We’re off to sunny Portugal this morning for a very pretty wedding indeed. I just know you’re going to fall for the blooms, the cakes and the favours. And the lovely Bride and Groom are such a stylish pair, you’re going to fall for them too!! They decided to get matching wedding tattoos instead of rings – and I must say I actually really love them, such a sweet design and I think the sentiment behind it is just lovely. João kept his outfit as a surprise from Rita too – another idea I’ve always loved. Why shouldn’t the Groom be able to make his Bride go weak at the knees too?!
And the couple chose a fabulous photographer to capture their big day, Adriana Morais’ style is just dreamy – everything is bathed in a warm haze of Portuguese sunshine and the images are so full of emotion.
Rita The Bride: I have always had a passion for wedding dresses and considering all I have seen, I came up with a vague idea that slowly blossomed – with the great help of my sisters and mother – and it resulted in a wonderful dress!
My something old was some earrings my father gave my mother a long time ago, my something new was my dress, the shoes, wedding garter and stockings, and my something blue was my lingerie and nose ring.
The groom had not a defined idea of what he wanted to wear for the wedding, but his choice was kept in “secret” like it’s usually done with the bride – I only saw his suit while I was walking down the aisle and it was a lovely surprise, I loved it! The only accessories he wore were, besides shoes and tie, a boutonniere to match my bouquet.
Our idea was to take advantage of the beautiful venues outdoors – specially
beautiful in the spring – to create a romantic and rustic environment. It involved a lot of research, we saw a lot of inspiring images. Every little thing was taken care of, since we believe it’s the small details that make the difference, making everything more personal and magic.
I enjoyed planning our wedding years before an ‘official’ decision was made. I made guest lists, searched for beautiful venues and original ideas, among other research, so the “foundations” were built by the time we decided it was time. I had already collected a lot of pictures concerning decoration, gifts, cakes, hairstyles, makeup and other related details. We ended up creating a rural environment, with spring colours, simple and romantic. We had to include a lot of personal details.
To choose the flowers we had the precious help of a florist, that showed us a lot of options, considering what we had in mind. For the bouquet, I had a lot of different ideas so it was really difficult to make a decision, but I ended up with pastel colours, between pink, yellow and white. I wore a flower crown in my hair as well, that was part of the hairstyle. The bridesmaids wore the same tones, mixed up with a stronger pink and green. There were no flower decorations at the room the ceremony took place, only petals in the same tones of the bouquet to throw to the newlyweds. In the wedding reception, each table had mason jars and glass bottles in different shapes and sizes, except for our table, which had a round centre piece in tones of soft pink.
The Wedding Party
The maids of honour and best men’s clothing stayed at their own discretion. Only the Bridesmaids had a dress code, and they wore long dresses, made from the same fabric, soft pink/salmon and silver beading shaped according to their taste.
We had a civil wedding, so we had the opportunity to make it very personal. The music at the entrance and exit had a very special meaning for us. We also asked our family and close friends to write speeches, and others to read some texts chosen or written by us, creating some touching moments. There was also a surprise, a balloon release, chosen by the groom to be the most special moment of the ceremony. For me, a special moment was definitely walking down the aisle. Finding the eyes of so many special and happy people, as I was walking on my father’s arm to meet the person that made my dream come true, was an unspeakable moment that I will remember forever.
A very important aspect to us was that everyone should be having fun. In order to do so, we chose to create two musical moments – one more calm in the afternoon, and a lively dance in the evening. The music we chose for each moment (because we both love music!) became clear during the time we were still boyfriend and girlfriend, and all had a special meaning. Since we had a lot of children attending the reception, we ended up hiring some entertainers, and that proved to be a very good idea – besides the adults, kids had fun all the time!
The catering service was our venue’s responsibility, with choice and tasting previously made by us – it included canapes, dinner and a table of deserts and cheese. Our families wanted to contribute with some other things, which we added. The wedding cake was chosen by me and made by a friend of ours who is a professional, as well as the rest of the composition of the table where it was placed.
We “found” Adriana while doing our research for suppliers. We didn’t know her, neither had any recommendation, but her work immediately drew our attention. We established contact with her to get more details and we didn’t ever look for any other options. We were lucky she was offering an engagement session by the time, that gave us the opportunity to get to know her better and it was very funny. We created a good empathy, not only with our photographer, but also with her assistant. Besides having loved the whole work, they were pleasant companions before the ceremony.
The video was shot by a professional, who is also a friend of ours. Since the
beginning of the process we had the opportunity to place our questions and give him our opinion. It was very pleasant to be surrounded by nice people and some familiar faces in our day, that besides being there for professional reasons, allowed us to be very comfortable. We participated in all the process of producing and making the highlight video, especially choosing the soundtrack, that we considered essential.
There were a lot of special and unique details! It was all planned to the last detail. Choosing the best men, maids of honour and bridesmaids, the wedding invitations, the readings in the ceremony, the soap bubbles, the buntings hanging from the ceiling, the table decoration, the flower combination, the table for the cake, the crown made with natural flowers for the hair, the cake topper (two beautiful handmade birds, put in a bird cage, the surprises that were made (the balloon release and a super original video), the unexpected rain and the rainbow that it offered us, the moment the bouquet was thrown… and so much more!
It gave us a lot of work to plan the wedding (with the precious help of some of our relatives and friends), but it was worthwhile to customise every single detail of this unique and so special day.
To me, the most happy moment of all was, like I said before, to walk down
the aisle. And the most special detail was the music that was playing – “Favourite Adventure” by K’s Choice. I was “shrunk” since the first time I heard it, many years before, even before I knew I would really be getting married one day. Even before I knew to whom it would be, because I realised that if I felt the song’s message for someone, I would get married and it would make sense. And so it was, with João’s approval, who already knew about this “dream” of mine. Those were, to me, the two most magical moments of the whole wedding.
The subject “ring” caused us a bit of an indecision, because we are both very
practical and we didn’t wanted to be “stuck” to something material, like a ring. So, like our story – may it last forever, and even if it doesn’t it created that illusion of eternity – we thought it was ideal to have the same…a tattoo! We chose a small symbol with a very special meaning and we had it tattooed, in the morning before the wedding, with our best men and maids of honour present, on the ring finger of the left hand.