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Destination Weddings: Mike & Naila - Santa Cruz, Portugal

Mike and Naila got married in Santa Cruz, Portugal at this absolutely breath-taking venue. Naila is a wedding planner herself so it made things more interesting because she knew what she wanted (or didn't want), and how to get it done. We thought the best way for you to hear more about it was straight from her. Read what she has to say about getting inspiration for her wedding, and really finding ways to make it about her and Mike.

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"Because I am an events designer and wedding planner by profession I knew right away that I didn’t want a typical wedding and neither did my husband (he was happy to elope ☺) Having planned over 50 wedding we have dealt with many brides who have really lost sight of what a wedding is about it was really important for me and Mike not to do the same. This is why we wanted to strip our wedding of all the “cliché” aspects and gimmicks and let it be what it truly is about. We wanted it to be simple, natural and humble and reflect who we are as people. There was nothing the guests had to do, no formalities, no dos and don’ts, just have fun. As for the design of the wedding, I was inspired by the venue. I chose Areias do Seixo because of how beautiful it was and its unique surroundings. I also loved the philosophy behind the hotel and the amazing people that owned and ran it. Being in Areias was like being home and so that is what our theme became - “Home”.

We didn’t want anything at the wedding to seemed forced. We wanted a very organic and spontaneous setup. The ceremony took place in the garden where heart shaped cutouts lined the aisle and the altar backdrop was an installation of oversized flowers. Our bridal party consisted of our childhood friends and my nieces. The bridesmaids carried giant fringed balloons and the ring bearer a funny signboard." Naila

Photographers: A Fist Full of Bolts Wedding Planners: Cherry on Top Wedding Venue: Areias do Seixo Wedding Dress Designer: Krikor Jabotian Bride's Jewelry: Vintage jewelry passed down from grandma Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo & Nike Dunk Sky Hi Groom's Suit Designer: Designed by the Groom himself :) Bridesmaid Dresses: Maria Lucia Hohan

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