Today we bring you the portuguese destination wedding of Nina and Rafael. A couple from Frankfurt that planned their wedding in the Douro Valley. They wanted to appreciate our good climate, wine and food. Nina is Bulgarian and Rafael is a Portuguese born in Germany. The marriage took place at Quinta da Pacheca, a luxurious and charming Wine House and Hotel in Lamego, surrounded by vineyards. It was photographed by the sensitive lens of the duo Menino Conhece Menina, The Destination selected vendor. The bride and groom wanted to show their international guests – Germany, Bulgaria, UK, Japan, Poland, Marícias, Italy and Canada – the splendor of Portugal. Throughout the celebration typical details emphasized the essence of Portugal. The seasonal flowers were chosen from local suppliers, all catering was traditionally Portuguese and guests were offered a Portuguese piece to take back home. Invitations and menus were inspired by Portuguese embroidery, placeholders were ceramic sardines with the names of the guests on it, and there was a performance of a group of traditional dances during the party. In a relaxed atmosphere, where blue and white accents stood out, family and friends celebrated the love of this couple, enjoying genuinely Portuguese wine and food.
Nina and Rafael highlight a particular detail from the wedding: the wedding car – Opel Ascona 1976. This car was the wedding car of Rafael’s parents and using it was a warm way to honor the memory of his father. Now, when reflecting on their experience of planning their wedding in portugal they told us it was an:
“Absolute success without compromise, we’ve enjoyed the whole year of preparation, each single detail in the process of organizing the event. But we were lucky to have such professional teams around us who made it possible to implement our dreams and ideas.”
Nina and Rafael’s wedding is a good reference if you’re thinking of a destination wedding in Portugal. We leave you the list of their vendors, one of which is our selected vendors. Find more about getting married in Portugal here and browse all our selected vendors cards here.
Invites and graphic design: Pokani from Bulgaria
Venue and catering, bouquet, flowers and decoration: Quinta da Pacheca
Wedding Cake: Pasteleria Dibia Villa Real
Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss
Wedding dress and shoes: Rosa Clara (Elena), shoes FESTA Milano on Yoox
Accessories: Bulgarian hand made filigree silver
Guests favors: Casa Regional Viana do Castelo
Photography: Menino conhece Menina, The Destination Selected Vendor
DJ: Isabel Ventura