Let me tell you about the time when I went to Costa Rica (for the second time), last year. This time was for Mélanie & Jay. The sweetest couple, ever! They both live in Ottawa and they invited me to come with them to Guanacaste, Costa Rica after a few email exchanges. It really is an incredible honour to photograph couples before you’ve even met you. They bring you over with them to another country and trust that you will get along with their closest friends and family. That’s a big responsibility. I really take that to heart. And this group was amazing. Every one of them was the nicest. They took me into their group and treated me like we had known each other for ages. I had so much fun! The best week ever!!
The day was perfect. It was cloudy (good thing because it was HOT), not super crowded and it didn’t rain! YAY! We started the day at the spa for hair and makeup and then went on to get dressed in the rooms. Given that, most of time, I’m alone for international weddings, I go and photograph the guys and the girls. We start with the girls at the spa and then I head over to see the boys. The boys were organizing a surprise for Mélanie where Jay was going to sing her favourite song (All of me) at the reception. I walked in on them practicing. That was hilarious (So good though!) Then, I went over and got ready with the girls before we went on to the ceremony together. The wedding was on the beach. Ugh. Costa Rica is so beautiful. With mountains all around. We stayed at the RIU Palace Costa Rica. WHAT A LOCATION! It was perfect for the couple portraits. and costa rica isn’t super known yet at a vacation spot which means that the beach area isn’t SUPER PACKED. They had their reception on the roof/terrace (outdoors) surrounded by mountains. All was perfect.
The next days were all about relaxing, additional sessions, good times with the family and friends and visiting.
Mélanie & Jay, thank you so much for trusting me with your wedding in Costa Rica. I’m still thinking about it!! Great times.
They even sent me a little thank you card!!
“Dear Isabella, Thank you for gone above + beyond throughout the trip + wedding day. From planner, to hair fixer to photographer and so much more, you rock! We made the best decision when we decided to bring you. Everyone is still raving about you! Thank you so much for coming. Our pictures are stunning and we’re so happy! Mel & Jay”
At the end of the post, see a few Instagram posts that were done while I was there!