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 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 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.
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.
Attorneys Ilka and Mateus who are from Brazil tied the knot back in 2007 in a traditional ceremony at a Catholic church in São Paulo with a 300-guest reception and a Beatles cover band playing all night long. A decade later they decided to renew their vows and made a destination vow renewal happen, complete with their two sweet little ones Pietra and Otávio.
Their daughter, who was 3 at the time, and son, 7, were so excited to be part of their vow-renewal plans. Ilka and Mateus wanted it to be a family event celebrating life, marriage, and family and that’s what made this vow renewal so special.
Together with 31 guests the celebration was held in beautiful Alentejo at Torre de Palma under a stunning sunset serving as background to the very emotional ceremony. Olive green, lavender, olive leafs, a macramé backdrop together with boho style dress set the mood for the event.
Portugal does not only have the good weather, delicious food and fantastics landscapes to offer. Bruno (from Brazil) and Michael (from Germany with roots in Jordan) are the prefect examples of this. They decided to get married because here they could do it in freedom, and that for us is the most special about this wedding.
The wedding day started out with the legal ceremony and proceeded with a relaxed cocktail outside Penha Longa’s resort monastery. A symbolic and emocional ceremony was held in the gardens framed by two large trees that served as backdrop. They swore fidelity but above all they celebrated the freedom to love.
In terms of decoration Bruno and Michael didn’t want anything over the top, very much like their own style, so we decided to go with simple, elegant and neutral tones: beige, olive green, white and using light decoration to set the mood in the room and party.
Love always wins and we feel that in this case we won much more than love. It was a pleasure to be part of such a celebration.
Foodies and wine lovers, Theodora and Ziggy came from the United States and could not have chosen a better venue to celebrate their wedding: the vineyards of Quinta da Bacalhôa Palace, house known for its wines. It is a place steeped in history with a unique atmosphere.
Theodora and Ziggy brought with them family and friends from all over the world to celebrate their love in this idyllic setting.
Emotion, traditions, cocktails at sunset and an extraordinary outdoor dinner. A true summer dream they both yearned for. Vibrant coloured flowers and candlelight set the tone for this intimate and engaging dinner. In the end everyone had a great time with the traditional dances from Bulgaria, home country of the bride, and a live concert of Dino D’Santiago, that even sang the song of their first dance.
It was a pleasure to help them organize this beautiful wedding, as well as a beach party the day before and a farewell brunch the next day. May they always be happy!
From Paris with Love Sandra & Clément got married in the north of Portugal, at the beautiful Pousada de Amares.
An extremely cool, relaxed, fun and above all in love couple, they took their wedding day to another level! Retro cool lounges, a hip-hop concert during the cocktail, fuss-ball table, giant balloons, and a stunning wedding reception outside.
The style was defined with the invitations: simple black and gold modern typography and elements. For the decoration wood and light tones such as pink, blue and green plus a touch of romantic and vintage details made the Pousada’s cloisters picture perfect.
Nether less to say that party was hard, rumor has it that it lasted until sunrise!
There is so much to say about this wedding that we don’t even know where to start.
When Carrie reached us we couldn’t have been more excited. The blogger behind WishWishWish was getting married! A very interesting fashion, food and travel blog from London with thousands of followers.
Carrie and Miguel are a creative, laid-back couple who knew exactly what they wanted for their special day. The bride imagined and designed every item of the decor down to the smallest detail and when you see the photographs of this wedding, you can almost feel the fondness she dedicated to this task. Always gentle and kind, it was a great pleasure to help them make some of their visions come true and to support them in the choices they had to make.
The venue of a romantic atmosphere, surrounded by greenery, a beautiful water mirror and innumerable nooks to explore, could not have been a better choice. Although the rain kept threatening the day this was truly a dream wedding. The party was simply unforgettable with Miguel’s old colleagues playing the first dance music live and the groom joining them as lead singer for a concert for their dearest family and friends.
A toast to them, be happy and authentic forever.
Douro Valley is hardly a bad scenario for a wedding, but Maria and Carlos, a young and stylish Brazilian couple, exceed all expectations. This was a Destination Wedding with 270 guests that travelled all the way from Brazil, and even Japan, to celebrate love with our couple.
The venue couldn’t be better, Six Sense Douro Valley is definitely a special place that set the tone for the entire wedding: modern, stylish combined with tradition.
Surrounded by Douro’s green fields, touches of blue hydrangeas and bright pink flowers were selected for the outside ceremony that was held under the Portuguese summer sun. The table centerpieces were inspired by white and blue tiles to match the wedding stationery, designed carefully by the mother of the bride. Fantastic ceramic vases along with metallic glass and candles created an elegant yet simple decor for the tables.
Lighting was a big important factor when planning this big and luxurious wedding, using the modern architecture characteristics of the venue and enhance them with lighting, created an intimate fun and ready to party mood for the reception.
The choice was very successful to set the right mood as the party went by all night long until the sun was rising above the wonderful Douro as if the river itself was celebrating love along with Maria and Carlos.