Brides in same-sex wedding in Costa Rica have a champagne toast.

We hope you like the photos from Marya and Jackie’s Indian-fusion beach wedding at Secrets Resorts Papagayo Costa Rica.  They started their day in the salon at secrets, where they had their hair styled and makeup done.  Later, at their guest suite, Mara put on her traditional Indian wedding clothing – her lengha, bindi and maang tikka, and Dupatta – and Jackie put on her Western wedding gown.

Their intimate wedding ceremony took place under a tree canopy near the shoreline on the lovely beach at the resort.  It was a blend of Indian and Western traditional wedding customs.  There was a Western-type ceremony followed by the mangal phera – during which Marya and Jackie took turns saying their vows – and then family and bridal photos on the beach.

Their wedding dinner was at the restaurant at the resort that had great ocean views.  There were lots of toasts, laughs, tears, and love.

A special thanks to Carolina Morales, Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica Weddings in-house wedding organizer, for her great job organizing Marya and Jackie’s wedding.

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Floral garland with red and white flowers.
Hers and hers rings on green fabric.
Sandals for brides on table in front of Sari.
Bride holding maang tikka in hands covered in henna.
Midsection of white wedding dress hanging on wall.
Mother lacing daughter's wedding dress in preparation for ceremony.
Red and gold sari on wall for Hindu wedding in Costa Rica.
Bridal attire for Costa Rica Hindu wedding in Guanacaste.
Henna covering bride's hand.
Decorative gold ball on red and gold sari.
Bride wearing traditional Hindu bridal clothing preparing for wedding.


Mother and father walking daughter to altar.
Bride in traditional Hindu clothing walking to altar.
Hindu-fusion wedding in Costa Rica on beach in Guanacaste.
Bride with white flower in hair looking at officiant.
Bride looking at bride during same-sex wedding in Costa Rica.
Bridesmaid holding white flower watching couple getting married in Costa Rica.
Brides about to kiss after getting married.
Saat phere wedding tradition during Hindu beach wedding in Costa Rica.
Saat phere wedding ceremony tradition at South Asian wedding in Costa Rica.


Brides holding hands and walking on beach.
Just married couple sitting on rocks on beach at sunset.
Just married same-sex couple on beach in Costa Rica.
Romantic moment between two brides who just got married in Costa Rica.


Hindu-fusion wedding reception on beach in Costa Rica.
White wedding cake with pieces of chocolate on table.
Brides wearing red and white garlands cutting wedding cake.
Same-sex couple cutting wedding cake.
Two brides enjoying their wedding cake after getting married in Costa Rica.
Brides, family, and friends toasting to the newlyweds.
Brides sister hugging just married couple.
Brides's sister giving speech at wedding reception at Secrets Papagayo Resort.





Lindsay & I know first-hand how complicated planning your wedding can be.  We also know planning your destination wedding in Costa Rica is even more complicated.  To help you through the process, here are resources and articles we’ve created during our years as wedding professionals that will help you through the process.  Whether you’re looking for advice on how to choose your photographer or wedding planner, a great venue, or tips on wedding-day makeup or timeline, we hope this helps. 

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