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Dreaming of a Wedding Destination That Feels Like a Real-Life Fairytale? Look No Further.

Italy and France are completely amazing, we all know that… but if you ask us, Portugal is one of the most underrated wedding destinations out there. For today’s editorial, StudioVictorias and Malvina Frolova were inspired by the beauty and diversity of Portuguese landscapes – stunning beaches, broad vineyards and ancient castles. Speaking of castles… we can’t get over how gorgeous this venue is. StudioVictorias said it best, it’s like “a fairytale palace in the middle of an enchanted forest.” Head on over to the full gallery to fall in love with the refined elegance and beauty of Portugal.

From Malvina Frolova… Dreaming of a wedding destination that feels like a real-life fairytale? Look no further. Portugal is a country of endless inspiration. The beauty and diversity of Portuguese landscapes are impressive: 800 km of stunning beaches, broad vineyards of the Douro Valley, amber cork fields of Alentejo, lonely lighthouses, ancient castles, and royal palaces. And the idea of this editorial shoot was to create an inspiration capturing the refined simplicity of the country itself combining it with an old-world European aesthetic and modern elegance. A former royal palace in central Portugal sets the scene for this editorial shoot, created by Portuguese wedding agency StudioVictorias and beautifully captured by fine art photographer Malvina Frolova.

This magnificent palace of the Portuguese monarchs was built in the unique Neo-Manueline style and now is now turned into one of the most beautiful historic hotels in the world. From StudioVictorias: “A fairytale palace in the middle of an enchanted forest” would be the best definition of this venue. The palace is a genuine ode to romanticism, enclosed in the uniqueness and beauty of its interiors, the exceptional framing of the landscape and the grandeur of its eclectic facade. This is a real architectural fantasy with an atmosphere of mystery, surrounded by gardens with exotic trees from far corners of the Portuguese Empire. We brought together a talented team of international vendors to inspire the couples from all over the world to celebrate the wedding in the real royal palace, where the atmosphere of the luxury of the past days is intertwined with the romance of the present. 

We wanted to maximally show all the possibilities of this unique historical venue in the heart of Old Europe. Despite the grandeur of the palace located in a dark mysterious forest, we wanted to create a very light and charming project that could convey the sensuality and tenderness of our couple in love. And as it seems, everything worked out perfectly. In Bussaco Palace any girl instantly turns into a princess. The feminine style of boudoir sets for the morning of the bride, the minimum of accessories, natural makeup and loose updo make her a true embodiment of sensuality and tenderness. The bride’s embroidered lace wedding dress from Vanila Studio and minimalist earrings from OlgaDelice added aristocratic elegance, while a delicate bouquet in an airy garden style complemented her sophisticated look. 

A classic sharp-looking suit from Penhalta fashion house and accessories from the Portuguese designer Maison Nuno Gama were selected for the groom. We intentionally supplemented the magnificence of the old palace and the wild nature of the region with elegant details of the decor and delicate looks of the couple, harmoniously combining the eternal and the modern. In the concept, we used soft pastel shades, from cold grey to warm beige and pale pink and complementing them with dusty yellow. For the ceremony area, floral designer Yana Metlinskaya created an asymmetric arch that harmoniously blends with the surrounding garden space and complements the intricate architecture of the palace. On the balcony of the palace, decorated with luxurious stucco work, a table for eight people was served. Modern gold cutlery and plates were remarkably combined with a heavy silk tablecloth, vintage wooden chairs and a floral arrangement in an airy organic style. The stationery designed by To Be Dream creates an exquisite modern look with handcrafted paper and a typical Portuguese pattern for the envelope. Elegance is added by hand-illustrated details like the drawing of the architectural elements of the palace. Gorgeous four-tier cake by Julie Deffence was created taking into account the general concept and decorated with sugar flowers matching a project’s color palette and handcrafted wafer paper with the same typical Portuguese tiles pattern. At the end of a romantic day, a vintage car was waiting for a couple to take them on their first family trip.

Photography: Malvina Frolova | Event Planning: Viktoriia Ignateva - StudioVictorias | Floral Design: Metlinskaya Yana | Wedding Dress: Vanila | Cake: Julie Deffense Artistry | Invitations: To Be Dream | Jewelry: Olgadelice | Hair and Makeup: Mariya Sazonova | Groom's Attire: Penhalta | Vintage Car: Carros Antigos TXR | Boudoir Dress: Vesssna | Bride’s Shoes: Anna Walker | Creative Director and Planner: Inna Shemet | Groom’s Accessories: Nuno Gama | Handmade Paper: Dikiy Veresk | Location: Bussaco Palace Hotel | Rentals: A C Luxury Rentals

A Heart-Warming Summer Wedding in a Portuguese Palace With Just 14 Guests

14 guests, a cheerful summer color palette, floral magic by Flow and a stunning, sun-soaked indoor reception… these are just a few things we’re falling head over heels for in today’s gorgeous wedding planned by Splendida Weddings. Don’t miss out on the full gallery for every inspiring detail for your intimate wedding – taken by Diane Sotero Photography.

From the photographer, Diane SoteroWhen Kayla and Carlos contacted me and we had a video call, I quickly felt the sweetness and love between both of them. They had booked me before even having chosen a venue for their wedding. For the next month, Nikolina Silva (From Splendida Weddings) and I spent a few days visiting a number of wedding venues to help them decide which one would be a better match to their personalities, wedding style and to fulfill their wedding dreams. Kayla & Carlos chose a beautiful Portuguese palace to hold their celebration. On the day of their wedding it was a beautiful warm afternoon, filled with the best light. The styling and design were just stunning, and their family and guests were so lovely. One of my personal favorite moments was their first look, they had such an emotional first look. During the entire time while I was photographing this precious moment, I could feel how their hearts were full of happiness and love. All of their feelings were overflowing through their eyes and movements which made a remarkable moment that I was honored to capture and that I’m sure they will remember forever. The ceremony was small and intimate. It was guided by the delightful sound of precious violins, Kayla entered the isle holding hands with both of her parents, such a sweet way to show her gratitude for them. Carlos and Kayla said “I do” in the presence of 14 guests, including family and friends. Kayla and Carlos shared with me that from the beginning all they wanted was to share a beautiful and meaningful celebration with the most important people in their lives and they were so happy when they saw their dining table that they even shed a few tears. It was very emotional when each guest read their place card where Kayla and Carlos had written a personal message stating why each guest was special to them. Photographing this wedding gave me precious insights into their beautiful love story. I could feel the love that each guest had for them and the love Kayla and Carlos felt for each other. Intimate destination weddings like this one are magical.

From the Wedding Planner…Kayla and Carlos decided to get married abroad and elected Portugal as their wedding destination. They have never visited Lisbon prior to their wedding day but their desire to experience something new and enjoy all unique experiences regarding well known Portuguese cuisine, good late summer weather, unique picturesque felt as they have always new that it was the one! Selecting the wedding venues was challenging and as they have never visited this beautiful country before, but they deposited all their trust in our team. After a while beautiful their heart won unique Pestana Palace in Lisbon and beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, just perfect fit for their intimate wedding celebration that counted with 16 guests. Wedding ceremony had palace as a perfect backdrop and neutral chairs with beautiful floral arch and live string duo created magical moment of the union. Regarding wedding design all the aesthetic and wedding paper got inspired by couples ‘love story, favorite colors, desired royal-like dining experience and a bit of modern tweaks with unique floral design. The exquisite table setting was carefully hand-picked to improve overall dining experience and unique intimate atmosphere at the most elegant and delicate way. Many details had personal and hand-written messages by bride and groom and one interesting detail is that each place card had unique and meaningful message that the couple Kayla and Carlos wrote for each guest, so they feel how special and unique their presence is for them. The speeches made all the guests crying of how emotional and unique their love union is.

From the Bride… What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning? We had many different thoughts about our wedding prior to planning. Ultimately we decided we wanted an adventure. Portugal quickly became our choice, a place we had both never traveled to but seemed to have all of the things we enjoyed. Once we decided on an intimate destination wedding, we knew we wanted to highlight a unique Portuguese venue that would create an exceptional experience for our guests celebrating with us. We found our planner, Splendida weddings who helped us work through finding our ideal venue from a far. We chose a palace setting in Lisbon, that had a mix of regal elegance, beautiful grounds and top quality food. You felt like you are in a different world as soon as you enter the property, not right in Lisbon. What was your color palette and your style vision? We wanted to enhance the incredible palace which had so many beautiful details while incorporating some of our color preferences. The color palette was light purple, sage green, blues with accents of pinks and gold. Our paper details were handmade with aquarelle modern tie dye pattern softly tying in our colors. The ceremony and cocktails were in the gardens with the palace as the back drop. We then moved inside the palace where we dined for a five course meal. This allowed us to have the best of both worlds and take in all the venue had to offer with elegant and romantic details in each setting. What unique elements or DIY details did you include? Our planner suggested to include a personalized quote for each individual on their place card. Our guests loved them and everyone went around and read their personalized quote out-loud and it ended up being such an emotional and beautiful moment in the day that wasn’t expected. It was another small way to show our appreciation and love for our guests. 

Our photographer, Diane Sotero, shot the wedding in film. That combination with her artistic ability to compose and capture beautiful moments and details gave us everlasting memories. What was your favorite moment? There are so many small moments of the day that pop into my mind but the ceremony was incredible. We had been together almost six years before getting married but expressing our love and vows to one another with my husband’s life long friend conducting our ceremony, surrounded by our loved ones was incredibly meaningful and joyful. We had written the ceremony together so it was special to see it all come to life and share our own vows with each other. It was way more emotional than I ever imagined. Your favorite crafted detail? All of the little details are what made the day so personal and tied everything together creating the vision of the day. I loved our guestbook, it was a sketch of Pestana Palace and it is something that we will have framed in our home forever! But overall the way our dinner table came together was another moment that took my breath away. The flowers, place settings, candle light enhanced the atmosphere. It felt so regal yet inviting with beautiful light through the large windows, that faded as the night went on as we ate, drank and celebrated in candle light with our fourteen guests. Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc. My Modern Tousseau guipure lace fit and flare gown beautiful and had a timeless feel. I loved my Bella Belle shoes in soft blue with pearl and bead flower details. For jewelry I kept it simple with statement earrings from Kate and Mari Jewelry and bracelet from Kendra Scott, both with mother of pearl details. Our florist was so talented. The flowers and arrangements were breath taking. There was a mixture of roses and other garden flowers that added so much movement, texture and color. The floral arch was incredible, it felt like a dream and evoked such a romantic setting in the garden for our ceremony. It was one of my favorite elements of the day. My bouquet was also out of this world and made me smile every time. Our favors were all items made in Portugal: Port (of course!), handmade soaps, traditional Portuguese pastry for a late night/early morning snack, with handwritten thank you notes to each of our guests. What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be? Prioritize which elements are the most important to you.

Photographer: Diane Sotero | Floral Design: Flow | Shoes : Bella Belle | Calligraphy : In Love Weddings | Wedding Venue: Pestana Palace | Hair & Make Up : Vanessa Marinho Makeup And Hair | Wedding Planner & Styling : Splendida Weddings

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This Luxurious Jewel Tone Wedding Will Make You Come To The Dark Side

If you ask us, there’s nothing dreamier then a destination wedding, except maybe when the celebration also happens to involve a burst of jewel-toned hues! With colors just as vibrant and full of life as the city itself, red, ruby, and burgundy made the perfect color palette for this Lisbon affair. We never cease to be amazed by the beauty and romance Les Anaganou captures behind the lens. Get lost in all the beautiful imagery in the full gallery.



From Les AnaganouLisbon is one of our favorite cities in the world for its personality and vibrant buzzing character! The Portugal capital was the perfect place for Stephanie and Garret to celebrate their wedding day and join their lives forever!



The ceremony was held overlooking a magnificent valley. Our couple said their vows under a beautiful arch consisting of dozens of jewel-toned flowers and no guest was left unmoved by their wedding promises. The aesthetic was moody and luxurious, filled with dark green linens and floral arrangements in burned red, pale pink and terracotta shades with pops of purple!



All the guests were amazed and had a perfect time as the sun was setting. Lisbon at night was truly magical and totally appropriate for Stephanie and Garret’s luxurious wedding celebration! We love unique couples that want sophisticated wedding days with character and style! We wish them all the best!



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Photography: Les Anagnou photographers | Videography: Vanessa & Ivo | Planner: Dream Weddings Europe | Flowers: Atelier Decorelle | Cakes: Edelweiss Wedding Cakes | shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair: Tania Sousa | Filmaker: Vanessa and Ivo Films | Mua: Joana Moreira | Music: Jukebox | Rentals: In love| unique moments | Vila: Herdale do Peru

A Stunning Palace Wedding in Portugal That Highlights the Beauty of Traditional Portuguese Culture

Today’s stunning wedding is nothing short of a dream. From the floral adorned palace staircase to the charming indoor reception complete with the original palace china, every inch of this special day was fit for a royal. Splendida Weddings brought the couple’s intimate, destination wedding dreams to life while Passionate Photography was there to capture every can’t miss moment. Don’t miss the full gallery to see all the wedding magic unfold.

From the couple… What makes our wedding special: Our love is like a dream. It’s so easy, and simple, but for a same-sex couple, our dream wedding hasn’t always felt possible. We needed to honor this with a ceremony that celebrated what we love about each other, which we achieved by writing our own vows and having a special friend officiate. 

We also wanted to thank our wedding guests for traveling all the way to Europe by pampering them in an elegant venue. We wanted the classic charm of the palace to speak for itself, but we also wanted to highlight the elements of Portuguese culture that we love so much. 

The small details like using the original palace furniture for the ceremony, Portuguese china and crystal, traditional Portuguese cuisine, and utilizing different rooms/areas of the palace for the ceremony, cocktail, dinner, and dancing really set the experience over the top for us and our guests. We, and they, felt like royalty! 

We both come from families that value hard work, but sometimes forget to reward themselves. We wanted our guests to treat themselves to a hard-earned vacation and fall as in love with Europe and some of the finer things as we are. They literally can’t stop thanking us. It was a dream come true for all of us.

Photography: Passionate | Event Design: Splendida Weddings | Event Planning: Splendida Weddings | Floral Design: Alice Florals | Stationery: In love| unique moments | Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Wedding Bands: Cartier | Suits: Ted Baker London | Wedding Venue: Tivoli Palacio De Seteais | Accessories: Tiffany & Co. | Makeup & Hairstyle: Vanessa Marinho Makeup And Hair | Rentals: Aqueduto | Rentals: The Rental Factory

Intimate Destination Wedding at Ritz Carlton Penha Longa

If you’re anything like me, you’re fully celebrating the color pink this month (and maybe even possibly the whole year… I blame it on Pantone!). Although this fete from Dream Weddings Europe doesn’t have an ounce of our happy hue in the decor, it doesn’t need to, because the venue itself is pink—making way for plenty of photo opps for Amanda & Derick on their Big Day. atmosphere made sure to scope out all the breathtaking angles and this gallery is the pretty outcome.

From atmosphereAmanda & Derick came from Canada with their close family and friends to celebrate their intimate wedding in sunny Portugal. They chose the elegant Ritz Carlton Penha Longa Resort to host their celebrations. Penha Longa is situated in the mountains of Sintra, which composes the perfect intimate, yet chic atmosphere they wanted.

The unique pink 14th-Century Monastery was the perfect dreamy and romantic background for the celebration of friendship and love lived by Amanda & Derick that day. It was all about having fun and spending great, quality time with loved ones.

The dinner took place in the most cozy room, Sala dos Arcos (Arch Room), the former stables of the 14th-century monastery, where emotional speaks put happy tears in everyone’s eyes. The dances and party were followed at the the opulent Salão Nobre (Noble Room). It was a perfect day, just like their smiles translate.

Photography: atmosphere | Event Planning: Dream Weddings Europe | Flowers: Happy Day | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Missguided | Catering: Penha Longa | Hair: Tom Perdigão | DJ: Epik | Groom's Attire: CE Clothier | Wedding Venue: test | Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cookies: T Bakes | Groom Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | MUA: Yara Lacerda | Rentals: A&C

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When Bright Color and Whimsy Define Your Wedding Day Style

I have known Andre & Sofia – the pair behind destination photography, floral and event design studio Branco Prata – for many years. I originally loved them for their kindness. Now, I love them for that and so much more. Their willingness to put themselves out there creatively, to dream, to ask, to try new things, to be bold when required and to be curated always. This shoot is a representation of that very creativity. That very curation. Based on the title “Color Me Graceful,” this is what happens when two intensely talented people gather their favorite artists and designers and take the day off to play. And it’s oh-so-wonderful.

From Branco Prata StudiosColor Me Graceful is a study, (a sketch or a painting), done in preparation for a accomplished art piece. It’s where the elements: light, color, form, perspective and composition, are planned to be used in a finished art work. It’s a set of images that tell a tale of fresh insights gainned while exploring our subject, and we want the viewer to share more of the “artist’s” sense of discovery as the images unfold in front of him or her.

Here, reality is born out of a paint brush, where everything is perfectly aligned with the setting. Our bride is like a blank canvas waiting to be painted, she is beautiful and graceful, she is divine, and on her wedding day, she will be able to shine even more than she usually does.

In short, Color Me Grateful is also a creation of visual, auditory and performing images that translate into a story, an exploration of the five senses. As humans we have a multitude of sensors: vision, audition, gustation, olfaction, and touch, among others, it is our destiny to explore them and elevate them.


Photographer: Brancoprata | Wedding dress: Jurgita Bridal | Stationery : Nice Plume | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hotel: Boutique Hotel Senhora Da Guia Cascais | Cake designer: Sweet Stylist - Weddings Cake Artist | Creative Direction + Styling + Floral Design: Brancoprata | Floral Assistance: Atelier Decorelle | Hair designer: Raquel Raposo Hair design | Make up artist: Andy Dyo | Planning: Destination Weddings in Portugal | Rentals: Parque da Penha

A Romantic Portuguese Wedding Fit for Royalty

When it came time to plan their wedding, this couple had no doubts regarding the location – with their love of travel and the bride’s family heritage, Portugal was the clear choice. And my oh my did it turn out pretty! The Wedding Company planned a romantic affair on the grounds of a palace with Decoflorália adding that organic feel with green and white florals. Captured by Branco Prata Studios and filmed by The Amazing Rabbit, this wedding will have you booking the next ticket to Portugal for your own fairytale moment.

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From the bride… We knew that we wanted a destination wedding because of our love for travel. We have collected a lifetime of memories by traveling the world, so for our wedding, we wanted to bring our families and loved ones together for an unforgettable experience.

Portugal was a second home growing up for me. It is where my parents were born, where I spent my summer vacations with my grandparents, and it is still my favorite place to visit. Before we were engaged, on our first trip to Portugal together, we took a day trip to Guimarães. We immediately fell in love with the city’s charm and character. In fact, while sitting at a café in the town square, having a glass of wine, we even discussed how this would be the perfect location for a wedding. Fast forward three years, and happening by chance, our amazing wedding planners presented us with the Paço dos Duques de Bragança as an option. We were shocked as it wasn’t on our initial list and we didn’t know it was a wedding venue, but we knew right then that it was meant to be.

The palace is a unique venue. Its grandeur was very intimidating considering we wanted a smaller wedding. But at the same time, it is extremely beautiful and elegant. Throw in candlelight and a perfect summer night under the stars – we had no doubt that it would still be an intimate wedding. And hey, what girl wouldn’t want to get married in a castle?

Before our wedding, two of our close friends offered us a piece of advice that they had received. They said, “No matter what, don’t get separated. Stay together the whole time or else the night will get away from you.” We took this to heart, and it was the best advice we could have received. From the time we met at the altar at 5 PM until the sun was coming up and the party still going strong at 5 AM, we were inseparable, sharing every little detail together. We had two moments that were shared between just the two of us that will always be some of our fondest memories of the day. The first was our first look, and it was everything we wanted. Quiet, intimate, sharing that moment of excitement – “We’re about to get married!” – to start the day right. The second was the first time we were being introduced as husband and wife. To keep it a surprise, we decided that we were going to wait to see the inside of the venue until this moment. Once we turned the corner, we both let out two gasps. It was a year’s worth of planning in one instant, and thanks to our amazing wedding planners, it surpassed our wildest expectations.

From the groom… Any other “destination wedding” location couldn’t compare, not just because of the country’s beauty and people, but due to the place it holds in the hearts of my bride and her family.


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Photography: Brancoprata | Cinematography: The Amazing Rabbit | Event Planning: The Wedding Company | Floral Design: Decoflorália | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: T Bakes | Invitations: Gwin | Makeup: Bemiranda | Hair: Vasco Freitas | Groom's Attire: John Varvatos | Venue: Paço dos Duques de Bragança

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Dreamy DIY-Filled Destination Wedding in Portugal

When the Bride-to-be writes a design and DIY blog (which is pretty fabulous by the way), you are almost guaranteed to have a wedding full of delightful details and plenty of personal touches. And this destination wedding delivered on all that and more. With friends and family from all over the globe, it’s a beautiful celebration that turned into one amazing dance party… and Happy Together Films got it all on camera. Get ready to get creative and kick up your feet with this film right here!

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From Happy Together Films… Lauren is from UK and Joseph is an American boy, and they met in Mexico at a wedding. They are a super talented couple; Lauren handcrafted a lot of the wedding details like the table setting, stationary, etc. And Joseph did all the drawings for their groomsmen.

One of Joe’s family member decided to read a super special poem, by Roy Croft. The voice and the reading was so impressive that we decided to add it to their highlights film.

From the Bride… The way we met was definitely interesting! We often tell it as “the unlikely story of a girl from England who was living in Dublin, meeting a boy from Kentucky at a mutual friend’s wedding in Mexico — he did ‘the Bernie’ on the dance floor, but she knew she could do it better. She was right.”

With my family living in England and Joe’s in the US we decided to pick Portugal as the destination for our wedding as my parents have had a house there for the past 12 years. Portugal has always been special to us and this gave us an opportunity to share the beauty of the country with our extended family and friends. As for the venue, Quinta de Sant’Ana, which is a working farm and wine estate north of Lisbon, we knew it was where we wanted to get married the second we saw it. There was something so incredibly romantic and idealistic about the property, the way the light reflected off of the yellow buildings and the beauty of the surrounding vineyards, it was love at first sight!

I write a creative DIY blog called Paper Vines where I share craft projects, tips, and tutorials, so we were keen to put our personal touch on as many of the details as possible. From designing the stationery and calligraphing the envelopes, to lettering the wooden signage and hand making the photo booth backdrop, our wedding was one big DIY project which we absolutely loved! Our decor was rustic with a modern flair. We wanted the flowers to complement the venue, to be soft yet wild – roses and peonies with eucalyptus, olive leaves, and wildflowers . As the venue was so breathtaking, we wanted to keep it as simple as possible and let the surroundings speak for themselves.

The entire day was an incredible whirlwind. To have all our family and friends from all over the world in one place was indescribable. We tried to savour every moment, from soaking in the picture-perfect weather and location to spending time with our loved ones. My face has never hurt so much from laughing and smiling!

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Photography: Matt + Lena Photography | Videography: Happy Together Films | Event Planning: Quinta De Sant'Anna | Styling: Bride herself | Floral Design: Quinta De Sant'Anna | Wedding Dress: Ivy And Aster | Cake: Quinta De Sant'Anna | Stationery: Bride herself | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: Quinta De Sant'Anna | Groomsmen's Bowties: MenLau | Wedding Venue: Quinta De Sant'Anna | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Bridal Headpiece: Aya Jewellery | DJ + Acoustic Duo: Jukebox | Flower Girl Crown: Karina Wedding | Flower Girl Dress: Monsoon UK | Groomsmen's Trousers: J.Crew | Groom’s Suit: Suitsupply | Hair + Make-Up 1: Vera Garcia | Hair + Make-Up 2: Cati Beauty | Veil: Britten

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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.

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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 | Film Scanning: The Find Lab

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Say “I Do” Encircled By Blooms – AKA The Most Romantic Ceremony Scene Ever

I’ll be thinking about this beautiful ceremony idea for days; a circle of blooms symbolizing unity and eternity for the duo to say “I do” within. But details packed with deeper meaning doesn’t stop there. From the magical location to the poetry behind it all, Ideias de Veludo created an elopement inspiration that’s much more than meets the eye. Momento Cativo captured it all on camera and 24 Frames Cinematography even got in on the action live, and we’re pretty pumped to be starting our week in such a wondrous wayenjoy!

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From Ideias de Veludo… This elopement session brings a little bit of the Portuguese history to life.

The venue was suggested by Vanessa from Momento Cativo when I was also looking for a unique place. I felt like this was a magical spot, like a secret well kept, so it was love at first sight. Obras do Fidalgo is an unfinished façade from the 18th century. Its baroque architecture is beyond beautiful.

The place inspired the rest of the planning. The idea was to transport the beauty and simplicity of the Portuguese history into this elopement wedding.

I could talk about the simple and flowy dress, the color palette, the romantic bouquet, the exquisite cake or the perfect accessories… because all of those elements were particularly chosen for a reason. But when I plan a session, I create a story in my mind, and I truly believe in that story.

So I really want to refer something more deeper and meaningful, that links all the elements, as it links all of us. The vows of this elopement wedding are two poems from two of the most important Portuguese poets: Fernando Pessoa and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen.
These poems are about love between two people… They describe love in the most deepest and raw ways possible.

The couple of the session just need each other to celebrate their feelings. So they decide to celebrate their love together in this magical place surrounded by Portuguese history and nature. The place is as raw as the love they feel for each other.

Also, the flower circle on the floor during the ceremony symbolizes unity, wholeness, timelessness, eternity. It means they are complete, they are one. That´s what they believe in and that´s the only thing that matters.

“Love that finally breaks the raw bonds of Being
Such a simple love that increases in happiness
A love so loyal that increases in suffering”
Fernando Pessoa

“To cross the desert of the world with you
To face together the terror of death
To see the truth to lose the fear
Beside your steps I walked”
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

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Photography: Momento Cativo | Videography: 24 Frames Cinematography | Floral Design: Ideias de Veludo | Dress: Gio Rodrigues | Cake: Maria Carrossel-Doces | Stationery: Levadoaletra | Jewelry: soprojewellery | Makeup + Hair: Jennymakeupland | Creative Direction + Styling: Ideias de Veludo | Models: Nokas Castelo Lanhoso + Gonçalo Cardoso

Fall Head Over Heels for the Sun-Soaked Charm of Lisbon

If you’ve never dreamed of exploring the blue, tile-infused facades of Lisbon, you probably will now. This wildly romantic shoot captures the unabashed beauty of Portugal. And even more than the sun-soaked pastels, the charm of Lisbon, or the insanely gorgeous images captured by Brancoprata, is this sweet, sweet couple. Pore through this destination engagement of Jaquelyn Clark and her love as they travel the pretty, cobblestoned streets hand-in-hand.

From the Bride… My fiancé, Justin, and I have been together for eleven years now, so I’m sure you can imagine the excitement surrounding our proposal from friends and family alike when we (finally) decided to take that next step. It’s something we had discussed for years, but neither one of us was ever really in any huge rush to make it “official”. We had already happily committed to each other for life, we owned our home together, and we were already raising the sweetest ball of fluff in puppy format… I really didn’t think that much would change once we got engaged, but truly feel as if we’ve hit some invisible reset button. In all honesty, we’ve both been on cloud nine ever since – almost like falling in love all over again. It truly is the most incredible feeling.

We picked our venue, our date, and booked our photographer, shortly after getting engaged, and then decided to take the summer off to really soak in this beautiful phase of our lives before digging deep into all things wedding planning.

With a trip to Portugal on the horizon, we both agreed that it’d be a unique, and unforgettable, experience to capture our engagement photos in the picturesque streets of Lisbon. Enter: Branco Prata – arguably some of the most talented folks we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. They captured our essence and our love in a way that I didn’t realize was possible, and I know with absolute certainty that we’ll cherish every last one of these photos for as long as we live.

Needless to say, Portugal now holds a particularly special place in our lives. And we can’t wait to head back to celebrate anniversaries and milestones alike whenever the opportunity presents itself.

From Branco Prata… When Jacquelyn first contact us and talk about their plans of visiting Portugal, we were beyond excited. We’ve been following Jacquelyn on Social Media for several years now and we are huge fans of her sense of style and unique aesthetics, when it comes to interior design.

We met the couple in the historic part of Lisbon, near Chiado and from there we spend a couple of hours chasing the beautiful light and exploring the streets of Lisbon. It was a wonderful afternoon and we couldn’t be more happy to finally met this adorable couple in such a special time in their lives. 

Photography: Brancoprata | Bride: Lark & Linen

A Dreamy Bridal Shoot We Can’t Take Our Eyes Off Of

Inspired by a romantic classic (“Notting Hill”) and a beautiful song, Ideias de Veludo created this dreamy scene before us. With flowing fabrics, gorgeous blooms, candles and more, it’s a room we could get cozy in for quite awhile, and so, luckily for us, Momento Cativo captured it all, from top to bottom. So if you’re looking for us this weekend, well, this gallery is where we’ll happily be.

From Vera of Ideias de Veludo:

“She
May be the reason I survive
The why and wherefore I’m alive
The one I’ll care for through the rough in ready years
Me
I’ll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs
For where she goes I’ve got to be
The meaning of my life is
She”

This session was inspired by the most romantic love story of all times, “Nothing Hill” and the music “She” that eternalizes the importance of a simple woman in a simple man’s life.

Although the focus is on her, the visual inspiration was definitely the final scene of the story, the couple on the bench in the most perfect English garden. On that note, the idea was to transport nature, innocence and pure love to the indoor session, but exploring a more elegant, intimate and feminine essence. That’s why the chosen color palette was pastel tones with shades of pink, and the floral design is flowing and organic. Also, the bridal styling and accessories are very delicate and romantic to match this intimate moment.

The woman on the session is loved for what she is, so she feels particularly beautiful, serene, and grateful to marry this man. The love letter he dedicates to her with the lyrics of the music, means what she represents in his life and this kind of love gives her the beauty and the confidence to be herself. And who doesn’t want to feel like this?


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Photography: Momento Cativo | Coordination: Ideias de Veludo | Event Planning: Ideias de Veludo | Floral Design: Ideias de Veludo | Stationery: A Pajarita | Make Up + Hair: Daniela Reis Make Up Artist | Decor: Ideias de Veludo | Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Model: Carolina Ramos

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A Luxury Wedding Set Against the Garden Mazes of a Palace

It does not get any more luxurious than a palace wedding tucked amongst the beautiful tiles of Portugal. This destination beauty is infused with the elegance and sheer gorgeousness of Lisbon plus the design and floral expertise of The Wedding Company. Through the stunning images of Joseba Sandoval, you’ll be transported to an alfresco dinner covered in blooms and held amongst the hedge mazes of the Fronteira Palace.

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From the Photographer… As a wedding photographer in Lisbon this city is one of those capitals in the world, that is surrounded by a veil of mystery but once unveiled it is a shock of pleasure. Centuries of history manifested through its architecture, culture, gardens, art, music etc. Tiled paintings that exhibit themselves and stand the test of time on its walls at a touch of a finger.. The Fronteira Palace in Lisbon is certainly one of those. The noble Fronteira Palace stands majestic with its red facade and exhibits its splendour through the silence of its magnificent gardens, pond and the artistry of its tiled walls. For Fatima and Robb their luxury destination wedding in Lisbon became a dream come true. Jasmine Lazzari from The Wedding Company Portugal, was their wedding planner and she had the key to all those secret places and waits for the right couple to bring them alive. The perfectly cultivated garden, with its labyrinths provides the perfect backdrop for this refined luxury ceremony in Lisbon. As a film wedding photographer in Lisbon for me it is heaven!! It gives one a delightful sense of frenzy knowing there are so many photographs to be taken. Fronteira Palace offers an ideal location for a couple who wishes to share their love with their family and friends. Through the elegance and beauty of another time past. They are not only accompanied by their guests but also by tiled paintings, each one a reference to Lisbon’s history. The cultivated gardens, the decadent stone stairs etc. The classical elegance of the Palace allows the luxury wedding planner in Lisbon to continue to maintain the essence of the scenery by adding blue ceramic hand painted plates and light blue glasses on the tables. And to contrast the natural colours of the Palace and garden; red, greens and blues. The tables and verandas are adorned with rows of delicious pastel coloured flowers, that balance the strength of colour. Class, elegance with a touch of vintage are some of the elements in the planning and well reflected in the fine art photographs.

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Photography: Romance Weddings by Joseba Sandoval Photography | Event Planning: The Wedding Company | Floral Design: The Wedding Company | Wedding Dress: Amato Haute Couture | Cake: Julie Deffense Artistry | Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Make up: Joana Moreira | Hair: Nuno Souto | Wedding Venue: Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira | Baskets: Companhia Das Cestas | Percussionist: Fadi

Travel from London to Portugal for this Heartfelt Farm Wedding

The second you press play on this sweet film by Happy Together, you are going to get pulled into a wedding filled with laid back elegance and heartfelt emotion. Traveling all the way from London,this Bride and Groom celebrated their “I Do’s” in the prettiest Portugal destination wedding planned by Quinta de Sant’Ana. Their smiles are totally contagious and the landscape of this Portuguese farm is just beyond. Watch the film and pore through the images by Piteira Photography below.

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From the Cinematographer… Mónica and Pedro live in London and our first contact was via Skype. We talked 5 minutes about the wedding and the rest of the time about them, us, about traveling and dreams. On the second time we met, on a sunny day at Jardim do Torel in Lisbon, Mónica and Pedro had two cold beers waiting for us before going on a walk in the city. They had a wedding exactly like them, super relaxed and fun! Going back to Quinta de Sant’Ana is always a pleasure and it fitted perfectly with Mónica and Pedro’s mood.

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Wedding Cinema: Happy Together Films | Wedding Planner: Quinta De Sant'Anna | Reception Venue: Quinta De Sant'Anna | Wedding Photographer: Piteira Photography

This Stunning Destination Wedding will Completely Spark Your Wanderlust

On top of being one of the most glamorous, heart-felt celebrations on the planet, this stunning destination wedding captured by the one and only Greg Finck will 100% make you want to jet set to Portugal. The sweeping ocean views, gorgeous architecture and elegant wedding details so perfectly planned by The Wedding Company plus flowers at every turn by Decofloralia all make for a once in a lifetime celebration. Grab a front row seat right here plus be sure to hit play on the film by Shot and Cut Films below!

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From the Photographer… Pedro and Rodrigo both live in London, but Rodrigo is Mexican and Pedro is Portuguese. They had decided to organize a full wedding weekend in Portugal. The first day, they held a religious ceremony only for close family and friends. The ceremony was held by a progressive priest, who had flown specifically from Brooklyn. This was immediately followed by a gorgeous welcome dinner at Palacio da Sao Vicente, an old covent in the very center of Lisbon. The second day was the wedding ceremony for a broader group of friends and family, held at glorious Penha Longa Resort, in Sintra. Sintra is one of Portugal’s jewels, and beauty is at every corner. Pedro and Rodrigo had trusted The Wedding Company Portugal for planning and design, and they did an amazing job. The ceremony was so emotional with amazing vows exchanged on both sides.

This is Pedro’s vows as an example:

That day. That day we met. That day when I looked at you. That minute I looked into your eyes. Just at you. I knew it. I knew it right then and there. I knew it was going to be forever. I knew life would not be the same before and after. I knew a page had turned, a chapter was ending and another one was beginning. I knew there was going to be life before and after. Before and after you. It took me all this years to be prepared for you. I was not waiting for you. But I was hoping you existed. So all this wait was worth it. I can now say, in front of our family and our friends, in front of all the people that has shaped our lives to this day that I am ready for you. And I am ready for us. I want you to know that I am the best version of myself when I am with you. I laugh more, dance more, smile more, dream more alongside you. I want to read more, travel even more, eat more – yes, eat more – jump more, dare more. I cry a lot more and a lot less. With you stars are brighter and there are more of them. Days are longer. Rainy days are good after all. You teach me everyday the secret of being happy. It’s a choice. Being happy is a choice. And you chose to be happy. With me. And because of that where there was a house there’s now a home. And where there was life there’s now a family. You and I. And starting today, the rest of our lives. As i was preparing for tonight, I remembered the simple lyrics of a country song. That’s right. No philosopher, no writer, no nobel prize. Just a country singer… and it says:

Sitting here tonight,
By the fire light,
It reminds me I already have more than I should. I don’t need fame, no one to know my name,
Just two arms around me, heaven to ground me,
And a family that always calls me home,
Four wheels to get there, enough love to share
And a sweet sweet song
At the end of the day, I have a life that’s good. My love. I have a life that’s good. With you.

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Videography: Filipe Santos | Floral Design: Decoflorália | Invitations: Paperless Post | Wedding Invitations: etc&co. | Ceremony: Lace Market Hotel Nottingham | Dj: Nuno Soares Franco | String Quartet: String Quartet Solutions | Catering & Wedding Cake: Penha Longa | Gospel Choir: Spirit Breaks | Grooms' Attires: Saville Row Co. | Planning&Design: The Wedding Company | Rentals: Festa Aluga | Rentals: Martins Alves | Sound & Lighting: Watt Light | Wedding: Penha Longa | Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co.

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See What Happens When Professional Pastry Chefs Elope

What do you get when the masterminds behind T Bakes get married with Brancoprata behind the lens? Why you get the sweetest elopement in the entire world. A seaside ceremony complete with plenty of wow-worthy moments, it’s a day that you’re sure to love. For not only did this darling pair bake their own wedding cake, but they also got to eat it too. See it all (including their sweet picnic inspired reception) in The Vault!

From the Bride and Groom…Our wedding was intimate and meaningful, a spiritual experience unlike anything we’ve ever felt before. We are very private people and so felt like our wedding would have to be authentic to who we are. It was not about the dress, the venue or even the cake! It was about this bond between two people madly in love. It was about celebrating our lives together through the most simple and raw connection – it was about celebrating the beauty of love in its essence. Once we realized that all we needed was to have the person we love by our side, everything fell into place!

Eloping allowed us to just be ourselves. We took in the time and the meaning of every step along the way! From discovering an island with dear friends Sofia & André, going on long swims in the morning, knitting a bridal piece, foraging flowers and fruits, taking pictures, baking our very own cake to cooking our wedding dinner are memories we will always cherish.

The ceremony was powerful and emotional, a true reflection of love that ended by the sea where we exchanged the vows we wrote for each other. It was a privilege to have our beloved friends blessing our sacred union, witnessing these soulful moments and making them even more magical through their artistry and grace! We are forever grateful for their friendship! We were beyond excited to be married! Those were days filled with pure happiness that still lingers in our everyday and we believe will last a lifetime.

Photography: Brancoprata | Wedding Dress: Rute Moreda for Manuela Noivas | Cake: T Bakes | Rings: Carolina Curado | Calligraphy: Levado à Letra | Venue: Pico do Refúgio | Floral Design + Styling: Brancoprata

This Bride Is Our New Wedding Style Star

This Bride alone is gonna start one stylish movement thanks to the crazy chic headwrap she wore on her big day, that I myself just can’t get enough of. It was the perfect finishing touch on an already gorgeous celebration and with Love Is My Favorite Color capturing every beautiful bit, I can obsess over these details all week long. Join me in the Vault and let’s get this wedding headband wearing wagon going!

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From Love Is My Favorite Color… Rebekah and Leigh travelled all the way from Australia to get married at the Bride’s parents’ hometown in Portugal.

Rebekah was born in Australia but never lost sight of her Portuguese roots. In fact, that particular aspect set the mood for the entire wedding. They wanted their guests to witness the raw beauty of their ancestor’s little village, show them some of the most amazing Portuguese traditions and lure them with the amazing food and unforgettable wine the Portuguese are also known for.

Rebekah and Leigh are the sweetest couple on earth and one of the kindest we’ve ever met. Most of all, they wanted everyone to feel welcome, at home and at ease. The love they have for each other spread around creating a very romantic and relaxed atmosphere.

Blending gems like Balenciaga shoes, Silk and Willow ribbons, The Mrs Box, Tiffany’s jewelry, and Dior accessories in such a rustic environment definitely gave them a new and unexpected twist! Beauty really is everywhere, you just have to look around with good eyes.


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Photography: love is my favorite color | Cinematography: Videoart | Floral Design: Flow | Wedding Dress: Watters | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Balenciaga | Jewelry: Samantha Wills | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Runway | Catering: Quinta Das Silveiras | Make-up: Joana Moreira | Hair Stylist: Cakes To Di For | DJ: Jukebox | Venue: Quinta Das Silveiras | Bridal Boutique: Watters | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Runway | Bridesmaids' Gifts: Tiffany & Co. | Event Planning + Curation: love is my favorite color | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Peter Jackson | Groom + Groomsmen Shoes: Aquilla | Groom's Watch: Tag Heuer | Hair Accessories: Anna Campbell | Ribbon: Silk Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Veil: Christian Dior

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The #1 Reason Every Mama Should Do a Photoshoot with Her Baby

As we approach Mother’s Day and get ready to shower the most important women in our lives with love, lots of love, this sweet shoot from Miss Figuette is the perfect reminder to stop and smell the roses. Whether you are a new mom, prepping to snuggle in close with your babies, a seasoned vet or celebrating your leading ladies that have made you who you are, don’t forget to capture those gorgeous memories that literally go by at a million miles a minute.

Miss Figuette was born from the desire to capture the bonds that unite the families, free from the nonessentials and focused on what matters the most. We believe in slow living and take that approach to photography, documenting the beauty of the authentic moments on film.

This shoot captures Maria Guedes, a Portuguese fashion and lifestyle blogger and her sweet daughter Pia on a date.

Maria works mostly from home but due to her super successful blog she struggles to have quality time to be with her little ones. This shoot was the perfect excuse to log off for a couple of hours and be on a date with her daughter.

The subtlety of the blissful interactions between them shows the love they have for one another and the beauty of a cosy, slow monday morning.

This is the moment to reclaim time and spend it in whatever ways bring us happiness.

Photography : Miss Figuette | Stationery: Violeta Cor De Rosa | Film processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Mom and Daughter: Maria Guedes And Pia | Swing: Seesaw

A Portugal Wedding Straight From a Fairytale (Castle Included!)

I’ve always known the duo behind Brancoprata could work some serious wedding magic, but this day is what I personally deem off-the-charts. They brought all my fairytale dreams to life at Pousada Viana Do Castelo, not to mention a sweet ending to the celebration created by T Bakes. I mean, a dreamy gown, castle views, and this handsome fur baby – could you ask for anything more? I think not.

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From BrancoprataThis wedding day was a dream. From the entire team involved, to the venue location and especially the couple. In our first meeting with Andrea and Oscar we immediately connected with them, not only because we have similar taste in music and movies (go Arcade Fire and Wes Anderson) but also because we loved every single detail they planned for their special day. From getting ready with their closest friends and family, to the bride walking down the aisle with her young brother, to dance the night away to their favorite dj, everything fell in the right place. The vision for this wedding was almost immediate, a mix from French romance with an outdoor ceremony facing the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo.

The lush greens and florals made quite an impact at the ceremony site and for the dinner area, an elegant room at Pousada de Santa Luzia, the timeless and romantic inspiration set the tone. A stunning cake by extraordinaire designer Tânia Sérgio from T Bakes was the final touch to this delicate and elegant affair.

Photography: Brancoprata | Cinematography: Os Tais (do Video) | Floral Design: Brancoprata | Wedding Dress: Daalarna | Cake: T Bakes | Bride's Shoes: Jonak | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Makeup: Diana Vinha, Pretty Exquisite | Hair: Colmeia D'Estilos | DJ: Jukebox | Groom's Attire: De Fursac | Venue: Pestana Palace | Groom's Shoes: Emling

Southern Portugal Summer Wedding

These two were meant for a destination wedding on the beach. Those smiles alone prove it. And their sweet family and friends were able to share in those smiles with them, destination style, in beautiful Portugal to be exact. Thanks to French Grey PhotographyTHE VAULT gallery makes me want to dig my toes in the sand and hop on the love train. Join me here!

From French Grey PhotographyStacey and Rich treated their closest friends and family to a stunning wedding day filled with the amazing summer rays that only the south of Portugal can deliver. The Algarve coast is an amazing spot for summer weddings; great landscapes, friendly locals, and nothing but the best first class hospitality. For a photographer it is a region filled with diverse landscapes and beautiful historical buildings that make capturing a wedding or an engagement truly breathtaking.

The 5-starred Sheraton hotel in the PINE CLIFFS area of the Algarve, is a place that once you discover, you never want to leave. It has everything a 5-starred wedding event needs. Great vendors and views all on site! I hope to visit this amazing venue again with many more happy couples!

I was honored to be a part of Stacey’s and Rich’s emotional wedding day, full of tradition, good friends and great food! Not to mention an amazing sunset and a fabulous couples session on their private beach!

From The Bride…Rich and I vacationed in Portugal shortly after our engagement in August of 2014, and we fell in love with the stunning views at Pine Cliffs/Sheraton Algarve. The rugged red cliffs, gorgeous blue water, amazing coast line, and the the zen-like pines made a strong impression on us. We wanted a small, intimate wedding where we can share our special day with our family and close friends over food, drinks, and laughter. It was important for us to be able to spend quality time with each of our guests and let them know how much we appreciate them for being a part of our lives. We were very lucky to have friends and family join us from Asia, Europe, and the US for our wedding.

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Photography: French Grey Photography | Coordination: Sheraton Algarve | Floral Design: Ambient Flores | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Hair + Makeup: Serena-Grace Horn | DJ: ABC Sound And Light | Band: Joana Gouveia Music | Venue: Sheraton Algarve