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?

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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.

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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.

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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 .



Photography: Piteira Photography // Location: Aldeia da Mata Pequena // Styling and Stationery: Something Borrowed // Wedding Cake: Little Upside Down Cake // Pastries: Polo Norte


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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