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Costa Rica Wedding Photography Testimonials

I firmly believe that client satisfaction is our primary goal as a Professional Photographer that seeks the excellence in every aspect of our business. Here are some Costa Rica Wedding Photography Testimonials from real couples that had the experience working with us as their Costa Rica Wedding Photographer and Portrait Photographer.

Knowing that hiring Wedding Photography and Portrait Photography services is a decision primarily based on trust, so having great Costa Rica Wedding Photography Testimonials play a huge role. I proudly can share that we have been rated with 80+ five stars rating on Wedding Wire which allowed us to win their Couples Choice Award for four years in a row. Winners of this achievement should demonstrate superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality to get this recognition. This also gave us the honor of being inside the Top Wedding Vendors in Costa Rica.

If you like to check more Costa Rica Wedding Photography Testimonials and what real clients say about us, you can check our Wedding Wire Reviews and Google Reviews as well.

casey & brian

california, united states

My now husband and I hired Mauricio for our wedding at Zephyr Palace on July 30, 2022.

Mauricio was one of the best investments and decisions that we made for our big day. From start to finish he was consistent and attentive with accommodating and creative ways to submit deposits internationally to hearing our vision and incorporating his own into our pictures.

His technical side with his ability to relate to the photography subjects shows his undeniable skill level. When we met prior to the wedding, he coached us on how to pose and move together to get the perfect shots. This is important when you do not know how to be in front of a camera on such a critical day of memories.

Every team member of his was clearly talented and both my husband and our guests were impressed with the photography gear they traveled with. I’ve been to plenty of weddings but I’ve never seen, nor did I expect, the special touches with lighting and communication that surrounded us.

To speak to his character, Mauricio is so fair, honest, and caring. You can feel that you are not just another client to him and it is clear that he loves his job. He stayed in touch with me after the ceremony to make sure our experience in Costa Rica was amazing. When your photographer checks to see if you arrived safe home in the states, you know you are working with an amazing soul.

Mauricio’s gorgeous bold images are not on accident. He is educated and continues to push his limits to be the best. If you select him I promise you are making one of the best decisions for whatever event you have planned.

My husband and I could not be happier. We adore him and cannot wait to see more of what he captured on our wedding day.

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destination wedding

carla & john

Florida, united states

Mauricio was our photographer for our “wedding pictures” after we eloped. His work speaks for itself, but I can promise you that if you chose him you will not regret it! If you don't believe me, just skip right to pictures and know we only told him we wanted to be in the forest.

Now for the details: Words cannot describe the incredible experience we had with Mauricio and his team. Lets start with the fact that we weren’t even in the country (Costa Rica) through ALL of the planning process; which makes things infinitely harder. Mauricio kept in constant communication with us and was very timely in his responses. He was professional from the moment we found his website and he was willing to work with whatever we were throwing at him: we wanted a wedding photoshoot in a literal forest and that is what he delivered and more! He had the foresight to to look into to look into the conditions of where we wanted to take the pictures and offered suggestions which proved invaluable (we would’ve gotten soaked if we didn’t take his advice!).

Mauricio is also willing to go the extra mile in ever aspect of your shoot; we were in a very remote location, at a very early start time in the middle of the forest! He handled everything with the utmost professionalism and with the best energy and a huge smile on his face! I also asked for a few pictures early so I could gift them to my grandmother and he sent them within the hour!!!!!

Mauricio is the type of person to listen to your vision and make that a reality in a way that you didn’t think was possible. We are very awkward people by nature, but Mauricio immediately put us at ease and guided us through all the poses with patience and understanding. He even gave us a crash course in posing before we started which was extremely helpful. Not only is he a professional, but he makes you feel like you are too! We felt like models in a photoshoot, which is saying a lot from people who usually only take selfies. He is also fully bilingual which was great since I speak Spanish but my husband only speaks English. I didn’t need to translate at all which took some of the workload off me!

Mauricio and his team hiked approx 2 km in the forest to make our vision a reality and we could not be more grateful!!!!!!! I could’ve never imagined the pure MAGIC that resulted from his technique and eye for composition. This is not someone who relies on filters or edits; he fully understands what needs to be done to obtain the pictures of your dreams!

In short, Mauricio is the photographer you have been looking for. He will surpass your every expectation and you will make unforgettable memories!!!!!

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Destination elopement session

mona & scott

california, united states

Working with Mauricio was such a pleasure!

When we did our wedding at Hotel Villa Caletas, the venue recommended Mauricio, and we are so glad they did so. Mauricio impressed us many times during the entire wedding process, from the planning beforehand, the day of the wedding, and the editing process afterwards.

Before the wedding, Mauricio had multiple zoom meetings with us, where he took a lot of time to get to know us and what we wanted from his services. Some of the questions he asked us during the initial interview were very deep and thought provoking, which was impressive. The nights before the wedding he made sure to zoom with us again and go over all the details and schedule of the wedding day so we would be on the same page. He really helped take a lot of that stress off our shoulders.

The day of the wedding, Mauricio and his team were nothing but spectacular. There were so many different aspects of the wedding that the team got great photos of. They really captured the preparation with the wedding party, individual portraits of bridesmaids and groomsmen, family photos, the ceremony (of course), speeches, the dinner, and the wild afterparty. The photos were so candid and well captured that we could actually hear the volume through the photos.
One aspect of Mauricio's skill as a photographer on the wedding day which really stood out was his ability to improvise. The wedding did not go exactly as planned: bridal party preparation took longer than expected, certain locations which we had planned for photos had to be moved, but every time something changed, Mauricio and his team adapted and got it done without coming off as stressed or stressing us.

After the wedding, Mauricio was very communicative about the editing process and timelines to get us our photos. He was able to send us a few key photos very soon after the wedding which was nice to have as an appetizer. After a few months he delivered the photos to us and we were SO happy with his work! We're not professional photographers so we can't speak to the composition, but there was a healthy blend of dramatic, artistic photos as well as natural, candid photos. Every single one of our friends and family who we have shown the photos too have said over and over again what an amazing photographer he was and how they looked like vogue shoots.

Mauricio and his team were beyond impressive, and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone. We feel so absolutely lucky to have been able to work with him, and have our wedding captured in these memories so beautifully.

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destination wedding

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shelly & prashant

cleveland, united states

I was planning a surprise proposal and was looking for a photographer in Costa Rica. I came across Mauricio Instagram page. I received quotes from multiple photographers but fell in love with Mauricio’s photography style.

I was a little worried about hiring a photographer in Costa Rica since I have never hired anyone outside of the US before. But from day 1 Mauricio was very responsive and tried to help calm my nerves by understanding me and my to be fiancé and our relationship. He suggested me outfit colors that will look nice, time of the day when pictures will come out nice.

Not only that on the day of, he was all set up ready to go before time, and made both of us feel very comfortable in our skin. I 100% recommend him. Really nice, sweet, helpful, easy going vendor to work with!

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Raquel & Stephon

Destination Wedding at Hotel Real Intercontinental Escazú | Bride & Groom at Hotel Backyard garden area | Costa Rica Wedding Photographer

Florida, united states

Everything We Could Have Asked For!

Mauricio and his team are incredible. My husband and I got married in San Jose, Costa Rica and the photography was very important for us.

I feel very blessed to have found Mauricio. The quality of his work and his ability to capture that special day for us speaks for itself, but it didn’t stop there. Planning a wedding from afar, even with family in the country to help, is difficult to say the least. Mauricio was generous enough to share his wealth of knowledge and his resources and we were able to find other reliable and incredible vendors for our wedding through him.

He and his team put us at ease every step of the way and we’re there to support us all throughout the day if the wedding. We genuinely could not have asked for more. Mauricio and his team will not only live up to your expectations but absolutely surpass them.

destination wedding

Arezou & Curry

Couple running at Alma del Pacifico Hotel & Spa during their Beach Elopement in Costa Rica

Utah, united states

Mauricio is a very talented photographer who captures every moments of your special day in the most beautiful day.

We live in USA and wanted to have an elopement wedding in Costa Rica. We didn’t know anybody there. I found Mauricio in instagram and loved his photography. He immediately helped me with finding a nice hotel for wedding, officiator as well as the makeup artist.

Thanks to him my everything went smooth and great. I have received our wedding photos that are all beautiful and lovely. I can’t stop looking at them.

Thanks Mauricio for all your efforts to make our special day lovely and memorable!

Destination elopement session

Lucía & Luis Diego

san josé, costa rica

Simplemente el mejor!!!

Desde la primer reunion que tuvimos con Mau para coordinar las fotos de nuestra boda supimos que era el indicado. Todos los detalles que tuvo con nosotros hicieron la diferencia para que las fotografias fueran justo lo que esperabamos.

Se tomo el tiempo de escucharnos y conocernos detenidamente incluso antes de nuestra boda. Ademas de asesorarnos para crear un ambitente natural y sin la tension que usualmente uno que no es fotografiado a ese nivel siempre tiene.

El resultado final habla por si solo, son fotografias magicas y no solo porque fueran de un dia tan especial sino porque revelan la pasion que tiene Mau por lo que hace. Mi esposo y yo estamos enamorados de todas y cada una de las fotografias, sin duda valia la pena tener al mejor a nuestro lado en este dia para que nos ayudara a guardar los recuerdos mas lindos para siempre.

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fernanda & Alberto

San José, costa rica

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El mejor fotógrafo de bodas de Costa Rica!!!

No podemos explicar en palabras lo increíble que fue la experiencia con Mau y su equipo, la verdad es todo lo que uno puede soñar y más. Al tomar la decisión de contratar un fotógrafo sabíamos que no podíamos dejarlo en manos de cualquiera, necesitábamos al mejor, vimos el anuncio en el periódico y ahí inicio la experiencia, hicimos totalmente “ Click “ desde ese día.

El conocernos de previo, el poder tener una sesión de compromiso, poder conversar de que era lo realmente importante para nosotros hizo que en ese día tan especial se capturarán los momentos más auténticos, genuinos y con una calidad increíble. Momentos que tienen un significado por motivos personales, muy muy importante y que permitieron que personas muy valiosas pudieran disfrutar. Momentos que se van a atesorar para siempre.

Mau y su equipo simplemente armonizan perfecto con el resto de equipos en la planificación de una boda, son más que un fotógrafo, son amigos. Dan una confianza, cercanía, tienen mucha creatividad y dedicación. Todo se refleja en las fotos, aunque tuvimos que esperar un poco, esa espera valió muchísimo la pena.

Mau lo que haces es arte! De verdad capturar emociones genuinas, cada foto puede sentirse , las emociones están a flor de piel. Le hace total honor a su profesión, es un ser Maravilloso, Artista y Único.

Simplemente gracias nuevamente por hacer e inmortalizar nuestro día soñado, momentos que atesoraremos por siempre.

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Paula & DAvid

san josé, costa rica

It all started with our engagement session. At first, we immediately noticed Mau's genuine interest in finding out who we are, what drives us, etc. Building this rapport was crucial since having a good relationship helps a lot in getting the best results.

Before the wedding itself, we had a very useful sync session, where he gave us tips to get the best photos possible. Also, he scouted the locations a couple days prior, which was crucial as he found out some of them weren't as neat as expected. This played to our favor in the end.

Finally, the day came and Mau and his team were on-site in a timely fashion. We had all the critical moments well captured in detail. Mau's composition, technique and on-the-go location finding are second-to-none. Honestly, these are some of our best photographs... ever! And of our family members and friends agree 100%.

Overall, he has both: photograper skills (good eye, technique, gear, crew) _and_ he's an amazing human being (well-mannered, keeps thing fun while still being productive, empathethic, etc.). We believe he's a master at his craft and recommend his without any reservations whatsoever.

DoubleTree Cariari by Hilton | Wedding Venues | San José | Costa Rica Wedding Photographer

engagement | wedding

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Pamela & Brian

Houston, texas

I would like to share the amazing experience we had working with Mauricio and his team. In 2019 we started to planning our wedding that was supposed to be on July 2020. In Costa Rica Unfortunately we had to reschedule it 2 times due to COVID-19 restrictions. Mau was always there supporting us until the days of our wedding finally came. I feel so blessed that Mau was part of my wedding team. Always committed to his job and an amazing creativity. The pictures came out AMAZING. They are definitely a magazine pictures. He made sure to capture every single moment of this special day. When we finally got our pictures, it was just like We revived that day all over again. Thank you Mauricio and your team y’all are amazing people. Our love and gratitude from Texas 🧑🏻‍💼♥️👰🏻‍♀️

Destination wedding

Karla & Luis

cartago, costa rica

Tomar la decisión de quien va ser la persona que va capturar momentos tan increíbles como lo es la boda,defintivamente es una decisión muy difícil, actualmente existe muchísima competencia en el mercado de fotografía, muchos tienen precios o paquetes muy económicos pero lamentablemente la calidad no es la más linda o al menos no era la que nosotros añorábamos, haber escogido a Mauricio como fotógrafo de nuestra boda, fue una de las mejores decisiones que pudimos haber tomado, desde el día uno que lo contactamos su profesionalidad destacó del resto de los candidatos, cada una de las fotos que nos entregó tienen detalles especiales, que nos transportan a los mejores momentos vividos en ese gran día.

La calidad de equipo con la que cuenta Mauricio es impresionante, los controles que implementa para mitigar posibles riesgos de pérdida de fotografía y por el compromiso de seguridad para transportar los recuerdos tan valiosos qué hay en una boda, nos dejaron impactados y eso hace una gran diferencia.

Otra fortaleza que nos impulsó a escogerlo fue la calidad de la página web con la que cuenta Mauricio, sumamente profesional y nos logró mostrar material que ya él había tomado en otras bodas y eso terminó de convencernos el maravilloso trabajo que ejecutaba. Adicional leímos los reviews que las personas le hacían y nos generó mucha tranquilidad y confianza.

Posterior a la boda los invitados, quedaron impactados con la calidad de equipo con la que contaban y el desenvolvimiento del mismo en todo momento de la boda desde la iglesia hasta la recepción.

Definitivamente lo recomendamos a ojos cerrados y estoy segura que si lo contratan van a quedar más que satisfechos del trabajo que les va entregar.

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Melissa & Jeremy

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Cartago, Costa rica

Nuestra experiencia con Mauricio fue increíble. Desde el inicio, hasta el final.

Vi en Instagram las fotografías de boda de una amiga y desde ahí me enamoré de su trabajo. Le mostré su sitio Web a mi esposo y todas las fotografías nos parecieron muy profesionales e inspiradoras, mostraban la esencia del momento vivido… lo que nosotros deseábamos para nuestra boda.

Tuvimos la suerte que al contactarlo nos dijera que sí tenía disponibilidad en la fecha requerida y desde ahí inició una respetuosa y linda relación cliente-proveedor. Desde un inicio Mauricio nos dio la confianza para abrir nuestro corazón y contarle nuestra experiencia de vida, lo que consideramos fue capturado en cada una de las fotografías de nuestra boda. Nunca creí que ese acercamiento con el profesional que escogimos para capturar los bellos momentos de nuestra unión fuera tan importante para obtener un resultado tan mágico y espectacular.

Estamos sumamente agradecidos con Mauricio y su equipo por toda la dedicación y compromiso con el que trabajan. Estamos deseosos de contratarlos próximamente para nuestra sesión de familia y maternidad.

Wedding | Maternity

Adriana & Cristian

Costa Rica Beach Engagement | Los Sueños Marriott | Playa Herradura | Mauricio Ureña Photography

san josé, costa rica

Sin duda alguna nuestra mejor elección, recuerdo decirle a Cris "Amor vea que hermosa la foto con la cuál fue premiado, debe ser demasiado bueno, será que si lo hacemos con él nos quedan lindas"? Y la verdad hoy podemos decir que los premiados fuimos nosotros por la delicadeza con la cuál nos orientó y nos hizo reír, hoy vemos con tanto amor esos momentos plasmados y no hay nada mejor en este mundo que hacer algo con alguien que ama su trabajo, porque lo hemos notado en cada una de nuestras fotografías tanto que a hoy no podemos decir cuál es la más hermosa ❤️!

Muy agradecidos y definitivamente sí alguna persona lee esto recuerde que los premiados serán ustedes al ver el trabajo tan maravilloso e impecable que Mauricio y su equipo realizan, tanto que estarán como nosotros fascinados y sin poder creer que esa dulzura es la que reflejamos que sólo podría ser captada por el mejor de todos❤️


La Casona Pedregal | Fotografo de Bodas Profesional | Costa Rica | Mauricio Ureña Photography

Nathalia & marlon

san josé, costa rica

Desde la sesión de compromiso Mau captó nuestra esencia y lo que buscábamos. Nos encanta la naturaleza y nos llevó a un venue hermoso, captó la belleza de la naturaleza, el amor que nos sentíamos y las fotos del compromiso quedaron asombrosas, no solo por el talento de Mau, sino por el equipo fotográfico de alta calidad para lograr las tomas y el equipo de personas que lo acompañan.

Para las fotos de la boda, amé la reunión previa a la boda, donde explicamos cual sería nuestra foto de los sueños y conversamos acerca de todo lo importante. En el día de la boda, fue todo espectacular, desde la caballerosidad de él y su equipo de trabajo, hasta la flexibilidad de subirse a un muro para que nosotros pudiéramos tener nuestra foto de los sueños.

El resultado de nuestras fotos es prueba del talento, creatividad y cariño al trabajo que realiza. No pudimos haber contratado un mejor fotógrafo para nuestro gran día. Mau hizo que las fotos de nuestra boda se convirtieran en uno de nuestros más grandes tesoros.

engagement | wedding

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Anahita Sarshar

Washington dc, United states

Mauricio and his team went above and beyond to get to know the entire wedding party and the whole history of the bride and groom. They worked efficiently and were able to quickly/flexibility change the plans due to delays etc. They simultaneously captured every special moment all night by dividing and conquering and provided magazine quality edits of the most beautiful wedding moments in fantastic quality. I can see why couples are willing to fly them out internationally!

Zephyr palace | wedding

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sofia & Jose pablo

san josé, costa rica

Mauricio has been our photographer for several sessions now, we started with our engagement, then our wedding and recently a maternity session. Since the first time we really loved his fantastic work, starting from all the ideas and preparation before the shoots and during the actual sessions, he was very creative, professional and always willing to go the extra mile to capture the best moments. When we have received the final result he always managed to positively surprise us, thank you Mau for your amazing job and also to make the sessions enjoyable. If you want a great result for an unforgettable moment you can not go wrong with him.

Engagement | wedding | maternity


Lily & GAbriel

poas, alajuela

Qué decir de Mau, recuerdo que antes de contratarlo habíamos decidido no hacer sesión de compromiso porque no nos parecía necesaria. Luego de hablar con Mauricio decidimos aceptar hacerla y bueno, junto a la boda fueron de las experiencias más lindas que hemos vivido. De esas que uno desearía repetir muchas veces. Gracias a Mau y todo el equipo por ser parte para siempre de nuestros recuerdos. Quién decida contar con sus servicios puede estar seguro que no se arrepentirá.

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María & Eduardo

san josé, costa rica

Nuestra experiencia con Mauricio y su equipo ha sido maravillosa; desde sesiones en familia, compromiso y matrimonio.
Durante las diferentes sesiones ha sido paciente, atento a los detalles y preocupado porque todos los deseos de sus clientes se vean plasmados en el resultado final. Las reuniones, disposición en ver el lugar de la sesión de forma previa al evento hace una diferencia ya que logra una visión de los mejores lugares y elementos que harán fotografías que dejan sin aliento.
Una parte importante es que Mauricio siempre se está actualizando en las técnicas y equipos más novedosos. Pero no solo esto aporta en su trabajo de calidad sino el equipo humano que tiene junto a él, ya que todos son pacientes, graciosos y detallistas lo cual hace de la sesión fotográfica un rato agradable.
Definitivamente Mau y su equipo le dan significado a la frase "recordar es volver a vivir" ya que se siente la emoción de ese día en cada una de las fotografías.
Cada momento especial que deseamos capturar sabemos que Mau es el indicado ya que la fotografía no es solo su trabajo sino su pasión y se demuestra en las obras de arte que entrega. Sin duda es un trabajo que recomendamos a ojos cerrados; calidad, compromiso y belleza.

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angie & Miguel

san josé, costa rica

Before our wedding we had seen Mauricio's work in his webpage. Outstanding sceneries and amazing images capturing the truly significant moments. So we decided to hire him for our engagement and wedding photos. He and his crew took care of every single detail. Our engagement shootout was in La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano and they drove all the way there, for like 75 kms and we had the most amazing shootout at the bottom if the volcano. For the wedding, Mauricio and his crew were also awesome. Meanwhile he and two more of his photographers stayed with me during my preparation at the hotel and took some great pictures with my friends, the rest of them managed to capture everything at the gazebo, guests, groom and details before the ceremony. At the reception we had the most amazing photobooth and they captured every memorable moment.
We couldn't be more satisfied with the results, he ended up giving us around 1.000 photos (not all of them edited as per our request) in a beautiful personalized flash drive. His service was exceptional, prompt, friendly, flawless. Mauricio and his crew, not only made us feel comfortable at the shootouts but became our friends from the moment on. They are truly nice people and the best thing is they enjoy their work so much, that they put all their love making your memorable moments a truly work of art.


engagement | wedding


Daniela & marlon

san josé, costa rica

Mau is an excellent professional, he is always eager to do what is best in order to get the most impressive pictures. He and his team are always very helpful and really invested in doing their work the best way possible. This is one of the most important days of your life, with them you don’t want to have worry: they’ll get all the moments captured flawlessly. Mau is very creative and knows very well how to work with the light, the environment and the people, he leaves no detail unattended. Mau is also a great person, with a great charisma and you’ll find a great friend in him. With no doubt, we recommend Mau to be the photographer for any event, as his vast experience allows him to develop in any environment.

engagement | wedding

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