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Getting Married in Costa Rica

Getting Married in Costa Rica

CENTRAL AMERICA, DESTINATIONS, LUXURY TRAVEL

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been six years since we got married in Costa Rica.   Since my husband and I were both previously married, we wanted to do something more fun than a traditional party.  So we decided to elope with the kids to Costa Rica for a beach destination wedding.   We were getting married in Costa Rica!

Having worked as an event planner in the past, the idea of planning my own wedding in a different county was terrifying.  After much research on the internet,  I found an event planning company in Costa Rica called Tropical Occasions.

Both Aimee and Karen at Tropical Occasions were wonderful.  They took care of everything the flowers, hair, wedding cake, music, rabbi, photographer.   You name it, they took care of it.   We spoke regularly on the phone and thru emails, exchanging ideas.

One of the best suggestions they made was telling us to get our marriage certificate here in the states.  The legal requirements and paperwork process is slow in Costa Rica and it can take a few months for them to file it.  My husband and I had it all planned out.   We went to City Hall and applied for the marriage license.

We waited two days before our trip to Costa Rica, picked up our kids at school and told them that we were going to the court house to get married.   We drove to the Deerfield Beach County Court House with all three kids and when we got there the lady behind the counter told us it was too late.  I was devastated.  John, my husband reasoned with her for a few minutes and she agreed to marry us.   As an encore, he sweet-talked her into marrying us outside in the courtyard instead of the office with the neon lights.

 

Picking up our Marriage License for our Civil Wedding Ceremony at Deerfield Beach Court House
Picking up our Marriage License for our Civil Wedding Ceremony at Deerfield Beach Court House
Our Civil Wedding Ceremony in the courtyard at Deerfield Beach Court House
Our Civil Wedding Ceremony in the courtyard at Deerfield Beach Court House
Kids waiting for our Civil Wedding Ceremony in the courtyard at Deerfield Beach Court House to start
Kids waiting for our Civil Wedding Ceremony in the courtyard at Deerfield Beach Court House 

 

We went outside in the courtyard on Dec. 17th and said our I do’s.     We kissed, hugged the kids, and drove home.    Left two days later to Costa Rica with my wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses for the girls, and suits.

 

Family Photo after our Civil Wedding at Deerfield Beach Court House
Family Photo after our Civil Wedding Ceremony at Deerfield Beach Court House

 

The day after we arrived at our hotel Si Como No  (means “Sure, Why Not” in Spanish),  our wedding planner arrived at the hotel around 2:00 p.m to meet us.  Shortly, afterwards the madness began with the hair/make-up artist showing up with our photographer Costa Rica Weddings.   The next few hours were crazy getting everyone dressed.  We split up, the boys got dressed in the kids room, and the girls stayed with me in our room.

 

Getting my hair and makeup done
Getting my hair and makeup done
Getting Ready for the Wedding
Getting Ready for the Wedding
Boys ready at Si Como No Hotel
Boys ready for the Wedding at Si Como No Hotel
Ready for the Wedding at Si Como No Hotel
Girls ready for the Wedding at Si Como No Hotel

 

The boys went down to the beach with the Rabbi and Wedding Planner.   We were waiting for a driver to pick us up.   I had arranged to have a Huppa on the beach for our wedding ceremony.   “A huppa–often spelled “chuppah“–is a Jewish wedding canopy with four open sides.

 

Our Wedding Hubba

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The ceremony was suppose to take place on the beach right before sunset.   We waited and waited and no driver  (the driver had gotten a flat tire).   Our wedding planner finally showed up wondering what had happened.   We drove so fast down to the beach that all of us were queasy.    My husband “John” thought I had changed my mind, he told me later.

 

 

John and the Rabbi on Manuel Antonio Beach
John and the Rabbi waiting on Manuel Antonio Beach
John and David waiting for the Wedding Ceremony to start
John and David waiting for the Wedding Ceremony to start

 

One by one the girls started walking towards the Huppa.  As I walked towards everyone I could hear the music playing from the Guitar Soloist.   The sun was sitting, and there stood my family with the Rabbi.

 

The Wedding at Manuel Antonio Beach
The Wedding on Manuel Antonio Beach
Our Wedding on the beach in Manuel Antonio
Our Wedding on the beach in Manuel Antonio
Our Wedding on the beach in Manuel Antonio
Our Wedding on the beach in Manuel Antonio
Wedding Ceremony on the beach of Manuel Antonio

 

It was a very magical moment for all of us.  Simple, romantic and surreal.  After the ceremony we walked around the beach taking pictures.   We couldn’t ask for a better background for pictures.

 

Sunset Wedding Ceremony on the beach of Manuel Antonio
Sunset Wedding Ceremony on the beach of Manuel Antonio
Sunset Wedding photo shoot on the beach of Manuel Antonio
Sunset Wedding photo shoot on the beach of Manuel Antonio
Wedding photo shoot on the beach of Manuel Antonio
Wedding photo shoot on the beach of Manuel Antonio
Sunset Wedding photo shoot on the beach of Manuel Antonio
Sunset Wedding photo shoot on the beach of Manuel Antonio

 

We went back to the hotel Si Como No, and had a nice family dinner.   They made us a two tier cake for us to enjoy after dinner and take pictures.

 

 

Wedding Cake at Si Como No Restaurant
Wedding Cake at Si Como No Restaurant
Wedding Cake at Si Como No Restaurant
Wedding Cake at Si Como No Restaurant
Wedding Dinner at Si Como No Restaurant
Wedding Dinner at Si Como No Restaurant
Wedding Dinner at Si Como No Restaurant
Wedding Dinner at Si Como No Restaurant
Wedding Dinner Toast at Si Como No Restaurant
Wedding Dinner Toast at Si Como No Restaurant

 

Costa Rica has become one of the most popular destination wedding locations.   I highly recommend our photographer Costa Rica Weddings.

After the marriage, we traveled for another week around Costa Rica having more adventures and mishaps.   Stories to follow….

 

 

 

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

9 Comments

  1. Cheryl
    December 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm
    Reply

    I am so happy for you! My husband and I lived 8 months in Manuel Antonio/Quepos and we saw many wedding parties while there, especially at El Avion. I know Si Como No well as I love to buy jewelry there. Congratulations. We have been married 24 years, but only had a judge wedding. My husband has pronised me a beach wedding when we return to CR life again, hopefully for our 25. If you have time, stop by my blog and look around. I began it while living there. Much luck to you. Your photos were lovely!

    • Carmen
      December 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks Cheryl. Congrats on 24 years of marriage. CR would definitely be a great place to celebrate your 25th. I’m looking forward to checking out your blog and pictures.

  2. Maria Puentes
    December 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm
    Reply

    Carmen that was a great location, Costa Rica is so special, love that you guys got married there. Manuel Antonio is fantastic as it is so unspoiled. Love Ya,

    Luly

  3. Rob @ Hungry Escapades
    January 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm
    Reply

    Oh your poor husband! He missed have been so worried when he thought you stood him up!!

    It looks beautiful, what a perfect way to tie the knot 🙂

    • Carmen
      January 12, 2014 at 1:08 am

      Hi Rob, I think he was more nervous than worried. He was very glad when we did show up. It’s was the perfect setting.

  4. Nina
    January 28, 2014 at 7:45 am
    Reply

    Wow, this looks so wonderful, so romantic and what a great location! My boyfriend has also been married before, so for this ‘second time’ we are also looking for a special location and ceremony. Your post gave us some great ideas.
    Gongrats on your five year anniversary!

    • Carmen
      January 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Nina. It was perfect for us, quiet, romantic and intimate. Another fun place to get married is “Little Palm Island” in the Florida keys. I believe I did a post about them too. BTW- I’m also an event planner so if you need any ideas or suggestions, just asked.

  5. Ronen
    January 11, 2015 at 11:51 pm
    Reply

    Where did you get your Rabbi for the wedding?

    • Carmen
      January 21, 2015 at 1:33 am

      Hi Ronen,

      The rabbi was recommended to us by Tropical Occasions our wedding planner. We had several conference calls with him, including individual calls. He did a great job and the kids enjoyed the ceremony because he had each of them tell us what our wedding meant to them.

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