What Traditions did you follow?
I wore the veil that both my mum and granny wore on their wedding days which was really special to me. My granny wasn't actually able to come to the wedding as she's now in her 90s, so being able to wear her veil became even more important. For my something blue I have a Monica Vinader ring which I wear every day so it felt right to wear it on the day too.
What was the funniest moment of the day?
My dad surprised us all by getting up with the band and performing Love is in the Air by John Paul Young. It was an amazing moment and everyone was singing along.
Did your wedding have any unusual features?
We tried to do a fusion of both Brazilian and Northern Irish culture so there were lots of little moments throughout the day. For example, we did the vows in both English and Portuguese, and for the drinks reception we had Brazilian beer and shots of Guinness. For the evening food we had a pizza van that did bespoke pizza for our guests!
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
I thought I'd be really nervous and was really worried about being teary, but in the end I just felt really happy and relaxed. It was amazing seeing everyone's smiling faces, especially my new husband's at the top of the aisle!What great piece of advice would you pass on to other brides who are planning their wedding (#weddinghacks)? Just relax! It's meant to be a celebration so don't stress about the little things and just have a good time. Do try and set a realistic budget though (and include contingency!) as this will help you make decisions down the line.
If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
I don't think I would change anything, the day was exactly how we wanted it to be and I have nothing but fantastic memories.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We flew to Brazil to see Henrique's family straight after the wedding and to have a second celebration. After a week with his family we flew to the north east of Brazil and stayed in the beautiful village of Tancoso for a few days, followed by a night in the super cosmopolitan city of Sao Paulo.
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
For me it was a pretty straight forward process (working in PR/events has its benefits!). The hardest part was finding and choosing the right suppliers, but as soon as we got all the important bits decided it was relatively simple.
What are your best memories of the day?
Too many to mention! Henrique says his favourite moment was seeing me walk down the aisle. I loved doing the vows in Portuguese as I could see how important it was to him and his family. I also LOVED the party, we had a great band and everyone was singing, dancing and generally having an amazing time!