Wedding article by Matt+Lena April 16th 2015
It was an incredible day filled with elegance and charm, from the opulent Seteais Hotel in Sintra to the rustic ceremony venue at the Bela Vista in the mountains. There was the majestic west coast beach picnic at Adraga and the scheduled Quinta Matalva where the candlelit reception took place. There were so many details that went into styling this wedding it is incredible, and it was all done by the groom's sister Aline, who is the most effortlessly stylish person I have ever met.
When my brother Daniel and his wife to be Doreen told me about their decision to marry in Portugal I was overjoyed. This would be my first wedding in Portugal and my mind was already spinning with endless ideas. Knowing Doreen, I knew that her special day would have to be the ultimate romantic fairy tale. D&D both share a passion for flea markets, vintage music, shabby chic home-style, nature and everything with that sort of patine that makes us dream again. Perfect for a vintage girl like me.
We decided that Quinta Bella Vista could be the place for the ceremony. Still under construction, it however has an area framed by proud plane trees, offering dazzling views over the villages and the Atlantic, perfectly isolated and utterly romantic.
About the Couple
Daniel and Doreen are from Dresden, Germany but since Daniel´s sister moved to Sintra, Portugal they have been coming here on holiday and fell in love with the sunshine. Their wedding was an intimate affair of about 10 guests all family and close friends. The wedding was styled and organised by Daniel´s sister Aline who with her husband Alex is hoping to make Bela Vista (recently purchased by Aline and Alex) a wedding venue in the near future.
Taking some snapshots in the afternoon light (the preferred time of the wedding) I was immediately taken. Fairy tale here we come. D&D seemed equally thrilled after they saw the pictures in the golden afternoon glow and from there our imagination just ran wild.
Rustic vintage was the style to be. I started to envision the whole day of the wedding: from the arrival of our guests, the entrance of the bride to a sunset picnic and a home-cooked dinner. I wanted everything to be special, unforgettable and I wanted surprises everywhere. That´s how I thought of an open jeep, filled with hay for seats to shuttle the guests.
The ceremony place was decorated like a living room in the wild, with a special photo-booth made from old frames. An artist friend painted a queen-sized sgeet with a big heart, to be cut by young lovers, an old german tradition. From the boy´s boutonniere wich was handmade by a village lady, the tile-style wedding cake and cookies, to the wooden signs with the sweet messages, everything was made with love for love.
The picnic in Adraga beach gave the perfect photo opportunity and we felt like we were on an old movie set.
When the delighted party returned to The Quinta Matalva, dinner was already prepared in a sea of candles. We celebrated late into the night, thankful to be part of such a special moment. I wish D&D to be always as happy as on this day and I know that it is not asy to be captured, but our photographers Matt and Lnea did just that. They saved the magic for everyday. A big thank you to everyone that helped us make this dream come true.
Photography: Matt+Lena Photography
Flowers: Martins Alves
Hair & Make Up: SONIA
Shoes: Nina Fiarucci
Hotel: Tivoli Palacio De Seteais
Ceremony Venue: Bela Vista (owened by Aline and Alex)
Reception Venue: Quinta Matalva
All the signed and other details were home made by Bela Vista.