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Tropical Destination Wedding in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica – Emma and David

May 7, 2013 | editorial team

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

The Couple: Emma and David

The Wedding: 12.15.12 – Zephyr Palace, Playa Herradura, Costa Rica

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Fun, romantic, and relaxed

What was your wedding color palette? Corals, oranges, peaches, and white with touches of seafoam and gold

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? We wanted our wedding to be very personal – from the crazy cake with the hiking couple on the top of it (we love to spend time outdoors together and David has hiked the Appalachian Trail), to the Persian cookies on our dessert table (a nod to Davids family), to the kiddush cups that we used in our ceremony (from our bar/bat mitzvahs) and David’s ring (a family heirloom that was a gift from my stepfather). Everything had some special meaning for us. We wanted the wedding to feel personal for our guests as well, so we asked everyone to give us copies of their own wedding photos, even if they could not make it to the wedding. We put these in gold frames and used them scattered around the reception.

It was also really important to us that our wedding be fun and entertaining for us and our guests. We wanted to have an amazing band and lots of ways for guests to amuse themselves like the make-your-own mojito bar, lighting chanukah candles with the kids (our wedding was on the last night of chanukah) and the fireworks at the end of the night. We did not want there to be any time when people were standing around with nothing to do!

Visually, we always had the venue in the back of our minds, and we chose the colors and the gold and lace accents with the tropical views and old world feel of the architecture in mind. It was a colorful and ornate setting so we used that as our guide for the look and feel of the wedding – an all-white wedding would not have worked there!

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Emma: David secretly learned to play the ukulele in the weeks leading up to our wedding and surprised me with a serenade of one of our favorite songs at the reception. He gave the music to the band in advance and all of our guests sang along with him on the chorus. It was such an amazing memory and probably the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me. It will be hard for him to top!

David: At the end of the night, we called everyone out on the patio for a final treat and then surprised them with a fireworks display that was the equivalent of what a small town in the US would put on for the 4th of July. It was one of the highlights of the evening for everyone!

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? It will all go by very quickly, so just try to stay present in every moment. We took a few minutes by ourselves after the ceremony to soak it all in, connect with each other, and get ready for the party, which we both really appreciated. Also, everyone will look to the bride and groom to set the tone for the party, so relax, get out on the dance floor and have fun and everyone else will follow!

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

destination wedding at Zephyr Palace in Costa Rica, photo by A Brit & A Blonde | via junebugweddings.com

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: A Brit & A Blonde
Event Planner: Wedding Costa Rica
Reception Venue: Zephyr Palace
Videographer/Film Maker: Jonathan Yonkers
Officiant: Gonzalo Vega
Invitation Designer: Inkprint Letterpress
Calligraphy: Inky Quills Calligraphy
Florist: Son Soles
Cake: Sweet Constructions
Dress Designer: Judd Waddell
Bridal Accessories: Shoes- Benjamin Adams, Sash and Veil – Allegria Bridal
Bridesmaids Apparel and Accessories: Dress – J Crew, Sash and Silk Hair Flower – Eclu, Robes – Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie
Groom and Groomsmen Apparel and Accessories: Tuxes – 9tailors, Tie and Pocket Square – Emy, Cufflinks – Tomatomade
Ring Bearer Accessories: Bowties and Suspenders – The Baxter Boy, Sign – Chic Little Somethings
Hair & Make-up: Monica Mosapor
Live Music: Santa Fe Duo and Grupo Expresso
Rentals: Event Boadicea and Costa Mesa
Decor: Wedding Costa Rica, Gracias Sign – ZCreateDesign, Table Numbers – Inky Quills Calligraphy, Heirlooms and Extras – Paloma’s Nest
Fireworks: Faisa Fireworks

Thank you so much Emma and David!

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11 Comments

  1. love the mix of heritage with modernism – and adore the hiking couple on the cake!

  2. Beautiful styling that incorporates and highlights the personalities and interests of the couple!

  3. I love the bright colors! too cute. xo http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

  4. So thrilled to be on Junebug Weddings with this sweet and fun wedding. Talk about a dream couple to work with!! The wedding was F U N. Non-stop. And we had a blast working on the decor (those lovely napkins were custom made from gorgeous fabric on Spoonflower). Many thanks for featuring this wedding and big felicidades to Emma & David!!

  5. What a beautiful wedding a photography…Costa Rica seems like such a photogenic location for a wedding!

  6. I am SO happy to see this wedding here! it was such an honor to work with Emma and David. Emma was one of the nicest brides I’ve ever worked with! These pictures are phenomenal!

  7. What a beautiful wedding and I love the colour scheme! That cake is so unique and fabulous! Congrats to the lovely couple!!! xx

  8. timeless photos … love the cake :-)

  9. I love the cake. So creative and unique. I have never actually seen something like it before but I consider it as one of the best I have ever seen. More importantly is the wedding itself. The place is filled with lovely people all attending to support the couple in their very memorable day of union.

  10. Better capturing tropical destination wedding in plays Herrera costs Erica Emma and David .

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