Because no two couples are exactly the same, no two weddings are exactly alike. Every wedding is as unique as the individuals who are getting married.
Will and Miranda didn’t want your regular wedding photos. They were very interested in trying new things and branching out into creative wedding photography. One of their first questions to me was about both my photography and working style.
Of course, we got some gorgeous “standard” wedding photos. But we also got some pretty killer creative shots as well.
Keep scrolling and you’ll see what I mean.
Why Costa Rica?
But first, let’s talk about what prompted Will and Miranda to have their wedding in beautiful Costa Rica.
Will and Miranda met in 2014 on a camping trip in the Adirondack Mountains and it changed the course of their lives. Miranda’s friend, Sarah, had met Will a few weeks before on top of Half-Dome Rock in Yosemite and invited him to join Miranda, Sarah, and Sarah’s boyfriend on the trip.
Obviously, Will and Miranda love nature and this is what prompted them to visit Costa Rica In February of 2017. They were awestruck by the stunning vistas and fell in love with the welcoming nature of Costa Rican culture.
They wanted to have a small wedding with their most treasured friends and family in attendance. They also wanted something unique and close to nature, just like their meeting had been in Yosemite had been.
Manuel Antonio fit the bill perfectly and it gave them the chance to share Costa Rica with friends and family whom they knew would also love the country.
Bonfire on the Beach
Like many couples who come to get married in Manuel Antonio, they opted to have the ceremony on the beach. There’s a specialness to saying “I do” to the sound of the surf that is unparalleled. As an extra special touch, Sarah, the friend who had facilitated their meeting, was the officiant.
Unlike most couples, however, they decided to have the reception on the beach as well! Instead of your typical ballroom dance floor they built a bonfire and enjoyed dinner to the backdrop of the rolling waves. A bonfire was more in keeping with their unique style of wedding and love of nature.
The decorations were exquisite and looked like something out of a fairy tale. Strings of lights graced the trees around the dinner table and lent a special glow to the evening.
Getting some creative photos with the bonfire was so important to them that they opted to scale back on the getting ready shots. They wanted to have plenty of time towards the end of the night to enjoy the fire and get some fun shots.
Creative Wedding Photography
As you can see, we got a lot of fun shots–and not just with the bonfire. Will and Miranda were up for being creative and we had fun trying different things with their bridal photos.
The sunset, as usual, didn’t disappoint and offered the chance to get some fun silhouette shots as well!
A Wedding in Costa Rica
Perhaps the best way to get epic wedding photos is to get married in an exotic destination like Costa Rica as the backdrops are simply breathtaking.
But just because there’s a nice view doesn’t mean you have to stick with the same old poses for the photos. There are lots of creative things you can do if you are willing to think outside the box.
For more inspiration, check out this other gorgeous wedding in Manuel Antonio.