Emma and Andrew had their delightful destination wedding in the stunning Quinta Da Rocha close to Portimao and Alvor in the Algarve, Portugal.
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……
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.’
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!’
‘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.
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.’
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!’
‘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.’
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!’
‘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.’
Wedding Planner – Algarve Wedding Planners
Wedding Band & DJ – Twin Flames
Photographer – Joao Ataide
Videographer – Orlando Horta
Catering – Bon Bon Catering
Make Up Artist – Mandy Ware
Groom and Groomsmen Suits – T.M. Lewin
Bridal Dress – Special Daze (Widnes)
Wedding Stationary & Invites – RSVP Designs
Wedding Rings – CoolJoolz
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!