Picture a caravan of rental vehicles loaded with tables, benches, flowers, wedding gowns and crew bouncing down a washed-out road toward the beach, a short hike past a green river of leaf-carrying ants and over a skinny plank bridge to a white sand Costa Rican beach in Punta Leona. Candice, Carla, Diana, Lindsey and I got right to work while Aryn hit the beach and our sneaky friend Jim started filming.
Candice and her Jubilee crew were setting up desserts on a branch that was laying over the water when a bunch of raccoons dropped by to check us out. The raccoons here are BOLD. They were lounging on our pillows, trying on Beth’s accessories, sitting at our tablescape and playing tug of war with Jim over a bag of chips. The raccoon won.
Just as we finished setting up, a local guy came over to let us know that the tide was coming in and that pretty soon our stuff would all be underwater. We grabbed Carla (who was off shooting the inCREDible invitation suite (complete with save the date stickers and a hanging mobile-style escort card chandelier) by Josh and Stephanie from The Metal Mermaid – and dragged her over to the table to shoot. Then we got to eat some French macarons provided by Petit Bouchee.
Just as Carla finished, our models arrived – for her first gown, Tessa wore an gorgeous Anne Barge called ‘Porter’, which Beth from The White Dress by the Shore grabbed straight off the runway for this shoot:
Beth then changed Tessa into an out-of-the-box yellow gown called ‘Mira’ with a flowing skirt and dressed the two bridesmaids in yellow and green dresses all by Jenny Yoo.
By the time sunset rolled around, Beth had changed Tessa into another just-off-the-runway gown with a really cool flutter-sleeve, this one by Amy Kuschel. It had been a long day and Aryn and I both decided to just sit down and watch the rest of the action from the edge of the jungle: