If you go to Merriam-Webster dictionary to find the meaning of eloping, it reads: “to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent”. Well, this is a 20th-century definition. In movies, eloping was about a car trip to Las Vegas to be married by some Elvis Presley impersonator. Nowadays, elopements have little to do with this kind of vision. Even though it can be seen as an act of rebellion by some people, elopements are a lot more about couples who want to wed only in the presence of one another! It’s a matter of choice and, let’s face it, some kind of freedom since you don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations, but your own!
Melissa and Joseph decided to have an elopement in Alentejo. I can’t say enough good things about Alentejo! I am crazy about this region of Portugal.
Alentejo has a very special way of being charming. It’s dry and very hot. It would be a lot like a desert if it weren’t for the majestic cork oaks and olive trees that fill parts the landscape. I can really say that it is a poetic place to elope. When in Alentejo you just feel peaceful.
Melissa and Joseph just wanted to be together. Celebrating their love by embracing a kind of intimacy that only an elopement can give.
For this elopement in Alentejo, we headed to São Lourenço do Barrocal. This property has been owned by the same family for 200 years! Even though it is a luxury hotel, it is completely unpretentious, in a way that only Alentejo can be. New buildings were added to the property, like a wine house and a pool. These were designed by one of the most revered Portuguese architects, Eduardo Souto Moura. Every detail in this homestead was thought to make guests feel at home. But not just any home, a traditional, yet, still modern, home. São Lourenço do Barrocal is a true quintessential Alentejo homestead. From the architecture of the main building to the people who work there. It’s graceful and uncomplicated.
Melissa and Joseph really dove into an Alentejo-like experience. Taking their time with each other, they had a cool and mellow breakfast, before getting ready for the big moment. An elopement in Alentejo is the perfect excuse to have a day of sharing with your soulmate. Looking at the photographs I believe it’s plain to see that, this day had no schedule and no hurries!
These two fit amazingly with their surroundings, looking chic, yet effortless!
This is the thing about an elopement in Alentejo, you can really breathe there and take some time to admire the grandiosity of this region. The best thing is that you can do it with the love of your life by your side!
This elopement was published on the famous wedding blog 100 Layer Cake.
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