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Romantic Fine Art Wedding in the Portuguese Douro Valley

For every wedding we publish, there’s something extra special about them that makes our eyes light up! For today’s gorgeous Duoro Valley day by Carolin Ritter Wedding Planning – it was them… this couple, their love, their pure emotion and joy! It’s jumping out of every picture captured by Diane Sotero Photography and we simply can’t get enough. The full gallery is beaming with sun-soaked floral from Brancoprata, intimate details, and breathtaking views. Prepare to fall head over heels in love

When a wedding planner gets married, you know it’s going to be good. With an old-world charm venue, fine art aesthetics, and a lot of romantic details Carolin Ritter Toffoli Weddings designed a day worth dreaming about. The delicate florals by Branco Prata team beautifully brought the couple’s love story to life, and imagery by the very talented photographer Diane Sotero forever captured the love and magical moments in time.

Our love story started at a Brazilian barbecue on the Northern Island of New Zealand, and it was love at first sight. After Luciano proposed to me on the Island Madeira on our 9th anniversary, we knew we also like to get married in Portugal. And we knew we wanted the wedding to feel like an intimate weekend getaway for our closest family and friends from Brazil and Germany.

Immediately after arriving at Quinta de Ventozelo, we knew this is where we like to get married. We loved the intimate and natural feel of the vineyard and how the venue made us feel overwhelmed with unique and memorable sensations. It is not just the breathtaking view of the winding River Douro, or the neatly aligned terraces of vines, or the olive orchards, that charmed us. It was also the stunning silence, the close connection to nature and the unmistakable richness of scents that filled our lungs with every step. The magnitude of what we felt when visiting the Quinta de Ventozelo inspired us to design a wedding with natural and timeless aesthetics, which reflects the vineyard in its natural beauty and our love for nature and for conscious living.

The Quinta de Ventozelo is a 500-year-old wine estate, which has been transformed into a hotel by renewing the various buildings of the Quinta but maintaining their original features and respecting the existing landscape. Therefore, the whole Quinta brims with authenticity and embodiment of the history of the place. The perfect place for us and our guests staying together over our wedding weekend and celebrating love and life. We started the whole celebrations with a welcome dinner on Thursday at the Quinta’s restaurant, on Friday we did a boat trip on the river to another vineyard, where we had a delicious lunch. On Saturday was our wedding celebration in the most incredible location of the Quinta… in the garden of an old-world Portuguese stone house offering a full landscape immersion.

Our flower artist Sofia from Branco Prata really helped us highlight what was already a beautiful setting and bring our vision to life. I really wanted the wedding to feel intimate, like a family gathering. With long tables with delicate flower arrangements, we created a communal feel for our guests. If I had to describe the style, I would say fine art with understated elegance is what I was going for. Since the space was already an incredible setting, we kept décor more delicate than over the top to highlight the beautiful setting. Our soft color palette of champagne, ivory and gold is accented by the natural greenery surrounding the venue.

A very emotional moment for Luciano and me was our first look in front of the River Douro. Luciano was the whole wedding planning phase very curious about my wedding look. In his mind it would be natural and elegant, but he didn’t expect a dress totally covered in lace and figure-hugging. So, I was very happy I could surprise him, and to saw him in tears made me the happiest woman on earth… I can’t describe my feelings at this moment! We really enjoyed having some alone time together before the ceremony. We highly recommend it!

Our wedding ceremony was very romantic and love-filled with a lot of emotions… almost everybody had tears in their eyes. In order that all our guests could understand our ceremony, our lovely officiant Lara held it in German and Portuguese. Our vows we also spoke in both languages including a lot of happy tears… it was magical! Cristiana with her stunning voice enchanted our ceremony even more.

After the ceremony we had a German tradition… cutting the wedding cake… cake first, salty finger food second. Ana from BAKEWELL made my wedding cake dream come true and the taste of white champagne cake with raspberry filling was divine! Until dinner Miguel and his band played jazz music for our guests in the garden. Shortly before dinner Diane and our videographers, the lovely couple Rita and Edgar, took us for a short romantic shooting in the vineyards… some more special alone time for Luciano and me.

One of the most important things for Luciano and me was the food for our wedding, because we love food and one of our favorite things to do together is cooking. So, we were very lucky, that the outstanding Mistu Restaurant with Chef Rui Mingatos created the most amazing menu for us with a mix of South American and Portuguese gastronomic cultures. And it was very delicious, better than we ever dreamt of it!

After dinner, we danced the night away with our favorite Brazilian Samba Singer and the band of Miguel! Our first dance was “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra… we will always love this song! It was an unforgettable day, and we couldn’t be more grateful for it! We loved that our both cultures blended so well, and our Brazilian and German guests mingled! In the end for us the most important was, that we spend time with our closest family and friends to celebrate our love, eat, drink, and dance the night away. Those are the memories you and your guest take with you.

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Photography: Diane Sotero Photography | Event Planning: Carolin Ritter Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Brancoprata | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clará from bridal boutique Say Yes Munich | Cake: Bakewell | Invitations: Verlia Papeterie | Catering: Chef Rui Mingatos from Mistu Restaurant | Groom's Attire: Xuits Munich | Celebrant: Lara Marques from Your European Wedding Celebrant | Beauty: Mariya Sazonova | Day Coordinator: Crachá Wedding Agency | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Location: Quinta de Ventozelo | Music: Cristiana Silva & Miguel Abrunhosa & Brandini Gomes | Rentals: Maison Christina & The Rental Factory & Seabras Eventos | Video: Native Birds | Weddings Rings: Oldschmiede Linotte

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Whimsical Destination Wedding at Quinta Da Penalva in Sintra, Portugal

From pops of color at their floral-focused ceremony to endless strings of twinkle lights at their al fresco reception, today’s wedding in Portugal is the definition of whimsical. After visiting the groom’s family home in Sintra, this adorable couple knew it was the perfect place to host their destination wedding weekend! Planned by Sofia Nascimento Studios and captured by Diane Sotero Photography, the full gallery is chockfull of details you don’t want to miss.

From Diane Sotero Photography… Nestled among gentle hills and a majestic pine forest, Anastasia & Sebastian gathered friend and family in the whimsical town of Sintra, Portugal to host their destination wedding. Anastasia from Russia and Sebastian from the U.K, hosted family & friends from Russia, Ukraine, U.K and many other corners of the world, to celebrate their love.

What did you envision your wedding would be like prior to planning?

From the Bride… I envisioned it being magical and whimsical, we wanted it to be an event that people would always remember and for it to be a celebration of not only us but our families as well. We wanted our guests to feel like they were on holiday.

Why did you choose your destination wedding location?

I fell in love with Sintra when first visiting Sebastian’s parents home. They have a summer home in Portugal and the architecture and greenery perfectly fit our wedding theme requirements.

What was your favorite moment?

My favourite moment was just before I was due to walk down the aisle. Standing at the back with my father, having this moment with him, this moment of pride and joy before walking down the aisle, to my husband, with one of our favourite songs and everyone we loved being there with us to share this moment.

Tell us about the flowers, your favors, cake, etc.

We went through a bit of a change cycle with flowers, first we wanted everything to be in pastel tones, but then re-assessing the landscape we decided to add more pops of colour, and it worked perfectly.

About the gown:

I was one of the covid-brides. When we got engaged most of the shops were closed, so I didn’t start my gown shopping until very late, and then everything was so delayed as there was such a backlog. I found the gown shopping so hard, but one thing is true when you find the one you will know it right away! I was going for practical and simple vibes, as I wanted to be able to freely move and dance in my dress.

We were really keen to incorporate beautiful Portuguese culture into the wedding, so we had lots of blue colour, Portuguese food, Dulce de leche cake, Douro wine and of course favours.

We wanted favours to be timeless, without any references of our wedding, one of these “if you know, you know” things. So we’ve gone for cork coasters with a date and place, and some beautiful tile biscuits, all packaged in the custom made boxes matching our invitations.

What is one piece of advice that you could give to brides-to-be?

My piece of advice for future brides would be to get a wedding planner and not to try to do it on your own and also delegate as much as possible to your bridesmaids.

Photography: Diane Sotero Photography | Cinematography: Vanessa & Ivo | Event Planning: Sofia Nascimento Studios | Cake: Edelweiss Wedding Cakes | Catering: Imppacto | Beauty: Rita Rodrigues Make Up | Location: Quinta da Penalva | Photography - Assistance: Adriana Morais Fotografia | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Camélia Gardens | Rentals: The Rental Factory

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Vibrant And Exotic Casa Dos Penedos Wedding

The future is bright at this picture-perfect Portugual inspiration shoot.  A sea of vibrant florals designed by Siloh Floral set the tone, from a stunning ground installation of flowers at the ceremony to reception tables covered in bold blooms.  The dreamy day was expertly designed by AMV Retreats, who perfectly mixed elegant with exotic.  Every carefully curated detail is artfully captured in the imagery by Kir2ben, visit the full gallery for a closer look.




From AMV Retreats… The majestic natural ambiance of Casa Dos Penedos, located in the heart of Sintra, was the primary source of inspiration for this vibrant and exotic editorial shoot featuring a real couple, Alannah and Victor. This stunning pink palace with its lush gardens, picturesque interior spaces, and an outdoor atrium featuring a beautiful stone fountain, was the perfect setting for this romantic affair in Portugal. 



Our ceremony, which was set in the lower gardens of the palace, featured colorful florals designed by Siloh Floral growing up from the natural landscape to complement the stunning pond and cascading greens that trail down the facade of the palace.  The bride wore a gorgeous whimsical embroidered floral gown by Marchesa as a soft touch to balance the powerful design and palette of the shoot. After the ceremony, the couple proceeded to the surrounding tropical forest for a celebratory toast amidst the exotic foliage of the location!



Our dinner table was set in front of the decorative stone foundation of the atrium, with an elongated tablescape, bright florals, and decorative bird candle sticks adorning the tables. To end the day, the couple enjoyed a beautiful moment together on the terrace which has the most picturesque views of the hills and palaces of the heart of Sintra – one of the most magical places in the world!



Photography: Kir2ben | Cinematography: Anna Lord Studio | Event Design: AMV Retreats | Floral Design: Siloh Floral | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Edelweiss Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Laura Elizabeth Patrick | Groom's Attire: Bucco Couture | Location: Casa Dos Penedos | Planning: AMV Weddings | Rentals: Maison Christina | Weddings Rings: Victor Barbone Jewelry

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A Romantic Wedding in Sintra With Buttery Yellow Florals And Blue Frescoed Walls

This 14th-century monastery made the perfect backdrop for an inspirational shoot filled with modern romance.  Buttery yellow florals and blue frescoed walls play together perfectly in this utterly elegant day planned by AMV Weddings. Floral design by Siloh Floral is a feast for the eyes, and every magical moment is artfully captured in the imagery by Sophie Kaye Photography.  Get a closer look at all the lovely in the full gallery.




From AMV Weddings… The monastery at Penha Longa which dates back to the 14th century, features classical Portuguese style architecture, offering the most romantic setting for a destination wedding. When designing this shoot the Salao Nobre space inspired us with its beautifully adorned ceilings in a soft yellow and white palette. 



The elongated tablescape filled this space, adorned with florals designed by Siloh Floral in shades of creamy yellow and subtle pops of white. To tie in the stunning outdoor grounds, the monastery ruins in the heart of the tropical forest served as our ceremony space, where lush florals surrounded the ruins pond, creating the most alluring setting for our couple’s nuptials! 



After the ceremony, our real couple Dani & Cynthia enjoyed a peaceful moment in the open-air courtyard of the monastery where we set up a lounge amidst the colorful blue frescoed walls of the space. Our bride Cynthia wore a gown by Naeem Khan, which featured a more relaxed lace embellished look to fit the calming understated elegance of the venue.



 

Photography: Sophie Kaye Photography | Cinematography: Anna Lord Studio | Design: AMV Weddings | Event Planning: AMV Weddings | Floral Design: Siloh Floral | Wedding Dress: Naeem Khan | Cake: Edelweiss Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Laura Elizabeth Patrick | Reception Venue: Penha Longa | Groom's Attire: Bucco Couture | Planning: AMV Retreats | Rentals: Maison Christina | Weddings Rings: Victor Barbone Jewelry

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Get Transported To A Portuguese Villa For This Celebration Of Spring

Sofia Nascimento Studios planned and designed a day in the mountains that will steal your heart. This romantic editorial in a Portuguese villa is an ode to nature and springtime. Every detail is done to perfection, from the sumptuous styled picnic to the cake emerging from a floral garden by Edelweiss Wedding Cakes. One look at the photography by Diane Sotero Photography, and you’ll feel like you’re celebrating in Portugal. Take a closer look at all the lovely in the full gallery.



From Sofia Nascimento StudiosWe wanted to bring Spring itself into each element and detail, which guided us throughout these Monique Lhuillier floral-filled gowns in so many different colors and textures and the flower earrings. The romantic and airy bouquet made by our floral team at Sofia Nascimento Studios was one of our ever favorite designs because of how delicate, airy, and filled with life it is all at once.





As Portuguese, we are completely passionate about food, and this is by far one of the most important elements when planning and designing an event. The picnic and food styling was thought in detail to perfectly combine the color palette and the overall inspiration.



For the table design, we started with sage green linen as a foundation and brought the most exquisite garden into the table while curating the freshest and most delicate of florals creating a flower bed that was emerging right from the table itself. When putting together the cake scenario with this romantic cake design by Edelweiss Wedding Cakes, our main inspiration was a Chic Garden Extravaganza, and so we built a floral garden all over the cake table.



Photography: Diane Sotero Photography | Videography: Videoart | Event Planning: Sofia Nascimento Studios | Floral Design: Sofia Nascimento Studios | Invitations: Sofia Nascimento Studios | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Groom's Attire: Nuno Gama | Cake Design: Edelweiss Wedding Cakes | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Earrings: Bounkit | Fine Paper Printing: Inpressed Letterpress | Hair & Make Up: Tom Perdigao | Headpiece: Erin Rhyne | Rentals: The Rental Factory | Ring Bands: Cremilde Bispo Jewellery

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A Venue Change 10 Days Before This Couple Said I Do And You Wouldn’t Have Even Known!

You would never guess by looking at the below, stunning imagery by atmosphere, that this couple had to change their venue just 10 days before they tied the knot, after the pandemic already forced them to change their original date! Dream Weddings Europe planned the couples picture-perfect day with florals by Decorelle who created striking floral arrangements of red and pink hues that emanated feelings of love, passion, and strength. Held at Forte Da Cruz, a fortress by the sea this hopeful and happy couple said I do with 50 of their closest family and friends who traveled to Portugal from all around Europe…a true testament of love.

From Dream Weddings EuropeShirley and Kweku are a French couple from Strasbourg. After their engagement at the beginning of 2019, their first option for a destination wedding was Morocco, but during the first stages of wedding planning they realized it was not exactly what they were looking forward to, and a friend suggested them Portugal as an option for their wedding destination. Accidentally, Shirley and Kweku found Dream Weddings Europe in their Google searchings, and they decided very quickly to get married in Portugal. The beautiful couple dreamt about a magical wedding date – 20th June 2020. Of course, many couples in 2019 were dreaming about a special wedding in 2020 and we didn’t find many venues available for their date. But after some destination inspections, Shirley and Kweku found the right venue.

All the planning process was such a pleasure! Because S&K are such kind and nice people. Any wedding planner can just dream about such lovely clients! But then Coronavirus came. Until the end of May, we were dreaming to still have a wedding on the 20th June 2020, but of course, it didn’t happen. We postponed the wedding to the 9th October 2020. We should say that S&K are not only nice people, they are also very smart and very positive. And this is so important during COVID times. We chatted frequently by messages and video calls and we all always believed this wedding would happen.

But, ten days before the wedding, when we were thinking that everything was finally under control, the venue said they couldn’t accommodate the wedding or a party at all. We immediately started looking for an option and found another venue nearby – Forte da Cruz (which was not available for the original date). And it was available! We readily made all changes necessary to the wedding design, logistics and timings and we had such a great wedding! 50 guests from all around Europe came to Portugal to celebrate this day with Shirley and Kweku. All their dreams became true! And it was one of the most beautiful and happy weddings we have ever planned.

From Dream Weddings Europe:

Shirley and Kweku are a French couple from Strasbourg. After their engagement in the beginning of 2019, their first option for a destination wedding was Morocco, but during the first stages of wedding planning they realized it was not exactly what they were looking forward to, and a friend suggested them Portugal as an option for their wedding destination. Accidentally, Shirley and Kweku, found Dream Weddings Europe in their Google searchings, and they decided very quickly to get married in Portugal. The beautiful couple dreamt about a magical wedding date – 20th June 2020. Of course, many couples in 2019 were dreaming about a special wedding in 2020 and we didn’t find many venues available for their date. But after some destination inspections, Shirley and Kweku found the right venue. All the planning process was such a pleasure! Because S&K are such kind and nice people. Any wedding planner can just dream about such lovely clients! But then Coronavirus came. Until the end of May, we were dreaming to still have a wedding on the 20th June 2020, but of course it didn’t happen. We postponed the wedding to the 9th October 2020. We should say that S&K are not only nice persons, they are also very smart and very positive. And this is so important during COVID times. We chatted frequently by messages and video calls and we all always believed this wedding would happen. But, ten days before the wedding, when we were thinking that everything was finally under control, the venue said they couldn’t accommodate the wedding. A party at all. We immediately started looking for an option and found another venue nearby – Forte da Cruz (which was not available for the original date). And it was available! We readily made all changes necessary to the wedding design, logistics and timings and we had such a great wedding! 50 guests from all around Europe came to Portugal to celebrate this day with Shirley and Kweku. All their dreams became true! And it was one of the most beautiful and happy weddings we have ever planned.

Photography: atmosphere | Event Planning: Dream Weddings Europe | Floral Design: Atelier Decorelle | Cake: T Bakes Atelier | Invitations: In love| unique moments | Invitations: Olga Brilenkova | DJ: Deluxe Evento | Wedding Venue: Casa Dos Penedos | Rentals: A C Luxury Rentals | Rentals: Fashion Moments

Answered: Experts give their top tips for finding your dream dress

Finding your dream wedding dress is no easy feat! Mermaid or ball gown? Sweetheart neckline or scoop neck? With almost endless options, it’s hard to know where to start. Diane Sotero Photography teamed up with a bevy of experts to help you find your perfect fit, with a lot of beautiful inspiration along the way. Styled and produced by Sofia Nascimento Studios, style lovers everywhere are in for a treat. Popular consensus? It’s less about the dress you choose and more about how the dress makes you feel. Be sure to visit the full gallery for even more darling dress ideas.



1. Discovering your Style and finding the perfect dress

It’s important to find a dress designer that is a good match. You can consult with your wedding planner or stylist to find the perfect designer for you. Ask your wedding planner to create a mood board to help you visualize your day in one big story and choose the style of the dress in accordance with the defined storyline.

Shella – Owner and Head Designer at Tanzilia



2. Something Unique

Choosing the perfect wedding gown doesn’t mean white is mandatory. Your wedding dress (and your entire look) should be as personal and loyal to your own identity as you desire it to be. There’s so much fun in combining fashion elements into your look, like some bold colored shoes and earrings in order to bring an unexpected pop of color or even going a bit further by choosing a colorful dress! The sky is the limit here, so dream big and have fun!

Sofia – Creative Director at Sofia Nascimento Studios



3.. One Wedding Dress is good, Two are even better!

Most brides can’t decide which silhouette to have on their wedding day. Some choose to cover up and appear elegant during their blessing ceremony and then go bold and glamorous during the dinner reception. That is why having two gowns is the best option. You will look totally different at your dinner party and pleasantly surprise your guests.

Mia – Owner & Stylist at Her Maid Of Honor



4. Don’t forget the Hair & Makeup

Be authentic and play around with styles. You don’t want to look like a different person than you really are. Especially because of weddings, it is always wise to choose a timeless look. It’s crucial that the bride feels comfortable right away with a hair & makeup test. Nothing guarantees a satisfied and beautiful client better than good communication, pointing likes and dislikes during the trial!

Tom Perdigao – Hair & Make Up Artist

5. Make sure you feel gorgeous and comfortable on your wedding day

Make sure you feel gorgeous on your big day! Try the entire look together and make sure you feel like the best version of yourself. If the dress is not fitting well or the makeup & hair is not your style, the chances of you not being happy with your wedding photos afterward are HUGE! Remember that it is your wedding, and you deserve to feel beautiful and comfortable on your day!

Diane Sotero – Luxury Wedding & Editorial Photographer

Photography: Diane Sotero Photography | Floral Design: Sofia Nascimento Studios | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Make Up & Hair: Tom Perdigão | Dress Designer: Tanzilia | Location: Tivoli Palacio De Seteais | Production & Styling: Sofia Nascimento Studios | Styling Assistance: Her Maid of Honor

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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 Photography | 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