Tropical and Vintage Destination Wedding in Algarve
- Inspired by their boat dates and love for sailing, Kelsey and Redmond traveled to the south of Portugal for nautical-themed I dos. This lovely couple tied the knot through a destination wedding in Algarve, and we can attest that their event is one for the books.
From the glamorous sea-view venue to the stunning dress by Sophia Tolli, this celebration infused the perfect combination of tropical and vintage. Check out this gallery by Portugal Wedding Photographer and fall in love with every gorgeous detail of this destination wedding.
How Did You Meet?
The bride, Kelsey: “We met in the summer of 2014. I was bartending at a nice local spot in downtown Vancouver.
It was a slow Sunday afternoon when my husband (Redmond) and one of his friends came in to have some food and drinks. Because it wasn’t busy, I was able to chat with them for a long time.
I noticed how great our conversation flowed, especially with Red. They had plans to go boating after and invited me to go, but I was working and didn’t take it seriously at the time.
A couple days later, Red came back in for lunch with a co-worker. He asked for my number, and I quickly gave it to him. We went on our first date that Friday!
What is Your Proposal Story?
Red had planned for us to take his boat out and have a bit of a picnic on board. I didn’t think anything out of the ordinary because he likes doing stuff like that. Therefore, I just thought he was just his romantic self.
He was stressing about the weather, which I realized after was because he wanted everything to be perfect! He drove the boat out so we could anchor off the shore of our favorite beach. We were listening to music, drinking wine, and eating the delicious cheeses he had packed for us. Suddenly, he brought out these beautiful Waterford Crystal champagne glasses and a nice bottle of vintage Krug champagne.
He said, “I want to make a toast to the next chapter in our life.” I thought he meant because we were moving to France in a few weeks, which was a big deal for us. After that, he got down on one knee. I was utterly shocked and delighted! He played a song that we both love, and I ended up walking down the aisle to the same song.
Tell Us About Your Wedding
Red and I both wanted to be outside and to be able to see the water. Ideally, we would have had a bit more of a traditional Portuguese venue, but Praia Verde checked so many boxes, it was hard to pass up. Plus, we were “late” by wedding standards and actually got our date because of a cancellation. We wanted to incorporate some Portuguese touches because that’s where we were, and we both adore Portugal. For the tables, we had a blue and white theme to replicate the tiles seen around Portugal. I had visions of certain songs playing at different times, so that was special to have that come to life.
Tell Us About Your Attire Choices
I wore a beautiful lace dress by an Australian designer named Sophia Tolli. I didn’t want to wear a traditional and entirely white gown, so mine has a vintage feel. It was definitely the most beautiful thing I’ve ever worn!
Red wore a charming light blue Paul Smith suit. The piece was very fitted with grey suspenders under his jacket.
The bridal party all wore a shade of pastel pink of all different styles. The groomsmen all wore grey suits with pastel pink pocket squares.
What was the Most Important to the Two of You While Planning?
The most important things for us were music, food, and wine. We upgraded the food and wine menus at the venue. Added fresh oysters and hand-selected a nice Cava to go with them for the ceremony’s cocktail hour. I curated a few playlists to be playing during this time and for dinner. We also hired a great band! We skipped having a videographer, but Red’s cousin was able to shoot a video of the ceremony for us.
What Were Your Favourite Parts of the Day?
- Sounds so cliché, but I honestly loved all parts of the day. From having drinks while getting ready with my girls to turning our venue into a bit of a rave, the whole celebration was memorable!
Our ceremony was special because Red’s brother was our celebrant. He did a really great job making sure it wasn’t dull. Red’s cousins sang and played the violin too, which was really beautiful.
Having oysters and cava on the rooftop patio while our families and friends got to know each other was lovely. The food at dinner was incredible. It was all so much better than I could’ve imagined.
Tell Us About Your Wedding Flowers
I was pretty relaxed with the flowers and I just requested bouquets that weren’t perfectly shaped, more of a rustic feel. I wanted thistles and lots of local greenery like olive leaves etc. One of my good friends did my bouquet for me, so I didn’t actually see it until just before walking down the aisle. It was beautiful, he did a fantastic job. I was actually so happy with all of the flowers.
Tell Us About Your Wedding Cake
To be honest, neither of us cared about having a wedding cake. It came with the package of our venue. We picked a nautical and seashell themed one since we were overlooking the water. The saccharine creation actually looked really lovely.
They included fireworks while we cut the cake, which wasn’t really our style, but it was fun.
What Did You Do For Favours?
We put little bottles of Port on the tables to keep with the Portugal theme. We also had a shot of Ginjinha brought out after dinner.
Please Describe Any DIY or Handmade Details
I made all of the wedding invites, place cards, and table numbers. The name cards all had wine corks to keep them up, and they had little Portuguese tiles on one side.
I made the table numbers with picture frames and used different leaves, herbs, and flowers that I found around our area in southern France. My husband made the menus for the tables, and his niece made the schedule of events.
Did You Include Any Family Heirlooms or Special Traditions?
No, we didn’t. I did walk with both my mom and dad down the aisle, though.
Do You Have Any Advice For Couples Planning Their Weddings Now?
I would recommend using a wedding planner or organizer, even if just for the wedding day. This removes so much unnecessary stress on the day.
Try to do lots of stuff like vows ahead of time so you can relax/get excited when the date is getting closer. I was fortunate because my husband was very hands-on with the planning, so we were a good team.”