Holly + Brock were on a whirlwind trip throughout Europe with four of their best friends, when they said to each other, “What if we just forget all the traditional stuff and get married on the trip?” And that’s where the idea began! Holly shares: We decided that we’d like to get hitched, but weren’t interested in the fluff that comes with a traditional wedding… What I love about eloping is that the day was completely about us. We had very few obligations on the day, which meant we could actually enjoy our day.
They met up with photographer, Nisha Ravji, and roamed the tiled streets of Lisbon in their wedding attire, before being whisked off to a stunning clifftop for the ceremony. With the help of My Fancy Wedding Planners Portugal, they were able to pull it all off quickly + seamlessly, so they could enjoy the rest of their travels!
Sounds like quite the dream, right? Let’s go – Portugal awaits!
My, my, my — what a gorgeous view!
The Streets of Lisbon
Being able to get ready with each other and wandering the streets of beautiful Lisbon, while being photographed.
Fun Fact: The distinct tiles that Portugal is known for are called “azulejos,” and first appeared in Portugal around the 15th century, when the area was under Moorish rule. The word azulejos is Arabic in origin, and roughly translates to “polished stone.”
The Wedding Attire
Staying with Holly + Brock’s desire of keeping things carefree + bohemian-inspired, My Fancy Wedding Planners Portugal crafted this gorgeous bouquet + floral crown for the lovely bride.
Keeping things casual and cool, while still dressed up, Brock rocked mismatched pieces from Topman.
How gorgeous is Holly’s lacy boho-inspired gown from Spell Designs?! Perfect for the easy, breezy nature of their wedding day.
The Ceremony on the Cliff
The ceremony took place on the lush green hills, overlooking the water.
The Intimate Dinner
My Fancy Wedding Planners Portugal put together a magical bohemian-inspired picnic dinner on the hillside, so H+B didn’t have to worry about anything.
Complete with charcuterie, delicious bites, wine, and one gorgeous naked cake topped with florals from Migalha Doce — doesn’t this look delectable?!
No fuss; just friends, food, and pretty florals!!
Following the intimate dinner, the two newlyweds got to explore the coast and breathe in the moment, together.
We didn’t worry too much about the details. Brock made a Spotify playlist of our favorite songs. We didn’t have a first dance, but instead enjoyed the presence of all our friends + each other.
Make the day as casual and carefree as possible. It's your day, about the two of you, and no one else. Instead of worrying about little details and your guests, forget about them and enjoy your day.
We’re all for these kind of surprises! Way to keep things interesting + spontaneous… And what better way to end a trip through Europe?!
photography: Nisha Ravji // event design: My Fancy Wedding Planners Portugal // planning: My Fancy Wedding Planners Portugal // florals: My Fancy Wedding Planners Portugal // wedding dress boutique: Spell Designs // bride's shoes: Massimo Dutti // bridesmaid dresses: Miss Crabb Summertime dress // hair stylist: Carla D'Oliveira // makeup artist: Carla D'Oliveira // groom attire: Topshop - Topman // cake: Migalha doce