It’s a new week, and we can’t think of a better way to start of this week than with this romantic destination wedding at a luxury villa in Costa Rica, Punto de Vista. Michelle and Marcus ‘ wedding had the perfect backdrop adorned with palm trees and blue skies and with accents of orange and eggplant. The photos were perfectly captured by the fabulous hubby and wife duo, A Brit & A Blonde. Scroll on down to read see all the beauty and you can even see more in the wedding gallery here.
How They Met & The Proposal
Marcus and I met in 2006 at a salsa club in Seattle. He asked me to dance and we danced all night. Looking back, he and never let me go!
We were on vacation September 2011 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was the last day of our trip, and Marcus said he wanted to go on a last minute early morning swim that morning (6am) since we had a late morning flight back home to the states. It was a beautiful morning, no one was out in the water, and he asked me to come in. After much debate, I finally went in. He said some unforgettable things, and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him…and I said “yes!”
Our wedding plans really couldn’t have gone any smoother. We had found our venue, Punto De Vista, and started from there. The owner of the villa was a newlywed as well and sent me a referral for a wedding coordinator called Weddings Costa Rica. They were amazing and exceeded every expectations. We discussed budget, my wedding vision, aesthetic, etc.
The theme of our wedding was romantic, classic, fun with some accents of glam. We wanted to incorporate some aspects of our lives that we love including Creole Costa Rican food, cocktail mimosa hour after the reception, and surprise carnival to close out the night.
Shopping for a dress was a great experience. I wanted something that fit my personality. I wanted to feel beautiful, sexy, and unique. I actually found the dress in a bridal magazine a few weeks prior to seeing it. It happened to be sitting on a hanger one day and when I saw it, I just knew. The only big challenge is that I am a true size 12-14 dress. Bridal sizes run a minimum of 2-4 sizes too small. So a person who is street size 10, would be a 14. Therefore, I had to order a plus size dress dress because anything outside of a 14 bridal size is considered plus size. There were additional costs associated with a plus size dress, and of course, I had to have it taken in. But at the end of the day, I would rather have the dress fit me, versus me fit the dress! So I’m glad it all worked out. My bridal boutique was amazing! I couldn’t have been in better hands!
My husband comes from a Latin background, so we wanted to incorporate a few things including our custom made invitations which had a beautiful tropical Latin flower as the theme, as well as the title in Spanish, inviting our guest to Paradiso. Since we met at salsa dancing and continued to do it as a hobby together, we had our first dance to a beautiful classic Latin song by Ibrahim Ferrer called “Boliviana.” As we first practiced our routine, my husband would tell me what the song was about (a man professing his love to a dark haired woman he wants to marry…).
VendorsPhotographer: A Brit & A Blonde
Venue & Reception: Punto De Vista Wedding Planner: Weddings Costa Rica Florist: Flowers Videographer: Jonathan Yonkers Wedding Dress: Coco Anais Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale Bridal Jewelry: Niqued Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang