REAL WEDDING, INTERNATIONAL | Tânia + Ricardo’s soft, detail-rich nuptials in Santa Comba Dão, Portugal | by Brancoprata

I was thinking about speaking on the topic of E!’s Bridal Plasty today but, somehow, discussing soul crushing, emotionally vacant, body manipulation competitions is not the direction in which I want to take today’s post.  Maybe tomorrow.  Plus, I haven’t sat through the wretchedness as of yet.  It’s sitting in my DVR, waiting to torture me with its wrongness.

So, instead, I’m going to talk about something AWESOME, also known as today’s wedding. :)  Note my special titling for International Real Weddings.  Yes, there’s a heavy influence coming from HGTV’s House Hunters therein.  No shame in my game.

Now… remember this sneak peek?

Well, it came from today’s Real Wedding.  And believe you me, I’ve got a whooooole lotta love for this wedding – and not only because it’s a golden pastel wonderland of pretty pretty prettiness with jimmies on top.  Even though that would be sufficient qualification, if you know me.  Aaaaand ya do.  But yeah, reason number one why I love this wedding is ’cause my favorite little bubbelah Sofia and her partner in crime, André, of Brancoprata captured this wedding and sent it my way because they know me all too well.

I should note, we’re extremely proud to call Brancoprata a member of Vendor Love, and we simply cannot wait for you to see their listing when we officially bring the finished guide to your faces.  We should also note that you’ll be incredibly impressed to find when you reach the bottom of this post, who it is that handled quite a ridiculous amount of the gorgeous details going on in this wedding.  Oohhh, the anticipation builds… now… enjoy!

Love this shot, below.  What a positively wonderful moment.

Here’s what our gorgeous bride had to say about her Big Day:

Many details are original handmade pieces: my bridal garter and the ring pillow were made by my mother. She used old embroidery and lace made by a friend. The lace used in the bouquet was also made by hand by the same friend. The pin used on the bouquet is more than one hundred years old, was bought in an antiques shop in Paris and offered by my mother who knows that I love antique jewelry.  We wanted to personalize our marriage, so with the help of my sister and with the online inspiration we designed all the stationery, invitations, menus, programs, labels. We created a logo with our initials T & R.

We made two invitations: one on paper – an old postcard with a photo of ours. We personalized each postcard: we used a stamp and wrote by hand the names of the recipients; the other one, a video (made by my sister) that we put on the blog, was created for the wedding.  We transformed many things to use for our decor: the screen with the moldings, chair rail, the gold frame we used for the menu, the crown we used for the wedding cake topper, the letters  … all these elements were painted / processed to integrate the decoration.

Sofia and André of Brancoprata are members of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.

Photography: Brancoprata (there was another photographer present, however all photos featured above are Brancoprata’s… and aren’t they just phenom?!) / Videography: Brancoprata / Flowers: Brancoprata / Wedding Dress: Modelnovias / Outfit and shoes (Groom): Hugo Boss / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Church: Sé Nova de Coimbra / Venue: Quinta da Memória / Caterer: Dão Catering / Logo used on stationery: The Wedding Chicks / Hair & make-up: Ricardo Pedro / Bride’s earrings: they were made exclusively for Tânia by jewelry designer (and bride’s friend) Zita Neves.  They were handmade in silver gold with vintage inspiration.  The designer also made some pins for the bridesmaids / Save the Date: Stop motion film by Anaïs F. Afonso

I heart this wedding so much.  … What think you?  :)

xoxo!  – Alison

P.S. – Don’t forget… we’ve got a giveaway that ends Monday night!  Click here to enter to Win 100 Gorgeous Personalized Photo Cards from Give Studio!

P.P.S. – Prepare yourselves for those ridiculously huge photography giveaways we’ve got coming crazy soon.  Oh what fun the holidays can be!!!

Label(s): Color, Pink, Yellow, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Lauren Elise on December 2, 2010

    All of Sofia and André’s work is amazing and this particular wedding is no exception! Right away I was drawn to the beauty of the flowers and throughout the post was wondering who put them together. So happy to see that Sofia was the mastermind behind them (I should have recognized her genius right away). I am always blown away by the level of detail that goes into everything that Brancoprata touches. But they still maintain this simple elegance that I am such a fan of. Such a great post highlighting our Portugal friends!

  2. Jaime Lyn on December 2, 2010

    J’adore. This is PHENOMINAL! I love all the details and the dreamy quality of the photography. I am so impressed. BEAUTIFUL!

  3. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie on December 2, 2010

    W.O.W. This is simply gorgeous! Amazing!

  4. Marie @ Emici Bridal on December 2, 2010

    Wow! This is so soft and beautiful! Brancoprata never disappoints in their design and presentation. Perfection!

  5. Annie @ Marry You Me on December 2, 2010

    This is GORGEOUS. Like, I am completely and utterly blown away. Sofia always tops herself with every wedding she does. The flowers, the vases, the paper items, and OMG the dessert buffet – all of it is stunning and perfect. Andre’s photography is even more perfect with this wedding – soft and romantic.

  6. on December 2, 2010

    Seriously stunning! Love all the details from this wedding and Sofia and Andre did it again! LOVE IT!

  7. Laurel G on December 2, 2010

    wow beautiful bride and I LOVE the seating chart display!

  8. Camila Carvalho on December 2, 2010

    This is such a beautiful wedding! I love the color palette…. So romantic! ♥

  9. jacin on December 2, 2010

    wow the bride is so stunning! love how light and airy these photos are, the wedding is like out of a movie.

  10. Katherine on December 2, 2010

    the romantic haze over every photo is lovely :) almost like a tangible dream. beautiful work!

  11. Kate/MagnoliaRouge on December 2, 2010

    It goes without saying that this wedding would be stunning!! Those flowers are so soooo pretty! And the lighting in those photos is just magical! Great job you guys!!!

  12. Aleah + Nick Valley on December 2, 2010

    The bride looks so angelic! Love that wonderful crown cake topper, too!

  13. Alicia @CharityWedding on December 2, 2010

    This is stunning!! I love every detail. I love how it feels so sweet and simple but so chic and elegant at the same time! Perfection!

  14. Naomi on December 2, 2010

    Wow! Such gorgeousness. HUGE fans of Sofia and her resident hottie, Andre! They are the perfect pair. Now for the post…the bride is freakishly beautiful. Her eyes are amazing. What has me BANANAS are the frames! Sophia wow your work is a real life inspiration board. XO

  15. postcards and pretties on December 2, 2010

    the softness, the touches of gold… oh my lord thats one beautiful wedding. Sofia + Andre never disappoint! EVER!

  16. naoise -OneFabDay on December 2, 2010

    Absolutely gorgeous. What is the green plant used in the floral arrangements? looks like grass, but it couldn’t be, could it? So unusual and beautiful

  17. Amma // Beyond Beyond on December 2, 2010

    I’m always blown away by the gorgeous photographys from Sofia and André. The colour palette is beautiful and super soft, there is a sweet sensiblity running all the way through the shoot. Just totally amazing :)

  18. Amma // Beyond Beyond on December 2, 2010

    Please excuse my spelling that should be photographs today is a bad english day for me!

  19. The Demoiselle on December 2, 2010

    I love way too many parts of this. Love Sophia & Andre – dang they’re talented! And the crown cake topper!?! STOP IT! I NEED that in my life!!

  20. lizzie [ten thou bride] on December 2, 2010

    oh man, i LOVE this wedding…the couple is absolutely beautiful and the details are gorgeous!

  21. Lena on December 2, 2010

    This wedding is so beautiful, I feel physically flustered! AMAZING! I’m glad you chose to feature this stunning event instead of BridalPlasty, but I’m delighted to hear your thoughts. I’ve only seen clips, but I felt even more horror than I imagined.

    Can’t WAIT to hear what you have to say!

  22. Alexandra // Aerialist Press on December 2, 2010

    This is truly lovely and soft in the best way. That bride is gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous. Love everything about this wedding, great pick!

  23. Margaret on December 6, 2010

    I love the beautiful flowers in the jars. So simple but elegant.

  24. Chin-Lu on December 15, 2010

    OMG! WHat a dreamy wedding! So hopelessly romantic! LOVE it! The birdcage shot is absolutely beautiful. Love it all!

  25. Jennabel on December 16, 2011

    Your posting really srtiagtheend me out. Thanks!


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