A truly international affair with this glamorous wedding for a New York couple in Portugal

The wedding of Kjersti and Dmitriy that took place at the Villa Sao Paulo in Estoril, Portugal was a truly international affair. Kjersti is from Norway and Dmitriy from Russia and they both met and fell in love in the city of New York – which is where they now live with their young son Nikolai. Getting friends and family  together from both sides of the worlds was always going to be a mission until they decided on the destination wedding of their dreams in Portugal.
Villa Sao Paulo is the perfect venue for a romantic wedding – an elegant villa with its own private path to the beach and infinity views over the Atlantic Ocean. It’s just lovely to be there, enjoy the beauty of the surroundings and, at the end of the day, just relax and watch the sun set. It’s also perfectly positioned for Europe, the States, the UK and Russia – a half way meeting place for global guests and family to come together and celebrate.
The ceremony took place on the terrace overlooking the sea, the weather was perfect and Kjersti looked stunning in her Nicole Miller dress – which she brought over with her from their store in Soho NYC. Surrounded by so many of their loved ones the happy couple just couldn’t stop smiling all day. After the marriage service drinks and canapes were served as guests chilled out on the front lawn and a huge group balloon release was organised. One hundred white balloons went up, up and away and with them the wishes, kinds words and frenzied excitement of all the children in the crowd. It was relaxed and fun – an intimate gathering in an elegant backdrop.
Dinner was served in the beautiful classic white dining room downstairs and later that evening an empty swimming pool in the basement provided the unusual setting for the first dance and the disco that followed it. Kjersti, an ex dancer, led the floor and rocked the house and along with her friends, family and new husband Dmitriy they danced till dawn.
The whole day was so full of love and emotion it was fabulous to be a small part of capturing it for them.
 As well as the still photographs we at Picture Me Beautiful also shot our first wedding video as a moving memento of the day and this is currently in edit – so, along with Kjersti and Dmitiry, we’re excited to see this this too!!

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