Classic elegance and modern romance go hand in hand for this Portugal ruins elopement designed by luxury destination wedding planner, Sublime Luxury Weddings. They say to never judge too quickly, but for us, the jury was in for this sun-kissed ceremony overlooking rows and rows of grape vines within a millisecond. The verdict? Perfection. Graceful decor and organically styled florals elevate this historic Portuguese venue from a stone skeleton to a fairytale setting that tells the stories of past and present. Liz Garden Events can be thanked for the magnificently composed blooms on display throughout. Tender embraces and radiant portraits were not missed by the photographer, Side by Side. In fact, these in-between moments are so beautifully documented, you can’t help but feel like you’re stepping into the frame yourself. Ready to basque in this Portugal ruins elopement with us? Vamos!
From the Planner and Ruffled Vendor, Carolina of Sublime Luxury Weddings: Imagine being enveloped by a unique golden light and by nature in the heart of Portugal, where the horizon is endless. Whenever you breathe in, you can feel the pure air and all the smells that are around you – fresh cut grass, lemon and orange trees’ blossoms. You can hear the silence and the birds. Your senses are awakened.
Portugal is quickly becoming the most coveted location for luxury destination weddings, Portugal is rich in antiquity, delicious gastronomy, and enchanting natural beauty. In an ancient building that belonged to the Portuguese monarchy, you can now say “I do” in one of the most unique and exclusive venues Portugal has to offer.
Whether you are looking for a venue for an intimate wedding or a venue that can safely accommodate a larger wedding party, this is the place for you! Together, with your loved ones, you can explore the beauty and charm of one of the oldest places on Earth, and celebrate your declaration of love. The sunset here is beyond breath-taking and the party can go all night long!
Clean lines, textures, bright colors that blend in with the landscape and architecture, and a general sense of understated elegance set the tone to this photo-shoot. Who knew that nature, a romantic ruin and the Portuguese warm golden light could create such an exquisite and unforgettable ambiance?
We choose colors that blend in with the nature and the stone used in the construction of this glorious building. The table has a hint of gold to bring warmth, and elegance. The centerpieces are of different sizes, and bring different textures, allowing for a better flow of all the flowers on a table that has been richly covered with lace. Although the chairs are traditionally shaped, they are modern and simultaneously contrast and blend in with its surroundings.
The stationery has been hand drawn and hand painted, using colors that are those of the land around and evoking the terracotta from the rooftops. The ceremony unfolds in a place with a spectacular view, where the horizon seems endless and the nature and the floral decoration are one. The dinner takes place in the old church which is now a romantic ruin. The blue azulejos (Portuguese tiles) depict St Michael Archangel. At the entrance, around the main door, a fabulous arch is fitted. Romantic and ethereal, as it had always been there.
A long table for 12 guests allows for plenty of room and a sumptuous decoration in lighter colors that contrast with the grey-ish stone from the walls. The mise en place brings royalty in the gold accents and elegance in the silver and mother of pearl cutlery. There are several tall candelabra on the floor so that all candles can be alight and make this event even more intimate and special.
Bride and Groom wear classical attires, with a hint of modern. The jewelry is also modern and clean, ideal for sophisticated couples. The cake is monogrammed, with plenty of textures and boasting elegance. Are you ready to be dazzled?
Can we just take a moment of silence for that epic arch entryway with lush florals x1000? That’s one way to have an unforgettable wedding dinner! If this Portugal ruins elopement doesn’t make you want to research allllll the historic wedding venues across Europe, complete with a bottle of vintage red and maybe some Outlander in the background, we don’t know what will!
Creative Director & Planning: Sublime Luxury Weddings
Floral Design: Liz Garden Events
Photography: Side by Side
Videography: Luis Silva
Bride and Groom’s Attire: Gio Rodrigues
Beauty: Marina Guerreiro Makeup
Jewelry: Dara Jewels
Stationery: A Pajarita
Cake: Sucre & Cacao
Mise en place: Vista Alegre
Rentals: Festas e Sonhos