We thought we’d kick off what I can promise you is going to be an outstanding week here at SMP Destination by escaping to one of the most serene pieces of paradise we have ever seen.  Tucked away on the island of São Miguel off the coast of Portugal, this organically beautiful wedding borrowed much from the lush, tranquil romance of its surroundings with sculptural green centerpieces and laid back yet elegant style.  Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography‘s captured not only the great love shared by this worldly couple but also the stunning landscape and scenery that inspired so much of the day.  Click here to see it all!

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From Fiona of Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding PhotographyJeremy is American and Carolina is Portuguese.  They met in Paris and now live in London where they work as architects. Their wedding took place in the Azores archipelago, which is a little paradise tucked away in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, far off the West coast of Portugal.  The wedding was on the island of São Miguel, which is known as “The Green Island” and boasts amazing unspoiled nature and some small towns full of history and character.  This all made for a beautiful backdrop to their very organic, simple, refreshing wedding.

I wanted to capture the beautiful surroundings and some elements from the bride’s cultural background that made this wedding so exotic yet personal  — such as the lush nature, the Portugese azulejos (typical blue and white tiles), the iconic blue hortensia/hydrangea flowers, the volcanic stone church, the old stone mill, etc… I also wanted to capture the bride’s laid-back style and bubbly personality.  On the morning of the wedding, we improvised a relaxed portrait session in the streets of her hometown. The religious ceremony took place in an old Portuguese church, and the cocktail hour in the beautiful cloisters next to it.

Photography: Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography / Ceremony Venue: Convent of St. Francis (São Miguel Island – Azores) / Reception Venue: Hotel Açores Atlântico, Ponta Delgada / Flowers: Bensaude Group / Invitations: DIY / Wedding Dress: Bride’s Design / Bride’s Shoes: Melissa / Bride’s Headpiece: Untamed Petals / Hair + Make-up: Vitor Santos  / Groom’s Attire: Ted Baker