Modern Classic Brazilian Wedding: Winston & Diogo
August 1, 2015
Winston & Diogo met during Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro on March 1, 2014. They were both walking on a crowded street after a day at the beach when they saw each other and started talking. The rest, as they say, is history.
Winston proposed to Diogo on a road trip to Big Sur over a holiday weekend. He bought the rings beforehand and talked to his family about his plans. They stopped at McWay Falls in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, a beautiful spot where a waterfall crashes right on the beach. Diogo was so busy taking pictures that he hardly noticed that Winston had opened the box with a ring in it. When he finally realized what was happening, Winston proposed, and Diogo said “yes”.
When the couple chose the venues for their Brazilian wedding, they first chose the restaurant where they would have their wedding dinner. They wanted to be somewhere close to the ocean where they could enjoy the sunset with their guests. Eddie V’s in La Jolla had a beautiful oceanfront terrace that seemed perfect. Their wedding planner, Rachel, helped them find their ceremony location within walking distance of the restaurant, a spot in the Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla Cove.
Diogo and Winston’s engagement was relatively short, and initially the planning seemed daunting. Enlisting the right professionals helped to ensure everything went very smoothly, and their wedding day was both amazing and exactly how they dreamed it would be.
When the newlyweds saw the decorations at the restaurant, they were both speechless. The restaurant staff was friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious.
The couple’s favorite moment on their wedding day was when they were getting ready for the wedding in their hotel room and they called Diogo’s mother who was not able to travel from Brazil. It was very emotional. She gave her blessing and both of the men were in tears.
Diogo and Winston shared that while planning a wedding is a big, sometimes stressful, responsibility, the challenges pale in comparison to the happiness you will experience when it all comes together on the big day. They suggest that couples “understand that it is normal to argue a little bit while planning a wedding, and don’t take things personally.” Also, “Don’t be afraid to be creative, and don’t feel obligated to have a traditional wedding. Make your own unique celebration that shares who you are and what your relationship is all about with your guests.”
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Photographer: Felipe Brasil Photography // Linens and Coverings: Apr Fine Linens // Cake Designer: Cake // Linens and Coverings: Concepts Event Design // Event Venue: Ellen Browning Scripps Park // DJ: G Sharp Entertainment // Floral Designer: organic elements // Event Planner: Wynn Austin Events
Submitted via Two Bright Lights