Quinta Dos Vales Wedding Photography

Quinta Dos Vales is a beautiful wine Estate set in the heart of the Algarve, Portugal. They produce around 100,000 litres of wine every year on site as well as selling and rehoming 100’s of sculptures. Their stunning grounds and views make for gorgeous wedding venue, with the grape vines in the background. Emily and John held their wedding ceremony in the sculpture garden with 40 of their closest friends and family flying out from Essex to see them tie the knot!


Destination Wedding Photographer

I feel super honoured that Emily and John chose me to photograph their Quinta Dos Vales wedding last month. Ever since my wedding photography journey started I’ve wanted to photograph a wedding abroad. Emily found me on Facebook back in February and was drawn to the engagement images I’d taken in Salou, Spain last year – you can see those here! 🙂 We arranged a Skype chat and talked about how this was going to work, as well as the way I work – super relaxed.

Me and Alex happened to be flying to Portugal for a holiday just a couple of weeks later and it was just our luck that we were staying 15 minutes away from Quinta Dos Vales! We popped down and had a look around in the pouring rain! Upon our return from Portugal, Emily and John decided to go ahead with the booking and that was it! My first destination wedding was in the bag! I couldn’t be happier!


Weddings In The Algarve

Emily and John had planned for a 4.30pm ceremony and by this time the sun was still beaming down on us. I managed to capture some beautiful images as the sun was starting to set throughout the ceremony and rest of the evening. Before flying out, someone told me that the light in Portugal was different, and they weren’t wrong! Although there were no clouds to be seen, the sun just seemed that bit softer and warmer, like a nice glow rather than a horrible bright light. This made shooting weddings in the Algarve a whole lot easier than I expected!


Emily says:

“More than a photographer Stevie was part of the wedding party by the time the big day came. Skype chats, emails, Facebook tags all helped to build the bond which helped allow Stevie to capture those much needed shots on the wedding day. Now its all over I wish she lived closer to catch up. Thanks for travelling to Portugal to capture the madness of the Sheppards wedding 2018 x”


The suppliers who made it happen:

Venue: Quinta Dos Vales
Celebrant: Algarve Celebrants
Bride’s dress: Wed2B
Bridesmaids dresses: Debenhams
Hair and MUA: Shine by Amelia
Flowers: Flor Unikon Flowers
Catering: Bon Bon Catering
DJ: Simon Perry

Casa Margarida red apartment
Apartment pool at Quinta Dos Vales
bridal prep in the apartment
friend applying bridal makeup
family getting dressed in the Casa Margarida
fastening the brides dress
bride walks down the stairs
outdoor ceremony set up
bride leaves for the outdoor ceremony
groom waiting for his bride
bride walking down the aisle
dad shakes grooms hand before the ceremony
wide shot of the sculpture gardens
putting the rings on
couple walk into the sculpture garden for drinks
groom hugs guests
guests laughing at Quinta Dos Vales
confetti throwing in the sculpture gardens
Dad laughing and smiling at Bride
group photo of the bridal party
couple walking through the venue grounds
walking through the grape vines
a world map table plan
the top table in the sunshine
outdoor reception area at Quinta Dos Vales
welcoming the bride and groom for speeches
dad crying during brides speech
couple laughing during dads funny speech
guests crying during speeches
guests laughing at best mans speech
bride and groom share first dance
bride dances with dad at wedding evening
Wedding portraits at the Sun Pavilion in Harrogate
Couples portraits at Curradine Barn wedding venue

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