Miri’s & Chris’s Wedding in Manuel Antonio
Miri and Chris got married on December 12, 2016, at Hotel Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio. They had a beautiful, romantic wedding, but before that happened we carefully planned every detail together for months. They knew exactly what they wanted: Moroccan theme with lots of fuchsia color, purple, and a touch of yellow and white. Hundreds of Christmas lights and candles, the dramatic look of Moroccan iron lanterns, and tall rustic candelabras reminded everybody of the stories from “One Thousand and One Nights.”
They choose each item that was ultimately present on the reception tables via Skype video call with me and the florist as we showed them several different set ups. There was a lot happening on the tables, but it all matched and looked stunning.
Wedding festivities started the day before at rehearsal bonfire and cooking party at the hotel. Because of anticipated rain, there were five cooking stations set up at the restaurant Playitas, where guests enjoyed handmade tortillas, ceviche, BBQ and desserts. I mention rain because we were very concerned about rain for the wedding day. At the rehearsal dinner it looked pretty bad. We had planned two tents, one for dancing and one for dinner, but the ceremony spot was not covered. Miri and Chris were hoping for a ceremony under the stars surrounded by many sparkling lights and nature. Somehow they knew it would not rain the next day.
And it didn’t. The sky was blue and the sun was shining early in the morning when the florist and rental company started to set up. And the clear skies lasted until late at night!
All their guests stayed at the beach front hotel, Arenas del Mar, which also hosted the wedding. They started with a cocktail hour at the beach. We created lounge space on one side with sophisticated lounge furniture and an amazing gold bar that was lighted up after dark. Arenas del Mar prepared delicious hors devours and guests enjoyed cold beer and drinks before the ceremony started.
They had a huge white tent for dancing and karaoke which was a major part of party that night. I must tell you they had few great singers in the group, including the bride and groom!
Reception was set under a transparent tent with lots of sparkling lights on the ceiling that looked very romantic at night. Long rectangular tables were covered with fuchsia linen and amazing centerpieces. Each napkin lay on a beautiful charger plate with gold finishing and a place card was added with a flower on top.
The most gorgeous part of the whole wedding (besides the bride, of course), was the ceremony set up. From the beginning, Miri and Chris were talking about having a “sparkling effect lighting” under the trees. It wasn’t easy to do because the trees didn’t have many branches. But our florist, Jessica, made that dream come true. And by design, A stage and walkway was installed so Miri could wear her high heels.
When the time came and the groom stood up on the ceremony stage, the bride was walked down the aisle by her parents. She was wearing a gorgeous white dress with gold details, her hands were decorated with henna and she was holding a bouquet of roses and orchids in shades of pink with a touch of blue. After a memorable ceremony, everybody went with Eduardo Lopez, the photographer, for a beach photo session and then to a delightful dinner under the stars followed by dancing and fun karaoke with DJ Josh!
The whole wedding day was filmed by the talented Jonathan Yonkers, so they can keep these wonderful memories not only in their hearts but also on video.