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This beautiful Costa Rica Wedding at the {Buena Vista Villa & Casas at Tulemar Beach} was the picturesque wedding that both Edna + Brett wanted. We couldn’t agree more with the lovely flowers by Alvaro Ramirez Monge of Floristeria Cristal.  Edna + Brett thank their wedding coordinator with much help for making their wedding day possible.  With 61 guests from all over the world flying in and getting married in an area they were not fimilar with, {Tropical Occasions} was their saving grace.  Wedding cake by Sweet Constructions in San Juan.  Thanks again to {Beall and Thomas Photography} that shared this stunning wedding to us!

The weather on our wedding day was: Tropical!! We were on a beach in the rainforest. The day started out beautiful, rained right before the wedding, and then cleared as I arrived on the beach.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? We wanted a Tropical, Romantic theme. We worked with a Coordinator to select the soft lighting and colorful flowers.
Favorite design element of your big day: The flowers!!! I love orchids and they were everywhere! I loved the tall see-through arrangements. I wanted the height on the tables, but I didn’t want people to not be able to see across at one another. I thought the vibrant colors and soft lighting set off the night. We even had flowers and candles in the pool. I also loved that we used Antique Silver cake-cutters that matched my mothers’ silver pattern. Although the wedding was in Costa Rica, I still included some touches of home.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: It was a true hunt for the perfect dress! I wanted to shop in Chicago with my mother. Our bridal coordinator was a sweet lady who picked it and insisted I try it on.
My mom and I thought the dress was too intricate for a beach wedding. As soon as they clipped it to my body— my mom and I both knew it was “the one”. We knew it would work, as long as we could get it to Costa Rica!
Describe your wedding flowers: ORCHIDS! Pink, Dendrobium, Yellow, White. My bouquet was all white orchids with thick ivory silk ribbon and ivory silk organza.
Describe your wedding cake: The wedding cake had two layers covered in white chocolate fondant. The first layer was white chocolate velvet filled with a Pina-Colada Crème filling and the second layer was macadamia nut cake with Passion Fruit Crème filling.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? It was in COSTA RICA! We tried to take care of as many variables as possible—like bringing our own photographers—but we couldn’t have done it without them!!! We could not have done it without the talented duo!! They were there to capture everything from the zipline tour to the catamaran trip to the rehearsal dinner and wedding day!
Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? We had so many little special traditions my mom and Brett’s mom snuck in there. Our families are both truly wonderful. We chose Costa Rica over Thanksgiving because we are so blessed to have them. Brett’s family put on a true variety show at the rehearsal dinner. Brett’s mother, Janis, an Opera singer, sang the French love-song she used to
sing to Brett’s father, Jerry while he was in Vietnam, and also learned a beautiful Spanish love song. Brett’s brother Kirk sang our favorite cute love-song and added a few special “home-made” verses!
Also, Brett’s sister Julie and her husband Jason wrote us a very special poem. But, I must say my favorite tradition would be when my mom and dad gave Brett the original Gold Coin. My mom is from Honduras and my grandparents told my father that although my mother (Antonieta) was not a wealthy girl, and came with no dowry, they would be honored if he would accept an old Gold Coin that had been in the family. Since my father died when I was a little girl, it was very touching for my dad (step-dad) Bob to present the gift to Brett. I am very fortunate to have not only had an amazing father, but also the most loving step-father a girl could ask for!! (also lucky because their first names are the same!)
Funniest moment? The Exit…We left as our guests held a veil of sparklers above us with me in my beautiful Ivory silk wedding gown and Brett left in an orange towel!
Hardest decision you made in planning? Deciding that we should forgo the Hometown Wedding. We both come from large families in a close community and we have many dear friends. If we were to have the wedding in Maryville, it would easily be larger than either of us really wanted (or could afford!) All of my friends that had big hometown weddings spent so much time and money stressing and planning. Brett and I just wanted to enjoy our day—not spend time stressing.
The most unexpected event on our wedding day was: Thank goodness you limited this question to just wedding DAY….we had a 7 day adventure so everyday brought something unexpected! On the actual day…I would say seeing my father-in-law and my father jump into the swimming pool with all their clothes on was totally unexpected.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Soft, Romantic, and Tropical.
What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? 1) Do NOT plan an overseas destination wedding without a Travel Coordinator, a Wedding Coordinator, and lots of flexible guests! I have a new appreciation for school teachers taking children on field-trips. When we started following the wedding agenda on the 3rd day— I was relieved because our Wedding Coordinator stepped in and took care of all the counting. 2)Take it all in! Even if the details get annoying (and they will)– it will all be worth it in the end. The day really is special, don’t rush it!
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration. “May God Continue to Bless You” that was told to me in English, Spanish, and Portuguese! Since we planned our wedding over a Thanksgiving holiday, that really captured the theme.
Who was your most honored guest at the wedding? Since we went to Costa Rica, everyone that attended was very special to Brett and I. I was very touched at the guests that came from London, Brazil, and everyone that braved the trip down to the tropics. But I was most honored when I got a surprise appearance from my Grandmother from Honduras (she is 86). She brought 11 of my Honduran family members with her and the fact that she came brought me to tears.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are both extremely busy—so our next step is to keep-on- keeping-on! Neither of us has ever been away from home or work for more than 3 days FOR ANYTHING, so leaving for 11 days do get married AND go on our honeymoon left us both playing catch-up. We are looking forward to our next vacation (this time WITHOUT 61 other guests!). We enjoy vacation time when we can get it— but this time we are going to travel alone!!
Favorite inspirational blogs or sites (if any): {Beall and Thomas}, {Wedding Window}, {The Knot} and {Southern Weddings}.

Congratulations to Edna + Brett. May God continue to bless you each day!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
11 Comments
  1. avatar Terra Dawn Photography reply

    How gorgeous are those photos!!?? The photo of the bride and groom dancing is awesome. And I would have to say, the groom leaving in an orange towel would be a moment to remember. lol. Congratulations to Edna and Brett!!

  2. avatar The Perfect Palette reply

    this is an incredible wedding.

  3. avatar Kristina reply

    What an absolutely stunning wedding! I’ve been wanting to plan a destination wedding but didn’t know where to begin – thank you for providing the name of your coordinator. Tropical Occasions is exactly what I’ve been looking for so thank you for the great word-of-mouth reference!! Congratulations.

  4. avatar Cohymbra Saenz reply

    Beautiful wedding. You almost can feel the refreshing tropical weather. The color are so bright and different.

  5. avatar Stephen Denton reply

    Amazing Photographs! Costa Rica is the latest hot spot for destination weddings. I know 6 couples that have been married in CR just in the last year.

  6. avatar Ana Sofia Tamari reply

    I LOVE the flowers!!!South of the border weddings here I COME!!!!

  7. avatar Heather reply

    Wow, what a beautiful wedding! I have been to Costa Rica a few times but this looks magical! I

  8. avatar FireFlyNad reply

    Great interview and wedding photos, love the pool shot – fabulous wedding destination

  9. avatar bricolagista reply

    looks like it was an amazing ceremony. talking real southern wedding (south of the border southern). i’ll be pushing this idea on all of my engaged friends.

  10. avatar Hussey Photogaphy reply

    These pix are gorgeous!The couple must be thrilled with the results!!!SO awesome!!!-Tim

  11. avatar kat reply

    I am so impressed with the use of the orchids. What a gorgeous arrangement of color and dazzle! Everything is pulled together – so sophisticated and elegant. Again, very impressed.Congrats to the couple!

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