A Beach Wedding in Portugal (with a baby!)

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Alex and Melanie eloped in Portugal with their darling baby girl Josie by their side.  With just a few people to witness the special occasion, they took wedding photographers, Matt and Lena with them who told us about the intimate event.  “Alex and Melanie live in Germany, they love to travel it has always been something they were passionate about.  They imagined a simple beach elopement and the Algarve with it’s amazing coast line, blue water contrasting the grand orange cliffs, creating small intimate coves along the shore was the perfect place.”

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“They decorated or “pimped out the pram” in Alex’s words, themselves.  Their little daughter Josephine was the only guest at their wedding.  The flowers were made at Casa Galo Verde, by the owner.  The umbrellas and confetti and the paper lanterns were all picked out by them to design the wedding look they wanted.” 

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“They wanted to spend the day celebrating.  They said that they had to get married in the early morning because they just wouldn’t be able to stand the anticipation of waiting to say “ I do” and they wanted to celebrate the whole day as newly wed husband and wife and not a minute less.  So they had a sun rise ceremony on a beautiful small beach.”

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“During our photo shoot we incorporated the confetti which ended up all over the little village street in Ferragudo.  Alex didn’t want to leave it like that and so he borrowed a broom from a woman watching us from her doorway to sweep the confetti off the street.  Apparently this is also reminiscent of an old Bavarian wedding tradition where the groom would have to sweep the streets until his bride came to kiss him.”

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 “A quick stop at a small bakery shop completed their evening picnic on the beach including a traditional Portuguese pastry as a symbolic wedding cake. They spent the evening cuddling, drinking champagne and enjoying the moonlight.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Matt+Lena Photography

Wedding Vendors: Locations: Casa Galo Verde, Ferragudo Town + Beach, Albandeira Beach, Carvoeiro, Portugal, Florist: Casa Galo Verde


Destination Wedding in Sintra, Portugal

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Yuna and Pedro traveled all the way from Seattle, WA to Sintra, Portugal for their intimate destination wedding with 70 of their closest friends and family.  But this was no random destination on a map, Pedro is originally from Lisbon, Portugal.  We asked the couple about the chosen spot and here’s what they shared with us.  “Sintra is a town full of many beautiful historic castles and palaces. We chose the venue ‘Tivoli Palácio de Seteais’ in Sintra, since it’s such an elegant and gorgeous palace. Who would not want to get married in a palace?”  Good point – and such a spectacular palace at that!

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The palette they picked was one of oranges and corals, with a nod to the destination element of the event, Pedro wore airplane themed cuff links!

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The bride’s Korean heritage was also a special part of the day and made for some fabulous fashions!

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The breathtaking ceremony took place on the lawn of the palace turned hotel.

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It was truly a global event that paid tribute to both the bride and groom’s heritage.  “At the ceremony we felt very special, looking around and seeing families and friends from all over the world gathered in one place to celebrate with us. We said the wedding vows in each other’s first language – Korean and Portuguese.”

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After the ceremony, the couple took advantage of the gorgeous grounds while Piteira Photography captured the moment.

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The reception was formal and intimate.  Yuna and Pedro spiced it up with a perfectly choreographed first dance to set the tone for the rest of the evening.

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Bride and groom sashes adorned the sweetheart chairs and personalized table names with photos of the happy couple told other guests where to sit.  A reception with personal details and lots of celebration!

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Then for dessert, the duo incorporated some personal touches.  “Our wedding cake was tiers of ‘Pastéis de Nata’, Portuguese egg tart pastry. And the cake topper was personalized miniature characters of us with our cat! And instead of Champagne, our toast was with Port wine, an old Portuguese tradition.”

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Everything went so well, we asked their advice for future destination couples?  “Start planning early, and plan on getting to the destination early to meet each vendor in person.”

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For more from this wedding, check out the same day edit by VIP Wedding Films:

Congratulations Yuna and Pedro!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Piteira Photography

 Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location & Catering: Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, Florist: Atelier Teresa Ribeiro, Video: VIP Weddings Films,Wedding Dress: La Sposa, Hair: Patrick Cabeleireiros, Make-Up: Inês Oliveira, Cake Topper: A Little Relic from Etsy