Pura Vida

Pura Vida


I forgot where I was when I woke this morning. The melodic tunes of a Costa Rican trio floated into our casita this morning and mouth-watering scents of breakfast foods wafted through our windows. I woke to the sounds of birds who sing like New York construction workers whistling as a pretty girl walks by. Wheeeeet, Wheeeeeeeele

My sister, Bianca, knocked lightly on our door and reminded JD and me the owners of our villa were throwing a party. In the morning. That’s just they way the pura vida is experienced. Parties in the morning. Work will be still be there after a few mimosas, so why rush life?

Bianca decided to join us here in Costa Rica and it’ll be nice ringing in the new year with a piece of my family. I fear, however, she’ll now want to go with us to EVERY destination wedding because we’re having the time of our lives. She promises she’ll be the best bag carrier in the world. Ever.

After a long brunch, we went to the beach and swam in the warm water. We found warm pools of beach water (which felt like warm bath) and read until my eyes were too heavy to keep open. I then retired to a beach towel and slept under the warm sun.

We’re off to dinner in a couple hours where we’ll watch the sun set and anxiously await what tomorrow holds. Although we’re in no rush for it to arrive. I think that’s what they call pura vida, the pure life.

Here’s sneak peek from yesterday’s wedding…the full post will appear on the blog when I return home from vacation.

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  1. tracy -

    I’ll carry your bag AND rub your feet if you bring me to your next destination wedding! Sounds great and the couple look beautiful. Eat, drink and have fun.

      12.30.08 - 10:03 pm

  2. julie avina -

    have fun you guys and be careful. It sounds like you’re getting some well deserved rest with two very special people. Happy New Year and God Bless!!!!! Love, Team Avina

      12.30.08 - 10:19 pm

  3. julie avina -

    By the way……..nothing would be better than seeing a picture of Biancs carrying your bags….oh please please please!!! 🙂

      12.30.08 - 10:20 pm

  4. jeramy -

    wow. what an amazing experience. you guys have the best job….ever.

      12.30.08 - 10:41 pm

  5. Navy Sou -

    What a teaser! I can’t wait to see the images! I’m sure they scream eye-gasms! : )

      12.30.08 - 10:51 pm

  6. Adrienne Gunde -

    Sounds like you’re having an absolutely amazing time! That shot is gorgeous – can’t wait to see more!

      12.30.08 - 10:54 pm

  7. Feuza -

    I have been checking in to see if there were any updates, I am hooked and I can not wait to see the pictures of your gorgeous destination wedding and sister.

      12.30.08 - 10:57 pm

  8. Kayleen T. -

    That was a relaxing post, I feel less stressed just reading it! ha! I love sleeping on the beach! It is the best thing ever. Can’t wait for the pictures!

      12.30.08 - 11:14 pm

  9. Tambi Lane -

    Absolutely beautiful! I cannot wait for the full post!

      12.30.08 - 11:41 pm

  10. Melissa -

    Gorgeous! Glad you are enjoying yourself! Safe travels!

      12.31.08 - 12:15 am

  11. Taryn Rivera -

    This image is so beautiful, and I can’t wait to see the rest of them. Oh and by the way, so totally jealous of your vacation in Costa Rica.

      12.31.08 - 2:31 am

  12. Bobbie Brown -

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see the whole post!! Happy New Year!!!!

      12.31.08 - 2:33 am

  13. sherry boles -


      12.31.08 - 3:22 am

  14. Amy Clifton -

    Beautiful image, and sounds like the perfect getaway! ENJOY your time there!!

      12.31.08 - 3:44 am

  15. Ashley -

    I’m totally down to carry your bag next time. Seriously.

      12.31.08 - 4:20 am

  16. Will Tangorra -

    Wow Jasmine…for a brief second I felt transported me to Costa Rica. I wish…especially since tomorrow we’re expecting 8 inches of snow here in Boston. 🙂

      12.31.08 - 4:33 am

  17. Lydia -

    Can’t wait to see more of your amazing images!

      12.31.08 - 5:09 am

  18. Sarah Schrader -

    Beautiful, Jasmine!

      12.31.08 - 5:10 am

  19. Laura -

    Beautiful photo!

      12.31.08 - 5:11 am

  20. mary beth graff -

    simply stunning image. and your writing made me feel like i was right there with you smelling the breakfast. you are just so talented.

      12.31.08 - 5:14 am

  21. cassandra m -

    Girl…I am glad you are going to take some time to RELAX…we can wait on the photos. But this teaser is insanely beautiful. Anxious to see what all 2009 holds for you. prayers for safe travels…

      12.31.08 - 5:20 am

  22. Simply Modern Weddings -

    Beautiful…enjoy the rest of your vacation j*!

      12.31.08 - 6:21 am

  23. Ashley Rose -

    Gorgeous shot J* 🙂 and you have a very lucky lil sis!

      12.31.08 - 6:28 am

  24. john waire -

    good good times. enjoy!

      12.31.08 - 12:35 pm

  25. Brad -

    Is Bianca your twin, how about a pic of your sis

      12.31.08 - 1:30 pm

  26. Regina -

    Fiesta in the morning! LOVE IT! Enjoy…Have a great NEW YEAR and can’t wait to see the rest of your vacation/wedding photos.

      12.31.08 - 1:57 pm

  27. Candace -

    Your vacation and the wedding seem perfect. I hope you enjoy and soak up every minute of it. I can’t wait to see the rest!

      12.31.08 - 2:33 pm

  28. Ashley -

    That sounds so delicious.

      12.31.08 - 3:31 pm

  29. Nathan Padgett -

    I can’t wait to see the other photos from this beautiful location.

      12.31.08 - 3:43 pm

  30. Jasmine* -

    LOL! Just to clarify, my sister Bianca was NOT a bag carrier on this trip…she, however, has offered her services for future trips! 🙂

      12.31.08 - 3:49 pm

  31. Joan Solitario -

    Wow! Can’t wait to see the rest!

      12.31.08 - 5:01 pm

  32. Julie -

    I can’t wait to see the pics of the wedding. i loved the shoot you did for this couples engagement, they were so fun and loving and their son is the most adorable little guy too! Glad that you’re having a wonderful time with your hubby and sis!

      12.31.08 - 6:19 pm

  33. Paula Herko -

    I just can’t wait to see the rest of the wedding! Simply gorgeous! Happy New Year Jasmine!!! God’s blessings to you in 2009!

      12.31.08 - 7:32 pm

  34. Anne Nunn Photography -

    beautiful picture, of course.
    and…I am so JEALOUS!! I want to go! Take me next time! :):)

      12.31.08 - 7:36 pm

  35. Elaine -

    WOW!! That photo is simply gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the rest.

    a Blog Stalker!
    AKA Elaine

      12.31.08 - 8:37 pm

  36. Karen (Mikols) Bonar -

    Smokin’ hot!

      12.31.08 - 11:31 pm

  37. Ginger Murray -

    wow. I truly love it.

      1.2.09 - 2:10 am

  38. Chelsea Patricia -

    Whoa. Of course, I love the photo.
    And I am so glad ya’ll are having the time of your lives! =D

      1.2.09 - 5:14 am

  39. heidi @ indy photography -

    I hate you right now.

      1.5.09 - 1:57 am

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