The wonderful wedding video from Maryjane and Michael’s big day!

Check out Maryjane and Michael’s  video from their beautiful Algarve destination wedding at Vila Vita Parc.

Orlando Horta has captured their day beautifully…..

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A dreamy destination wedding at the Algarve’s vibrant Vila Vita Parc

A wedding full of sunshine and laughter – read about Maryjane and Michael’s amazing day which they shared with their closest family and friends in the heart of the Algarve, Portugal.

How they met

‘Michael and I grew up in the same area only a few doors apart.  He was close friends with my older brother who was very protective. I had a childhood crush on him ever since I was young. I wrote him Valentine’s day cards and blushed when he passed my garden (we were only 13/14!).

Shortly before my 16th Birthday, Mick knocked at my door selling a concert ticket for Eminem. He had heard that I lost mine and he got his hands on a spare. So I jumped and bought the ticket from him. 

We met up the morning of the concert,  had breakfast and got the bus together. We were chatting away and before we knew it there was chemistry flying! I ended up leaving my friends at the concert and enjoying it with Mick instead who finally under the shelter of a  raincoat in the rain leaned in for a kiss.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

 It was definitely love right from the start for me! We were inseparable and shortly after,  Mick asked me to officially be his girlfriend. It was a bit of a shock to my brother but of all of his friends to steal his sister’s heart, he was glad it was Mick!

We were both  only 16 but became the greatest of friends and moved in together when we were 17. Our relationship has been a wonderful adventure ever since.’

Ahhhh, we love this story. So sweet!

The proposal

‘I was 5 months pregnant with our only son during Christmas 2010. Mick had promised me a new laptop for my Christmas present and on Christmas morning, he handed me a card but no gift –  I read the card and it didn’t click for some time that the card was “to my Fiancé” and he was on one knee in front of me. So of course I cried full of emotion and the engagement was official!’

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

The outfits 

‘I bought my dress in Bridal Corner in Glasnevin. I came across it when I was just browsing one of the first few shops I went into in and I fell in love. It was just perfect and it had me written all over it. They were offering a discount for deposits paid by a certain date so I decided not to waste time and paid my deposit.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

My mam paid for my wedding dress as my wedding gift (it was a bit over the planned budget but it was worth it).

Although it wasn’t ideal for an overseas wedding as its was bulky and hard to transport, I knew that it just suited me and my wedding.

It was fairy princess teamed with a Spanish like veil – my photographers said it was a popular Portuguese type dress and not what many Irish/English brides wear in the Algarve. They loved working with it in my photographs! The heat on the day was unbelievable but not at one stage did I want to take it off – I felt a million dollars in it!’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Vision for the Day

Maryjane tells us about her vision for her amazing Algarve wedding…..

‘When we decided to marry on our 10 year anniversary to the day, we met Algarve Wedding Planners in the RDS in Dublin and told them our vision for the day.

I wanted sheer luxury with breath-taking backdrops. I wanted to be able to take a dip in the sea the morning of my wedding and have a champagne breakfast with my bridal party.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

I had dreamed of a stunning church with original features and to walk up the aisle listening to a live performer with my family and friends taking part in the ceremony, and being driven there and to the reception by coach. I also wanted my bridal party to arrive in style and Mick to arrive in a top class car followed by me arriving in a more classic top end car.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

The wedding would be intimate and followed by photographs with family and friends.

The cocktail reception had to be overlooking the sea with champagne and nibbles that expressed my taste fpr the finer things.  I wanted photographs by the beach and in the cliffs to cherish forever.

The evening meal had to be a 5-star standard of catering for the adventurous and not so adventurous again overlooking the sea with gentle music in the background. I wanted a special place setting for Mick’s late mother and for the evening reception, to have traditional Portuguese elements/fireworks/ a band followed by a DJ into the early hours.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

In our heads we decided “this is our day” and it’s the only time we’ll do it so we wanted to go all out and treat our guests to the most unforgettable experience.’

The special touches

‘From the start we were very hands on although our planners took care of everything – I am a control freak!

We designed and created our save the date cards ourselves by taking photographs at a Dublin beach with handmade signs and doing a little “photoshopping” and hand gluing the printed photo’s to card

We also designed our wedding invitations which were created by Precious Buttons (fb) they turned out amazingly perfect.

We commissioned Keepsake Candles to create our perfect wedding candles and a memorial candle for Micks late mother to display by her photograph at the top table.

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

We decided to eliminate favours and donate to Kare4Kasey Trust Fund instead and we had cards made for the tables to let everyone know that we donating on their behalf.

We invited our siblings and nieces/nephews to do readings at the church.

The wedding planners consulted with us on all aspects of the wedding and we made sure that every little detail oozed Mick and MJ so our guests would walk away from the wedding knowing that is was unique to us and had a very personal touch.’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Best decision

‘I think the best decision was to have it abroad start! And then to use Algarve Wedding Planners. It honestly led to the best decisions in all aspects and resulted in the most memorable day of our lives and a wedding which is still the topic of discussion among family and friends over eight months on.’

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

If I did it again….

‘If I was to redo the whole day which I’d love to do over and over and over and over again, there isn’t much I’d change at all!

I think my page boys and flower girls were maybe too young to walk up the aisle so maybe I would have sat them with their parents in their gorgeous little outfits and took photos of them rather than expect them to manage the aisle at 18 and 24 months old.

 I’d probably have met the priest that was marrying us prior to the day. I didn’t feel I had a bond with him which is a shame but it didn’t dampen the day at all

Lastly I would have examined my mass booklets too. I took it to chance that the printers would do a great job but sadly they were a bit messed up, but again it didn’t have much of an effect on the day.’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Wedding planners

‘We used the Algarve Wedding Planners (AWP) – Paula/Karina/Valarie/Patricia we also had Manuela from the Vila Vita Parc Events team working with us from start to finish.

We met AWP in the RDS in Dublin in January 2012 and then a number of times then when they visited Dublin or we visited the Algarve – these girls are amazing! Every wedding they plan is like they are planning their own. Every inch of detail is considered and they go above and beyond in terms of their duties. That went for all the Algarve suppliers we used!

AWP showed us a few venues that suited our requirements, vision and budget and Vila Vita Parc was top of the list. When we went to the Algarve a year before the wedding we viewed the venue and OMG there are no words! Once you’ve seen Vila vita Parc it would be a crime to choose anywhere else to host your wedding. It had everything and more and so many option in regards to locations for the cocktail/meal and evening reception. So many choices for photograph locations and the rooms too!   I’ve never seen something so beautiful in all my years. I truly got a sense of how the other half live!’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

Some helpful advice

‘If you are planning a wedding in the Algarve my only warning would be to check with the hotel you are staying at for the duration of the holiday about their policies on family/friends visiting the hotel. We booked an all inclusive/ exclusive hotel not realising it was exclusive and we had a lot of run ins with management when our wedding guests  popped in to to discuss plans or just to say hello. Had I have known that they were not allowed in the premises, I would probably have booked somewhere else.

The only other advise I can give is to use the AWP team and trust them! There is nothing to worry about once they are in charge.’

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography

Suppliers: 

Reception Venue – Vila Vita Parc

Planners – Algarve Wedding Planners (AWP)

Church and reception bandTwin Flames (booked through AWP)

PhotographyJoáo Ataide Photography (booked through AWP)

VideographyOrlando Horta (booked through AWP)  – check out the video from their wonderful day:

DressBridal Corner

ShoesKorkys

Bridesmaid dressesCoast

InvitationsPrecious Buttons

CandlesKeepsake Candles

Grooms/groomsmen suitsCT2

Wedding websiteGettingMarried.co.uk

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Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

Destination wedding Algarve_Joao Ataide Photography_Vila Vita Parc

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 clare@wanderlustweddings.com

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa – a luxury destination wedding venue in the heart of the Algarve

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.

Vila Vita Parc - Destination Wedding Venue - The Algarve, Portugal

Wedding by Algarve Wedding Planners @ Vila Vita Parc, Portugal –  Algarve Wedding Photography (www.algarveweddingphotography.com)

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.

Vila Vita Parc - Destination Wedding Venue - The Algarve, Portugal

Wedding by Algarve Wedding Planners @ Vila Vita Parc, Portugal – Joao Ataide Photography

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.

Vila Vita Parc - Destination Wedding Venue - The Algarve, Portugal

Wedding by Algarve Wedding Planners @ Vila Vita Parc,, Portugal – Joao Ataide Photography

Vila Vita Parc - Destination Wedding Venue - The Algarve, Portugal

Wedding by Algarve Wedding Planners @ Vila Vita Parc, Portugal – Joao Ataide Photography

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.

Vila Vita Parc - Destination Wedding Venue - The Algarve, Portugal

Wedding by Algarve Wedding PLanners @ Vila Vita Parc, Portugal – Joao Ataide Photography

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.

Vila Vita Parc - Destination Wedding Venue - The Algarve, Portugal

Wedding by Algarve Wedding Planners @ Vila Vita Parc, Portugal – Joao Ataide Photography

Vila Vita Parc - Destination Wedding Venue - The Algarve, Portugal

Wedding by Algarve Wedding Planners @ Vila Vita Parc, Portugal – Joao Ataide Photography

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 clare@wanderlust-weddings.com

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.

Vila Vita Parc - Destination Wedding Venue - The Algarve, Portugal

Wedding  by Algarve Wedding Planners @ Vila Vita Parc, Portugal – Joao Ataide Photography

Vila Vita Parc - Destination Wedding Venue - The Algarve, Portugal

Wedding by Algarve Wedding Planner @ Vila Vita Parc, Portugal – Joao Ataide Photography

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/

Vila Vita Parc - Destination Wedding Venue - The Algarve, Portugal

Wedding by Algarve Wedding Planners @ Vila Vita Parc, Portugal – Joao Ataide Photography

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 clare@wanderlustweddings.com