Absolutely Dreamy Azores Wedding Inspiration

September 26, 2021 | kailey

There’s only one word fit to describe this Azores wedding inspiration, and that’s dreamy. From the breathtaking floating ceremony to the bold reception amongst towering green foliage, every aspect is proof that no dream wedding is impossible. Especially with the right team of vendors by your side. 

Junebug member and videographer Vanessa & Ivo partnered with a team of vendors to bring this Azores wedding to life in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. To enhance the island’s natural beauty, the addition of a floating, circular wooden backdrop made for a unique ceremony setting. You heard that right, this couple exchanged faux vows while floating on water. Making for a magical and unlike-any-other ceremony

The vibrant florals by Plano A Events—in the bride’s intricate, tropical bouquet and dressing the bold reception tables—beautifully contrasted the deep colors of the natural hill, forest, and rugged beach landscapes. 

If you’re in search of unique wedding inspiration that you haven’t seen plastered all over Pinterest, you’re in luck. This inspo-rich Azores wedding captured by photographer Adriana Morais, is packed with ideas you can use to create a celebration as genuine and special as your love. 

Vanessa & Ivo’s Thoughts On This Azores Wedding Inspiration

In the huge blue of the Atlantic Ocean, Mother Nature created a land full of natural wealth: the Azores Archipelago. The Azores are nine Portuguese islands hidden in the infinity of the Atlantic Ocean. All of them are of volcanic origin which makes them similar even with such different personalities. 

This is a land of breathtaking landscapes, in full harmony with nature and with the sea. It’s a land of warm and friendly people, with very peculiar traditions that love to host and share. The gastronomy, the wines, the climate, the festivities, the environment, and the culture. Everything makes this land so unique, so different. We want everyone to get to know this magical corner of Earth! Embark with us on a magical journey!





The Wedding Team:

Photography – Adriana Morais
Event Planning + Floral Design – Plano A Events
Ceremony Venue – Azores, Terceira Island
Floral Design – Plano A Events
Cake – Sara Loureiro from Happy life in the Kitchen
Videography – Vanessa & Ivo
Makeup Artist – Joana Salvador
Hair Styling – Bárbara Leandro
Wedding Dress – Gio Rodrigues
Groom’s Apparel – Officina do Homem


Big thanks to Junebug member and videographer Vanessa & Ivo for sharing this Azores wedding inspiration with us. If you’re dreaming of a faraway celebration, start by checking out more of Vanessa & Ivo’s work in our directory of top-notch wedding vendors from around the world. 

After building your dream team of vendors, finalize your destination wedding budget, and then check out our ultimate guide for planning your destination wedding. Packed with everything you need to know before jet-setting off to your dream wedding location

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Gorgeous Mykonos Destination Micro Wedding

September 26, 2021 | riley

With a passion for traveling, Arene and Michael knew they wanted to tie the knot in a faraway destination that would have their guests feeling like they were on vacation. That’s why the two said “I do” in a gorgeous Mykonos destination micro wedding at 180 Degrees Sunset Bar

Before exchanging vows, the two also hosted their friends and family on a boat ride around the island, proving a multi-day celebration of love is a must in a new destination.

With the help of planner Mykonos Wedding, the couple’s ceremony was simple yet breathtaking, thanks to the natural beauty of the village and sea. And the floral arch backdrop created by Mykonos Flowers was the perfect pop of color, contrasting beautifully with the rich blue hues of the sky and ocean. At the mini reception, the two celebrated by dancing with Greek dancers under the night sky despite a public music ban–you read that right.

So keep scrolling to see the incredible photos captured by Junebug member Magdalene Kourti and get those passports ready because this one is going to have you booking plane tickets ASAP! Opa!

The Couple:

Arene and Michael

The Wedding:

180 Degrees Sunset Bar, Mykonos, Greece

Why A Mykonos Destination Micro Wedding

We wanted to celebrate our marriage with our closest friends and family in a truly beautiful but intimate setting, allowing guests to feel like the wedding was part of a vacation. That was what prompted us to have a destination wedding. We chose to get married on the island of Mykonos, which has extraordinary history and architecture that adds to its beauty. The similarities between Greek and Palestinian cultures made it an easy decision for us. 



Incorporating Palestinian Culture Into The Day

I am so happy we could incorporate Palestinian culture into our wedding. We made sure to include tatreez–a unique type of embroidery to our culture–by weaving tatreez into custom wedding coasters, the bridal bouquet wrap, the groom’s pocket square, and the ties worn by our fathers. We also had Palestinian flags on the cake pops! We were fortunate that Greek and Palestinian cultures both feature olives and olive trees, so we had olive branches at every place setting. Our partition from the rest of the restaurant at the reception was also created from olive trees. Our entrance into the reception was with two drummers as part of a traditional Palestinian zaffeh.

Meaningful Wedding Favors

The day before our wedding, we gave out a tote bag with the wedding date and a picture of Greece, including some “mint to be” mint boxes and Mykonos keychain. The bags also had a tag that said “welcome” in English and Arabic. Our coasters were the true wedding favor and were custom-made by a Palestinian artisan, with a heart in the center and each of our initials in Arabic on the edges.

How A Ban On Music Worked Out In Their Favor

Greece had a ban on public music while we were in Mykonos! The ban was put in place during COVID lockdowns, presumably to prevent people from congregating. Translation for us–no DJ at the wedding. The restaurant owner graciously allowed us to let our Greek dancers have three songs, but otherwise, we danced to drums (instruments were allowed) or to our own beats!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Magdalene Kourti
Event Planning – Mykonos Wedding
Ceremony Venue – 180 Degrees Sunset Bar
Reception Venue – Elia Mykonos Resort Restaurant
Floral Design – Mykonos Flowers
Cake – Epoca Mykonos
Live Music – Black and White Drums
Videography – In Oblivion Films
Invitation Design – Lucky Lady
Wedding Dress – Sweet Elegance Bridal


Congratulations again to Arene and Michael on their Mykonos destination micro wedding. We’re so thankful that Junebug member Magdalene Kourti was there to capture the beauty of the day. To see more of Magdalene’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the globe!

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Colorful Countryside Elopement Inspiration With Caves

September 25, 2021 | riley

One look at this colorful countryside elopement inspiration shoot and you’ll be transported into a storybook–perfect for all hopeless romantics. Planner and Junebug member The Stars Inside transformed 18th-century Painshill Park–where Bridgerton was filmed–into a wedding venue full of whimsy.

The incredibly unique ceremony backdrop was dressed up with stunning peachy florals arranged by Fig & Flower, and the reception tablescape oozed enchantment set against the remnants of a Gothic abbey. And if the venue alone wasn’t magical enough, the bride donned three different wedding gowns, one of which was accessorized with a colorful floral veil. 

Photographer Sara Cooper did a beautiful job of capturing every detail–from a lakeside picnic to portraits in the caves, where the bride’s dress quite literally sparkled in the dark. If you’re looking for a fairytale come true, keep scrolling, because this one is sure to inspire you to host your own whimsical elopement.

The Stars Inside On The Inspiration For The Shoot 

We wanted to tell the story of a chic, playful, luxurious wedding that celebrates freedom and hope. It’s a story of adaptability, healing, and unstoppable love: it’s about finding courage, light, and creativity during difficult times, and knowing that the best is very much yet to come. For our styling and palette, we were inspired by the tales of Antheia, the Greek goddess of flowers, swamps, and gardens —and also the Roman goddess of human love and trust.

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The Talented Team:

Photography – Sara Cooper
Event Planning – The Stars Inside
Venue – Painshill Park
Floral Design – Fig & Flower
Cake – Very Vanilla
Videography – Russell Kent Nicholls
Stationery – Smith & the Magpie
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Abi Taylor Bride
Chandelier -  Crescent Moon
Furniture – Hire It
Tableware – Maison Margaux
Embroidered Napkins – Bespoke Table Dressing
Floral Resin Pieces – Rose Decor Styling
Cocktail Favours – Edmunds Cocktails
Wedding Gown – Morgan Davies
Veils – Meadow Sweet Bridal
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Jewelry + Rings – Laura Ngyou
Headpieces & Accessories – Miss Clemmie
Models – Chris + Liv


Thank you again to Junebug member The Stars Inside for planning this countryside elopement inspiration shoot! And thank you to Sara Cooper for capturing every stunning detail. To see more of the incredible work that The Stars Inside has planned, check out their profile in our directory of wedding planners from around the globe!

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