Real Wedding: An Elopement Destination Wedding in Sintra, Portugal.

A Wedding Party of just two? Check out this Elopement Real Wedding in Portugal and see how a simple ceremony can be delightful

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  • 2016
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Today we’re sharing with you a wonderful wedding photographed by Gloria Aguiam Fotografas. In addition to its beauty, this wedding is a very special occasion because it represents a new wedding trend: a wedding involving just the couple and no one else. Anyone who has ever organised a wedding certainly understands that the desire to drop everything and make the wedding day a small ceremony for just the couple can certainly arise!

A simple ceremony without a party, only involving the couple and a photographer needs to be recorded!

This trend is known as an “Elopement Wedding” – the word “elope” meaning to escape from somewhere and not return. The word/phrase originated in 1338 to define the act of a woman leaving her husband to elope with her lover, remaining so until about 1800, when it evolved to mean “the couple escaping to marry.”

The concept is ideal for those who do not want to spend much money but still want to have a celebration or for those wishing to enjoy one trip including the wedding and the honeymoon in one. But this idea goes far beyond this practical and financial side, it is perfect for couples who dream of a moment of their own. Romantic, deep, intimate and intense.

The wedding we’re showing you today started from the idea of ​​this couple, who decided to choose Portugal as the perfect destination to exchange vows of love. What is abundant in this beautiful country is wonderful scenery and they have chosen a beautiful and magical place, the Monserrate Palace in Sintra, which appears to have been taken from a real life fairy-tale.

The bride looked simply beautiful and radiant, with her shoulders and back elegantly exposed in a boat-neck, lacy dress that enhanced the charm of her feminine silhouette, finished with a long and flowing train. Her hair was tied at the bottom with a delicate flower crown which completed the fresh and bright look, full of careful detail. She also wore a stunning two-tier veil and a romantic bouquet of flowers in varying shades of white.

The groom was waiting for her looking elegant in his grey suit, in one of the most beautiful palaces in all of Portugal – exemplar of the truest Portuguese Romanticism with private rooms where you can hold civil wedding ceremonies. To the sound of the violin and cello both said “I do”, after which they toured the wonderful landscaped gardens which served as the backdrop for the their big day through beautiful photographs by Gloria Aguiam Fotografas.

A wedding full of passion that, due to its simplicity, had an air of sophistication and charm. The bride and groom didn’t neglect any details and paid attention to the minutia of the visual.


Photography: Gloria Aguiam Fotografas | Venue: Palácio de Monserrate | Preparation area: Penha Longa Resort | Hair & Makeup: Raquel Raposo | Organisation: Jorg Helms da Wedding Portugal,

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