“If you’re anything like me, you’re fully celebrating the color pink this month (and maybe even possibly the whole year… I blame it on Pantone!). Although this fete from Dream Weddings Europe doesn’t have an ounce of our happy hue in the decor, it doesn’t need to, because the venue itself is pink—making way for plenty of photo opps for Amanda & Derick on their Big Day. atmosphere made sure to scope out all the breathtaking angles and this gallery is the pretty outcome.”
From the bride:
“Traveling has always been our “thing”. So we’ve always known that a destination wedding was what we wanted but we wanted a wedding that was somehow different than the traditional destination wedding down south. Portugal had everything we wanted: great food, consistent weather, beautiful churches and its own unique charm that we loved.
We chose The Penha Longa as our wedding venue, a Ritz Carlton resort set within a 14th century monastery surrounded by Sintra’s mountains.
Our wedding was on October 5, 2018. The Catholic ceremony was held at the church on the Penha Longa grounds and was also built in the 14th century. Its name, Nossa Senhora de Boa Saúde translates to “Our Lady of Good Health” which seemed like a perfect fit for us being true advocates for all things health and fitness related!
At the time it seemed like we were crazy for trying to host a destination Wedding all the way in Europe from Toronto but we made it work and managed to have just under 100 of our closest family and friends attend our special day from Toronto, California, Atlanta, New York, Australia, France, England and India.
Our cocktail reception was intimate with a live local band in the courtyard after the mass. We used a royal family table setting for dinner with no head table simply because we wanted the dinner to feel more like an intimate family dinner than anything else. We took advantage some of the amazing local Portuguese dishes and fresh fish so we served veal cheek and tuna tartar with plenty of pasteis de nata for us and our guests as part of our late night menu. Our close friend from Toronto was our DJ and we danced until 4:30am with our closest friends and family. It was truly magical and we wouldn’t have done it any other way.”
We are so happy for Amanda and Derick! It was a beautiful day and we’re so grateful for seeing this Portugal Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty.
Planning and Design – Dream Weddings Europe
Venue – Ritz Carlton Penha Longa Resort
Wedding Dress- Martina Liana
Bride Shoes – Badgley Mischka
MUA – Yara Lacerda
Flowers – Happy Day
Hair – Tom Perdigão
Cookies – T Bakes
Groom Attire – CE Clothier
Groom Shoes – Salvatore Ferragamo
Bridesmaids Dresses – Missguided
DJ – Epik
Rentals – A&C