Haux – Youth
Lisbon – the capital city and largest city of Portugal. Also, one of the oldest cities in the world known for its ornate architecture, charm and culture. This is where Micaela and David, both Portuguese themselves, decided to host their wedding weekend.
Family and friends flew in from all around the world – checking in at their guesthouses, popping bubbly, catching taxis to dinner, hanging up and steaming dresses + suits for the following day – the excitement was tangible. I got the privilege of also spending a sunset on the beach with Mica and David, the evening before their wedding. We strolled along the water’s edge with a candy floss sky as our backdrop. Because they live in London, we hadn’t had a chance to do a session in front of the camera up until this point, so we took the opportunity. If this magical pre-wedding session was anything to go by, I knew the next day was going to be perfect.
Wedding morning was upon us! Both the bride and the groom got ready at a quaint bnb in the heart of the city – one floor and one staircase separated them. With some careful watch-duty, done by the groomsmen and bridesmaids, they were able to maintain not seeing each other the whole morning, which further added to the anticipation of meeting each other at the alter. The wedding party hopped into taxis and off they went to the ceremony and reception venue – a palace, built in 1671, which holds the largest collection of “azulejos”, Portuguese tiles, and is still inhabited by descendants of the first nobleman who ordered its construction!
The ceremony was held alongside the high palace-house walls, with the majestic gardens behind. The reception tables were beautifully decorated with hints of terracotta and beige, seagrass placemats and textures that complimented the subtle blues within the palace walls, perfectly. After a big feast, a good party was had, under the northern hemisphere stars. What a wedding. What a day. What a couple.
The dreamy beach session, the day before the wedding.
Aaaaaand, the wedding day, ladies and gentlemen.