What to expect

So, the day is approaching and we can bet you are getting excited about this, so we are. This day will move fast, you won’t believe how fast and excited this will be, lots of memories, laughs, tears, kissing, dancing.. you name it, this day will be pack of emotions and we’ll be there capturing everything that we see.

We also know that planning this wedding was a big adventure, thinking about this we craft a way to work that is effortless and stress-free or as we say… “Pura Vida”, this will be a day for you to enjoy and have a great time with all your people.

This is a little “step-by-step” guide of what to expect from us and how we work during your day (based on a full day coverage), each wedding is unique and things normally change from what is expected (that’s the nature of weddings) but normally this is how it works:

1- The getting ready. (optional)
This is the only time when we split.. so one of us goes to the girls room and the other one with the guys. At the getting ready we’ll start capturing your details, these could be the invitations or any other stationary you have, dress & suit, shoes, jewelry, and any accessories you might have, also some ambient shots of where you are getting ready and candid photos of the people that is around you.

Example of bride accessories: bouquet, dress, shoes, earrings and/or other jewelry, perfume, vow book.
Example of groom accessories: suit jacket, tie or bow tie, cuff links, shoes, watch or other jewelry, vow book, sun glasses.

 It is always great to have those details ready in a spot so once we get to your rooms we can start right away.

Bonus 1: at the getting ready it’s a good idea to have both wedding rings on a single place/room so we can take a photo of them together,
Bonus 2: if possible, ask your florist (or maybe the planner) to leave a few loose florals so we can use them as props.
Bonus 3: consider getting a wooden hanger instead of a plastic one, a normal wooden hanger will work great.
Bonus 4: hide all plastic bags, food leftovers, beer cans, or any other stuff that could make the room look messy.

We will try to look for the best place with the best natural light available so you can put your things on, also your mom/dad or maid of honor/best man to help you with some of this, we might give you gentle guidance here just to make sure we have the best light and background but the idea is to keep everything rolling as natural as it can be. After you are fully ready and if we have time, we can also take some shots of you alone and also with your friends. 

2- The First Look.(optional)
If you are planning to have a first look, this could normally take around 15min or so, if you already have a place in your location where you would like to have the first look please don’t hesitate to let us know so we can check it out (basically the best spots are the one in shade, with enough space to move and as private as possible), if not, we’ll look for a place that can work for it, always taking into consideration the light (this will be the key through the whole day). After you see each other and have a some minutes to bring out the emotions, we can take a few portraits of you, very basic, but very nice.

3- The Ceremony.
Here comes the real thing!!! You can ignore us while this is going on (in a good way), most of the ceremony it’s about documenting what’s happening, but still, we have a few tips for you here:

  • Heads up, deep breath and walk slow, enjoy it, smile, look at your tribe and be happy for all of them.
  • Once you get to the altar, try not to separate too much from each other, a good distance is the one where you can hold each other’s hands without reaching too far from your arms.
  • Try to place yourselves in the center of the altar, it can be tricky, it’s easy to lose the sense of space once you get to the altar, so trying to be aware of that it’s great. We help you with this and let you know to move left or right so you are well centered (symmetry is very important in photography).
  • Look at each other, this can be obvious but you won’t believe how easy is to just look at the officiant talking and not looking to each other. If you just look at the officiant and won’t to it to each other you will just give the back of your heads to the camera and the guests, and as you can imagine it’s not the best idea, smile to each other, smile to the first row and to your friends, it will feel great to make that connection in such a beautiful moment.
  • Kiss slowly, don’t rush it, don’t make it a Speedy Gonzalez “light speed” kiss, enjoy it, give at least 2 seconds and if you can, KISS AGAIN!! (kisses are nice). Also, very important try not to cover your faces with your arms or hands, we know all of this could be hard to remember with all the emotions but everybody wants to see the kiss so remember, don’t cover your faces. Believe it or not, some couples actually practice the first kiss so feel free to do it… it works!

4- The recessional/exit.

This is the last part of the ceremony, when you exit the altar and walk back the aisle. Have you think on what to do then? Many couples don’t, and if you haven’t and you have seen some Pinterest photos, recessionals are one of the most funny and excited parts on a wedding day, it’s also a great opportunity to capture incredibly nice photos, but, there are somethings to take into consideration to make it great:

  • Don’t forget the bouquet, this can be obvious, but sometimes it happens that with all the excitement the bouquet gets left behind, so, don’t lose it, it’s a great prop.
  • Once you have the bouquet, BRING IT UP!! Show us your inner Rockstar Spirit, it’s time to laugh, cheer and jump, you MADE IT!!!
  • Kiss in the middle of the aisle, it’s always a nice touch.

5- Family portraits.

Some people loves them, some people not too much, but believe us, having at least a few of these will be beautiful, these are the photos that your family will be looking for the most. We try to take these photos as close to the recessional finishes (or after the first look) basically because people tend to vanish and go everywhere around the venue after the ceremony and it will be hard to get them together again. Now, here is the tricky part, depending on how big the groups are and how many groups you want this will take time, and sometime a lot, to gather each group it could take between 2 and 3min, so we normally recommend that you try to stick with no more than 10 groups so it will take us between 20 to 30min, if you want all your guests on a photo, we can take one big group shot (just let us know in advance so we can be prepare for this). It’s also good that you tell these people to don’t go to far from us, so we don’t have to chase them around and we can take the photos quicly. Also, very important, if you haven’t send us this list, please do it, this list will be our guide during this time and if we don’t have a list to follow it could became very tricky to take all the photos you want to.

6- Wedding party. (optional)

Lets not forget about your friends, these photos can happen before (if you have a first look) or after the ceremony, depending on the wedding timeline, but either way, we’ll have fun, we try to make it easy and quick. We’ll have different group combinations with guys and gals, and in  individuals if we still have time.

7- Newlywed portraits.

Now here comes the part when we’ll kidnap you and walk a bit around the surroundings, the main idea is that you interact to each other as much as possible (aka make out a lot), you can laugh, remember something funny, throw some bad jokes, take a tequila shot, grab a couple of snacks, things like that… let’s make it fun, and don’t worry, we’ll guide you and give you some basic actions that you can do, and eventually we’ll make some minor adjustments looking for that precious light, we like to mix a bit of everything so we do some photos of you laughing, some others more intimate, and some others a bit more editorial that to be honest looks like a magazine covers. But the main idea here it’s to have fun and that you interact to each other. This part could take about 20 to 30min, it all depends how much time you want, and how much time we have available before the next event.

8- The Reception. (optional)

You can ignore us here too (but remember… in a good way), this part it’s all about documenting the different events that happens, for example a grand entrance, first dance, speeches, cake cutting, we’ll be there capturing each part trying to be the less intrusive as possible. Also, during dinner time it’s when we also take something to eat, so if you don’t see us around, it’s because we are recharging our batteries (aka: eating), normally this happens at the same time the guests are having their meals. There are a few tips we can give you for the reception, but the most important it’s to enjoy it .. you will have food, drinks, music and your favorite people.. isn’t it perfect?? perhaps the one advice we can give you it’s to laugh a lot, be happy, own this time and show how happy you are for this new beginning.

9- The party. (optional)

Ready to dance? Well this is it, it’s time to shake your booty. Party time it’s when we all have fun dancing to the music. We won’t tell you what to do or how to shake your booty, this will be all about capturing epic dances, happy faces and tequila shots all night long. Remember the movie The Hangover when at the end of the movie they all look at the photos.. well.. sometimes it’s like that, you never know how the night will end.


Lastly, throughout your day we want you to be fully present and in the moment, it will help a lot with the photographs. Take the time to stop together and soak it all in, it truly is surreal to see your friends and family all in Costa Rica at one time celebrating the love you have for one another. Isn’t it so amazing??  We promise to get our job done (and make it fun and smooth!) so that you can simply be there for every moment of your day.

And remember, we will be there for you the whole time, if you want any specific photo please don’t hesitate to let us know and one of our team members will help you out for sure. Also if there are any specific details of guests that you would like us to pay more attention, this can be a family member, a close friend, an accessory, anything that you might think it’s special during the day just let us know.

Our philosophy is to make things the less intrusive and flowly as possible with a friendly and hands down approach (the Pura Vida style), weddings are to enjoy and we want to capture the real journey of your day, we don’t look for perfection, we look for the real and raw moments that naturally unfold, so when you look back at your wedding gallery, you will see your own unique wedding as it really happened.

From our experience after hundreds of weddings we can tell you a few things… It’s the day going to be 100% perfect? we wish to say everything will be 100% as expected, but no, things can go a little bit out of course, but you know what?, that’s what make weddings wonderful, each wedding is unique, you are unique, and in our point of view this uniqueness and unexpected twists are what makes a perfect wedding, if those unexpected things happen, embrace them, laugh to them, enjoy them, make it your own perfection and we’ll love to capture all that for you.

So…we hope this helps you a bit with all the nerves and excitement, we are very excited to be with you and start capturing your story in a few days.

If you have any questions or need some advice, send us an email or text us, we’ll be very happy to help you.

See you in a few days!

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