The Ultimate Destination Wedding in Alentejo

Alentejo is treasured by many for its unique charm and tranquility. The golden endless plains with cork trees and the peace of Alentejo are truly captivating. So, it was a joyous occasion when the couple chose this beautiful location for their big day. Family and friends flew in from Belgium to enjoy sunny Portugal and celebrate with them.

Hotel Mascarenhas, Alentejo - Wedding Warm Up

The day started at the beautiful Solar dos Mascarenhas hotel in Estremoz, where the couple and their closest friends got ready. The hot day called for a swim in the hotel’s pool, the perfect way to cool off before the outdoor ceremony.

They all were enjoying the chilly dip on a particularly hot day.

The shirts worn by one of the bridesmaids, which had the phrase “Babes Gang” printed on them, were absolutely loved. 

Getting Ready to Say 'I Do' to the Destination Wedding Dream

In the meantime, the bride was watching them from the window in her room while getting ready. Susana Pardal did an amazing job with the makeup and Josiane Frédérick took care of the bride’s hair. The bride was wearing a gorgeous headpiece and a lovely wedding dress by Charly A, just perfect for a summer afternoon. Her bridesmaids took good care of her and she was ready to rock.

Friend Get Together

In the adjacent room, the groom and his friends were sorting out whose clothes belonged to whom.

Bride Multitasking

The bride was multitasking like a pro, with her bridesmaids helping out by painting her nails while someone else was doing her hair, all at the same time. Despite all the hustle and bustle, the atmosphere was calm and laid-back, which was a great thing to witness. It was amazing to see everything coming together in such a harmonious and seamless way.

Selrest: The Place

The ceremony was held amidst the stunning natural beauty of Selrest which has stunning views over the plains. Such a great place in Estremoz, Alentejo.

Selrest: Outdoor Ceremony

As the couple exchanged their heartfelt vows, their friends delivered speeches that filled the ceremony with pure joy and happiness. Laughter and happiness radiated from everyone, making it a moment that was truly unforgettable and emotional. 

After the ceremony, everyone was just chilling, appreciating the sun and blue skies together with great friends and great food. Mário Correia played some amazing covers on the guitar, a really cool vibe. 

The Alentejo

You’ll be bewitched – Portugal’s largest region, covering a third of the country, truly captivates. Think dry, golden plains, rolling hillsides and lime-green vines. A rugged coastline, traditional whitewashed villages, marble towns and majestic medieval cities. Plus a proud if melancholic people, who valiantly cling to their local crafts. It is one of Portugal’s hidden gems.

The region’s weather is normally mild to hot and dry. Keep in mind that it was midsummer, thus temperatures may reach 40 °C (104 °F). It was no surprise that everyone was looking for something to drink.

Some are even going for it with the invisible cup and the wrong hand.

The Bride's Fun Twist on the Bouquet Toss

There was this one moment that really stood out. The bride decided to add a twist to the traditional bouquet toss. Instead of simply throwing her bouquet to the single ladies present, she came up with a fun game to determine who would be the lucky one to catch it. She had everyone form a circle, each holding an individual string that was attached to the bouquet. With her eyes closed, she cut one string at a time. It was a unique and exciting way to keep everyone guessing!

It was such a cheerful and exciting occasion, with everyone applauding and laughing as the game progressed. Amidst all this, the bride’s sister was completely absorbed in trying to capture a picture, lost in her own world. Finally, the winner was announced, and she was overjoyed to receive this lovely bouquet. It’s moments like these, so full of authenticity and emotion, that make the day truly special. 

Selrest: Table Decor

Reception: Surprise Speech

The bridesmaid surprised the couple with a heartfelt speech that had everyone in stitches. It was a perfect end to a perfect day.

Ending The Night

In a nutshell, this was the perfect Alentejo destination wedding. Every detail, from the breathtaking venue to the passionate speeches, was genuinely remarkable. If you’re seeking for the ideal location for your dream wedding, Alentejo is the place to be.

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