La Raines Bridal Atlanta
accommodations: Hotel Parador Manuel Antonio
honeymoon: Madagascar in February

Joyce and Steve's wedding was the second of our back-to-back weddings in Costa Rica earlier this month. Based in Atlanta, she's a monkey veterinarian (true story) and he's a pilot, so Costa Rica was the perfect combination of both passions (you'll see what I mean as you scroll down). They had visited Costa Rica previously and loved the area, so returned for their wedding with 100 of their closest friends and family. Their traditional Jewish ceremony was held under a tent at the Coste Verde pool overlooking the ocean and their reception was at the tippy top of the venue grounds in an open-air event facility.

I know this looks disturbing at first glance, but it's actually a suspended airplane suite!

First look.

A bridge over the pool served as the aisle.

Monkey and airplane cupcakes, right.

Hanging monkeys delivered table assignments.

And were a great prop for a ring detail shot.

Costa Rica coffee favors. Yum.

So there you have it! Congratulations to Joyce and Steve, and Kerry and Richard! And most of all, thank you to Larissa for entering my Pink Initiative raffle! We're so happy you did! Visiting Costa Rica was a longtime dream and we can now officially check it off the list (tho we would like to come back- there's so much more we need to see and do!).


  1. the silhouette against the purple sky is STUNNING!!!

  2. Wow what an amazing idea for a place to get married ,) I have allways wanted to go to Costa Rica, and talk about the best of both worlds, as you were saying in your post, seems like from the pictures here (which are great btw.) they were a match made in heaven, and what a place to stay there in the plane hehehe must had been a dream come true for those love birds ,) Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful occasion... gives me so many ideas, now when it comes to getting married one day ,) hehe

  3. You documented the beauty and spirit of this wedding perfectly, Emilie! Great work and Happy New Year! :-)


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