See What Happens When a Couple Cancels Their Wedding to Elope

After tons of wedding planning, this sweet couple came to the conclusion that a big, traditional bash in their home state wasn’t right for them, so they canceled their plans and decided to elope in Portugal instead. Erin Wilson Photography and Vanessa + Ivo came along to capture their intimate vow exchange on the balcony of Bussaco Palace Hotel, and Studio Victorias styled a dreamy private dinner for the newlyweds inspired by the beautiful blue and white tiles the bride loves and which are so prominent throughout Portugal. This elopement is so good, you just might be tempted to throw your wedding plans to the wind and hop on the next plane with your beloved.

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From Erin Wilson PhotographyLynn and Matt are a sweet couple that booked me for their wedding in Arkansas last year. After tons of wedding planning, they realized the big local wedding wasn’t what their heart was set on, and they decided to elope in Luso, Portugal at a gorgeous palace. They made a long trip over and brought me to photograph their beautiful wedding.

Lynn was very much in love with the blue and white tile accents you can find all over Portugal and the warm welcoming culture. She wanted her wedding day to look and feel like Portugal and that played a big part in the day. Lynn studied abroad in college and made her way down to visit and fell in love with the country and always wanted to go back. When they decided to have their wedding in another country, she knew Portugal was the one. Lynn and Matt’s wedding planner incorporated her love for that blue and white tile in all the beautiful details, cake, and atmosphere. It was everything Lynn loved!

They read hand written vows to each other in the balcony of Busaco overlooking the courtyard. It was intimate and private and really special to them. We explored around the grounds taking incredible images to showcase the beautiful venue and grounds. They ended their evening with champagne toasts, cake cutting, a sweet first dance, and a private dinner just the two of them. It was such a dreamy intimate day. I’m SO in love with this wedding I wish I could go back a million times.

Photography: Erin Wilson Photography | Cinematography: Vanessa & Ivo | Event Planning + Design: Viktoriia Ignateva - StudioVictorias | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Invitations: Shutterfly | Rings: Israel Diamond Supply | Hair + Makeup: Andy Dyo | Venue: Bussaco Palace Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Tesori - Bridal, Formal & Occasion | Film Scanning: The Find Lab