Pena National Palace is positioned on top of a hill high above the town of Sintra in Portugal. It’s not hard to see why Elizabeth and Ben chose this venue and location for their wedding – it’s absolutely stunning. In fact, this wedding was one of the first to be held at Pena Palace and I’m sure there will be many more in years to come.
I arrived in Sintra a couple of days before the wedding to allow time to familiarise myself with the locations I was required to shoot. Elizabeth and Ben had already flown in from America and as family and friends began to arrive from all over the world, the wedding excitement was building.
On the wedding day, I headed over to the house where Elizabeth, her bridesmaids and family were getting ready. The intricate detail on their Sarees was beautiful and the Elizabeth’s bouquet included jewels from within the family – I have never seen such a unique bouquet and it all made for some great camera shots.
The wedding ceremony took place in a traditional Portuguese style church with about 80 family and friends alongside them. From there everyone made their way to the awe-inspiring Pena National Palace. It was a beautiful clear afternoon, so guests were treated to some fantastic views over the surrounding area. The drinks started flowing, the flamenco dancer and guitarist started playing and the atmosphere was one of happiness and delight. Guests were invited to take a tour of the Palace which was a really nice gesture considering its one of the most visited sites in Portugal.
After the food and speeches, it was time for some dancing outside on one of the Palace turrets where Elizabeth’s second Saree glistened beautifully in the lights.
All in all this was an amazing wedding to film and I would like to thank Elizabeth and Ben for inviting me to play a small part of their magical wedding.
Justin Golby – Vogue Wedding Films