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Susana Pinto

Razão e coração: o destination wedding de Liza + Nick

O segundo casamento de Maio vem de fora: Liz + Nick, cidadãos do mundo, escolheram Portugal para casar e a sua dream team concretizou o mais épico dos dias.

Mostramos a versão curta desta festa belíssima e repleta de emoções, mas caso se apaixonem por tudo isto tanto quanto nós, peguem num lenço de papel e reservem 20 minutos para espreitar a versão completa, aqui.
O registo é de Hugo Sousa Films e a maquilhagem ficou a cargo de Kabuki Makeup by Rita Amorim.

Isto é tão, tão bom!

The most difficult was probably picking our venues without having been there in person. We never even visited Portugal before deciding to do our wedding there! We are easy going in some ways and with the Internet and photos, we were sure of everything when we booked. It’s the people that make the memories, not where you are. The easiest part was after we got there, met all our vendors, and visited the locations, we really knew everything was meant to be. Last minute we decided to live in Lisbon a month before the wedding and fell in love with Portugal even more, making us more sure about our decision to have our wedding there.

When the answer was “yes!”, how did you imagine your wedding day?
We got engaged in Bali. Travelling has become such a huge part of us as a couple, so we immediately knew we wanted a small and intimate destination wedding. We just didn’t know where, but we knew we wanted to be somewhere our friends and family would enjoy as well.

 

Did you feel prepared or was it a nerve-racking journey?
Planning something from far away is never easy (especially if it’s a wedding and you’ve never had to plan one before)! Once we had all the key vendors picked out we were able to relax for a bit until we had to start planning all the details right before.

 

At what point in the wedding planning did you feel, “this is for real”?
When we made deposits to venues and vendors and our friends started booking their flights!

 

Is the result true to the initial ideas or is it very different? Did you have any help?

We couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out and represented us as a couple. We found an amazing wedding planner from Lisbon, Nikolina of SplendidaWeddings, who took our vision boards and made our wedding day look exactly how we wanted. She fully understands the needs of the bride and groom individually but also who they are as a couple. She never strayed from our vision and was able to recommend other local vendors that were perfect matches to our needs and style.

 

What was fundamental to you? And unimportant?
The most fundamental aspect was that all our friends would have the time of their lives (and they did)! We just wanted to have fun and create lasting memories with our best friends and immediate family. In choosing a country, we also wanted to make sure we would have a proper Catholic mass in English. We would probably say what was least important were all the small details, yet we seemed to have those easily executed as well.

 

 

What was easier? And what was more difficult?
The most difficult was probably picking our venues without having been there in person. We never even visited Portugal before deciding to do our wedding there! We are easy going in some ways and with the Internet and photos, we were sure of everything when we booked. It’s the people that make the memories, not where you are. The easiest part was after we got there, met all our vendors, and visited the locations, we really knew everything was meant to be. Last minute we decided to live in Lisbon a month before the wedding and fell in love with Portugal even more, making us more sure about our decision to have our wedding there.

 

What was the sentimental peak of your day?
We did a “first look” and as suggested by our photographer and videographer, we wrote letters to read to each other. It was so great to have that moment between us before the ceremony without anyone else around.

 

And the peak of fun?
All the dancing and speeches! We had asked some people to write notes to us that we randomly had some read throughout the dinner reception. We probably had a record of 15 guests making speeches throughout the night! Our friends and family really love to dance and so do we! That night was magical!

 

Now that it has happened, would you change anything?
Not really! We never thought of the things that went wrong or what we could have done instead. We didn’t have any bridesmaid or groomsmen since everyone we invited would have basically been part of the wedding in some way if we did! We wish we took more photos with specific groups of friends and family if anything, but you don’t think to stop and do that when you’re just trying to live in the moment. Guess we’ll do some re-dos at our celebration in Palm Springs and San Diego.

We’re having 2 other celebrations this coming October for more friends and family!

 

Some words of advice for upcoming brides …
Pick your dress, be happy with it and DON’T LOOK anymore (even if it’s just for fun). Don’t worry about all the little stuff. If you find a really good planner (like ours), they will handle it all. Especially if you’re thinking of doing a destination wedding, a planner who is local is essential.

 

We did a “first look” and as suggested by our photographer and videographer, we wrote letters to read to each other. It was so great to have that moment between us before the ceremony without anyone else around.

 

Our selected vendors:

invitations and graphic materials: Ramon Gomez-Rodriguez for The Prince & The Proper;

venue: ceremony at Church of St. Mary Magdalena Turcifal, reception at Noah Surf House Portugal;

catering and cake: provided by Noah Surf House Portugal;

groom apparel and accessories: suit Theory; shoes Hugo Boss;

wedding dress and shoes: dress Noel and Jean Collection by Katie May; shoes by Jimmy Choo;

makeup: Kabuki Makeup by Rita Amorim;

hair: Steven David Rodriguez;

bouquet: provided by Surf Noah House Portugal;

decoration: sourced and styled by Nikolina of Splendida Weddings; some props & florals also provided by Noah Surf House;

favours: place cards: Lenka Calligraphy;

photography: Golden Days Photography;

cinematography: Hugo Sousa Films;

lights, sound, and Dj: Paulo Rodrigues Work DJ.

 

Se gostaram do trabalho do Hugo Sousa, espreitem aqui o que já publicámos sobre ele. E se quiserem conhecer melhor o trabalho da Rita Amorim, dêem uma vista de olhos nas suas publicações mais recentes.

Bom fim-de-semana!

 

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