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Nautical Portuguese Wedding

Beach Weddings

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Being a wedding blogger, I have an ongoing list of wedding style I’d like to have as my own if I could marry Matt every month. One of them being a fresh nautical wedding. By a cliff overlooking the ocean, and in Portugal no less. Joana and Bernardo’s wedding shot by Piteira Photography checks off all boxes for such beautiful nuptials!

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From Joana: Our inspiration was nautical, classic and vintage. The theme of our wedding came from our daily lives, both personal and professional: the ocean. Our ceremony location was where we always dreamed of getting married that had a special meaning for us. It was located on a cliff in Cabo Carvoeiro em Peniche – Bernardo’s hometown. We decorated the space in navy blue and red, with nautical rope details. We made paper boats as our escort cards, and designed our photobooth with a backdrop with a nautical motif and bunting.

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Nautical Portuguese wedding Peniche

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Nautical Portuguese wedding Peniche
Nautical Portuguese wedding Peniche

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Nautical Portuguese wedding Peniche

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Advice to couples planning their weddings now? Take your time to plan your wedding day to reflect your personalities and originality even in the little details. Involve family and friends not just to help you with some of the work, but also to make them feel as part of the day to make an unforgettable day not just for the two of you, but for everyone present.

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From the photographers of Piteira Photography: Joana and Bernardo both studied at the Merchant Marine school, Bernardo is continuing his studies with the intention of one day being a ship’s captain, so they both have long standing love for boats and the sea, something that they incorporated into the theme of their wedding. The location of the ceremony and reception was also very appropriate as it was right on the edge of the cliffs in the seaside town of Peniche, in Portugal, with amazing panoramic views of the sea.

On the day of Joana and Bernardo’s wedding it threatened to rain pretty much the entire time… but luckily the showers held off and we didn’t get wet. Although even if it had poured I don’t think it would have made much difference to the bride and groom, since neither one of them had eyes for anything else except each other. The love these two share is definitely something special, enigmatic and difficult to describe, but it leaves you with a happy feeling inside, a feeling of certainty, knowing that these awesome people have found their other half… and that life is good… Those who know them will know what I mean… The ceremony was simple but very sweet and full of emotion and the location (perched on the edge of a cliff below a lighthouse) couldn’t have been better suited to a couple whose lives revolve around boats and the deep blue sea… Thank you Joana and Bernardo, for choosing to work with us and we wish you much love, happiness and smooth sailing for your future together.

Wedding Vendors (Peniche, Portugal):

Wedding Venue: Restaurante Nau dos Corvos / Wedding Photographer: Piteira Photography / Wedding Dress: Penhalta / Wedding Shoes: Haity / Birdcage veil: handmade by the bride / Headband: Etsy – LeeAndi’s Purple Roses Accessories / Table arrangements: Made by bride and groom / Ring bearer: by Filipa Menano de Almeida / Bouquets and boutonnière: Lili Cherry / Centerpieces: Florista Gardenia / Wedding Cake: Pastelaria Momentos / Hair: Metrostudio / Makeup: Rita Guerreiro / DJ: DJ Saavedra / Wedding Invitations: Made by bride and groom

Fourth of July Inspiration

Wedding Design

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Photographer Shannon Mathis and Krysten Jaume of Mi Amore Foto, put together a styled shoot that celebrates American style in the chicest of manners. On a hot summer afternoon that July 4th always is, this shoot is just that. Pure Americana inspiration. With gorgeous goggles on to capture such femininity in the most beautiful way.

An American Affair

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From the photographer, Shannon Mathis of Mi Amore Foto: This shoot was photographed at my Grandfather’s cabin in Nashville Georgia. The cabin was built in the 1800s and is just a beauty! Some of the vendors, along with myself, are based out of Tallahassee, Florida. We wanted to do a 4th of July/All American styled shoot, without it being over the top themed. I am one lucky gal because I got some amazing pieces from some very talented people.


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An American Affair

an american affair fourth of july wedding inspiration mi amore foto

An American Affair

an american affair fourth of july wedding inspiration mi amore foto

This is a very special and dear shoot to me as my good friend Krysten Jaume and I are the ones that put everything together, style wise, and designed the whole shoot. I had never taken anything like this on before and while it was stressful, it was so rewarding in the end. The napkins, charger plates, goblets, some of the lingerie, etc. were from a local thrift store. The plates were Krysten’s. The table and chairs were mine. I just love the way it came together and as someone planning my own wedding, it’s so nice to see that you can use old elements to make it completely your own. You don’t have to go out and buy all new, expensive things. Ask Grandma or aunts if they have some beautiful old linens or dinnerware laying around. It is beautiful as well as special.


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An American Affair

an american affair fourth of july wedding inspiration mi amore foto


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Wedding Vendors (Tallahassee, FL):

Wedding Photographer: Shannon Mathis of Mi Amore Foto / Event Styling: Krysten Jaume and Shannon Mathis of Mi Amore Foto / Wedding Dresses: Upoppy and Vocelles Bridal / Wedding Veils and Hairpieces: Jurgita / Lingerie: Victoria’s Secret, Lalilouche, and The Collection at Southside / Makeup: Nikki Todd and Jo El Snyder / Hair: Nikki Todd / Wedding Flowers: Missy Gunnels / Cake and Sweets: Krysten Jaume / Models: Veronica Dame, Megan Henderson, and Carolyn Jernigan / Wedding Invitations: Shannon Kirsten Couch

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Nostalgic Woodsy Wedding

Garden Weddings

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This California wedding from Kate Harrison is like stepping into a woodland dream — moss and birch details, frilly flora, and of course, a knockout couple of newlyweds! Bride Whitney shines in a stunning Jenny Packham frock, which inspired much of the feel of her wedding. The couple’s inspiration also came from their incredible venue, Nestldown, and it’s easy to see why!


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woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

From the bride, Whitney: Our style was very much inspired by Nestldown, our venue, and for me, by the vintage-inspired dress that I had chosen. I was looking for elements that were rustic, vintage, and timeless. As we were planning, my biggest worry was that all our disparate elements wouldn’t come together as a whole, but it really did turn out wonderfully well. Everything was very fun and very personal. Both Ted and I felt that the entire day was a reflection of our personalities.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

We wanted everything to be classic, vintage, and rustic. We went with white and black for our main colors, with green as well to reflect the outdoor setting. Our florist did a great job making our centerpieces natural and non-traditional. A friend of ours had cut a tree down in his yard and we incorporated slices of that tree into our centerpieces.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

For our guestbook, we had an old-timey photo booth from Photo-matica, whom I can’t recommend enough — they are awesome. They printed out two photo strips, one for our guest book and the other for wedding favors for the guests. We had some wooden photo strip frames made through a vendor on Etsy.com and we painted them ourselves.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

We also had three bars during cocktail hour — one for wine, one for beer, and one for mixed drinks. We made our own signage for the bars using large picture frames that Ted and I got from a flea market / antiques fair and used chalkboard paint to make huge framed chalkboards. I did the writing on the signs myself.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make sure you keep your wedding plans personal, and remember that weddings are a celebration — it’s all about having fun with the people you love! Also, the day goes by in a flash, so be sure to stop for a moment and savor it all.


woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography


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Wedding Music:
Pre-ceremony: J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations – Sally Christian, Piano
Processional: The Alchymist: Sarabande – Bouree by Handel
Bride’s Processional: The Alchymist: Prelude – Minuet by Handel
Recessional: Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major – Presto followed by Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major – Country Dance both by Handel
During cocktails and dinner we played songs by Benny Goodman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
First Dance: Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World sung and played on the ukulele by one of our groomsmen

Wedding Vendors (Campbell, CA):

Wedding Venue: Nestldown / Wedding Photographer: Kate Harrison / Event Planner: Downey Street Events / Event Designer: Eventscapes / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Makeup: Maria Lee Makeup / Groom’s Tuxedo: Gucci / Wedding Flowers: Isabella Sikaffy of Florabella Studios / Wedding Caterer: Thomas John Events / Wedding Cake: Studio Cake / Musicians: All-Star Jukebox / Photobooth: photo-matica / Invitation Printing: Dependable Letterpress / Transportation: Deep Limo and Corinthian Parking

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Holland Daze Weddings

Your florals should be as unique as your signature. We love to capture your personality in the flowers of the day with your own floral signature. We love happy brides, and look forward to surrounding you with exquisite blooms and memorable fragrance as you share your vows and celebrate your marriage. Can’t wait for you to meet your blooms!

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