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Written by Agnes Los Last updated: September 9, 2013
We absolutely LOVED this postcard-perfect real wedding abroad in the Algarve, Portugal – the blue water blending with the sky, the white beach, the dazzling sun… plus Kirsten and Jordi having the most beautiful wedding day they could ask for! Garrett Walsh of Algarve Wedding Photography caught the memories with his camera – wish we were there!
Bride and Groom… Kirsten & Jordi, both Dutch, both entrepreneurs
Wedding date… 2 June 2013
We met… On a dating website, which we both joined for just a few days. After looking at each other’s profile we were surprised about the things we had in common, like our passion for the beach, travelling around the world etc. After a couple of e-mails we had a drink on the beach and it was love at first sight!
We knew it was ‘the one’… After our first date we immediately had this ‘sparkle’ and knew we had a very special connection.
The proposal… Jordi planned to propose during our camper holiday in Australia. At several locations it was neither the right timing nor place… With the wedding ring kept safely in the camera bag the whole trip it was finally the right moment when we arrived on the Whitsunday Islands. On Daydream Island we rented a private boat and Jordi asked the question on an isolated beach! Very romantic!
Length of engagement… Because we decided on getting married in the Algarve (Portugal) and wanted to invite 35 of our family and closest friends, we took our time to travel to Portugal to find our perfect wedding location. We had been engaged for 1 year and 8 months.
Wedding photographer… Garrett Walsh of Algarve Wedding Photography. We immediately had a ‘click’ and he made us feel very comfortable and we had the best wedding pictures we could have wished for!
Our bridesmaids/groomsmen… We had none, in Holland this is not a tradition. We did have our witnesses, which for Kirsten was her best friend and for Jordi his two sisters.
Did anything funny or unusual happen at your wedding? At the end of the wedding we had Thai Air Balloons for all our guests, they were a bit difficult to light, which was very funny. But the end result was a dark sky with a lot of lights flying over the ocean…a very romantic moment for everyone.
Our advice to other brides… Portugal is such a perfect wedding destination, with amazing beaches, beautiful venues, still affordable and having the best climate in Europe. For this reason I started a business together with my existing business partner Priscilla in offering wedding planning services to Portugal.
For our honeymoon we went… Our honeymoon was Portugal. After the wedding the stayed in the wedding venue villa for one week.
My wedding dress was… Searching for the perfect dress was one of the nicest things to do! I looked at hundreds of dresses online and magazines and collected pictures of dressed I loved. Because of our beach wedding I was looking for a romantic lace wedding dress with a lot of volume, still easy to wear on a hot day. I found out that this was quite a challenge, because a lot of beach dresses are very simplistic. I went to a wedding store together with my mum, aunt and nice and the second dress I tried was THE dress! The designer was Cymbeline from Paris, who creates beautiful wedding dresses for young modern fashionable brides.
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