Rebecca & Josh

Pousada de Amares, in the north of Portugal, is always a magical place. At Como Branco Weddings we love planning weddings in this venue because of its beauty and good energy.

The Pousada was a perfect match for Rebecca and Josh to celebrate their love. They said yes in a simple but intimate ceremony in the orange tree courtyard, right after the couple exchange their first look in front of the monastery majestic church.

The day followed with a relaxed cocktail and the dinner in the Pousadas’s cloisters under a sky full of stars. For the party “pasteis de nata”, the infamous Portuguese custard tarts, where the starts together with the guests, the bride and the groom on the dance floor.

 

 

 

 

 

Victória & Bruno

There are weddings that stick in our hearts. Some for the contagious energy of the group, others for the decoration that surpasses everything we imagined, others because they make us feel part of the family, friends in a moment of sharing.

Even after seven years of organizing and decorating weddings and accompanying the bride and groom on the W-day, one way or another, they all touch and cling to some part of us. Victoria and Bruno have touched our sensitive hearts and we will always remember them lovingly.

They came from Brazil and chose to marry in the Algarve, a place known for the extraordinary beaches and good weather. In April. If you do not know, there is a Portuguese saying “Em Abril, águas mil ”(In April, a thousand waters), meaning a high probability of rain on that month. Luckily we have another saying “Casamento molhado, casamento abençoado” (Wet wedding, blessed wedding).

For Victoria and Bruno the most important thing was to share their love with the most important people in their lives and that love was so big that it overflowed through their pores. All the rain, or sun, or whatever came that day would be welcomed and celebrated. They were the mirror of happiness and we wish them to continue that way for many years to come.

Nathalia & Tiago

Nathalia and Tiago are both Brazilians living in Europe and their guests came from Brazil, United Kingdom and Portugal. It was very important for them to celebrate their wedding here in honor of Tiago’s Portuguese family.

They were looking for a venue full of history and tradition so that their friends and family got to know the essence of this unique country. Together we visited palaces, convents, monasteries and quintas, north to south of the country, but it was in the Alentejo that they chose to plan this unforgettable celebration. Convento de Arraiolos received the welcome cocktail to their guests and the wedding in the day that followed.

Here the old and the modern, the Portuguese blue tiles and Brazilian inspirations coexisted in an incredibly elegant way. The romantic Alentejo landscape contrasted with the exuberant decoration. The sweets table dazzled everyone, the Portuguese fado concert touched all the presents and the party on the illuminated dance floor lasted until dawn. A memorable experience for all who witnessed this great day.

Juliana & João

Juliana and João were high school sweethearts and came all the way from São Paulo, Brazil to get married in the north of Portugal.

Pousada de Amares, an old and lost monastery recovered by the famous Portuguese architect Souto Moura, was their choice to celebrate their big day. Juliana loves architecture and interior design, she even has her very own successful blog about design, decoration and architecture. It was only natural that Pousada de Amares was the chosen venue for their wedding.

Styling wise, luscious flowers made the ceremony arch the perfect framing for the bride and groom at the altar. The stunning landscape and surroundings did the rest.

The dinner was served in a room that used to be a chapel. It is a banquet room now, with modern large lamps where the new and the old live together.

The styling concept for this wedding was all about nature, with the use of a generous mix of flowers and plants. Almost like if the time had stop and nature took the monastery back to its kingdom. Warm colours, rich metal tones (copper and gold) and a stunning sweets table (“mesa de doces” in Portuguese) that kept this rather Brazilian tradition alive in this northern Portuguese corner.

Rachel & Trevor

We could not have ended our wedding season better on 2018. Rachel and Trevor’s wedding was very emotional, full of family traditions and expressions of love and gratitude.

The couple chose Pestana Palace in Lisbon city center as the ideal scenario for their special day, and after arriving from a beautiful religious ceremony they have honored the elderly guests with a meaningful Tea Ceremony in one of the palatial rooms.

Candles lit all over the dining room provided tan elegant and intimate ambiance, together with scented flowers and delicate details such olive leaves, tile cookies and shiny laser-cut acrylic names on each seat.

The party was held at the Palace’s old stables and started with lovely daughter-father and mother-son dances, continuing through the night on the crowded dance floor with funny pictures displayed in real-time on a LED wall.

The happiest day ever for Rachel and Trevor had it all: love, joy, legacy, a bit of rain to bless their future life together and even surprise peonies on the bride’s bouquet!

Jessica & Joe

Jessica and Joe live in the United States but they knew for a long time that Monserrate Palace was the perfect place for their wedding. When we first visited the venue together we saw the amazed look on their faces and we shared the same enthusiasm right away for making their dream day come true.

The intimate ceremony was held inside the magical and unique Music Room, where their friends and families were able to hear the sweetest exchange of vows under the amazing dome. Before dinner, the group enjoyed the breathtaking views of the Monserrate Natural Park while having a drink, and even had their portraits made by a caricature artist.

The natural ambience of the outside areas was brought inside the dining room, where greeneries fell from the ceiling, hanging lamps lit the Portuguese inspired dishes and moss was part of the long tables’ decor.

After dinner the group held sparklers for the cake cutting, played table soccer, ate homemade ice-cream and finally went to sleep with the warm feeling of witnessing a dream coming true.

Laura & Phil

On this warm Autumn day we could witness what pure happiness looked like, we just had to observe each time Phil looked at Laura. Everything stopped, everybody else disappeared and only her smile mattered. With her happened exactly the same.

They call it “weird love” but we call it awesome love, just like this awesome, amazingly creative and fun couple that we had the pleasure to meet and work with for their most special day.

The groom’s family roots established Portugal as the perfect country for the celebration, and the stunning architecture and details of this Palace did the rest: the perfect wedding venue was found.

The group was able to enjoy the beautiful outside areas during the whole day: starting with an intimate ceremony with a tiled fountain backdrop, a cocktail at the gardens listening to traditional Fado and a dinner under festoon lights and Portuguese guitar sounds.

The party ended on the dancefloor showing a “Weird” néon sign, and the meaning of that word changed a bit for us after that.

Wel & Ross

There are people who inspire us to be kind, true and giving. Wel and Ross are just like that. This beautiful couple came from Brooklyn to get married in north of Portugal, in the amazing Mosteiro de Amares, one of our favourite venues of all times.

The wedding ceremony was a celebration of the love between Wel and Ross, but also an emotional occasion to reunite relatives and honor the importance of family and the bonds that connects them.

It was a real pleasure to be part of this moment in their lives and be able to help them make their ideas come true. The decoration was minimalist with beautiful greenery and some oranges from Amares, candles and festoon lights.

An intense ceremony, a laid-back cocktail and intimate outdoor dinner to the sound of Fado music. No words can describe the energy felt on that day and the amazing experience we could witness.

Tabitha & Joe

When we first met Tabitha and Joe we were fascinated by this amazingly stylish couple, that had a sharp eye for detail and a knack for decoration and DIY projects.

We knew that all vendors and suppliers involved on the wedding had to combine perfectly with their elegant yet natural and relaxed style, so when they showed us their dream venue we knew it was a match: a Palace in Lisbon that combines the traditional portuguese tiles with dreamlike themes, references to ancient deities and portuguese History.

The ceremony happened outdoors with the unconventional but stunning setup that took advantage of the architectural potencial of the building to enhance the intimacy of that moment.

After the cocktail by the lake (where lives Gordon, the swan, named by Tabitha the first time she saw him), the guests were led to the interior of the Palace where a singer and two guitar players surprised them with a Fado concert.

The warm evening was perfect to have the dinner and party on the terrace. The long table combined the blush colours of the proteas with the gold details of the candleholders, and the blue tiles worked as the best backdrop for the toasts to the bride and groom and the sweet memories that will be treasured forever.

Tabitha & Joe

When we first met Tabitha and Joe we were fascinated by this amazingly stylish couple, that had a sharp eye for detail and a knack for decoration and DIY projects.

We knew that all vendors and suppliers involved on the wedding had to combine perfectly with their elegant yet natural and relaxed style, so when they showed us their dream venue we knew it was a match: a Palace in Lisbon that combines the traditional portuguese tiles with dreamlike themes, references to ancient deities and portuguese History.

The ceremony happened outdoors with the unconventional but stunning setup that took advantage of the architectural potencial of the building to enhance the intimacy of that moment.

After the cocktail by the lake (where lives Gordon, the swan, named by Tabitha the first time she saw him), the guests were led to the interior of the Palace where a singer and two guitar players surprised them with a Fado concert.

The warm evening was perfect to have the dinner and party on the terrace. The long table combined the blush colours of the proteas with the gold details of the candleholders, and the blue tiles worked as the best backdrop for the toasts to the bride and groom and the sweet memories that will be treasured forever.