Back in 2004, when we launch Brancoprata, there were no inspirational blogs, there was no Instagram or Instastories and we basically had books and magazines as a reference when we were designing weddings. So imagine how we excited we always felt, every time Martha Stewart Weddings launched a new issue! For us MSW was like a sacred publication that we kept on our shelves (we still do, actually, together with their books) like a shrine. So it's safe to say, MSW is part of Brancoprata's story and for us feels like a milestone achieved to have one of our weddings on their front page! Enjoy this beautiful celebration that Jeannette Tavares from Evoke DC so brilliantly designed and planned!!
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Photography André Teixeira from Branco Prata | Flowers & Styling Sofia Ferreira from Branco Prata | Locations Villa Catalina | Event planning Design and Calligraphy Evoke Design and Creative | Catering Sensacions Catering | Videography Pixel | Stationery Saima Says Design | Cookies T Bakes | Music Nuno Franco | Rentals Crimons | Bride's gown Vera Wang | Veil and jewelry L'elite | Shoes Kate Spade | Hair and Makeup Estilista Barcelona | Bridesmaids Dresses Shona Joy | Groom's suit Richard Contratti | Lighting Atmosferas | Rings Tivol
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Our latest feature on Style Me Pretty is out and we coundl't be more happy! This brand editorial for Senhora da Guia Cascais Boutique Hotel is without a doubt, one of our favorite so far! There's always something so rewarding and exciting when you are working to promote a brand or a venue, specially when the end result is a true reflection of our client's aesthetic ! Check out the full feature here and enjoy.
Creative direction, styling and flowers: Sofia Ferreira, Brancoprata | Photography André Teixeira, Brancoprata| Wedding Dress Jurgita Bridal | Shoes Bella Belle Shoes | Stationery Nice Plume | Rentals Parque da Penha | Film Lab Carmencita Film Lab | Make up artist Andy Dyo | Hair Designer Raquel Raposo Hair design | Cake Designer Sweet Stylist - Weddings Cake Artist | Assistant to floral design: Decorelle | Venue Senhora da Guia Cascais Boutique Hotel | Planning Destination Weddings in Portugal
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So happy and honored to finally share the wedding of Klaudia and Ricardo in Algarve, last year! A small and intimate wedding, that was a true reflection of the couples personalities and sense of style Make sure you stop by Magnolia Rouge for the full feature!
destination wedding in a old monastery
Sharing this beautiful wedding on our journal today, make sure you read what our couple had to say and please check the full feature on Magnolia Rouge.
"We ended up meeting an old friend who was living in the U.K. at the time, but visiting Lisbon, for dinner on New Year’s Eve, and then we went and watched the fireworks over the river. While the trip was just for a few days, we absolutely fell in love with the city and country. We especially loved the people – the whole country seemed so low-key and relaxed, and we found the city pleasant and welcoming.
When we began looking for locations for the wedding, we knew that we wanted to do a destination wedding. Portugal immediately came to mind and we initially thought that Lisbon would be perfect – we felt confident with fond memories of the wonderful time we had over New Years that we could find an amazing venue and really show our friends and family a beautiful time.
When we started looking for venues in Portugal, it was important that the features represented both our interests: architecture and history. We wanted a venue that was unique, with old architecture, big, oversized, and represented the culture of Portugal, but with current and new amenities for our guests. We originally considered the Lisbon area, however so happy we expanded and considering other venues around the entire country. At the POUSADA MOSTEIRO DE AMARES, we found everything we wanted. The original design and architecture of the building were beautiful which resulted in a breathtaking setting for our wedding day, but also for the days leading up to our big day. An old monastery beautifully converted into a hotel, all the rooms and amenities were modern however, and would make our guests comfortable."
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