A beautiful Portuguese Destination Wedding with fusion of cultures, love and laughter.

Today I am delighted to share a  beautiful Portuguese Destination Wedding with fusion of cultures, love and laughter.

Images of the day were captured by Maria Assia Photography.

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Maria Assia is a creative and documentary Kent Wedding Photographer and Destination Wedding Photographer with an unhealthy obsession for travel and adventure!

 

She shares her recollections of the day,

 

“I was very excited to travel to Porto in Portugal to be Jo and Frisco’s Destination Wedding Photographer.”

“With well over 100 guests and wanting to honour both Jo’s Portuguese and Frisco’s Chinese roots this promised to be a very interesting wedding.”

 

Honouring the Portuguese wedding traditions

“Although the day started with a torrential shower, by the time everyone met at the church the temperature had already hit 30C and the sun was out and bright.”

“Jo arrived with her dad in a black Mercedes and couldn’t wait to step into the stunning Igreja da Lapa church and beside Frisco to begin their future together.”

“The priest has been Jo’s priest from youngest childhood and because Jo’s mum usually sings with them, many of the choir singers have also known Jo since she was a little girl.”

“Both were accordingly animated and made this Portuguese wedding ceremony a very funny and enjoyable experience to capture. Just have a look at the conductor!”

“One of the particularly beautiful parts of the ceremony for me was capturing Frisco leading Jo to an altar dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Jo offering her wedding bouquet to her for good luck.”

“I thought this Portuguese tradition was very touching, but as a Destination Wedding Photographer it was also wonderful to photograph.”

“After lots of confetti and rice, the happy couple’s first kiss on the steps of the church, and lots of hugs and congratulations, we all headed to the Palácio do Freixo, an old Portuguese Northern Baroque palace that has stunning views over Porto’s bridges and river.”

“With the family group shots done, Jo and Frisco and I headed for the old broken down warehouses beside the palace to get some edgy couple shots, playing with both the lights shining through the holes in the roof and the shadows cast by the remaining tiles and structures.”

“I just couldn’t resist the contrast between how beautiful and polished Jo and Frisco looked and the broken old structures surrounding them.”

“These are the shots that I love making as Destination Wedding Photographer in the glaring light of Southern countries. It makes Joana, her dress and veil glisten and shine.”

 

The speeches, the cake and the flowers

“What can I say, I’m a sucker for speeches that get half the room laughing and blubbering and Jo’s dad, Frisco and his best man certainly accomplished that!”

“It was a great pleasure listening to Joana’s dad welcoming Frisco and his family to his family.”

“It was very touching to hear how Frisco’s parents fled China over Vietnam to Australia, without even having time to think of taking his birth certificate and sacrificing everything for their children’s well being.”

“And it was hilarious to hear about Frisco’s friendships and activities before he met Jo.”

“These are the stories that make you realise how crazy and amazing life can be in bringing a couple together that come from such different backgrounds and geographical locations.”

“All speeches were held and translated into both Portuguese and English and soon after they were done it came to cutting the cake and throwing the bridal bouquet for all the single ladies to catch.”

 

The Chinese Tea ceremony

“After throwing her flowers, Jo changed into a traditional Chinese wedding gown, which suited her to a T.”

“Frisco and Jo then served tea as a sign of reverence and respect in a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony to all of the closest members of both of their families.”

“Each one in return gave them gifts and congratulated them to their new future together.”

“It was my first Chinese ceremony as a Destination Wedding Photographer but seeing and photographing the respect and love that passes between the two newly forged families was very touching.”

 

And so to the Party

“After this there was only one thing left and that was to PARTY!”

“With Jo and Frisco leading the way in their first dance, the rest of the night was filled with lots of dancing, air guitar and air drum playing, Frisco face masks and lots of boogying with even Joana’s grandmother being unstoppable for most of the night.”

“Jo and Frisco and I snuck out for a few last intimate shots before calling it a day and immersing ourselves in the music, laughter and the great company. What a brilliant party!”

 

“I would like to say a big fat thanks to Nadine from Nadine van Biljon Photography for her fantastic help as a second shooter at this fab wedding.”

 

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Thank you so much to Maria for sharing her incredible images and this  stunning Portuguese destination wedding, its so lovely to see different cultures celebrated, and lovely for guests to learn more as their families combine.

 

To Contact Maria Assia Photography 

Website: http://www.mariaassia.com/

Email: hello@mariaassia.com

Phone: 07748 220 204

Blog: http://www.mariaassia.com/blog/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MariaAssiaPhotography

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marakino

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More about ALISON TINLIN

UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

Comments

  1. Reply

    Beautiful work Maria!

  2. Reply

    Ahhh, fabulous write up Maria and great to see the images again – and thanks for the mention too – we had fun, didn’t we? x

  3. Reply

    Love the final silhouette shot, but a fabulous wedding throughout.

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