porto for weddings
Hello. My name is Ana Holland and I am a wedding planner based in Porto, Portugal. You may ask why Porto? The reason is not only because I live here, but also because I have a special place in my heart for this marvellous city called Porto.
I was born and grew up in Guimarães, but at the age of 30 applied for a temporary position in Porto and I have been here ever since.
Now this is my favourite and much loved city. As well as from the beginning providing me with employment, it has given me a new life full of incredible experiences, friends and a husband - it was not in my plans to come here to marry, especially to an Englishman. For this reason I chose the name Porto for Weddings for our business.
The idea to be a wedding planner came after organising my own wedding. This day was such a happy one for me and I realized that it passes so quickly that it needs to be extremely well organized and with great attention to the details, because these really make a difference. So then I decided to do a professional course to become a wedding planner.
I can say that ours was a fairly informal wedding, with less than 50 people and I can describe it in four phases. First a civil wedding, followed by a wedding blessing service in St James Anglican Church in Porto, then a reception in the modern church hall for all the congregation and guests to cut the cake and make a toast, and finally a wonderful celebration dinner in a nearby restaurant with spectacular views over the Douro river from its gardens.