Portuguese Wedding Inspiration with Rustic Mediterranean Charm
Oh. My. Today’s styled shoot from is really something else. Photographed by the wonderfully talented Kelly & Luis from Piteira Photography, who split their time between Portugal and South Africa, they wanted to share with you the beauty of the relatively undiscovered Portuguese countryside. Set in a wonderfully quaint rural village, this shoot is undeniably pretty and filled with romantic Mediterranean charm – pretty much guaranteed to make you fall in love with the idea of a Portuguese wedding!
The ideal choice for an intimate or elopement wedding, and just a few hours away from the UK, Portugal is also a great destination for larger weddings and international celebrations! With this beautiful golden light and rustic charm who wouldn’t be swayed?
Kerry explains their inspiration ~
When we sat down as a creative team to discuss ideas and inspiration for this styled shoot we didn’t initially have a clear idea of what we wanted to do, so we decided to focus on what we had that no-one else in the world has, and the answer was surprisingly obvious… there is only one Portugal on this planet and she’s a gorgeous country with so much to offer, so that was our starting point. In the general scheme of things, Portugal is still relatively undiscovered… destination weddings in the south of France, or in Italy, are common but not many people realise that Portugal has the same European lifestyle, the beautiful light, divine food… but without the huge amounts of tourists, or the high prices. We wanted to style a shoot using typically Portuguese elements, but giving them a bit of an updated twist, to show off a little bit of what this country has to offer.
Because of the rural, low-key feeling we wanted to portray, and because the session was styled in the spring, we went with wild flowers from the surrounding countryside for the table décor and bouquet. We wanted to make the styling accessible to DIY and crafty brides while at the same time showcasing the natural beauty of the Portuguese countryside. We also wanted to keep things local and seasonal, reduce the carbon footprint and do our part, as small as it may be, to take care of our planet. Keeping this in mind we sourced the sweet treats and dessert table items (all typical Portuguese pastries) from a local “pastelaria” in the neighbouring town of Mafra. They are particularly well known for their Pasteis da Nata, a delicious vanilla custard tartlet in a crispy pastry shell… one of the most typical, and famous, Portuguese pastries.
The cutlery and tableware was all sourced from a variety of grandmother’s cabinets combined with a few pieces from the local antiques market. We wanted every piece to be different and mismatched so everyone contributed to the tableware and the final result was pieced together with rustic charm by Teresa from Something Borrowed .