Audrey And Mark’s Destination Vintage Wedding

At Confetti we love destination weddings, especially ones that include our favourite themes. Which is why we wanted to share Audrey and Mark’s real wedding with our brides to be. Sonho a Dois Algarve helped the lucky couple plan their dream wedding, and what a wonderful job they did. The wedding is packed full of delights from a glorious outdoor ceremony, to a sea view reception along with some of the cutest vintage decor we have seen in a long time!

Audery and Mark's real wedding


Bride and Groom… Audrey  & Mark .

Wedding date… Friday 24th of May 2013.

We met… During our first year of college almost 15 years ago now. He caught my eye and there was no going back from there.

The proposal… Mark proposed under a tree filled with big red love heart shaped lights while on a break away to Vienna visiting the Christmas market. It was romantic and completely took me by surprise.

I knew he was ‘the one’… After spending time together instead of studying I knew I couldn’t be without him.

Length of engagement… 1 and a half years

How did help in your big day? Excellent for ideas and tips, great articles to read and I loved checking out the real weddings.

“Wishing you both a wonderful day” card for the bride and groom

Vintage wedding portrait in mini bouquet brooch

Pearl silver earrings and brooch

Mint coloured pep toe wedding shoes with white rose detail

Baby breath wedding bouquet with lace handle and vintage brooch

Bride getting ready for her big day

Our bridesmaids were… My sister Stephanie and Emily.

Bride and her bridesmaids in dressing gown

Bridesmaids helping the bride get ready

My dress was… Grace Kelly designed by David Fielden. It was purchased in Myrtle Ivory, Dublin, Ireland. I had tried on possibly 8 to 9 in total but knew this was perfect the minute I stepped into it, thankfully my bridesmaid Emily had persuaded me to try it on. A good friend had recommended the shop and they were brilliant to deal with. My mum and sister came to the second fitting and there definitely were some glossy eyes!

Grace Kelly wedding dress designed by David Fielden

Bridesmaids helping the bride with her hair

Bridesmaids helping the bride with the final touches to her dress

Bride with her parents

Bride ready for her big day

The groom with his best man and groomsman

Our groomsmen were… Michael our best man and Sean.

The groom with his best man and groomsman in the pub

Our wedding ceremony was… At the stunningly beautiful Vila Vita Parc in Porches, Portugal. Our ceremony was set outside in the stunning grounds of the Vila Vita Parc. We had 42 guests in total as we wanted an intimate ceremony with our closest friends and immediate family. Our ceremony was civil, short and full of fun with beautiful music. The sun shone all day and the views of the sea and lake were breathtaking.

Wedding ceremony at Vila Vita Parc in Porches

White and baby breaths wedding ceremony at Vila Vita Parc in Porches

White parasol for the wedding guests

The groom and the wedding guests waiting for the bride

The bride and her father in the wedding car

The bride and the groom together

The bride and the groom together at the ceremony

Guests watching the wedding ceremony

Our favourite part of the wedding was… Walking down the aisle with my Dad, seeing all the smiling faces, beautiful music and finally arriving to join Mark was amazing and something I will never forget.

Bride and groom holding hands at the ceremony

Bride and groom enjoying the wedding ceremony

Bride and groom exchanging wedding rings

The first kiss as husband and wife

Signing the register with a feather pen

Guests throwing confetti over the newlyweds

Our wedding photographer was… The fantastic  Yes I do! Algarve Wedding Photography, they captured our day beautifully.

The newlyweds

Wedding guest with a parasol

The official wedding portrait by Yes I do Algarve Photography

The official wedding portrait by Yes I do Algarve Photography

Baby breaths button hole for the groom

Baby breath wedding bouquet

Message in the sky for the bride


Our wedding reception was at… The Vila  Vita Parc Hotel. Our wedding planners Sonho a Dois were instrumental in helping us chose our perfect venue and delivering a special day. Initially we had ruled out the Vila Vita Parc based on price alone however when we viewed it with our planners on a trip to Portugal we knew we had to get married there. We fell in love with it. The scenery, the food and the service is impeccable. We had our meal outside on the terrace with stunning views of the sea, for dancing and music we moved inside to the Aladdin Bar.

The Vila  Vita Parc Hotel

Vintage themed wedding reception at The Vila  Vita Parc Hotel

Vintage guest book

Vintage guest book

Vintage tag seating plan with baby breaths and vintage suit case

Baby breath centrepiece with vintage place card tags

Bride and groom arriving to the ceremony

The grooms speech

Our wedding was unique and special because… Having a relaxed, fun day with all the people close to use in such an amazing setting, it truly made the day special.

The bride enjoying the reception

Illustration of the bride and groom

Chefs preparing the wedding breakfast

Wedding breakfast

Our first dance was… God Only Knows by The Beach Boys

First dance to God Only Knows by The Beach Boys

Painted wedding cake

Happy couple cutting their painted wedding cake

The newlyweds toasting their marriage

Did anything funny or unusual happen at your wedding? Lots of funny moments, however a plane overhead with a banner was definitely a big surprise for me and our guests. It was a lovely moment and I was really touched that Mark had organised it, with some help from Sonho a Dois too. Our band Double Cocktail were amazing and had lots of little surprises for us and our guests during the day. Mark and I never stopped smiling.

The happy couple on the beach

The happy couple
What is your advice for other brides? Lots of planning and research is essential, I would advise you go with your gut feeling when making decisions and then regardless of everything else just enjoy the day with each other.

For our honeymoon… We travelled to The Maldives, it was paradise and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. We will never forget the 7 days spent there and feel so lucky to have had such an amazing honeymoon.


Wedding Dress: Myrtle Ivory| Wedding Shoes: Aldo with special lace clips by Bonzie in Waterford, Irelan | Wedding Suits: Grooms-Louis Copeland, Dublin. Bestman & Groomsman – Tony Roches, Waterford| Wedding Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast| Wedding Entertainment: Double Cocktail and DJ Tiggy| Wedding Photographer: Yes I do! Algarve Wedding Photography | Wedding Videographer: Life Scenes – Joe Thompson| Wedding Cake: Made by the chef in Vila Vita Parc | Wedding Make-up: Mac makeup artist, organised by our planner | Wedding Stationery: Paper Bark, Bespoke Wedding Stationery|  Wedding Invites: Paper Bark, Bespoke Wedding Stationery | Wedding Venue stylist/planner: Sonho a Dois Algarve Weddings & Events

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Love Vintage? Want to recreate Audrey and Mark’s real wedding? Then you will love our Vintage Collection, view the full range in the Confetti shop today!

Audrey and Mark’s real wedding mood board

Above, clockwise from top left: Antiqued Battenburg Lace Parasol | Silver Plated Heart & Jewel Drop Champagne Flutes | Vintage Inspired Wood Case | Luggage Tags

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