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Friday, December 27, 2013

Portugal Destination Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Images Will Tell

It’s said true love should be comfortable and familiar, just like home. So it’s entirely appropriate that Ruben and Renee traveled back to the place they grew up for their destination wedding: Azambuja, Portugal. The U.K. couple never had any doubts about their decision as most of their guests lived in Portugal, the weather was much more reliable and it also happened to be far less expensive than saying “I do” in England.

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Renee and Ruben had realistic expectations going into the planning process and were prepared for the work involved in their DIY wedding. “It’s important to know that you ­cannot please everyone and there will always be people who can’t attend a destination wedding,” says the bride. After all was said and done, the couple was joined by 15 of their nearest and dearest for their wedding.

Thankfully, this bride was prepared for the planning process and speaking the language of her destination surely came in handy! “I [made] a timeline and tried to stick to it in the eight months leading up to the wedding,” recalls the bride. “I also created a new Gmail account in order to keep everything wedding related in the same place. It’s important to be aware of cultural differences. There were elements in our ceremony which had to be properly explained to the location in order for them to accommodate us.”

What resulted after months of planning was a Portuguese event this couple can be proud of! Renee and Ruben consider Portugal their second home and can’t imagine having said “I do” anywhere else! This bride has some final words of advice for other couples planning their own dream destination wedding. “My advice is to be confident in what you want for your big day, but don’t get stuck on the little details. Planning a wedding abroad is a lot of fun, so enjoy every bit of it – the big day goes by really fast and it’s nice to have all the memories leading up to it!”

Vendors: Photography: Images Will Tell, Ceremony/Reception Site: Quinta Vale de Fornos, Videography: Momentos Video, Gown Designer: A Bela Noiva, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Suits Inc., Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Designer: Dessy Group/Suits Inc.

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