Tropical Glam La Arboleda Beach Wedding in Costa Rica

April 24, 2020 | Junebug Weddings

Nicole and Cameron’s tropical glam beach La Arboleda wedding in Costa Rica brought all the feelings of happiness, relaxation, and a dang good time! The couple put their own spin on Pura Vida style with Nicole in a boho Willowby by Watters wedding dress and her girls looking effortlessly cool in a warm color palette of Free People dresses. We’re obsessed with every dreamy detail, including the palm leaves intertwined in every arrangement Ideas Producciones designed and even the table place settings! If free spirited beach vibes are your thing, get ready to fall for every photo the talented Adri Mendez captured of this sweet couple’s beach wedding day.

The Couple:

Nicole & Cameron

The Wedding:

Hotel Dreams Las Mareas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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We included a customized canvas tote bag with sunscreen, bug spray, mints, bubbles, chap stick and a schedule of planned events for the week.

SHOP SIMILAR STYLES: Women’s Notch Collar Palm Leaf Print Two-Piece Pajama Set ($24.99); Women’s Tropical Pajamas Short Sleeve Button Down and Pants Set ($26.99); Women’s Summer Palm Leaf Tropical Print Cami Pajama Set ($17.99); Womens Silky Satin Pajamas Set Short ($22.99); Women’s Notch Collar Long Sleeve Two Piece Pajama Set ($24.99); Silky Satin Blue Palms Pajamas Set ($22.99)

SHOP SIMILAR STYLES: Free People Paridiso Maxi Dress ($108); Free People Getaway Floral Maxi Dress ($168); Show Me Your Mumu Emily Evening Dress ($118); Free People Adella Maxi Slip Dress ($128)

Make sure to research hard and select a photographer who has a vibe and style that really aligns with yours. The photography team becomes such an important part of making the energy positive, staying on time and capturing every moment so you can relive it for years to come. We also booked our videographer last minute due to having regrets of not booking and we are SO glad we ended up with video. There are so many little moments and being able to rewatch everything after things settled was so special and emotional to us.

When planning our wedding we knew we wanted the flowers and energy to match that of the magical country of Costa Rica and the amazing Pura Vida lifestyle they all share. The flowers became the color pallet and because I was never able to settle on one color, I decided to celebrate my bridesmaids individuality by using different colored dresses. We wanted to stay true to the beach feel and went with dresses designed by Free People to match the boho style of my wedding gown. It was important that everyone had a good time and we prioritized entertainment value including a live trio for cocktail hour, saxophone player, fire dancer show and went out with a bang with a surprise firework show. I majority of our guests had never visited Costa Rica and we wanted to make sure they got to see why it was so special to us including the amazing landscapes, lush/vibrant flowers, talented musicians and caring people who did everything to make our big day so special.

We had raffia fans placed on everyones chairs with the schedule attached including the wedding party names and music. We selected to do a unity sand visual during our ceremony and had the glass engraved with our name and combined into a container including our last name “Moore”.

Adri (our photographer) and her team were ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! She kept me on time and was super organized. Adri brought the best energy and had everyone laughing and in great spirits. She made me feel so beautiful and made our couples shoot fun and romantic. Adri never let her energy change and kept high spirits the whole night completely embodying that Pura Vida vibe we wanted so bad!

Wedding colors were set by the color pallet of the natural exotic flowers of Costa Rica. We used a mix of coral, red, grey, peach and pink for the bridesmaid. At the reception we used coral napkins to help with the color pop at the table and accented with gold cutlery and name plates.

Our wedding planner Andrea Toledo with Dreams Las Mareas was outstanding! She brought my vision to life and made all my dreams happen. She made sure to provide us with all the best entertainers and kept us super organized on our BIG day!

Our big surprise was the fire work show ending. Everyone thought we were going to the beach to do a sparkler send off and after walking through the sparklers a bang went off and we were able to enjoy a private firework show on the beach with our guests! Everyone was surprised and blown away and it made for the memory of a lifetime! We definitely went out with a BANG!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Adri Mendez
Event Planning & Venue – Hotel Dreams Las Mareas
Floral Design – Ideas Producciones
Videography – Evergreen Weddings
Stationery – Minted
Wedding Dress – Willowby by Watters
Bridesmaids’ Bags – Pura Vida
Bridesmaids’ Earrings – Rory Ashton
Groom’s Apparel – Joseph Abboud Custom
Favors – AprilTwentyFive


Congratulations, Nicole and Cameron, and many thanks to Junebug member Adri Mendez for sharing their stunning wedding with us! For more of Adri’s work, be sure to check out her page in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.


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One Comment

  1. Hello! My fiancé and I will be getting married at the Westin Reserva Conchal in June of 2023, with a wedding of about 45 people. We are looking for a wedding planner that can help make our day special ♥️ I saw this post and it is very similar to what we were hoping for. I hope to be in contact soon! Thank you!

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