PORTUGAL WEDDING WITH SUCCULENTS | … so it’s awesome. Plus: The Day I Realized Everyone Has Seen Me Naked. | By Brancoprata

Honey let me know something moderately horrifying the other day.

“The most interesting thing happened on my way home from the Cleaners just now” he said, gleefully hopping into the bathroom like a child on Christmas morning.   “I could see you while you were showering.”

“See me? my naked body??”

“Well.. it’s a little blurred out, so no,” he said, seemingly surprised I didn’t think it was hilarious.  ”But I could tell that you were taking a shower.”

He is LOL’ing at this point.

I am fully nakes, and my jaw has dropped so my mouth is wide open.  The first thing I do is shut the window so no one else can see this.

It seems the thick, city-grade window screening we installed outside the window, combined with the high-quality frosted laminate window seal we had on the inside of the window, actually brought us only part of the way, on our journey to No-one-can-see-your-vagina-ville.  And in Shower Privacy County, nobody ever wants to live in any of the neighboring towns.  Especially if you’re a girl.  It’s like living in Austin, Texas vs. living in other parts of Texas.  When I visit Austin as a person from the liberal northeast, I pretty much know what I’m gonna get.  Not so, anywhere else inside of that fine state.  What I’m trying to say is anyone who looked through that two inch section of the window that was OPEN was likely getting what some might refer to as, “the full vaginal canal shot.”

“Was anyone else looking??” I asked, a little panicked at this point.  Though I’m sure the only thing being translated at that point was my wanton sexuality; I catch a full body chill whenever the shower door is open in the wintertime.

He answered: “I’m sure it’s possible that people are looking now.. I was standing there a little while.”

Let me introduce you to my reaction:

[To Self:] “Alison, focus.  Right now, you are feeling: silly for trusting the frosted privacy barrier we stuck to the window without ever actually testing if it was working / angry at the architect who designed our apartment building with all the bathroom windows at vagina level / still haunted by the fact that someone anonymously left their serrated edged knife on the fire escape outside our bedroom window last month (fact) / saddened that any of this is even something I have to worry about as a woman in the world, and / resentful that guys usually find it a little ridiculous to be so vigilant about one’s personal sexual safety.  Did you know that a woman visibly rubbing herself behind a window is something of a formal invitation for rough sex if you’re in the Red Light District of Amsterdam?  Ok.  NOW focus on what you *aren’t* feeling: my beef is not with Honey.”

That’s more or less the conversation I have with myself every time I am confronted with news of what could be my compromised sexual autonomy.  It all occurs within about a split-second.

Thinking back on it I’m just relieved Honey caught me while I was working above the waist.  From now on, I wash everything pelvic-region down in the windowless section of the shower.

Lol just kidding – I don’t shower anymore.

ANYWAY, SO today’s submission comes to us from the unstoppable decorator/photographer duo Sofia and André, of Brancoprata.  And I lub dem.  They work together so seamlessly to create some of the most gorgeous, beautifully photographed weddings and events, and on top of that, they are totally cool and nice and would give you a ride to the airport if they had the time.  SO. KEY.  (The part about them being so nice and cool, not the part about the ride to airport.  Actually, yes about the ride to the airport.  Who doesn’t need a ride to the airport?)

Want to hear another thing I find to be so key?  What our bride today had to say was her most critical piece of advice for everyone heading down the altar:

The most important thing in a wedding is to remain faithful to yourselves. Try to reflect both personalities in every moment and every detail. If you feel lost or find that it is hard to DIY, seek someone who understands and respect what you want. You will always have outsiders opinions but remember that the final decision is yours.

Love that.  Don’t forget it, she’s right.  Here’s what else she shared with us:

We always wanted to have a relaxed, fun, and detailed wedding, but here in Portugal is very difficult to escape the wedding stereotype. We are not a DIY couple due to lack of time and skills, so we had to search hard so that we could reflect our personality in this important milestone. We’re both passionate about travelling and photography.

The place chosen for the wedding (Quinta da Memória) was the easiest choice we had to make: green all over, soothing landscape with a river flowing by and the reception building was rustic and charming: we could breathe harmony and perfection.

Although we come from a devout Catholic family, we chose a non-religious ceremony (the first in both families). We exchanged vows and asked our parents and grandparents to give their perspective on marriage, as well as the most important pillars to make it succeed. It was an intense moment shared by everyone (guests and family). There was an indescribable silence: everybody was absorbing every gesture and every word that was said. We couldn’t be happier at that time!

Our marriage was only possible with the help of the amazing couple Sofia (Decorator) and André (Photographer) – Branco Prata – which captured immediately the essence of what we had in mind, and added their personal touch. They made things happen and we were absolutely delighted with their work beginning with the wedding invitation throughout the whole wedding day itself.

We can’t thank and praise them enough for what they did!

During the wedding we had several moments starting with the ceremony with a romantic decoration that combined perfectly with the surrounding nature, the detail of the ring bearer, a book created especially for us with the title of our marriage “Conquering the World “which in turn also served as a book were we wrote our wedding vows, as well as parents and grandparents wishes for the newlywed.

The final result of the place where dinner was served, was beautifully achieved by Sofia’s decoration ideas. The centerpieces were plants that our guests took home as a souvenir. The numbering of the tables was represented by a number with an important meaning to us. We also had conversation starters in form of notebooks where a question was asked and guests could write whatever they felt like. Each table had its own notebook which then passed in turn from table to table.

The first time I was serenaded by my husband with his friends where they sang the fado of Coimbra (Students’ city where we met 7 years ago). And finally we released sky lanterns with the guests where they shared with their children, loved ones, friends, a magical moment that was blessed with a shooting star.

The most important thing in a wedding is to remain faithful to yourselves. Try to reflect both personalities in every moment and every detail. If you feel lost or feel that it is hard to DIY, seek someone who understands and respect what you want. You will always have outsiders opinions but remember that the final decision is yours. Enjoy the party and don´t stress, things will not always run as planned, so rather than freaking out, enjoy the whole picture, smile and relax! In the end that is YOUR DAY!

Favorite Moment for the Bride:

“I will never forget the way my husband looked at me that day when we first saw each other. It felt like we were standing alone in a crowded place. Definitively I married the man of my life.”

Favorite Moment for the Bride:

“Seeing her walking towards me and when we exchanged vows. It was a perfect moment.”

Congratulations, you two.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us!

Curious; would you like to do a lantern lighting at the end of your wedding?

And… anyone else have any embarrassing stories, other than me?  Would love to hear yours, because of course I would who wouldn’t.

xx,  Alison

Brancoprata is member of TKB’s Vendor Love.  You can explore more of Brancoprata‘s work in our guide.

Photography: André Teixeira, Brancoprata / Wedding dress: Jesus Peiró / Bride shoes: DKNY / Groom suite e botões de punho: Gio Rodrigues / Sapatos Noivo: Olguinha / Hairstyle: João e Carla – J&C / Make Up: Bárbara Brandão / Wedding Bouquet: Jardim da Ângela / Wedding Cake: Capuchinha / Caterer: Dão Catering / Venue: Quinta da Memória / Stationery and paper goods: Sofia Ferreira & Brancoprata’s team / Flowers & Styling: Sofia Ferreira & Brancoprata’s team

Label(s): {Real Weddings}

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  1. Mad on November 30, 2012

    We have obscured glass in our bathroom, but I’m certain at night everyone can see me in the shower as we have no blinds and it’s in front of the window. I end up getting tangled up in the shower curtain trying to hide my naked bits and screaming as the cat jumps through the window with dead mice in her mouth….

  2. VW on November 30, 2012

    I like the helpful info you provide in your posts. Love your blog!

  3. Sónia on November 30, 2012

    As a friend of the groom, i was at Tiago and Quéli’s wedding with my husband and children (our names are actually visible on the list in table 19). It was, without a doubt, the most beautifull, simple and original wedding I have ever been. And it really reflected their romantic personality. Everyone’s eyes where wet during the vows. It was a very emotional moment. Just beautifull.
    Oh, and the plant we took home is right here, by the window :)

  4. Lena on November 30, 2012

    My freshman year of college, I walked into the dining hall one day to hear a gaggle of older boys nudging/cracking up as I walked by. Turns out my boyfriend’s recent visit was actually quite a show…


  5. Tobin Photography on December 3, 2012

    Wow. Stunning wedding. I am a plant lover so the fact that they used all the succulents is particularly exciting. I’m going to show my honey this post so she can use it for inspiration while planning ours! Great job to the photog, too! I’m a wedding photographer so am pretty picky! Congrats! Tobin

  6. antónio gil pimentel on December 3, 2012

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  7. Weddings on December 4, 2012

    Pure combination of Elegant and Romantic…. Both groom and bride has smitten look…

  8. bridesmaidlook on December 29, 2012

    love to hear yours

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