Dressed in a flowing gown and holding her father's hand, Luana walks away from her parents flat as her excited neighbors watch her leave for her wedding ceremony.
At the end of every wedding, two lives have blended together into one and two families are now forever linked. This wedding went one step further, as it unified two distinct cultures and allowed two individuals to realize their own unique love story. Luana was a resident of a social district neighborhood for Portuguese-speaking Africans and Carlos was a hip hop dancer when the two met and fell in love. With a commitment to their past and a promise for their future, the couple planned a simple ceremony in Olaias Social District in Lisbon, Portugal.
Outside Portugal Wedding Photo of guests and neighbors smiling and cheering as the bride leaves her house
Wedding guests and neighbors smile and cheer as the bride leaves the flat and heads toward the car that will transport her to the wedding ceremony.
Portugal Garden Wedding Ceremony Photo from Lisbon of the cascading floral pergolas adding a touch of whimsy and romance to the event
With the cascading floral pergolas adding a touch of whimsy and romance to the event, the bride looks toward her groom as she walks down the aisle with her father.
Belas Portugal Wedding Photo of the celebrant raising the Bible at the start of the outdoor garden ceremony
The wedding celebrant raises the Bible, signifying the beginning of the Evangelical ceremony and representing the couple's commitment to their faith.
Pro wedding Photo from Lisbon showing The bride and groom sipping a red beverage that symbolizes the Blood of Christ
Carlos and Luana sip a red beverage that symbolizes the Blood of Christ. This moment of the ceremony represented not only their union with one another as husband and wife but their union with Jesus as well.
Wedding Ceremony Photo from Lisbon, Portugal showing emotion as the groom's mother wipes away a tear
Overcome with emotion, the groom's mother wipes away a tear at the end of the wedding ceremony.
Belas, Lisboa, Portugal Wedding Ceremony photo of the husband and wife clasping hands under tossed rice
After being pronounced husband and wife, the couple clasps hands and smiles as their wedding guests toss the rice in celebration.
The bride and groom share a sweet yet playful kiss before cutting their wedding cake as their wedding guests cheer them on.
Portugal Wedding Reception Image, Lisbon of The bride tossing her bouquet of flowers to hopeful guests
At the end of the evening, Luana tosses her bouquet toward hopeful guests who want to be the next ones to walk down the aisle.