To make their big day not only a wedding but also an unforgettable vacation for guests, Jamia and Kevin chose to marry under the sun in scenic Costa Rica. The Boston couple enlisted Deb Ryan of DestinationWeddings.com, a Web-based company that specializes in coordinating weddings away, to help them select the perfect site for their November 2006 event—the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort.
By the end of the night, guests had truly drifted into vacation mode: Lead by Jamia's fully clothed maid of honor, they jumped into a nearby pool, ending the party with a big splash. —Michaela Garibaldi
Learn from Jamia and Kevin
Consider the Climate: Jamia and Kevin knew that a November wedding in Costa Rica might be scorching hot, so they offered their guests raffia fans to help keep cool during the ceremony.
Gift Guests Ahead: Instead of shipping bulky welcome baskets to Costa Rica, Jamia and Kevin sent everyone their goodies—a Spanish phrase book, disposable camera and CD of Latin music—one month before the wedding.
Incorporate Reminders of Home: The couple named the reception tables after their favorite restaurants in Boston, and requested “Dirty Water” (the song that traditionally ends ball games at Fenway Park) for the last dance.
The Altered Bride, alteredbride.com
Brooks Brothers, brooksbrothers.com
Ceremony and Reception Site
Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort, paradisusplayaconchal.travel
Deb Ryan, destinationweddings.com
Larissas Banting and Roberto Leiva, Weddings Costa Rica, weddingscostarica.net
Lauren Franklin, All the Pieces, allthepieces.com
Joe Mikos, mikosphotography.com