Stephen Byrne, 36, married John O'Connor, 29, at the Vidamar Resort in Albufeira, Portugal, on 11th August 2017. They say:
Everyone loves being on holiday just as much as everyone loves a good wedding, so we wanted to combine the two and give our guests an amazing day and night while in Portugal. It’s always difficult to organise group holidays given everyone’s busy lives, so this was a great opportunity to get family and friends together in the sun.
The palm trees that surround Vidamar Resort were the main selling point for us when we visited. It was actually the first venue we looked at but nothing else compared. It also worked well with our colour palette of green, white and gold. We wanted to keep things clean, fresh, elegant and summery, so these colour choices were a no-brainer for us. The lush palm fronds that we had initially fallen for contributed to the aesthetic beautifully.
Our groomsmaid's bouquets were made up with white roses and baby’s breath and were tied with long white ribbons – a really nice touch. These matched all the other floral arrangements, which were solely green and white. We had splashes of white roses and gypsophila across the reception tables, along with golden candelabras that had wreaths of white flowers at their base. The talented florist was organised by our Portuguese wedding planners at Algarve Wedding Planners. Our amazing stylist, Karina Sousa, also helped create our dream wedding.
Our white three-tier wedding cake was decorated with gold frosting that looked as though it was dripping from each tier. The top tier was Victoria sponge with a lemon filling, the middle tier was red velvet and the final one was chocolate biscuit. We bought our personalised gold cake topper from Etsy, which showed two grooms standing beneath palm trees – just like us! Consistent with the other florals, a couple of sprigs of baby’s breath provided the finishing touch.
Our bespoke coordinated suits were definitely our biggest extravagance but they were so worth it. They were custom-made at Louis Copeland & Sons, where we also bought our shirts and ties. We partnered these with Addidas Gazelles for a laid-back look.
Photographs by Passionate Elegant Photography