Ahhh Costa Rica….I can’t wait to go back. It was stunningly beautiful to say the least. A thick layer of lush green vegetation covers the entire country stretching right up to the edge of the beach. A plethora of flowers, plants and wildlife provide vibrant colors and smells that fill the air stimulating all of your senses at once. And it is this alluring beauty that brought Adrian back to the place he was born. Except this time as he walked along the beach smelling the floral scented breeze, and feeling the sand beneath his toes, and the sun on his face he had someone to share it with. He brought the love of his life with him. It was Melissa’s first time to Costa Rica, and what a beautiful way to get introduced to it. Just days later they were married and their wedding was filled with joy and romance.
One of the first things you will notice when traveling to Costa Rica is that many of the locals use the phrase “Pura Vida.” It’s the unofficial motto of Costa Rica and its literal translation means “pure life.” In two words it seems to depict their philosophy on life. The phrase is used by Costa Ricans to express their happiness, sense of family and community and pride in their country. I’ve also heard that it represents a lifestyle of taking it easy and living slowly. I love it!
Melissa and Adrian held their wedding at the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort, which is a breathtaking property that is so enormous it requires a full-time shuttle service for all of it’s guests. It was truly a wonderland for photography. However I think the highlight for me was when we borrowed a horse from a Costa Rican gentleman and took photos of them riding it down the beach. Melissa and Adrian are so laid back and fun to be around. Melissa attributes this personality trait to her relationship with Adrian. She says he’s a calming force. It’s funny, because when I first met them I remember thinking she was like this little hummingbird chirping and flying around Adrian who was this gentle giant in comparison. I think one of my favorite photos of them depicts this perfectly. It’s the one of them walking on the pathway over the pool. Melissa is holding Adrian’s hand as she pulls him along in hurried anticipation.
Thank you so much Melissa and Adrian for choosing me to be your photographer. Your wedding in Costa Rica was a surreal experience that I will never forget. PURA VIDA!!