Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Costa Rica Elopement Photo Story Award

Arenas del Mar Beachfront Resort wedding venue image of The couple dancing by trees with lights

Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Costa Rica Elopement Photos | The couple dance the night away surrounded by trees and twinkling lights

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 culture, the pace of life, and, of course, the rainforest. Ever since then, she has always wanted to return and take Anthony with her. So, naturally, they decided to visit and see if Costa Rica might be a possible venue for their wedding.

It was love at first sight when they arrived at the lobby of Arenas del Mar. Without even seeing the beach or the rest of the hotel, they knew this was the perfect spot for them and 20 of their closest family members and friends.

A beach reception feels like a late-night beach party, but you need to know how to dress it up.  The wooden tables and chairs set the stage and the quaint dessert cart was a nice touch. What really decked out the party, however, was the tent covered in hundreds of tiny little lights. They added a special glow to the reception that was simply stunning.

Rainforest Resort wedding venue photography from Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica of the couple looking into each other’s eyes as they walk the beach

Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Elopement Image | The couple looks happily into each other’s eyes as they stroll hand-in-hand

Megan and Anthony decided to take a romantic walk along the beach, and they look happily into each other’s eyes as they stroll hand-in-hand.

Arenas del Mar Beach wedding photography in Costa Rica of the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready

Arenas del Mar Beach elopement image from Costa Rica | The bride and her bridesmaids have a fun time getting ready

The bride and her bridesmaids have a fun time getting ready together before the ceremony. They’re all smiling and laughing together as they stand in their decorative robes.

Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio wedding photo of friends seeing the bride in her wedding gown

Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio, elopement Pictures | seeing the bride in her wedding gown for the first time

Megan’s sister and friend start to get a bit emotional as they see Megan in her wedding gown for the first time.

Beach wedding ceremony photography from Costa Rica of The ceremony under a beautiful, floral arch

Beach front and Rainforest Resort outdoor elopement photos, Costa Rica | The ceremony is held outside beneath a beautiful, floral arch

The ceremony is held outside beneath a beautiful, floral arch, and the groom cannot contain his excitement as he sees his bride for the first time walking down the aisle.

Beach wedding image from Costa Rica of The bride walking along the beach

Beach elopement photography from Costa Rica | The bride walks along the beach in her wedding gown

Megan walks along the beach in her wedding gown, surrounded by blue skies and gentle, rolling waves.

Beach wedding image from Costa Rica of the elopement ceremony ending

Beach elopement ceremony image - Costa Rica | As the beach ceremony ends, the newlyweds hold hands and raise them into the air

As the ceremony ends, the newlyweds hold hands and raise them into the air together as all the guests applaud them. The two could not have picked a more perfect, sunny day to be married on the beaches of Costa Rica.

Beach wedding portrait in Costa Rica - The newlyweds in their beach wedding surroundings

Beach couple elopement portrait from Costa Rica | The newlyweds make the most of their beach wedding surroundings

The newlyweds make the most of their surroundings, spending more time on the beach where they share a romantic and private minute together.

Arenas del Mar Costa Rica wedding picture of The newlyweds beneath a tent of sparkling lights cutting their cake

Arenas del Mar Costa Rica elopement reception venue photos | The newlyweds stand together beneath a tent of sparkling lights

The newlyweds stand together beneath a tent of sparkling lights against the backdrop of the night sky as they prepare to cut their wedding cake.