Throughout the design, you will find lots of local elements that feature local vendors and meaningful elements that adorn this celebration with culture and history. To see the publication click here.
The beautiful blush wedding gown with antique gold appliqués was handmade by a Costa Rican designer enhancing this bridal look with a unique artisan couture.
Every jewelry piece, hair accessories and hand bag were handcrafted by talented local designers that make one of a kind pieces.
The blush and terracotta tones combined with the wood elements and nature, feature the romanticism with the earthy colors that used to tint the houses back in the day when the side roads where not paved.
Another very traditional element found on this design, is the Costa Rican oxcart design. The oxcart in Costa Rica the national symbol of work. The oxcart in the past was the main means of transportation, not only for commerce, but for the leisure time on Sundays when most of couples used to ride around the neighborhoods. Every oxcart is hand painted and has one of the most intrigue designs ever seen which was incorporated on the wedding cake pattern and the matching hand held fan.
Meanwhile, the bespoke escort card wall was made with dry “jicaros”, commonly known as the calabash tree, a flower that is native to Central America. Many of the indigenous community, to this day, make their money by drying and craving and selling those fruits. The “jicaros” are normally dried fruit and halved, then used to make small bowls for serving or drinking, to make maracas and many other souvenirs. The hand carving design is very traditional of Costa Rica, and most of the designs are drying of animal of the forest such as birds, wild cars, iguanas, butterflies, monkeys and many others. This is a perfect nice way to offer a useful wedding favor while contributing with the local community of Costa Rica.
The bespoke invitations enhance beautifully this wedding design with a drawing of the venue and the exact fountain where the wedding reception takes place and once again, it brings back the color palette of the design.
This distinctive wedding photo shoot was recreated by a group of experienced proud local vendors in the wedding industry in Costa Rica, motivated by the desire of showcasing to the world and most importantly, to married couples, a new creative and fresh way to have a wedding look that represents the local culture in a way that has never been designed before.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
Las Catalinas is a new beach town located on the Guanacaste Coast of Costa Rica. A beautiful place composed of houses, shops, restaurants, small hotels and inns, pedestrian streets, plazas, parks interwoven with nature. It is like going back in time. Every street of Las Catalinas, leads to scenic overlooks.
Every home frames incredible views. On one side the town it’s embraced by over 1,000 acres of spectacular tropical dry forest hills and valleys with extensive hiking and biking. On the other side is the Pacific Ocean where we have two of the finest beaches in all of Costa Rica. This one of a kind wedding venue offers by far the best combination of the luxury amenities and services and the traditional look with the ocean, white (Grey) sand and clear turquoise waters.
Charna and Vishal’s Munticultural Wedding was initially planned at The Florida Keys , but the venue was destroyed by hurricane Irma. Although the loved the resort, The Biltmore was their second option, and they just fell in love with the architecture and the history of the place. They knew it was their place from the start!
Not only are the Greek Islands absolutely breathtaking, there is something in the air that envelopes you with the sensation of being absolutely free, as if the people and the place and their age-old stories are asking you to let your hair down and fall in love…again. This was the inspiration behind the shoot- to allow the place and its people to literally become the shoot, that everyone and everything (almost) in the shoot would be found within the islands themselves. So I let the islands tell me their story through a myriad of scavenged objects made out of love and then wove the pieces together to tell a love story of my own.
For the bride, both of her dresses were purchased on the islands and made by local designers. The first dress was hand picked by the photographer and chosen to reflect the monochromatic, ethereal palette of the islands. As for the celebration dress, I found it at a local boutique and chose it immediately as it reminded me of the bougainvilleas that glitter the islands so perfectly with their bright pop of color.
For the florals, I cut olive branches off the side of the road and then tied them with hand-dyed silk. In Greek mythology the olive tree is known as the tree of wisdom, peace, hope, light, fertility, health and wealth.
Therefore effortlessly, almost magically, even today in Greece many young couples when they decide to unite their lives in marriage, they choose for their wedding the olive tree, this primary symbol of peaceful coexistence, as a reference point, not only at the wedding ceremony, but mainly in the life they want to built together.
Finally, for the table, I knew I wanted to pay homage to both the islands magnificent panoramic views of the ocean and its once vibrant fishing culture. I found these unforgettable hand-thrown plates first at a little gallery in Athens and was entranced by the way they danced and swirled and mimicked the movements of the sea. I paired them with a delicate and undulating scarf in the same color, ocean’s blue, and then complimented everything with these amazing ceramic boats from a local artists gallery in Oia. Then we found the perfect little nook to cozy up and take in the breathtaking landscape that mesmerized even the gods.