This is a story about a modern affair in the Royal Palace of Queluz in Sintra, Portugal. 

Portugal figures among the most popular wedding destinations in Europe. The wealth and range of cultural heritage are unique, given the country’s relatively small size. 


Sintra, located on the Portuguese Riviera, boasts many scenic wedding venues that, due to their characteristics, provide a unique atmosphere for holding lavish events. The Royal Palace of Queluz is one of them. 

Nobody can resist the charm of the National Palace of Queluz, whether for its imposing nature or the sheer exuberance of its architectural details. The location reflects the evolution in the tastes and styles over different periods, moving from Baroque to Rococo and to Neoclassicism. 



“It’s easy to fall into the cliché and turn the concept into something kitschy,” shares Uka. The Destination Wedding Planner & Event Designer of Halisi Weddings was fully aware of the extravagant decision required to work with a bold color scheme in this scenic venue. 

The decor is the strongest visual representation of an event’s concept. Therefore, designing the reception and the ceremony are crucial steps in the creative process. “Being in full charge of the overall look of the event helped me create harmony between the different setups of that day. From sketching and selecting each decor element individually, to styling and monitoring the progress, we worked closely with each creative throughout the process,” reveals Halisi Weddings

To bring this vision to life, Halisi Weddings teamed up with Portugal-based photographers Side by Side, who beautifully captured the day on film photography. 


Each element has its own “personality”, yet still embraces the vision. A perfect illustration of this statement is the stationery, exclusively designed for this special occasion. “I don’t follow any rules basically, creating is just as simple as that,” shares Alexandra from A Pajarita. “The combination of different artistic techniques, painting, engraving, and materials resulted in these unique wedding invitations.” 

For the wedding cake, Maria and Susanna opted for a dramatic four-tier black cake. “This cake was imagined and designed for the modern bride,” says Edelweiss Wedding Cakes.

The couple exchanged their vows in the opulent Malta Gardens, surrounded by exquisite floral decor realized by Fashion Moment Eventos. The romantic ceremony was accompanied by the song Hallelujah, played in the background by the violinist Musica Improvavel. 



To create the bridal look Halisi Weddings worked closely with Sara, co-owner of Vestidus, the talented MUAH Catibeauty, and the American bridal brand Bella Belle Shoes. The Party Dress TR STYLE by Pronovias Fashion Group was ideal for the look we wanted to create. “This playful gown crafted from layers and layers of tulle, dressed in its long ruffled skirt was perfect,” says Vestidus, the team agreed that the gown would add some vibrance to the final bridal look. 

It was extremely important to create a joyful and at the same time elegant look for our couple. So, the team opted for black smoking by Mister Man 1972 to create an ideal harmony between bride and groom. 



The party continued in the Pensil Garden, where the couple enjoyed an intimate dinner with the exquisite environment of the palace facades as the background.

Later that evening, as a magnificent sunset was setting over the splendid Royal Palace, the couple gave a toast at the Robillion Staircase. 

What better way than to end the day with a refreshing glass of sparkling champagne?



STATIONERY: @a_pajarita
WEDDING GOWN: @vestidus
SHOES: @bellabelleshoes
CAKE DESIGN: @edelweiss_weddingcakes
HAIR & MAKE-UP: @catibeauty
GROOM SUIT: @mister.man1972
COUPLE: Lena & Gregory – @tishchenkolena
VIOLINIST: @musica_improvavel
FLORAL DESIGN & RENTALS: @fashionmomentseventos
VENUE: @parquesdesintra
CINEMATOGRAPHER: @24films_cinematography

by uka

by uka

International Events & Wedding Planner, Destination Weddings Specialist, Founder and Artistic Director of Halisi Weddings.

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