Cecilia & Luciano wanted a simple wedding inspired by their choice of venue, Pousada Estrela D’água, in Trancoso, Brazil. “My inspiration was the wedding venue”, explained the bride. “The village of Trancoso, Bahia, is beautiful and simple at the same time. That’s what I sought in all my wedding decisions. I did not want anything too pretentious. For the decorations we used photos of family and tablecloths that belonged to our great grandmothers. The decor had a bit of our history and showed a lot of our personality.”
Cecilia made her own dress from the lace of the veil that her mother-in-law wore when she married. She also designed and made the bridesmaid’s dresses. “There was no specific theme to anything really”, she continued. “We just tried to do everything as simple as possible.”
Gabriela & Vinícius, from Sao Paulo, wanted to run away with the circus for their March wedding. They hired a red top marquee, had circus themed stationery and even had circus performers as their evening entertainment!
“My husband and I work with art (I’m a tattoo artist and he’s musician), and we think the circus represents our total immersion in it,” began Gabriela. “I don’t know when we had this idea, but was perfect for us! Our ceremony was more philosophical than religious, with no focus on any specific religion, only with a idea of spirituality.”
“I did all the decorating myself, I think much prettier and more fun than just buying everything done for you. I decided to reuse things where possible and to use cheaper materials. It was also important for our wedding to not harm the environment. We made our own wedding outfits and constructed flowers and other embellishments from the left over fabric. We also collected bottles and glass jars to use on the tables. In short, it was almost all DIY, with our touch and tastes.”
“We had trouble finding circus inspiration from our home country of Brazil. I had no idea that we are still struggling creatively when compared with other countries. However our online searches enabled us to find some really cool ideas!
There’s something about this wedding that makes me wanna get up and dance. I’ve never been much of a salsa dancer (read: I’ve never tried it in my life) but these guys make it look seriously fun!
The April wedding of Tatiana & Luis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil had a massive party vibe. Both the ceremony and reception were held at Centro Cultural Carioca, a ‘house of samba’ bar located in an old building in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
The ceremony was officiated by a friend of the couple and it was full of love and especially laughter when he told funny stories about them both through out. “When the bride entered, the groom spontaneously grabbed her and gave her a great and long kiss”, wedding photographer Felipe Luz told me. “Everybody applauded.”
For their November wedding, Adriana & Daniel were keen to inject as much of both their cultures (Brazilian & British) into the day as possible. The event was held at Iate Clube de Búzios, a yacht club in Rio de Janeiro. The bride designed her own dress and used handmade lace from Renda Renascença with the help of dressmaker Inês Uemura.
“Sometimes you shoot a wedding that is so amazing, that it is only when you look back on your images and film that you can actually even remember what happened,” wedding photographer Maria of Studio 1208 told me. “The whole thing is so effortless, yet it moves like a beautiful old steam locomotive, thundering past you and carrying you away into some distant land.”
“Daniel & Adriana’s wedding was spectacular, yet it was never over the top or dressy. It somehow managed to harness two cultures perfectly, and ride them along the Brazilian sun coast to a carnival by the beach. The wedding was in a tiny white and blue church, packed to the rafters, people hanging in the doors and windows, just trying to get a glimpse. The live soundtrack to the day was provided by a great composer and accordion player, Dave Thomas, whose music is featured in our film. As if that wasn’t enough, at some point in the night, an incredible Brazilian live band started to play and Samba dancers appeared in a swirl of luminous colors and shining beads, encouraging even the tamest of spectators to do a little limbo.”
“To top it all off, best man, Michael, introduced his ‘pièce de résistance’ – a video message from a guest who unfortunately could not be at the wedding. It was none other Mr. Snoop Dog himself personally telling the happy couple, ‘From big Snoop Dogg, congratulations on your wedding. Stay down, stay with each other. Two lovers together forever. Believe dat.’ Believe that indeed!”