I am so excited to share with you the first ‘Real Wedding’ feature on Rianna Elizabeth. This post is also personal to me as the beautiful bride Lizzy happens to be one of my closest friends. I was lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids and of course being a wedding and event planner I helped as much as I could with the wedding plans. When Lizzy and Sam got their stunning wedding images through I knew instantly I wanted to feature them on the website.
Lizzy and Sam got married in the stunning 5* luxury villa Casa do Alemao in Boliqueime, Portugal. The villa is located on the top of Malhão Hill with truly breathtaking sea views. The elegant colour scheme featured blush pink, cream and white with a chic, elegant and romantic theme. Little vintage accents were included within the styling such as lace linen and pearls featuring within the bridal bouquet. Lizzy wore an incredible silk crepe bridal gown with a low back from Blackburn Bridal Couture and fabulous embellished heels by Badgley Mischka. Sam and his groomsmen wore stylish blue suits from Harry Conway Bespoke and the bridesmaids wore boudoir pink satin dresses from Ghost.
The ceremony took place under a beautifully decorated gazebo overlooking the pool with stunning views of the Portuguese countryside. Lizzy walked down the aisle to Sam Smith’s ‘Lay Me Down’ sang by the incredibly talented Leandro Russo. A traditional Portuguese ceremony took place first with the second part including the Portuguese rope knot. Lizzy and Sam had provided bespoke fans to keep their guests cool that were created by Memories Made. After they were announced as husband and wife, confetti cannons went off and Leandro belted out the Lionel Richie classic ‘Destiny’.
Quote from the Bride: “I can only describe my wedding day as a dream. It was truly the most magical day. The sun was shining bright over Portugal which made the stunning venue and views even more beautiful.
There were so many amazing moments. Just seeing all of our favourite people there sharing our special day made us feel so lucky.
Sam looked so handsome, walking up to him made me feel the happiest girl in the world and so proud of the day we had created”
The bride and grooms entrance to their wedding breakfast showed off their fun personalties with the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell classic ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ blaring out of the speakers. The floral centrepieces included tall candelabra with each table being named after popular holiday night club favourites such as Cafe Mambos and Pacha. The wedding favours and place settings were individual pink and white candy cane sweetie bags. The food served was a Portuguese Rodizio with a variety of fresh salads and vegetables with a beautiful cheesecake to finish.
Quote from the Groom: “It was the most perfect day, I married the love of my life in a picturesque Portuguese villa. My favourite moment of the day was walking into our wedding breakfast, our closest friends and family all standing up and singing Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Lizzy and Sam wanted to ensure that their friends and family had the time of their lives. The evening rules were that everyone had to have a drink in their hand and had to dance the night away. Lizzy and Sam’s first dance was to Florence & The Machine’s ‘You’ve got the Love’ and they asked everyone to join them on the dance floor. The evening was buzzing from start to finish with a live band singing a variety of Motown, Pop and R&B, followed by a DJ playing old school garage classics. As Lizzy herself is a singer she sang along with Leandro and belted out a couple of popular tunes and entertained her guests. It was safe to say every single person enjoyed themselves and it was an honour to have been part of their special day.
Suppliers and Vendors
Wedding Planner: Algarve Wedding Planners
Wedding Venue: Casa do Alemao
Wedding Dress: Blackburn Bridal, Blackheath
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Tailor: Harry Conway Bespoke email@example.com
Bridesmaid Dresses: Ghost
Bridesmaid Shoes: New Look
Photography: The Wedding Story Tellers
Videographer: Algarve Wedding Films
Stationary: Memories Made
Hair: Hayley Macdonald
Makeup: Katie Boucher
Catering: Catering Algae Eventos
Cake: Benedita Dias
Wedding Rings: Terence Crown
Vocalist & Piano: Leandro Russo
Band: The Business Band