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

    December 30th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    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.

  2. julie avina

    December 30th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    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

  3. julie avina

    December 30th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

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

  4. jeramy

    December 30th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

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

  5. Navy Sou

    December 30th, 2008 at 10:51 pm

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

  6. Adrienne Gunde

    December 30th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

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

  7. Feuza

    December 30th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    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.

  8. Kayleen T.

    December 30th, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    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!

  9. Tambi Lane

    December 30th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I cannot wait for the full post!

  10. Melissa

    December 31st, 2008 at 12:15 am

    Gorgeous! Glad you are enjoying yourself! Safe travels!

  11. Taryn Rivera

    December 31st, 2008 at 2:31 am

    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. Bobbie Brown

    December 31st, 2008 at 2:33 am

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

  13. sherry boles

    December 31st, 2008 at 3:22 am


  14. Amy Clifton

    December 31st, 2008 at 3:44 am

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

  15. Ashley

    December 31st, 2008 at 4:20 am

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

  16. Will Tangorra

    December 31st, 2008 at 4:33 am

    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. 🙂

  17. Lydia

    December 31st, 2008 at 5:09 am

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

  18. Sarah Schrader

    December 31st, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Beautiful, Jasmine!

  19. Laura

    December 31st, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Beautiful photo!

  20. mary beth graff

    December 31st, 2008 at 5:14 am

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

  21. cassandra m

    December 31st, 2008 at 5:20 am

    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…

  22. Simply Modern Weddings

    December 31st, 2008 at 6:21 am

    Beautiful…enjoy the rest of your vacation j*!

  23. Ashley Rose

    December 31st, 2008 at 6:28 am

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

  24. john waire

    December 31st, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    good good times. enjoy!

  25. Brad

    December 31st, 2008 at 1:30 pm

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

  26. Regina

    December 31st, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    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.

  27. Candace

    December 31st, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    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!

  28. Ashley

    December 31st, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    That sounds so delicious.

  29. Nathan Padgett

    December 31st, 2008 at 3:43 pm

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

  30. Jasmine*

    December 31st, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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

  31. Joan Solitario

    December 31st, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Wow! Can’t wait to see the rest!

  32. Julie

    December 31st, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    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!

  33. Paula Herko

    December 31st, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    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!

  34. Anne Nunn Photography

    December 31st, 2008 at 7:36 pm

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

  35. Elaine

    December 31st, 2008 at 8:37 pm

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

    a Blog Stalker!
    AKA Elaine

  36. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    December 31st, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Smokin’ hot!

  37. Ginger Murray

    January 2nd, 2009 at 2:10 am

    wow. I truly love it.

  38. Chelsea Patricia

    January 2nd, 2009 at 5:14 am

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

  39. heidi @ indy photography

    January 5th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    I hate you right now.