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Friday, April 29, 2022

Boho Wedding Inspo in Costa Rica

Words by Jessie Allen
Photos courtesy of Viviana Vieto

Situated on a lush, 2.5-acre tropical reserve in Costa Rica sits a dreamy rainforest respite by the name of Villa La Isla. Recently, a team of talented vendors led by wedding planner and designer, Aimee Monihan of Tropical Occasions, utilized the stunning venue space to create an intimate reception set up. Using dried floral elements and a monochromatic color palette, the team created a timeless piece of upscale, boho inspiration - perfect inspiration for any reception by the sea! We spoke with Aimee to get the inside scoop behind all the dreamy details. (See below.)

"This was a look I'd wanted to do for some time, and this project allowed me the artistic freedom to do as I pleased. I chose cream as the primary color and planned to add light gold accents. The goal was to create an intimate event that still had a dramatic and bold feel. I loved how this turned out and we have had so many clients ask for this to be replicated in many aspects of their events!

We used Villa La Isla's upper terrace for this ceremony spot. We went with a more on-trend circular altar made out of all dried elements of locally sourced palm fronds and pampas grass. I wanted the aisle way, to mimic the vibes of the reception table. So, we employed non-symmetrical pieces that felt like they were naturally sprouting out of the ground, except on a much larger scale than the delicate pieces we replicated at the base of the reception table.

I had so much fun with the reception design, starting with an escort station that had luxe gold shelves full of candles featuring guests' names and table numbers. For the table, I wanted to show couples that you can create an impactful design without being wasteful. I had seen Pampas used a lot in what is a cloud-like structure that 'floats' over a table. I love this look, but anytime in event design that we need to do rigging or work from the ceiling, the costs are always much higher. So we decided to show that same concept but using gold halo stands to create a similar effect. 

One important takeaway: There is no reason why any free-standing floral used in ceremonies should not be repurposed in a reception. Ceremonies typically last 30-45 minutes, and there's no reason reusing flowers from your ceremony to enhance your reception (if the arrangement is truly free-standing and easy to move) should not happen. It's also a nice way to tie both looks together!" 

Vendors: Coordination & Design: Tropical Occasions; Venue: Villa La Isla; Photo & Video: Viviana Vieto; Florist: Stylos y Flores; Rentals: Costa Mesa Event Rentals; Hair & Makeup: Mademoiselle Salon- Priscilla; Paperie: Papeterie Studio; Catering: ONO Cuisine; Cake: Cakeology; Fashion: Boutique Galatea; Natalie's Fashion: Lis Simon; Pablo's Fashion: Feliz Ramiro

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