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A Refined Destination Wedding in Costa Rica


After getting engaged on a trip to Mexico, it came as no surprise when adventurers Jennifer and Josh decided to return to paradise and celebrate a refined destination wedding. With just 26 guests in tow, the pair exchanged vows in Costa Rica, surrounded by rugged beach and billowing palm trees. “Our goal was to allow the natural beauty of Costa Rica and our love serve as the décor,” says Jennifer, who selected orchids and hydrangea to serve as fuss-free centrepieces at the tented reception. Owner of Etsy shop Pura Vida Creative, Jennifer also designed her own invitations for the refined rustic destination wedding, contributing to the laidback charm of the occasion. After the festivities concluded, Jennifer and Josh remained in Costa Rica, ziplining through the tropics on their first adventure as newlyweds.

Jennifer Meyskens and Josh Kavanagh,  May 11, 2012, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Photography courtesy of A Brit and a Blonde (

Ceremony and reception location:  Hacienda Pinilla
Wedding planners: Aimee Monihan and Alessandra Silveira, Tropical Occasions
Maggie Sottero from Enchanted Bridal
Groom’s tux: Stars Mens Shops
Bridal party attire: David’s Bridal
Hair and makeup: Diego Alfaro
Music: Costa Rica Wedding DJ 
Cake: DIY
Caterer: Hacienda Pinilla
Favours: DIY
Flowers: Arranged by Tropical Occasions
Stationery: Pura Vida Creative (owned by bride)
Videography by Jonathan Yonkers

See all the pictures from this refined destination wedding here.

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