On August 3, 2018 I married my best friend and became Mrs. Cravero-Roque at the Marriott Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort in Obidos, Portugal. Tiago and I first met while I was on summer holidays in 2008 in our small town in Portugal called Peniche. After I returned back to Canada from my summer vacay, I decided to take an internship in Portugal a few months later and that’s where our relationship really flourished. We decided to move back to Toronto after 2 years in Portugal and began to slowly grow our life together. We grew together as a couple, learning more and more about each other. We had our ups and our downs, we laughed together & cried together. We made tough decisions together only keeping what’s best for our relationship in mind.
Our wedding day was not only the hottest day of the year reaching 47 degrees Celsius, but was what we expected it to be…. SO MUCH FUN! I knew I wanted to do my own make up and have my favourite person do my hair, Kelly The Hair Gypsy. We wanted a wedding that wasn’t stuffy or formal, where adults had the times of their lives. We wanted a big party – with hardly any speeches. This was a time for us to share our love with 60 of our closest friends and family. We wanted everyone to have a glimpse into our unique and fun-filled relationship. Getting married in the place where we met exactly 10 years later was very special to us. We didn’t want people to cry, which is why when I walked down the aisle with my parents I made sure we were all laughing and smiling because it was a great day for a white wedding!
We decided to actually get married before we left for Portugal, and we knew because we were ‘officially’ married our ceremony would be different. We never wanted to get married in a church, we always wanted to ocean to be our backdrop. The sea is what keeps us calm and is where we always go to clear our minds and find our souls again.
Since there were a lot of people who flew down from Canada we wanted the ceremony to be read in both English & Portuguese, and in order to have that we asked 2 of our friends, Adreen from Toronto & Setonio from Portugal, to do the honours and ‘officiate’ our wedding. The amount of times we laughed during my ceremony was amazing. Those are the moments we’ll cherish and never forget. We danced a lot, we laughed until our stomachs hurt and we definitely shut the place down. Regardless that things didn’t run as smoothly as we had hoped, it is was the people who made our special day so memorable.
Stay tuned for how I planned our wedding while living in another country!
Shoes: Hugo Boss