Happy Thursday everyone. I hope you are all doing well. Just one more day and...
Happy Thursday everyone, how is your week going so far? Mine is whizzing by, after having nearly 2 whole weeks off for the Easter break, it has been a good week back in the office but I just don’t know where the time goes! The weekend will be here before we know it! Today I am taking you off for some summer sunshine to gorgeous Portugal. Somewhere I have never been but it certainly is a popular location for weddings. Patrícia and Christopher always wanted to get married in Portugal and they found their dream location at Casa da Praia. They wanted a natural, relaxed feel to their day and chose a White, Gold and Olive Green colour scheme for a chilled feeling. Ana Pastoria was there to capture the day for us.
Patrícia and Christopher were married on 14th August 2019, the ceremony was held at Chapel of Serredade, with the reception at Casa da Praia, Quiaios, Portugal. ‘The ceremony location was chosen with the heart: the bride has dreamt of getting married here since she was a child and this day her dream came true. As for the reception, it had to be close to the beach, have a big green garden and couldn’t be a very large venue. This venue fit all those criteria and won us at first sight. We had 92 adults and 22 children and it took 1 year and 3 months to plan.’
How they met
We met on the 14.08.2013 at a village summer party in Portugal. We got engaged on the
14.08.2017 and at our wedding day it was our 7 year anniversary.
How did you allocate your budget?
Our wedding was paid by ourselves it was one of our conditions. We didn’t divide expenses
and took care of all the needs for the weddings.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We saved mostly on decor since we made all of it ourselves. To be honest all of our choices were made by feeling it. The day we visited the venue it felt so right we made the reservation on the spot. The same happened with the photographer: when we spoke to her the first time we knew it had to be her the one to register our day. And even the DJ, who didn’t have many reviews, won us over with his personality.
How did you choose your photographer?
As photographs are so important, after choosing a date and venue we decided to create a folder with wedding photos found online to see which style spoke to us the most. Some of those photos we noticed belonged to the same photographer: Ana Pastoria. Upon meeting her the first time we spent two hours talking about photos, weddings, animals, projects, travelling… we loved her simplicity and realized spot on she is very in love by what she does. We wanted spontaneous photographs, with life and movement and emotion, photos that “spoke”. And now we have incredible images of our wedding and on top of that we won a photographer and a friend for life!
The dress was bought at “Grace&Kate”, the shoes at “Aldo” and the accessories at “Lõuyetu Paris”, all of these in Paris, where we live.
The suit and bridesmaids
The suit was bought at “The Fursac” the shoes at “Orbans” and the grooms’ accessories at “Father&Sons”. We had no bridesmaids.
Theme or colour scheme
For our color scheme we chose white, gold and olive green, to match our theme that was “nature”.
The flowers were all white and ranged from roses to limonium, lysanthos, gypsofilia…As for the greenery we also opted for a variety of it: eucalyptus, olive, lavander, camellia, and rosemary leaves, among others. We also used these leaves as a confetti for when exiting the church.
For decor we had light strings, buntings, small yogurt vases with flowers, wine carboys with eucalyptus branches and wooden crates with plantes and candles.
Mixed entrees of finger food at the garden. Fish soup with croutons or vegetable cream. Codfish with corn-bread, roasted potatoes and vegetables. Scalloped veal with moscatel sauce with exotic rice
Buffet of sweets, fruits, cheeses and ice cream
Walnut cake with traditional portuguese sweet eggs filling.
For the children we had a babysitting service. For the adults we had a few fun challenges: a photoshoot with colorful funny socks, a polaroid camera and fun Photo Booth acessories, among others.
Who supplied the stationery?
Where are you going on your honeymoon?
We haven’t been able to have our honeymoon yet but we’d love to go to the Maldives or Japan, One is the brides idea and the other is the grooms so we still have to know who’s going to fold
Yes, a lot. Invites, ring box, the honor book, personalized glasses, service planners, menus, seating plan and souvenirs for adults and children, as well as the envelopes with leaves and petals for when we exited the church.
That’s a tough questions… we might be able to say it was the moment of the ceremony at the sound of violins, the photoshoot moment at the beach and the first dance bit. Also, at the end of cutting the cake we got a visit from a local wild fox that ate from the grooms hand – that was surely the most unexpected moment.
Advice for other couples
To prepare a wedding is like getting a second job but all the effort is worth it. It isn’t just the cliché saying but our wedding day is truly one of the most special days of our lives. Don’t forget to live your day, enjoy yourselves, hug those you love the most and thank the presence of each of your guests. Do everything you can to get to the end of the day and be able to say you wouldn’t change a bit.
We’d say it was the first dance moment. During rehearsals we’d each go our way and we could never coordinate – we actually thought about giving up the choreography and dance something simple and with no complications. I’m glad we didn’t give up because it went wonderfully – I still get emotional watching the video.
Flowers: Flower Love Wedding
Dress: Grace et Kate
Stationary: Cotton bird
DJ: Rui Oliveira
Grooms suit: De Fursac
Grooms Shoes: Orbans
Stamps: La Pirate
Papillon: Petit Mariage Entre Amis
Details: Sostrene Grene
Grooms Acessories: Father and Sons
Photographer: Ana Pastoria
Venue: Casa da Praia
Make up: Arte de Maquilhar by Isa
Based in Portugal, we tell stories worldwide and feel incredibly lucky and blessed for it. We tell them through still pictures, videos or drawings (sometimes all at the same time). We love love and love weddings and all they represent: the happiness, the hope, the certainty that two people love each other so much they want to spend the rest of their lives together and shout it to the world. We also love making beautiful things, and making people relive their amazing day when they see the result of our work. We love happy tears of joy, and the feeling we made someone really happy.
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