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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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Elegant 18th Century Palace Wedding In Portugal

Destination weddings like this Portugal beauty are nothing short of a dream. From the picture perfect images captured by Love Is My Favorite Color to the surreal setting of the Palácio De Estói, every image sitting in this gallery is pinch-yourself pretty, and you can see the entire dream-like fête here.

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From Love Is My Favorite ColorPortugal has long been popular for it’s beautiful beaches and landscapes, it is now getting more and more popular for it’s amazing wedding venues. The Palácio de Estói in the Algarve is a perfect example of a dream wedding venue. Its architecture dates back to the 18th century.

This breathtaking venue is decorated from top to bottom in Portuguese tiles on beautiful pink walls and amazing gardens. Once Sheila e João visited this venue, they knew they were getting married there, no matter what.

Photography: Love Is My Favorite Color | Flowers: Pequeno Jardim | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair: Hair Fusion Lisboa | Brides Dress: Aire Barcelona | Digital Editing Tools: Mastin Labs Portra Preset Pack | Film Process And Scanning: Carmencita Film Lab | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Palace: Palácio De Estói

Portugal Palace Destination Wedding

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 EventsBrancoprata 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.

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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!

Favorite details:

*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 | Floral Design: Brancoprata | Cake: T Bakes Atelier | Invitations: Luscious Verde Via 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 Palácio De Seteais | Event Planning & Design: Karson Butler Events | Portuguese Guitarist: 4 Talents | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Quinta Da Regaleira | Wedding Ceremony & Dinner Reception Venue: Palácio De Monserrate | Welcome Reception, After Party & Brunch: Tivoli Palácio De Seteais | Welcome Tour & Luncheon Venue: Palácio Nacional Da Pena

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Romantic Blush Portugal Wedding

If you haven’t noticed, we’re suckers for a pretty pair of heels and we’ve got a whole gallery full of them (thousands, actually!) to prove it. So when we heard that this stunning bride wore not one, but three pairs of shoes on her wedding day, designed by her own father AND brand-named after her? Well, you can imagine our excitement. There’s even more to swoon over from the amazing Brancoprata.

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From BrancoprataBelinda has always been the kind of girl whose dreams had nothing to do with getting married! She always told her family and friends that she would never marry. Until the day she found herself hopelessly in love with her longtime friend, Pedro! They were best friends even before they started dating and shared everything with each other! It was undoubtedly a love that began in a true and very strong friendship! Maybe that’s why the motto of their marriage was “Today I married my best friend” or if you want, in Portuguese “Hoje casei com o meu melhor amigo”. Once Belinda and Pedro decided to marry , Belinda realized it was more enthusiastic about the subject marriage than what she initially thought. She was also very surprised when she realized that the colors she wanted for their wedding were blush pink and silver… quite girly and romantic, right?

A curious thing about this wedding was without any doubt the three… yes, three pairs of shoes that the bride wore, all from the same shoe brand, the one her father created with her own name, Belinda. How cool is that? Also she wore two different dresses, a Pronovias gown for the religious ceremony and dinner and a beautiful Karen Millen for the party!

At midnight they all sang “Happy Birthday” to Belinda’s goddaughter as she turned eighteen and afterwords they danced for the first time as husband and wife and didn’t stop dancing until dawn. Belinda and Pedro enjoyed their wedding day always with a smile on their faces and neither the fog or bad weather managed to get those smiles off their faces!

Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata | Videographer: The Amazing Rabbit | Wedding Cake: Bolos Por Gosto | Reception Venue: Quinta Da Vista Alegre | Shoes: Belinda | Caterer: Encontrus | Make Up: Lucília Lara | Floral Design & Styling: Brancoprata | Groom\'s Attire: Hugo Boss | Stationery & Paper Goods: Sofia Ferreira, Brancoprata | Wedding Dress #1: Pronovias | Wedding Dress #2: Karen Millen

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