On our previous two trips to Portugal, we fell in love with the Jardim do Núncio at the Penha Longha Resort, one of our absolute favorite properties in the country, and one of our top choices in the entire Ritz Carlton portfolio. The garden dates back to the XVI century when it was used as a place for contemplation and is unlike any event space we’ve seen before. We had longtime been fans of Brancoprata (thank you blogosphere for connecting us!) and over the course of planning calls and emails collaborating on an upcoming wedding together we fast became friends, even though we had never met in person.
Sofia and I decided it would be fun post-wedding to put together a mini-style shoot before we departed Sintra. Our friends at Penha Longa were gracious enough to lend us their space and we enlisted the help of Tania at T Bakes. We were introduced to Tania through Maggie & Jess at Maggie Austin Cake, who Tania had trained under the year before here in the United States. (Fun fact, we later learned that Tania had worked on Lauren & Christopher's wedding cake for us with Maggie - small world, right?!!) Tania, who is also located in Porto, was practically neighbors with Brancoprata (also from Porto) and we were so happy to bring these Portuguese super-stars together.
The only design direction we gave everyone was to be inspired by Portuguese tiles with blue being our primary color palette and a few copper accents. The shoot was so fabulous because it wasn’t overly contrived; we all collaborated onsite together and when you put talented people together magic happens. To say that T Bakes knocked our socks off with the cake is an understatement. The hand-painted tiles on the cake we’re so incredible and it was better than we could have imagined. The cake really anchored our shoot and we’re forever grateful for the time and energy that went into each brush stroke. Sofia’s flowers we’re so dreamy and to see her assemble arrangements on the spot was nothing short of amazing. Sofia is an incredible floral partner! Every time we stole a peek behind Andre’s camera, we squealed with delight. How he captures such beauty behind the lense is breathtaking and inspiring. What a gift he has! When we talk about European wedding industry super-stars, Brancoprata & T Bakes are at the top of our list. We had such a great time – and hopefully you’ll love these images as much as we do! Designing this inspiration shoot was pure joy for us – we didn’t have a big agenda or a crazy shot list; we styled with materials we literally found onsite (the pottery chargers, pastries and copper bud vases were things we picked up in shops around the town center that week) and the design came together organically. Designing just for fun with our new friends – we couldn’t think of a better way to end our Portugal trip! To see more from this style shoot, check out the gallery here.
All Images via Andre at brancoprata.
Photography: brancoprata | Flowers: brancoprata | Wedding Cake: T Bakes | Venue: Penha Longa Resort Event Design: Karson Butler Events
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