Colorful and Tropical Casa Risa Intimate Wedding

June 8, 2024 | justine

Afonso and Ron picked their cozy boutique hotel as the spot for their wedding. It’s where their love story began, so saying “I do” there felt just right. Their intimate Casa Risa wedding was cozy, with only 30 of their nearest and dearest. The place had a chill, natural vibe that mixed perfectly with the lush garden surroundings. It felt like a tropical paradise right in their backyard, and amazingly, they planned everything in just one month.

With their trusted team of vendors, the pair transformed the poolside area into a cozy ceremony venue. Surrounded by lush tropical greenery, they shared sweet vows that melted guests’ hearts. Then, it was time to party! The garden reception was filled with laughter, dancing, and joy that lasted all night long.

With guests arriving from all over the world to share in their joy, the couple added their own special touch to their intimate celebration. Junebug vendor Pedro Filipe Fotografia captured their love and happiness perfectly. If you want fresh ideas for your own big day, check out their magical celebration!

The Couple:

Afonso and Ron

The Wedding:

Casa Risa, Portugal

Embracing a Relaxed Atmosphere at Their Casa Risa Intimate Wedding

We wanted to honor the mood of our venue by having a ceremony and reception that matched it. When we invited only our closest family and friends, we wanted them to feel relaxed and at home. Our planner suggested a relaxed and natural style that perfectly fit Casa Risa and us. It was like a tropical vibe that seamlessly blended with the garden. Since Casa Risa brought us together, it felt only right to get married there.

Making the Most of Rainy Moments

The wedding took place on October 28, and the weather was uncertain. We knew it might rain but decided to take the risk anyway. After enjoying a wonderful sunny day, the rain unexpectedly arrived during the garden party. However, nobody let it spoil the fun, and those five minutes under the light rain actually helped to cool down the temperature. It added a memorable and refreshing touch to the celebration.

Wedding Wisdom: Start with a Planner

The best advice we can give is to find a wedding planner as soon as possible. Our planner helped us plan our entire wedding in just a month, and they guided us through everything, from budgeting to vendor research.

Keeping It Intimate with a Thoughtful Guest Selection

Since most of our guests are from abroad, coming from the US, Brazil, and France, we decided to limit the guest list to our closest friends and immediate family. We wanted everyone to feel truly welcome and at home, not just as observers but as part of our love and celebration.

Customized Wedding Keepsakes That Doubled as Name Cards

We gave our guests personalized Portuguese tiles with their names on them, which doubled as name tags. It was a special touch that added a unique and meaningful element to our wedding celebration.

Keeping It Real with Comfortable Wedding Attire

We wanted to feel true to ourselves and be comfortable on our big day. Afonso rocked a stylish blue suit, a crisp white shirt, a bolo tie, and a pair of sharp shoes. As for me, I opted for a more relaxed look, sporting jeans, a smart blazer, a bolo tie, some classic Cowboy boots, and topping it off with a leather hat (a true Missouri touch).

Creating a Personalized Ceremony by Honoring Their Love Story

The ceremony was the most unforgettable part of our day. Our officiant, Mafalda, worked closely with us to craft a ceremony that truly reflected who we are. We focused on our vows, the special moments of the day, and the heartfelt words shared by our witnesses. It was a deeply meaningful and personal experience that we’ll cherish forever.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Pedro Filipe Fotografia
Event Planning – Mio Oliveiraa Wedding Planner
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Casa Risa
Floral Design – Ely Flowers Weddings
Catering – Algarve Fine Food 
Cake – Adoçar Atelier
DJ – DJ Dhanny 
Videography – Rendez Vous 
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Mariana Felizberto
Rentals – BC Planning
Favors – Tile Passion


Congratulations to Afonso and Ron on their colorful and tropical Casa Risa intimate wedding. Many thanks to Junebug vendor Pedro Filipe Fotografia for capturing every moment of their special day. To see more of his talent, be sure to check out his profile in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.

If you’re thinking about having a small celebration instead of a big wedding, many others feel the same way. With a trustworthy team supporting you, you and your partner can shape your wedding day exactly how you’ve always imagined, and maybe even better!

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