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Zoe and Ben tied the knot this summer at one of our favourite places in the Algarve.  The totally unique Boneca Bar is hidden in the rock formations out at Algar Seco, near Carvoeiro.  A network of rock pools and caves, that are pretty spectacular, “a walk of nature art created by erosion.” Most iconic is the large formation that, from the sea, is said to resemble a doll’s head: A Boneca.

These two are an amazing pair, planning a destination wedding while both studying for their doctors exams!  It was a beautiful celebration with family and friends, bursting with love and life, and an adventurous spirit.  The pair and their guests spent time exporing the caves, walking along the cliffs edges, even rock climbing to admire the sea and the coastline and the view as the sun set over the horizon.  

Both Zoe and Ben love to travel and Portugal was just a first stop on their epic adventure together!

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The spectacular cliffs of Algar Seco have long been a landmark in Carvoeiro, but that’s not just because of their natural beauty. They also hold a story that’s very much a part of the town itself.

Legend has it that, long ago, there lived a beautiful princess called Princess Alfanzina, who fell in love with a poor coaler (a carvoeiro). Her father disapproved of the relationship between his daughter and a commoner, so the youngsters would meet in secret at Algar Seco. It’s said that the king learnt of their secret meetings and, upon finding the two lovers, killed the Carvoeiro with a dagger and his body fell into the sea. Broken-hearted, the princess would return to the spot and mourn the loss of her lover. As her tears fell to the ground, they formed the holes in the rocks that we see today.

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: Boneca Bar, Carvoeiro   |   Wedding Planner: Weddings by Sonho a Dois

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Fashion Lifestyle Portugal

On Location in Quinta Do Sol, Lisbon

Model: Rita Luz from Best Models

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Nude Bodysuit: American Apparel | Jean Overalls: Anthropologie | Shoes: Free People | White Blouse: Top Shop | White ruffled top and Nude Skirt: Pull & Bear | Nude Dress: Vintage | Boots: San Marina  |  Blue Dress & Blue and White stripped top: Oysho | Tulle Skirt: Hand made by seamstress in Lagos, Carmelita Pelita

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We found this house on Air BnB.  It was a great place for the shoot, it had a lot of its own personality and character.  We contacted Rita at Best Models, we loved her look and have worked with her before on another shoot, Rita on Adraga Beach.

Rita did her own make up and between the two of us we did her hair.  The styling was also by Matt and I.  A few  wardrobe pieces were dug out from my closet, some of them have been my favourite for ages.  The jean halter overalls from Antropologie that I got in Seattle.  The vintage nude dress from Paris.  The white blouse with collar detail from a Top Shop in Istanbul.  The Sam Marina boots from that day it poured in Cannes and all I had was sandals!  The Tulle Skirt from my wedding….

Love this little trip down memory lane.

xo

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Doro and Nils are both from Germany, they fell in love with Portugal on one of their visits and choose it as a destination for their beautiful beach wedding.  Praia das Furnas is a secluded patch of paradise in the western Algarve.  It was the perfect spot for an intimate, romantic ceremony.  They loved the beach so much they incorporated it into the ceremony by bottling up a small portion of it in a necklace to exchange for each of them to wear.

A casual Portuguese style BBQ reception was held at Cabanas beach bar and restaurant near Burgao.  At sunset of course we went for a stroll along the shore and climbed some rocks to catch the last light.  These two are so energetic and so sweet together we loved exploring this stunning beach with them.

It was one of the hottest days of the summer, so naturally there were lots of splashes in the water!

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Ceremony Venue: Praia Das Furnas, Algarve  |   Reception Venue and Catering: Cabanas Beach Bar and Restaurant  |  Wedding Planner: Studio Victorias, Weddings in Portugal  |  Make-up: Katya Kornilova   |   Hair: Sisters Hair Studio  |  Decorations and Flowers: Decorelle  |  Wedding Band: Peyoti |  Wedding Dress: Rembo Styling

Doro + Nils engagement session last autumn on the west caost was awesome too!  So much fun, check it out HERE.

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Elizabeth and Rob hosted an awesome party full of colour and life the evening before their wedding at Quinta De Sant’Ana.  It was an opportunity for their families to meet for the first time and bond over some great food, wine and of course dancing!

Rob is originally from the UK and Elizabeth is from BC in Canada. They now live in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where Rob is a private chef on luxury yachts! – so you know the wedding meal was amazing!

Their wedding was sprinkled with old and new, unique traditions, a special mix of English and Indian, Canadian and French customs and cultures.

A pretty awesome destination wedding in Portugal!

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The Day Before…

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Wedding Day

 

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Venue: Quinta De Sant’Ana   |   Video: I Do Films    |   DJ: Tiggy

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Zak proposed to Melody in the Algarve – just earlier this day!  And for their engagement session we strolled on the beach of Vale dos Homens, on the west coast near Aljezur.  From here, they road tripped up to Lisbon and Porto, exploring Portugal – the beginning of their new adventure together.  They will be getting married in California, where they both live, but perhaps they just may choose to have a destination wedding here, in the pretty Algarve landscape!  xo

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