As a bride planning my wedding from Florida, I could only pick a photographer based on the pictures they had posted and hope for the best. Choosing El Velo was the BEST decision I made during the entire wedding planning process. For months Stephanie and Andrea spoke with me and eased my fears about the wedding, the price of photography/video, and the weather that could impact the wedding. I probably crossed into bridezilla territory more than once, and they still handled every situation so nicely and with the most professionalism I could have asked for. For example: Literally five days before we left to go to Costa Rica I checked the weather and panicked- it called for 80% rain on the day of my wedding. Andrea tried her best to calm me, and then Juan Carlos, the photographer, called to reassure me that no matter what the weather he would get amazing photos. They were so amazingly nice and scrambled to accommodate a new wedding day that had less of a chance of rain on very last minute notice. Even with all of this craziness it still rained on my wedding day and as Juan Carlos said, he got wonderful photos. I could never have asked for better people to work with.
Juan Carlos is an extremely gifted photographer and was AMAZING to work with. He made me feel very comfortable and took every picture I recommended along with many more. He was wonderful with my entire wedding party before the wedding, and managed to stay to the side while getting great photos at the reception. After the wedding, he sent a sneak peek slideshow to me within a week, which was SO nice considering I have friends that didn't see any pictures for months when they got married. I was absolutely floored-These pictures made me look like a supermodel- the man seriously has a gift. I have never ever looked better and unless he's the photographer, I may never look that good in a picture again.
From one bride to another- If you are looking for a photographer in Costa Rica, don't even consider anyone else. I am so thankful to the entire El Velo team and would recommend them, especially Juan Carlos, to anyone getting married. They are very reasonably priced (although after seeing the pictures I would have paid 3X the amount I did, that's how amazing they are!), so professional, and their work will leave you with unbelievable memories of your special day. You will LOVE them!