Make Waves: A Destination Wedding Themed Shoot with W Algarve

Perched on Southern Portugal’s iconic cliffs, minutes away from Albufeira and walking distance from three incredible beaches, W Algarve is the latest and highly anticipated addition to W Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio.

Our photo shoot team were commissioned to shoot a wedding and lifestyle editorial at the hotel and let me tell you, this was my the most incredible experience! It was such a fun (yet challenging!) adventure. Inspired by the style of the hotel itself, we were influenced by elements such as the locally made iridescent tiles which feature throughout the property, as well as the location’s striking natural scenery and local Portuguese artisans. We didn’t want to style the models in a way which would fight with the natural beauty of the hotel and region, we wanted to compliment it.

We hired five models, three from the UK and two locals, making this – by far – the biggest shoot we’ve ever done. It was such a GREAT experience and I’m totally manifesting more destination photos shoots in my future – just you try and stop me!

Here are all the wedding looks we shot, whether you’re having a destination wedding yourself or not, I hope these will inspire you for your own wedding day outfits.

LOOK ONE

Dress: Maids to Measure // Shoes: Primark // Headpiece: Saint Beth // Veil: Rock n Veil //
Suit & Shirt: Twisted Tailor // Sunglasses: Scamp and Dude // Pocket Square: Slaters // Trainers: Koi Footwear

LOOK TWO

Dress: Jeannelle L’Amour via Love in Lace Bridal // Headpiece: Wolf and Moon // Bouquet: Aimee Maxelon Art
Suit & Shirt: Twisted Tailor // Shoes: ASOS // Buttonhole: Aimee Maxelon Art // Pocket Square: Slaters

LOOK THREE

Dress: Alyce Jayne Bridal // Headpiece: Carbickova Crowns // Shoes: Studio by Charlotte

LOOK FOUR

Suits: Slaters // Shirts: Marks & Spencer, Twisted Tailor // Shoes: Jeffery West, ASOS // Sunglasses: Emporio Armani, Ray Ban

LOOK FIVE

Dress: Chotronette // Shoes: Studio by Charlotte // Earrings: Wolf and Moon

LOOK SIX

Jackets: Marks & Spencer // Shirts: Marks & Spencer, Twisted Tailor // Trousers: Slaters // Shoes: Jeffery West, ASOS

LOOK SEVEN

Dress & Belt: Kate Edmondson // Shoes: Gio Rodrigues // Earrings: Maids to Measure // Veil: Kirsty Doyle Weddings // Sunglasses Hollywood Vintage Sunglasses // Bag: Studio by Charlotte

Wow it was really so difficult to narrow everything down to one article – we shot SO much! If you love these, do have a scroll through the gallery below to see the full set. I’m so very proud of my team and I for what we pulled off with this shoot. DREAM. JOB!

This shoot originally appeared in Rock n Roll Bride magazine, issue 45 (July/Aug 2022). Our current issue is now on sale, or why not subscribe so you never miss one? UK postage is free and we ship worldwide.

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