Madeira was an easy choice for Emma and Phil when choosing a destination for their intimate family wedding, as Phil's mother is from the island. The knew they wanted to plan a special event full of love but that would also be a fun day for their four children.
First decision was the venue. They love all the flowers and plants Madeira has to offer, and so chose to marry in the chapel within Palheiro Gardens, where they could take amazing photos followed by the cocktail in the garden of Casa Velha do Palheiro.
So the wedding day came and with lots of girls wanting pretty braids as well as hair and makeup for the Bride, they called in the services of Teresa Spinola and her team. Emma also wanted the flowers to be bright and replicating the feel of this beautiful island, so Claudia from CS Flowers, did an amazing job with the bouquets.
Emma and her father arrived at the Chapel in a vintage car with Phil and all their guests in a vintage bus, both provided by Old Timer Tours.
For their Ceremony, they wanted something personal which they could incorporate special elements including the Warming of the Rings, to involve all their family. So they used the services of Becky de Sancha, an English wedding Celebrant based in Madeira.
During the cocktail, they had organised games from Madeira Wedding Rentals for the kids... and some adults, to have some fun. They had live music in both the Chapel and gardens from Sangre Latina, an amazing band from Madeira.
Now for the road trip! With Emma and Phil in the vintage car followed by all the guests in the bus, they drove to Monte to experience one of Madeira's fun traditions of a down hill wicker basket sled ride! This tradition started in the 19th Century as one of the first means of down hill public transport. With two men in white hats using their feet as brakes, everyone held on for the most amazing ride with a cold beer at the bottom to great them.
Back on the bus, the group then travelled to the Palheiro Club House which boasts stunning views over Funchal. Drinks on the terrace, followed by the cutting of the cake, which the children had fun with licking up the icing, and then everyone sitting for dinner.
At the end of the night and guests returned to their accommodation in Funchal and Phil and Emma had a night child free at Casa Velha do Palheiro.