The "wedding of the year" was the code name my niece Tania gave her wedding page on Facebook - T & B Wedding of the year 2018, which she set up in December 2017.
On this page invited guests were informed of various things related to the wedding as well as guests were able to post - eg: if anyone needed accommodation or transport arranged, various Youtube funny wedding videos, polls, photos, etc.
On Sunday 8th of April, we woke up to a sunny day, with a chance of rain later on in the day.
After a make up session, we put on our fancy clothes and were at my sister's house just down the road at 11.00am, so that we could nibble something and take photos with the bride and the family.
|The bridesmaids in Mint and Lilac dresses|
Family before the wedding at my sister's place - my daughter in the middle and my other niece on the left were bridesmaids. (photo from the photographer)
Photo session over, we drove about 15 minutes to Quinta da Barreta, Alcabideche, the venue where Tania and Bruno's wedding would take place at midday.
|The wedding venue - Quinta da Barreta|
When the bride arrived and joined the groom under the white canopy, the Master of ceremonies called upon some of the couple's friends and family members who gave speeches or sang their praise about the young couple's love story.
Some of the speeches were quite emotional and a lot of people had tears in their eyes including the bride and groom.
It was then time for Tania and Bruno to say their vows and exchange the wedding rings.
Just as the bride started speaking the rain drops started falling and most of the guests who didn't have umbrellas scattered to the undercover area just outside the reception hall.
|Bride and Groom listening to speeches, Tania reading her vows, showing their rings|
The ceremony over, people congregated on the porch to take photos with the couple.
|Our daughter, my husband, the bridal couple, me and Karina's partner (photo from the photographer)|
Tania, who is a teacher in Angola is very artistic and was very involved with all decorations of the wedding venue. She used bottle corks which she had guests collect for her via a request on her "wedding of the year Facebook page" and made the table numbers, the initials for their table, hearts and the very cute cake topper. She also put together game and art packs for the kids corner, printed cards with guests names for the tables, placards with funny sayings that some kids carried, scratchies for every guest, some of them with prizes - like a kiss from the bride, a dance with the bride or groom, a dinner with the couple.... All fabulous details that made the day special and intimate.