The Urban Landscape of Lisbon Makes for the Ultimate Modern Wedding Inspiration

One shoulder ruffled wedding dress

What comes to mind when you think of a modern, editorial wedding? Creative photography? Check. Amazing fashion? Check. Chic florals? Also, check. This shoot has all that and more. The event designers behind ByMATILDA found the amazing venue La Distillerie and instantly knew they could create something magical for brides to use as inspiration. As a former distillery, the venue holds old, vintage touches that can’t be beat! Photographer João Almeida used his unique perspective to create imagery that captured the vintage, yet urban vibe of the venue. Curious to see how this shoot came to life? Read on!

Love in Black and White

black and white wedding invitation suite

Clean, modern stationery will simply never go out of style. This black and white invitation suite will be nothing short of showstopping for your wedding guests.

Wedding dress hanging on branches

Ruffles are one of the most romantic dress styles! This tiered, ruffled wedding dress by Ana Javgureanu Atelier is something out of a dream. Even the photo feels ethereal.

White Ruffle Wedding Dress

Urban wedding inspiration Lisbon

Look at that texture! The contrast between the walls and the wedding dress show off just how much this venue is a modern industrial dream.

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

When styling a black-tie-themed wedding dress, keep things understated and classic. Including with your glam! A sleek long hairstyle is chic, but not overwhelming. This allows more room to play with bolder makeup – like this sultry, smokey look. For accessories, dainty gold jewelry will always be a match!

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

Modern Florals

Industrial greenery ceremony arch

You can have an amazing ceremony arch without the cost of a traditional floral arrangement. Opting for lush greenery that appears as though it’s coming out of the ground (yes, even concrete!) is a great way to get the look for less.

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

red and white fern bouquet

Let’s talk bouquet! This stunning arrangement by KCKliKO is fresh, modern, yet still classic enough to not fall into the trend graveyard. Multi-colored ferns mixed with classic bouquet flowers make this a look that will stand the test of time.

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

white and black vow books

Vow books are the perfect opportunity to tie in elements from your invitation suite!

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

The ceremony look came together absolutely seamlessly. Between the attire, the florals, and venue – everything was simply gorgeous!

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

Bride in ruffled dress sitting in rattan chair

Wedded Bliss

Minimal black and white wedding signage

The reception space felt like something out of a romantic bookstore. And later…an ethereal garden! Clean signage and a candlelit ambiance instantly make guests feel both relaxed and ready to enjoy an evening of bliss.

Bride and groom walking upstairs

Industrial wedding reception

Be on the lookout – greenery that looks to be coming out of the ground is going to be a growing trend in 2022 and beyond! 

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

The reception space was dramatic, moody, but just feminine enough. The perfect choice for a groom who may not be a fan of traditionally feminine wedding decor! A solid black tablecloth offers a sultry vibe, while rustic wooden chairs soften the look.

Garden floral wedding reception decor

Why have multiple tall centerpieces when you can opt for one table-length centerpiece that looks like an actual garden?!

Black wedding reception decor

Black wedding placecards

All black wedding seating arrangement

A menu that evokes the vibes of your location is so important! Here, Portugal comes to life on a platter with lamb, spring vegetables, and lemony cake.

Editorial for the Books

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

This inspiration is for the out-of-the-box, artistic couple. Ditch the standard wedding portraits and try your hand at something a little different!

White ruffle wedding cake

Wouldn’t we all be so lucky to have a wedding cake match our cake? We wish!

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

This portrait would look AMAZING hanging in a newlywed’s home as a piece of framed artwork.

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

Urban Lisbon Wedding Inspiration

This wedding has some seriously stellar inspiration to save for later! Thank you so much to ByMATILDA for sharing this with GWS!

photography: João Almeida // venue name: La Distillerie, Lisbon, Portugal // event design: ByMATILDA // planning: ByMATILDA // florals: KCKliKO // wedding dress: Ana Javgureanu Atelier // bride's shoes: Raquel Corrêa collection // hair stylist: Vanessa Marinho // makeup artist: Vanessa Marinho // groom attire: Mister Man // groom's shoes: Mister Man // videography: 24 FILMS // paper goods: The B'eye // cake: Migalha Doce // furniture rentals: BC Planning & Rentals // models: Inês Timóteo (via Central Models) and Manuel João Lacerda (via Central Models) // bride's jewelry: Anne Rie Shop