Beach weddings tend to sway more towards boho, especially in tropical Costa Rica, but this wedding inspiration dared to go against the current with this modern shoot. Minimalist white arches replaced the typical arbor and sculptural flowers added a crisp burst of color to the mostly neutral palette. The bride's champagne tulle gown blended beautifully with the sand which also sported a unique detail. A sand artist created a one-of-a-kind art piece just for the shoot and collaborated on a cocktail presentation to match.
The sprawling powder sand beaches of Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo were the perfect setting for this romantic shoot. MG Events wanted to do something out of the box from their usual wedding designs, so they went with a minimalist inspiration. At every opportunity, they asked themselves, "How do we make this design simple yet interesting?". The flowers by Art Flower CR incorporate some of the typical beachy elements like pampas grass and palm fronds, but what really makes them stand out are the white and orange Calla Lillies that make up the majority of the arrangements. It is important to have a wedding video, especially when the venue is outdoors. Costa Rica Cinematography/ Destination Wedding Stories was there to capture the feel of the sea breeze and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. White Diamond Photo kept the photos sun-drenched and bright, making it look like the couple is glowing. To see even more from this beachy wedding inspiration, check out the full gallery. Keep reading to hear more from Monica Gomez of MG Events about this beautiful day.
Of course, I always love over-the-top weddings, but I wanted to shift gears to elevate the minimalistic style. There’s just something special about simplicity. Minimalism is a trend that has touched everything in our lives, whether it be home decor, clothing brands, or health and wellness. People are longing for a more simple life. Now that doesn't mean that simple needs to be boring, because some of the most beautiful designs are minimalistic. The inspo for design flows once you find the perfect location. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo is a truly magical place and is the ultimate luxury destination. The property itself boasts statement architecture amongst nature, so it was the perfect backdrop to host my vision. I wanted the ceremony arch to be very clean and modern so the sand art would stand out. I was also very inspired by the tones of the sand and the soft blue of the ocean. That, paired with soft blushes, made our palette very romantic. I particularly adored the blush glassware to balance the romance with minimalism, and the TPD Design House team brilliantly designed an artful suite from the inspiration boards I created.
I love the opportunity to bring artists into my event designs and was excited to incorporate sand art for this shoot. The talented Byron Balmaceda from San Jose exceeded my expectations with his creativity. Particularly the sand art specialty cocktail, which especially met my vision. We went with a coconut rum cocktail which gives me all the Pura Vida vibes. The display of the cocktail was important and featured a beautiful sand art creation and with unique glassware. And the cake was exactly how I imagined it, thanks to Karina Fernandez of Cakeology. The design resembles the sand art we created. Simple, but not simple at the same time.
As for the fashion, effortlessly beautiful was the goal. I was lucky to have Davee Troublefield as our stylist who found the inspiration for the wedding dress, then custom-made by Yasmine Layani Bridal Couture. Once we had the dress design locked in, Davee set the style for the groom, which rivaled South of France style! For a final takeaway to planning couples, don’t be afraid to embrace the less is more philosophy. Soft and neutral tones or even pastels won’t overshadow the beautiful surroundings, but still, provide plenty of statement style!