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Oceanfront Wedding in Ilhabela Brazil

Feeling a bit in a rut this Thursday?? Well, I’m prescribing you a pop of color and this romantic waterfront wedding is just the medicine you need. Photographed by Flavia Valsani and planned by Small Weddings, it’s a brightly and sunny outdoor celebration that will have you feeling better in no time… you can see the rest of this beautiful Brazilian wedding right here.


From The Bride…Chris and I got engaged on October 2012 and in November moved back to Brazil to wait for a fiancée visa. The following December Chris came to Brazil for my best friend’s wedding and we took a little beach vacation to my favorite spots in my state. We were recently engaged and had not yet decided on when we would get married or where it would be. Although we knew that the bigger ceremony would take place in Brazil, my home country.

In January we decided to think about dates and I started looking for a wedding planner and venues near where my parents lived. I knew a wedding planner would be essential for us because we did not know how long I would stay in Brazil and be able to plan the wedding up close, I would need someone to represent us with vendors when I was not able to go to meetings.

The wedding planner was the first person we hired for the wedding and she was essential for everything to work. Around that same time we realized that we wanted to do the wedding somewhere that people would enjoy as a little vacation, so we picked an island Chris and I visited together called Ilhabela.

In Ilhabela I realized that it was important to consider the expertise of the people that worked in the wedding business in the area, because the island is small pretty much everyone has worked with each other. I put together an inspirational booklet for the wedding that showed the colors, decorations, flowers, bridal party attire and cakes I wanted and took it to every meeting with every vendor. That was vital to get a feeling of who would be suited for the wedding or not according to their reactions to it. I have to say go with your guts and the energy you get from people.

I couldn’t be happier with my vendors, the food was great, pictures amazing, cake delicious, decoration out of this world, hair and make up artist great and the wedding planner made us all feel comfortable throughout the entire experience, she was on top of her game and treated everyone with respect. The day of the wedding was very emotional even though Chris and I had already eloped in the US in the presence of a few of his friends and family members. During our one-year engagement we lived ten months apart and the wedding in Brazil was the fulfillment of our relationship after such enduring times.

Photography: Flavia Valsani | Wedding Planner: Small Weddings | Wedding Gown: Alvina Valenta | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Cavalera | Catering: Marakuthai | Cake And Sweets: Ana Luiza | Decoration: Isaias Ribeiro

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Praia do Rosa, Brazil Wedding from Weber Photography

Destination weddings are always fabulous, but when you throw an “I do” celebration in the pretty little land known as Brazil, it’s what we call a destination wedding of epic proportions.  I’m talking breathtaking scenery every which way you look, lovelies.  And it’s amazing.  Throw in a bride and groom who seriously couldn’t be more stunning and an entire day captured by the ever-wonderful Weber Photography and, well.  Happy, happy Friday.  Click here for more.


From Weber PhotographySarah and Sol’s Brazil wedding had a Classic style, with minimal decorating needed in lieu of the gorgeous scenery surrounding their venue. Their chosen location, Praia do Rosa, is a small surfing town in the state of Santa Catarina and is slowly attracting more and more attention by both Brazilian and international travelers. It was such a pleasure spending time with this beautiful couple! They were incredibly inviting and super excited to share the Brazilian culture with guests coming from all over the world!

From the Bride… We’d always thought the perfect wedding for us would be by the beach, on a perfect hot summer day, overlooking sunset by the sea. That’s why our chosen place, Praia do Rosa was perfect. Not only had I grown up going there every school holiday, but it was the first place I took Sol when he visited Brazil for the first time. The church was right by our favourite beach, so that’s where we headed as soon as the I do’s were said, and standing on the rocks watching the crashing waves under the hot sun just before the reception was an unforgettable feeling.

For our wedding reception we wanted to have a real mix of traditions as the groom is both English and Greek, and has family in Japan, and I’m Brazilian but I also grew up in England. We had an amazing eclectic mix of guests to cater for, so we had lots of fun choosing all the details of the wedding. We had the traditional set of bridesmaids, maid of honour and best man, the Greek version of groomsmen (koumbaros), the Brazilian traditional wedding godparents padrinhos and madrinhas, as well as my three goddaughters as flower girls! They all had special duties to perform, and loved taking part in the ceremony.

My bridesmaids’ dresses were designed by Joelho Roxo, a collective artist’s group– belonging to my bridesmaids’ and me! They were then beautifully tailored by Suzana Vargas.

Our cake had a special twist. As the wedding cake dolls, we had Japanese daruma given to us by the grooms brother, who lives in Japan. They are special lacquered paper dolls on which you draw one eye as you make a wish, and fill in the other eye when the wish comes true. The ritual, followed by the cake cutting, was even more romantic than wed wished, and we got to keep the bride and groom dolls to always remind us of our wishes!

Another personal touch were the lembrancinhas, small wedding gifts we shared with our guests. We collected sand from our two favourite beaches where the wedding took place, and filled small glass bottles with half of each type. The two types of sand were different colours, and we knew that just like us, as time passed, they would mix together and become one. We also picked small shells from the beach and attached them to the ribbon around the bottles, adding our own design of tags with the wedding date and location. We had so much fun making the hundred or so bottles and were happy everyone could take a piece of paradise home with them.

The beach scenery from the wedding venue was even more spectacular as sunset came and the candles were lit. We had a great lounge arrangement which allowed all our wedding guests to circulate and get to know each other better and by the time we hit the dance floor everyone spoke the same language! Our first dance was to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, which means a lot to us, and my bridesmaids performed an amazing choreography to our favourite night out song, That’s Not My Name by the Ting Tings, as well as two very romantic songs sang by one of them, who had rehearsed all the way from Ecuador.

The speeches were a very emotional time for us, as we wanted to express how grateful we were for all our friends and family who had travelled from all over the world to share our special moment, and especially to my mother, who had, like us, always dreamed of the perfect wedding… it was the perfect moment for us to let everyone know we had had the best day of our lives, and we couldnt have been happier!

Photography: Weber Photography- Cory Weber | Cinematography: Eleven35 Productions- JohnPaul Morris | Wedding Coordinator: Bartira Venturella Soares | Floral Designer: Nisinha Venturella | Cake: Patricia Goedert | Ceremony Venue: Igreja Sagrada Famlia | Reception Venue: Pousada Vida, Sol e Mar | Entertainment: Concorde Eventos, Edgar Ghedin | Bridesmaids' Dress Designer: Joelho Roxo | Ceremony Dress: Ronald Joyce | Reception Dress: Phase Eight

Itapema Beach, Brazil Destination Wedding from Alem Photo

I’ve been kind of obsessed with the idea of visiting Brazil ever since a good friend of mine spent two months soaking in the amazing landscape and culture.  He said it was awesome… and after seeing this sweet affair captured by Alem Photo, I agree whole-heartedly.  A fun-filled day set against the beautiful Itapema Beach, it’s drop-dead gorgeous blooms from Clari Decorações meets a laid-back, yet elegant vibe meets one of the most stunning brides you will ever see.  Join me in the gallery for all of the pretty.


From the Bride… Our ceremony and reception took place on the beach of an oceanfront restaurant in Itapema, Brazil.  We rented a wooden deck and a tent, which, in combination with the decorations created a wonderful ambience. We were both so thrilled! The reception was on-site, at the restaurant, immediately following the ceremony. We had a beautiful reception, filled with flowers, the finest seafood of South Brazil, and a wide range of delicious desserts. It was an incredible night, everyone looked so happy and we saw all our guests enjoying the party!

Dave and I like to travel and live abroad. Subsequently, there were guests from the United States, China, Colombia and Brazil. They were able to experience American and Brazilian cultures in one big event. In both the ceremony and reception, we kept some Brazilian traditions, while adding some American flair to almost everything we did. As an example, instead of the classic garter toss, Dave followed a Brazilian tradition of being blindfolded, spun around, and placing a tie over the head of one of the bachelors, who move in a circle around him.

As a graphic designer, I loved creating the plans and layouts for my own wedding. Things went very smoothly with my wedding decorator as I gave her a clear picture of what I wanted, so she was able to do her job of making it all possible. It was breathtaking to see all of mine and Dave’s work come together just as I had imagined.

Fourteen people came from America to see us say “I Do” and I wanted to make sure that everything would look perfect for them, since they had come all the way to Brazil. Our American family and friends loved the atmosphere and the joy that the Brazilian culture brought to the reception party. Likewise, our Brazilian guests were amazed with all of the American details we added to our big day!

Wedding Photography: Alem Photo | Ceremony Venue: Itapema Beach in Itapema, Brazil | Reception Venue: Recanto da Sereia Restaurant in Itapema, Brazil | Wedding Cinematography: Mottiva Filmes | Wedding Coordination: Agape Cerimonial | Floral + Event Design: Clari Decorações | Catering: Recanto da Sereia Restaurant | Wedding Cake: Eveline Maia | Dessert: Menta Pura | Macarons: Les Amies Macarons | Music: Tiago Catafesta | Wedding Stationery: the bride Perfetto | Wedding Dress: Yolan Cris Barcelona | Bride’s Headband: Black Tie São Paulo | Bride’s Shoes: Macy’s | Hair + Makeup: Juliane Friedrich

Brazilian Save-the-Date Film by Par Filmes

Save the Date gone glam, this film by Par Filmes is the epitome of chic. It’s cinematography with style, and sweet as all get out. Can you imagine getting something like this to announce the day a couple was tying the knot? It’s just beyond. It’s all style and sweet sentiments, so get cozy and get ready for some serious heart fluttering…

From Par FilmesThis is Kelly and Felipe, and they will marry on September 29th. They work together at a fashion brand, and they asked us to make them a save-the-date film inspired by vintage cinema and fashion editorials. We loved this idea and booked a real vintage hotel room at Belo Horizonte, a big city in Brazil. Finally, to make everything still more special, the groom wrote a letter to his bride, but she didn’t know anything about it beforehand. It was a real surprise!

Carol and Renato of Par Filmes / Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Brazilian Beach Wedding by Daniel Nobre

Up next in our lineup of goodies is a perfectly sweet beach wedding that is instantly going to cause a little pain in your heart for those warm summer days. Daniel Nobre was there to capture all of action on the sands of Tabuba beach in Ceará, Brazil. For even more of this South American beauty, head to the gallery. Sandy, beachy goodness awaits your click.

see more of the beach festivities here!

We are a Brazilian-American combination, and we live in Washington, DC. We met each other almost three years ago in DC, It was love at the first sight and since then we have been together. Last year we got engaged in Negril, Jamaica and one month later we had our civil wedding in Vermont, where Johannes grew up. It was so beautiful and sweet, with a few good friends and his family. We tried to keep it simple and the wedding was all DIY. I bought my dress (from the 30’s) at a vintage store and we had an adorable morning/afternoon with our loved ones. But we decided to have another, bigger wedding in Brazil on the beach near where I am from, so all of my family and friends could attend. We made the wedding invitations ourselves, and they featured one of Johannes’ woodcuts. Our second wedding was August 7th and it was a dream. We rented a beach house at Tabuba Beach, Ceará (Brazil) and the ceremony was on the beach around twilight. I was wearing a custom made dress by a Brazilian designer who is a friend of mine. Johannes brought a seersucker suit from the U.S and was wearing a pink tie that I gave him. For the entrance, we had an accordion-solo and everybody was very emotional. During the wedding we did the “sand ceremony” which is very common in Brazil. The bride and the groom mix colorful sand, representing the two lives that are being made one. After the ceremony we had a reception at the house with live music, DJs, a fruit cocktail bar and a lot of fun. We wanted the wedding to have a fun and festive vibe, nothing too formal. We also tried to keep the rustic atmosphere and have spontaneous pictures, and we passed out buttons with cute caricatures of the two of us.

Photographer: Daniel Nobre / Ceremony Location: Tabuba beach – Ceará, Brazil / Reception Location: Beach house – Tabuba beach, Ceará, Brazil / Wedding Dress: by designer Silvania de Deus, from Brazil / Wedding Sandals: Calvin Klein