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Timing is Everything

Getting married on the beach in Costa Rica means that timing is everything!

When planning your wedding day make sure to hold the ceremony early enough so there is time to make the pictures before the sun sets. This close to the equator our afternoons are very short when compared to the northern and southern latitudes. In November it sets as 5:15pm and in June it sets at 6:05pm.

I suggest the following schedule for a summer wedding. Be sure to adjust it according the time of year of your wedding. I use this clock to find out what time the sun will set in Costa Rica.

  • 4pm Start Photography
    In this time I will make pictures of you and your family as it is getting ready for the wedding. These are fun pictures that capture the ritual and chaos of everything that happens before the wedding.
  • 5pm The Ceremony
    The ceremony usually will not last beyond 20 minutes. At this time the light is still good which will allow me to concentrate on the activity of the ceremony without using artificial lighting.
  • 5:20pm Pictures on the Beach
    This hour before the sunsets is when the light is magical. It is coming in from the side and just above which means it is great for portraits. As the sun approaches the horizon and the sunset brings out its colors we will begin to photograph against the backdrop. We can even photograph for about 10 minutes after the sun has set… while it is still very nice it is not as spectacular as the images made at the peak of sunset.
  • 6:15pm Onwards
    It’s up to you! Cocktails, dinner or an all out party!

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