Elegant and Laid-Back Janeiro de Cima Wedding

April 18, 2023 | justine

From the get-go, Mipa and Helder wanted their wedding to be about celebrating their love with loved ones rather than just following traditions. The couple made sure to plan every aspect thoughtfully, taking into account the experience of each and every guest who came to celebrate with them. And with the help of their visionary vendor team, they pulled off an elegant and laid-back Janeiro de Cima wedding filled with beautiful details. 

The couple had their hearts set on a picturesque river beach nestled near the bride’s childhood village–and it was the perfect spot for their big day. With breathtaking lakeside views as the backdrop, the bride and groom exchanged heartfelt vows, surrounded by the beauty of Mother Nature. And let us tell you, their reception was just as awe-inspiring. Under a clear tent, guests were treated to a tablescape adorned with cascading florals and whimsical lamps, creating a dreamy and romantic atmosphere.

With a warm color palette, one-of-a-kind decor, gorgeous arrangements, and a picturesque setting, trust us when we say this Janeiro de Cima wedding is a must-see! Scroll through these incredible photos captured by João Almeida for steal-worthy ideas and see their special day in motion through the lens of Junebug member and videographer Native Birds.

The Couple:

Mipa and Helder

The Wedding:

Janeiro de Cima, Portugal

How Their Janeiro De Cima Wedding Came To Be

We immediately knew we wanted to tie the knot somewhere special to me–close to my childhood home. And what could be more idyllic than a river beach surrounded by breathtaking scenery? To make things even better, most of our guests arrived in the village a day before the wedding and stayed an extra day after, making it a mini-vacation for everyone. The best part was that the village and river beach was just a short walk away from each other, so no one had to miss a moment of the festivities. We arranged for our families and friends to stay at the village and organized a chill party throughout the weekend. We always envisioned our wedding to be laid-back yet classy, with love, laughter, and revelry as the driving forces of the day.

Setting The Tone To Their Celebration With Music

One of the most memorable parts of our day was our entrance into the tent, where we had our reception. Following the ceremony, at the start of the evening, we were greeted by our friends and family with the sounds of Florence + The Machine, accompanied by the beat of two large drums. It was the perfect beginning, setting a fantastic mood for an unforgettable party. Throughout the day, we received incredible feedback from our family and friends. Seeing everyone having fun on our special day was very rewarding. The positive energy, joy, and satisfaction we saw in our guests were incredible.

Trusting Their Wedding Planner To Bring To Life The Wedding They’ve Envisioned

Planning, creating, and organizing our wedding was a challenging task! The village where we tied the knot had no specific infrastructure or resources dedicated to weddings, so we had to start from scratch. It was overwhelming, so we decided to enlist the help of a wedding planner. After careful consideration, we chose Bouquet De Liz—and we’re happy we did! They were incredible, assisting us with everything from invitations to decorations, catering, entertainment, and more. They were a lifesaver, and we couldn’t have done it without them. They’re the perfect choice for anyone who wants their dream wedding to come true. Plus, they took the time to understand our needs and vision from the beginning. 

The Importance Of Choosing The Right Photographer And Videographer

Selecting the photographer and videographer was a crucial decision from the start. While we wanted to live in the moment, we also wanted to preserve the best memories for the future. To that end, we chose two fantastic teams, and they did an excellent job. We aimed to capture moments throughout the day and avoid the traditional pauses for photos and videos. Working with them was a breeze; they were incredibly discreet and captured every moment. The final result was nothing short of incredible. We wouldn’t trade these teams for anything and highly recommend them as the best in Portugal.

Making Their Big Day Even More Special With Sentimental Gifts

On the morning of our wedding day, I gave Helder a watch with a heartfelt message. As a return gesture, Hélder surprised me with a trip with no fixed destination, which would make a long-standing dream a reality. And the cherry on top? The destination he picked was São Tomé and Príncipe, where I’ll go on a volunteer mission alone. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – João Almeida
Event Planning + Floral Design + Invitation Design – Bouquet De Liz
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Janeiro de Cima
Catering – Encontrus
Cake – Flor de Aveiro
DJ – Party Sound by Renato Mota
Live Music – Grupo Toque Social
Videography – Native Birds
Wedding Dress – Andreia Lobato
Bridal Accessories – Carolina Curado
Rings – MIL Jewellery


Congratulations to Mipa and Helder on their elegant and laid-back Janeiro de Cima wedding. A big thank you to João Almeida and a special shoutout to Junebug member and videographer Native Birds for capturing all the memories they will remember for the rest of their lives. To see more of their talent, check out their profile in our directory of the world’s best wedding videographers.

Whether it’s the photographer, wedding planner, or caterer, each vendor plays a significant role in making your day memorable. Remember, it’s not just about the product or service. It’s about the people you work with and the experience they provide. With the right team by your side, you can trust that your wedding day will be everything you’ve ever imagined and more.

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