Like love, elegance is forever. And if you want to keep the memories of a celebration evergreen, subtle sophistication is the amber to preserve it in. Rhea and Rajiv’s gracious Destination Wedding in Portugal at The Oitavos and the Pestana Cidadela Cascais was an exemplar of this aesthetic.
To create a series of moments that would never fade with passing fads and fashions, the duo put their trust in the expertise of WeddingSutra Favorite BAQAA. The wedding planning company has established a sound on-ground infrastructure and their team in Lisbon is dedicated to servicing Indian destination weddings in Europe.
BAQAA executed the wedding across two different properties. The Oitavos and the Pestana Cidadela Cascais, an art hotel. They provided complete turnkey services including invitation design, hospitality, décor, food and beverages, photography and filmmaking.
They also envisioned an evolution beyond the usual. BAQAA changed the traditional mold of all the events to make the affair very interactive, fun and youthful. Their minute-to-minute orchestration made sure the celebration was flawless.
First in the line-up of events, the mehndi was relaxed. A fun afternoon unfolded on the terrace of The Oitavos that overlooks a forest and a golf course. The setup included Indian colors and fabrics with dream catchers and fresh flowers from Portugal. The combination of the interesting backdrop and bright décor helped add to the cheer at this function.
The venue for the sangeet was certainly unique. The Pestana Cidadela Cascais houses an underground cellar and the gorgeous, ancient location was transformed to match the mood of this energetic event. The night was replete with memorable moments and performances.
In the Oitavos golf course, ensconced by a deep, lush forest, the pheras were performed with sanctity and sophistication. The décor’s bright reds and oranges, the gorgeous floral arrangements, all brought an ethnic note of festivity against the greenery. The brisk weather and crisp, clear sunlight suffused the atmosphere with optimism – excellent for a wedding and it was truly a day that seemed perfect for a couple to start a new chapter in their lives.
The wedding reception was a beautiful and interactive finale. Held at the clubhouse of The Oitavos, the décor was elegant and warm. Flowers in soft hues were handpicked to bring in a dash of color as well as romance to the pristine white location. To make this event even more enjoyable, each table was named after a famous song and a game was prepared which involved the guests dancing on the tables!