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Quinta do Valle do Riacho, Alenquer, Portugal Elopement Photo Story Award

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Celebration image of the bride and groom walking hand-in-hand down the flower petal aisle

Quinta do Valle do Riacho Wedding ceremony image of the bride and groom, hand-in-hand, walking down the aisle

With a glowing look that only newlyweds can achieve, the bride and groom walk hand-in-hand down the aisle as their wedding guests toss rose petals into the air.

This couple had long known that they would spend the rest of their lives together, and for them, celebrating their marriage with their closest family members and friends was the most important aspect of their wedding day. They planned an intimate civil ceremony and reception at the Quinta do Valle do Riacho in Alenquer, Portugal, and while the wedding itself was small, the day was filled with big feelings of joy, laughter, and love.

Quinta do Valle do Riacho, Merceana Wedding prep image of The bride working on her dress

Quinta do Valle do Riacho, Merceana Wedding Photo | The bride works on a few final touches to her dress

The bride waits on a few final touches, knowing that she will look and feel her best on her wedding day.

Lisboa, Portugal Wedding day image of The groom's grandmother in prayer prior to the ceremony

 Lisboa, Portugal Wedding Event Photographers | The groom's grandmother spends time in prayer prior to the ceremony

The groom's grandmother spends time in prayer prior to the ceremony, asking her patron saints for favorable winds for the event and plenty of joy for her grandson in his new marriage.

Lisbon Wedding Event image of The groom's mother adjusting his tie before the marriage ceremony

 Lisbon Wedding Event Picture | The groom's mother adjusts his tie

The groom's mother adjusts his tie as she enjoys these special moments with her son before his wedding ceremony.

Quinta do Valle do Riacho Wedding Event Photo showing The vibrant aisle made solely of red and white rose petals

Quinta do Valle do Riacho Wedding Event Photographer | The vibrant aisle made solely of red and white rose petals

The vibrant aisle made solely of red and white rose petals led the bride and groom to one another on their wedding day.

Post Wedding Ceremony Venue picture from Quinta do Valle do Riacho of The bride greeting a guest with a kiss

Wedding Ceremony Venue Quinta do Valle do Riacho Pic | The bride greets a wedding guest with a kiss

The bride greets her wedding guests with a kiss after the wedding ceremony is finished.

Quinta de Valle do Riacho Lisbon PT Wedding image of carefree atmosphere of their elopement day

Quinta de Valle do Riacho - Lisbon Wedding Photography | a wedding guest relaxing before dinner is served

This shadow of a wedding guest relaxing before dinner is served showcases the relaxed, carefree atmosphere of their wedding day.

Quinta de Valle do Riacho Lisbon Wedding Photo showing The bright colors of the event

Quinta de Valle do Riacho - Lisbon Wedding Photography | The bright colors of the wedding ceremony

The bright colors of the wedding ceremony were juxtaposed by the intimate darkness of the reception, where the bride and groom danced together under sparkling lights.

PT Destination Wedding Photo from Alenquer, Portugal of guests Basking in the glow of colorful lights with romance in the air

Destination Wedding Photography - Alenquer, Portugal | Basking in the glow of colorful lights and with romance in the air

Basking in the glow of colorful lights and with romance in the air, the word love sits at the foreground of this photograph — representing the fact that this powerful emotion was at the center of the entire wedding experience.