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Nancy + Mike, Engagement “up north” (well, the middle) in Ourem, Portugal

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“At the end of May we set off on a road trip for Nancy and Mike’s destination wedding in Ourem Portugal.

We had first met them in a coffee shop, downtown Toronto, while visiting Canada last winter and were so excited to see them again this spring for their engagement session.  Ourem is an old medieval town situated on a hill with lots of history and amazing views.  We took a stroll around the old castle and down some rustic narrow streets that led us to a beautiful 15th century water fountain in a small quiet square.  We walked though fields of overgrown wild flowers and climbed the castle ruins.

We had an amazing adventure exploring Ourem together.  A couple of days later we photographed their wedding at a beautiful vineyard just on the outskirts of town.”

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“In front lay the rich tilled plains of Ourém. In magnificent majesty rose a castle, like a sentinel.  Battered by the centuries, it stood against the morning sky, gilded by the sun, leaving the horizon in a mysterious shadow.” – Rev. Galamba de Oliveira

The Castle of Ourém, sometimes called the Fatima Castle, is located on top of an isolated mountain that rises out of a vineyard-filled valley in central Portugal. A prodigious mountain spring, together with the high ground, has provided a natural site for fortification since prehistoric times.

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