Misty Maxwell – Founder, Owner, Principal Designer

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas,  Misty graduated from the University of North Texas with a double major in Psychology and Marketing with a minor in Logistics. Her early years were spent in the field of Marketing with a family entertainment company in North Texas. Misty’s natural creativity led her into the Design field where she spent the next 15 years utilizing her organizational, space planning and logistical skills while creating beautiful spaces for her clients.  She attributes her skills and talents to her father, who was highly influential in molding and shaping her. Misty watched in awe of her father as he transformed the most ordinary thing into a vision of beauty. He taught her about using nature, working with her hands and always having integrity and taking responsibility.

When a friend asked Misty to plan her wedding, she had no idea this one act would set in motion a new career that landed her in Costa Rica planning weddings and special events in this amazing country she calls home. As a small business owner and event planner, this seemed to be a perfect fit.  Misty oversees the sales and marketing activities of Maxwell Weddings in Costa Rica while being the Director of Design for our boutique organization. Keeping with trends, coming up with new ideas and scouting unique locations is a passion Misty will always have.  Offering the best service and personally overseeing the execution of each event, Misty feels will offer our clients the hands-on, personal attention they deserve.

Luanna Cindia Mercer – Event Coordinator

She was born and raised in Costa Rica. Luanna has experienced many different cultures of the world while traveling with her family. She is multi-lingual, speaking four languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Luanna graduated from Country Day an American Private School in Costa Rica. She furthered her studies attending college in Montreal. Missing the Pura Vida country she decided to come back and live in Costa Rica. She married her high school love and both live in Costa Rica managing a rental property and running a farm. Luanna has helped organize many events for the school and for the community. She has always wanted to be an event planner as she enjoys the many special occasions that people share. Maxwell Weddings in Costa Rica is proud to have Luanna as a member of our team. Her youth, creativity and laid back nature and passion for what we do is an invaluable asset.


Michelle Vargas Hidalgo ~ Client Assistant

A native of Costa Rica, Michelle was born in a small town in the Central Valley. She fell in love with the beach and people of Tamarindo and decided to call this her home back in 2010.

Michelle’s passion is Yoga and is working to become a Yoga Instructor. She has a special way about her that is meticulous, kind and thoughtful in everything she does. For Michelle, weddings are magical and helping couples to have the perfect day of their lives, makes her truly happy. Her warm smile, incredible spirit and ability to put our clients at ease, makes Michelle an invaluable team member of Maxwell Weddings in Costa Rica.



Kristen Brown – Photographer, Web Designer and Blogger

A New Yorker that left her corporate banking career behind, Kristen fell in love with Costa Rica’s warm water and beautiful surfing conditions.

Kristen is passionate about everything she does! Besides being an avid surfer and yogi, mastermind behind her own brand Samba to the Sea, and designer of her line of beautiful Costa Rican postcards (perfect for your wedding guest gift bags or guest sign in notes), she is a talented photographer that loves, loves to shoot small, intimate weddings and special events in people’s lives. Her creative way of writing has been invaluable for our Weddings in Costa Rica blogs and site.

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