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Stunning Stars in Costa Rica

Words by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Sam Hurd Photography

An unforgettable fourth of July weekend on the Jersey Shore, a random reunion in Las Vegas and a movie-worthy proposal in a helicopter over NYC were all unexpected occurrences which led to this picture-perfect destination wedding for Britney and Terence in Nosara, Costa Rica.

Planning a wedding in laid-back Costa Rica was difficult, but Britney reminded herself to relax and stay focused. “Don’t lose sight of the most important part of your day – your love for one another. There is no amount of money spent on any centerpiece or wedding dress that can top that. You are here to make a commitment to each other in front of your closet friends and family, which is the most beautiful and important part of the entire wedding.”

With that in mind, the couple kicked off their wedding week with a “Welcome to the Jungle” party at Beach Dog Café, complete with a specially made “Britney Taco,” which was a fun way to introduce all the guests and begin the festivities.

Although the couple said “I do” in Costa Rica, they weren’t willing to sacrifice an ounce of sophistication. They held the wedding at Finca Austria resort instead of on the beach, which allowed for a lighthearted and romantic black tie soirée.

While enjoying cocktail hour after the ceremony at La Luna, friends and family witnessed a beautiful Costa Rican sunset.
The real party started when guests loosened their bowties and kicked off their heels to dance the night away. “Everyone was having a great time, exactly the way we envisioned it!” explains the bride.

From seeing each other for the first time on opposite ends of the aisle, to the surprise fireworks show (representing when they first met on the fourth of July), there was not a moment of imperfection. The following day, a pool party even had guests excited when they witnessed monkeys swinging from tree to tree. “We were truly immersed in the wild with all of our friends and family. It was a magical moment that will never be repeated in life, only in memory. A memory we are very blessed to have.”

Vendors: Photography: Sam Hurd Photography, samhurdphotography.com, Event Planner: Cristina Verger Event Planning and Production, cristinaverger.com, Ceremony Site: Finca Austria, fincaaustria.com, Reception Site: La Luna, Wedding Gown: Reem Acra, reemacra.com, Groom’s Attire: J. Crew, jcrew.com, Bridesmaids’ Attire: J. Crew, jcrew.com, Band: The Doyle Brothers, Videographer: Craig William Films, craigwilliamfilms.com, His and Her Gifts: Cartier, cartier.us, Shoes: Valentino, valentino.com, Printed Materials: Michael Zac Design Group, michaelzacdesigngroup.com, Hair: Maria Teresa of Piu’Tono Salon, piu-tono.com, Make-up: Eva Kleimenova, evakleimenova.com, Groomsmens’ Gifts: Siego New York Bow Ties, seigoneckwear.blogspot.com, Cake: Creative Cakes by Jessica, creativecakes.samara@gmail.com
This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2014 issue. You can order a copy here.

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