Bride and groom kissing on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

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Langosta Beach Club Wedding: Amy + AJ –

Providence College (PC) in Providence, Rhode Island is a pretty small university with about 3,700 undergraduate students. So what are the odds that the groom from a wedding I second shot at last month just so happened to attend PC? AND what are the odds that he also a college athlete for the Friars? Oh, let’s also add in that this wedding was a destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica at Langosta Beach Club. Well, obviously the chances are not that slim because I was oh-so-pleasantly-surprised to meet AJ, the groom, and quickly find out that we are both PC Friars.  Although I was only two years ahead of him in college, we didn’t know know each other at PC because I transferred to Emory University in Atlanta, GA to finish my undergraduate work with a business degree in Finance the year AJ started at PC. (Yes, I know that it is quite the leap from Finance to Photography, but my business degree is certainly helping me run my photography business!)

Bride and groom kissing on the beach after their wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride and groom's first dance at Langosta Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

 

 

Bride and groom on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Groom smiling at his bride as she walks down the aisle during their Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. After opening up this PC can of worms five minutes into me arriving at the condo where AJ and his groomsmen were getting ready, let’s just say I had a blast photographing this crew! It certainly was a great experience, especially since I normally am at the bridal suite photographing before a wedding. AJ and his ten groomsmen certainly know how to pre-wedding well: playing pool, watching international soccer games on the numerous flat screens in the condo, drinking beers and toasting shots to the man of the hour, and finally, showing me their tricks to getting dressed up – women’s sock liners AND women’s deodorant. Yes, ladies, you heard it right here – the men are paying attention and utilizing our helpful knowledge.

Groom getting ready at the Diria before his wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Portrait of groom before his wedding in Tamarindo, Costa RIca. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Groom getting ready at the Diria before his wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Groomsman putting on his Sperry Top Siders before wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Groom and groomsmen getting ready at the Diria before wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

But let’s get to the good stuff, after all this is about Amy and AJ’s love story and their beautiful destination wedding in Costa Rica… . After AJ graduated from PC, he moved to New York City to work for investment firm, Goldman Sachs. And 70 miles up the road from Providence, Boston University graduate Amy did the same. And even though AJ and Amy were now living in the same city, their bond started when they both started international assignments in Tokyo and Hong Kong, respectively. They frequently talked on the phone, discussing work projects as well as sharing their adventures in new, foreign cities.

Bride and groom first look during their Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride and her bridesmaids at her Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Wedding guests at Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride and groom getting ready before their Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride walking to get married at her Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride's parents at her Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride and her father before she walks down the aisle at her Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

When they came back to the Big Apple, their conversations continued. One day AJ asked Amy to attend a Zach Brown Concert. Although Amy was not an enthusiastic Zach Band Brown fan like AJ, she  figured if AJ liked the band, they couldn’t be that bad. With their unofficial first date behind them, AJ asked Amy out to dinner to their first official date. And as the couple so eloquently wrote on their wedding website, “That night at dinner, AJ passed the true test (if you know Amy): he allowed her to eat off his plate without a flinch. The rest is really history.”

Langosta Beach Club wedding details by wedding planner Mil Besos. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Details at Tamarindo wedding by wedding planner Mil Besos. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Groom hugging brides father during his Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Wedding ceremony at Langosta Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

iPhone photos of bride and groom during their wedding at Tamarindo wedding venue, Langosta Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Junior bridesmaid crossing her fingers for luck during her sister's Langosta Beach Club wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride and groom during their wedding at Tamarindo wedding venue, Langosta Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride saying her vows during her Langosta Beach Club Wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Groom putting on bride's wedding ring during their Langosta Beach Club wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

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To say the least, Amy and AJ’s wedding at Langosta Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica was a beautiful gathering of family and friends from near and far. A 130 person beautiful gathering! It certainly was a true testament to not only this couple’s love, but also their friendships with their guests. There were tears of joy as AJ and Amy exchanged intimate vows and loud cheers as the couple kissed for the first time as husband and wife. There were touches of Amy throughout the wedding, from the invitations and place cards that she hand calligraphed to the macrame back drop that she made for the photo booth. So, so beautiful!

Bride and groom smiling on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Amy and AJ on the beach after their wedding in Tamarindo. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Surfers passing behind bride and groom kissing after their wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Wedding party jumping on the beach after wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Who wins the bridal party jump?

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Groomsmen at destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Groomsmen and groom fooling around on the beach during destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Groomsmen on the beach during destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Caballero Cowboy passing behind bride and groom on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Amy’s dad kicked off a wonderful dinner under the tents with a heart felt and humorous speech. He admitted that he was tempted to utilize some tricks from the movie “Meet the Parents” the first time he met AJ, but he knew that Amy really liked AJ. He toasted Amy and AJ, saying that “he must have done something right” for her Amy to turn out so beautifully despite him being a “hands-off dad” and was beyond proud to say that “he was gaining a son” with AJ.

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Wedding details at Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride and groom laughing during father of the bride speech at Tamarindo wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride's dad giving his speech during is daughter's wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.
Amy’s bridesmaid, Esther, followed up a beautiful toast with a beautiful toast celebrating their friendship and roommate shenanigans on Maiden Lane – soaking their feet in hot water in bed and eating plenty of Chinese pastries. To top it all off was AJ’s best man, Sean, who had everyone laughing from the very beginning when he confirmed that he indeed travels with a hair dryer.

Maid of honor toasting the bride and groom at their wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride and groom smiling during speeches at wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Best man giving his speech during a wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.With the toasts and dinner over, this crew was ready to enjoy the amazing deserts, dance and party! Let’s just say the party ended with more pool water outside of the pool!

Bride and groom dancing and cutting their cake during their Langosta Beach Club wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride dancing with her father at Tamarindo Wedding Venue, Langosta Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Groom dancing with his mom at his wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Wedding cakes in Tamarindo, Costa Rica by Victoria Zoch. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Elephant ears for wedding desert table made by Victoria Zoch. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.
Amy and AJ, I wish you a lifetime full of love and happiness! Your wedding certainly was one to be remembered!

XOXO,
Kristen

P.S. Love this wedding venue location in Tamarindo? Check out more Langosta Beach Club weddings in my Wedding Photography portfolio!

P.P.S. Christina, thank you so much for this amazing opportunity to photograph with you! You are such an amazing photographer and a beautiful person! XOXO

Venue: Langosta Beach Club
Cake and pastries: Victoria Zoch
Wedding Planner: Meghan Cox at Mil Besos
Photography: First Photographer, Christina Craft at Funkytown Photography; Second Photographer: Kristen M. Brown (me!), Samba to the Sea Photography
Officiant: Pastor Lyle
DJ: DJ Teemor
Flowers: Artflower

Wedding cake and desert table detail at Tamarindo wedding. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

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