Lots of people choose Madeira for their destination wedding because of their love of nature. There are so many different backdrops for ceremonies and photos, from mountains to waterfalls, to dramatic cliffs against pebbled beaches, and of course the chance to get above the clouds. This is what drew Greg and Allison to the island, all the way from the USA. They also wanted a super relaxed day surrounded by those closest to them.
They first found accommodation for their family, with guests able to stay close by. The view was amazing so it was an easy choice to hold the ceremony and party in the garden. To keep in theme of the surroundings, they had a rustic arch and benches for the ceremony area, and brought in a rustic wooden table with decor for the dinner. Lots of candles and sparkling lights to set the mood.
In the morning of the wedding, Allison had her hair and makeup done by Marlene Cabeleireiros, relaxed with a view to the sea, while Greg chilled out with their sons in the garden. Guests arrived and the time came for the ceremony. Allison's eldest son took the honour of walking her down the aisle and their youngest son was Best Man with the rings. After signing the certificate, they were pronounced husband and wife and had their first kiss as a married couple.
After the ceremony the champagne was poured to toast the happy couple. Homemade Poncha, a local drink with quite a punch, was also served. Allison and Greg then left their guests to relax while they went off for their photo shoot with photographer Ricardo Meira. They had taken time to choose their photographer and Ricardo was top of their list as they wanted the amazing photos with Madeira scenery as the back drop. They spent time within the mystical magic of the forest, the freedom of the mountain top and even managed to get above the clouds. They also wondered the local beach and found their waterfall. The weather and light changed throughout their tour giving them an amazing collection of photos to treasure.
So they returned to their guests... and some more Poncha, before sitting for dinner. For dinner they kept the menu traditional, starting with Portuguese cheeses and chorizo, followed by shrimps, limpets, Espetada (a local meat skewered on olive sticks, cooked over a fire), roast potatoes, loads of local vegetables and mixed salads. Their wedding cake was home-made lemon cake with edible flowers as decoration. All served with local wines.
The following day they left Madeira on the honeymoon tour of Europe. But we think they will return to our magical island again.