Silhouette of groom dipping his bride during a breathtaking, vibrant sunset on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

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Rustic Bohemian Wedding in Costa Rica at Pangas Beach Club || Antinea and George:

Sometimes the love of your life is hiding right under your nose. And sometimes, the love of your life is hiding under your nose since your high school days. Antinea first laid eyes on George back in high school as he walked across their high school soccer field and was immediately smitten. Who was that cute soccer player that she never had noticed before? The attraction sparked a friendship, but it wasn’t until three years ago that Antinea and George became more than friends. Antinea, a beautiful, free spirit, had plans to explore Costa Rica alone – – that us until she told George her vacation plans. Intrigued by Antinea, George suggested he accompany her on her trip, especially since several of his family members lived in Costa Rica. To be more accurate, he convinced Antinea to extend her Costa Rica trip and stay with his family in Costa Rica! Always up for an adventure, when George told his older brother about his Costa Rica trip with Antinea, he figured it was a perfect time to visit their family in Costa Rica. Well, as soon as George’s parents heard about their sons’ travel plans, they decided it was only fitting that they visit the family in Costa Rica as well! From traveling solo to attending a mini family reunion, Antinea figured it would be an adventure either way.

Destination beach wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom portraits on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Romantic bridal portrait on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Newly married couple on the beach after their wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom sitting on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom sharing a beautiful moment on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom laughing on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Reflection of groom dipping his bride after their Costa Rican beach wedding in Tamarindo. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

And what an adventure it was! Antinea and George travelled all over Costa Rica, visited George’s family and truly experienced the local culture. By the end of their trip, Antinea and George just knew that one day they would marry each other in this beautiful country. Fast forward two years later, George whisked Antinea to Lake Tahoe on a surprise  nursing school trip to celebrate her finishing nursing school. On the first morning of their trip, Antinea woke up to hot cup of Starbucks coffee with a question written on the cup – – “Will you marry me?” Antinea felt like she was in a dream, a heavenly dream – – she of course said yes.

Black and white photo of bohemian wedding dress by Pronovias hanging on an iron gate at Casa de las Tortugas in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride getting ready before her destination beach wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bestman helping groom adjust his tie before his wedding in Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Groom putting on his suit at Casa de las Tortugas in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Wedding and bridesmaids' dresses hanging at Casa de las Tortugas in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Maid of honor buttoning up bride's Pronovias wedding dress in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Tamarindo, Costa Rica wedding details. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Groom hugging his daughter in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bridesmaids helping place brides veil in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride in her bohemian Pronovias wedding dress in Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bridesmaids helping bride into her wedding dress in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bridal portrait at Casa de las Tortugas in Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Remembering their magical trip to Costa Rica, Antinea and George immediately started planning their destination wedding – – a rustic bohemian wedding in Costa Rica. Well, let’s be honest – – Antinea, who is super creative, immediately started planning! The one thing she left in George’s hands was to research and find their wedding photographer – – y’all, let’s just say Antinea was so pleased with George’s research that he was gifted with not one, but two wakeboarding trips with his boys. (George, I’m so stoked to have helped!) Originally planning a smaller destination wedding, both sides of the whole family, RSVPed “yes” once they found out about Antinea and George’s wedding in Costa Rica!

Bride walking down the aisle with her father at Santa Maria Church in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Wedding at Santa Maria Church in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Wedding at Santa Maria Church in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Wedding at Santa Maria Church in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Wedding at Santa Maria Church in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom's first kiss at Santa Maria Church in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Wedding at Santa Maria Church in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Surrounded with so much love by family and friends from near and far (California, Salvador, Costa Rica, and New Jersey!), a little over a year after Antinea said “yes”, she said “I do.” Antinea was a bohemian vision in her intricate wedding dress. She simply radiated with so much love and joy. Antinea’s sister, Avery, custom made a boho reception headpiece and an intricate garter. The day couldn’t have been more beautiful or dreamlike. And y’all, magic hour in Costa Rica certainly didn’t disappoint. The magical, golden afternoon streamed through the clouds, surrounding Antinea and George. As the sun passed the horizon over the Pacific Ocean, the sky lit up with some of the most vibrant colors I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t have been more honored to photograph Antinea and George’s first sunset as husband and wife.

Groom whispering to his bride under her veil after their wedding in Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom holding hands on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom on the beach after their destination wedding in Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Bride and groom portraits on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Groom dipping his bride at sunset on the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.Sunset silhouette of bride and groom and their reflections on the water in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom enjoying a gorgeous Costa Rican sunset on the beach. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

All of Antinea and George’s wedding decor was hand picked, purchased, and designed back in the states by the two of them. One month before the big day, they bubble wrapped all the breakables and strategically placed over 300 pounds of lighting and decor into three large heavy duty storage totes. Then they loaded them up onto a box truck driven by Jorges tio Elio. The boxes would then make it through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Only close family and friends knew of their crazy concoction of a plan – – something almost all laughed at and said, “You guys would do this…”. Yes, they knew it was risky, but with all of their fingers and toes crossed EVERYTHING made it and looked more beautiful then they ever could ever have dreamed! (Thank you Antinea’s little sister Avery who delicately hand painted all the decor and to Antinea’s sister-in-law who with her expertise and help did the centerpiece arrangements!)

Mariachi band playing at wedding at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom toasting at Pangas beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Rustic bohemian wedding in Costa Rica at Pangas Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Rustic bohemian wedding cake by Victoria Zoch. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.
Kid's coloring table at wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Wedding at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Rustic bohemian wedding in Costa Rica at Pangas Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Rustic bohemian wedding in Costa Rica at Pangas Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Rustic bohemian wedding in Costa Rica at Pangas Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Rustic bohemian wedding in Costa Rica at Pangas Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Antinea and George’s 150 guests enjoyed the golden afternoon and beautiful evening celebrating the couple at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo. DJ Teemoor kept the party going the whole evening. There was a dance off between the kids vs the Antinea + her bridesmaids, many rounds of shots, and several heartfelt toasts to the bride and groom. George gave his new wife one sexy lap dance as he took off her garter as their guests cheered them on. His groomsmen threw him in the air on not once, but twice during the night. And after last call at Pangas Beach Club, the party continued into the night back at Casa de las Tortugas in Playa Langosta – – this crew certainly knew how to celebrate! Bride and groom's entrance at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. First dance under string lights at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Father daughter dance at wedding at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Father of the bride toasting the wedding couple at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom laughing during toasts at their wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Toasts at wedding in Tamarindo, Costa RicaPhotographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom enjoying their wedding at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Black and white photo of bride and groom laughing during their cake cutting at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. DJ Teemoor spinning at wedding at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Groom about to give his bride a lap dance at their wedding at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Groom dancing for his bride before taking off her garter. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Groom holding his bride's garter in the air at their wedding in Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bride and groom's first dance at their wedding at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Guests dancing at destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Guests dancing at destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Guests dancing at destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Groom being thrown in the air at his wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Guests dancing at destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Wedding shots at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Guests dancing at destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Guests dancing at destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Bouquet toss at Pangas Beach Club in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Guests dancing at destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Guests dancing at destination wedding in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

Antinea and George, here is to a lifetime of love and happiness! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking me to be a part and capture your beautiful day! Congrats you two!

XOXO,
Kristen

Venue: Pangas Beach Club
Flowers: Colette’s
DJ: DJ Teemoor
Cake: Victoria Zoch
Rentals: Eventos Artesanos
Church: Iglesia Santa Maria
Dress: Pronovias
Photographer: Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography (me!)
Second Photographer: Zoe Isabel

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Rustic bohemian wedding in Costa Rica at Pangas Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography. Rustic bohemian wedding in Costa Rica at Pangas Beach Club. Photographed by Kristen M. Brown, Samba to the Sea Photography.

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