A couple shares a kiss at their outdoor wedding ceremony. They stand between two large floral arrangements, with a scenic ocean view in the background. Guests are seated on either side, capturing and watching the moment. The sun shines brightly, illuminating the scene.

This Tamarindo Destination Wedding Exudes Relaxed Elegance


July 3, 2024
Words by Jessie Allen
Photos courtesy of Bacalao Films

Looking for a wedding that’s equal parts stunning scenery, relaxed vibes, and pure love? Look no further than Liza and Matthew destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica!

Their “Pura Vida” (pure life) philosophy shines through every detail of this delightful celebration. From the venue selection to incorporating local traditions, Liza and Matt created a Tamarindo destination wedding weekend that was both intimate and unforgettable.

A wedding ceremony setup with a scenic ocean view. The top left image shows a sign with "Welcome Liza & Matthew" surrounded by flowers. The top right and bottom images display rows of wooden chairs adorned with floral arrangements overlooking the sea.

Finding Forever in Tamarindo:

Tamarindo wasn’t just a random pick for Liza. “I fell in love with the town” she gushes, “We knew we wanted a small wedding with immediate family and close friends, and Casa Puro Dieces was perfect!” This stunning location offered breathtaking views, on-site accommodations, and a relaxed atmosphere – ideal for their dream wedding.

A collage of wedding moments: A boy in a suit and sunglasses walks down the aisle with a couple, an emotional hug between the bride and two older individuals, the groom waiting at the altar, and guests smiling during the ceremony with an ocean view backdrop.

Stress-Free Destination Wedding Planning:

Planning a wedding can be daunting, but a destination wedding adds another layer of complexity. Liza admits, “I was worried about travel logistics!” Thankfully, Mil Besos swooped in, taking care of everything from airport shuttles to excursions. Their advice? “Hire a wedding planner!” Liza exclaims, “They made the day run smoothly, and we couldn’t have done it without them!”

A bride and groom stand at an outdoor altar covered in pink and orange flowers with an ocean view in the background. The couple holds hands as a man officiates. Bottom images show the couple exchanging vows and kissing, with guests seated and watching.

Budgeting Bliss:

Destination weddings can come with a hefty price tag. Liza and Matt’s secret? Sticking to their budget! “There were times we wanted more,” Liza admits, “but we compromised and planned well in advance.” Their focus? Family. Liza’s brother officiated, their son and nieces were part of the ceremony, and Matt’s family played a special role too.

A three-part collage captures a beach wedding. The top image shows the couple celebrating with raised hands at the altar. The middle image displays a colorful, elegant table setting with floral arrangements. The bottom image portrays the couple playing with a young child by the water.

Local Flavor, Big Fun:

Liza and Matt embraced Costa Rican culture. “The entire vibe was Pura Vida!” They hired local vendors, and Liza emphasizes the importance of communication and patience – “understanding time differences and cultural barriers is key!”

A collage showing a tropical-themed outdoor wedding setup. Tables are adorned with vibrant floral centerpieces of pink, orange, and white flowers among lush greenery, set with blue glassware and elegant place settings. A floral arrangement sits beside a pool with a scenic view.

Creating a Welcoming Atmosphere:

The “U” shaped reception tables at Casa Puro Dieces ensured everyone felt included. “You could see everyone from wherever you were seated,” Liza shares. This thoughtful touch added to the intimate feel of the celebration.

Three-photo collage: Top: A couple dances at their wedding, surrounded by guests and floral arrangements. Middle: Guests seated at an elegantly decorated outdoor dinner under string lights. Bottom: A man in a navy suit addresses the gathering with a microphone.

Pura Vida Wedding Wisdom:

Looking back, Liza wouldn’t change a thing. Her advice for other couples? “Stay true to yourselves, ask for help, and remember, things happen for a reason!”

So there you have it! Liza and Matt’s Pura Vida wedding is a testament to the power of love, family, and a little bit of Costa Rican magic. Feeling inspired? Grab your sweetheart, pack your bags, and start planning your own unforgettable destination wedding!

A white two-tiered cake adorned with vibrant tropical flowers stands on a table surrounded by assorted pastries and fresh fruits. Lush green foliage forms the background with a neon sign behind, partially visible with the words "Pura Vida.

Vendors: Photographer: Bacalao Films; Wedding Planner: Mil Besos; Venue: Casa Puro Dieces; Florist: Lavanda Floral & Event Design; Cake: Dëli Cafe; Hair & Makeup: Famous Points Bridal Experts; Gown Designer: DB Studio; Groom’s Clothing Designer: The Black Tux; Lighting and Coconuts: Ideas Producciones; Caterer Food & Bar: Costa Catering; Rentals: Costa Mesa Event Rentals

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