Pink And Ivory Vintage Destination Wedding

Written by    Last updated: July 4, 2014

Our talented friends over at Sonho a Dois Algarve have done it again! They helped Helen and Paul bring their dream wedding to life. The vintage themed affair looks glorious in the sun; we love everything from the beautiful vintage inspired bridesmaids’ dresses to the quaint pink and ivory vintage wedding decor including some very cute rabbits. After this week’s real wedding we’re sure you’re going to want to pack your bags and head to Portugal. Enjoy!

Helen and Paul's real wedding at

Bride and Groom… Helen and Paul

Wedding date… Monday 3rd June 2013

We met… At a fancy dress party, but we didn’t start dating for a long time after that.

The proposal… Paul proposed at home, I arrived back from work and Paul had a treasure hunt organised around the house each clue was a poem he had written which lead to a present. The final one was Paul on one knee with a beautiful ring

I knew she was ‘the one’… I knew within a matter of weeks everything was so relaxed  fun and comfortable.  I felt very lucky.

Length of engagement… 8 months

How did help in your big day? They were a great source of ideas

Gold and diamond wedding rings
Gold pep toe bridal shoes from Buffalo
Vintage gold and pink bridal bracelet
White and ivory rose wedding bouquets
The bride getting ready
White strapless wedding dress from House of Fraser
The bride getting ready
The bride in her House of Fraser wedding dress and vintage bouquet
My dress was… From House of Fraser, I had tried on many dresses all of which were lovely but I just wanted something simple and light. I knew it was going to be hot and didn’t want to be uncomfortable on the day. I knew as soon as I tried it on it was the one, it just felt right. I bought the short dress online, which I changed into in the evening. I really loved having the two dresses as they were both so different.
Bridesmaids helping the bride get ready
The bridal party enjoying a few drinks before the ceremony
Groom’s blue shirt and blue checked bow tie
Groom in a blue shirt and blue checked bow tie

Our wedding ceremony was… A Roman catholic ceremony with 72 guests. Pauls’ father sang as I walked down the aisle.

Roman catholic church, Portugal
The usher handing out the order of service
The usher with the ring cushion
The bride walking down the aisle with her father
The bride and groom lighting candles during the ceremony
The bride and groom listening to the service
Wedding guests standing during the ceremony
The bride and groom exchanging rings
The bride and groom exchanging rings The usher watching the ceremony
Live band during the ceremony
The newlyweds
The newlyweds with their guests

Our wedding photographer was… Yes I do! Algarve Wedding Photography

The bride and groom with their bridesmaids and groomsmen at a personalised ice cream cart
The newlyweds with their bridesmaids and groomsmen
The happy couple
Bride and groom holding chalk boards with "Thank You"

Our wedding reception… Was in a private villa in Vilamoura, we had an outdoor dinner and drinks reception. It was what best suited our vision of our relaxed and casual sunny wedding.

Guests relaxing by the pool in a private villa in Vilamoura

Our wedding theme was… Vintage with pale pinks, peaches and creams

Heart shaped table planners
Heart shaped bride banner across the chair
Wedding Bubbles and ivory rose petals
Vintage bunting
Pink and ivory vintage decor
Family of rabbits and old wedding portraits
“and they lived happily ever after” sign from the tree
Evening reception at the private villa
Ivory and pink rose wedding centrepiece
Vintage pink and blue wedding cupcakes
Bride and groom cutting the giant wedding cupcake

Our first dance was… To Diamonds by Rihanna

First dance to Diamonds by Rihanna

Our wedding was unique and special because… Being Irish having beautiful weather and dining outdoors was unique and guaranteed a relaxed atmosphere. Also the ice cream cart after the church and fireworks for cutting the cake were special touches.

The happy couple

Our favourite part of the wedding was… Helen: The whole ceremony and particularly exchanging our own vows.  Paul: I loved the whole day but getting the first laugh during my speech really settled me down.

What is your advice for other brides? All we can advise that if you plan on getting married in the Algarve Sonho a Dois planners are a must.

Our honeymoon was… A week in Vilamoura after the weeding with our guests and then a cruise around the Mediterranean.  It was perfect.


Wedding Dress: House of Fraser| Wedding Shoes: Buffalo | Wedding Suits: Zara | Bridesmaid Dresses: Allanah Hill | Wedding Entertainment: Double Cocktail | Wedding Photographer:  Yes I do! Algarve Wedding Photography | Wedding Venue stylist/planner: Sonho a Dois wedding planners

 Create the Look

Love Helen and Paul’s vintage wedding? Then you’ll love Confetti’s vintage range and the mini mood board below.


Above, clockwise from top left: Vintage Rose Polka Dot Cotton Bunting | Vintage Inspired Wooden Multi-Purpose Sign Boards | Large Metal Candore Jug | “Celebration Peonies” Tissue Paper Flowers

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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