When I was a little girl I’d dream of a fairytale type of wedding. It’d obviously be set in a far-away palace complete with a killer ballgown and horse-drawn carriage. And while my real wedding turned out a bit more understated, it certainly doesn’t mean I can’t live vicariously through this bride who, along with Karson Butler Events, Brancoprata and Meant To Be Calligraphy, brought every last dream to life. Katie Stoops captured the magic, and you better brace yourself for Portugal wedding perfection.
From Karson Butler Events… We absolutely love destination weddings and this spring wedding in the historic city of Sintra, Portugal is one of our all-time favorites. Lush landscapes, rolling hills and historic estates tucked into the mountainside provided a romantic backdrop perfect for a wedding weekend! We planned the weekend’s events at FOUR different palaces – each very different in architecture and style!
*Its not everyday that you get to sleep in a palace, and Tivoli Palacio De Seteais, does not disappoint! The incredible team there ensured the wedding group felt right at home throughout their stay.
*The culinary team at Penha Longa Catering (led by the talented Sara Gomes) is incredible! We worked with them to create one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Our favorite meal was the wedding dinner! Each guest was served an individual Portuguese cataplana (a cataplana is both the name of the copper vessel and the dish itself – it looks like a copper shell and steam cooks the ingredients in broth.) During our initial consultation with the couple, I had mentioned a cataplana cooking class I had planned during my last trip to Portugal, which started our conversation about Sintra as a destination, and the rest is history! So to see this dish ultimately served as their wedding meal was really special for me!
*The intricate walls at the wedding venue Palácio De Monserrate served as inspiration for the invitation suite design (a laser cut custom sleeve matches the pattern in the walls) and the incredible cake by T Bakes! We had custom postage made using an image from a vintage postcard of the palace.
*Working hand in hand with Sofia at Brancoprata was a highlight to this wedding. We had long admired her work from afar, and were so incredibly happy to work together in her home country. The flowers were absolutely wonderful!
*Katie Stoops’ dreamy images bring back so many wonderful memories – we were so excited to have her in Portugal with us!
*A horse drawn carriage transported our bride between the palaces for the wedding.
Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Event Planning & Design: Karson Butler Events | Floral Design: Brancoprata | Cake: T Bakes | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Catering: Penha Longa Catering (offsite Division Of The Ritz-Carlton Penha Longa Resort) | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | DJ: Ricardo Lemos | Transportation: Jet Limo | Accommodations: Tivoli Palacio De Seteais | Portuguese Guitarist: 4 Talents | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Quinta Da Regaleira | Wedding Ceremony & Dinner Reception Venue: Palácio De Monserrate | Welcome Reception, After Party & Brunch: Tivoli Palacio De Seteais | Welcome Tour & Luncheon Venue: Palácio De Monserrate