This week, Tim & Louise jet us off to Portugal for their intimate and classy elopement. Set into the woodland and hills of Sintra, on the windiest day I have ever experienced, they said I do with their most treasured friends and family sat behind them. It was a seriously international affair too, so seeing my hometown as a table-name, was all the more exciting! We managed to brave the gale force winds just before the sun dipped behind the trees, and found ourselves a secret walled garden to hide in.. Make sure you flick through to the end to see the photos.. Sigh.
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With lush green hills rising up around us, and trees leaning hard in the wind, a last minute decision was made to move the ceremony inside.
The Salao Nobre was a breathtaking room of Old Portuguese Grandeur;
it's high and far reaching walls were covered in the most incredible white ornamentation; moments of classic Portuguese Azulejo (traditional glazed ceramic tiling) set stunning blues against the sunshine yellow walls. Light poured in from only one side of the room, with floor to ceiling doors. It really wasn't bad for a back-up ceremony room!
With the wind howling outside, this room felt quiet and calm. Flowers petals were strewn down the white carpet, and Gypsophila lined the aisle at each chair.
The scent of all these flowers filled the room, along with the quiet chatter of the guests as they filed in.
The moment before Lou (walked up the aisle by her mother) and her bridesmaids arrived, the whole room fell silent. Hobo Chic, who played an acoustic Green Day song, gently welcomed the bridal party up the aisle..
At every single wedding I do, I still get butterflies for the groom during this moment. It's magic.
And this ceremony was no exception. Watching the groom's face change the second he clocked his wife to be, was even more wonderful.
This awesome couple, booked both myself and my other half Hobo Chic. We got to travel to a beautiful part of the world and work together on an awesome day. For this, and for so many other reasons, we are sending you the biggest congratulations and thank yous ever! I have to send an extra special thanks out to Chantelle, Lou's best friend, who not only made the bride and girls stunning in Make Up, but also assisted me no end with the groups and throughout the day. I couldn't have done it without you :)
If anyone ever wants to book their music and photographer together, and fly us out to a gorgeous part of the world, you will have the happiest (and coolest) wedding team EVER.