Hilary and Elliott’s Destination Wedding in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica
March 28, 2014
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About Hilary and Elliott:
Occupations: Hilary is a senior graphic designer and Elliott is a corporate communications manager
How they met: A night out in Toronto at a busy restaurant in Chinatown. There was an immediate attraction to each other
What attracted Elliott to Hilary: Her striking beauty and smile
What attracted Hilary to Elliott: His kindness to others and cheeky smile
What was the best advice you received as a couple? Enjoy the planning process and soak-in every minute of the wedding day. The wedding is about your love, not all the fluff, and remember this is supposed to be FUN!
Engagement story: In September 2012, on a private safari in Namibia, Elliott proposed to Hilary at sunset overlooking giraffes and zebras drinking from a watering hole. He then surprised her with a few nights in London and Paris!
The Wedding Day:
Wedding date: January 23, 2014
Number of guests: 42
Wedding colours: Peach, navy and gold
Hilary’s most memorable moment: Locking eyes with Elliott as I walked down the aisle.
Elliott’s most memorable moment: Surprising my wife, the biggest animal lover I know, with a white horse on the beach for photos. Also, jumping into the swimming pool with most of our guests at the end of the night after an amazing and elegant dinner reception.
Hilary and Elliott’s advice to others: Enjoy every minute of the wedding day. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Favourite wedding detail: Hand poured candle wax inside seashells used for candle lit dinner.
Most unexpected moment: Half the wedding guests jumping into the swimming pool. Clothing optional.
Most romantic moment: Having the best man deliver a custom recorded video on the iPad that was pre-recorded for Hilary on her wedding day while she was getting ready with her bridesmaids . The groom sang “You Are So Beautiful,” and played acoustic guitar.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Yes, Elliott’s mother singing a solo during the ceremony – the same song she sung at her daughter’s.
Honeymoon: One week in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, spent between Punto de Vista Luxury Villa and Arenas Del Mar hotel.
The day in three words: Stylish, lovely, fun.
Ceremony location: Beach of Langosta Beach Club, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Reception location: Langosta Beach Club, Tamarindo
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Costa Rica was on our bucket list of places to vacation and we thought having our wedding on the beach and near the rainforest would be incredible.
Hilary’s gown: Vera Wang
Hilary’s shoes: Bella Belle
Elliott’s outfit: Custom slim-fit suit with skinny peak lapel jacket; Magnanni dress shoes
Type of rings: Hilary: cushion-cut yellow diamond, pave diamonds, 18K white gold band/ Elliott: 19K white gold comfort fit wedding ring
Jewellery: Nadri Cluster Stud Earrings
Bridesmaids dresses: Custom from Etsy
Groomsmen attire: Custom, ties from The Tie Bar, Stance NBA socks
Wedding song: The XX
Signature drink: “The Zavari,” martini featuring passion fruit juice, gin, soda, simple syrup, fresh lime juice – created by our friend Sam Zavari, who is one of Vancouver’s top sommeliers in the restaurant scene.
Favours: Tiny rainforest animals that were glittered in gold and custom heart-shaped “Hilary and Elliott” shortbread cookies.
Music: DJ Doctor G
Flowers: Peonies, orchids
Photographer: Katie Stinnett Photography
Stationery/Invitations: Custom by Hilary Walls Design
Catering: Langosta Beach Club
Astrological signs (Hilary) and (Elliott): Aries/ Cancer
What was old? Hennessey bottle used for guests to write love notes (“message in a bottle”)
What was new? Our wedding gear!
What was borrowed? Hilary’s veil
What was blue? Soles of Hilary’s shoes
What did you put in gift bags? Costa Rica’s Britt coffee, and a “Hilliott” (Hilary & Elliott) Hangover kit.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Yes, the wedding video.
Tell us about your experience working with LUXE: Our visions all came together in the weeks leading up to the wedding. It was great relief having Alexandra on-site to quarterback the details.
Look at this gorgeous, perfect starry night!
Nathalie V. April 8, 2014
What a beautiful wedding! Absolutely stunning.
Kylie K July 7, 2014
This is gorgeous! I will be getting married in Costa Rica in April of next year. If the bride sees this, can you please tell me the store on Etsy you ordered the bridesmaids dresses from? I really want to do that, but I’m so worried about choosing the wrong store/designer. Thanks! And again, GORGEOUS wedding!!!