Real wedding: An elegant and minimalist day in Portugal
Amber decided against wearing a white wedding dress, choosing a soft latte shade for her gown instead. In contrast, the couple asked their guests to dress in white, to contrast their own wedding outfits.
To create an authentic Portuguese feel to their day, they hired an authentic Portuguese villa, had their first dance to a song in Brazilian Portuguese and printed a map of the Algarve region inside their stationery.
Photographers | Mindaugas Kiznis Photographer and Eva Andri
The Portuguese wedding venue
Amber and Giedrius held their wedding ceremony at Senhora da Rocha chapel in Portugal, overlooking the brilliant blue sea.<br /><br />Amber part owns wedding planning service <a href="https://www.facebook.com/gidoweddings/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">GiDo Weddings</a>, so the couple naturally had a perfectly planned wedding.
The outdoor wedding ceremony
The wedding day was bathed in glorious September sunshine, which was perfect for the outdoor wedding ceremony. <br /><br />The dress code for the guests was to wear white, which looked fabulous on the cliff-side setting. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/guests/wedding-guest-dress-code-explained/21801.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Wedding guest dress code explained</a>
Wedding ceremony decoration ideas
The couple decorated their wedding aisle with touches of greenery, tying into the elegant and minimalist feel of the day.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/how-to-make-your-wedding-aisle-look-pretty/20914.html" target="_self">READ MORE: How to make your wedding aisle look pretty</a>
The wedding ceremony venue
Amber and Giedrius held their wedding receptions at <a href="https://premiervillas.net/portugal/algarve/silves/pura-vida?gclid=CjwKCAjw5ZPcBRBkEiwA-avvk4NQJbsiZ69Y7lp5pqmOfv0-yKGsHXZkMT1SHt2Wzi0HW4f-BMlFXhoCK8EQAvD_BwE" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Villa PuraVida Algarve</a>.<br /><br />"We didn't want to have our reception at a hotel or restaurant, so the ideal location was a villa," says Amber.<br /><br />"We wanted a villa that had soul and beautiful views, and with this villa it was love at first sight."<br /><br />"None of our guests knew where the reception was taking place beforehand."
The minimalist wedding decor
"We wanted a modern and minimal look, so we had greenery as table centrepieces rather than flowers, and added a touch of gold with candle holders and photo frames and added darker green napkins," explains Amber.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/wedding-table-decorations-and-centre-pieces-25-interesting-ways-to-dress-up-your-tables/22128.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 25 interesting ways to dress up your tables</a>
The wedding sweet table
The wedding sweet table matched the overall look, complete with a dark green tablecloth, gold plates for the sweets and the dessert names in glamorous gold frames. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/favours-and-thank-yous/best-ways-to-display-your-wedding-sweets-and-edible-favours/21424.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Best ways to display your wedding sweets and edible favours</a>
The Champagne coloured wedding dress
"From the moment I got engaged I knew I didn't want a traditional white gown," shares Amber.<br /><br />"I wanted my dress to to be elegant with a touch of princess, too."<br /><br />"My dress was handmade by <a href="https://www.agbridal.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">AG Bridal</a> inspired by Arabic wedding dresses."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/coloured-wedding-dresses-were-loving/21827.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Lovely non-white wedding dresses</a>
Non-white wedding dress
The elegant dress was a soft latte colour, with white embroidered tulle overlay.
The white wedding bouquet
"I wanted a simple bouquet of white roses," says Amber.<br /><br />The chic, simple flowers fitted perfectly with the theme of the day. <br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/23-white-wedding-bouquet-ideas/22913.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 23 White Wedding Bouquet Ideas</a>
Advice for other couples
"To help calm your wedding morning nerves, surround yourself with family member and friends who will help with your nerves and let you enjoy every precious moment of the day," says Amber.<br /><br />"Also, do hire a videographer. We had <a href="http://www.bloomimagery.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bloom Imagery</a>. On the day there are so many moment you won't notice or remember, so this is the perfect way to recall them."