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The Love Knot

Forte da Cruz wedding

“The Love Knot” is the wedding story of Megan and Kristian, a romantic Forte da Cruz wedding. 

August is usually a sunny month in Portugal. On this particular August day, however,  clouds hung low over the azure waves of the Atlantic. This enchanting castle by the sea was not just a venue; it was a canvas for their love story, a backdrop for moments they would treasure forever.

The day began with anticipation and excitement as Megan and Kristian prepared for their big moment within the walls of the fortress. As the misty air wrapped around them, they shared moments of preparation with their closest friends, each detail adding to the anticipation of what was to come.

Breaking Conventions

Choosing to break tradition, Megan and Kristian opted for a first look before the ceremony. As they set eyes on each other, the world seemed to fade away, leaving only the raw emotions of love and tenderness. Still before the ceremony, we decided to have a small couple’s photoshoot in different rooms and the outside gardens.

Walking hand in hand, they entered the ceremony area together, a symbol of the journey they were about to embark on as partners for life. Surrounded by loved ones, their closest friends took turns officiating the ceremony, adding personal touches and heartfelt words that echoed through the terrace.

In a nod to ancient Celtic tradition from Ireland and Scotland, Megan and Kristian incorporated a binding of hands ritual with assorted ribbons. As their hands intertwined, so did their hearts, bound together in a love knot that knew no bounds.

After the heartfelt exchange of vows, the newlyweds and their guests gathered for a laidback cocktail before an elegant candlelit dinner. Amidst flickering flames and the soft glow of lanterns, emotional speeches filled the air, each word a testament to the love and support surrounding Megan and Kristian on their special day.

Fun throughout the night

But this was not just a day of solemnity; it was also a celebration of joy and laughter. A beer pong tournament brought out the competitive spirit in guests, while a colorful piñata added a touch of whimsy to the festivities. 

And as the night wore on, the clouds above parted, revealing a star-studded sky. With music filling the air, they took to the dance floor, surrounded by the love and laughter of those who had come to celebrate their union.

As the final notes of the last dance faded away, Megan and Kristian knew that their wedding day had been nothing short of magical. In the shadow of Forte da Cruz, amidst the beauty of Estoril, they had begun a new chapter of their lives together, bound by love and sealed with a promise to cherish each other for eternity.

What an outstanding wedding this was!  So grateful to have been there.

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