What a great pre-Valentine’s Day treat! Today Jennifer and Jean-Pierre’s wedding was featured in Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book Blog. What an all-star team we had for this event. Photography by A Brit & A Blonde, Videography by Jonathan Yonkers and event rentals from Eventos Artesanos. Click on the screenshot below to see the full spread (make sure to check out the gallery for all of the luscious details).
Carly and Steve wanted to travel away from their busy lives in Southern California for a destination wedding with their closest family and friends in tropical Costa Rica. We selected the northern Guanacaste area for the home base for the group as it provided the convenience and wide range of services that the couple was looking for. Since Steve is an avid surfer, it was important to the couple to be situated near a prime surfing beach. After much deliberation, we narrowed down their location to the Playa Avellanas area. Here, they could walk out of their villa a few steps down to the beach and enjoy their day without having to go anywhere. Steve could catch up with his warm water surfing and Carly could get some beach time with their little boy Jackson.
Photographer: Costa Vida
Event Rentals: Eventos Artesanos
Floral/Event Design: Kirsten of Four Winds Weddings
Jennifer and Jean-Pierre were both totally hands on with the design discussions and had slightly different ideas for the wedding decor. Jean-Pierre, coming from a architectural design background was looking for clean lines and modern minimalistic decor. Jennifer wanted organic designs with a bright, modern color palate. In order to fuse the two slightly diverging design visions, we decided to incorporate bold architectural design elements and soften them with organic accents. Jessica and Jason of A Brit & A Blonde captured the couple’s chemistry and brought the whole vision to life with their gorgeous photographs. Add to that the stunning cinematography of Jonathan Yonkers and you have complete perfection.
Our goal at Four Winds Weddings & Events has always been to create events that embody the uniqueness of the couples that we work with while simultaneously challenging us as event designers. During the design brainstorming phase, Jennifer pinned a vintage marquee sign that we just fell in love with. Since we weren’t able to source this here in Costa Rica, we decided to DIY the sign. This, for us, was one of the highlights of the overall event design.
For the table designs, we opted to incorporate modern asymmetrical ceramic vases with soft and abundant floral designs. In addition, we incorporated a collection of small salvaged bottles with monochromatic petite bouquets to further complete the oversized tablescape. The tables that we chose also fused the two design styles as they had a modern/minimalistic base with an organic, solid Guanacaste wooded top.
Since Jennifer and Jean Pierre were engaged in Paris, they decided to incorporate the city of love into their wedding desserts. They provided their guests with an assortment of tarts, macaroons, ganache and pan au chocolat. delish!
As we alluded to in the intro, Jonathan Yonkers created a stunning edit of the day. Check it out below:
Photography: A Brit & A Blonde
Videography: Jonathan Yonkers
Event Rentals: Eventos Artesanos
Floral and Event Design: Kirsten of Four Winds Weddings
We recently had the pleasure to plan the wedding of Caroline and Ben Godkin, an award winning photographer couple from Austin, TX. They were looking for a rustic and adventurous wedding location at the foot of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. It is always enjoyable for us to work with other people with creative professions as often times they challenge us to create things that are new and different for their wedding. Caroline and Ben hired the ever talented Davina and Daniel to shoot the numerous events of the wedding trip. You can see the Junebug Weddings feature by clicking the screenshot below. For more photos from this Arenal Wedding, click on our original blog post
Looking to jet away to your perfect destination wedding but still searching for that perfect destination wedding dress? With many different styles to choose from, finding the best one to fit your destination wedding should be a breeze, right?
First things first, where is your destination? If you are getting married on a beach somewhere you should look for a slim-fitting, soft, flowy dress. Not only will it fit nicely in your suitcase, the lightweight skirt bottom will blow effortlessly in the wind resulting in beautiful pictures and the perfect look.
Another great wedding dress option for destination weddings is a short dress. I know what you’re thinking, but give it a shot! Since you are traveling to a destination you have skewed from the traditional wedding idea, why not follow that notion all the way through to your dress? A short dress will allow you to show off a bit more skin as well as maximize your comfort, which is key. After all, a destination wedding is like a mini-vacation, right?
You should find the dress style that you feel most comfortable in and lets your personality shine, but the majority of destination wedding dresses are made of one of three materials: chiffon, tulle, or beaded lace.
Chiffon dresses epitomize the ideal destination wedding because they are so light and airy. No matter what style, whether it’s mermaid, empire waist or fit and flare, the chiffon material will highlight your curves and still let you dance under the stars. This gown is easy to dress up or dress down depending on the mood of your wedding and the destination.
Tulle is another great material for destination wedding dresses because of the way it moves. Destination weddings are fun and exciting! A tulle gown will allow you to channel that fun through your style and will be forever remembered. Whether you are walking through the sand on a beach or through a Cathedral in a foreign country, a tulle dress will add the perfect touch of fashion without overloading a destination wedding’s care-free atmosphere.
Beaded lace on any style of dress is a great way to add a little extra sparkle to your gown. The detail of the lace will perfectly balance the laid-back destination wedding feel without taking away any of the magic. This material is perfect for brides who don’t want the traditional destination wedding look of clean and simple. Beaded lace will shake things up a bit while still allowing for more comfort and class.
No matter the destination, dress style, or material, a bride will experience her “ah-hah” moment when she finds the dress of her dreams to wear while marrying the man of her dreams in the destination….of their dreams.
This post was written for Four Winds by Monica Fortini. Monica is the fashion purchaser for http://www.tampabridalshops.com/,the premier Tampa Bridal Salon.