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.

Nautical Portuguese wedding Peniche

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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


Comments (20):

  • Daniel on February 3, 2014

    amazing, fresh wedding. we even made a post in russian with your copyrights of course. Thank you.
  • Nicol on August 4, 2013

    Such a romantic wedding! Colors are perfect.
  • Juliett on July 21, 2013

    Beautiful couple, beautiful colors! Congratulations!
  • meilleur appareil photo on October 10, 2012

    Fantastic! Just looking at it makes me happy :) Must agree with the other comments - just perfect!
  • Mel v on June 7, 2012

    What a gorgeous couple! The bride is naturally stunning and who doesn't love a Sea Captain with a bit of a beard and a killer smile? Final word: Good lookin' babies! Nice wedding too!
  • WEDSI on April 25, 2012

    This wedding is so romantic and the beautiful photographs capture such amazing moments between the couple! How lucky they are to have these wonderful images to share with their friends and family. Perfection!
  • Anna, wedding photography Scotland on April 21, 2012

    beautiful inspiration! wonderful couple.
  • Michaela Rae on April 20, 2012

    So beautiful and romantic! It looks like the wedding had the perfect touch of nautical without going too overboard with it. :-)
  • Charissa on April 19, 2012

    Love the paper boats, beautiful wedding.
  • Berta Balinho Moreira on April 19, 2012

    Just perfect!
  • barefoot duchess on April 19, 2012

    such a pretty wedding! congratulations to the couple and the vendors!
  • Ricardo on April 19, 2012

    Wow, awesome!!!!!!!!
  • Laura Jane on April 19, 2012

    Gorgeous couple, gorgeous photography by one of my all time favourite photography teams! Piteira you rock my world! Congratulations on the feature!
  • Michaela @ Hey Look on April 18, 2012

    That venue location is breath-taking. Wow! Loving the color scheme and all the hand-crafted details. Beautiful work.
  • Keith Photographie on April 18, 2012

    Nice work as always !
  • Florence Hetty on April 18, 2012

    I love the nautical ring cushion!
  • Sofia on April 18, 2012

    Beautifully captured by an amazing team of photographers!! Congratulations to the happy couple for an unforgettable day!!
  • Monica Dart on April 18, 2012

    Absolute loveliness all the way!
  • molly on April 18, 2012

    AHHHH oh my goodness. normally, nautical style weddings are usually not my thing but this is SOOOOO gorgeous and beautiful and all things wonderful!
  • Kerry on April 18, 2012

    Thanks so much for this fantastic feature, we are beyond proud to have our work on Ruffled! And thanks too, to the fabulous Joana & Bernardo, it wouldn't have been the same without their huge love for each other and their trust in us and our (crazy) ideas. xxx


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