Intimate Vow Renewal at Secrets Papagayo


Isabel Luna - 14/09/2022 - 0 comments

Calandra & Francis

We had the pleasure of capturing Calandra & Francis’ wedding at Secrets Papagayo! The couple trusted our talented on-site photographer, Silvia, to capture their love for each other during their special day, as it happened. Even though it rained the day of their vow renewal, Calandra and Francis were able to capture the beautiful beach photos that they always wanted.

Read on to learn more about Calandra and Francis’ love story and their favorite part of planning their dream destination wedding.

Francis holding Calandra at Secrets Papagayo in Costa Rica

How did you meet your partner?

We actually first met each other at a party. We had the same friend group. We ended up connecting and started talking, after that night we find ourselves 15 years together now.

Calandra and Francis looking at each leaning up against a wall

What is your favorite thing about your partner?

Frankie says his favorite thing about me is how caring, supportive and big of a heart I have. I think Frankie is the hardest working, kindest, and most genuine person I have ever met.

Calandra pointing at Francis wearing a shirt that says So Nice Had to Marry Her Twice

What was the proposal like?

Frankie actually proposed to me when I was very sick, in and out of the hospital for a year. He took care of me every second that I was in that hospital. He would pick me up out of the hospital bed and carry me to the shower room, from the exact hospital bed that he proposed to me in.

Calandra and Francis holding each other in a garden in Secret Papagayo

Why did you decide to have a destination vow renewal? 

We chose a destination for our vow renewal because Costa Rica has always been both of our dream places to travel to and thought it would be the perfect location for our special ceremony.

Man holding rings during a vow renewal

What was your favorite part of wedding planning?  

Our favorite part of planning the ceremony was picking the location, setting and each writing our own vows that we shared with each other in private later that night.

Calandra and Francis saying their vows during their vow renewal at Secrets Papagayo

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?  

The most memorable moment of our wedding day was the moment that we vowed to each other to continue our journey and to set forward with our goals for our future endless love.

Calandra and Francis walking on beach near Secrets Papagayo in Costa Rica

What was your experience like working with your Adventure Photos photographer? 

Our photographer Silvia was absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better. It actually downpoured on our ceremony day (just like on our wedding day) and Silvia was kind enough to offer to shoot the pictures the next morning with us so that we could get the dream pictures we wanted on the beach!

Calandra and Francis holding each other

If you could give advice to newly engaged couples, what would it be? 

Our advice to newly engaged couples is to enjoy the moments that you have together, it really goes by fast. Things at times can seem stressful but when you take a step back they are only minor details that you will not even remember. Try to live in the moment, put down the phones and enjoy what you have for yourselves.

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