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Bright, Beachy Celebration in Brazil Part 1: The Wedding

It’s official, Cassidy Carson can do no wrong. For this seaside celebration is not only a dose of tropical bliss, but it’s got the makings of an all time classic celebration. From the Bride’s beautifully detailed gown, to the regal reception that followed their ceremony, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault! Oh, and if you think this is good, just wait until you see their farewell picnic – Part 2 coming right up!


From the Bride… I met Collis randomly almost 12 years ago, on a bus in Vancouver, where I was studying English through an exchange program.

When the course was over at the end of 2004, we were deeply in love, but our young age, university plans and different nationalities spoke louder and I had to go back to Brazil. However, 9 years later, fate and the stars would rock our worlds unexpectedly, when we were brought back together to never leave each other again.

In March 2014, Collis proposed to me in beautiful Lake Louise, Alberta. From there to here, many changes and a lot of courage took place, so our dreams could finally become a reality.

We currently live in Vancouver, but very shortly after the proposal, we both decided we wanted to get married in Brazil. I knew immediately that the hidden paradise of São Miguel dos Milagres, one of the most beautiful beaches in the northeast of the country, was the place to be. With nothing but untouched soft sand and warm water beaches, it was the perfect backdrop for our story.

What makes São Miguel so magical, is also what makes it a challenging place to have a wedding for 120 people. Besides the fact that we picked and organized everything from 11,000 kilometres away, we had to hire designers, a wedding planner and all professionals from another city, almost 200 kms distant. Not to mention that it was the very first time a wedding was hosted at the venue we picked.

I was not sure all the hundreds of emails exchanged and Skype meetings held late at night would be worth it all. At the end of the day it came down to planning, trusting a great team of professionals, and counting on my beloved family, who helped me in every single detail. It ended up being an unforgettable experience and more amazing than we could have ever imagined!

Our wedding was broken up into three separate events: a Luau the first night, the Wedding and reception, and finally a romantic farewell picnic.

The Luau was tropical themed with huge white flags and a bomb fire on the beach. Then live music, caipirinhas, and dancing on the pool deck. The party only stopped when we all jumped in the water with our clothes on.

The wedding happened the next afternoon in a magical church built in the 18th century. An orchestra played our favourite songs and the guests were welcomed with paper fans and lemon water to refresh. The ceremony was held by a charismatic young Priest, who added English insertions so our Canadian family and friends could follow along.

The Reception took place in the courtyard of Pousada do Toque, the boutique hotel we all stayed in that weekend. The garden on its own is already beautiful, so our idea was to simply bring a little more Brazilian flare to the party. It was decorated with rustic accents, paper lanterns and tropical local flowers. The long wooden tables brought us together and helped Canadians and Brazilians strike up fun conversations and warm up for the party to come. The moon was full, the live music was great, and the drinks were cold and endless. Our families and best friends all together under the stars. We sang, laughed and danced until very late on that magnificent night. “What a time to be alive”, I thought all night long. It was beautiful and unforgettable!

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Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography | Cinematography: Par Filmes | Planner: Roberta Suruagy | Floral Design: Bagatelle Decor | Cakes: Le Brule Confeitaria And Cupcakes Da Bianca | Ceremony Venue: São Miguel Dos Milagres Church | Reception Venue: Pousada Do Toque | Bride's Shoes: Carol Hung | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Pousada Do Toque | Makeup Artist: Vera Murta | Hair Stylist: Jackeline Monteiro | Calligraphy: Mariana Kratka | DJ: DJ Patife | Band: Fabio Cavanha And Band | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Bridal Gown: Jane Hill | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Groom's Tie: Indochino | Paper Suite: Minted

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Romantic Havana Wedding Inspiration

Stepping into Matthew Ree’s and CLY BY MATTHEW’s pics from a recent trip to Havana is like going back in time, from the vintage cars that rule the road to the old world romance radiating from every single image captured. With the styling expertise of Designs by Hemingway on full display, we’re whisked away to this magical space and I don’t want to leave anytime soon. See it all in our Vault right this way!

From Matthew ReeThe trip felt like we were in a time warp traveling back to the 1940’s and stepping onto a movie set that someone forgot to tear down. Within an hour of arriving, we were wandering and exploring on foot through the streets of Havana. Drawn to the weathered patina colors, amazing textures, patterned tiles, narrow lanes and mysterious dilapidated stairwells inside of old but beautiful faded buildings. The layers of distressed colorful and chipping paint everywhere makes Havana an intoxicating backdrop to style a photo shoot.

Our styled shoot began at the famous Cuban parador, La Guarida in Central Havana. This crumbling yet grandeur building was the inspiration for our couple shoot. The grand and ornate staircases go up to three separate levels with a rooftop bar that has a splendid view of Havana. Our model, Carla, wore a Claire Pettibone dress “Raphaella” so beautiful with winged sleeves and a blue silk lining. Everything came to life after designing vintage brass candlesticks leading up the grand staircase. Flowers were in short supply and you can not ship them in so Debbie had to forge everything from locals which was fun in itself. With a dress change to a Claire Pettibone “Alma” dress, we took the shoot onto the streets of Havana. Old vintage cars are roaming around on every corner, the cobble stone streets and amazing colors and textures are everywhere! This place is seriously magical!!

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Photography: MATTHEW REE PHOTOGRAPHY | Photography: CLY BY MATTHEW | Event Styling: Designs by Hemingway | Floral Design: Designs by Hemingway | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Men's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: Antonio Maurizi | Makeup Consultant: Heather Bell

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Authentic Colorful Cuban Wedding Inspiration

Here at SMP we get pretty excited when fresh ideas come across our desks so when The Venue Report sent over images by Jose Villa and Joel Serrato from their recent Cuban inspired shoot, well, let’s just say the rest of our day wasn’t all that productive. Taking their cue from the romance of Cuban culture, The Venue Report created a celebratory scene that I’m aching to jump right into. From Found Vintage Rentals‘ colorful pieces and the most fabulous outfits – courtesy of Grey Likes Weddings’ styling talents – these pics are basically our summer wedding daydreams come to life.

From The Venue ReportWe produced a shoot inspired by Cuba right before the travel laws shifted! Photographers Jose Villa and Joel Serrato had been a few times and it topped our list of places we also wanted to visit. Going to Cuba you feel as if you have stepped back into a bygone era. The cars parked on the streets are still from the 1950’s.

With the recent travel laws changing we are sure we will see even more gatherings and homes inspired by the Cuban culture as it opens its doors for tourists to visit.

It was incredibly hard finding interior design inspiration from Cuba so we became instead inspired by the romantic touches of Cuba. Its colors, its food, its cocktails, cigars, cars, the Cuban cement tiles and the colorful macaws in the archipelago of Cuba.

We produced this gathering at the historic Lombardi House in a palette of mint, spring greens, mustard, poppy red. It’s a fresh palette and combination that you will find across Cuba in the homes, tiles, kitchens and cafes. Guests were served handcrafted mojitos.

One of our favorite design elements of Cuba is the Cuban cement tiles. We recreated these into cut wood tile placemats at each setting, adorned by tropical bird plates, hand calligraphed place cards and mojitos with raw sugar sticks.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Flowerwild | Cakes: Lele's Patisserie | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Calligraphy: designsgirl | Venue: The Lombardi House | Cocktails & Bar: Cocktail Academy | Dinnerware: Flowerwild | Event Styling & Production: The Venue Report | Invitations, Menus, Hand Illustrated Mural, Placemat Tiles: Momental Designs | Models: Becca Lane | Photography - Assistance: Joel Serrato Films + Photographs | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box | Wardrobe Styling: Summer Watkins Ball

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