beach vibes by brancoprata
featured: magnolia rouge, editorial pattern of thoughts
So happy to see our editorial "Pattern of Thoughts" on Magnolia Rouge! It's always wonderful and liberating when you work with a team that really understands our vision, and do their best to bring that perception come to life.
Also, editorial work is a great way to experiment, specially when we want to see things portrayed in a certain way. It's a process of selecting thoughts and then, preparing written, visual, audible, and ultimately film images that tell a story that reflects our vision! So please take a minute to follow this link and discover a little bit more about this essay: Pattern of Thoughts.
macao by brancoprata
Last January we went on this crazy adventure with our dear friend Greg Finck, and we spent a week in Asia (Macao first and then Tokyo) to work on an brand editorial for Sheraton Asia! We did the creative direction, styling and flowers for the two stories that Greg shoot, and it was probably one of the most challenging weeks of our lives! But lets leave all that to another blogpost!
couple shoot by the sea
When Audrey told us she was coming to Porto and wanted André to take photos of her and her boyfriend Nicolas, we felt not only excited but also honored. We met Audrey a couple of years ago in Paris and since then we never lost contact! Audrey is also a film photographer known for her unmistakable fashion house-inspired aesthetic, so it was quite easy to shoot her and Nicolas.
The chemistry between the two is more than obvious, which made everything even easier to shoot! And on top of everything, the weather decided to help us, and a absolutely magical sunset with a mystical fog added even more romanticism to this session and consequently helped translate that almost poetic atmosphere of a late afternoon on a beach in Matosinhos, here in our lovely hometown, Porto.
We hope you enjoy these images as much as we do!
destination wedding in the north of portugal
So excited to finally share this destination we shoot last year at Paço dos Duques, in Guimarães! It was such a beautiful day and we couldn't be more proud to be part of it!
Portugal was a second home growing up for me. It is where my parents were born, where I spent my summer vacations with my grandparents, and it is still my favorite place to visit. Before we were engaged, on our first trip to Portugal together, we took a day trip to Guimarães. We immediately fell in love with the city’s charm and character. In fact, while sitting at a café in the town square, having a glass of wine, we even discussed how this would be the perfect location for a wedding. Fast forward three years, and happening by chance, our amazing wedding planners presented us with the Paço dos Duques de Bragança as an option. We were shocked as it wasn’t on our initial list and we didn’t know it was a wedding venue, but we knew right then that it was meant to be.
The palace is a unique venue. Its grandeur was very intimidating considering we wanted a smaller wedding. But at the same time, it is extremely beautiful and elegant. Throw in candlelight and a perfect summer night under the stars – we had no doubt that it would still be an intimate wedding. And hey, what girl wouldn’t want to get married in a castle?
Before our wedding, two of our close friends offered us a piece of advice that they had received. They said, “No matter what, don’t get separated. Stay together the whole time or else the night will get away from you.” We took this to heart, and it was the best advice we could have received. From the time we met at the altar at 5 PM until the sun was coming up and the party still going strong at 5 AM, we were inseparable, sharing every little detail together. We had two moments that were shared between just the two of us that will always be some of our fondest memories of the day. The first was our first look, and it was everything we wanted. Quiet, intimate, sharing that moment of excitement – “We’re about to get married!” – to start the day right. The second was the first time we were being introduced as husband and wife. To keep it a surprise, we decided that we were going to wait to see the inside of the venue until this moment. Once we turned the corner, we both let out two gasps. It was a year’s worth of planning in one instant, and thanks to our amazing wedding planners, it surpassed our wildest expectations.
From our awesome groom, Eric: Any other “destination wedding” location couldn’t compare, not just because of the country’s beauty and people, but due to the place it holds in the hearts of my bride and her family.
Film Photography: André Teixeira, Branco Prata | Wedding planning & Design: The Wedding Company | Floral design: Decoflorália | Wedding cake: T Bakes | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Groom's attire: John Varvatos | Venue: Paço dos Duques | Make Up artist: Sky Walk Her | Hair designer: Vasco Freitas | Videography: The Amazing Rabbit | Invitation suite: Haint Blue Collective