Justine & Stephen’s Destination Wedding In Costa Rica
When it comes to our destination wedding photography in Costa Rica, stories like Justin & Stephen’s fill us with joy and meaning as photographers. Justine & Stephen both grew up in a small district in New Hampshire, USA. Steve was raised in a big family, with four brothers and a sister. As the oldest sibling, he spent much of his time looking after the young ones. Justine is the middle child and grew up with an older brother and younger sister. Her family is very close and share many wonderful memories from her childhood. Both Justine & Stephen grew up with parents that instilled strong family values. Their parents are entrepreneurs: they made their businesses successful from the ground up, but at the end of the day they knew the importance of coming home to their families, loving and being loved by them.
They met at a restaurant where Justine was the waitress and bartender. Steve came in with a group of friends and saw Justine working. In fear of giving her the wrong impression by hitting on her at work he waited until her shift was over. At first, she was reluctant, buStephen was not about to give up. After chasing her for 3 months, she finally gave in and they went on a date. The rest is history.One day, Justine left work with a terrible migraine. Steve stopped to check in on her, and woke her up. She was facing the wall because the light was hurting her head. Steve asked “how are you feeling?” at which Justine replied “not so well…” Steve then said “roll over”, which she thought was odd. When she did, he was holding a ring in his hand and said “how are you feeling now?” Justine was in such shock she replied “do I get to keep it?” He just laughed and slid it on her hand.They wanted a small intimate ceremony with their closest friends and family, but at the same time, they did not want anyone to feel left out. So, they asked those special people if they would be willing to travel for a destination wedding… And they said yes! Next thing they knew, their wedding and honeymoon turned into a great Costa Rican vacation with their family and close friends.
The bride’s favorite part of the day was when she was about to walk down the aisle and she turned to her dad and said: “I think I am going to throw up!” He then made a joke about how he hoped his fly was not down in all the pictures… he knew exactly how to keep her from getting too nervous, getting her attention and making her laugh. All the while, her mother was watching her husband join their beautiful daughter as she walked towards her future, and she could not avoid the tears.
Steve’s favorite part was seeing his wife tear up, it made him laugh because it was happy tears.
Although all of the people that attended were very special to the couple, a special mention goes to their 1 year old son Jayce, who just wanted to stand at the altar with his mommy and daddy. The bridesmaids, Breeze, Kiara and Alyssa and maid of honor Emily, did everything they possibly could to help make the day special. The groomsmen Kyle, Ian, Matt, Sam and Ryan provided great company for the groom on his big day. The couple was joined by the bride’s parents, Will and Michele, who were very supportive and loving, and the groom’s mother Janine, who been there for them through thick and thin. They also shared this special time with their great friends Rob, Talayna, Tia, Chris, Jaime, Christopher, Sarah and Cam, who showed them their love and support from the sidelines! Everyone who attended deserves an honorable mention because they flew all the way there and spent a week of fun and bliss with them! From the getting ready to the big walk to even dinner after the fact, EVERYONE went out of their way to make this ceremony and the destination wedding photography experience in Costa Rica truly amazing.
The bride’s dress was purchased from a shop where all proceeds go to military brides to make their day special, and it will be donated to a foundation so it can be given to a military bride in need and help make their dreams come true.
We really enjoyed photographing this beautiful destination wedding in Costa Rica with Justine & Stephen. Like us, they think the photos really captured who they are. They are a very relaxed and easy going couple. We asked Justine about her experience with Wedding Day Story and her favorite images from her destination wedding photography, and she said that many of the ones she liked best were the ones she didn’t even realize we took.
The landscape was captured beautifully, the pictures were composed so eloquently and best of all they were super easy to order! It was wonderful having a gallery that we could log on to together and pick the ones we wanted. We also gave the gallery log in to friends and family so they could see the pictures too! To top it all off they made us a cd with the pictures we chose so we could display it back home for our family and friends at our small reception after we returned back to the US. Wedding Day Story did an outstanding job with our Costa Rica destination wedding’s photography in every single aspect! Plus, the resort is absolutely beautiful, it is on a beautiful landscape, the entire planning process was so easy. They provided amazing flowers that I requested, a delicious cake, a delicious dinner and I had no stress at all! There is nothing better then being stress free planning your wedding!
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