4 Feb

Romantic Portugal destination wedding: Nicole + Manny

categories Real Weddings

Nicole + Manny’s wedding could have possibly taken place where they got engaged, somewhere in the southern United States. They loved its charm, history and beauty, but their search quickly expanded to the Caribbean, then to Portugal. Don’t you just love how that can happen? This was his family from Portugal and hers from Romania were able to make it. Their wedding venue was obviously a beaut – Colunata Eventos, a picturesque garden on a mountain overlooking the city of Braga. And they didn’t let the venue do all the talking, oh no. The decor, florals, fashion, photography by Branco Prata… it was all just as romantic as could be.

Maggie Sottero beaded wedding dress

Maggie Sottero beaded open back wedding dress

Hair Comes the Bride hairpiece and R.H Macy & Co. drop earrings

custom print cufflinks by Kristin Victoria

heart-shaped diamond ring

Feesk Sandals jeweled sandals

Blush pink peonies and white dahlias bouquet

pink jewel drop earring from R.H Macy & Co.

Maggie Sottero beaded wedding dress and Feesk Sandals

Monte do Bom Jesus, Braga, Portugal

outdoor Portugal garden wedding portraits

Blush pink peonies and white dahlias bouquet


gathered babies breath and sheer fabric accents

stacked books and pink and white floral arrangement

floral printed wedding programs

outdoor terrace wedding ceremony and illustrated bird decor

romantic outdoor wedding

We added fun to the ceremony by including non-traditional (yet meaningful!) songs in our ceremony played by a string quartet (Coro Genesis): Manny walked down the aisle to “Human” by The Killers and I walked down to “My Girl” by The Temptations. We walked back up the aisle as husband and wife to “Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure. Our first dance was to the oldie by The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You”.

outdoor terrace wedding

vintage birdcages and brushes wedding decor

vintage stamps and brushes

tapered candelabra and pink and white rose floral arrangement

tall glass urn vase with pink, purple and green florals


"All you need is love" guest saches

custom printed burlap sacks

custom printed burlap sacks

miniature Portuguese folk dolls

hydrangea-adorned table cards

pale pink roses

stacked books and hanging illustrated flora and fauna designs

vintage photographs and custom printed paper signage

illustrated flowers and pink roses

quirky personalized cake topper

sweet and fruity desserts

romantic first dance

Nicole’s favorite memory of the night:

Walking with my dad towards the ceremony site (my dad took out his camera and was taking pictures as we were walking!) then laughing as the ring bearer tried to make a run for it with our rings, after which I look up and finally lock eyes with Manny.

Photographer: Branco Prata / Videographer: Fábio Coelho from The Amazing Rabbit / Event Coordinator & Planner: José Santos of Colunata Eventos / Hair: Rute Vigario of Hi! Hair Identity / Makeup: Rita Silva / Florist: Sofia of Branco Prata / Cake: Casa Das Natas / Catering: Colunata Eventos / Invitation designer: Brynn Rose Designs on minted.com / All You Need is Love wedding favor bags: Life is So Beautiful / Folk dolls and miniature wine carafes: souvenir store at Muzeul Satului (Bucharest, Romania) / Celebrant: Melanie Reeg / Bride’s dress: Maggie Sottero / Shoes: Feesk Sandals / Rhinestone Comb: Hair Comes the Bride / Earrings: R.H.Macy & Co. Fine Jewelry / Groom’s suit: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Venue: Colunata Eventos

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  1. What a lovely destination wedding! Love the bride’s accessories from her earrings to her sandals….stunning!

  2. Starting the week off with a very romantic Portugal destination wedding captured by @brancoprata: http://t.co/i7vJfRqJ

  3. So excited!!!!!! RT @100layercake … a very romantic Portugal destination wedding captured by @brancoprata: http://t.co/n54AHesZ

  4. BEEE YOOO TI FUL!! Brancoprata never fails to inspire and I’m sure that the videography from The Amazing Rabbit is just as gorgeous… congrats to everyone involved, such a lovely wedding!

  5. This is such a gorgeous wedding. Love it! Have just Pinned almost every image : )

  6. So many beautiful aspects to this gorgeous #destinationwedding! http://t.co/L043wgZB #realwedding

  7. What beautiful details!

  8. Stunning! @100LayerCake How pretty is this bride’s entire sparkly ensemble? http://t.co/Z4Odsv4l

  9. If you were to have a #destinationwedding, where would it be? This couple’s was in Portugal! http://t.co/XqB17ND3

  10. I don’t usually go for decor with so much pink in it, but this is done so beautifully I love pretty much everything! Plus those fuchsia earrings are amazing!!
    xo, Kellee from Pirate&Lilac

  11. Absolutely stunning wedding!! Some many things to love!

  12. This is beautiful…and so romantic! I love Sofia & Andre’s work! Lucky couple! XO

  13. I just love the bride’s shoes!

  14. Ooohhhh….. romantic and just beautiful, such a gorgeous wedding!!! Congrats to Branco Prata, you did it again ;-)!

  15. stunning. very romantic and very emotional. congrats.

  16. I love Branco Prata, of course the wedding is gorgeous! Not only are the images beautiful, they are so nice to work with!

  17. It’s always a pleasure to be part of such an important moment like a wedding, especially when the newlyweds are by far, and trust in a stranger like me to organize everything. Thank you Nicole and Manny.

    José Santos
    Event Coordinator & Planner: Colunata Eventos
    Braga – Portugal

  18. Love these photos and the entire look of the bride. Any idea what style the Maggie Soterro dress is? Also, how does one go about getting/looking at the feesk sandals online? The link to etsy doesn’t seem to be working.
    Thank you!

  19. Thank you 100 Layer Cake for the wonderful feature! All our friends and family have been so excited to see our wedding photos and it flatters us to see strangers have been gushing over them too! :) Branco Prata made this day more beautiful than we ever dreamed. We couldn’t have asked for a more memorable day and are thankful to everyone involved.

    The dress is Bernadette by Maggie Sottero. For the sandals, try reaching Feesk at info@fionak.com.

    <3 nicole + manny

  20. A really wonderful post. Keep em coming!

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