Miki and Paulo’s wedding in Portugal was sent to us  by Luis Efigénio Photography and there are just so many things that I love about their wedding, I’m not too sure where to start. Not only did they manage to incorporate three different cultures into their big day (Paulo’s parents are Portuguese and Miki is Japanese) they planned everything from the UK. Miki tells us how this loved up pair got together…..

Wedding in Portugal

Wedding in Portugal

“Our story is one of the rare success stories for on-line dating. We first encountered each other on a website, and starting swapping messages. Two weeks later, we decided to meet for our first date at a small Italian Restaurant in Central London – and hit it off immediately. We then dated for over 2 years until Paulo plucked up the courage to propose to me.”

Wedding in Portugal

Wedding in Portugal

“Like all couples, we decided to get married somewhere special and given our unique background, we had a choice of 3 possible destinations – the UK, Portugal and Japan. We first decided to pick a country. We looked at the UK, but wanted something a little different – which meant Portugal or Japan. Japan would have been fantastic, but it would have been too far for the vast majority of our guests and with Portugal’s great weather, food, and fantastic locations, it ended up being an easy choice for us. We had also spent a lot of time there so it helped that we knew it well. So after we made our decision, we took a tour of Portugal visiting many stunning places, but when we saw the Pousada de Amares in Santa Maria Do Bouro – we stopped looking. We knew this was going to be the place”

“We didn’t have a wedding planner and decided to do it all ourselves. The biggest challenge we had to face was finding the venue and after that, the suppliers. But lucky enough, the event co-ordinator at the venue we finally picked was great and directed us to some local suppliers. Over the course of several trips to Portugal, we were able to visit all the suppliers to see what they could do for us.”

I think the venue is just so beautiful, look at that tree! Miki and Paulo had a vision for their wedding and naturally, it was really important to them that they found a way to include Portuguese, British and Japanese traditions into their day.

“We really wanted our wedding to be fun for everyone. We also wanted to incorporate the 3 different cultures. Paulo’s background was taken care of through the venue and the food which was traditional Portuguese. My Japanese heritage was represented through the use of many Japanese wedding customs – such as the Sake Barrel Breaking Ceremony, special origami based name cards and Japanese favours. The reception dinner took many cues from English culture such as the traditional speeches. As well as all that, we had reading in all 3 languages during the Ceremony.”

“For some fun we chose the theme “Family Guy” for our reception… We are both really big fans! We named the tables after the characters and played the theme music and our favourite quotes during the dinner”

Any advice for the destination bride (or groom of course) to be? “We would suggest to anyone considering a destination wedding, if at all possible, to travel to the venue to evaluate it and the suppliers. We may many trips there to ensure that the food, the transport, the flowers and the other suppliers were all exceptional. One of the best decisions we made was to run a creche. Many of our guests had children and having a professional creche available for them to leave the kids with meant that they could have some fun at the wedding too. And the kids also enjoyed it, with clowns, a special kids meal, face painting and other activities. And finally, we hired a coach for our guests to get them to and from the airport to the venue which made things easier.”

Photographer: Luis Efigénio Photography | Venue: Pousadas de Amares | Groom & groom’s men suits: Miasposa, London | Bridal Dress: Maggie Sottero – Miasposa, London | Flowers & centrepieces: Pousadas de Portugal | Hair & Makeup: Fernando Pinto, Sta. Maria Do Bouro | Creche: Creche Morangos, Braga – Portugal | Music (string quartet & DJ): Algarve Music Agency | Cake: Bezerra & Bezerra, Braga | Coaches for guests: Empresa Hoteleira do Geres | Invitations: The Letter Press


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