Joanna and Roger ~ Cuba Destination Wedding

Although we don’t feature venues in Cuba (yet), it is interesting to take a look at what a destination in Cuba could be like……

Kimberly Lavane Photography

Joanna and Roger are one of the most loving and caring couples I have had the pleasure of meeting. I met the pair through my friends and mentors, Jen and Randy from CJ Photography. Jen and Joanna are sisters.

I was so honored when Jen invited me to tag along with them to J&R’s wedding in Cuba to help with photography and her beautiful little girls. My fiance, Jeff, was able to take time and come join us. Joanna, Roger, their family and friends welcomed Jeff and I with open arms and we had the most amazing time with this very loving group. Nothing better then feeling accepted and to be apart of someone else’s family 🙂 Jeff got to know them all first, as I was ill the first couple days we were there, what a terrible start to the trip. But luckily with a lot of rest and…

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Wedding colours & themes

We could spend hours looking at different options for wedding colours and themes. Check out our Pinterest board to see some of our favourites. Also look our for our tips (coming soon) on applying these themes to your destination wedding:

One Fab Day (www.onefabday.com)

One Fab Day (www.onefabday.com)

Meet Roberta, our Rome based wedding planner

We are delighted to introduce our Rome based wedding planner, Roberta, to the Wanderlust Weddings family.

Roberta has over five years experience in wedding planning in Italy and has extensive knowledge and contacts needed for hosting a wedding in romantic Rome.

Destination Wedding Planner_Rome

Roberta has arranged weddings at some of the finest venues in Rome, several of which we will be featuring over the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy reading our interview with Roberta below which should give you some insight into why Rome could be the perfect destination for you……

What do you think Rome has to offer as a destination wedding location?

 Rome is the Eternal City, and can be chaotic and so Italian! However when it comes to magical weddings , it turns into a very special and unique place. Rome can offer some of the most beautiful and amazing venues in the world, with a dramatic scenery you won’t find anywhere else.

 How did you get into the wedding planning business?

 I started working in this wonderful industry with a very special mentor, Enzo Miccio, the most famous and televised wedding planner in Italy. He made me love the job I had always dreamed of.

 How long have you been a wedding planner?

 More than 5 years now, but I began planning weddings even before, while I was a site manager for a large marketing and events company

How will couples know if having a destination wedding is right for them?

Couples usually know it’s the right destination because they’ve been dreaming of it.  However when couples are not very  familiar with the location, they may not pick the right venue for them. That’s why they need help from someone who is experienced  and has local knowledge and contacts.

 What is your favourite wedding venue in Rome – for the ceremony and for the reception?

 I know everyone is looking for the best views and for wedding venues near the most famous monuments, but I work very often with some “hidden gems” that always leave my couples speechless…

Is it easy for non-Italian couples to get married in Rome/Italy? What advice would you give to couples who would like to have a destination wedding?

It’s quite easy to get married in Rome, but I definitely recommend that all couples seek help when planning their big day, to ensure they choose the best possible venue and so that they can relax in the knowledge that everything will be taken care of.

Belle Epoque Reception_Destination Wedding Rome

A dream wedding in Villa Aurelia_Destination Wedding Rome

Describe the process for having a wedding in Rome – what happens after we initially get in contact with you?

After first getting in contact (Roberta@wanderlust-weddings.com)  via email or Skype, I always like to hear the couple’s love story. I want to hear about the wedding of their dreams, what styles inspire them and what atomosphere they want to have for their guests; then I will suggest some wedding venues I think will best suit their desires, and that will be our starting point.    

How long do I need to plan a Rome wedding?

 We can provide a perfect wedding, no matter the time, but if you want a specific church or one of the most popular wedding venue in town, the earlier the better.

What do you think is the best thing about having a destination wedding?

You can combine a wonderful trip in your favourite country with your dream wedding, and share it all with your guests!

Describe your dream wedding…..

I don’t think there is an exact definition for a dream wedding, but what best defines it is when a couple tells me their wedding day exceeded their expectations beyond their dreams!  

For anyone interested in getting married in Rome, contact roberta@wanderlust-weddings.com to find out more!

A Dream Wedding in Villa Aurelia_Destination Wedding Rome

Belle Epoque Reception_Destination Wedding Rome

 

 

Look our for this incredible Irish wedding……

…..coming soon to Wanderlust Weddings. We cannot wait to share Jennifer and Andrew’s wonderful wedding which took place at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clondalkin Village (Dublin) followed by a romantic reception at Killashee House Hotel in Kildare, Ireland!

Killashee House Hotel_Nick O'Keeffe Photography http://nickokeeffephotography.ie/

Killashee House Hotel_Nick O’Keeffe Photography http://nickokeeffephotography.ie/

Thursday cake day: Cheese Wedding Cakes

Some lovely traditional wedding cake alternatives – The Cheese Cake. We like……

Newton&Strauss

Images (left – right): 1, 2 & 3 from The Fine Cheese Co.; 4 from Martha Stewart Images (left – right): 1, 2 & 3 from The Fine Cheese Co.; 4 from Martha Stewart

Today I have something different for you. Have you ever thought of cheese for your wedding cake?

These days you’ll find that not many guest eat cake at weddings as they mostly have too much wine. So why not a cake made from cheese to go with the wine? This will be something new and exciting that will have your guest talking – infact long after your wedding!

That being said, I have a surprise/treat for you…

DIY cheese wedding cakes:

Images: Just Judy Images: Just Judy


I’m sure you can find a company that will create a cake from cheese for you, but I think it’s more fun and personal to build your own. So, here is how!

To start, you will have to find a good and cost effective cheese supplier. Try out your…

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Wedding video from an amazing Algarve wedding

If any of you are wondering whether to use a videographer on your special day, check out the beautiful video by Orlando Horta from Emma and Andrew’s Algarve wedding:

Such a stunning destination wedding in the heart of the Algarve Portugal. We think Orlando’s videos give couples deciding whether to get married abroad a really great feel for what it would be like. Check out more videos on Orlando Horta’s site…..

Sunshine and Sparkles – Another Amazing Algarve Wedding

Emma and Andrew had their delightful destination wedding in the stunning Quinta Da Rocha close to Portimao and Alvor in the Algarve, Portugal.

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

The couple said their vows in an intimate outdoor ceremony with their closest family and friends, followed by  a reception at the same venue and a party with a performance from one of Algarve’s favourite musical duos.

Emma and Andrew had a brilliant day and told us that choosing Portugal as their destination wedding venue was one of their best decisions. Let’s find out more……

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

The proposal

The couple met in 2007 through a mutual friend who Emma worked with, and hit it off straight away. They got engaged in Florida while on holiday with Emma’s family in September 2011:

‘We went to Disney on the last day of the holiday and Andy proposed outside the castle. I couldn’t have been happier and could not wait to get home and to share the news with our family and friends.’

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Vision for the day

‘We had always wanted a private and intimate wedding day in the sunshine with close family and friends which was quite relaxed. Whilst I had always dreamed of my wedding day we wanted something informal with the people that mattered to us.’

‘We had personalised wedding favours for people to have as a keepsake. We chose small packets of love heart sweets with our names, the date and thanking people for sharing our special day. We also chose songs that meant something to us as a couple. We had fireworks as we cut the cake which the guests did not know about, they loved it!’

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

The Venue

‘My parents own an apartment in Alvor and we visit a couple of times a year so Portugal was our obvious choice. It is a beautiful place and not too far to travel or expensive for our friends and family. The girls at Algarve Wedding Planners listened to what type of day we wanted and then gave us a few venues in the area to choose from.

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

From the moment we saw Quinta Da Rocha in the pictures we knew it was the venue for us. However, after seeing it in the flesh when Karina took us to see it, we knew it ticked every box and was perfect for us.’

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

The best decision they made was…..

‘Choosing Portugal and making sure we made the right decisions about the day for us as a couple! We wish we could do it all again!’

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Wedding planner

‘We used Algarve Wedding Planners and we could not recommend them highly enough. The girls were brilliant and made sure our day was perfect and things were exactly as we wanted. The attention to detail was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble for them and it completely took the stress out of our day.’

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

The Dress

Emma looked like a princess in her Mark Lesley Style 2080 dress:

‘I had always said that I would like a simple destination wedding dress, however, Hazel at Special Daze in Widnes pulled this one out and told me to try it on and I was so glad she did as I fell in love with it instantly! Whilst the dress was not a typical destination wedding dress, the detail looked lovely in the sun and I couldn’t have been happier with it!’

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Emma’s Advice

‘The Algarve is a beautiful place and the locals are so friendly. I would recommend anyone hoping to get married abroad to consider Portugal and use a wedding planner who will work with all the best suppliers in the Algarve. The legal requirements are also very simple so don’t be tricked into thinking it’s difficult just because travel agents don’t advertise Portugal so much as a destination wedding location. We had a Portuguese Lawyer who took care of all of the legalities for us via email.’

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Suppliers
Wedding PlannerAlgarve Wedding Planners
Wedding Band & DJTwin Flames
PhotographerJoao Ataide
VideographerOrlando Horta
CateringBon Bon Catering
Make Up ArtistMandy Ware
Groom and Groomsmen SuitsT.M. Lewin
Bridal DressSpecial Daze (Widnes)
Wedding Stationary & InvitesRSVP Designs
Wedding RingsCoolJoolz

Check out the video from their perfect Portugal day:

Thank you so much to Emma and Andrew for sharing their wonderful wedding day with us. Wishing you lots of luck and best wishes for the future!

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/

Algarve Destination Wedding_Joao Ataide Wedding Photography http://www.joaoataidephotography.com/