There are many reasons a couple may choose to have a destination wedding: beautiful location, smaller guest list, a multi-day event... But for Kelly and Julian, Portugal is not just a pretty backdrop, even though it is, extremely pretty; it is their history. Half-Portuguese Julian and full-Portuguese Kelly opted to bring their closest friends and families across an ocean to share with them this very special country that means so much to them both. More important than the location, of course, were the people who made the trip, and we really enjoyed getting to know this unique group. The special combination of Kelly's sisters and nieces and nephew, Julian's brother and 7 year old sister (whom, as everyone pointed out, is an old soul), as well as their parents and friends, made for some wonderful, emotion-charged moments all throughout the day.
Finally, at the heart of it all, are Kelly and Julian. Two wedding photographers who are impossible not to love. In fact, they love love. The words "Just Love" are tattooed on Julian's arm, they are engraved in both their wedding bands, and they were carved onto a sign above them as they exchanged their wedding vows. And love they most certainly do. Not just each other, but everyone around them. My parents were seated at a table at their wedding reception, along with our 3 month old baby Max, because Kelly and Julian invited them when they discovered that they would be travelling with us. So naturally we pretty much fell in love with them too, and a few weeks ago when we delivered their photos, it was in person, in our home, while they were spending a few days with us!
Kelly and Julian, we are so glad you took our workshop in England a few years ago and that we now have you in our lives. We are so grateful for your friendship and for the trust you put in us in capturing your wedding.
See a few of our favorites, above, from their wedding in Cascais and their day-after session in Lisbon.