What Made Our Day Unique
The venue was undoubtedly the most extraordinary feature of our wedding. Pousada Mosteiro de Amares is a former Cisterian monastery from the 12th century, elegantly restored by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura as a hotel and a national heritage site. It is set on the side of a green river valley in a quiet remote village of northern Portugal. The Pousada comprises a beautiful network of buildings, terraces and courtyards that we could use throughout the two days. We were really fortunate that the venue allowed us to move from one part of the site to the next, revealing different spaces and adding to the ongoing surprise throughout the experience. We saved the Pousada’s most incredible space, the cloisters, for a bit of wow-factor towards the end for the reception. Amazingly, we were able to fit most of our guests into the Pousada’s 30 hotel rooms, with the remaining guests staying close by. This made the whole experience convenient for everyone, and easy to stumble home safely in the late evening / early hours of the morning!
Portugal WeddingDid you know 1 in 5 couples get married abroad now? I know, mind-blowing! I can certainly see the appeal with (almost) guaranteed fabulous weather, incredible food and scenery, plus the opportunity to extend the wedding day into a wedding week with your nearest and dearest. Bec & Josh's Portugal wedding at a monastery is nothing short of mesmerising, from their first look on the steps right through to their outdoor reception covered in fairy lights they've had me wanting to pack my bags and book a flight to sunnier climes immediately! If you're planning a destination wedding and want to know where to start, have a listen to our podcast for lots of help and advice. You're welcome.
Inspiration & Styling
The vibe was influenced by the Portuguese people and their hospitality. They are so warm/lively and friendly and the food is incredible. We could really feel that the staff at the Pousada wanted us to be well-fed, have a great time, and party. This meant that despite the surreal and luxurious setting, everyone felt comfortable and almost at home. The Pousada’s majestic buildings and surrounds, thanks to the elegant restoration, did all the work for us - it only needed minimal styling. We used the Pousada’s beautiful Thonet chairs for both the ceremony and the reception. The main styling element we added was the lighting in the cloisters. The dress code was formal but we left it open to creative freedom. Because it was in the middle of a hot Portuguese summer we saw lots of beautiful, colourful outfits which really added to the setting and aesthetics. Everyone looked so beautiful.