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Kitschy Madeira Wedding

Today we’re featuring a beautiful Portuguese wedding submitted by the bride, Catarina, who describes it as “vintage” and “kitschy”, and I totally agree! Her ruffled pink dress is fabulous – she’s a fashion designer who chose a perfectly chic and retro dress! Dário, her husband, is a graphic designer and created their wedding logos and those adorable valentine seating cards. If Amelie was getting married, she would look like Catarina :)

Catarina says: The wedding took place in Funchal, a city from Madeira, a beautiful island in Portugal where my husband was born. We wanted it to have a “kitsch” and “vintage” mood and the venue with a disco ball and mirrors was perfect!

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A vintage picture of Madeira was the scenario for photos with friends and family, and the mustaches added some fun to the party.

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Our guests could see which was their table in lovely vintage valentine cards, and found little typical Portuguese tiles with the respective number on the table. The cards were also for them to leave us a message.

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It is a tipical restaurant from Madeira and we even had a performance from the dancers of “Bailinho da Madeira”, the typical dance of the island. We prepared a few surprises, such as a special transmission of radio and a video about us and our love story.

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Wedding Vendors (Funchal, Madeira, Portugal):

Photographer: Fábio Teixeira / Wedding dress: Storytailors / Bride and Groom’s hats made by: Fábrica dos Chapéus / Bride’s shoes: Killah / Hair and make up: Ricardo Cecílio from Angels hair salon, Funchal. / Groom’s suit: H&M / Groom’s shoes: Converse / Venue: A Parreira

Happy, Happy Weekend!

This engagement session shot by Heather H Photography is a very special one. Not only is the couple below close friends with Heather, they also happen to be Wesley and Emma of W+E Photography who are getting married this weekend! Neither of them are new to Ruffled, which makes me even more excited for them. Emma told us that Heather won’t be able to shoot the wedding, because she will be singing at their ceremony — how sweet is that?

Emma and Wesley, we wish you a lifetime of happiness on your journey together!


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Gatsby Wedding Ideas

Lee of Sakura Photo recently sent over this 1930s Gatsby inspired wedding shoot, and you all know that I have a thing or two for vintage weddings :) I just love how simple and attainable the ideas she presented are – from the feathers to the deep burgundy color, easy ideas for a 1930s wedding pour over these photos. The glorious Art Deco venue is the Stoneleigh Hotel located in Dallas, Texas. Big thanks to Lee for sharing!

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Wedding Vendors (Dallas, Texas):

Photographer (and Styling): Lee Carter, Sakura Photo / / Flowers: Brianne Denton, Blue Lotus Floral Design / Hair Stylist: Ryan Chambers / Makeup Artist: Jenny Torry, JTorry Makeup Artistry

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