Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica Elopement Photo Story Award

Manuel Antonio beach, Costa Rica elopement photography - A very small and intimate wedding ceremony on the beach.

Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica Elopement Ceremony Image | A very small ceremony on the beach

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 the knot in a unique way that is perfect for them! As a photographer, I’m honored to play a part in something so special.

Katie and Andrew were super chill — even more so than many eloping couples I’ve photographed. Let’s dive in and check out the photos from their special day!

THE CHEMISTRY BEGINS

The chemistry — or should I say pharmacology? — began when Katie and Andrew met while they were both studying to be pharmacists. Things between them simmered slowly. It wasn’t love at first sight, but they did become good friends.

About a year later, they went on their first official date. From there, their relationship flourished and they knew it was something special. 

After a year and a half, Andrew popped the question. Then, just three short months later they ended up in front of my camera for their elopement wedding!

AS INFORMAL AS INFORMAL CAN BE

Most eloping couples like things to be fairly relaxed and informal. After all, they wanted to avoid the hassle of a big wedding for a reason. 

However, they’ll still have many of the details planned out. The officiant, the ceremony spot, an arbor or some sort of decoration for the ceremony, a backup plan if it rains — those kinds of things. 

Katie and Andrew wanted to keep it super simple. 

For their elopement wedding, we literally showed up, found a nice spot on the beach and it was showtime! There was no officiant, but Katie’s parents and best friend (the only attendees) lovingly looked on as they shared their hearts with one another. 

There was no flower heart on the ground or palm tree arbor, but I think you can agree that the ceremony was lovely just the way it was. And Katie and Andrew certainly thought it was the best day ever.

Costa Rica wedding image of the couple kiss with family

Costa Rica Beach Ceremony Elopement Kiss Image | First kiss surrounded just by family

First kiss surrounded just by family.

Costa Rica elopement couple portrait with a prop sign

Manuel Antonio Beach Beach Elopement Couple Portrait - a photo with a prop

Katie and Andrew wanted a photo with a prop.