Today is Valentine’s Day, and there is a wedding on the ridges. Our good friends Ed and Gie are tying the knot in a grand and beautiful outdoor garden setting in the scenic hills of El Cajon, Costa Rica. The many guests include expat friends and locals from all over the Central Valley of Costa Rica, from as far away as Puntarenas and Guanacaste. The Hawaiian-themed nuptials mean the female guests, including my Tezzy, are decked out in traditional Hawaiian dresses, with either a floral crown or a beautiful flower in their hair, while the male guests are looking dapper in their Hawaiian shirts. It’s a beautiful and joyous scene all around, and the first wedding Tezzy and I have had the pleasure of attending in Costa Rica.
Today is a gorgeous day for a wedding, with temperatures in the high 80s. The tables are covered in white linen, and the white linen curtain backdrops give the occasion a Costa Rican vibe despite the Hawaiian theme. The music is supplied by Carlos’s acoustic guitar and accompanied by Janeth’s sweet vocals. The music continues throughout the evening and well into the night, encouraging lots of dancing and of course some great karaoke.
Kotoy Catering’s food is simply delicious. The appetizers include large shrimp with rice bowls, assortments of cheeses, grapes, strawberries, and bit-sized luncheon meats, and mi esposa’s freshly baked Artesian breads. The main course is a tasty chicken dish with mushroom sauce. As with any traditional Filipino- or Hawaiian-styled wedding, lechon or roasted pig is also served.
The newlyweds reside on a gorgeous property in the hills of El Cajon, offering a 360-degree million-dollar view of the natural beauty of Costa Rica. This Valentine’s Day wedding on the ridges makes the scenery even more spectacular.