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For this photography essay, our starting point was the word “ambivalence” and the meaning behind it. So what’s the definition of this word and why do we feel so drawn to it? In a very basic way, ambivalence is the coexistence within an individual of positive and negative feelings towards the same action. Like everything in life, it’s normal to have mixed reactions about everything – even marriage!

We wanted a raw, honest exercise on a relationship between two people: true feelings that overcome the flaws; heartfelt words spoken that make you forget everything else; and, the acknowledgement that perfection is tangible only when you realize that your strength is built on the good and the bad. We wanted our images to focus on the couple and the space – the actions and movements between the two and their reactions to the scene.

We chose a simple and discreet environment with unpretentious details so the couple stood out. With this type of focus in life, it allows us to realize that indecision or uncertainty are also part of the path to reach a joyful outcome!

 

This editorial was featured on Once Wed, make sure you follow this link to see the full feature.

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Photographer: André Teixeira Brancoprata  |Creative director & Floral Designer: Sofia Ferreira Brancoprata | Dress: Otaduy | Make Up: Marlene Vinha with Pretty Exquisite | Hair: Alexandre Ribeiro with Diff Hairdesigners | Venue: Casa Bom Fim Heritage House & Garden | Fashion Styling: Diana Vinha with Pretty Exquisite |Videography:  Fábio Coelho with The Amazing Rabbit | Cake & Cookies: Tânia Sérgio with T Bakes | Models: Best Models Agency | Rentals: Parque da Penha | Jewelry: Mesh |  Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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SIMPLE EUROPEAN WEDDING IDEAS IN A WHITE AND GREEN PALETTE

This venue located in the North of Portugal dates from the beginning of 12th century. An old Monastery embellished by perfectly designed paths and artistic fountains has a graceful garden with a small pond, where you can still see the old retaining wall of stone. The massive walls, with various colors and unique textures of this stone Monastery, are absolutely captivating and inspired us for this editorial and of course, were the perfect framing for every image! 

A mix of old and new, a truly classic feel with contemporary touches, modern accents paired with a romantic young couple completely in love with each other. Above all, we wanted to showcase a simple elegance that follows no trends. In a time where everything is a click away, we wanted to take a step back and truly appreciate the importance of the 5 senses. To experience each and every one of them: to taste a sweet flavor, to truly see and hear what’s around us, to take the time to feel every texture of every wall, of every stone, of every door and to smell every plant, every rose garden. Because the most important and significant moments in life get more real when you acknowledge everything that surrounds you.
 
{This editorial was featured on Once Wed.}
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Photographer: André Teixeira, Brancoprata | Venue: Mosteiro de Landim | Floral Design + Styling and Paper Details: Sofia Ferreira, Brancoprata | Makeup: Marlene Vinha, Pretty Exquisite | Hair Designer: Diff Hair Designers | Dress: Otaduy | Boots + Jewelry: Parfois | Groom’s Outfit: Zara | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Cake Design + Tasting and Cookies: T Bakes | Rentals: Saiotes & ETC | Models: Maria João Cunha Afonso Romano

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Every change we get, we create something that showcases our own aesthetics as a brand, and we usually call it Inspired Gatherings. Normally is not a full editorial with model or too heavy on details and styling, but everytime, each image speaks to us in a way we truly relate as a brand. For our latest Inspired Gathering, we paired withT Bakes, who designed this next spectacular cake and cookies.

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Film Photography: André Teixeira, Branco Prata | Creative Direction & styling: Sofia, Ferreira, Branco Prata | Wedding cake and cookies: T Bakes | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab |

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workshop greg finck

Last May we traveled to the South of France to design and style the third edition of Greg Finck's workshop. This year Greg challenged us to create something inspired by Alice in Wonderland (please make sure to follow this link, to see the actual images of the workshop taken by Greg Finck).

Although we were completely emerged in the creation of each set and we didn't had anytime to spare, André was able to save a few minutes to snap a handful of images. 

This editorial is quite meaningful to us, it was a long but exciting process and to do creative direction with no boundaries is like a dream come true for a designer! I have to say my favorite part of this experience was when the workshop attendees first saw the Queen of Hearts set up!! The Queen was expecting them in the middle of the forest looking absolutely stunning and terrifying and it almost felt like they were in Wonderland!

A massive thank you to the whole team, this could never happen without this talented, incredible group of people: Laetitia from Floral Design Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier who always designs the most beautiful flowers, my girl crush Rime Arodaky who sometimes I honestly think, lives inside my head and was able to design 2 dresses that were absolutely perfect, Tânia from T Bakes Atelier who I trust completely in various aspects, my dear Camille Bonardi who created the perfect look, my friend  Pascal Dele who tells the stories like non other,the adorable girls at Nice Plume and Creme de Papier who designed beautiful paper details for the workshop, the owners of Les Domaines de Patras who help us with production and setting up, the girls at Canigueral for sending stunning tabletops all the way from Spain,  Heart of Gold Design who designed that incredible head piece for our Queen, Bella Belle Shoes for sending us the perfect pair of shoes, and of course, last but definitely not least, our dear friend and talented photographer, who always trusts our vision, Greg Finck.

Finally, if you work on weddings, make sure you sign up for the next edition of Greg Finck's workshop, in Paris next year, it's going to be crazy good!!

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Creative direction & styling Sofia Ferreira, Brancoprata |  Film photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata during Greg Finck Workshop production |Floral design Floral Design Laetitia C. - fleurs d'atelier | Bespoke Dresses & fashion styling Rime Arodaky | Shoes Bella Belle Shoes | Cakes T Bakes Atelier | Hair + Makeup Camille Bonardi | Calligraphy Nice Plume | Stationery Creme de Papier | Location Les Domaines de Patras | Cinematography Pascal Dele | Tabletops Canigueral | Crown + Headpieces Heart of Gold Design | 

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fall wedding in portugal

Last year we designed and shoot this wedding in Braga, at Hotel do Parque. Because it was raining so much that day, the ceremony was inside the Hotel. Actually it rained the entire day and all the portraits had to be taken inside the Hotel, it was quite challenging, but definitely worth the risk! Also, we love how the use of bold colors turned out, creating an impactful setting for dinner.

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Photographer André Teixeira from Brancoprata | Floral design & styling Sofia Ferreira from Brancoprata | Lab Carmencita Film Lab | Make up Marlene Vinha from Pretty Exquisite | Venue Hotel do Parque | Jewelry Juliana Bezerra

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