“The hospitality of the people, the amazing food and wine, the most beautiful beaches and resorts all make Portugal one of my favorite places in the world.”
The couple: Orla & Graeme
Wedding location: Algarve, Portugal | Wedding photographer: Passionate Wedding Photography
Wedding planner: Algarve Wedding Planners
We met… We met online on a dating website in October 2009. I was living in Dublin and Graeme was living in London. I was planning on moving to London in the New Year before we had met. We spent a lot of time talking online before we met face to face for the first time three weeks later. I had already known before we even met that Graeme was the guy I was going to marry, and as we all know in life, us girls are never wrong.
The proposal… Two years after meeting we travelled up the west cost of America. At the start of the Holiday in Vegas, Graeme booked a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon, we stopped at the bottom for a Champagne picnic, then to my surprise Graeme proposed.
We chose to get married abroad because… Myself and Graeme have been travelling to Portugal for seven years, sometimes 2-3 times a year. We have travelled all over the Algarve and knew there was no other place we would love to get married. The hospitality of the people, the amazing food and wine, the most beautiful beaches and resorts all make Portugal one of my favorite places in the world.
We chose our wedding planners because… We chose Algarve Wedding Planners to plan our special day. We had emailed a few wedding planners in Portugal and found that Algarve Wedding Planners were very personal and had already made us feel special from the first email reply. The best decision was booking our wedding planners. All I used to hear from brides who got married was the same comments, how stressful it is planning a wedding, if they did it all over again they wouldn’t worry themselves over every little thing. To me a wedding should be easy and stress free, and with our wedding planners it was all that and more. All I had to do was rock up on the day and know that everything was perfect and enjoy the best day of my life.
We chose our venue because… The biggest challenge was picking the wedding venue. Portugal has so many amazing wedding venues that I found it really hard to try and shortlist all these amazing places. When we met the wedding planners in Portugal they helped us shortlist three outstanding venues. They knew exactly what I was looking for and made the search really enjoyable and stress fee. The wedding planners had everything sorted for us, they sent us a list of all suppliers and all we had to do was pick the supplier that suited us best and then they sorted it all out leaving us with no worries in the world.
Bridal Dress: Essense of Australia | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom Suit: Richard James of Mayfair | Bridesmaid dress: Cari’s Closet | Bridesmaid shoes: ASOS | Jewellery: The Diamond Shop | Groomsmen suits: Next suits | Photography: Passionate Wedding Photography | Wedding planners: Algarve Wedding Planners
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