Before I get sidetracked daydreaming of lazy beach days in Costa Rica, I wanted to show you the reason of my distraction this morning: a dreamy destination wedding in Manuel Antonio! The bride, Okeoma is from the Netherlands; the groom, from California. They met while volunteering in the Marshall Islands, then moved to Thailand together. They got engaged in the Dominican Republic, and chose Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica to get married! Thanks Julie of Comfort Studio for sharing this wedding with us!

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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica beach destination wedding
Manuel Antonio Costa Rica beach destination wedding
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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica beach destination wedding
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Manuel Antonio Costa Rica beach destination wedding

From Julie, the photographer: the couple met as volunteers in the Marshall Islands, moved to Thailand, then got engaged in the Dominican Republic. Okeoma planned her wedding while finishing her law degree from Amsterdam. Dave is a surfer from California and at the beginning of the ceremony his dad sprinkled sand from his hometown for him to stand on so he could marry on a little piece of Manhattan Beach! Since it was the beginning of the rainy season, they opted for a morning ceremony followed by an amazing pancake brunch on the terrace. Long tables were set up with jute runners lines with lace (made from recycled coffee bags), mason jars and vintage bottles held roses, orchids, gladiolas, and fresh herbs. Stroopwafels from Amsterdam finished off each place setting as a thank you from the couple. After a leisurely afternoon of napping or surfing, guests returned at 8 PM to the 5th floor rooftop deck, which was covered with a clear tent from which was suspended swags of Christmas lights and a crystal chandelier. They rented funky vintage-looking lounge furniture, filled antique silver pieces with flowers and framed mirrors displayed the goodies for the sweets bar. It was a stylish, unique wedding that reflected the couple perfectly.

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Wedding Vendors (Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica):

Reception Venue: Punto de Vista / Wedding Photographer: Comfort Studio / Event Designer: Weddings Costa Rica / Caterer: Desiree Brassert / Floral Designer: Son Soles / Dress Designer: Enzoani Casablanca from Bliss Bridal / Cake Designer: Mariposa Bakery / Band: Jose Rojas / DJ: DJ Sky / Equipment Rentals: Cabo Luna Event Rentals, Eventos Boadicea / Officiant: Ana Castro / Letterpress: Parklife Press


Comments (23):

  • Casa Pampa, Santa Teresa on September 1, 2013

    It is such a romantic vintage beach wedding...loved all the details, the napkins, the shoes, everything has been really taken care of. Congratulations!
  • Robert Smith on January 24, 2013

    Beautiful love story........thanks for sharing.
  • Erika on November 1, 2012

    Does the DJ have a web page?
  • Soon to be Mrs. Martin on July 19, 2012

    Can you give us a ruff est. off how much your wedding cost?? We are looking into the same villa that you guys got married at!
  • Kace on February 20, 2012

    Where can I find these shoes?!
  • Villa Manuel Antonio on October 12, 2011

    Lovely napkins. In fact all pics are beautiful.
  • Costa Rica Honeymoons on September 17, 2011

    What a love story! Such beautiful shoes! and all the vintage details gave that special and fresh touch to this lovely wedding. Cheers!
  • Larissa (Weddings Costa Rica) on August 8, 2011

    Thanks Erin! It was super fun to work on - Okeoma was a dream bride!
  • Erin Little on August 8, 2011

    Congrats Larissa! Another great one...I particularly like dreamy, relaxed, and beautiful.
  • ashley on July 13, 2011

    where are those shoes from?!?
  • Lotta_heylook on July 11, 2011

    Oh, such a dream wedding! So nice touch in the details.
  • tash on July 9, 2011

    Every detail of this wedding is stunning! Kudos to wedding/event planner for pulling together what appears to be such a beautiful wedding. It's all in those lovely touches in details! Great photos also. Makes me wish I was there.
  • Sarah on July 9, 2011

    I love love love this! Ruffled has been my major wedding inspiration for months now - I just never commented because I was not engaged yet hehe :) My lovie just proposed a couple of weeks ago, and now that I'm an official bride-to-be, I decided to start commenting. And lo and behold, one of the first posts I see is my law school classmate Okeoma's gorgeous wedding! :D
  • Sharon Doss on July 8, 2011

    Your wedding pictures are amazing. I also enjoyed all of the ones Ben posted on fb. You and Dave make such a cute couple. Hope to see you when you come to Texas!
  • Elizabeth - Glessner Photography on July 8, 2011

    Loving all 3 pair of shoes!
  • Madison on July 7, 2011

    What a dreamy wedding
  • Robert London on July 7, 2011

    Wow that beach looks great, and she is one pretty Lawyer
  • Samantha- Wedding Specialist- Wild Dunes Resort on July 7, 2011

    LOVE!!! Those fabric napkins with the little tags are precious!
  • Larissa (Weddings Costa Rica) on July 7, 2011

    So thrilled to see Okeoma and Dave's gorgeous wedding on Ruffled! It was such fun working with the bride and making a vintage wedding a reality in the rainforest of Costa Rica! Great job capturing all the little details, Julie ;)
  • Susannah {alumbra photography} on July 7, 2011

    absolutely stunning (as always)! beautiful images, julie!
  • Pearl Parasol {Pretty Events} on July 7, 2011

    Look at her shoes! Love them!
  • lydia {ever ours} on July 7, 2011

    such pretty shoes! but i love that the bridesmaids could go barefoot.
  • The Average Bride on July 7, 2011

    What a cute wedding! I love how the simple little touches (vintage napkins, ribbons on chairs) really gave it a nice touch.


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