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Organic Seaside Wedding Inspiration

Whisper the name Brancoprata around these parts and you’ll see wedding bloggers grinning left and right. We’ve come to love Sofia‘s wildly beautiful florals and crazy good design paired with André‘s captivating imagery. And the way we feel about this organic seaside shoot, inspired by a Shuchoon-Mo poem, is no different. Layered with a delectable cake from T Bakes and a dress from Rembo Styling, there’s even more gorgeous over here.

From BrancoprataOur story, like so many other stories begins with a dream… Celine, our “bride” for this editorial, wishes to see the ocean for the first time in her life… she lingers in the yard of her family house, enjoying the warm sunshine but only one thought goes through her mind… the day she will finally see the ocean!

We were inspired by a poem from Shuchoon-Mo, and by the natural elements that surround us , the Portuguese countryside and beaches, the family traditions and above all, the importance of creating memories for our future couples.

“I walk on the winter beach
from here to there
and beyond where the beach ends
past indifferent sea gulls
over beached kelps
over bleached sea shells
to the sound of crushing waves
to the call of ebbing memories
I walk on the winter beach
I shall go
I must go
alone
beyond where the beach ends”

Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata | Videography: Fábio Coelho, The Amazing Rabbit | Wedding Dress: Rembo - Styling | Cake: T Bakes | Reception Venue: Quinta Da Pedra Salgada | Makeup: Marlene Vinha, Pretty Exquisite | Hair: Alexandre Ribeiro, Diff Hairdesigners | Creative Direction & Floral Design: Sofia Ferreira, Brancoprata | Fashion Styling: Diana Vinha, Pretty Exquisite

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Romantic Land To Sea Destination Wedding

Following an intimate ceremony on land, this couple took their wedding guests to sea for a weekend away, celebrating and soaking up the sun and gorgeous views, but not without Brancoprata snapping some stunning pics of the newlyweds on shore. The Amazing Rabbit was there to capture it all at every location, and their film, and this gallery have me adding Portugal to the top of my wanderlust list.

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From BrancoprataWhen Barbara and José told us they were planning to do their reception on a ship, and all the guests would stay for the weekend we immediately jump from our seats, our first wedding on a ship!! Barbara had a very accurate vision for her wedding, quite romantic, light but at the same time, elegant! They really wanted to spend time with all of their guests, especially because a lot of them came from other countries and it was the perfect excuse to spend time together, enjoying the Douro region. The name of the ship was perfect: Amavida, meaning “Love Life!”

Being a March wedding in Portugal, we knew we had to rely on the weather, and cross our fingers for a sunny day, and we couldn’t ask for a better day, it was quite cold during the entire weekend, but at least, it did not rained! The ceremony took place in the end of the afternoon, so by the time they entered the ship, it was night already and since we could not use real candles (because of the ship standards), Barbara found the perfect electric candles to used next to the centerpieces, you couldn’t tell the difference between those and real ones! The couple had the precious help from Bárbara’s cousin, Diogo from Something Amazing, he helped them bring their vision to life even in the smallest of details, such as personalized welcoming wine boxes on each bedroom or a cute ice cream car doubled as a perfect way to display champagne flutes to give guests as they entered the ship! The party literally lasted all night and the next day, the ship sailed to Porto, where guests and the newlyweds said their farewells!

Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata | Videography: The Amazing Rabbit | Floral Design: Sofia Ferreira, Brancoprata | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Stationery: Something Amazing | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Wedding Venue: Alma Boat, Douro Azul | Cake Design: Maria Carrossel

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Elegant Peach Portugal Wedding

When the name Brancoprata flashes across my screen, I know it’s going to be a good day. André and Sofia are masters at both photography and florals (two of my favorite things to gaze at) and they absolutely nailed it with this pale peach Casa Allen wedding in Porto. From that gorgeous ring by AG Jewels to the dreamy cake from T Bakes, there’s so much pretty to love and a film from The Amazing Rabbit to boot!

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From BrancoprataJoana and Ricardo knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding, so they went on a little “hunt” to find the perfect venue! They knew that they wanted an unexpected setting, not just another wedding venue and also, they wanted to get married in the middle of the city, Porto. They visited Casa Allen, an old house used as an Art Center and that was it, love at first sight! The place was everything Joana and Ricardo envisioned: classic, elegant and timeless.

The couple didn’t forget any detail, they made all the stationery and customized paper goods, the wedding dress was designed exclusively for Joana, a Mini Cooper classic was their choice of car to arrive at the venue and José Lima’s Jazz band played in front of the beautiful house, during cocktail hour. They chose the front of the house as a setting for the cutting of the cake and in the end, all the guests wished them all be best with sparklers.

Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata | Cinematography: The Amazing Rabbit | Floral Design: Sofia Ferreira, Brancoprata | Cake: T Bakes | Ceremony Venue: S. José Das Taipas | Reception Venue: Casa Allen | Rings: AG Jewels | DJ: Factor Música | Ceremony Music: Canto De Anjo | Chair Rentals: Amado | Linen Rentals: Festa Aluga

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Portugal Countryside Wedding Inspiration

With New England temps in the negatives right about now, I’m craving a gorgeous virtual getaway like you wouldn’t believe. And this slice of heaven from French Grey Photography has come to my rescue. It’s everything I envision the perfect Portugal wedding day to be… where the port is flowing, where playful patterns sneak their pretty way in every corner, and gorgeous architecture serve as backdrops for sweet kisses. Escape with me right here.

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From French Grey PhotographyA styled shoot in the amazing Sintra region of Portugal, just a few kilometres outside of Lisbon. Inspired by the amazing colors, products and beauty of the countryside.

We worked with a very experienced team of vendors from the region, to create some beautiful images which will hopefully inspire future couples to choose Portugal for their destination wedding. The people and choice of high quality vendors on offer in this small but historically rich country is amazing!

With the assistance of my awesome wife, Kasia, from French Grey Events; and Monica the owner of Amor Pra Sempre, we found the best of the best within Portugal to collaborate with us on this shoot.

This fabulous team included the likes of Tania from T Bakes, this american-trained patisserie chef makes the most amazing sugar creations, so good you just want to stare and marvel at them all day long (yes, even the leaves and flower on the cake is edible)! The beautiful dresses provided by Joana Montez Atelier are romantically detailed with layer upon layer of chiffon and beautiful bead detailing, that were married perfectly with the amazing hand-crafted jewelry of Sylvie Castro from SYO luxury jewelry.

Stationary and graphics were created by Nabe Fabrics from France, a partnership which started years ago when we first met at the Salon de Marriage au Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. This talented team were amazing to work with and helped us to create custom invitation designs for our happy “bride and groom.”

We got lucky and had the most amazing beautiful sunny day at the vintage Quinta nestled high up in the Sintra park, with amazing views of the ocean. The whole place was at our disposal for the shoot, and the venue was full of amazing props that we used for the styled shoot. Future couples can also choose from an array of furnishings and accessories on site to make their wedding decor uniquely European and add that touch of vintage.

Photography: French Grey Photography | Videography: Something Blue | Event Styling: French Grey Events | Wedding Dresses: Joana Montez | Stationary: Nabe Fabric | A Quinta, Manor House: My Vintage Wedding The Quinta | Cake Designer: T Bakes | Event Co-ordination: Amor Pra Sempre | Guest's Gifts: Castelbel | Hair And Make-up Design: Le P'tit Paris Lisboa | Jewelery Designer: SYO

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Stunning White Wedding in Portugal with an Old World Feel

Sofia and Andres of Brancoprata just might be the wedding world’s cutest power couple. They’re equal parts stunning photography and design genius and anything they have their hands in is guaranteed to be an affair to remember. Like this destination wedding set in Portugal that’s swimming with elegant touches and sun-lit photographs a plenty. See the full affair from beginning to end here.

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From Brancoprata… When the bride first emailed us, we immediately realized that this was going to be a special event! Both the bride and groom live abroad and they decided to get married in the north of Portugal, at Pousada do Monte de Santa Lúzia. A beautiful hotel with a spectacular view overlooking Viana do Castelo, a very well know city in the North of Portugal! It was a weekend of various activities for the guests, where they had the chance to learn more about portuguese traditions and customs. As far as the wedding day, the couple wanted to create an elegant and timeless ambience! They incorporated little touches that made the day unique! For instance, the cake topper used was a vintage piece designed for the bride’s parents wedding! To honor the groom’s cultural background, the bride did some traditional henna art. The couple and guests enjoyed a beautiful sunset during cocktail hour and after dinner they danced the night away!

Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata | Videography: Fábio Coelho, The Amazing Rabbit | Event Planning: Joana Araújo, Blue Point | Wedding Cake: Ana Tao Atelier | Brides Shoes: Aruna Seth Bridal Shoes | DJ: JukeBox | Venue: Pousada Do Monte De Santa Lúzia | Brides Dress: Pronovias | Floral Design & Styling: Sofia Ferreira, Brancoprata

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