Hawaii or Sintra?

Hawaii or Sintra?

Posted by / 24th August 2015 / Categories: venues / -

Every so often, whilst en route to a wedding shoot things don’t seem to be going in the right direction… For example: the dog may have kept you awake all night chasing ficticious mice around the kitchen. The weather might look somewhat daunting – perhaps an unexpected amount of ‘grey and drizzly’ on a midsummer morning. Perhaps you broke your favourite tripod the day before (whilst practicing some basic shooting techniques). Or maybe a classic combination of the three…

But this June as we drove into the forest near the Santuário da Peninha (just west of Lisbon) the drizzle seemed to turn into atmospheric wisps of cloud, the ‘other’ tripod seemed to be just right on the slope I was standing on. And the dog? Well, I expect she was still chasing imaginary rodents several hundred kilometres north…

When we arrived at the event venue (a small Quinta a few miles west of Sintra) we were greeted by the radiant smile of Serina. This in itself would have been enough to change the course of the day but it also heralded the lifting of the clouds and the start of a perfect wedding day.

Ladies sipped champagne whilst perfecting make up and hair. Men sipped beer whilst discussing the day ahead (and a minor incident involving a hire car and something large and made of concrete!). The wedding party had come from all corners of the United States: Michigan, Florida and the couple themselves from the furthest outpost covered by the Stars and Stripes: Hawaii.

Sartorial elegance was at a peak and the garden decorated to perfection. The ceremony was small, intimate and moving. They shared promises (and whisky) and were then showered with lavender, smiles and heartfelt hugs.

We then had the privilege of spending a few hours alone with the couple (and Tim: the willing chauffeur) taking photos in the ancient forest of Peninha amidst giant boulders and towering pines. We relocated to the historic village of Ulgeira and finally the clifftops of Cabo de Roca just as Mother Nature served up the best sunset we’d seen for months. An incredible end to a fantastic day. All further evidence that you should never write off a day because it started badly…

When told that the couple had left the island paradise of Hawaii to the extremities of Europe to get married our instinctive reaction was obviously: ‘you are a bunch of nutters’. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live in such an amazing country and how lucky people are to have the opportunity to get married here…

You can peruse the whole gallery of the day if you click here.

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