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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.


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 | Accommodations: Tivoli Palácio De Seteais | Event Planning & Design: Karson Butler Events | Portuguese Guitarist: 4 Talents | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Quinta Da Regaleira | Transportation: Jet Limo | 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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Portugal Styled Shoot from Karson Butler Events + WIUP + Winners!

With the weekend right around the corner, this styled shoot from Karson Butler Events and brancoprata couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s filled to the gills with easy elegance and Mediterranean charm — making it the perfect dose of pretty to start a Friday night off right. So go ahead and get cozy in the full gallery plus keep an eye peeled for this week’s lucky winners. Happy weekend! xoxo

From Karson Butler Events…. On our previous two trips to Portugal, we fell in love with the Jardim do Núncio at the Penha Longha Resort, one of our absolute favorite properties in the country. The garden dates back to the XVI century when it was used as a place for contemplation and is unlike any event space we’ve seen before. We had longtime been fans of Brancoprata (thank you blogosphere for connecting us!) and over the course of planning calls and emails collaborating on an upcoming wedding together we fast became friends, even though we had never met in person.

Sofia and I decided it would be fun post-wedding to put together a mini-style shoot before we departed Sintra. Our friends at Penha Longa were gracious enough to lend us their space and we enlisted the help of Tania at T Bakes. We were introduced to Tania through Maggie & Jess at Maggie Austin Cake, who Tania had trained under the year before here in the United States. Tania, who is also located in Porto, was practically neighbors with Brancoprata (also from Porto) and we were so happy to bring these Portuguese super-stars together.

The only design direction we gave everyone was to be inspired by Portuguese tiles with blue being our primary color palette and a few copper accents. The shoot was so fabulous because it wasn’t overly contrived; we all collaborated onsite together and when you put talented people together magic happens. To say that T Bakes knocked our socks off with the cake is an understatement. The hand-painted tiles on the cake we’re so incredible and it was better than we could have imagined. The cake really anchored our shoot and we’re forever grateful for the time and energy that went into each brush stroke. Sofia’s flowers we’re so dreamy and to see her assemble arrangements on the spot was nothing short of amazing.

Sofia is an incredible floral partner! Every time we stole a peek behind Andre’s camera, we squealed with delight. How he captures such beauty behind the lense is breathtaking and inspiring. What a gift he has! When we talk about European wedding industry super-stars, Brancoprata & T Bakes are at the top of our list. We had such a great time – and hopefully you’ll love these images as much as we do! Designing this inspiration shoot was pure joy for us – we didn’t have a big agenda or a crazy shot list; we styled with materials we literally found onsite (the pottery chargers, pastries and copper bud vases were things we picked up in shops around the town center that week) and the design came together organically. Designing just for fun with our new friends – we couldn’t think of a better way to end our Portugal trip.

Photography: brancoprata | Event Design: Karson Butler Events | Event Planning: Karson Butler Events | Flowers: brancoprata | Wedding Cake: T Bakes | Reception Venue: Penha Longa Resort | Venue: Penha Longa Resort

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