Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Jessica and Ray fell head over heels in love with the Villa Caletas amphitheater for their Costa Rica destination wedding where they held an intimate ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by a luscious green landscape and the perfect sunset, photographers Jessica and Jason Hill of A Brit & A Blonde captured some incredible images.

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

The Couple: Jessica and Ray

The Wedding: 3.15.13 – Villa Caletas , Central Pacific, Costa Rica

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

The Goals: First of all, we wanted to provide our guests with an escape, so we chose to host a destination wedding. Our second priority was the venue. We really wanted a destination that had something for everyone to enjoy. Our next priority was definitely photography.

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

The Process: We did all of our planning from Austin, Texas. We did tons of emails, a few phone calls, and Skype. Our planning experience was fun, a little scary at first because we only had pictures to look through and emails but once we got started it went very well. We were engaged for a little over a year and a half so we started planning slowly with a lot of online research. I felt like it was the perfect amount of time for us to plan at our own pace and not feel rushed.

We knew we wanted a destination wedding as soon as we were engaged. A friend of mine, also my maid of honor, was getting married in Hawaii and when I was helping her do her wedding research I came across a picture of the Villa Caletas amphitheater in a magazine. We looked at Villa Caletas online and loved it! We had a few friends and family members that had been to Costa Rica before and everyone had wonderful things to say about it. We never looked at any other venue or destination, we knew that was the place for us!

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

The Design: We wanted an intimate, natural, relaxed, and elegant atmosphere. Our design for the ceremony and reception was very simple. The venue itself had amazing views and beautiful architecture, so we didn’t need to add much to it. Our ceremony was at the amphitheater. We loved it as soon as we saw it, the view was amazing and it was a very unique. We had beautiful greenery on the sides of us and the Pacific Ocean behind us. We loved the way it let our guests be close to us and it made the ceremony more intimate (no microphones needed). We wanted local tropical flowers, but we didn’t really have a specific color palette, we just used a variety of flowers. We were very pleased with our florist, we only used two arrangements for the ceremony and wrapped the rails at the amphitheater with flowers. For the reception we really wanted everything to be as local as possible. We used Costa Rica coffee for the wedding favors, we had cigar rollers rolling fresh cigars, for our drinks we had Costa Rican beers, and cocktails made with Guaro.

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

The Moments: It’s hard to pick the most memorable part of our wedding day. I loved all the little things, like getting ready before the ceremony with my mom and friends, walking down the aisle with my dad, our ceremony, taking pictures and the reception. But if I had to pick the most memorable part it would have to be the intimacy of our wedding. After a week of a great vacation with our family and friends we had an amazing night of celebrating with the people closest to us! The most memorable part of the day for Ray was the ceremony and the wish lanterns. Our favorite decisions and details have to be the cigar rollers and wish lanterns. They were a nice fun touch for us and our guests. I also wore my sister-in-law’s wedding earrings. It was special for me to use them as my “something borrowed” because my brother gave them to her on their wedding day.

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

The Advice: We already knew how extremely loving and supportive our families are of us, but we were reminded how lucky we are to have such amazing families. Our family helped with everything from the time we were engaged to the day of. My parents gave us everything we wanted and more! They made our wedding amazing! Our advice would be to enjoy it! It will get frustrating and overwhelming at times and you will get tired of making decisions, but in the end everything will work out in one way or another. When it gets frustrating and overwhelming remember that you are marrying your best friend and then you get to celebrate with the ones you love. It’s awesome!

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Jessica and Jason Hill of A Brit & A Blonde
Event Planner: Marika Somerstein of Marika in Costa Rica
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Villa Caletas
Officiant: Daniel Barrett
Invitation Designer: Posh Posh Designs
Catering: Zephyr Palace
Florist: Carol Bikker of Costa Brava Weddings & Events
Cake: Dulces Memorias
Wedding Dress: Venus Bridals
Bridal Accessories: Tacori (earrings), Vera Wang (ceremony shoes), TOMS (reception shoes), Erica Koesler (veil)
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Jenny Yoo (dresses), Kendra Scott Jewelry (earrings)
Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: TopMan (suit and tie), Happy Socks (socks), Gordon Rush (shoes)
Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: Calvin Klein (suits), The Tie Bar (ties)
Hair & Make-up: Monica Mosapor of Costa Rica Hair & Make-up by Monica
DJ: Alejandro Azuola
Live Music: Samir Zughni and Rene DJ Macaw
Rings: Dean Fredrick

Thank you Jessica and Ray for sharing your fabulous Costa Rica destination wedding with us!

Looking to plan a destination wedding? Check out this incredible tropical destination Wedding in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica also photographed by A Brit & A Blonde .

Tropical Costa Rica Destination Wedding with Photography by A Brit & A Blonde – Jessica and Ray

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Cathy & Jackie Hawaii Wedding from Derek Wong

There are roughly a million reasons why we adore Hawaii weddings, and today’s darling Crystal Ocean Chapel affair is checking each and every one off its amazing list. Everything from the breathtaking ocean views to romantic-meets-classic décor, each and every moment captured by the talented Derek Wong is so incredibly heartwarming and beautiful. Join us as we share Cathy & Jackie’s wedding story below.

Cathy & Jackie Hawaii Wedding from Derek Wong

The love story

From the bride (Cathy): Jackie and I first met in first year of high school in Shanghai, China. We became close friends and after careful consideration, we started our relationship in 2nd year of high school.  Most people thought we would break up very soon, and we weren’t able to tell our parents about this relationship because “puppy love” just wasn’t accepted. We stayed together for 3 years, and I gave up my first immigration opportunity to stay with him in Shanghai.

However, after we graduated from high school, we went to different universities and had to live in different cities. The passion in our relationship started to cool off due to distance.  In my 3rd year of university, my parents asked me to immigrate to the States with them again, so this time I decided to move to New York and gave up my relationship with Jackie.

I lived in New York for another 2 years. I really missed our relationship and still believed that he was the one. Meanwhile, Jackie decided to move to New York because he didn’t want to live without me.  After Jackie came to New York we re-started our relationship.  We cherished our relationship even more and started planning for our future life together. We went through many challenges in this relationship, but we are very blessed to find each other.  No matter where we go, we believe that true love is always nearby.

Cathy & Jackie Hawaii Wedding from Derek Wong

Wedding venue

Cathy: I’ve always dreamed about having a beach wedding since I was a little girl.  After discussing with Jackie, we decided to only invite our close family and friends and picked our wedding location in Oahu, Hawaii.  Hawaii is the perfect location not only because it’s the most beautiful island state in the States, but also because it’s right in the middle between Shanghai and New York.

My parents suggested that although this is a destination wedding, the ceremony should still be formal, so we took their advise and decided to hold our ceremony in the Crystal Ocean Chapel in Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Cathy & Jackie Hawaii Wedding from Derek Wong

Wedding planning information

Wedding theme: intimate, sweet, warm, and relaxed

Theme colors: baby pink, champagne, and white (symbolizes sweetntess, simplicity, and purity)

Best wedding moment: when Jackie said his wedding vows

Cathy & Jackie Hawaii Wedding from Derek Wong

Thoughts from the photographer

Derek Wong: I really enjoyed photographing Cathy & Jackie’s intimate wedding.  They were great to work with and I loved capturing the chemistry between them.  Everyone was excited for their wedding and you could feel the energy and love in the air, not only from the Bride and Groom, but from their family and friends.

This wedding had beautiful decor and flowers.  Having the candy bar at this wedding was a nice touch to decor as well.  Cathy had two gowns and it was nice to photograph her in both.  I particularly enjoyed capturing the portraits on the beach and showing the true connection between Cathy & Jackie.

About the photographer

For over 12 years, Derek Wong has created some of the most memorable wedding images in Hawaii. He is recognized as one of the World’s Top Wedding Photographers. What sets him apart from other photographers are his attention to detail, commitment to quality, and talent for capturing moving images.

Cathy & Jackie Hawaii Wedding from Derek Wong

Find the photographer:

Derek Wong’s website | Facebook

Vendor Information:

Location: The Hilton Hawaiian Village |   Wedding Coordinator/Designer: Sandra Williams of Finishing Touch Hawaii |   Ocean Crystal Chapel Coordinator: Sarah Gamble of Best Bridal Hawaii ,   |   Decor: Jaymi Seo of Event Essentials Hawaii |   Rentals: Stephanie Valencia of Royal Party Rentals |   Hair/Make up: CJ Siepka of Naturally You Hawaii |   Cake: Cake Works Hawaii |   Videographer: Christiaan Phleger |   Tabletop Decoration: Passion Roots

15 Romantic Wedding Tents

If you are planning an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception, you want to be well prepared in case the weather does not cooperate.  A wedding tent is a practical solution that allows you to have an outdoor party that is also protected in case of bad weather. Many creative couples have used a tent to make any vision come to life and guarantee a flawless occasion.  If you are looking for ideas to decorate and dress up your wedding tent, here are some serious swoon-worthy inspirations to get you started.

Interior Design

15 Romantic Wedding Tents

Credits (from top left): Michelle Lindsay Photography / James Christianson Photographer / David Jenkins / Cestrum on Flickr / Iris Photography / Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography / Liz Banfield / Theo Milo Photography / Wedding Artist Collective / TruePhotography

Exterior design and lighting

15 Romantic Wedding Tents

Credits (from top left): Myrtle & Marjoram / Orchard Cove Photography / Haley Sierra Wedding Photography / Lights4Fun UK / Jana Williams Photography

Gorgeous Blossom-filled E-session from Abby Photography

Stefanos & Kim’s engagement session is pure and lovely with the let’s-grow-old-together kind of romance that melts our hearts. We love the natural interaction between these adorable childhood sweethearts, all captured perfectly by Abby Photography . Every image illustrates a love-filled swoon fest with breathtaking blossom-filled backdrop. Join us as we share Stefanos and Kim’s beautiful e-session below.

Gorgeous Blossom-filled E-session from Abby Photography

Thoughts from the photographer

Abby Photography: We were so happy when Stefanos and Kim opted to do their engagement session during one of our favorite times of the year, blossom week!

This was actually our second time working with Stefanos, as we photographed his brother’s wedding a few years ago. So it was nice spending time getting to know him and Kim better.

We have huge respect for these childhood sweethearts. Not only have they survived years together, they also run their own landscaping business. Kudos to them! Congratulations on your engagement, Stefanos and Kim! We can’t wait to celebrate your Harvest Golf Club wedding with you.

Gorgeous Blossom-filled E-session from Abby Photography

About Abby Photography

Kelowna wedding photographers , Chris & Elisha Stewart are the dynamic duo who bring Abby Photography to life. They are wedding photographers with class, courage and creativity; everything and more that you could want and need to satisfy your craving for memories tucked into phenomenal photographs.

Recently named one of the Best Wedding Photographers in World by Junebug Weddings, Chris and Elisha Stewart are also the Top ranked British Columbia wedding photographers of Fearless Photographers and ISPWP (the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers). However, both will admit that it’s the friendly competition between the two of them that counts the most.

Gorgeous Blossom-filled E-session from Abby Photography

Based out of the beautiful Okanagan Valley, a great demand for their exceptional photography takes Chris and Elisha to photograph weddings across Canada and internationally. Clients describe Chris & Elisha as a carefree couple who you’re bound to fall in love with and who deliver photographs that will leave you awestruck and overjoyed. Their passion and talent makes Abby Photography stand above the rest.

Gorgeous Blossom-filled E-session from Abby Photography

Find the photographer:

Abby Photography website | Facebook

A Place In My Heart – Jen and Eloise (from Roger Wu Photography)

We’ve seen and shared many different family stories here on Praise, but today’s story is a very special one that truly touched our hearts and left us speechless. It’s a story about unconditional love, a mother’s love that’s strong enough to break all fear, cultural differences, and life challenges. Jen’s love for her adopted daughter Eloise is thicker than blood.  Join us as we share this heartwarming story along with precious moments captured expertly by the talented Roger Wu .

A Place In My Heart – Jen and Eloise (from Roger Wu Photography)

The Story

Jen: I am composing this article on the eve of my daughter’s fourth birthday.  I can hardly believe how quickly the sand has passed through the hourglass.  As Eloise slumbers next to me, I caress her cheek and think back to that magical moment when I became someone’s mother.

On the afternoon of September 28, 2009, I received the news that I had long waited to hear: There’s a baby girl who was in need of a home.  My prayers had finally been answered;  I was going to be a mother. Needless to say, there was not a lot of sleeping that went on that night.  I lay awake in awe of the blessing that had been bestowed upon me.

Early the next morning, my friend and I journeyed to the birthing clinic in a rural area of Taiwan, where I prepared to meet God’s newest and most precious creation.  As we entered the clinic, anticipation filled my heart.  I was escorted behind a security door of the nursery and asked to wait in a small room.  Moments later a small bassinet appeared in front of me.  As I peered inside, I was instantly overwhelmed by the most intense feeling of love.  From that moment on, my heart belonged to to this little angel named Yi-Jhen.

A Place In My Heart – Jen and Eloise (from Roger Wu Photography)

Jen: As the nurses prepared the baby for the journey to her new home, I was overtaken by mixed emotions.  While this would forever be the most amazing and memorable day of my life, I couldn’t help but consider the feelings of the family on the other side of the corridor who was unable to care for this child and the sadness that they might be experiencing.  I will forever be grateful to Eloise’s (Yi-Jhen’s) birth parents for their unselfish act of entrusting me to care for their little girl.

And now four years have passed.  Eloise Yi-Jhen Wright is a healthy, happy, intelligent, and very outgoing little girl.  I’m reminded every day how blessed I truly am when I hear the words, “Love you, Mama.”

A Place In My Heart – Jen and Eloise (from Roger Wu Photography)

Thoughts from the photographer

Roger Wu: I first met Jen and Eloise at a breakfast restaurant.  The combination of Western and Asian food on the menu – black coffee and radish cake, caught my attention and I started to wonder what Jen and Eloise’s life together must be like.

At a convenience store nearby, three teenagers were looking at Jen and Eloise, discussing about this special mother-daughter combination.  I couldn’t help but wonder how Eloise might feel when she faces doubts and questions from others around her, but the moment when Jen put Eloise on her shoulders and held her up high, I realized that none of those concerns really matter.  Jen is not only a perfect mother, but also like a father.  Where would Eloise be if Jen never appeared in her life?

When i saw them walking together towards the sun, it reminded me of the adventure in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Jen and Eloise’s adventure will be filled with love and blessings.

A Place In My Heart – Jen and Eloise (from Roger Wu Photography)

About the photographer

With a combination of his love for fine art and innate eye for storytelling, Roger Wu captures images that truly illuminate special moments in life.  He creates timeless images that reflect the special, unique details on your special day, from the biggest moments to the smallest touches.

Roger Wu: “Love is the spirit of weddings, and I follow Him.  I love photos with true emotions – a mother’s tears, a father’s hug, and promises between couples, these precious moments only appear once, but through photography, they can be captured and kept forever.”

A Place In My Heart – Jen and Eloise (from Roger Wu Photography)

Find the photographer:

Roger Wu’s Website | Facebook | E-mail

Junebug’s Popular Pins of the Week on Pinterest!

Junebug’s Popular Pins of the Week on Pinterest!

Happy Thursday readers! We are happy to share the Junebug Weddings photos  most pinned on Pinterest this week! Thank you to Ross Harvey , Taylor Lord and Ken Kienow for your incredible imagery.

Junebug’s Popular Pins of the Week on Pinterest!

An absolutely stunning bridal portrait by UK wedding photographer Ross Harvey . See his full photographer spotlight interview here on Photobug !

Junebug’s Popular Pins of the Week on Pinterest!

These two photos were captured by Taylor Lord Photography at this cheerful Texas wedding featured on What Junebug Loves last week. The bright and colorful bouquet of peonies, ranunculus and tulips was designed and created by Bows & Arrows . Congratulations to Lavender Joy Weddings for their splendid work!

Junebug’s Popular Pins of the Week on Pinterest!

What bride doesn’t want to wear some fabulous shoes on her wedding day? Check out our favorites from Christian Louboutin , Jimmy Choo , Betsy Johnson , Badgley Mischka , BCBGMAXAZRIA and Manolo Blahnik !

Junebug’s Popular Pins of the Week on Pinterest!

Do you love to win as much as she does? Or hate to lose as much as he does? We love this perfectly captured moment from this competitive couple’s engagement session. See California wedding photographer Ken Kienow ‘s full photographer spotlight interview here on Photobug !

Want more? Come follow along with us on Pinterest!

Junebug’s Popular Pins of the Week on Pinterest!

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Christy & Scott’s Fraser River Lodge Wedding (from Mathias Fast)

Everything about Christy & Scott’s Fraser River Lodge wedding just feels right.  Romantic details, peaceful atmosphere, intimate environment, and gorgeous mountain views to take your breath away. Filled with sweet details and even sweeter little ones, it’s the type of wedding that will bring you lots of warmth. Each and every moment captured beautifully by Mathias Fast Photography is so incredibly heartwarming, you won’t want to miss a single one.  Join us as we share Christy & Scott’s wedding story below.

Christy & Scott’s Fraser River Lodge Wedding (from Mathias Fast)

Thoughts from the couple

We wanted the wedding to feel romantic, soft and intimate, so we incorporated a lot of lace and burlap accents.  Flickering candles created a warm glow that filled the room, along with the large white hydrangea flowers, and white tulle/draping.

Christy & Scott’s Fraser River Lodge Wedding (from Mathias Fast)

Thoughts from the photographer

Mathias Fast Photography: Christy and Scott were both so laid back on their wedding day that it made photographing them a breeze. Such a good day!   I loved how many other kids attended the wedding. All of them running around and breaking it down on the dance floor added a really cool element to the day.

Christy & Scott’s Fraser River Lodge Wedding (from Mathias Fast)

The bridesmaids all wore unique dresses that were different shades of soft cream, and even the candy bar had every different shade of neutral candy. Christy’s birdcage veil was handmade by her step-mom.

Christy & Scott’s Fraser River Lodge Wedding (from Mathias Fast)

About Mathias Fast Photography

a. I think marriage is awesome.
b. Having people put their faith in my cameras and me to document their wedding is an amazing privilege.

Christy & Scott’s Fraser River Lodge Wedding (from Mathias Fast)

Mathias Fast Photography: I’m a full time wedding photographer and I love what I do. Although Vancouver is my home, come October 2014 I will be splitting my time between here and Tanzania, where my wife and I are starting an orphanage. I’ll continue to photograph weddings in Vancouver during the summer. In the past three years I’ve photographed over 50 awesome couples all over the world on the best day of their life.

Christy & Scott’s Fraser River Lodge Wedding (from Mathias Fast)

Find the photographer:

Mathias Fast Photography Website | Facebook

Other Vendors:

Second Shooter: Tanis Katie Photography |   Venue & Catering: Fraser River Lodge |   Hair & Makeup: Flawless Appeal |   Florist: Fragrant Memories Floral Design |   Cake: Hailey Kjeldsen from Sweets Galore   |   Invitation Designer: GoGoSnap |   Rentals: Simple Soiree |   Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals (Style 2501)   |   Shoes: Bos. & Co. |   Earrings & Flower Ring: Stella & Dot |   Lip Gloss: Clinique Superbalm in Apricot |   Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein Shoes: Aldo |   Tie and Groomsmen’s Suits: Moores