Are you planning an Elopement or Wedding in Lisbon?
If so, first of all, congratulations on your engagement. This is an amazing moment of your lives, and having a destination wedding is so exciting. My name is Luis Efigénio, I’m a Portuguese wedding photographer and I would love to document your wedding in Lisbon.
SARA & ANDY | OUTDOOR WEDDING IN LISBON
When Sara and Andy got in touch with me and shared their plans to have an outdoor wedding in Estufa Real, in Lisbon, I was very happy. First, because I felt a good vibe and an amazing connection with them, and second because of the place they chose for the ceremony. I’ve always loved the Botanical Garden and finally I had a chance to shoot in this gorgeous location. The expectations were high but the wedding day was even better than I expected. I have to say it was one of my favourite weddings ever. I felt truly connected to their story, like I was a part of their families. I felt inspired and that is awesome. That’s why I love being a documentary photographer. Because I get to be close to people and feel their energy and hopefully transfer that into images. I leave you with some of my favourites photos from Sara and Andy’s destination wedding in Lisbon, Portugal
ISABEL & ISAAC | COLORFUL WEDDING BY THE RIVERSIDE
Isabel and Isaac set their base in Sintra. They traveled from London, with friends and family, for their destination wedding in Lisbon. They booked a Villa in Sintra for a few days and I met them there on the morning of the wedding day. Boys and girls got ready in different houses. And the vibe was totally different. Very chill out on the girls’ side and very fast and electric on the boys’. They called some Ubers and they moved to the ceremony that took place at Lisbon Anglican Church. Ubers again and all set for the dinner. It was a very informal alternative wedding party.
ELAINE & JEFF | A WEDDING IN XVII CENTURY FORT
The day started with the bride and all her bridal party getting ready in a small apartment in Bairro Alto, right in the heart of Lisbon. When Elaine was ready she helped everyone else and did her niece’s hairdo, as well as the ring bearer’s. Afterwards we left for Forte da Cruz, where Jeff and his groomsmen were waiting to welcome all the guests.
The ceremony took place outside, with the Atlantic ocean as witness, followed by a sunset cocktail. During dinner, there was an interesting dynamic, with everyone trading places after each course, so that they all could get to know each other a little better. After the emocional speeches, there was a very lively dance party.
JENNY & PETE | ROOFTOP WEDDING IN LISBON
Jenny and Pete planned an outdoor intimate wedding in a rooftop in Portugal. A small, simple and relaxed ceremony with an amazing view over Lisbon and the atlantic ocean. Noah, son of Jenny and Pete was the ring bearer. Isn’t it so special for him to be a part of his parents’ wedding and share this precious moments with them? After having some quality time on the rooftop watching the sunset, they traveled to the next spot by tuk-tuk. What an amazing ride. They were saluted by everyone on the street. On of the special moments of the day was when they arrived at the Miradouro Santa Catarina. This place was crowded with locals and tourists. As soon as they arrived, everyone started to congratulate them and shouting best wishes and love words. Then the meal was to be served at Pharmacia Restaurant.
LYNN & JEREMY | DAY AFTER IN LISBON
Lynn and Jeremi traveled from Singapore to Europe, and chose Lisbon for their wedding photos to be taken. I picked them up at their AirBnb in Mouraria. This is one of my favourite places in Lisbon, so I couldn’t wish for a better start to the session. Afterwards, we drove to Sintra coast line, and we found an amazing and powerful stormy scenario.
DÉBORA & BRUNO | DIY WEDDING IN LISBON
“To see her walking towards me, step by step, made me remember the day she passed by me for the first time, and everything we had lived until then. It made my day!” That’s what Bruno said when I asked about the most emotional moment of the day. Needless to say I ran to see my photo’s of Débora entering the ceremony, to make sure I had captured the moment well. I think I got a faithful document of their reaction and emotion. To be able to capture those special moments is what moves me. Even more so when shooting another photographer’s wedding. It’s a greater responsability.
EMANUELA & DAVID | ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN LISBON
Emanuela and David have been together for 10 years now and during their visit to Lisbon they decided to celebrate with a photo shoot. They were looking for a Lisbon Wedding Photographer on Instagram and found me. Emanuela is a Bulgarian jewelry designer based in Amsterdam, her brand is Ramjuly Jewelry Architects and you need to check it out because she also creates beautiful engagement rings..
JEAN & PHILIPP| ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN LISBON
Jean and Philipp travelled from Paris to Lisbon. Phillipp had a plan to propose and gave the ring to Jean in Lisbon. Also part of the surprise he offer an spontaneous photoshoot in Alfama, and Lisbon Downtown.
LARA & STEVE| ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN LISBON AND SINTRA
PEI VEN & KEN| ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN ALFAMA
Pei Ven find my work on Instagram while searching for a Lisbon Wedding Photographer to shoot their engagament session. They came from Singapure to assist to a friends wedding, and during the visit to Lisbon they ask me If I was available for the shoot. Glad I was. Amazing times with Ken and Pei Ven.
I describe myself as a wedding photojournalist. Without interfering, I capture the moments as they unfold, in natural and spontaneous photographs. You just have to worry about enjoying the day. I like alternative and unconventional weddings and I want my work to reflect that. I try to be invisible, if you don’t notice me, it allows me to get closer. That way, I can capture your true personalities. Check out my wedding portefolio.
If you think we’re on the same page, please contact me. I’m excited to hear more about your wedding plans.
My Favourite Lisbon Wedding Venues
Portugal is very in right now as a travel destination. The world is discovering our cities and our beaches, our wonderful food and our hospitality. But none of this is new. We have always been a place worth visiting, a country worth exploring. And I believe we are just perfect as a wedding destination. Of course my opinion is biased… This is my home and I love it. So I guess you should just come and see for yourself. I’ve put together a selection of my favorite venues, if you’d like to see:
4. Rio Do Prado
5. Estufa Real
7. Pena Palace
9. Penha Longa