Holy Costa Rica! I love Costa Rica. Pura Vida. In 2002, I was fortunate enough to experience a Spanish Immersion Program where I spent 4 weeks in San Jose, Costa Rica with an incredibly generous non-English speaking family. During that trip, I fell in love with the tico culture, the food and the people. Plus, the country is absolutely stunning! My interest in photography grew exponentially while exploring the entire country, but especially in Manuel Antonio when I photographed this image…Ever since then, I always wanted to go back to Costa Rica and have Brisa experience it with me. Well, when Melania inquired about having me photograph her wedding in Costa Rica, I literally LEAPT at the opportunity. Plus, Louis is in the military and so I would have the privilege of photographing a serviceman AND a Costa Rica wedding! Double win! Thanks to Meredith and Caleb for referring Melania and Louis to me! View Brisa and my Costa Rican adventures HERE.
Melania and Louis’ wedding was full of Costa Rican traditions and midwest humility. The most beautiful aspect of their wedding was the seamless mixture of families, friends and cultures separated by thousands of miles. Everyone truly embraced the affable and upbeat pura vida mentality. I loved every second of it! They were married at the Iglesia Colonial de San Jose de Orosi that was built in 1743. As a historic Catholic church, the best part of their ceremony was that the doors were open for anyone and anything to witness their wedding! One of my favorite images from their entire day was this one when a dog made himself comfortable during their ceremony!
What I love most about Melania and Louis’ relationship is their giddiness. She is incredibly sweet, delicately soft spoken and absolutely stunning. He is chivalrous, charming and has piercing blue eyes. Together, they laugh, a lot. Throughout their rehearsal and wedding, anytime they were together, they were smitten and overjoyed. They share quick telling glances that are ridiculously adorable. From their first look at the ceremony through the pulse pounding, ear splitting Carnivale at the reception, Mel and Louis never wavered in their giddiness. Their love for each other was wonderfully tangible and amazing to witness!
In Melania’s words…
“If I had to describe Chris Hsieh and our experience with La Brisa Photography I’d say spectacular. All our proceedings with La Brisa were done in a very professional and transparent way. Chris is not only an extremely talented photographer but also a wonderful person to have around. From the first hours of the day Chris brought lots of energy to the room, he worked extremely well with all the ladies crowding the room. He helped me keep on track timeline wise and even reminded me to put on my jewelry (in my nerves and fluster I forgot all about it!). He made it really easy to smile and truly captured the spontaneous emotions of the day in a beautiful way, definitely making you look good! He laughed with us, was so positive and just easy going, it was a joy to have him with us. Every single member of my bridal party felt very comfortable with him and every single guest I’ve talked to was impressed by his positive demeanor and amazing talent. Not only was Chris a wonderful person to have around, his pictures are breathtaking and he captured the beautiful moments of our wedding perfectly. We recommend him 100%.”
Thank you so much for trusting me with your awesomeness! I feel so blessed to be your photographer and I hope you still absolutely LOVE your images!
Melania & Louis’ Wedding Details and Vendors!
Ceremony Venue: Iglesia Colonial de San Jose de Orosi – Orosi, Costa Rica
Reception Venue: La Casona del Cafetal – Orosi, Costa Rica
Wedding Coordinators: Mother of the Bride and Bride
Band: Grupo Musical Mango Verde – Alajuela, Costa Rica
Caterer: La Casona del Cafetal – Orosi, Costa Rica
Videographer: Jet Kaiser Films – Indianapolis, IN Click to watch Melania & Louis’ wedding film!
Cake Designer: Sugar Couture Cupcakes and Cakes – San Jose, Costa Rica
Wedding Gown Retailer: Abilene Bridal and Formalwear – Abilene, Kansas
Decoration and Invitation design: Dekorela by Marcela Castro – Curridabat, Costa Rica
Tuxedo Designer: United States Marine Corps
Bridesmaid Dress Retailer: Abilene Bridal and Formalwear – Abilene, Kansas
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