A destination wedding in Portugal

July 6, 2017
Fazenda Nova Portugal

I usually photograph two or three destination weddings each year and this was my first in Portugal. The wedding was held at Fazenda Nova country house near Tavira on the Eastern Algarve. It’s a converted farm house in the country side full of pomegranate and quince trees. It’s absolute heaven and one of the coolest, most relaxing places I have ever visited.  Rebecca makes wedding films (Rebecca Reville Videography) and Gil is a musician (Gillan Edgar Music). Over the years we have worked together a lot and have become friends. Rebecca filmed our wedding too.  There are so many images in this blog post because there were three outfit changes, a pool party and Fazenda Nova is so stunningly beautiful that I was in photography heaven.  All that AND beautiful light!  Rebecca wore a bespoke Charlie Brear gown for the ceremony then for the evening she changed into an Erica Stacey gown.  It made me laugh that she had two dresses and a veil because when she began planning she was a bit of an anti-bride and kept saying I’m not having a big dress and I’m definitely not having a veil! Gil is so animated and fun and the bridesmaids were all completely nuts so there was a lot of larking about and shenanigans and it really was wonderful to capture their destination wedding day.

Sign at country house saying this is where the magic happens Fazenda Nova country house in Portugal Beautiful tree covered in white flowers Lots of straw hats on pegs Poolside and hanging chairs at Fazenda Nova Country House in Portugal Wedding guests having make up done at Fazenda Nova Country House in Portugal beautiful pomegranite coloured wall at Fazenda Nova, Portugal Groom writing his speech on the morning of the Portugal wedding OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Bridal accessories laid out on the veil bridal bouquet made from eucalyptus leaves engraved guitar pic given to the groom for his wedding day Charlie Brear Lace wedding gown Lace sleeve on a Charlie Brear wedding dress Bridesmaid laughing in her bathrobe during bridal preparations Manga pictures displayed on the wall at Fazenda Nova Maid of honour and her boyfriend looking at an ipod Palm tree reflections on the floor at Fazenda Nova Groom suit hanging up and groom tying his shoes Bridesmaid checking her make up in the mirror Grooms brown shoes and spotty blue and white socks bride having her make up done by a make up artist bride having eyeshadow applied by a make up artist bride holding a glass of pink champagne bridesmaid opening a bottle of champagne Groom and best man getting ready for the wedding Groom tying his cravat Groom getting ready and laughing Groom getting ready and being silly Groom and his dad having a pre wedding hug Groom ready and walking to the ceremony Groom arriving at the ceremony Fresh lemonade decorated with lavender springs Bride having eyeliner applied by a make up artist Serious bride looking at herself in the mirror Bride and bridesmaids getting ready for the wedding Groom hugging guests as they arrive at the venue guest doing the grooms button hole whilst he drinks fresh lemonade Bridesmaids emerging from the bedroom laughing, dressed in orange bridesmaid dresses from Top Shop Bride smiling at her reflection in the mirror Bride having a tiara placed on her head by the hairdresser smiling bride trying to place her headpiece Bride holding her headpiece in place as the hairdresser fixes clips Groom having a quiet moment looking out into the garden before the ceremony Groom and bestman walking in the gardens of Fazenda Nova Groom putting his speech in his pocket laughing Brides grandma and grandad sitting in the sun before the wedding ceremony Bridesmaid hiding behind a bouquet of eucalyptus Bride emerging from bedroom dressed in her charlie brear wedding gown Bride's grandparents sitting at the ceremony waiting for it to start Wedding guests arriving at the wedding Smiling wedding guests arriving at the ceremony Rebecca Reville smiling reading a card her husband to be sent Wedding guests laughing waiting for the ceremony Groom and best man waiting for the bride to arrive at the ceremony All the bridesmaids walking up the aisle to the ceremony Bride and her dad walking up the aisle to the ceremony Bride and her dad walking up the aisle to the ceremony Bride crying as she walks down the aisle with her dad Dad and bride smiling at each other as they walk down the aisle Groom and celebrants smiling at the bride as she arrives at the ceremony Bride and groom smiling at each other during the ceremony Groom and bride smiling during the wedding ceremony Groom and bride laughing with the celebrant during the wedding ceremony Bride and groom and their guests during the wedding ceremony Bride and groom saying their vows at a civil ceremony in Portugal Bride lauging and exchanging wedding rings Bride and grooms parents laughing and smiling during the ceremony Bride and groom exchanging their vows at their ceremony Bride smiling at her husband during the wedding vows Bride looking and laughing at her husband to be during the ceremony Bride and groom laughing at a poem one of the guests is reading Bride and groom laughing at a poem one of the guests is reading Bride and groom laughing at a poem one of the guests is reading Bridesmaid laughing at a poem one of the guests is reading Bride and groom laughing at a poem one of the guests is reading Bride and groom holding hands and laughing out loud Bride and groom laughing during the wedding ceremony Bride smiling at her husband to be as he says his vows to her Groom smiling at his wife to be as she says her vows Groom laughing as the bride reads her vows The bride and groom saying their vows to each other Bride and groom saying vows whilst parents are emotional and cry Bride and groom holding hands and looking at each other whilst a bridesmaid does a reading Bride laughing as the celebrant annouces they are husband and wife bride and groom's first kiss as husband and wife bride and groom walking down the aisle as husband and wife Bride and groom laughing as they walk down the aisle together Bride looking at her husband as they walk down the aisle together holding hands Hessian bunting saying La Champagneri Guests enjoying a drink after the wedding guests laughing and drinking after the wedding ceremony RebeccaGIllan267 Bridal bouquet of Eucalyptus leaves on a wooden bench Outside terrace at Fazenda Nova set up for wedding lunch Water bottles and glasses laid on the tables Reflection of the willow screens on the concrete floor Destination wedding outside laid out for wedding lunch at Fazenda Nova in Portugal Groom and best man laughing and talking Best man and groom dancing together Bride and best man laughing and talking Bride and her bridesmaids laughing and hiding behind their bouquets Bridesmaids being silly and teasing the bride bride laughing as her bridesmaids are being silly Rebecca Reville sitting on the wall smiling Bride sitting on the wall smiling in the sunshine Bride and groom smiling with their heads together Bride and groom smiling with their heads together Bride and groom sitting on a wall smiling with heads together Bride and groom and their families laughing Groom and his mum having a laugh together Groom and his mum laughing and hugging Groom and his friend laughing and being silly Wooden Jardim sign at Fazenda Nova in Portugal Olive tree and Fazenda Nova in Portugal Wedding guest having lunch at Fazenda Nova Fazenda Nova wedding guests having lunch Groom dancing against a pomegranite coloured wall Groom dancing and being silly against a pomegranite coloured wall Groom dancing and being silly against a pomegranite coloured wall Bride and groom together against a painted wall at Fazenda Nova portugal Bride rearranging her veil Bride and groom talking Bride and groom snuggling Bride and groom talking sat on a bench bride and groom reading their wedding cards to each other Bride smiling as she reads her wedding card Bride and groom laughing out loud reading their wedding cards Bride and groom sat by an olive tree laughing Groom kissing his bride on the forehead Bride and groom hugging and laughing beside an olive tree Bride and groom hugging and chatting Bride and groom snuggling Groom's wedding ring Wedding guests sunbathing at the pool party Wedding pool party at Fazenda Nova, Tavira Wedding guests in the shade at the pool party wedding guests playing bat and ball at Fazenda Nova Bridesmaid peering through the pool railings Guests playing pool games at Fazenda Nova, Tavira Bride sunbathing at the pool party Bridesmaids playing pool games Polaroid photographs used for table names Pimms with straws Polaroid photographs pegged to menus used as place settings Jars of flowers on the table set for the wedding breakfast Polaroid photograph pegged to menu used as place settings Wedding guest reading a book from the library at Fazenda Nova Hotel Roof terrace set up with tables, chairs and edison lights for the wedding dinner Edison bulbs against the blue sky at Fazenda Nova Hotel Wedding guests in black tie for the evening Wedding guests having a cocktail Wedding guests sat at the bar drinking pimms Wedding guests in black tie for the evening reception Bridesmaid dancing Wedding guests seated for the wedding breakfast Wedding guests seated for the wedding breakfast Wedding guests laughing during the wedding breakfast Wedding guests seated for the wedding breakfast Bridesmaids laughing and dancing Best man pretending to box Bride making an entrance Champagne tower Bridemaid drinking pimms through a straw Wedding guests seated waiting for the food Laughing bride alone on the top table Guests seated at the reception Brides father doing a speech as bride and groom laugh at what he's saying Guests laughing at the brides father's speech Brides father doing a speech as bride and groom laugh at what he's saying Guests toasting the bride and groom RebeccaGIllan489Brides father doing a speech as bride and groom laugh at what he's saying Groom doing his speech, bride laughing Bride laughing as groom reads his speech Bride laughing as groom reads his speech Groom reading his speech as bride smiles Wedding guest in black tie and a straw hat Guests laughing at the speeches Guests laughing at the grooms speech Bride laughing and groom reading his speech Bridesmaid laughing at the grooms speech Groom delivering his speech Guests laughing at the grooms speech Bridesmaid tearful as the groom delivers his speech Bridesmaids toasting the bride and groom Bridesmaids reading a speech Bridesmaids delivering a joint speech Bestman giving his speech Couple laughing as bestman delivers his speech Wedding guests listening to the speeches Wedding guests listening to the speeches Guests looking at old photographs of the groom Guests laughing at the best mans speech Bride and groom kissing at the top table Sunset near Tavira Newlyweds cuddling in the evening sunlight in Portugal Bride and groom chatting and hugging Bride and groom kissing in the evening light in Portugal Bride and groom snuggling Bride and groom in the gardens of Fazenda Nova Hotel Bride and groom having a quiet moment in the gardens of Fazenda Nova Hotel, Portugal Bride and groom having a quiet moment in the gardens of Fazenda Nova Hotel Bride and groom touching foreheads Bride and groom cuddling in the gardens of Fazenda Nova Hotel Bride and groom kissing in the evening light Groom whispering to the bride Bride smiling as groom whispers to her Newlyweds in the gardens of Fazenda Nova, Portugal Bride leaning her head on her husband's shoulder Bride and groom smiling walking through the gardens of Fazenda Nova Hotel Bride and groom laughing together walking in the gardens of the hotel Bride and groom being silly and dancing together in the garden Bride holding her dress walking through long grass Edison bulbs lit up against the sky Wedding guests drinking as the sun sets over Fazenda Nova Hotel Groom running through a tunnel of guests holding sparklers Groom running through a tunnel of guests holding sparklers Bride and groom running through a tunnel of guests holding sparklers Wedding guests dressing up in glow glasses Wedding guests partying in glow glasses Wedding guests dancing at the evening reception Wedding guest dancing at the evening reception Wedding guests dancing at the evening reception Bride and groom doing their first dance Guest attempting to join in the first dance Bride and groom doing first dance whilst parents look on Messy dancing games at the wedding reception Bride and groom dancing. Groom raises his hands in the air Bride and groom dancing Guests dancing at the wedding reception Guests dancing at the wedding reception RebeccaGIllan598 Bride dancing at the wedding reception Bride dancing at the wedding reception Groom dancing at the wedding reception Groom dancing at the wedding reception Guests dancing at the wedding reception Guests dancing at the wedding reception Guests dancing at the wedding reception Bridemaids dancing at the wedding reception Bride and Groom dancing together Bride and groom dancing together Exit sign at the Fazenda Nova Hotel in Portugal

I hope you have enjoyed looking through Rebecca and Gill’s beautiful destination wedding in Portugal.  If you would like to see another destination wedding this time in Kenya then please click the here

 

 

 

Comments

What a gorgeous wedding and party and people and everything! Just love it. Captured so fantastically by you! xxx

Wow! Amazing wedding and the photography is as always gorgeous! I can feel the warmth, the love and joy! Beautiful wedding stunning bride and groom.

Was this work or a holiday! Love the ambience. Beats grey auld Kendal.

Your photos are amazing. I long for the day when I reach such skill!!