Loving this Eco-Destination Lodge Wedding we featured last year, from Costa Rica!
We recently received this Wedding Feature from Madison Baltodano Photography and we knew it was going to be saved for such a day as this! Take a look and learn, from the bride, how she used recycled goods, sustainable vendors and eco-friendly wedding planning to make an extra special day!
‘We wanted our wedding day to be as relaxing as possible, for ourselves and our guests. My sister has done my hair and make up for some of the most special events in my life, and I could not think of a more perfect way to prepare for my wedding day. I got ready with my sister and three other bridesmaids in a bungalow facing the beach at Milarepa. It was perfect, fun and relaxing to just have them there with me. I gave each bridesmaid three handmade flower pins for their hair, as well as a necklace and earring set from stones I hand hand picked on a trip to Mexico. We shared champagne and local granola bars, and had a fun and relaxing time time getting ready.
We wanted our wedding day to reflect our love for Costa Rica, the ocean, and the simple beauty found in nature. We picked saphire blue as our theme, because it is my favorite color, and it reminds me of the ocean. Jesse also designed my ring with an ocean theme and beautiful sapphires. We felt the blue would also blend in naturally with the ocean background, and the natural green hues that surrounded the property. We picked Milarepa Resort for the secluded beach, natural wood structures, and serene setting.’‘We were also lucky enough to find a wedding coordinator team, Mal Pais Green Weddings, that truly understood our wedding vision and felt the same about minimizing the amount of waste a typical wedding generates. Our coordinator used recycled glass lanterns, reusable vases and string of lights, and our flowers were varieties with minimal impact in transportation and growing conditions. We also wanted to add many of our personal touches to the wedding, and all of the succulents at the tables (and my bouquet!) were picked by my mother from her yard.’ ‘We also saved and collected blue bottles from our favorite gins for over a year, and used these as vases for the reception. Our wonderful chef also used as many local ingredients as possible, including the wonderful local fresh catch we had that day!’ Vendor Credits: Photographer: Madison Baltodano Photography | Event Designer: Mal Pais Green Weddings | Event Venue: Milarepa | Caterer: Soma Chef Services