A nature themed vow renewal in Portugal

23 Jul 2021

Roselyn Silva and Blackson Afonso celebrated their anniversary with a vow renewal in Lisbon

Photography: Nuno Lopes Photography

Wedding planner Ana César de Almeida of Pop Up Weddings tells us about the couple's big day which took place in May 2021:

Tell us how they met.

The couple live in Lisbon, Portugal. They have been married for five years and decided to celebrate the 5th anniversary with a vows renewal, with some family and friends that didn't attend the wedding. Also, they wanted to share that moment with their little son, Gabriel.

How did they choose the venue?

They wanted a beautiful place for the ceremony and reception. The venue that we suggested has got an unusual charm in contrast with an old urban building. 

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Did the couple have any special requests for their celebration? 

No guest knew what was going to happen. In the invitation, the couple indicated that it would be a professional presentation of both. It was a huge surprise for the guests! If the emotions on a vow renewal’s day are already immense, this discovery made the feelings more evident.

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How did you come up with the concept of this celebration? 

I thought about the African origins of the couple and the atmosphere of a cozy family home, where the warmth and love of the family matter most. I was looking for something truly surprising, but at the same time with comfort and glamour. I proposed adding catering, which I knew would make a difference. The space environment is very receptive to socializing, as if it was a private home. The decor was simple with the natural environment of the space itself. For the ceremony, the patio area with vines on the walls, a lake in the center, and the entire old city and industrial environment around it, was welcoming and, at the same time, glamorous. Surprisingly, the cocktail and dinner not only for the original presentation but for the eloquence of the flavors did not leave anyone indifferent.

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How did these vows’ renewal change your career as a wedding planner/creator?

The emotions they felt were very strong. It is a reinforcement that working with love is transcendent.

Roselyn said: "We lived one of the best moments of our lives, renewing the wedding vows with confidence in God and the promise to continue like this, united, happy, and faithful to ourselves. Everything was perfect, delicate, and surprising. It was an event of excellence, sophistication, and great taste. Every minute was a discovery. Our guests did not know what to expect and the surprise was the most beautiful and exciting moment of the day. Our Gabriel lived a true fairy tale, with mommy being the 'princess' and daddy being the 'prince'."

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Steal Their Style:

Wedding planner: Ana César de Almeida - Pop Up Weddings
Photographer: Nuno Lopes Photography
Venue: La Distillerie 
Cinematography: Love Movies Wedding
Catering: The Mad Kitchen 
Officiant: Celebrants Arena do Tempo 
Flowers: Kefro
Cake: Açúcar à la Carte 
Dress and Suit: Amour Glamour 
Bridal jewelry / accessories: Sofia Tregeira 
Makeup: Andreia Pinto 
Hair: Cabeleireiro Piter 

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