Dominique and Philip held their ceremony and reception at <a href="http://www.quintadesantana.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Quinta de Sant'Ana</a>, Portugal. "It's a beautiful place with lots of different spaces, and the food and wine are delicious," explains the bride. "Even though it was easy to get to, it still felt remote and hidden."
The couple made the most of their destination by organising sight-seeing, drinks and dinners for early-arriving guests. Their adventure ended with a honeymoon in Madeira.
"Our invites were the Versailles range from <a href="http://www.finestationary.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Fine Stationery</a>. We chose these because we loved the scroll design and the yellow background matched the stunning yellow buildings of the vineyard. I love an elegant script font so the styling on these just did it for me and it fit that the design was reminiscent of our French engagement but gave a hint of what was to come in Portugal with that gorgeous yellow background."
"I was not one of those brides who saw one or two dresses and fell in love. My mom flew over from the US to go dress shopping and we were determined to find my dress before she was scheduled to fly home a week later. Forty-five (!) dresses later I finally found it and I couldn’t have been more pleased. As soon as I started looking at wedding dresses I was drawn to dresses with a lot of texture. One of the first dresses I tried on was a mermaid style dress from <a href="https://www.essensedesigns.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Essense of Australia</a>. I fell in love with the dress and the fabric, but the corset went down so low I could hardly sit down. I was ecstatic when I found another Essence of Australia dress with a sweetheart neckline in an easier-to-manoeuvre trumpet style with the exact textured skirt I was looking for. Although I tried the dress on in another store, I ordered it from <a href="http://londonbrideuk.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">London Bride UK</a> because it was easier for me to get to for fittings and the staff were just amazing when I tried on dresses there. If you need a wedding dress and you are looking in London, I highly recommend you go there."
Dom says, "One of the best things we did was to have a first look before all the guests arrived. These ended up being our favourite pictures from the day and it was so nice to have some time to ourselves as we spent the rest of the day chatting to everyone and dancing. Seeing my new husband’s face when he saw me in my wedding dress for the first time was priceless, and I am so glad we had the moment together in private and that our photographer captured it for us."
The groom concurs: "I’ll never forget the first look and seeing Dom for the first time in her dress."
"My bridesmaid’s bouquet was similar to mine but slightly smaller, and the groomsmen wore boutonnieres with greenery and white small roses."
"The venue did our flowers. I sent through inspiration pictures and the general guidelines that I wanted peonies incorporated with good amounts of greenery and pops of colour in purple and pink. Ann, our planner at the venue, created a bouquet with the palest pink peonies, purple/pink roses and magenta/white bursts of phlox flowers."
Dom and Phil got engaged in the most romantic city in the world, Paris, and the story was befitting of the capital. "Phil had planned a trip to Paris for my birthday. After browsing the Louvre and a lovely dinner at one of Paris’s beautiful Art Noveau restaurants, he surprised me by taking me to the oldest champagne bar in Paris the first night we were there," Dom says. <br />"I love champagne, especially pink champagne (my ring is actually designed after sparkling pink rose) and the champagne bar had over 30 different types to choose from in addition to looking like a scene out of Marie Antoinette. After picking out a bottle and choosing from which of the 4 different champagne glasses I wanted to use, Phil got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful custom made ring. The next day he brought me to a bridge in Paris and gave me another gift of an engraved lock and a bottle with the message engraved on the lock inside. We both locked the lock on a spot on the bridge so there would always be a special place for us in Paris. Sadly the locks have now been taken off the bridge by the French authorities but the legend of the bridge is that if you lock a lock on the bridge and throw the key into the river your love will last forever. Phil bought a lock with no key so we knew we were safe!"
"Phil really wanted a blue suit but I convinced him that grey would work better with our colour scheme. He took quite a lot of convincing, though! Phil found his charcoal grey Ermenegildo Zegna suit at <a href="https://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Selfridges</a>, which fit him like a glove. He found his purple shirt and tie at Pal Zileri and topped it off with a pocket square from Etro, which included purples and pops of other colours. These really tied in with the colours of the flowers and look fantastic."
"Our colour scheme was a range of grey tones and purples with pops of magenta. We didn’t really have a theme, but the concept was based around using lots of different textures to give a romantic and earthy feel. This was inspired by the vineyard and the well-worn beauty of the venue. One of the reasons we picked the venue was that it was already so beautiful that it didn’t need a lot of additional decoration."