“It is a dream come true … that we never really dreamed would actually happen” said Larena, “and a bit of a déjà vu.” The drive by Desafio jungle limo through deep forest terrain was followed by a short hike to the Gravity Falls base site beneath the 150-foot canyon drop. I will never forget the big smile on Larena’s face and Robert’s words of appreciation upon arrival at the floral arched altar we had constructed for the ceremony, greeted by the whole team involved in planning the event.
“I feel like we are on ‘The Bachelor’ show,” said Robert. “We feel like such celebrities!”
Matt was all set to officiate with a romantic vow script provided by Tui, adding sprinklings of his own quick humor. Aside from our paparazzi presence, the ceremony itself remained private for the wedding couple, with Matt’s voice drowned out from an onlooker’s distance by the roaring waterfall dominating other sounds of nature. But we were pretty sure he said something like, “You may now kiss Larena…” because the two suddenly locked into a romantic smooch before turning to thank everyone present for making this special moment possible. Admittedly, we were all a bit teary-eyed. Oscar directed the couple to pose in various parts of the canyon beneath the waterfall and along the mossy wall. Next, we cut the tres leches cake and made a wedding toast with fresh coconut water drinks.
Finally, it was time for the ultimate lovers’ leap, which Tui convinced Robert and Larena to make from the first waterfall jump while still dressed in their ceremony clothes. The jump was perfectly executed — so well that both bride and groom touched the water in perfect synchronicity and Larena never let go of the natural jungle floral bouquet she was holding.
We were able to get amazing shots and video of this tandem feat, not just once, but three times.
With all that adrenaline uncorked, we gave Robert and Larena some space to change into clothing better suited for the original purpose of their second honeymoon trip. At last, from the top, they were ready to enjoy the whole gamut of Desafio’s renowned Gravity Falls adventure. The excursion ended in style with a romantic lunch along the Peñas Blancas River, before we took them back to their hotel.
Robert and Larena stayed in touch during the rest of their stay in Costa Rica, while visiting Monteverde and various locales along the Guanacaste coast. “We are still on cloud nine!” they told us. “Our (3) children won’t believe what we’ve just done. This has been an incredible adventure of a lifetime!”
It seemed even more incredible for us, and inspirational, to share in the love of a truly beautiful “lucky” couple who obviously haven’t lost the spark of adventure and romance after 20 years of marriage.