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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
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Eyes Wide Shut Meets Friday 13th Wedding

Soraia and Hugo’s dark and spooky wedding was held on Friday 13th in Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal. Although they didn’t have really specific inspiration or references they went back to when pulling together the theme, they wanted it to be dark, yet meaningful to them. The bride wore her mother’s wedding dress, for example, which she had altered into her own style including adding a hooded cape!

“Every little detail was meaningful,” the bride told us, “like my dress, the date we chose (Friday 13th) and the dark but beautiful decorations,. We used a coffin to put the beverages at the reception and a little coffin to put the rings in. Our first dance was inspired by the demon dance from Eyes Wide Shut.”

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Simple & Romantic Boho Wedding

Portugese lovers Mafalda and Carlos met through mutual friends at a beach party. “We joke that it was love at second sight,” Mafalda told us, “because on the first day I thought we had nothing in common!”

They began planning a completely different wedding, but when they found people’s opinions confusing matters for them, decided to strip things back and do things just as they wanted them. “The decor and style was really important for me. Carlos and I chose every single detail.”

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“Up” Inspired Portuguese Wedding with 3000 Balloons!

Three words: Up-inspired balloons! Okay, loads more words: Camelia and Tim’s wedding was a dreamy laid back affair in a stunning Portuguese retreat where the focus was on fun, friends and family.

Camelia and Tim knew they wanted to get married outside and for it to be totally informal, which took their search abroad. Having visited Sintra in Portugal for a festival called Boom, once they found The Quinta they knew it was the perfect place for them to get married (before they’d even visited!) A beautiful venue in its own right, they totally knocked it to a whole new level with 3000 brightly coloured balloons tumbling out of the window onto the lawn to resemble the house from Disney Pixar’s “Up”.

Although there wasn’t an overriding theme, their wedding celebration had a total festival feel. Having met at a festival and first realised the spark during another, the whole weekend focused on laid back vibes and great times. “We’d been told by other couples that the wedding day goes fast, so with this in mind we decided to have a three-day wedding (a bit like a festival!) so we could maximise our time with our nearest and dearest. We also like to party!” Camelia explains.

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Black Sand Beach Ceremony in Azores with Everyone in Masks

When it came to their wedding day, Twyla and Gary knew they wanted to do it somewhere beautiful to celebrate their nine years of being together. They also want want the day to be about timelines and details. They had no cake, no bridesmaids and only used wild flowers collected from the local area. They just wanted to enjoy the day together and be present in the moment, so thatʼs exactly what they focused on.

“As a photographer myself I have attended enough traditional weddings to know that I didnʼt want this day to be traditional,” began Twyla. “The details didn’t matter to us and we didn’t want to have to follow a timeline on the day. We just wanted to enjoy our day and be in the moment. Being together was the most important part and Azores in Portugal provided more than any flowers and mason jars ever could. Our wedding was about adventure, happiness and love.”

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Alternative Beach Elopement in Lisbon

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Anja and Almir eloped in Lisbon, Portugal. They started the day with a legal ceremony, followed by some photographs around the city. However their second ceremony, on a beach in Bafureira was the one they felt most connected too.

“Our wedding was about celebrating ourselves and starting our new life together the way that felt most natural”, the bride said. “We did it just for the two of us. We were inspired by Lisbon itself for the photos we had taken.”

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“Nobody knew about our plans to get married”, she continued. “We informed our family and friends after our ‘weddingmoon’. We also did things very quickly, planning it all in under a month. In that time we booked flights (we are from Vienna), our hotel, hair and make up, flowers and made a wedding arch. We spend less than two hours finding out outfits. My dress was from H&M. We had no formal reception, we just booked a restaurant for dinner the day before! We also booked a tuk-tuk for a ride across Lisbon’s oldest parts to take photos.”

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