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Anitta and Andrew are getting married next year!  They live in Boston, Andrew’s family is from the north of Portugal and Anitta is from Brazil.  They were visiting Portugal this summer and wanted to capture their love with an engagement session on the beach in the Algarve.  We loved spending the evening with these two, catching some sweet moments in the sun…

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Kyla and Sam are from Perth Australia.

All their guest too!

A dream destination wedding in Portugal and a holiday for all.

The pair tied the knot at Vila Monte Cristo in Lagos. Their wedding in western Algarve was an intimate and pretty ceremony held outside in the garden. The reception was a laid back BBQ on the property. A super chilled and relaxed party with family and friends.

After the wedding Sam and Kyla’s plans are to travel along the west coast of Portugal looking for great surfing spots! Later they will continue their journey from the north of Portugal to France and Italy. A fantastic adventure for the newlyweds!

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Lucy Fox: Portugal Wedding Celebrant  |  Tom Longhurst at Algarve Marquees – festoon & fairy lighting set-up  |  Dj Souza & Kaleidosonix | Venue: Casa Monte Cristo

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The coast west of Lagos, as far as Sagres, remains one of the least spoiled and most beautiful parts of the Algarve, largely thanks to the Parque Natural da Costa Vicentina.  Most of the coast is linked by a craggy coast path and you can easily walk between the villages: Salema to Luz, or Luz to Lagos, in particular, are beautiful routes.

Lagos is one of the Algarve’s most attractive and historic towns, its centre is enclosed in fourteenth-century walls at the mouth of the Ribeira de Bensafrim. For all its historical significance, Lagos’s main attraction is its proximity to some of the region’s best beaches. To the east is the long sweep of Meia Praia, while to the west – from Praia de Dona Ana to Porto de Mós– you’ll find the series of coves, caves and rock stacks for which the Algarve is best known. Find out more on ROUGH GUIDES.

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So we kicked off this year with a trip to New Zealand!

An adventure we have been wanting to go on for a long time. We rented a camper van and off we went for three weeks to explore the south island!

As our plans were coming together last summer we got an e mail from Milly and Dan. A couple of Aussies in love, planing a spring wedding at a horse ranch and farm a little bit south of Sydney.  We were more then ecstatic when we received the email, it was an honour for us to be asked to shoot a wedding such a long distance away. It was serendipitous that we were planning to be in New Zealand around this time and were so excited to see a bit of Australia as well.

The Terrara House Estate is a country wedding venue with old stables, they now take care of rescue horses. It is a beautiful house with lots of charm and 18th century french aesthetic. Milly and Dan loved the wide open space, all the greenery and the beautiful horses in the vast fields.

It was an incredible celebration, so full of love and life, laughter and happy tears.

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Venue: Terrara House Estate NSW Australia

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We’re famous!

Over the past few months we have showcased our work in Print and on some amazing wedding inspiration and fashion blogs! We are honoured to have our work selected and want to send out a big THANK YOU to all who shared our photographs.

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life on Instagram 2017 cover

‘A beguiling compendium of some of the best shots uploaded [to Instagram], juxtaposing many different visual stories in many different styles’ – Stephen Bayley, Telegraph
‘In these pages are beauty, intrigue, sadness and comedy’ – Newsweek
‘A simple but stunning visual journal of the way we live today’ – GlamourLife on Instagram 2017

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Antigua, Caribbean
Horses in the Sea! #antigua

By Matthew Ashwell @ashwellmatthew

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Idyllic Rainy Engagement Shoot in Paris, Natalie + Mike 

We are just about to fill your Thursday with an overdose of romance with this idyllic rainy engagement shoot in Paris! …

elopement in Paris

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Adam + Maria in the Josee

“A Magical Wedding in Portugal, featuring our unforgettable Josee Gown”

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Personal & Playful: Dan + Zia’s Destination Wedding in Portugal

The priority for Dan and Zia on their destination wedding day was to fill both the ceremony and reception with as much personality and playfulness as possible, without taking away from the serious sentiment of the day. They struck the balance perfectly with Sci-Fi inspired stationery and music choices, personalised vows, surprise readings and a divine Monique L’Huillier dress for Zia. Matt and Lena Photography documented the day which we think is the perfect inspiration for any of you who want to do a destination wedding that bit differently…

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Minela and Ismar: A Portugal Engagement

Avid travellers Minela and Ismar were engaged in their home town of Sarajevo last summer. On a visit to Portugal soon afterwards, the couple fell totally in love with its beautiful landscapes and mystical coastlines, which they decided to capture in a beachside engagement shoot.

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Homely Vintage Vila Wedding in Portugal, Wren + Sam

Weddings that double as holidays for the bride, groom and all their guests seem like an assortment of all the best things in life fused into one event. Wren and Sam sought to have exactly that for their big day …

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RITA ON PORTUGAL’S WILD WEST COST BEACH BY MATT + LENA PHOTOGRAPHY

summer fashion Lisbon

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Ines on the cover of JOULE mag Fall Issue

fashion photographer Lisbon

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Hayley + Tom’s Rustic Portugal Wedding

Today we are heading off to Costa Vincentian for this gorgeous laid back Portugal Wedding…

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Shot of the Month by Lena Roganovic

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Breed Weekly Showcase #130

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Lovely Spring Wedding in The Algarve
While Algarve is mostly known for its stunning coastlines and golden beaches, the wedding was done with the equally beautiful plains and landscapes of Portugal’s southernmost region in the background….

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Leanne and Dan inside Wedding Ideas Magazine

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Algarve Beach Wedding, Danielle + Andrew

Danielle and Andrew weren’t interested in the stress that comes with planning a wedding, so they opted for a really relaxed Algarve beach wedding instead. A party with all of their favourite people in one of the most beautiful locations in Europe, it was their dream wedding day and with flawless planning and design by Algarve Wedding Planners and talant like Matt + Lena in charge of capturing the day, it was everything they had ever hoped for and more.

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An Intimate, Edwardian Inspired Elopement in Portugal: Meadhbh & Raymond

I am utterly transfixed by today’s beautiful real wedding! Meadhbh & Raymond had an intimate elopment in Portugal and infused their day with a touch of incredible Edwardian style detail.

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Healthy and cookalicious treats for our furry friends🐾 Tested on humans who love dogs❤

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Cooka’s Cookies: “We are passionate about baking Wholesome, healthy, and 100% natural cookies for dogs. We just want to be perfect in what we do: Bake excellent cookies with the best ingredients for the best dogs – This is what we bake in our home kitchen – literally!

We harvest and use the best ingredients from local farms. We work with honest and caring fishmongers and butchers from surrounding villages to source the best.

Cookies are made in small batches to be as fresh as possible and always tested on humans – …one of them my husband… who actually adores them!” – Aline

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Photographing Aline and Alex with their Weimaraner puppies was awesome!  They are truly madly in love with their dogs and care deeply about their health and well being.  Cooka’s Cookies is Aline and Alex’s passion project that’s been in the making for years.  They have based themselves in Portugal, but hope to take their brand worldwide – to provide healthy and delicious food to all dogs, everywhere.

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Getting to know Aline and Alex was a “treat”.  For the shoot we stayed at their ‘in-the-making’ Bella Vista Boutique Farm in Sintra, Portugal.  They approached us about shooting their brand campaign in March of this year.  It was a proposal to capture them and their life on the farm with their 3 Weimaraner and 10 puppies!  It was a wonder we got any work done as they were so cute to play with!  Aline was a super entertaining host with many fascinating stories from her past as a model in LA and the south of France.  She was even photographed by  Steven Meisel early in her career – Sorry, I just had to name drop – I think it’s so cool!  Anyways over the 2 days we photographed Aline baking, shopping with Cooka at a local market, hanging out at the beach and their home with all their lovely dogs.

It was a total blast!

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