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Kailee and Tim, on a whim, decided to visit Portugal to celebrate their engagement!  They both live in Alberta Canada and are planing their wedding in the Rockies next summer.  We got together with them in Cacelha Velha, a picturesque fishing village on the eastern side of the Algarve.  They were staying on Praia Verde close to Tavira enjoying all the sun and wine of Portugal. To mark the occasion they wanted a fun portrait session capturing all the charm of the Algarve and their new adventure together!  So we strolled along the cobbled narrow streets, down to the fishing huts with colourful boats sprinkled on the sea.  Walked barefoot on the sand, climbed the sand dunes, played in the water, watched the sunset and had a blast!

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A couple of days earlier, in the Algarve .   .   .

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Maggie and David live in Hong Kong, they got married in Portugal this summer at Palácio Marques de Fronteira, a beautiful estate in Lisbon.  While in Portugal they made a road trip to the Algarve for their engagement session on Alvor beach – certainly our favourite spot!  We walked in the clifftop gardens and the pretty beach coves and got to know these two lovebirds.

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Family and friends from across the world as well as from Portugal came to celebrate Maggie and David’s wedding in Lisbon at the beautiful Palacio Marques de Fronteira.  Their wedding was an eclectic mix of Portuguese and Chinese traditions.

The day buzzed with excitement! We are so excited to share a bit of their adventure…

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 Wedding Venue:  Palacio Marques de Fronteira, Lisbon, Portugal

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So we took a road trip up to the outerworldly west coast beach near Vale do Bispo in the Algarve with Jess and Bruce this Autumn.  Bruce had just proposed to Jess a few days ago on this trip.  They are fellow Canadians from Toronto and we wanted to show them a quiter, less explored side of the Algarve.  The west coast is always so unique and unpredictable.  Magical mists rise in the evenings, the water shimmers as the sun dips on the horizon, the light is golden and the rocks soak it in and reflect it back in such a magical way that we are always at awe gazing into its landscapes.  With Jess and Bruce we took a stroll along the coast from one end of the beach, the tide was so far out that the other end looked like an infinity away.  A truly romantic landscape for such a romantic occasion.

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Shea and Felix literally tied the knot this summer with a traditional Celtic knot ceremony at their wedding in Caldas de Monchique. They picked a pretty chapel on a hilltop for their romantic and intimate ceremony. Followed by a reception at 1962.

Traditional Algarve fish and shellfish Cataplana was served family style and everyone danced like no one is watching under the ferry lights in the courtyard.  It was a hot summer night, perfect for an outdoor party, even some neighbours joined in the fun as the music went late into the night.

The theme of their destination wedding in Portugal was “Diner en Blanc”. All guests were requested to dress in a palette of white, for this summery, laid back, al fresco party!

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The Dîner en Blanc concept began in Paris in 1988 when Frenchman François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant outdoor dinner at Bois de Boulogne, asking them to dress in white so they could find each other.  Today, Dîner en Blanc is a worldwide event, spanning six continents, in which people flash-gather in a public space and set up a temporary, chic dining area.

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. . . Shea’s mom is a baker, she made their pretty wedding cake – by the end of the night it was eaten in its entirety!

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Caldas de Monchique is a spa town set in a beautifully wooded ravine in the Monchique Mountains in the Algarve region of Portugal. It has been famous for its waters, which supposedly have healing properties, since Roman times.
The cobbled, tree-shaded main square is surrounded by lovely nineteenth-century buildings and the wooded setting offers a sense of peace, calm and relaxing time in the lap of nature.

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Wedding Venue: 1692 Restaurant, Caldas De Monchique   |   Wedding Planner: Natasha from Algarve Weddings and Blessings

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Loida and Ljuba were married this summer in the beautiful vineyard at Quinta De Sant’ Ana in Gradil just outside of Lisbon. They both live in Kuwait but have European heritage and a destination wedding in Portugal was a perfect meeting point for all!

Loida and Ljuba are a Serbian/Irish couple whose day was a fusion of their 2 cultures; – “think Rakiya shots after some Irish dancing!” – Loida

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“We first met in Kuwait at high school back in the late 90s-early ’00s. Our circle of friends overlapped but we were not close. Fast forward 12 years, after university and working abroad for some time, and we both found ourselves back in Kuwait! A mutual friend organised an informal reunion of a handful of our alumni. I thought “Damn! He cleaned up nicely!” Gone were the baggy pants and the too cool for school punk persona. In its place we’re slacks and a button down; he was preppy but had super funky shoes. And he was incredibly sweet! After a few meet ups, sparks started to fly!” – Loida

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The Proposal:

“We had been dating for 3 and a half years, and had traveled extensively together. They say its a good sign if a couple can travel together and not get irritated with one another! We had traveled to Cape Town, Oman, Dubai, Paris, Istanbul… He met my huge (loveable but somewhat intimidating) extended family in Ireland, I had gone sailing with his family in Croatia (a week on a boat with your potential future inlaws!). Travel is a mutual love of ours and leading a nomadic expat life was important to both of us. We recognised that in one another. He bought the ring around April of 2015 – with the help of 2 of my bridesmaids and friends. One hacked my Pinterest account and found ring styles I loved, one facilitated its delivery to Kuwait from the States. Everyone was in on it and knew it was coming! He was just looking for the right place and time. It ended up being Dubai! We were walking through DIFC after a lovely meal at Zuma and a bit too much sake… I did a little twirl and when I turned back round – he was on one knee! I just sort of gaped at him in shock for a few minutes! The hotel bar staff were sweet and kept the bar open for us to celebrate. We kept our engagement a secret until the next morning to just enjoy the moment.”

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Wedding Venue: Quinta de Sant’Ana, Gradil, Portugal   |   Wedding Planer and Stylist: Ann from Quinta de Sant’Ana

Hair and Make up: Raquel Raposo & Joana Moreira   |   Wedding Video: The Amazing Rabbit  |  Band: Cottas Club

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Check out Loida + Ljuba’s Engagement session in the Algarve

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