A beautiful destination wedding in the heart of the Algarve:
This is without doubt, one of the most magnificent destination weddings we have featured to date. We are delighted to be able to share Sally and Gavan’s delightful destination wedding at Teatro della Concordia, followed by a rustic reception at Salviano Titignano in the heart of Umbria, Italy.
For anyone thinking of getting married in this beautiful region, make sure you have a look at Sally’s suggestions below and her recommendations on the suppliers they used….
How they met
Sally and Gavan first me on St Stephens’ Day (Boxing Day to some people) at the races in 2008 but didn’t exchange details. They bumped into each other again a few months later at McSorleys in Ranelagh, Dublin through a mutual friend.
When Sally saw it was the same Gavan she had met before, it’s safe to say her heart skipped a beat! According to Sally, she has never felt so nervous and excited at the same time and still has a smile on her face when she thinks back to that day.
Sally and Gavan were on holidays in Bologna and went for a walk to the beautiful Porticos of Bologna. It was really deserted and they were talking about their plans for the future when Gavan picked Sally up, sat her on a wall and asked her to marry him. He said he had a more elaborate proposal planned for a few months time but that it just felt right at the time – Sally was delighted he decided to propose then and there, and pointed out that there’s no need for bells and whistles for a question like that!
Vision for the day
The Irish couple were aiming for a relaxed, laid back, chilled out and beautiful knees up where people would really enjoy themselves and look back fondly on the celebration for a long time to come.
Sally and Gavan added lots of DIY details including decorations, making it both personal, cheaper and a hell of a lot of hard work!
Sally looked stunning in a Justin Alexander design which she first saw advertised in a magazine. She tried on lots of dresses but wasn’t really happy with any of them until she tried this one on.
Although the dress she wore was her absolute favourite, Sally didn’t have a ‘light-bulb’ moment when she knew the dress was definitely the one for her. We think this is a common occurrence for brides, who might not necessarily always know for sure that they have found ‘THE’ dress of their dreams.Either way, we think she looks amazing!!
Sally borrowed a beautiful veil from her very kind and generous friend Vicki, who had her own wedding the year before.
Gavan tried on a suit in Zara for the groomsmen and really liked it, so decided to get it for himself too. Buying the suits for the groomsmen wasn’t much more expensive than hiring them would have been and it was really nice for the couple to be able to give each of them a suit they could wear again.
The ceremony took place in a stunning Napoleonic theatre, Teatro della Concordia in the Umbrian village of Monte Castello di Vibio. Known as the ‘smallest theatre in the world’ and dating back to 1808, the restored venue offered a stunning and unique backdrop for the couple’s ceremony.
Sally’s family have been going to the village of Titignano for years for their big Sunday feasts. They have been bringing Gav with them since they met and he’s loved it from the start. Their wedding reception with 155 guests had a very laid back and informal atmosphere with delicious home-cooked food. The couple knew Titignano would be perfect for a weekend away at a wedding in rural Italy.
We asked Sally what her best decision was. And we love her answers:
- The Groom
- We adored the venue. We looked at loads in the area but this was just miles above the rest
What they might have done differently
Sally gave us a really honest answer to this question which we think is probably similar to how a lot of brides feel about their big day, but might not always feel able to say it:
Although I tried to be as relaxed as possible I still felt pretty uptight. There’s such a big build up to one day and an expectation that everything is perfect. People who know me may be surprised to hear this but I don’t really like being the centre of attention, and feel a lot of pressure when I am! So maybe being more relaxed was unrealistic.’
Sally also explained that they did a haphazard rehearsal for the ceremony and there was a little confusion on the day. She advises to either be prepared for the fact that the ceremony might not go 100% to plan or do a thorough rehearsal in advance.
‘I would really recommend doing something the day after the wedding. We had a dinner the day before our wedding, which both my husband and I felt a bit stressed out at. The day of the wedding was fab, but we both really really loved the day after. It was so relaxed and we got to catch up with friends who we hadn’t seen in ages and had travelled so far to see us’
Sally also recommends Pinterest as great way of getting all of your ideas together and making sure you don’t forget them!
Check out our Pinterest page on: http://www.pinterest.com/wanderlustweds/
Sally found most of her suppliers through extensive internet research. Below are her recommended vendors:
Reception Venue: Salviano Titignano http://www.titignano.com/it/index.html
Ceremony Venue: Teatro della Concordia http://www.teatropiccolo.it/momenti-importanti/19/39-libro-degli-ospiti
Rings: Peter Fitzpatrick, International Diamond Brokers Dublin http://www.internationaldiamond-brokers.com/
Sally and Gavan can’t recommend Peter highly enough. ‘It was really fun designing the engagement rings and getting to pick the diamonds we wanted to put in it. Peter was a total gent, didn’t make us commit until we were happy with the finished product and beat the pants off everyone else’s prices!’
Photographer: Cristiano Ostinelli http://www.ostinellicristiano.com/.
‘A brilliant photographer and a really really nice guy (At least one guest had fallen head over heels for him by the end of the night!).’ Again the couple couldn’t recommend him highly enough!’
More inspirational photos from Sally and Gavan’s big day can be found on Cristiano’s webesite on the following link:
Dress: The Bridal Outlet, Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Dublin http://www.bridaloutletireland.com/
‘The Milan of the Northside’ as it became fondly known by the couple’s family.
Handbag: Cathy White Vintage Handbags www.cathywhite.ie
Sally designed her own bag in conjunction with Cathy which she really enjoyed. ‘The handles and materials Cathy has are really stunning and she’s so sweet and talented.’
Alterations: Sew Creative Alterations – http://www.sewcreativealterations.com.
‘Nicole was amazing, she turned a ho-hum dress into a glove and completely saved the bridesmaids’ dresses!’
Hair and nails: Look Idea (via sabola, 6 San Terenziano, Umbria) Italy. ‘These guys were fantastic! We got them last minute as our original girl fell through (a blessing in disguise). They were really talented, so friendly and accommodating and were really reasonably priced. They came to us the day of the wedding and the day after. Catia has lots of assistants so loads of the guests got their hair done too.’
Invitations: Conifer Handmades – www.coniferhandmadepaperexporter.com
The couple decided to cut out the middle man and went directly to a small company in India which hand-makes their own paper. The quality of the paper was fantastic although getting the designs sent to them in the required format was a little challenging. Sally and Gavan were really pleased with the end result. Check out some of their stunning hand-made, hand-printed paper for yourselves…..
Thank you so much to Sally and Gavan for sharing their wonderful day with us. They did an amazing job of organising their day (without a wedding planner) and Sally’s advice on the various suppliers above will be invaluable to other couples getting married in Umbria.
Set on the stunning cliff-tops overlooking the Atlantic ocean in the Algarve, Portugal. One of our favorite places for a destination wedding….
With panoramic views over the alluring Atlantic Ocean, this five star luxury Algarve retreat – Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa – is a truly delectable venue for a Portugal destination wedding.
Set within a spectacular location on a rocky coastline and with 22 acres of colourful sub-tropical gardens, Vila Vita Parc, located in the village of Porches is undeniably one of Portugal’s finest resorts. It is easily accessible too, just a 30 minute transfer from Faro airport.
The experienced wedding team at Vila Vita Parc looks after all of the important details and guides couples every step of the way in the lead up to and during their special day, ensuring a flawless, festive and unforgettable wedding celebration.
There are nine venues including a two-Michelin star restaurant and a magnificent garden setting overlooking the ocean – one of the most charming locations for an overseas wedding.
The Atlantico Restuarant with its beautiful terrace and sea views can host up to 80 people, while the Bela Vita Restaurant is perfect for larger parties of up to 120 guests. Sala Lisboa can host up to 200 people and guests can party until the small hours at the Aladin Bar which also provides a dance floor, dj and equipment, lighting system and full bar setup.
This stunning venue also offers couples the use of their beautiful Bently to take them to the church and back for just €150. All confirmed wedding events with over 20 guests offer a complimentary tasting for the bride and groom, courtesy of Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa. A special discounted rate is also offered to any additional guests at the menu tasting.
A selection of beautiful venues is available for the ceremony throughout the resort – check out the below photos for recent examples.
This Algarve destination wedding venue can cater for a small, intimate ceremony or a larger celebration, with packages starting from €164 per person. The packages offer so much more than an a typical wedding package – including flowers, the wedding cake, votive candles, personalised place cards, a complimentary room for the bride and groom on their wedding night, table linens and napkins, chair covers and sashes, staging, dance floor and much much more. For further details including menus and an exact description of packages available, contact Clare on firstname.lastname@example.org
Entertainment for the younger guests in an exclusive area can be provided through the Vila Vita Parc’s packages at Annabella’s Kids Park and Nathalie’s Creche offer, making this a really family friendly wedding destination too.
There are lots of options for continuing the celebration with an exclusive Vila Vita yacht cruise the next day, a champagne brunch or a day-after BBQ.
From beautiful beaches to fantastic facilities for all age groups, wedding guests will never run out of things to do.
All 180 rooms, suites and villas are elegantly appointed and benefit from their own private terraces and ocean views. Check out the venue’s website for more details: http://www.vilavitaparc.com/en/
See this spectacular venue yourself on the following video gallery: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL074DE0818E353E15
Wanderlust Weddings is delighted to be able to offer a discount on accommodation to couples (and their wedding party) getting married at this stunning location. For more information on hosting your wedding at Vila Vita Parc or for info on any other Algarve destination wedding venues, contact Clare on email@example.com
Located close to the picturesque Portuguese village of Carvoeiro, Val d´El Rei Suite & Villas Hotel is surrounded by flourishing vineyards and endless stretches of the Algarve coastline. This is a unique place with a tranquil atmosphere, supreme comfort and authentic hospitality, providing an excellent venue for an overseas destination wedding in Portugal.
Val d’El Rei has two locations for wedding parties – the pretty pool terrace for up to 100 guests and the charming indoor restaurant for up to 50 guests.
The venue offers a glorious array of menus to suit many tastes and budgets – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
There are several local churches where the ceremony itself can take place. Couples can also opt to get married on the lushes grounds of Val d’El Rei or at one of the nearby beaches.
Guests can choose between the hotel or village-based accommodation at Val d’EL Rei which consists of a selection of twin rooms, suites and townhouses. Guests can also take advantage of the two outdoor swimming pools plus a day spa with sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish bath.
The more energetic guests may also like to use the gym and tennis court, rent bicycles from the venue or take a walk through the gardens around the lake. There are seven golf courses within 20 kms too and a shuttle bus operates three times per day to Carvoeiro and Marinha beach all year round!
Children are well catered for at this vivacious venue, with a children’s pool and playground and a free kids club in July and August.
All in all, Wanderlust Weddings thinks Val d’EL Rei is an ideal destination wedding venue for couples hoping to have their fairytale wedding in a unique and relaxed location with friends and family staying on site together.
In partnership with Val d’EL Rei, Wanderlust Weddings can offer an exclusive discount to couples getting married there, including a complimentary night for the wedding couple. Contact email@example.com for more details.
Non-stop rain and flood warnings galore? Add a little sunshine to your day and look out for our next featured venue – a beautiful hotel located in a tranquil area of Portugal’s Algarve – perfect for a destination wedding in the sun…..
Located in the heart of Vilamoura’s Old Town in the Algarve, Casa do Largo (House on the Square) is a stylish venue in a picture postcard setting of tropical flowers and beautiful buildings – the perfect place to host a Portugal destination wedding.
Family run for 18 years by David and Heather Turner, hosting a wedding at Casa do Largo enables couples to relax in the knowledge that all is taken care of. With over 25 years of experience in catering and wedding planning, Heather provides a complimentary in-house wedding planning service to couples getting married at this stunning venue. This includes helping couples to decide on colours schemes, the wedding cake, photographer, celebrant and florist.
Casa do Largo weddings can take place in the beautiful pergola, making use of the surrounding terraces, gardens and the wine and tapas bar. Along with the use of the venue’s open topped horse drawn carriage, all of the facilities are provided free of charge.
The ceremony itself is held in the perfect pergola with its sparkling fountain that can host both small and large parties. Surrounded by a canopy of bougainvillea, the bride and groom say their vows beneath a floral archway. Couples also have the option to have the ceremony at nearby St Luke’s Church or at one of the picturesque beaches, returning to Casa do Largo for the wedding reception.
Recipient of the Portuguese Award for Tourism, the culinary standard at Casa do Largo is high. This vibrant venue provides a welcome variety of catering to suit all budgets – from a full silver service wedding breakfast, English style cold meat buffet or a delicious gourmet BBQ to a Mediterranean twist to your meal. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on menus and pricing.
Adjoined El Gecko Tapas Bar is perfect for the evening function, and can be exclusive to the wedding party with live music or DJ.
Casa do Largo is completely flexible in their approach to hosting weddings and can cater for intimate groups to very large parties.
Wanderlust Weddings think Casa do Largo offers a beautiful setting for a destination wedding ceremony, reception and after-party, a unique and tasteful venue at a reasonable price, a hint of fun and fairytale with its horse-drawn carriage and the bonus of having an experienced in-house wedding planner to help couples every step of the way.
Wanderlust Weddings has a special partnership with Casa do Largo and can offer a discount to bridal couples – please email email@example.com for more details.
REMEMBER – WANDERLUST WEDDINGS CAN OFFER A DISCOUNT TO COUPLES BOOKING THEIR WEDDING AT THIS VENUE – PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH firstname.lastname@example.org FOR FURTHER DETAILS!