W e're back with another beautiful wedding - this time from the ever sunny Lisbon, Portugal. It's quite exciting to be able to feature fusion weddings from all around the world and this one is no exception.
I think you will all fall in love with this beautiful couple - I sure have!
Our gorgeous bride Laura, an IT Business Advisor married Laurent, our handsome groom and Art Director on the 28th of August 2015 in an intimate ceremony followed by an equally intimate reception at Restaurant 1300 Taberna, Lisbon.
Their love story makes my heart sing – their’s a story so sweet, I think only Laura’s words are suited to describe it:
“We met at a previous job where we were colleagues: we were both part of the French team at an IT customer service centre here in Lisbon. I (Laura) am Hungarian but lived in France when I was young and Laurent is Italian but born in Belgium – therefore, we both speak French (which is still our common language up to this day). We almost immediately felt something when we met for the first time, then going for lunch breaks together and going out at night with friends brought us close. We have “officially” been going out since July 2012.”
These two also happen to have a very endearing proposal story – Laura describes the events surrounding the proposal:
“I had to go to Paris for work in February 2015. As my birthday fell on the Saturday just before the conference I had to attend during the week, Laurent and I decided to spend the weekend of my birthday in Paris, which is one of my favourite places in the world. The day of our trip, Laurent went to a jewellery store straight from work before coming to pick me up. Maybe he should tell the rest of the story…”
Our handsome groom steps in to share how he finally popped the question…
“I had been thinking about proposing for quite a while before hearing that Laura was travelling to Paris a few days for work. I seized the opportunity to start looking for the ring one week before. It was the perfect place to do it. She loves Paris, it was her birthday and…well it’s Paris. Unfortunately I didn’t find any ring I liked in any of the jewellers I visited until I was given the name of a jewellery that had rings I liked and that corresponded to her style. I had planned on going to the shop during the week at lunch break or whenever I would have some time. That week at work was really complicated and I couldn’t find any moment to go. My last chance would be to go after work on my last day before the trip…2 hours before the plane. And so I did. They didn’t have the ring I wanted but instead I found another one, the one I bought. All of this in an adrenaline rush, knowing we had a plane to catch.
For the proposal, I had pictured various scenarios but always wanted to keep it simple, because that’s how we are. Things didn’t go my way since the weather was terrible and my first plan couldn’t work anymore the way I pictured it. The day of her birthday went by and didn’t find the perfect moment to propose that day. It had to be next day, but again…rain. So, after walking around Montmartre, one of Laura’s favourite place in Paris, we decided to head to “Le café des Deux Moulins”, the café everybody knows from Amélie Poulain, one of our all-time favourite movies. We asked for a crème brulée and between two sips of tea, I took the ring out of a (kind of ridiculous) little green bag the jewellery had given me. She saw it, while I managed to nervously scramble a few of the words I had methodically prepared in my head.
She said yes!”
I am simply in love with Laura’s elegant and effortless look. A touch boho and a touch timeless, Laura looks radiant on her big day.
“The make-up artist’s inspiration was one of Keira Knightley’s red carpet looks. Regarding the hair, I was planning on wearing a flower crown but it ended up looking quite funny, so the hairdresser came up with an alternative solution in the moment, still using the flowers of the crown.”
Her gorgeous dress features a fitted silhouette, a beautiful drop waist, to die for lace and dreamy tulle :
“It matched what I was looking for: classic form fitting model with a modern twist. To be honest, I wasn´t one of those brides that really enjoyed the process of picking out a dress: I had a pretty clear vision of the dress I wanted and after having gone to three different stores to try on dresses, I told my friends: if I don´t find a dress in the next store, I will have mine custom made. I found my dress in the fourth store I went to.”
Laura and Laurent chose 1300 Taberna for their wedding ceremony and reception. This restaurant, located within the hip LX Factory – a revamped factory complex, was originally an old warehouse of an abandoned factory. It was later transformed into one of the most creative and eclectic spaces in Lisbon for dinning. The couple fell in love with the space and ambience; they had no hesitation and knew right away this would be the site for their wedding.
“We didn’t know the restaurant before we started to plan our wedding, we only knew the area it was located in (an old factory turned into an area with bakeries, restaurants and stores). We discovered the restaurant itself on Internet when we were looking for restaurants in Lisbon where you could fit up to a 100 guests (not very common here). We went to have lunch there 6 months before the wedding and loved the food and the atmosphere so much that we immediately decided to get married there. We didn’t even visit any other places.”
Rather than overwhelm the already eclectic and bold surroundings of the 1300 Taberna, the couple decided to go for minimalistic and rustic decor. By keeping their decor simple, they allowed the venue and its ambience set the tone for their big day. Their wedding featured simple DIY elements made out of wine and beer bottles and flowers. The groom designed all the graphic elements for the day as well. Despite the simplistic nature of these item, there were some minor bumps along the way – though, Laura and Laurent both rose above the issues to see their big day through:
“The decoration were created from beer and wine bottles which we had been collecting for weeks before the wedding. We only got to clean the bottles (take off the labels, etc) two days before the wedding. Our entire family was included in the process: our moms, my sisters, and even Laurent´s grandparents. It was more difficult than we would have thought. The menu and the seating plan which Laurent had designed also got printed very last minute. (The night before the wedding we discovered that we had made a mistake in the seating plan, so it had to be printed out again the day of the wedding. Laurent´s best man helped out and went to pick it up just a few hours before the event.)”
Despite these minor setbacks I think the space and all the elements came together beautifully – don’t you agree?
Our dapper groom decided to treat himself the day of the wedding with a beard touch up: men, if you’re reading this, I highly recommend taking a moment for yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the big day!
“I, decided to go to a barbershop to get my beard done a few hours before the wedding. I had never been there before but had heard positive things about it so I decided to get myself a little “treat” before the ceremony.
I was pleasantly surprised by the vintage look and atmosphere of the Barbershop. I got offered a beer while waiting…then a second one, since I was still waiting for Ze (the videographer). He told me he couldn’t come, so we got started and I was surprised when he appeared in front of me, filming, while the barber was removing the warm cloth from my face. After mentioning I was getting married I got offered a glass of Jack Daniels, all of this on an empty (nervous) stomach.”
The couple opted for an informal civil ceremony and said their vows both in Hungarian and French:
“After the official arrived (30 minutes late), we could start the ceremony. It was an informal civil ceremony. Family members and closest friends were sitting close to us while the other guests were standing. The ceremony was held in Portuguese, and Laura said her vows in Hungarian while I (Laurent) said mine in French.”
“Having our families and friends there to celebrate with us was just so special and we were so excited to have them there with us. Since we both live far from our families, it was very special to us that they had all come here to Lisbon at the same time to be with us. Our friends also flew in from various places: in the end, we had 13 different nationalities at our wedding! “
These two radiate such light – don’t you think? I especially love how Orsi and Ze from Look Imaginary captured their big day so perfectly – a story told so candidly and naturally!
“If there was one thing we were certain about, it was that we wanted Orsi and Ze to be our photographers from day one. We love their style and how they manage to capture natural emotions in all of their shots. We’ve been friends with them for quite a long time and they were on our guest list since day one. We have recently received the pictures and we were amazed by how perfectly Orsi captured the atmosphere of our day. Seeing the photos made us relive our wedding. We would absolutely recommend them, they are a perfect team.”
The couple can’t recommend the 1300 Taberna enough for all their help and behind the scenes work to make Laura and Laurent’s day magical
“We’d like to give special thanks to the restaurant of course for making all of this possible. Several guests pointed out how both friendly and professional the restaurant staff was.”
I love all the simple and raw and natural elements that Laura and Laurent used for their day.
I love their floral creations- a combination of Baby’s breath and Lisianthus. And can we take a brief moment to admire this stunning tiered perfection of a cake by The Vintage Cake Company? How absolutely divine is this!?
This one is fit for some Pinterest inspiration!
Speaking of divine, can we also admire the couple’s beautiful industrial city post wedding shoot? I just love all the pops of colours – Look Imaginary did such a marvelous job!
“The whole day went by so fast that, for me, it was just one big whole happy special moment. We had both our families and friends coming from abroad creating this special, and perfect multicultural atmosphere.”
Laura’s sisters had something up their sleeve and revealed it to the newlyweds at the evening reception:
“My sisters surprised us with a slideshow of old family photos, mostly of us two as children.”
“I think the photobooth added that “something special” to the weeding. The guests loved it, we loved it, (even the kitchen crew loved it J) and the photos we got from it will definitely be a physical proof, on top of all the mental pictures we created, that this day was more than amazing.”
The night ended with dinner, drinks, music and love:
“The restaurant recommended us a DJ who they were used to work with. We had a very specific idea of the type of music we wanted to play at the wedding, so Laurent ended up creating a complete playlist: music to play before and after the ceremony, during dinner, when we cut the cake and music to dance to.
We made a very eclectic playlist, mixing 70s rock classics, contemporary underground, soul, hip-hop, jazz, bossa-nova, disco and electro swing. Not necessarily in this order!”
The couples’ first dance? Just the Two of Us by Grover Washington Jr.
Advice From The Bride:
“Ask a family member or a close friend to watch time. We did everything later than planned: dinner, first dance, cutting the cake… We were so happy to see our friends and families that we got lost in conversations and didn’t notice time passing. Also, try to eat and maybe don´t have a toast with Hungarian spirit at every table (ok, that´s pretty specific!) and just enjoy the day, it is one of the most special days of your life. “
Advice from the Groom:
“Be at the wedding, on time, haha! Apart from that, being the groom is way easier than the bride.
So, basically, get everything ready the day before, write your speech/vows some time in advance. Think one more time about what you’re about to do, don’t freak out, smile and be happy, because it’s probably the best decision you’ll ever make.”
Congratulations Laura and Laurent! Thank you for allowing me to share your beautiful story – wishing you many happy years of marriage to come.
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: 1300 Taberna
Florist: Florista Pequeno Jardim
Make up artist: Sylvie Loves Make-Up
Hairdresser:Il était une fois…
Wedding Dress: Vestidus
Grooms outfit: Mirto suit, Roberto Ley brown shoes, Emidio Tucci bowtie
Bridal Shoes: Aldo Shoes
Wedding Rings: Dara
Cake: Vintage Cake Company
Invitation and Stationery: Some elements designed by the groom
Wedding Decor: DIY
Wedding Photography & Videography: Look Imaginary