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A true love story by Rachel & Andy

23.03.2017 / 0 comments / Categoria: ... And they were happily ever after!

Andy & Rachel (or should we say Mr. & Mrs. Smith!!) said their “I do's” this last October on a beautiful ceremony with sand on their toes, having as a backdrop a breathtaking view!!

We met at the cricket club Andy plays for 10 years ago, then we met again properly on a night out almost 4 years ago and caught up on all that lost time!

We decided to get married in the Algarve because we wanted to get married somewhere without the worry of the awful British weather! The Algarve seemed the perfect location as it was easy for our guests to get to and allowed us to still have all the people we love with us but in our perfect location! It also allowed to incorporate our holiday into the experience which really helped us relax before the big day!

Our experience with the wedding planning and AE was amazing! At first we worked with Susanna who understood exactly what we were looking for and found us multiple venues which would all have worked brilliantly well. We then worked with Dalia during the latter stages of our planning and she was beyond fantastic! She made everything so easy and put our minds at ease in relation to all aspects of our day, nothing was too much for her to help with and she really did make us feel like we were her only clients. She deserves a full 5* rating :)

Our wedding day was our dream day! It started with a relaxed morning where I had all my bridesmaids and my mum getting ready in my room at the Tivoli Victoria with some of my other close friends popping in to say 'hi' and 'good luck' throughout the morning, and Andy relaxed by the pool with his ushers, best man and some of our other guests who were staying in the same hotel. Our ceremony was at 2pm and it was beyond stunning, the gorgeous white beach by the lake of Quinta Do Lago provided a breathtaking location for us to exchange our vows, we had personalized sunglasses made as one of the favor's for our guests so to pull up and see everyone sat there with them on eased the nerves massively! Casa Do Lago restaurant was the backdrop to the remainder of our day and it really did exceed all of our expectations. From the beautiful views across the lake to the amazingly attentive staff and the unbelievable food we just couldn't stop grinning all day! We certainly hit the jackpot. The speeches had everyone crying tears of both laughter and happiness and the band and DJ had everyone dancing well into the night. We MUST also mention our amazing photographers Ryan and Kaylea, from our engagement photo shoot two days before and all through the wedding day they felt like part of our wedding party! Andy isn’t the biggest fan of having his photo taken particularly as he thought it would be a very 'cheesy grin' type of thing, but they made him and myself feel so relaxed and really enjoy the whole experience. They are the sweetest most talented couple we could have hoped for and we feel so blessed that we found them (on recommendation from Algarve Events) for our wedding day.

From my wedding day, what I’ll remember forever is we chose the song 'Mr and Mrs Smith' by the Stereophonics as the sound track for us to be introduced and walk into our room before dinner and that moment honestly filled us both with the biggest feeling of happiness and love we could ever have imagined! We danced our way to our seats and the whole room was absolutely buzzing!

A Unique episode of my wedding: Next to Casa Do Lago there were some pedalo's parked up on the beach, just as the band had started 2 of our guests jumped on one and appeard behind the band in the middle of the lake! It was absolutely hilarious and summed up the kind of day we wanted, one filled with fun! 

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