A Simple Wedding in Costa Rica Full of Meaning

bride and groom hugging on the beach

The natural beauty of the famous Manuel Antonio National Park turns even a simple wedding in Costa Rica into a spectacular affair.

Curious about what I mean? Just check out these amazing images from Melinda and Nick’s beautiful wedding on the beach just outside the park. 

This simple wedding in Costa Rica was full of special meaning because this place is special to them. Check it out!

Repeat Clients

As a destination wedding photographer, I don’t get a lot of repeat clients. People generally only get married once in exotic destinations!

However, back in January of 2020, I had the pleasure of taking Melinda and Nick’s engagement photographs. Nick’s family has been coming to Costa Rica for years and he made the excellent choice to pop the question on these beautiful shores.

A lot had happened since then, including the pair welcoming their beautiful daughter, Maya,  in August of 2020. She turned 1.5 years on their wedding day and was super adorable in her little dress.

A Special Place

The wedding venue was easy to choose. Nick’s family had been coming and staying at the same hotel in Costa Rica for many years. Since they love the place and also got engaged there, it was a no-brainer that they wanted to come back to the same venue for their wedding.

They got ready at the hotel and walked the short way to the beach for the actual ceremony. 

To add the icing on the cake, Nick’s parents actually got married 25 years ago on the beach in this same spot! It’s a nice area of the main beach that butts up to the National Park. Thus, the backdrop for the photos was either the epic ocean or the verdant untouched beauty of the park. 

Not bad options at all!

The Ceremony

To keep things simple, Melinda and Nick (and their daughter Maya) gathered with a few guests on the beach. They didn’t even set up chairs, and guests attended with a drink in hand. The whole thing felt very laidback and casual. 

As the waves crashed rolled in and the jungle looked on, Melinda and Nick got to finally say their “I do’s”.

A Simple Wedding in Costa Rica

Melinda and Nick only wanted a few of the traditional “look at the camera and smile” photos. I love that because emotion-filled photos are my specialty. I focused on capturing the joys of the day and even a moment of Maya’s frustration. 

The scenery was epic and the sunset lit up the sky in the most beautiful way. 

Melinda and Nick may have chosen a simple wedding in Costa Rica but with views like these, simple means epically stunning.  

Your Epic Wedding

With the amazing scenery and the hospitality of the locals, even a simple wedding in Costa Rica becomes epic. 

Are you considering this gorgeous place for your special day? Check out more simple wedding ideas like this wedding I recently photographed!

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