These two…creative, colorful, and completely in love. Kelly just happens to be the mastermind behind the blog, StudioDIY, which is endless fun while, Jeff seeks out & takes some of the most beautiful photos of interiors on the West Coast. There couldn’t be a better match & I’m so happy to share their desert engagement shoot with a film that NazFilms created. We spent the day in Palm Springs and then headed to Joshua Tree where the light doesn’t get any prettier. Enjoy!
“How we need that security. How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence: I need this. I need someone to pour myself into.”-Sylvia Plath
The moment I arrived in Sintra, I fell in love. I couldn’t believe how everything just felt exciting…the cars all fighting for the same one lane road, the overgrown paths that you take a chance to explore, the warm & friendly people, & that sun…that sun felt so good. While there is so much history in Portugal, it remains a part of their present by embracing it. Every place I went, I couldn’t help but dream about what happened within those walls, by those trees, or down that path. It really was the perfect place for a wedding & I can’t wait to return!
From Karson Butler Events… We absolutely love destination weddings and this spring wedding in the historic city of Sintra, Portugal is one of our all-time favorites. Lush landscapes, rolling hills and historic estates tucked into the mountainside provided a romantic backdrop perfect for a wedding weekend! We planned the weekend’s events at FOUR different palaces – each very different in architecture and style!
*Its not everyday that you get to sleep in a palace, and Tivoli Palacio De Seteais, does not disappoint! The incredible team there ensured the wedding group felt right at home throughout their stay.
*The culinary team at Penha Longa Catering (led by the talented Sara Gomes) is incredible! We worked with them to create one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Our favorite meal was the wedding dinner! Each guest was served an individual Portuguese cataplana (a cataplana is both the name of the copper vessel and the dish itself – it looks like a copper shell and steam cooks the ingredients in broth.) During our initial consultation with the couple, I had mentioned a cataplana cooking class I had planned during my last trip to Portugal, which started our conversation about Sintra as a destination, and the rest is history! So to see this dish ultimately served as their wedding meal was really special for me!
*The intricate walls at the wedding venue Palácio De Monserrate served as inspiration for the invitation suite design (a laser cut custom sleeve matches the pattern in the walls) and the incredible cake by T Bakes! We had custom postage made using an image from a vintage postcard of the palace.
*Working hand in hand with Sofia at Brancoprata was a highlight to this wedding. We had long admired her work from afar, and were so incredibly happy to work together in her home country. The flowers were absolutely wonderful!
*A horse drawn carriage transported our bride between the palaces for the wedding.
Event Design: Karson Butler Events / Floral Design: Brancoprata /Cake: T Bakes Atelier / Invitations: Luscious Verde Via The Dandelion Patch/ Catering: Penha Longa Catering of the Ritz-Carlton Penha Longa Resort/ Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy/ Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Quinta Da Regaleira/ Wedding Ceremony & Dinner Reception Venue: Palacio De Monserrate
NazFilms and I were so fortunate to both do an engagement session with Tim & Ali in Richmond, VA. They’re two of the most creative people I’ve ever met and I’m so happy they’re getting married. Tim helped with these murals so it was a pretty unique and fun location to do their session. Below is the film that Naz made and as always, it’s amazing. Enjoy! xoxoKatie