About Blue Butterfly

“Inspired by nature” isn’t a tagline; it’s a way of living and working in harmony with our environment. A boutique planning company, Blue Butterfly embraces nature in creative, innovative, and regenerative ways. We’re eco-chic and green, with a dash of jungle improv and a generous pour of authenticity. We facilitate events and experiences in paradise, marrying natural luxury to unbeatable hospitality and impeccable details. We’ll support you every step of the way to create a meaningful, inspired, and even transformational event—without the stress. 

If you’re looking for a totally unique experience, contact us today!

 

 

 

 About Tui

I live at the base of an active volcano with my husband (who was my high school sweetheart!), our amazing daughter, our two Yellow Labradors, and one cat. I was born in Costa Rica on an herb farm (on another, less active volcano!), but I grew up in the little town of Mt. Dora in Central Florida. Looking for a simpler lifestyle, we moved to Costa Rica in 2005, and have worked in the event-hospitality-tourism industry ever since. More than fifteen years later, we are still together and enjoying the wild ride of living in the rainforest of Arenal and raising our free-spirited daughter here. 

I consider myself incredibly blessed to: call a 250-foot waterfall my office many days of the year; combine my passion for planning and love of nature in my business; work with clients who inspire me; and witness, time and time again, some of the most meaningful, transformational moments of people’s lives. It is an honor to share my home with you, my clients, in your celebrations, connections, and transformations. 

Planning is in my blood. From my grandmother right down to me, troubleshooting, hospitality, and extreme attention to detail just run in the family. I love using my skills to share my home (Costa Rica) with people and create magical memories for them. Living in the jungle has taught me a lot about going with the flow, too, and I try to follow nature’s lead when (predictably) the unexpected happens. 

Some Things I Love: fairies, elopements, all things ginger, finding creative solutions to challenges, endlessly researching random topics, waterfalls, TED Talks, trees, Sunday morning family snuggles, rocks, lazy picnics, hot springs on rainy days, adventures, passion fruit mojitos, tahini, making new friends, unusual names, exploring new places, foods and experiences. 

Some Things I Don't Love: styrofoam (just no), not understanding something clearly, scary movies, pet hair (but love my pets!), not having a plan, waste at events, overtired kids, websites whose about us sections are vague, the sound of popping balloons, rushing into things, and being a hot mess in the kitchen. 

If you want to see more about my experience and why to hire me, go to Why Blue Butterfly. I would love to answer any lingering questions you may have, so please also feel free to drop me a line!

 

Our Vision

Sustainability is no longer enough. At Blue Butterfly, we seek to be regenerative in all that we do. We strive to use green, eco-friendly and recyclable options whenever possible. Zero waste weddings inspire us. So do Costa Rican culture, natural beauty, and renewable energy. In Costa Rica, we can often serve drinks right out of coconuts or pineapples instead of plastic. We use materials like bamboo as straws and banana leaves as place settings. Our preference is always for the local option—supporting our immediate community. 

We believe wholeheartedly in the “butterfly effect.” Those small choices you make about your event? They add up. Those small efforts you and your guests make to give back or protect the environment. They matter—a lot. We truly believe that each event is an opportunity to make the world a better place. 

We’re passionate about curating meaningful events—with flawless logistics. We love to figure out all of the details and fit the pieces together; we think of everything, so you can fully immerse yourself in your experience. The natural world is our guide. Metamorphosis and transformation aren’t just possible; they’re inevitable. We are honored to facilitate transformation in big and small ways by marking life milestones, striving to have a positive impact, and designing authentic experiences of connection and gratitude. 

We take our cues from the natural world; from design and color to timing and flow, Mother Nature knows perfection better than anyone. When you host your event in paradise, you are going to be totally immersed in natural beauty. With the unbeatable natural backdrops of the Arenal area, we’ve found that you really don’t have to spend a lot on décor or flowers to make a major impression. Our years of experience have honed our ability to use what is locally available and inexpensive to make a big statement. We like to work with every client and venue, and along with nature, in creating one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime events.

 

Why It's Called Blue Butterfly

I became interested in butterflies as a little girl after an inside joke with my favorite aunt. As I grew up, I learned more about butterflies and began to appreciate their symbolism. 

Butterflies hold many meanings for many cultures. They most commonly appear as symbols for life, love, change, and powerful transformation. The butterfly can represent any metamorphosis in your life or personality, moving through different life cycles, renewal, and rebirth. They are also believed to symbolize a person's essence or soul—past, present or future. 

The color blue in a butterfly is often thought to symbolize joy, purity, love, beauty, or a change in luck. (This is why you should carry something blue with you on your wedding day.) In Costa Rica, seeing a blue butterfly is viewed as good luck. 

While all blue butterflies are stunning, the most impressive is the Blue Morpho. The Blue Morpho lives in the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica and is one of the largest butterflies in the world. Its wing span ranges from 5 to 8 inches. With its iridescent, bright blue wings edged in black, it is a breathtaking sight. 

I think events are like butterflies… So often, events celebrate or mark a new beginning. Whether a new life together as partners or the start of a new sales period, some kind of transition or change is occurring. Like butterflies, we are always evolving, always growing, and always at one of these stages in our lives. It's about celebrating those transitions with authentic, meaningful connection!

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