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Page Last Updated October 17th, 2021

Wedding picture of bride and groom exiting church at the Hacienda Sitio de Mata, Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica - Elopement Photo by Mauricio Urena
Elopement and Wedding Photographer: Mauricio Urena, San Jose-CR, Costa Rica

Hacienda Sitio de Mata, Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica

The couple exits the church with joy and surrounded by excitement from the guests while throwing them some petals.

Laura and Andrés have known each other since 4 years ago, they met for the first time because of their jobs. After a long and special relationship, they engaged on the Atlantic coast in Costa Rica on a beach called Manzanillo. While having a romantic dinner near the beach, Andres decided to get involved with his love. 

After that night, their wedding plans...

A marriage portrait of the bride and groom at the Hotel Marriott Hacienda Belen in Heredia, Costa Rica - Elopement picture by Mauricio Urena
Elopement and Wedding Photographer: Mauricio Urena, San Jose-CR, Costa Rica

Hotel Marriott Hacienda Belen, Heredia, Costa Rica

Lucía and Luis Diego having a great time together during their portrait session with the amazing golf course landscape behind.

Lucía and Luis Diego met each other 15 years ago. Their love story grew around their passion for cycling. Both of them are very close to their families, so they wanted to have a very intimate celebration with the closest members of their families and best friends for their wedding.

They chose the...

Wedding ceremony image from the Shabby Chic House of San Isidro, Heredia, Costa Rica - Elopement Photo by Mauricio Uren
Elopement and Wedding Photographer: Mauricio Urena, San Jose-CR, Costa Rica

Shabby Chic House - San Isidro, Heredia, Costa Rica

Patricio really feels what he was singing to Alejandra. Haury, which is Patricio's close friend, was playing the guitar during the song. During the ceremony, Patricio surprised his bride with the news that he was going to sing her his vows.

Alejandra and Patricio’s wedding took place in a very intimate venue called The Shabby Chic House which is located in San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica. It is a place...

Villa Mayana Dominical, Costa Rica Outdoor Wedding Couple Portrait Session by the Pool by Kevin Heslin
Elopement and Wedding Photographer: Kevin Heslin, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Villa Mayana in Dominical, Costa Rica Outdoor

Sigal and Vova walk hand-in-hand against the backdrop of the Costa Rican jungles, as their reflection in the pool highlights the strength of their love and the possibilities that lie ahead.

Sigal and Vova's relationship began after a first date at the Tel Aviv Art Museum in Israel. Within a week, they had been on four dates together and knew that they were meant to be. With Sigal being from Israel and Vova hailing from Russia, it made sense to take their love abroad and head to...

Wedding couple portrait from Casa Brisas de la Montaña, Costa Rica - Elopement Photo by Kevin Heslin
Elopement and Wedding Photographer: Kevin Heslin, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Casa Brisas de la Montaña, Costa Rica

Chuck and Candy’s adventuresome spirits already made them the perfect candidates for a destination wedding. Plus, with all the craziness going on these days, a small wedding in the jungle with just a few attendees was just the right fit.

They also decided they didn't want to miss any time with their few guests during the wedding day, so they decided to have an "engagement" session, just a couple of days before the actual elopement.  That is the only chance we...

Costa Rica wedding photography at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort by Kevin Heslin
Elopement and Wedding Photographer: Kevin Heslin, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Costa Rica

Anthony and Megan smile at each other as they dance the night away surrounded by trees and twinkling lights.

What’s better than getting married on the beach? How about having the reception on the beach as well—late-night beach party style!

Megan first went to Costa Rica in 2004 when she visited with her high school rotary club to donate and deliver wheelchairs to schools and families in small towns. 

She left the country enamored with the people, the...

Doce Lunas Hotel, Jaco, Costa Rica wedding photographer
Elopement and Wedding Photographer: Kevin Heslin, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Doce Lunas Hotel, Jaco, Costa Rica

Cassie tearing up during the ceremony at the Doce Lunas Hotel in Jaco, Costa Rica.

Words from Cassie the bride:

"Originally Jay and I were on opposite ends of the spectrum when it came to a destination wedding. I wanted a wedding in our home town, he really wanted a destination. I started looking at my travel bucket list and all the things I would want for us and our guests, and that I didn’t want a beach...

Elopement and Wedding Photographer: Kevin Heslin, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica

A very small ceremony on the beach.

Katie and Andrew decided that a big fancy affair with all their friends and family just didn’t fit their personalities. So when they started planning their vacation to Costa Rica, it just kinda naturally evolved into planning their elopement wedding. After all, Costa Rica is rife with gorgeous locations for eloping.

Every year, hundreds of couples come to Costa Rica’s beautiful shores, or her jungles, or her mountains, to tie...