Rustic, chic, and full of color, this multicultural Costa Rica wedding from Sylvia Guardia and FourNineteen Weddings reflects the couple, Amber and Suresh, perfectly! From the traditional, color filled Indian ceremony, to the rustic chic style of the wedding reception, Amber and Suresh’s cultures were embraced in so many beautiful ways. Amber is here with us today to share some insight into her wedding planning:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Barbara Broutin at Four Nineteen Weddings was a tremendous help. We had never been to Costa Rica when we decided to have the wedding there so we planned a weekend trip to meet Barbara and check out venue locations. Barbara toured us around the Tamarindo area and showed us numerous sites until we found the perfect spot, and in the same visit we met the florist, baker, photographer, and did menu tastings. Barbara made the process very efficient and painless. She communicated with us on a weekly basis leading up to the wedding and did a great job making our dream wedding a reality. She was also fantastic a keeping within our budget.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
We wanted to work with someone that we felt comfortable with and that we trusted. While we found Barbara through a random internet search we had an instant connection once we started communicating with her. We had talked to several event planners in Dallas, and through other destination wedding sites and each time it felt like we were being taken advantage of. Barbara was very up front and honest with us, and most importantly she understood who we were as a couple and shared a vision for our big day.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
The most important thing for us for our wedding was to give our guest a fun and memorable experience. It was important to us that we be able to spend time with all of our guests and that we incorporate both of our cultures in our celebration. Our ceremony on Friday was a Hindu ceremony inspired by Suresh’s South Indian roots. His family along with Barbara worked really hard to create a traditional Indian wedding experience in a destination location. The tropical setting meshed perfectly with the vibrant colors. The ceremony held on Saturday was inspired by my country roots and Suresh’s love for the beach. We went for a rustic beach chic vibe incorporating all the things that we love: mason jars, succulents, outdoor party lights, and of course the beach. We wanted a small, and intimate setting that utilized the natural beauty of Costa Rica.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Don’t get caught up in all of the details. While having a beautiful location, flowers, and the perfect cake is nice, those things only last a day. Marriage is a long term commitment and your wedding day is about marrying your best friend and partner. Make sure you take time to enjoy the moment with your husband and focus on the commitment you are making to one another. Oh, and last but not least, have fun!!!
That is some amazing advice! And I love how Amber and Suresh decided to hire a planner to help with their destination wedding. I’m sure it made things so much more enjoyable for their family and friends in attendance! Oh, and fun fact: Amber’s dress was made by her mom!!! Isn’t it STUNNING?!
So are any of you planning a destination wedding? Will you be having a planner help with the festivities? Why or why not?