Destination I Do Magazine Photo Shoot in Costa Rica with Tropical Occasions at the Helm

I love to to watch others fall in love with Costa Rica and being able to do this for others in my industry is truly one of my favorite things to do. I have planned press trips, Fam trips and each and every time I see this country that I love get press, attention and overall love, it fills my heart. When I began collaborating on a Fam (A press trip for travel, wedding professionals & media to a destination) with the Four Seasons Papagayo I had an idea I wanted to see come to fruition so badly. As soon as the Editor in chief  Mrs. Jennifer Stein, of Destination I Do was on board to attend, I went to her with the idea of doing a full stylized Editorial Shoot for her magazine while she was on the trip. She was instantly  in love with idea and I was beyond excited. I was actually doing a happy dance in my living room, as it would be the very first one ever for Costa Rica! We began to collaborate on who and how and put together as she called it the Dream Team. We knew we wanted only the best professionals to create a vision her and I had for showcasing this beautiful land of Pura Vida. She wanted it to be bold and colorful, So first up was a great Designer we both love and Jen was dying to have in her magazine. He has a rep for choosing bold patterns, fabrics, and colors, which was what Jennifer wanted. Mr. Brian Worley of Your Bash, a very well known Film and TV industry designer and planner - his work is beyond amazing! Beyond as well from being my friend it was a true honor to collaborate with him. To watch his design process, bounce ideas together and then work side by side.  Come the day of bringing the ideas we came up with to fruition was a dream. In our industry it is hard to get two designers to see eye to eye and collaborate with out a diva attitude or even moment  happening, Brian and I were like Peas and Carrots and I loved every single idea he came up with and just adored working with him on this project.

Next up a fabulous Photographer Laura Grier of Beautiful day Photography  was who Jennifer Stein chose and I was again so excited as she is known for color, thinking out the box, traveling the world and shooting creative and knock your imagination out style. She brought her A game (as well as asst. photog who shot our behind the scenes video, Ms. Sarah Natasha Horrowitz) and her photos and style could not have been more perfect.

After the three big elements were in place it was time to get others on board that would  be the perfect fit to what wheels we had set in motion. Brian brought the crazy talented Ceci Johsnon of Ceci New York  on board to curate a custom painting of Malachite that became our theme and custom linen (created by Spoonflower).  Ceci's paperie that followed this same theme and color palate was insane. The nicest I have ever, felt and worked with. She took a design and mastered it with an invitation suite and decor elements that truly took the design to the next level.

Brian also enlisted Celebrity stylist Keylee Sanders to come and oversee all fashion, as well as fittings and making out models runway ready at all times.

I was set with the task of finding models. Jennifer Stein wanted "real looking people!" as she put it. I had someone whom I knew on a personal level who was dabbling in modeling and I loved her look as I felt this needed someone different, then the "same as always" type. I showed her to Jennifer and she was just as thrilled. She had same vision as me and wanted a woman that many could relate to as well as an exotic beauty who could be from so many places in the world.  So we had our Bride, the lovely Ms. Alejandra Alpizar who was truly picture perfect. She is now the first Costa Rican female model to ever grace the cover of a US based Wedding Magazine.  Finding her a groom was easy. The debonair sales director at our photo shoot location. He is a 6'5"  very handsome guy who has a fun and happy go lucky personality to boot, so he was an obvious choice.  Mr. Andre Brathwaite of the Four Seasons. We then assembled the rest of the dream team allowing me to bring in my best of best of vendors in Costa Rica.  We really wanted to showcase the country and what is available locally with a destination event there. I brought in the following to do what they do best and that is excel in their specialties and help create what you will see here in the photos.

Victoria Zoch for her artistry and beauitful wedding cakes.

Jaime Campos (part of my Tropical Occasions planning team) and her insanely talented hunsand, Rigo Campos of Los Primos Design custom furniture maker, to create custom pieces for the shoot (now available country wide for rent!)

Florist Antonieta SanJuan Miro lead designer and owner of one of Costa Rica's top florist Embrujos Floral Studio.  She mastered our vision and got Brian and I flowers in abundance, ones I typically would die to have on a regualr basis for all my events. Her staff executed the bouquets and boutonnières exactly as I had explained and envisioned. Brian and I were on clound nine with all she got for us to play with and her assistance on so many levels. Brian was literally dancing & clapping when we went to the walk in and got to see all that she was supplying for our shoot,  a moment I will never forget!

Ariella Blau of Costa Mesa Rentals for her assistance and all donated beautiful rental items that helped create the perfect final look.

Fernando Hidalgo Fallas who is and will always be in my opinion the best hair and makeup stylist in Costa Rica as well as the life of the party.

Four Seasons Papagayo- Your hospitality and gorgeous grounds made the shoot what it was. You are the créme de le créme of resorts in Costa Rica and truly a magical place for hosting a wedding.

Last and certainly not least. Anahi Contreras of  Tropical Occasions and  Stephen Denton of Cabo Luna Event Rentals & Decor  for all the production help, guidance and overall helping simply Get "IT" done. You are both my "Go To" people and you and your efforts are always beyond appreciated!

Above all a HUGE thanks to Jennifer Stein and Destination I Do Magazine for beleiving in the idea and having such incredible faith in the assembled Dream Team to take your vision to print.  You have made all involved and especially a little country called Costa Rica so very proud to be showcased and finally be seen by so many for the beauty it offers for destintaion weddings.

Please enjoy the Feature below as it is seen in Destination I Do, On News stand now all over the USA! So please go pick up a copy!

As well as the feature by Ceci New York and her Monthly on line magazine.


It truly was a dream team! Here we are at the end of our photo shoot,  celebrating a truly spectacular team effort, that was seamless and FUN! What an honor. 


From Left to Right: Laura Grier (Photography) Rigo Campo (Lead Artesian of the Los Primos Furniture design) Jamie Campos (co designer at Los Primos and Guanacaste Regional Manager and planner for Tropical Occasions.  Ariella Blau (Owner of Costa Mesa Rentals ) ME  – Aimee Monihan (Owner of of Tropical Occasions) Alejandra Alipzar, mi amiga and our gorgeous model/bride of our shoot. Jennifer Stein (Editor in chief of Destination I do Magazine) Stephen Denton (Owner of Cabo Luna Event Rental’s and Design Decor & Party animator) Anahi Contrears (Designer & Trainer for Tropical Occasions and my GO TO Girl!) Keylee Sanders (Our LA Stylist!) Brian Worley (Lead Designer of shoot and Co Owner YOUR BASH and my Boo!) Sarah Natasha Horowitz (Photographer who shot our behind the scenes video)  Andrea Brathwaite (our Debonnair Groom and Sales Director for the fabulous Four Seasons Papagayo. Not Pictured Fernando Hidalgo Fallas our insanely talented Hair and makeup artist. Antonieta San Juan Miro (of Embrujos Florist) and Victoria Zoch (our Fabulous Wedding cake designer)