Matt and Dan have been together for 10 years and in November 2016 they got engaged to be married. However the thought of invites, colour schemes and guest lists became a little over whelming so they decided to elope and Madeira was an easy choice of destination.
They have been visiting Madeira for the past 4 years and absolutely love the island, the food, the wine and the people. In November 2017 they contacted Becky from Madeira Wedding Ceremonies to help them plan their special day.
First decision was about the legal paperwork for the marriage. Same Sex weddings are legal in Portugal and have been since 2010. Portugal was the 6th country in Europe to legalise same sex weddings and the 8th country in the World. However, it still meant there was lots of paperwork to organise as with any marriage abroad, all the documents need to be correct.
So Birth Certificates, Certificates of Non Impediment and copies of passports were sent to Becky who organised having them translated into Portuguese and stamped by the correct authorities. They were then entered into the Conservatorio and the date for the Registrar booked. Matt and Dan had however made the decision to keep the legal part separate from their actual wedding celebrations as they wanted a ceremony conducted in English and be more personal to them both. So the legal part was concluded the day before.
As Becky is a Wedding Celebrant, she was able to design them the perfect ceremony for their wedding, which incorporated all the elements they wanted and a few surprises.
So the day came and their Bird of Paradise button holes were delivered to their hotel and their car arrived to collect them both. They arrived at Nini Design Centre greeted by Becky and the photographer Tiago.