Monday, March 8, 2010

Back to My Roots: Destination Wedding

I always dreamed of having a destination wedding and was lucky enough to have been able to get married in Terceira, Azores an island off the coast of Portugal. My father was born there and my mother's family is from that island as well. And it just so happened that my husband's fathers family is also from the same island and town as my father.







We were married in the church Nossa Senhora da Penha in the village of Fontinhas where both of our fathers grew up.
I was luck to have a lot of great family that lives there who helped out with the wedding details.  I chose to use hydrangeas as my main flower because the island is covered in them!  I decided to take a photographer from the states because for me the photographs were one of the most important parts of the day and I didn't want to rely on a foreign photographer. 
The reception was at the Terceira Mar hotel with an outdoor cocktail and appetizers hour before a full buffet for dinner.  The hotel took care of everything - including setup, decorating, food and cake.  It was so nice not to have to worry about all of those details!


We had about 80 people fly over from the states for the wedding and ended up with almost 200 guests!  It was an amazing experience and so much easier to plan than I even thought!
The fun thing about having a destination wedding is that everyone is in vacation mode!  The day before our wedding everyone attended a bullfight in the street and then we had a dinner for everyone as well.  The day after our wedding we had a bus come and take everyone on a tour of the island.  We stopped in the hills and ate, drank, sang and danced..so much fun! 

If you've dreamed of having a destination wedding and are second-thinking yourself, don't.  They are much easier to plan than you would expect and an amazing experience that none of your guests will ever forget!


PS - I totally recommend hiring a photographer that includes a DVD of all of your high resolution images in the wedding package.  Mine didn't and I totally regret it!

21 comments:

Lisa said...

Awwww. Wonderful Memories :)
Frank regrets not making that trip. Why don't you do it again??

messingashley said...

Raquel, your wedding was so beautiful. You and your family did a fabulous job planning it.

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