A farm wedding in Brazil

Last weekend I went to the wedding of the brother of one of my best friends in Brazil. Set high up in the mountains at their family’s farm outside of Rio de Janeiro, it was a breathtaking location for a wedding. I always get so inspired whenever I travel to Rio; the landscape alone is enough to get the wheels turning. This time I had the good fortune of getting to see the handiwork of one of Rio’s best event designers up close and personal at my friend’s wedding.
rio3The wedding started at about 4 PM on Saturday afternoon on the most beautiful summer day. The bride and groom said their vows as the sun set–everything and everyone was glowing. Below, two aisles were constructed with potted flowers lining either side up to the altar.
Using a see-through tent was a great touch. It let light in before the sun went down and at night made guests feel like they were dancing in an enchanted forest. The green and yellow color scheme felt festive but at the same time organic to the surroundings and not overly fancy for the farm setting.
rio2Each of the poles supporting the tent were wrapped in bamboo and topped with palm leaves to give the effect of palm trees. Candle-lit chandeliers, lanterns, and ferns hung from the ceiling.
rio6The designer had the tent lit to perfection with a combination of candles and spotlights; together they cast the most romantic, warm, glamorous light after dark.
rio7Traditional Brazilian sweets were displayed inside faux flowers:
sweetsIn front of the pond they had set up a few different lounge areas using a mix of rattan and wicker furniture for guests to sit down during the cocktail hour.
One of my favorite places to go for interior inspiration is the Relais & Chateaux hotel in Santa Teresa. Their restaurant feels Brazilian and French all at the same time with chic black and white stripes, red lamp shades and lots of native wood.
The steps leading down to the bar:
A little peak into the cocktail lounge:
Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful details from the wedding–it was quite an experience!