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Annette and Brendan’s Real Wedding by Sonho a Dois Algarve Weddings & Events

Written by    Last updated: May 2, 2014

The dream of marrying abroad with the warm sun, clear blue skies and golden beaches is fast becoming a reality for many of our brides; and it’s wedding planners like Sonho a Dois that make this dream come true. Annette and Brendan’s real wedding is breathtaking from the very start, we love the ocean view from their outdoor ceremony and we can’t get enough of the woodland themed reception, one of the hottest trends for this season. Congratulations to the happy couple and the team at Sonho a Dois, we couldn’t have planned it better ourselves!

Annette and Brendan's Real Wedding by Sonho a Dois Algarve

Bride and Groom… Annette and Brendan

Wedding date… Monday 24th June 2013

We met… Briefly for 10 minutes at a rented house in Dublin when Brendan came to view the room I was moving out of to commence a year’s travel. He moved into my room when I left. Almost 2 years later we met by chance on a night out in Waterford and shared a few jokes about sharing the same bedroom!  Instant spark and the chase began.

The proposal… Brendan proposed by complete surprise on Christmas day, I didn’t realise the ring had been hanging from our Christmas tree for days before.

I knew he was ‘the one’… Soon after that first night in Waterford, we just sat and chatted for hours on end.

Length of engagement… 3 and a half years

How did help in your big day? Confetti provided endless inspiration and ideas which helped us get an overall idea of what we wanted to achieve on the day.

  Mixture of white, blush flowers for bridal bouquet

Steven Bourke wedding rings

Silver diamond ring

Heart shaped pendant with diamonds

His and her silver and diamond wedding rings

Bride getting ready for her big day

Bride getting ready for her big day

My dress was… A Sassi Holford dress and the complete opposite of what I thought I would wear.  It had little daisy designs on the bodice I just loved it.  My cousin Sabrina helped me choose the dress on our second dress shopping outing and she did get emotional.  My wedge shoes were picked out in five minutes in between a hair appointment and a dress fitting, they were perfect.

White, strapless Sassi Holford dress

Gold Jimmy Choo wedged wedding shoes

A gift for the flower girl

Flower girls in white dresses and floral head bands

Asymmetric pink bridesmaid dresses

Daisy detailed bridal bodice

Bridesmaids helping the bride get ready

Bridesmiad adding a flower to the brides hair

The bride ready for her big day

Our bridesmaids were… My first cousin and best friend Sabrina who was responsible for introducing me to Brendan and my two sisters Michelle and Caroline.

The bride and the bridesmaids ready for the wedding

Bride with her father

Bride helping her father with the buttonhole

Bride with her parents

The flowers girls ready for the day

Brides black and white portrait by Yes I do Algrave photography

Bridal bouquets black and white portrait by Yes I do Algrave photography

The bride portrait by Yes I do Algrave photography

Groom in his Louis Copeland suit

Our wedding ceremony was… At Nossa Senhora da Rocha (Lady of the Rock), Algarve.  It’s a very magical place; we both had a moment on our first visit and just felt it was perfect for us.  Apart from being an absolutely stunning location, there is a small shrine to our Lady where fishermen’s wives used to light a candle to safeguard their husband’s journey; coming from a small fishing village ourselves we just thought it was fitting. It was a glorious day and our florist had done the most amazing job of preparing the venue to make it even more beautiful which we didn’t think possible. We were delighted that almost 100 of our close friends and family had travelled to share our vows from as far as Australia and Brendan’s cousin had travelled from Ireland to perform the ceremony.  Twin Flames duo provided the vocals while we filled the glass jar with sand, this was very special as this involved our kids in the ceremony.

Wedding ceremony at Nossa Senhora da Rocha, Algarve.

Small shrine to our Lady

Wedding ceremony at Nossa Senhora da Rocha, Algarve.

White and purple hydrangeas ceremony flowers

White and purple hydrangeas ceremony flowers

Our groomsmen were… Brendan’s brother Kevin was his best man and his groomsmen were his best friends Thomas “Noddy” and Cormac “Superman” who flew in from Australia

The groom and guests waiting for the bride

The bride and the bridal party en-route to the ceremony

The bride and her father

The bride and groom

The bride and groom holding hands during the ceremony

The page boy

The wedding rings on a ring cushion

The groom placing the ring on the brides finger

The first kiss as husband and wife

The newlyweds

Our wedding was unique and special because… It was how we envisaged and with the help of Sonho a Dois that dream became a reality.  Everything was personalised and tailored to suit our needs.

The newlyweds with their family and friends


Wedding Dress: Sharon Hoey | Wedding Shoes:  Jimmy Choo | Wedding Suits: Louis Copeland | Bridesmaid Dresses:  Embrace Bridal | Wedding Photographer: Yes I Do! Algarve | Wedding Planners: Sonho a Dois – Algarve Weddings | Wedding Rings: Steven Bourke

This article was written by

Sahdia Qayyum
Sahdia Qayyum has over six years experience in the wedding industry as a planner and designer; she has a clear vision of what brides are looking for.
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